Best Apps For Macbook Pro For College Students

Welcome to the newest version of Best Apps for Macbook Pro for College Students, recently updated on September 2018. We update this list every month to ensure you are getting the best apps that will help you be more productive in college.

10 Awesome Mac Apps To Get Student Through College

Best Apps For Macbook Pro For College Students

  1. Manuscripts
    This app is a word processor designed specifically for academic papers creation. This means that developers made editing footnotes, annotations, and references unbelievably easy. The features are more or less the same as in standard text editors (that is, more than enough for an average student). The layout, however, is very intuitive. All the key features required to meet style guide requirements are only a click away, so editing and restructuring are fairly painless.

Manuscripts facilitates the process of academic writing and leaves students one less reason to procrastinate.

  1. iStudiez Pro
    This is an organizer app that was designed specifically for students. Assignments, essay deadlines, exams dates, homework, class schedules, and grades – everything is tracked easily. What is more important for teenagers today, everything is synced across all the devices (iPhone, iPad, or both).

The interface is clean and intuitive, so nothing will distract you from the actual content of the app. Still, it is elegant enough, so working with it is pleasant.

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  1. MacFly Pro
    MacFly Pro is a maintenance app that clears the useless files from the disk. Students are notorious for their untidiness. Their laptops are no exception. They tend to have all kinds of duplicate files littering the disk – essay drafts, academic paper copies, discarded apps, innumerable photos.

This cleaner is a great tool to detect and delete duplicate files on Mac, system junk, large files – everything that can be safely removed to free up some additional space. The last point is particularly useful, as students usually have base Mac models with modest disk capacity, so they run out of space far too quickly.

  1. Paste
    Paste is clipboard manager. It is useful for students, as they have to deal with various subjects and multiple sources of information on a daily basis. This can be quite overwhelming, so a simple and intuitive organizing tool can help a lot. With Paste, everything they copy is never lost, so it is easy to return to the copied information later. Moreover, the clippings are stored on an array of pinboards that user can organize by theme, file type, time, or any other attribute.

This tool is particularly helpful during revision week and while writing research papers – in fact, whenever students have to process big volumes of material.

  1. Giphy Capture
    Giphy Capture is an app for creating gifs from videos, pictures, or anything that is happening on the screen. This easy-to-use tool looks like fun, but what’s its value for the education?

The illustrative power of gifs is undisputable. How-tos, guides, tutorials – everything that is easier to show in one moving picture than to describe in thousand words. While you can have both in video format, making a video is a complex and time-consuming process. With gifs, you can bring across the same clear message with minimum effort, plus incorporate instructions as text, which is even more beneficial for visual learners.

This app is great for both teachers and students to show off their projects and share knowledge with the class in an engaging and entertaining way.

  1. Evernote
    No list like this one can ignore the elephant in the room. This cloud-based note-taking app enjoys wide popularity, so I will discover nothing new by reciting Evernote’s features. However, students tend to ignore it. They prefer playing around with desktop stickers, messages to themselves, and a mess of text files instead of the civilized way of keeping records.

Therefore, I decided to put it on the list anyway. You can save text note, doodles, iSight notes, voice messages, and entire webpages – practically anything in any format. This is your digital “random stuff” box that you can always have on you and that does not rattle as you go.

  1. Alfred
    Alfred is something in between the succinct Spotlight and the chatty Siri. It can find anything and it understands what you seek so well it’s almost eerie. Simply hit the keyboard shortcut and in the window that appears, start typing in the name of the app you want to run.

Alfred is the fastest way to fish out any file and app from your vast collection without having them on the desktop. This saves a lot of time and effort that students can instead invest in actual learning.

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Bear mac app screenshot

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Bear is a free note-taking app that’s versatile, encrypted and easy to use. While Apple continues to make meaningful improvements to its own free Notes app, Bear does a lot of what Notes does better, and with a bigger priority on your privacy. The free version of Bear lets you write notes and to-dos in portable Markdown, organize notes with nested tags, pull assets (like images or text) from web pages into your notes, and even draw or dictate notes using a stylus (for drawing) or Apple Watch (for dictation). If you subscribe to the upgraded Bear Pro version ($14.99/year) you get even more useful features, like the ability to sync notes between devices, encrypt individual notes with a password, or lock the Bear app with Face/Touch ID.

Download Bear

fantastical calendar view

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Sure, your Mac already has a built-in calendar, but Fantastical does it better. This award-winning app has long been a favorite of ours, and at least one Tom’s Guide editor swears by it as a productivity tool. The free version of Fantastical offers a slick, easy-to-use calendar that makes it easy to organize your tasks and see what’s coming up with a glance. If you’re willing to pay a monthly fee, you can subscribe to the upgraded version that offers more useful features, including cross-platform Fantastical access and syncing across Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.


Download Fantastical

Spark email app screenshot

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You can do better than the default Mail app on macOS, and Spark is one of the best alternatives. This free email client offers a number of handy features the competition doesn’t, including a suite of tools that make it easy for multiple people to manage an inbox by doing things like assigning emails to each other or composing emails collaboratively in real time. It also offers excellent tools for organizing your inbox, scheduling emails, and finding exactly the message you’re looking for using a natural language search engine. You can also find stellar Spark clients on iOS and Android, making it a great tool for managing email across multiple devices.

Download Spark

Alfred 4
Alfred 4 screenshot

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Alfred 4 is the latest and greatest version of Alfred, a better way to search for files on your Mac and the web at large. But Alfred is more than a search tool: you can use it to launch apps, look up spelling and definitions, do quick calculations, and generally make the most of your new Mac. The best part? It’s free, though you can pay a one-time fee to buy a license and upgrade to a version with more powerful features, including the ability to play music from iTunes, create workflows and hotkeys, customize Alfred’s look, and more.

Download Alfred 4

DaisyDisk screenshot

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DaisyDisk is one of the best disk space managers for Mac because it’s powerful, versatile and beautiful to look at. This $10 app will quickly scan your storage drive(s) to show you a gorgeous interactive map of how your Mac’s storage space is being used, and its drag-and-drop tools make it easy to quickly move files around and clear up some space. Plus, the latest version now supports scanning drives on cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and more.

Download DaisyDisk

Meeter screenshot

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Meeter is a handy little app that sits in your Mac’s menu bar and organizes all your video calls in one place, whether they be on BlueJeans, FaceTime, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Webex, Zoom or about thirty other video-conferencing platforms. In normal times Meeter is ideal for remote workers, but during the COVID-19 pandemic it’s a useful app for anyone who regularly hops on video calls with family and friends. The free version connects to your calendar and automatically pulls in details for your upcoming calls, making it easy to quickly see what you have coming up and join with a single click — no more rooting through your email to find the right meeting link.

Download Meeter

CleanShot X
Cleanshot x screenshot

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CleanShot X is a turbocharged screen-capturing tool for Macs, and if you spend a lot of time capturing pics or video of your desktop it’s a real life-changer. The basic version costs $29 and gives you a more powerful suite of screen-capturing tools that make it easy to quickly snap a pic, edit or annotate it, combine it with other screenshots, and share it with whoever you need to via drag-and-drop. You can also record video of your screen (even while scrolling) with the option to capture your clicks, your keystrokes, or your webcam, then quickly upload that recording to the cloud or turn it into a GIF. Upgrade to the $8/month Pro version for unlimited cloud storage (the basic version gives you just 1GB), custom domain and branding options, and more.

Download CleanShot X

Pixelmator Pro
pixelmator pro screenshot

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With a $40 asking price, Pixelmator Pro isn’t the cheapest photo editing app on the App Store, but it’s certainly one of the best. As of this writing it offers more than 50 image editing tools (including a full set of vector tools), including some pretty neat options like photo editing tools that tap into the power of machine learning. It’s a strong competitor to Adobe Photoshop, with the added bonus that you only have to pay for Pixelmator Pro once, whereas Adobe wants to charge you a monthly subscription fee to use its best photo editing tools.

Download Pixelmator Pro

iMovie screenshot

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Apple’s own iMovie isn’t the most robust or professional video editor on the market (those honors go to expensive software like Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro), but it’s one of the easiest to use. More importantly, it’s free, whereas most full-featured video editors will cost you $100 or more. Since iMovie is Apple software it may well already be installed on your Mac, but if not, you can easily grab it from the App Store to do some quick video editing at up to 4K resolution.

Download iMovie

Grids screenshot

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Sure, you can log into Instagram via your web browser of choice, but it’s not exactly the most ideal way to browse the image-sharing service. Enter Grids, a free app that makes browsing Instagram on your Mac a much more enjoyable experience. It has a nice clean interface that loads quickly, and you can use it to view Instagram photos and videos in a variety of layouts. There’s also a handy enlarged view mode for when you want to zoom in. The only downside is that some of the standard features of Instagram (like being able to direct message other users or watch their Stories) are only available in Grids if you subscribe to the Pro version, which is $2.50/month on a month-to-month basis or $1/month if you buy a yearly subscription.

Download Grids

Tweetbot for Mac screenshot

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If you use Twitter frequently, Tweetbot is a must-have app for Mac. This $10 app makes the experience of using Twitter much more enjoyable by giving you access to a powerful suite of filters that can help you block out spoilers, sponsored tweets, and more. It has a slick user interface with that makes it easy to track hashtags, switch between accounts, and jot down notes on user profiles that only you can see.

Download Tweetbot

Spotify desktop client screenshot

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If you’re not already using Apple Music to kick out the jams, chances are good you’re a Spotify user. Even if you aren’t yet, Spotify makes it easy to set up a free account and start listening to your favorite artists, and the macOS desktop app gives you more control over your playlists than the web app in a slick, easy-to-navigate design.

Download Spotify

Steam for Mac promo image

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If you want to play games on your Mac, it’s a good idea to download Steam. Launched by Valve nearly two decades ago, Steam has grown to become one of the biggest PC game platforms in the world. Not every game on Steam is compatible with macOS, but Steam makes it easy to filter through its 50,000+ games to see which ones run on Macs. There are lots of amazing options too, including everything from Sid Meier’s Civilization VI and Stardew Valley to Cuphead, Hades, Disco Elysium and more. Plus, you can connect a compatible Bluetooth controller for some old-fashioned gamepad gaming on your new Mac.

Download Steam

When you absolutely, positively must play a video file and you’re not sure Apple’s QuickTime player will support it, VLC is the first media player you should download. It’s one of the best media players on the market because it supports so many different types of multimedia, including DVDs, audio/video CDs, and file formats like Xvid, DivX, Real Video, and more — including Ogg Vorbis, a personal favorite. The best part? It’s free, open-source, and available across multiple platforms, including iOS.


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