Dan Edwards
Dan EdwardsDesigner @ Snyk - Ex Product Hunt

[Designers] What are your must-have Mac apps?

What apps are you using every day that you simply can't design without? From workflow to inspiration...
20 recommended
  1. 66
    Sketch for Teams

    Take design collaboration to the next level in the cloud

    tobinharrisCTO, Pocketworks Mobile Ltd · Written
    It's great for interface design for apps and websites, has loads of templates and resources available on ui8.net and other sites. Also good for flow diagrams. And as a bonus, I use it for product canvases/strategy canvases - a kind of infinite surface where I need to dump a load of info on the screen at once (docs, images, annotations etc).
  2. 39
    Alfred 3

    The Mac's best launcher just got a whole lot better

    John Kappa
    John KappaMelbourne based Designer · Written
    Once you get used to using Alfred you'll be able to kill your dock and speed up your workflow.
    Jeff Davis
    Jeff DavisPHP Web Developer · Written
    When I sit in front of a Mac that doesn't have Alfred installed, I have no idea what to do. It is like when I am at a friend's house and I drop food on the floor and realize they don't have a dog. Why not just get a dog? It makes like so much easier. Alfred is the very first thing I would install on a Mac
  3. 25

    Animate your ideas, design better apps

    Dan Edwards
    Dan EdwardsDesigner @ Snyk - Ex Product Hunt · Written
    The simplest tool I've found for UI animation, especially good with Sketch.
  4. 16
    Figma 1.0

    The first interface design tool with real-time collaboration

    Prithvi Ravi
    Prithvi RaviProduct Designer & Developer · Written
    The best design tool ever!
    John Kappa
    John KappaDesigner, Perception Design · Written
    100% Game Changer!
    Greatest design software
  5. 16
    Reduce by Flawless App

    Compress huge Sketch files in an instant

    ValiaAll Problem Solver at FlawlessApp.io · Written
    Valia made this product
    Flawless Feedback allows to easily leave feedback on the implemented design for iOS apps. The tool can stream real app from iPhone to Mac, allowing annotate screenshots with UI fixes.
  6. 12
    Reduce by Flawless App

    Compress huge Sketch files in an instant

    Lisa Dziuba
    Lisa DziubaMaker & PMM. Built & Sold my startup 🦄 · Written
    Lisa Dziuba made this product
    Mac app for compering the real design with the final app. Useful for mobile developers, UI & UX designers and product managers.,
  7. 9

    The color-blind simulator and contrast checker for Sketch.

    Dan Edwards
    Dan EdwardsDesigner @ Snyk - Ex Product Hunt · Written
    Essential accessibility tool for designers.
    I don't think it is the best. But for me, it is helpful.
  8. 8
    Adobe Spark

    Create social graphics, web stories and animated videos

    Kalia Hayes
    Kalia HayesShow me what you got. · Written
    My preferred design environment that's on the come up. It's prototyping abilities are decently advanced and improved on periodically. A bit more intuitive than Sketch while also being less bloated, imo. Adobe XD has a very nice built in prototype sharing feature, too. I send my higher-ups links to prototypes with embedded comments throughout the artboard which they can easily pull up in browser. Or I can connect my phone to my Mac and view my mobile designs with ease via an Adobe XD mobile app. Edits I make on my Mac are instantly reflected on my phone in real time. It is also free to use and cross platform, which is handy.
  9. 7
    Dropbox Paper

    Collaboration tool built for teams

    Dan Edwards
    Dan EdwardsDesigner @ Snyk - Ex Product Hunt · Written
    Couldn't imagine sharing design files with my team without Dropbox.
  10. 7
    Design Camera

    Drag and drop 3D mockups

    Design camera is an app that mocks a 3D phone, and it includes animations. Just drag and drop your photo (needs to be device size), and it will automatically insert into the mockup. I use this for advertising, it's so simple, yet effective. Also, theres 4k
    For my passion with taking photos, I have tried why you not?
  11. 5

    Design collaboration without the chaos

    Vlad Arbatov
    Vlad ArbatovHead of international Geo @ Yandex · Written
    Keeps design iterations on the point, especially valuable when working with the team / client.
  12. 5
    Setapp beta

    Your shortcut to prime apps on Mac, an App Store alternative

    Vadym Syliava
    Vadym SyliavaCo-Founder, Trunkee App. · Written
    It's a new era of the application store.
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  13. 4

    Measure every pixel on your screen with ease ✨

    Great for measuring distance and useful for screenshots too!
  14. 2

    Simply utility to adjust Sketch nudge settings

    Dan Edwards
    Dan EdwardsDesigner @ Snyk - Ex Product Hunt · Written
    Great simple tool to adjust Sketch nudge settings.
  15. 2
    Edraw Project

    An easy and powerful Gantt Chart tool for your projects

    Camp Olivia
    Camp OliviaLoving cool things in this world! · Written
    I really love the pre-built templates and the selection that comes with it. Overall, easy to adapt and customize. Personally, I found that it was easier to use and more professional looking end product compared to PS.
  16. 2

    Quickly Create iOS Prototypes

    PratheeP /../
    PratheeP /../Digital Product Designer · Written
    Likely the fastest prototyping tool with great options for micro animations. The learning curve is low and can easily support complex projects with many pages. Has good integration with Sketch but can also be used as a stand-alone design tool. The prototype can be viewed on all iOS devices but not on Android.
  17. 2
    Clean Mockups

    Create stunning mockups that make your design standout

    Johny vino
    Johny vinoHumanizing User Experience · Written
    Johny vino made this product
    Best tool make your design standout
  18. 2
    Eagle App

    Unify your creative files in one place.

    Nimasha Sewwandi
    Nimasha SewwandiMobile App UI/UX Designer · Written
    One app for managing all your files, folders and project assets.
  19. 1
    Wondershare Mockitt

    Fast and collaborative online prototyping platform

    Celine Carpet
    Celine CarpetProductivity, travel · Written
    Everyday we need work with PDFs, but the most simplest and cheapest PDF editor tool is best for daily work. So PDFelement express is great for that.https://pdf.wondershare.com/?utm...
  20. 1
    Noun Project Photos

    Art-quality photos that celebrate diversity and inclusion

    Dawid Tkocz
    Dawid TkoczCEO at PayByShare, Former Head of Design · Written
    Definitely must-have :) Extremely handy once you are using macOS - "copy/paste" SVG icons has never been easier.