Two Macintosh Productivity Apps

Here are a couple of useful Macintosh tools to help you stay focused while working at your computer writing, editing, or doing anything else that requires concentration.

Isolator: I’ve been using this application on and off (literally) for a year. As its creator describes it, Isolator

will cover up your desktop and all the icons on it, as well as the windows of all your other applications, so you can concentrate on the task in hand.

Freedom: James M. Johnston recently tipped me off to this cool little Mac application. According to its website, Freedom

is an application that disables networking on an Apple computer for up to eight hours at a time. Freedom will free you from the distractions of the internet, allowing you time to code, write, or create. At the end of your selected offline period, Freedom re-enables your network, restoring everything as normal.

2 Responses to “Two Macintosh Productivity Apps”

  1. Jonathan Poritsky Says:

    Great tip. Another neat little mac app is Think by Freeverse, also freeware. It blacks out your desktop and makes only the apps you tell it visible. It’s pretty customizable.

    Freedom sounds cool, but I’d probably throw my mac out the window when I couldn’t get a Phillies score. Sigh, there are limits to my productivity.

    Nice post.

  2. Dan Perlman Says:

    Comcast works similarly to Freedom, evidently, it too can turn off networking to your Mac for up to 8 hours.