Mac Apps I’m Using
These are the apps that I use daily or almost daily which I can’t live without. Some are even free .
1Keyboard turns your Mac into a Bluetooth keyboard for your iPhone, iOS, Apple TV, another Mac, and it even works with the FireTV. I hate typing on my iPhone’s keyboard and 1Keyboard let’s you do this seamlessly.
1Password generates secure passwords and settings and remembers them so I don’t have to. The iOS app works great too.
Airmail is my goto email client for macOS and iOS. Airmail is a great unified inbox email client which supports lots of great features like Send Later, third party integrations, and dozens of other features.
Bartender lets you hide and rearrange macOS menu bar apps. This feature should be built into macOS.
Duet is a fantastic tool which turns your iPad into an external display. This app helps me keep my sanity when I work remotely and a big monitor isn’t available.
Hammerspoon is an automation tool for macOS. It replaced SizeUp, Divvy, and a few other tools for me which control how my desktop windows are managed.
Homebrew is the package manager to use with macOS.
iTerm2 I used iTerm2 over Apple’s Terminal app. I spent days, weeks, and years of my life in a terminal and iTerm makes it worthwhile.
Kiwi for Gmail is my other goto email client for macOS. I primarily use Kiwi’s search and for tracking client email accounts which I don’t want to be mixed with my day-to-day inbox.
Nativefier wraps any web page into a native app. I turn websites that I spend lots of time on into native apps with it. I used to use Fluid for this, but Nativefier is OSS.
ReadKit is my reading app of choice for macOS. ReadKit has great Feedly, NewsBlur, RSS, Pinboard, and Instapaper support.
Resilio Sync formerly BitTorrent Sync. I prefer RS over Dropbox mostly because of the flexibility and speed.
Slack I use for work, community work, and keeping up with friends. It’s a joy and one of the most productive tools I have ever used when used properly. (ish)
Sublime Text is my go-to text editor for many years. I could write up an entire article about plugins I use.
Synergy App is a software KVM which lets you use one keyboard and mouse to control another Mac, Linux, or PC. I find this tool to be invaluable despite releases being buggy (please fix your clipboard bugs).
Todoist is my go-to todo list app and the macOS client works well. (ish)
Tower I never thought I needed a git GUI tool until I started using Tower. Now I can’t imagine my development life without it. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth every penny.
VMD is a great tool for live previewing markdown files.
What are your go-to Mac Apps? Let me know on Twitter.
Thanks to Heather Luna for advice on and corrections to a draft of this article. She’s amazing.