The 6 Top-Rated Free Productivity Apps in the Mac App Store

The Mac App Store is full of productivity apps that range in price from $0.99 all the way up to $99.99 (a few even more than that). While some Mac app users believe that expensive equals better, others just can’t afford pricey apps (or refuse to pay over a certain amount) and opt for cheaper alternatives.

So today, we’re going to focus on the 6 top-rated productivity apps in the Mac App Store that are totally free! Yes, though often hard to find, free apps do exist. You’ll see that not only are these free productivity Mac apps useful, but they’re just as good as paid alternatives – some maybe even better.

1. Droplr

Droplr - The Easiest Way to Share images, documents, files and links on Mac.

Droplr is an amazing app that makes sharing images, screenshots, documents, notes, files and links quick and easy. The app sites in your Mac menubar until you’re ready to share something. Then, you simply drag and drop whatever it is that you’d like to share right onto the menubar icon (there’s also a keyboard shortcut if you prefer). Once uploaded, the link will be automatically copied to your clipboard so that you can paste it into an IM message, email, tweet or anywhere else.

Droplr is also very similar to CloudApp, another free productivity app for Mac that simplifies file and link sharing.


2. Inbox Classic

Inbox Classic - Brings GTD productivity to the Mac desktop in true style.

Inbox Classic is a to-do list manager and project organizer, that is set up much like an email inbox and inspired by the GTD (Getting Things Done) methodologies. The purpose of this free productivity app is to help you stay focused and organized at the same time. You can use Inbox Classic to capture and process ideas, organize simple to complex projects, set alarms and reminders, and much more.

There are also iOS apps for the iPhone and iPad, but you can’t sync your tasks. However, there’s a paid update coming soon that will allow you to sync your tasks.

Inbox Classic

3. Alfred

Alfred - Keyboard-driven productivity application for launching apps and searching on your Mac.

Alfred has been reviewed here, at Make Tech Easier, in the past so I’m not going to go into it too much. Alfred is an awesome app launcher and search tool that can take the place of Spotlight – and probably will take its place once you start using it. I personally use Alfred on my Macbook Pro and I love it; it’s quick, convenient and highly customizable.

4. birthdayBook

birthdayBook - Elegant birthday reminders on your Mac.

Do you have trouble remembering upcoming birthdays or other important events? If so, birthdayBook can help with that! It’s a simple application that displays elegant, customizable birthday reminders on your Mac. You can even have it display birthdays of famous people too, such as artists and writers. The birthday calendars are in a list format and can be printed out. birthdayBook integrates with the Apple address book and iCal, which makes important and exporting events even easier.


5. Grrrabit

Grrrabit - Instant Screenshot Sharing for Mac

If you share a lot of screenshots on your Mac, you’ll love Grrabit. It’s an instant screenshot sharing app that keeps your screenshots private. After clicking on the floating rabbit on your desktop, Grrrabit will automatically create a password-protected page for your screenshots. The URL will also be automatically copied to your clipboard so that you can share it with your friend(s). You can also customize the theme of your pages as well as add captions and doodles to your screenshots.


6. DropCopy

DropCopy - Easily and quickly send files and folders across your network.

With DropCopy you can “easily and quickly send files and folders to multiple destinations across your network by simply dragging files onto recipients in a popup window.” So, getting a file or folder from one Mac to another can be done in two simple steps. You can even copy items on one machine and paste them on another. Plus with DropCopy, there are no dialogs, passwords or confirmations to go through, so it really cuts down on time as well as the process of network file sharing.


Do you use any of these productivity apps on your Mac? If so, what do you think of them? What is your favorite productivity app on the Mac – free or paid?

Charnita Fance Charnita Fance

Charnita has been a Freelance Writer & Professional Blogger since 2008. As an early adopter she loves trying out new apps and services. As a Windows, Mac, Linux and iOS user, she has a great love for bleeding edge technology. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

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  1. Thanks for sharing these tools! I would love to try Grrrabit soon since I’m still setting up my Lion. I actually manage a team of telecommuters and we do a lot of screen sharing and chat sessions as a way to create a virtual office. So hopefully we can use this software and thanks again for sharing such a wonderful list of apps.

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