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Ulysses

The Best Pro Writing App for Mac (and iOS)

Ulysses

Ulysses is the best pro writing app because it's easy to use, not distracting, and extremely powerful.
Byword

Our favorite Markdown writing app for the Mac

Byword

Byword strikes the perfect balance of being simple, delightful, customizable, and powerful.
Keep It

The Best Evernote Replacement App for Long-Term Research

Keep It

Keep It is a powerful and feature-rich research app that offers feature parity between both iOS and macOS platforms.
Day One

The Best Journaling App for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Day One

For a classy journaling app that works on all your devices, you can't do better than Day One.
Atom

The best text editor for macOS

Atom

Atom’s price, functionality, and approachability when it comes to package management and settings make it our choice for the best text editor for macOS for most people.
Timery

The Best Time Tracking App

Timery

Timery is best time tracking app on any platform because it gives you powerful iOS widgets and virtually limitless automation possibilities with phenomenal Shortcuts support.
Things

The task manager and GTD app suite for Mac, iPhone, and iPad

Things

Things is a well-designed task manager that is very powerful while also being delightful and easy to use.
Streaks

The Best Habit Tracking App for iOS

Streaks

Streaks gives you useful widgets, integration with Apple Health, phenomenal Shortcuts support, and everything you need to build good habits (or break bad ones).
Banktivity 7

The Best App for Managing Personal Finances and Budgets

Banktivity 7

Banktivity is our favorite budgeting app because it's easy to use, offers plenty of features and, most importantly, makes managing your finances easy and relatively hassle-free.
Sidecar

Best App for Using Your iPad as a Second Monitor or External Display

Sidecar

Sidecar is the best app for using your iPad as an external display on macOS Catalina Macs and iPadOS 13 iPads.
Bear

The best note-taking app for iPhone and iPad

Bear

Bear is our favorite notes app for its power and ease-of-use, while Notes.app is our favorite all-around notes app for its deep integration in iOS.
Unread

The Best RSS App for iPhone and iPad

Unread

Unread offers the best experience for reading RSS feeds on the iPhone and iPad.
PDF Expert 6

The Best App for Managing, Editing, and Reading PDFs on Your iPad

PDF Expert 6

PDF Expert is easy to use, works with many syncing services, offers the fastest document reading experience, and has the most robust toolset available.


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