14 apps I use (almost) daily

Posted on Sat, 30 Nov 2019 23:57:38 GMT

I really like tools, extensions and productivity softwares; every now and I read articles about this topic, and I always enjoy them a lot. A couple of days ago, I read this one by Daniel Wirtz, so I thought I should write one myself.

Most of the apps over here are for Mac because that's what I'm rolling with at the moment, although there are some exceptions.

I decided to leave out mainstream apps (like Slack, or Visual Studio Code) because everybody knows them. In a future post I might write something more technical about VS Code extensions and other coding tools.

So, here we go, 14 apps I use everyday, randomly ordered.

Alfred

Alfred is an app that is hard to explain. It's like Spotlight, because it helps you find stuff or do some basic maths, but it's much more that. It lets you make recipes and use pre-made ones. For example, I use the lorem ipsum recipe to generate phrases or words or the Evernote one to search notes, or the Dash one to search for documentation. Honestly, I use like 5% of what it's capable of, but it's really cool. The thing I use the most is the multiple clipboard though. Many apps provide multiple clipboard, but Alfred's one integrates perfectly in my flow and is super fast.

Magnet

Magnet is a little utility I cannot live without. It allows you to easily snap windows to the right, left, centre or wherever you like, just by using a key combination.

Sip

Sip is neat color picker. Yeah, nothing else, but perfect. Also, I love that it tells you cool color names. I especially love that.

iStat

iStat Menus is a really nice application you can use to always know the status of your computer. How hot is it? How fast is it downloading? What's the CPU load? Also, what's the weather like tomorrow? Things like that.

iStat

Dozer

Dozer is a small free utility that lets you hide icons in your menu. Useful.

Dozer

Bandwidth+

It can happen that I'm out with my computer and a tethered 4g connection. In that case, I want to know how much I have downloaded at any given time. Bandwidth+ to the rescue. It will reset if you change network, and resume counting once you join it again. Simple and perfect.

CleanMyMac

Yes, I know a Mac is not Windows, but still, CleanMyMac makes it so easy and satisfying to uninstall, cleanup, delete unwanted translation files, clean caches, detect big files you forgot in some obscure folder. Not really a necessity, but it's got a nice interface and does what it's supposed to do.

Notion

Right now Notion is my main note taking app. It used to be Evernote, and after that Boostnote, but now I mostly use this one, and Evernote only to save documents. Notion is perfect for developers; it has markdown support, you can save code snippets with your chosen syntax, you can tag and categorise and search notes, it really does a lot, and it'snice to look at.

Dash

This is an app that lets you download documentation for offline viewing: JavaScript, React, WordPress, Ruby, jQuery, Python... whatever you need, Dash probably has it, and if it doesn't you can add custom Github repos. Plus, it lets you download an offline copy of Stack Overflow questions and answers related to whatever you're interested in. It also has some extra features like snippets, which I use a lot, especially to type things like this in a chat: (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

Better

Better is my adblocker on Safari. It works really well to the point that you forget its existence. I wish it existed for Chrome and Firefox too.

Karabiner-Elements

I have a Touch Bar MacBook Pro. It means I don't have an ESC key, and no function keys either. I use Karabiner-Elements to remap the ESC key to Caps Lock, and F5 to the right Alt key (I use F5 to sort items when I code). Pretty useful.

RunJs

RunJS is a little software that just does what it says... it runs JavaScript. Very useful to try out little algorithms, snippets, or npm packages.

UPDATE 06 December 2019

SideNotes

I found out a couple of days ago about SideNotes. It's really useful to have quick access to snippets or whatever notes you find yourself reaching for often. Also support basic code snippets and Markdown.

UPDATE 08 August 2020

Bumpr

Bumpr is a little utility that just does one thing: when you click on a link, it shown a menu so you can choose with which browser you want to open that link. Simple, but saves me a lot of time, since I often have a number of browsers open.


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