Add-on these macOS extensions and rock the work day.
We all have our favorite apps – the ones we can’t live without. And while we always think about how those apps affect our daily productivity, we can’t ignore the ‘behind-the-scenes’ work of macOS extensions. Extensions take their app counterpart to the next level and elevate your work even further. Since extensions are sometimes the forgotten heroes of our productivity, I decided to dedicate this article to call out some hard-working extensions that should be added to your download list today. Here are the 5 best macOS extensions you should install today!
Mailbutler is designed to be an intuitive extension for popular mail clients (compatible with Apple Mail, Gmail, and Outlook). It offers dozens of features including Email Tracking, Send Later, Signatures, Undo Send, Notes and Tasks, Email Templates, and more! This extension turns your email client into a powerful productivity tool and can even take the place of your CRM (with the Business Plan). Mailbutler was selected as a Category Leader from GetApp in 2021 and is 100% compliant with European data regulations (the servers are located in the EU).
Plans start at $0 per user per month
Mailbutler is a powerful email extension that integrates directly into an email client.
Grammarly is a desktop app, website app, and extension for Safari that provides powerful writing tips for your compositions. It can be used as a grammar/spelling check as you type, or as a full word-processing editor. Users can access the basic features (spelling, grammar, punctuation, and conciseness) for free. There is also a premium option ($12 per month) and a business option ($12.50 per member per month) which unlock even more features such as a plagiarism check.
Plans start at $0 per user per month
Grammarly is designed to help users elevate their writing abilities through one of their app options or their Safari extension.
Pareto Security is designed to help users avoid common security mistakes on their macOS computers. It’s a very lightweight extension/utility that regularly checks the system’s security configuration to ensure that users have them properly enabled. If the macOS native security operations are not active, the utility that resides in the menu bar lets you know and provides information on how to fix the issue. It’s a great macOS extension that saves a lot of time and trouble if you don’t have those security options working.
Plans start at $17 (for Personal)
Pareto Security is a utility that helps macOS users keep their systems secure.
Amphetamine is a ‘keep-awake’ utility. Currently on version 5.2.2, Amphetamine is designed to provide users an easy way to keep their computer awake and available for tasks. There are several options for users to choose from – keeping the computer’s hard drive awake, preventing the display alone from going into standby, etc. It’s a very simple click-to-use macOS extension that is easy to configure and use.
Amphetamine is a menu bar utility that is lightweight and allows users to control their computer’s sleep/wake functionality and preferences.
Bartender is an award-winning app/utility for macOS that allows you complete control over your menu bar. Most users wouldn’t think about rearranging their menu bar, but Bartender gives users the freedom to control what is displayed and when so that you only see the items your really need. The utility is designed to improve your workflow and includes functions such as quick reveal, search, custom hotkeys, and triggers. Bartender 4 is designed to work with macOS Big Sur, Monterey, and includes M1 Support.
$15 (4-week free trial)
Bartender is a powerful extension utility that allows users to take control of their menu bar.
When it comes to setting up an awesome new Mac you are going to definitely want these applications/extensions to improve your workflow, productivity, and to simply make things easier. It’s taken me a long time, and many starts and stops to find just the right configuration with all the extensions and utilities that are available. I’ve narrowed it down to these five macOS extensions as I think they are the best. There are plenty of other ones that I’ve not experienced and would love to hear about other users’ thoughts. Leave a comment with your favorites if I didn’t include them here.