The resources on this page are excellent free & premium tools, apps, websites and plugins that are an essential part of my workflow. These are my go-to resources that I use and recommend for ultimate productivity. Hopefully you will find some of these useful to you.
NOTE: I primarily use Apple Devices, but many of the resources on this page are also compatible with PC. Be sure to check for compatibility with your ecosystem.
Clean Shot X
Screen capture is built into the Mac for free and it works great. But the price of CleanShot X is well worth the additional features offered. (Crosshair Capture, Scrolling Capture, Screen Record, Cloud-based sharing and more.)
Record quick videos of your screen and camera that are instantly ready to share and watch using the loom cloud service. Pro tip: Loom is perfect for giving a quick lesson or screen recording errors to send your go-to tech person.
Optimized images are extremely important for websites and email marketing. ImageOptim makes images load faster. Saves disk space & bandwidth by compressing images without losing quality.
Meeter lets you easily manage your calls, you can join scheduled meetings from your calendar (Zoom, Hangouts, Webex, Teams & many more) and also initiate 1:1 audio calls. When a Zoom link is added to your calendar, Meeter automatically sets a timer and reminders with a quick link to join the meeting in your toolbar.
The simplest way to send files and share work for review with confidence. WeTransfer gives you everything you need to get from first draft to final delivery. I often recommend WeTransfer for those who don't use Google Drive or Dropbox. It is a quick and easy way to email large files. The free plan allows you to send a file up to 2 GB!
No doubt you have heard of Dropbox and Google Drive. Both are excellent cloud-based storage services with limited free accounts and costly monthly premium plans. However, Internxt is currently offering a lifetime deal on their ultra-secure, military-grade encrypted cloud storage and backup service that is based on blockchain technology. The highest tier plan they offer is is whopping 10TB! I have looked far and wide for a better deal than this and I have yet to find it. So grab it while you can. The discount on the lifetime plan probably will not last forever.
IINA is a modern and sexy media player that can handle all media formats. With a few worthy clicks, IINA can easily replace Quicktime as the default media player on your Mac. (As a longtime user of VLC, I must admit IINA is a welcome upgrade to my productivity workflow).
SECURITY & MAINTENANCE
Malwarebytes removes malware, viruses, and other threats from your device in seconds, and stops future infections with Real-Time Protection that works 24/7. Pro-tip: After your 14-day Premium trial, Malwarebytes will revert to its free version that offers virus scans but has no real-time protection.
This may not be the fastest VPN on the market, but it has never slowed me down and it is one of the few that offers a lifetime license. To me, that is a BIG WIN! VPN Unlimited offers 500+ Servers in 80+ Locations and a Zero-Log Policy which means privacy and security, which is exactly why one would want a VPN. This one is easy to setup and easy to use. Pretty much set and forget with options to enable and disable at the click of a button.
Privacy Badger is a browser extension that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web. If an advertiser seems to be tracking you across multiple websites without your permission, Privacy Badger automatically blocks that advertiser from loading any more content in your browser. To the advertiser, it’s like you suddenly disappeared.
I don’t work for any of the businesses listed on this page. I simply like and use these tools and apps. *However, some of the links on this page are affiliate links. If you use my link to make a purchase, I may receive a small referral payment at no extra cost to you. In fact, you might even get a discount!