Affinity Photo represents the best balance of features, price, and accessibility for the majority of users, even professional ones.
Fantastical is the best calendar app for macOS because it's easy to use, powerful, and well-designed.
Keep It is a powerful and feature-rich research app that offers feature parity between both iOS and macOS platforms.
The best app for writing notes by hand on the iPad is GoodNotes because of its great UI, great Pencil support and writing feel, and search features.
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.
Parallels Desktop is the best option for running Windows on macOS because it's fast, easy to use, and comes with a lot of features that make living in two operating systems easier than ever.
We love TextExpander because it works across multiple platforms (including Windows), is easy to set up and use, and has a straight-forward business model.
Be Focused Pro is the perfect blend of powerful timeboxing tools and a clean, beautiful user interface to help support you when getting your work done.
MarsEdit is a powerful and convenient WordPress client for macOS that is easy to use, full of features, and well-designed.
Studies is our favorite app for studying flash cards on iOS and macOS because of its powerful features and ease of use.
With iBooks robust store, rich media, and interactive content, we feel that it provides the best way to read books on iOS.
Toggl is the best time-tracking solution for freelancers because it works on multiple platforms, has fair pricing for great features, and sports a great UI.
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 is the best app for using your iPad as an external display on macOS Catalina Macs and iPadOS 13 iPads.
Google Docs is the best online, collaborative document editing suite because it's dependable, easy to use, and easy to share with others.
PDFpen is the best PDF app for Mac because it's easy to use, powerful enough for most users, and also does OCR.
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.
Ulysses is the best pro writing app because it's easy to use, not distracting, and extremely powerful.
Screens is the best VNC client for Mac and iOS because it's easy to set up, has powerful features, and fits the needs of most users.
MindNode is our favorite mind mapping app because it features an easy, beautiful design, solid syncing, and plenty of import and export options for your workflow.
Alfred is easy to use OS X launcher that has a free entry point, custom workflows, and a great iOS companion app.
Wunderlist is our favorite way to share tasks because of its ubiquity, design, reliability, and sharing features.
Reeder is the best RSS client for macOS because it syncs with lots of third-party services, looks good, and makes it easy to share content with others.
Spark is a beautifully-designed mail app for macOS that makes email a quick task with plenty of service integrations, the ability to send emails to other apps, and more.
Droplr is our favorite file sharing app because it's easy to use, is priced fairly, and works on all our devices.
Deliveries is our favorite app for tracking package deliveries on iOS and Mac OS X.
Things is a well-designed task manager that is very powerful while also being delightful and easy to use.
Byword strikes the perfect balance of being simple, delightful, customizable, and powerful.
TunnelBear is our favorite VPN solution because it's easy to use, automatically connects, and provides a stable, hassle-free connection.
Reminders offers the best combination of design, ease of use, and flexibility.
1Password is the the best password manager out there because it not only handles passwords better than anyone, it handles so much more.
Everyone should have an off-site backup. Backblaze is the easiest to set up, the least expensive to use, and extremely reliable.
Time Machine is Apple’s solution for the everyday Mac customer. It’s easy to set up and use, and creates an excellent safety net for those who wish to back up their data to a locally-attached external hard drive.
Carbon Copy Cloner is very powerful and provides the tools needed to make backups easy and useful.
Apple Music is our favorite music streaming service because it has great features, an expansive catalog, and the user base to back it up.
The best app for making your images look their best with a minimum amount of fuss.
Bartender is a Mac Menu Bar app that scoops up any and all of those icons, and places them inside a "folder" to keep your Menu Bar tidy.
Paprika is the best app for organizing all your favorite recipes, and it makes it easy to plan, save, shop, and cook.
For a classy journaling app that works on all your devices, you can't do better than Day One.
Tweetbot 3 is our favorite Twitter client for Mac because of its awesome feature set and delightful design.
Printopia is our favorite utility for turning any printer on your network into an AirPrint printer.
iCloud Photo Library is the best cloud management solution for photos for most people due to its low cost, ease-of-use, and helpful, built-in features.
The WD My Book for Mac is our favorite external hard drive. It's fast (with USB 3.0), reliable, has a huge storage capacity, and is extremely affordable.