Favorite Picks of 2013: Top Items and Trends Reviewed

Favorite Picks of 2013: Top Items and Trends Reviewed

As the year 2013 winds down, I reflect on the Mac applications that have significantly shaped my user experience. It’s worth noting that the age of these apps doesn’t weigh into my selection; their utility and performance are what matter most. Here’s a rundown of the apps that have not only been invaluable to me this year but are also ones I anticipate continuing to use.

The prices mentioned are in US Dollars and are approximated to the nearest dollar for simplicity. If no price is mentioned for an app, it is available at no cost, though donations are often welcomed by the developers.

Favorite Picks of 2013: Top Items and Trends Reviewed

Top New Discovery of 2013

The Bartender app, priced at $15, was a game-changer for me.

It elegantly solves the problem of a cluttered menu bar on macOS, allowing you to manage which icons remain visible. This app is essential for maintaining a tidy desktop interface, and it’s hard to imagine my Mac without it.

I also use Bartender to streamline my workspace on my Dell UltraSharp 29″ Ultrawide monitor, which offers expansive screen real estate equivalent to two standard monitors.

Most Used App of 2013

Favorite Picks of 2013: Top Items and Trends Reviewed

The Keyboard Maestro, available for $36, is not a newcomer but remains my favorite for its robust features and continuous improvements. The more I delve into its capabilities, the more I find myself impressed. It’s a powerhouse for automating repetitive tasks, saving me countless hours.

I’ve extensively written about Keyboard Maestro and even shared several macros on Github.

The developer is actively engaged with the user community, often expressing amazement at the creative ways users leverage his software.

Automation Beyond Keyboard Maestro

While Keyboard Maestro is my go-to for automation, it’s just the beginning. TextExpander and Hazel, priced at $35 and $28 respectively, are also integral to my setup.

Favorite Picks of 2013: Top Items and Trends Reviewed

TextExpander enhances productivity by allowing you to insert snippets of text or code with simple keyboard shortcuts. Hazel takes automation further by organizing and cleaning up your folders based on rules you define, working silently in the background.

Favorite Picks of 2013: Top Items and Trends Reviewed

For more insights, check out the extensive coverage on TUAW, including articles on both Hazel and TextExpander.

Indispensable Yet Underappreciated

Favorite Picks of 2013: Top Items and Trends Reviewed

Dropbox is a tool I can’t live without. It seamlessly syncs files across all my devices and supports a wide range of applications.

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Daniel is a dedicated writer for TUAW, bringing years of experience and a deep love for all things Apple. With a keen eye for detail, Daniel covers everything from the latest iPhone and iPad releases to the newest features in macOS and watchOS. His insightful articles and reviews help readers stay informed and make the most of their Apple products. When he’s not writing, Daniel enjoys exploring new apps and tinkering with his MacBook Pro.