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20 premium productivity apps actually worth paying for

A guide to our favorite (and discounted!) mac apps that are also available on iOS and Android.
Day One
2014 Apple Design Award Winner, 2012 Mac App of the Year, Award-winning journaling app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Record life as you live it. From once-in-a-lifetime events to everyday moments, Day One's elegant interface makes journaling your life a simple pleasure.
Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists
Over 2.5 million people de-clutter their lives with Clear, so stop stalling and start organizing your daily routine.

Clear is the revolutionary to-do and reminders app that makes you more productive. Just start typing to add to-dos, and once you start organizing your life with Clear you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.
Blogo - Write, publish and manage multiple blogs with WordPress and Evernote Integration
50% off for a limited time as part of the Mac App Store’s Get Productive promotion!

Blogging made easy, again. Blogo is the easiest and fastest way to write, publish and manage multiple blogs.
Notability is a powerful note-taker to annotate documents, sketch ideas, record lectures, take notes and more. It combines, typing, handwriting, audio recording, and photos so you can create notes that fit your needs. With iCloud support, your notes are always available on iPad, iPhone and Mac. Anytime, anywhere.


Byword is designed to make writing more enjoyable with Markdown on your Mac.
Prizmo 3 - Scanning, OCR & Speech
Prizmo 3 is a scanning application with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in over 40 languages with powerful editing capability, text-to-speech, and iCloud support.
oneSafe is the password manager app where you can store all your confidential information - be it passwords, internet accounts, ID numbers, bank account details, pictures or private documents - in one safe place.
Dropzone 3
Dropzone makes it faster and easier to copy and move files, open applications and share files with many different services.

Dropzone 3 is a unique and amazing app that's like nothing you've ever used before. We've paid fanatical attention to every detail and built an app that looks and feels like an integral part of OS X.
Desk - Writing, Blogging, Notetaking, Journaling, and Productivity for WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, MovableType, Typep...
Desk has won the prestigious Apple award: "Best App of 2014"! Thank you everyone for making this dream a reality!
Fantastical - Calendar and Reminders
Presenting the calendar app you'll actually enjoy using. Type in that you have "Lunch with John on Friday at 1pm" and Fantastical will schedule it! Or type in that you need to "Buy milk by Tuesday" and Fantastical will create a reminder with a due date!
MindNode Pro
MindNode Pro is a powerful and intuitive mind mapping application. Its focus and flexibility make it the perfect tool for brainstorming and organizing your life - and iCloud sharing means you always have your mind maps with you.
Mail Designer Pro 2 · Create stunning mobile-responsive email newsletters
Create stunning responsive mobile- and desktop email newsletters with Mail Designer Pro. Creating state-of-the-art newsletters has never been easier.
iTranslate - translator & dictionary
iTranslate, the most popular translator tool on the App Store, now also on your Mac. iTranslate for Mac puts 80+ languages at your fingertips. It is designed as a status bar app that is always just one click or keystroke away to help you solve any translation problem.


There has NEVER been a better time to pick up both mSecure for MAC and mSecure for iOS. Download mSecure for MAC now and then click over to the iTunes Store and get mSecure 4 for iOS. Together they make the ultimate LIFETIME Password Manager Convenience Package.
iA Writer Pro
  • Syntax Control™: Highlight superfluous adjectives and adverbs, find weak verbs, spot repetitive nouns and eliminate false conjunctions. English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish text only.
    - Note - Write - Edit - Read: Workflow states to focus on the task at hand, each with the ideal typeface and color. 
iStudiez Pro
A student's life is a dizzying mix of activity and just plain craziness! Take charge of your schedule and put iStudiez Pro to work for you! Take advantage of iStudiez Pro easy navigation and never miss another course, lecture and lab, track tasks and deadlines, plan homework, arrange assignments and much more!
FlowVella - Presentation Software
FlowVella is defining the next generation of interactive presentation software for Mac and iPad. It allows anyone to QUICKLY and EASILY create beautiful, INTERACTIVE presentations with images, text, videos, PDFs, links and photo galleries and share them with anyone on any device. Synch with the free FlowVella iPad app. Formerly known as Flowboard.
The Hit List
Use it with The Hit List for iPhone 2.0 (new release, available on iTunes store) and enjoy fast, reliable syncing service included with the purchase of the app. Powerful, flexible and simple task management that is a pleasure to use, The Hit List can handle personal tasks and professional projects.


Unibox is an email client that groups your messages by person. This way your emails are organized automatically and you always find what you are looking for.


Outline is an intuitive note-taking application for OS X with convenient structure resembling real paper books: notebooks, sections, groups of sections and pages help to keep order in notes, regardless of their complexity. Outline for Mac is perfect for students, teachers, physicians, lawyers, executives and everyone who's daily life involves extensive note-taking of any kind. It can be coupled with Outline for iPad and Microsoft OneNote, which makes notes multi-platform.