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20 Awesome Typography Apps You Need For Really Beautiful Fonts

20 Awesome Typography Apps You Need For Really Beautiful Fonts

They say there’s an app for everything – and they’re definitely right when it comes to apps that help you create truly impressive fonts. Ditch the Arial and give Calibri the boot. It’s time for typography that gets your images noticed for all the right reasons! Below are 20 awesome typography apps that are just waiting for you to download.

1: PicLab

PicLab

    Price: Most versions are free.

    PicLab is a quick tool to edit all your photos and add beautiful fonts. You can also overlay, crop, filter and more. It’s terrific for posting to social media accounts for both personal or business reasons.

    2: AnyFont

    AnyFont

      Price: $1.99

      The AnyFont app – only for iPhones and iPads – allows you install numerous additional fonts onto your machine. Create stellar presentations when you’re on the road, and never lose your audience’s attention due to dull slides.

      3: FontBook

      FontBook

        Price: $4.99

        This app draws on 134 type foundries from all over the world to give you access to typography that has been commercially successful in the past. For example, may marketers and advertisers like to use Helvetica because it is clean and easy to read. With the FontBook app, you have access to all such type faces right in the palm of your hand.

        4: Typography

        Typography

          Price: About $1.00

          Want to send messages through iOS to your buddies that shine with ultra-uniqueness? Turn to Typography. The little app gives you plenty of options to make your friends smile with interesting fonts you can use for texting and emailing from your iPhone.

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          5: Typefaces

          Typefaces

            Price: Free

            Typefaces allows you to quickly see all the fonts that have been installed on your iPhone or iPad. It’s a neat tool and is great for people who have a desire to know exactly what’s at their fingertips.

            6: Fontest

            Fontest

              Price: Free

              This is a highly useful app that lets you see how your fonts will look on Android-based equipment. Fontest comes with a handful of fonts, and you can always add your own to the mix.

              7: Fontroid

              fontroid

                Price: Free

                Developed for Japanese mobile users, Fontroid caters to the written strokes necessary for Kanji and Kana in Japanese. However, this is still a very fun app to have if you are a non-Japanese-writing person. With a touch of your fingertip, you can even make your own fonts!

                8: A Beautiful Mess

                A beautiful mess

                  Price: $.99

                  Don’t let the name fool you – there’s nothing but beauty in this typography app. With it, you can make all the pics on your iPhone or iPad incredibly innovative with fabulous typefaces. It’s great for playing around or even for business uses.

                  9: Font Candy

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                  Font Candy

                    Price: Free

                    Font Candy is the delicious – and calorie-free! – way to overlay fonts onto your images. Head to their website, and check out a few of their examples. You’ll never see your iOS platform images in the same light again.

                    10: WhatTheFont

                    WhatTheFont

                      Price: Free

                      Stop driving yourself crazy trying to figure out what a particular font could be. Just submit an image to WhatTheFont, and you’ll be introduced to the most likely font that’s being used.

                      11: Paper by FiftyThree

                      Paper

                        Price: Free

                        Paper by FiftyThree takes doodling to an artistic level. This is definitely a must have for anyone with a natural bent toward graphic design. It received the App of the Year award in 2012, and for good reason – it’s incredibly impressive.

                        12: Fount

                        Fount

                          Price: Free

                          Fount is another quick and painless way to give you an idea of what the “mystery font” that’s bugging you could be. This gives it applications for home users and business pros.

                          13: Path On

                          PathOn

                            Price: $1.99

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                            Never allow your images to go out without captioning them using Path On. This app promises to turn any pic into an opportunity for innovation using words.

                            14: iFontMaker

                            iFontMaker

                              Price: $6.99

                              This is a higher-end app that will truly grab the attention of serious font-makers. With iFontMaker, you’ll have the ability to put together your own fonts in a few minutes. If you’re serious about fonts, this is one that you can’t afford to overlook – despite its higher-than-average price tag.

                              15: Typography Insight

                              Typography Insight

                                Price: $1.99

                                Best for use on a larger mobile device like an iPad or Chromebook, Typography Insight lets you get up close and personal with your type faces. You can use your iPad’s touch screen to manipulate and edit letters and numbers in your type face of choice.

                                16: Fontula

                                Fontula

                                  Price: $4.99

                                  The Fontula app is really meant for the higher-end font creator. If you have always wanted to create your own fonts, this is absolutely a great method for turning ideas into realities.

                                  17: FontBrowser

                                  FontBrowser

                                    Price: Free

                                    Browse through dozens and dozens of fonts with this app. FontBrowser takes the guesswork out of determining which font to use in any situation.

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                                    18: Palettes Pro

                                    PalettesPro

                                      Price: $3.99

                                      While this isn’t specifically an app for fonts, it’s kind of a “brother” to those apps. Palettes Pro puts choosing the right shades in the palm of your hand.

                                      19: Swipe

                                      Swipe

                                        Price: Free

                                        Swipe is yet another app that gives you the opportunity to add captions in cool font styles to images. Use it to wow your Instagram followers or encourage more Pinterest shares.

                                        20: Wordcam!

                                        wordcam!

                                          Price: Free

                                          Wordcam is a fun way to transform any photos into word-driven artwork. Be careful, though – the ability to alter any image can be quite addictive!

                                          You’re not just limited to your device’s factory settings. There’s a world of font art out there that can set you apart just waiting to be discovered.

                                          Featured photo credit: iTunes via itunes.apple.com

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                                          Last Updated on July 29, 2020

                                          19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                          19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                          Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                                          There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                                          This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day:

                                          1. Todoist

                                            Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                                            Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                                            If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                                            Download: Todoist

                                            2. 1Password

                                              You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                                              1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                                              You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                                              Download: 1Password

                                              3. Bear

                                                Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                                                It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

                                                Download: Bear

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                                                4. Hazel

                                                  Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                                                  For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                                                  Download: noodlesoft

                                                  5. Alfred

                                                    Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                                                    For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                                                    It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                                                    Download: Alfred

                                                    6. TextExpander

                                                      TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                                                      For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                                                      An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                                                      Download: TextExpander

                                                      7. Backblaze

                                                        If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                                                        Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                                                        Download: Backblaze

                                                        8. Keyboard Maestro

                                                          Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                                          Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                                          9. Snagit

                                                            There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                                            Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                                            10. Bartender

                                                              Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                                              If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                                              Download: Bartender

                                                              11. Otter

                                                              Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                                              Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                                              Download: Otter

                                                              12. Flux

                                                                Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                                                Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

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                                                                Download: Flux

                                                                13. PDFpen

                                                                If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                                                PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                                                Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                                                14. OmniFocus

                                                                  OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                                                  It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                                                  A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                                                  Download: OmniFocus

                                                                  15. Franz

                                                                    It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                                                    Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                                                    Download: Franz

                                                                    16. MindNode

                                                                      If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                                                      The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                                                      Download: MindNode

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                                                                      17. Focus

                                                                        The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

                                                                        This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                                                        Download: Focus

                                                                        18. CleanMyMac

                                                                          Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                                          Download: CleanMyMac

                                                                          19. Grammarly

                                                                            A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                                            This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                                            A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                                            Download: Grammarly

                                                                            The Bottom Line

                                                                            These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                                            Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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