Apps, Software, and More That I Use Everyday


aText: This is the text and snippet expander that I moved to after using TextExpander for years. It’s only $5 instead of a $36/year subscription and essentially the same program but with more features available, most notably automated keystrokes. I use it most often in my copywriting for podcasts, emails, and projects with a lot of repetition, but it’s also super useful in generating timestamps, datestamps, and ensuring you won’t write important info down wrong. Much more fun to use than the built-in OSX feature.

DiskInventoryX: A small utility application for macOS that graphically shows the disk usage within a file system. I use this to monitor unruly client Dropbox folders as well as runaway audio/video projects.

Dozer: Free and open source app to hide menu bar icons to give your Mac a cleaner look. Helps me not get distracted by unimportant stuff.

EasyRes: Menubar app that allows you to switch screen resolutions quickly and easily. Most useful when using multiple monitors or external keyboard/mouse configs that put the laptop farther away from your eyes.

f.lux: Warms your screen color at sundown until sunup so it doesn’t destroy your eyes in the dark. Just essential and makes using a computer without it almost unbearable.

Flycut: Simple and straightforward clipboard manager. No bullshit, just works.

Hazel: Allows you to conditionally automate and script file handling. I personally use it for cleaning up screenshots, moving things out of my downloads into another folder, backing up old files, and managing my trash usage. Powerusers have made it do much cooler things.

iTerm2: Terminal that allows multiple tabs, styling, font choice, etc. Just better than OSX built in.

Karabiner-Elements: A powerful and stable keyboard customizer for macOS. I use this to map capslock to escape, the bottom right alt button to insert, for some of those old DOS programs, and flip the F-row buttons from having to use fn every time I want to press any actual F key.

Nativefier: A way to make web applications “native” with Electron. I’m not a big Electron guy, as the apps I use that utilize it are bloated as all hell (Slack, VS Code, etc.), but it does the thing to help compartmentalize app spaces. A spiritual successor to fluid.

1Password/Keepass (Free): I use Lastpass (I used to use Lastpass, but their free model will only work on a single device at a time, making it useless if you use a phone and computer with it), but use ANY password manager, please please please.

OcenAudio: If Audacity was actually pleasant to use. Not as powerful, but for 99% of what I do, it is much better for audio editing/manipulation in every way.

PyCharm: A much nicer environment to write Python in. Preferred over VSCodium for the built-in Python specific console and debugger.

Quitter: One of my most useful apps. Quits an app based on minutes of inactivity. Super useful for very distracting and/or power-hungry apps like Messages, Slack, etc.

Reaper: I used to use this for all my podcast editing because of the ability to make super useful keyboard shortcuts and Lua scripts along with the varispeed that can go over 2x speed (looking at you, Logic).

Rectangle / ShiftIt: Window manager that uses keyboard shortcuts. Super easy to arrange windows into quandrants, screen halves/thirds, etc., or move windows over to other screens. Just overall very useful for smaller single-monitor or large multi-monitor setups.

SublimeText [wiki]: This is my coding scratchpad as well as my daily task manager using PlainTasks. Not as full featured towards any given language as PyCharm or as huge as VSCodium, but fantastic, fast, and a pleasure to use. Packages I use:

Typora: Super simple and pretty markdown editor I use all of the time for my blog posts, code diary, note taking, and any other markdown-related stuff. Interchangeable CSS themes make it really easy to customize, too.

VSCodium: An open source version of Microsoft’s VSCode, meaning it had none of the bloat that MS adds like tracking, telemetry, etc. Extensions I use:


Atkinson Hyperlegible Font: I use this as my default font for sans-serif on my browser so I can set the default font size much smaller and still be readable.

Fira Code: I use this in every piece of software that I need monospace fonts. Has ligatures which makes things more readable and easier to understand, as well as dynamic adjustment of heights to match nearby letters. A bunch of things that added together just look really nice.