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[13] Top 15 Most Useful Tools in 2020

MV
Hi, my name is Maxim Villivald and I am a 31 years old IT student and a part-time tram driver from Helsinki, Finland.
Originally published at create-react-app.com Updated on ・4 min read

This post was inspired by Wes Bos and his brilliant project - https://uses.tech/ in which I recently participated. So, today, I would like to tell you about some tools and software that I use on a daily basis. Here we go, Top 15 Most Useful Tools in 2020.

1). Notion

notion
I would like to start with the Notion, which is almost an ideal tool for organizing things. It feels like Evernote on steroids. I could definitely recommend a Notion to anyone who likes planning and getting duck in a row.

https://www.notion.so/

Mobile / Desktop

Free / Paid

2). Todoist

todoist
Simply the best todo app that I have ever tried so far. Runners-up: Google Tasks, Things, Microsoft Todo.

https://todoist.com/

Mobile / Desktop

Free / Paid

3). Spark

spark
I never really liked the standard Gmail app. I mean, it is ok, and I use it a lot, but on the other hand, I was always looking for a better alternative. I did use Newton for a couple of years, but then it became paid, and I switched to Spark. That decision was just right.

https://sparkmailapp.com/

Mobile / Desktop

Free

4). Endel

endel
For me, the Endel was an absolutely surprising and unexpected choice since I have never used any musical apps on a daily basis. Well-designed, energetic, but calming.

https://endel.io/

Mobile / Desktop

Free / Paid

5). Grammarly

Grammarly
Grammarly improves the quality of my texts by a lot. Must have for writers. Even the free version (that I actually use) is very impressive.

https://www.grammarly.com/

Mobile / Desktop

Free / Paid

6). Pocket

pocket
A Pocket is an ultimate tool for saving things for later. I have been using it for years.

https://getpocket.com/

Mobile / Desktop

Free / Paid

7). VS Code

vs code
The one IDE to rule them all, I guess?

https://code.visualstudio.com/

Desktop

Free

8). Nova

nova
A new trendy IDE from creators of Coda. Quite pricey, but absolutely adorable.

https://nova.app/

Desktop

Paid

9). Pocket Casts

pocket casts
I truly like podcasts, and I have tried a lot of podcast apps, like Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Castbox, and so on. Anyway, I feel that the Pocket Casts app is the most elegant, simple, and powerful.

https://www.pocketcasts.com/

Mobile / Desktop

Free / Paid

10). Transmit

transmit
"The gold standard of macOS file transfer apps" - as it described on its official website. By the way, it is made by the same company that created Nova.

https://panic.com/transmit/

Desktop

Paid

11). OneNote

onenote
One of the best applications for handwriting on a tablet. A little bit too high an entry barrier at the beginning, but it is worth it.

https://www.onenote.com/

Mobile / Desktop

Free

12). Strava

strava
It is time for coming out. I am a statistics nerd, so I really love this kind of apps allowing you to record and store training data. Strava goes even further, it is more like Instagram for sports, not one more boring stats app.

https://www.strava.com/athletes/42251423

Mobile / Desktop

Free / Paid

13). Telegram

telegram
The better WhatsApp.

https://web.telegram.org/

Mobile / Desktop

Free

14). Calendars 5

calendars 5
Respectively, the best calendar app. Unfortunately not available for desktop.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/calendars-5-by-readdle/id697927927

Mobile

Free / Paid

15). Tweetbot

tweetbot
I am an old user of Tweetbot, the first time I heard about it in 2011. I still did not found anything better.

https://tapbots.com/tweetbot/mac/

Mobile

Paid

Please feel free to complete the list by replying to this post. Which tools do you like best?


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Kenadams9922

One of my personal favorites: Quire.
It's a free task management software with agile features such as Kanban board, offline syncing, Gantt chart, easy collaboration, priorities....etc

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Arvind Padmanabhan

Yes to VS Code. Everything else is optional.