My favourite and most-used applications on my Mac

  • Pixelmator

I use this for all my graphic design, photo editing, making ads, social tiles etc. It's my favourite, but I think that's mostly because I know it well. The downside to this app is that it doesn't do vector files, which makes it not really good for logos or graphics that are being printed (like media walls). But for everything else, this is my preferred app. It's equivalent would be Adobe Photoshop, but I find that more difficult to use.

  • Microsoft office

Once upon a time the Microsoft Office suite was crucial for every business. Now with Google Docs able to open and edit Word and Excel documents, it's not completely necessary - but I do prefer the proper applications. I use Word and Excel daily.

  • Chrome

Safari is ok, but I much prefer Chrome. It's just better.

  • Adobe suite

Annoying that you have to pay a monthly fee for it, but Adobe is just so valuable. It's used by everyone from amateurs to professionals. I use Premiere Pro for video editing (and I also use it for music editing, because I know it so well and I'm quick with it.) I use Illustrator for logos and vector graphic design.

To be honest I don't really use many of the other Adobe apps (yet). I could probably save some money just subscribing to those two apps.

  • 4K video downloader

I finally found the one. The best application for downloading videos and music from YouTube (and Vimeo etc.) I got it through the Mac App Store. The logo is lime green with a white cloud.

There are a million apps and websites promising to do this, but most are unreliable and riddles with ads and malware. This one is the best I've come across.

  • Dropbox

I downloaded the actual app for this recently, rather than just using the website, and it's more efficient. It sits at the top of the screen in the menu bar and works into OS so you can *right click* and save things straight to Dropbox.

  • Notes

It's free and included, but I had to mention it because I use it more than most other apps. My whole life is in my Notes, I use it for to-do lists, planning, writing, storing important information, and even drawing. I really think it's such a useful app. The simplicity of it is what makes it so versatile.

The best thing about it is the fact that it's on my iPhone, my iPad and my Mac. And so I'm never without it. And it's quick to open and jot something down.

My favourite and most-used website applications

(These are all used inside a web-browser, but I wanted to include them in this post. Nowadays web-based applications are becoming more and more popular. This makes Chrome my most used "app" by far.)

  • Notion

It's like a database and CRM and a note-taking app and a to-do list all in one. I'm only recently becoming a big fan of Notion, but it's all the rage. Google Notion on YouTube and there are thousands of videos raving about how life-changing it is.

  • Dance Studio Pro

My preferred studio management software... (that currently exists)

  • Google Docs

Within my studio management we use Google Docs for stuff that needs to be edited by multiple people

  • Google Sheets

I use this quite a lot. The feature of having multiple users be able to access and edit it makes it a very useful tool. I still prefer Excel for complex spreadsheets and for timetabling

  • Google Maps

I don't like it for navigation, but I use it for keeping track of Studio Savvy member locations and my team are currently working on uploading our student database into it so that we can visually map the addresses of our customers and better understand if there is any reasoning behind natural cluster formations

  • Xero

I used to use MYOB. Now I use Xero. My accountant told me to. We use it for BAS and payroll. It's extremely easy to reconcile accounts. My Commonwealth Bank online banking plugs into it and all my expenses through that account are imported into Xero, I just have to categorise them.

  • Buffer

My preferred social media scheduling app

  • Canva

I've only used it a couple of times, but so many others swear by it so I thought it deserved a place on this list. I do think it's a great solution for people who aren't experienced with regular graphic design applications, because of the simplicity of it and the templates

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