Here are the Mac apps that I use every day. See below for a few words on how I use them.
- Audio Hijack
- Bartender 4
- Better Blocker
- Google Chrome
- Google Drive for Desktop
- IntelliJ IDEA
- Mozilla Firefox
- Pixelmator Pro
- Reeder 5
- Things 3
- Tweetbot 6
- iTerm 2
A few words
My password manager. It’s the best designed password manager I’ve used and does everything I need it to.
An audio recording app I’ve only recently started using. I record all of my podcast epsidoes in Audio Hijack.
Link: Audio Hijack
My 2FA manager. I use this instead of stroing codes in 1Password because it’s faster to grab a code when I need it. Their Mac app is okay.
A tool to hide menu bar icons. Basically a must-have since the notch.
Link: Bartender 4
An ad blocker and privacy tool by the Small Technology Foundation. I use it across iOS and MacOs. As they says on their website, it just works.
Link: Better Blocker
I use the built-in Calendar app for iOS and MacOS. It works for me and it’s free.
A small menu-bar utility to test the contrast between two colors. This helps me build accessible websites.
A few, open-source text editor that’s really fast. It checked all three boxes.
Where I store my digital notes. It’s fast, Mac-assed, and supports backlinks.
A tool to manage disk space. It’s my favorite tool to see and free disk space on my computers.
Link: Daisy Disk
An mp3 chapter encoder built by Marco Arment. I sometimes use this to when editting podcasts.
What I use to edit podcasts. I don’t have complex needs and it gets the job done well.
Not my primary browser but I have all the big ones installed to test webpages.
Link: Google Chrome
Google Drive for Desktop
My online backup tool. It works well and is cheap, I pay $3/month for 200 GBs.
Link: Google Drive for Desktop
A must-have editor for Java development. For everything else I use Vim.
Link: IntelliJ IDEA
A tool to prevent the Mac from sleeping. it’s free and open-source. This is the best replacement for the O.G. app Caffine.
I use the built-in Mail app. I used to use Hey but now I don’t.
I also use the built-in Maps app. I made the switch from Google Maps a few years ago in an attemp to de-google my life. I’ve sinced walked that back in some ways but not maps.
A must-have menu bar utility for remote work. It finds Zoom or Google Meet links from your calendar and organizes them into a dropdown menu. Now it takes two clicks to join a meeting.
The primary way I communicate with people is through iMessage.
Also not my primary browser, I use it the same way I use Google Chrome.
Link: Mozilla Firefox
I subscribe to Apple One Premium and occasionally check Apple News+.
I try to include a drawing with each post, those are drawn in Notability on my iPad and sync’d to all of my devices.
Only the randomest of notes go in here, everything else lives in Craft.
My podcast player of choice, now available on the Mac via Apple Silicon.
I don’t take many photos so don’t need anything more than what’s built-in.
My photo editor tool of choice. I don’t use it often but it gets the job done when I do. It’s not cheap but it’s also not a subscription.
Link: Pixelmator Pro
The best way to run a Postgres database on a Mac.
The best way to query a Postgres database on a Mac.
A free, open-source window manager. I mainly use it to put two windows side-by-side, not much else.
My RSS reader and Read-it-later app. I love RSS.
Link: Reeder 5
My primary browser. It’s fast and is the most power-efficient browser for Macs.
I’ve only recently started using Shortcuts. I’ve built more automations in a couple of days with Shortcuts than I ever did with Automator.
I use Slack for work but not much else.
The best way to stream music, though I’m a little biased.
My task manager. The most Mac-assed Mac app out there.
Link: Things 3
A Twitter client I use on iOS and now also use on the Mac. It syncs my timeline progress and doesn’t reorder my feed randomly.
Link: Tweetbot 6
My favorite terminal client. It’s better than what’s built-in by a wide margin.
Link: iTerm 2