My go-to apps for 2019

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Throughout 2019, there were some applications that became my go-to apps for personal and professional projects. Here’s my shortlist:

  • Microsoft Word for Mac: I remain a Microsoft Word stalwart despite the love/hate relationship I’ve had with the application over the years. Word .doc files are an industry-standard file format so I doubt I’ll ever leave this application.
  • Atlassian Confluence: Some of my published work went offline in 2019 due to a site going offline and another because of a reorganization.. I was already running Confluence to keep my skills up, so I began using it as an archive and place where I can clean up these now offline articles for my portfolio and other records. 
  • Google Docs: Last year, Dropbox Paper made this list. I still love the application for personal writing. Google Docs grew on me this year, and I used it for personal writing such as this blog post you are reading. Google Docs gets the Add-ons game right with their G Suite Marketplace, which I like a lot as a user.
  • Spark: I’ve gone through my share of iOS and MacOS email applications over the years. All of them I have left. Sometimes, like Mailbox, the app left me. Spark email from Readdle has been my go-to email app across my iPhone, iPad Pro, and Macs. The app has been stable and robust. It also includes a snooze feature I like to use during the workday to set aside important emails I need to respond to when I’m back at my personal computer during the evening.
  • Todoist: I’ve gone through way too many task management apps since I got my first Apple devices. Despite a very buggy phase, I’ve stuck with Todoist on my Mac, iPad, and iPhone. The most recent Todoist release is rock solid and has been worth the wait.
  • Microsoft OneNote: The nature of my work means managing a lot of information across professional and personal projects. While I was an Evernote guy for years, I came back to OneNote as a repository for my notes and other project information such as important emails, expense receipts and screen captures.
  • BaseCamp Personal: In November, I began to use BaseCamp Personal to manage my job hunt. While I’m not a fan of collaboration tool overload, I do try to keep conversant in the latest tools because I follow collaboration as a topic. My work as a technical writer also means I sometimes make collaboration tool recommendations. BaseCamp Personal impressed me quickly with its clean design and responsiveness.

Atlassian Trello fell off the list this year for no better reason than I didn’t use it on any major projects in 2019. Trello will definitely enter the discussion if I can choose tools for my next job.

What apps made your list for most used in 2019?