Cu­rated picks of third-party apps

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Photo ed­i­tor (mac ) Affin­ity Photo £48.99 serif.com

It’s hard not to love Affin­ity Photo. Whether you fancy your­self as a sea­soned pro or a photo novice, you’ll find this im­age ed­i­tor pow­er­ful and easy to use. Its in­ter­face of­fers the per­fect blend of ease of use and quick ac­cess to pow­er­ful fea­tures, and its use­ful batch pro­cess­ing is a great ad­di­tion. An app that packs both power and prac­ti­cal­ity for less than £50? We’re in!

Writi ng app (Mac ) Scrivener About £34 lit­er­a­ture­and­latte.com

It’s not of­ten that a se­quel is even bet­ter than its pre­de­ces­sor, but Scrivener 3 is a great ex­am­ple. Ver­sion 2 was al­ready good, win­ning MF319’s group test, but ver­sion 3 adds so much. Its re­vamped in­ter­face is hugely cus­tomis­able, its tem­plates are fan­tas­tic, man­ag­ing foot­notes is a breeze, and the whole app is light and speedy. If you write, Scrivener is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial.

Outli ning app (iOS) Om­niOut­liner 3 £9.99 for Essen­tials, £38.99 for Pre­mium om­n­i­group.com

Some­times you just need to get your ideas down quickly. For times like that, you need to get Om­niOut­liner 3. It’s ex­tremely easy to get started, and en­ables you to quickly search and re­or­gan­ise your notes. The Pro ver­sion adds en­cryp­tion, au­to­ma­tion, cus­tom tem­plates and much more. It’s the best way to jot down and or­gan­ise your ideas.

Video ed­i­tor (Mac ) Fi­nal Cut Pro X 10.3 £299.99 ap­ple.com/uk

Ap­ple’s Fi­nal Cut Pro has al­ways been a good op­tion for video ed­i­tors, and the lat­est ver­sion makes it even bet­ter. It in­tro­duces ‘roles’, which can be colour‑coded to make your time­line’s com­po­nents eas­ier to nav­i­gate, some­thing that’s fur­ther boosted by the stream­lined in­ter­face. This ver­sion also sup­ports the Touch Bar and wide colour gamut dis­play on re­cent mod­els of Mac­Book Pro.

Utilit y (Mac ) Car­bon Copy Cloner 5 £31.10 bombich.com

When dis­as­ter strikes and your hard drive fails, hav­ing a backup can be a life­saver. This app makes cre­at­ing and restor­ing from back­ups an ab­so­lute breeze. It comes with a help­ful guided re­store fea­ture, plus a Cloning Coach that mon­i­tors what you do and looks out for po­ten­tial prob­lems. If you’re look­ing to clone or back up your hard drive, this is the app you need.

Pro­duc­tivit y app (mac /iOS) Fan­tas­ti­cal 2 £38.99 (Mac), £2.99 (iPhone) flex­ibits.com

If you find your cal­en­dar and re­minders are get­ting out of con­trol, Fan­tas­ti­cal is the app for you. It sup­ports nat­u­ral lan­guage en­try, so that you can en­ter events and re­minders as you would speak and Fan­tas­ti­cal will get to work. It’s got a nifty menu bar short­cut, plus a great in­ter­face, clever cal­en­dar man­age­ment and a pow­er­ful iOS app to boot.

Note -taki ng app (Mac /iOS) Nota­bil­ity £9.99 (Mac), £9.99 (iOS) gin­ger­labs.com

If you want a note­tak­ing app that can do just about any­thing, buy Nota­bil­ity. It’s great if you need one that’ll recog­nise and con­vert hand­writ­ing to text, im­port all sorts of file types, and sync your work to iCloud. You can an­no­tate con­tent as you please, and it’s even bet­ter when used with Ap­ple Pen­cil. You can even com­bine au­dio record­ings with an­no­ta­tions as you speak. It’s the com­plete note-tak­ing app.

Sys­tem enha nceme nt (Mac ) Bar­tender 3 £11.10 macbar­tender.com

Some apps are so sim­ple and ef­fec­tive that you don’t know how you lived with­out them. Bar­tender is one: it lets you choose what ap­pears in the menu bar, and when things ap­pear too. You can set trig­gers, such as an app only ap­pear­ing when it’s up­dat­ing, and re­ar­range items. Bar­tender’s set­tings are clear and con­cise. It sounds sim­ple, but it’ll change the way you use your Mac.

Email ma nager (Mac /iOS) Spark Free spark­mailapp.com

Feel­ing in­box anx­i­ety? The so­lu­tion could be Spark, an email app for Mac and iOS. It’s cen­tred on a ‘smart in­box’, which pri­ori­tises your emails based on per­ceived im­por­tance – no more los­ing that vi­tal work email among a sea of spam. You can snooze mes­sages to be re­minded about them later, and search your mail­boxes by ex­press­ing your­self in nat­u­ral lan­guage, too. And to top it all off, it’s free.

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