If you’re a lawyer or partner in a small to medium-sized law practice, you’ve probably got enough on your hands without the stress of having to make sure your firm’s finances and customer contacts are managed smoothly. Clio is a powerful web-based law practice management tool designed specifically for the needs of law firms. Clio is suitable for sole traders and small-to-mid-sized law practices and although it’s mainly a web service, it can be accessed more conveniently using the desktop app for Mac.
OmniPlan is a popular and powerful productivity tool for Mac that helps you visualize, maintain, and simplify your projects. OmniPlan is a project management tool that lets you break down tasks, optimize use of resources, monitor costs and manage your project in a convenient overview of your plans.
Unlike browser-based project management tools such as Wrike, Mavenlink, or JIRA, OmniPlan runs straight off the desktop through the Mac app. It’s ideal for collaborating with colleagues whether it’s changes to schedules, project plans, or simply just to chat with them about something you’re working on.
As you would expect from professional project management software, OmniPlan includes Gantt charts, schedules, summaries, milestones, and critical path highlighting to give you complete control over your project. OmniPlan can be invaluable in helping you anticipate and eliminate problems by identifying bottlenecks, tracking budgets and distributing workloads amongst team members more fairly and efficiently.
Nutshell is a well-organized and collaborative CRM tool aimed at small businesses. Nutshell has powerful reporting and collaboration tools, integration with Exchange and Google Apps, comprehensive lead tracking tools, and more.
Although there is a web version of Nutshell, it’s also available as a standalone desktop app for Mac, PC, iOS and Android. However, if you’ve ever used the web version of Nutshell, you won’t notice much difference between it and the Mac app ,which basically plugs displays all the functions and features of the web app in a desktop shell. Still, it’s a worthy alternative to browser-based SaaS CRM apps, such as Salesforce, Insightly, or Pipedrive, if you want CRM functionality packaged within a desktop app.
Do you ever find with too many windows open on your Mac desktop you get easily distracted when you’re working? There are so many apps and web sites vying for attention on screen sometimes that it’s difficult to focus on one thing at a time. HazeOver is a simple but effective productivity tool that helps you focus on one task or window at a time.
HazeOver works by automatically highlighting the active app window in the foreground by dimming all of the background windows. If, like many people, you have multiple apps open at one time, Hazeover helps improve your concentration by focusing on one app at a time instead of trying to attend to things such as tweets, emails, instant chat messages and Facebook status updates at the same time. Used in collaboration with a project planning app such as LiquidPlanner, ProWorkflow, or Wrike, it can really help you focus on the tasks at hand.
There’s now lots of accounting and personal finance software for Mac that are big on user friendliness but often this comes at the expense of functionality and features. BeanCounter is for all those that need a no-frills, powerful and straightforward bookkeeping, time tracking, and invoicing software on their Mac. While it isn’t the slickest accounting software out there, it’s very comprehensive and powerful when it comes to managing finances.
The number of features in BeanCounter are almost impossible to list here but include everything from essential features such as double-entry and accrual accounting to multiple currency support and time tracking. All of this is contained within a very simple and basic one-window user interface that might seem a bit drab for those who have used glossy SaaS accounting software such as FreshBooks, Xero, or QuickBooks. However, if you spend time getting to know it, you’ll find that BeanCounter is more than suitable for managing accounts, clients, projects, merchants and bills providing reports and graphs.
iMindQ is a powerful productivity tool that helps you build mind maps. iMindQ is aimed at businesses, educators and individuals that want to improve their creative thinking, memory and effectively manage, organize and present information.
iMindQ is an excellent tool for creating organic mind maps, concept maps, flow charts and many other types of diagram. It’s also great for solving problems, improving communication, and making plans quicker and more creatively.
If you’re new to mind mapping, its a very simple and effective way to organize information, allowing you to capture the natural flow of ideas. Mind mapping helps you arrange ideas and then makes it easier to identify their interconnections visually. It’s an extremely effective way at visually representing complex ideas, information and data for planning projects, new concepts or conducting meetings and iMindQ does it very well, although it doesn’t quite have the same level of functionality as a full-blown project management software like LiquidPlanner or Wrike.
Running a business is hard enough without the stress of having to deal with complicated accounting systems. QuickBooks is one of the most established and user-friendly accounting software packages out there, along with apps such as FreshBooks and Xero.
QuickBooks for Mac is aimed at freelancers, small businesses, finance officers, accountants, and bookkeepers who want to save time by simplifying small business accounting. QuickBooks for Mac is a product that seems to divide Mac users, who either love or hate it. However, it’s one of the more user-friendly finance software packages out there. QuickBooks is developed by Intuit, which also makes Mint, GoPayment, TurboTax, and Quicken, and has a long track record in financial software.
Moxtra aims to make team communication more flexible. This collaboration app represents a new generation of “Power Communication” tools, designed to change the way teams communicate so that they can work anywhere, anytime on OS X and iOS. It makes an interesting, Mac-flavored alternative to popular cloud-based collaboration software for business such as Wrike, eXo Platform, and Smartsheet.
Moxtra works on MacBooks, iPhones and iPads, although you can also share most things with others who aren’t using these platforms. Moxtra allows you to work on whichever device you may be using in the office, at home, or on the move. Ultimately, Moxtra aims to provide a seamless and faster working experience across both OSX and iOS that removes the need for email and downloading files in exchange for instant messaging and file sharing.
How do you make teamwork on large projects easier and simpler? Slack is a productivity tool aimed at answering this question, by making collaboration simpler and more productive. Slack is all about increasing transparency and streamlining workflows on everything from small assignments to giant projects with multiple participants.
The Slack Mac app works by dividing projects into ‘Channels’. Each channel has it’s own searchable history, messages, comments, images, videos and rich link summaries. Channels can be integrated with activity on Twitter, Dropbox, and Google Drive all of which you can hook-up to Slack.
Writer Pro is a bit bipolar. On the Mac, the app takes writing to a different level; elevating Markdown and a clean workflow into a smooth running system that is a pleasure to use. But on iOS, it’s a mess with very little reason to appear on your homescreen. And both apps cost $19.95.
And so, I’m conflicted. I like using Writer Pro, but I don’t enjoy using it on both platforms. In addition, new additional information about the developers has appeared, making me feel even worse. So should you spend $20 or $40 on the Writer Pro app system, or is it best to just walk away? Let’s find out. (more…)