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Everyday Mac apps

October 30, 2021 A photo of Stephen Meriwether

Stephen Meriwether

Updated 10/30/2021

Here are the Mac apps that I use every day. See below for a few words on how I use them.

A few words

1Password

My password manager. It’s the best designed password manager I’ve used and does everything I need it to.

Link: 1Password

Audio Hijack

An audio recording app I’ve only recently started using. I record all of my podcast epsidoes in Audio Hijack.

Link: Audio Hijack

Authy

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.

Link: Authy

Bartender 4

A tool to hide menu bar icons. Basically a must-have since the notch.

Link: Bartender 4

Better Blocker

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

Calendar

I use the built-in Calendar app for iOS and MacOS. It works for me and it’s free.

Contrast

A small menu-bar utility to test the contrast between two colors. This helps me build accessible websites.

Link: Contrast

CotEditor

A few, open-source text editor that’s really fast. It checked all three boxes.

Link: CotEditor

Craft

Where I store my digital notes. It’s fast, Mac-assed, and supports backlinks.

Link: Craft

Daisy Disk

A tool to manage disk space. It’s my favorite tool to see and free disk space on my computers.

Link: Daisy Disk

Forecast

An mp3 chapter encoder built by Marco Arment. I sometimes use this to when editting podcasts.

Link: Forecast

GarageBand

What I use to edit podcasts. I don’t have complex needs and it gets the job done well.

Google Chrome

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

IntelliJ IDEA

A must-have editor for Java development. For everything else I use Vim.

Link: IntelliJ IDEA

KeepingYouAwake

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.

Link: KeepingYouAwake

Mail

I use the built-in Mail app. I used to use Hey but now I don’t.

Maps

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.

Meeter

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.

Link: Meeter

Messages

The primary way I communicate with people is through iMessage.

Mozilla Firefox

Also not my primary browser, I use it the same way I use Google Chrome.

Link: Mozilla Firefox

News+

I subscribe to Apple One Premium and occasionally check Apple News+.

Notability

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.

Link: Notability

Notes

Only the randomest of notes go in here, everything else lives in Craft.

Overcast

My podcast player of choice, now available on the Mac via Apple Silicon.

Link: Overcast

Photos

I don’t take many photos so don’t need anything more than what’s built-in.

Pixelmator Pro

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

Postgres.app

The best way to run a Postgres database on a Mac.

Link: Postgres.app

Postico

The best way to query a Postgres database on a Mac.

Link: Postico

Rectangle

A free, open-source window manager. I mainly use it to put two windows side-by-side, not much else.

Link: Rectangle

Reeder 5

My RSS reader and Read-it-later app. I love RSS.

Link: Reeder 5

Safari

My primary browser. It’s fast and is the most power-efficient browser for Macs.

Shortcuts

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.

Slack

I use Slack for work but not much else.

Link: Slack

Spotify

The best way to stream music, though I’m a little biased.

Link: Spotify

Things 3

My task manager. The most Mac-assed Mac app out there.

Link: Things 3

Tweetbot 6

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

iTerm 2

My favorite terminal client. It’s better than what’s built-in by a wide margin.

Link: iTerm 2