One of the most remarkable things about Macs is that they can do so many different things – but that also means the average user is unfamiliar with the full extent of their computer’s capabilities. Simply put, from the built-in options to the wide variety of available add-ons on the market, Macs are designed for performance and recently Apple has gotten very serious about enterprise tech.
While no one needs every one of the available tools, in professional environments there are a few key features that can really make a difference. These 4 tools are office must-haves. Are they on your computer?
We’ve all been there. Maybe you use Gmail for your personal communications but your company uses Outlook. With so many different email platforms on the market, you’re bound to lose some messages in your attempts to merge. With Polymail, that won’t happen anymore.
Polymail was created precisely because of email client incompatibility and was designed to provide a native desktop experience, but has since migrated to be a web app. Its comprehensive design merges email and sales communications, providing companies with the multipoint solution necessary to keep large teams of workers in touch under any circumstances. No more missing messages, deadlines, or memoranda. It’s all right there with Polymail.
More workers are in remote roles than ever, but that’s raised significant privacy concerns for companies. How can employees connect with the office or access key files without putting everyone at risk? The answer is, with a virtual private network (VPN).
VPNs are an older technology, it’s not widely used outside professional settings. In essence, what it does is secure the flow of information so that if you’re working on a public network, you don’t put yourself or your business at risk. It makes the public private and the best VPNs for Mac, such as NordVPN and ExpressVPN, work right out of the box, providing encryption with minimal effort.
Stack It Up
The Mac dock is one of its most recognizable features, offering a visually appealing arrangement of applications and files instead of a formal menu system, but that dock is much more customizable than most users realize. For example, not only can you rearrange and change the individual icons that appear on your dock, you can also create new groupings of applications using the Stacks feature.
By using Stacks, you can personalize your desktop and minimize dock clutter by creating relevant groupings of files. That means you’ll do less digging through long application lists for commonly used tools but your dock won’t overflow. It’s a productivity tool as much as an organizational one, simple but high impact from an operational perspective.
No More Notepads
Most Mac users are highly loyal; they’re also iPhone and iPad users. The only problem is that these devices can be difficult to fully sync up, especially if you’re trying to find meeting notes on the fly or need to communicate quickly. And that’s why you need Bear, one of the best apps of 2017 (above).
Bear is a note-taking app that syncs across devices and allows users to chain related notes together to keep them organized. The interface is simple and intuitive and saves you time that would otherwise be spent manually organizing all your files. No one has time for that.
So often, technology seems contradictory to simplicity, but it doesn’t have to be that way. That’s why, though there are hundreds of other tools that could improve your Mac experience, the best solutions are the ones that minimize the total number of devices, files, and tools needed to do your job. A few great apps are all you need.