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 and datestamps. Much more fun to use than the built-in OSX feature.
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.
GrandPerspective: 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.
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.
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 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: This is my coding scratchpad as well as my daily task manager using PlainTasks. Not as full featured as PyCharm or VSCodium, but still fantastic and a pleasure to use. Packages I use:
- Emmet: If you do any HTML/CSS/JS, get Emmet.
- HTML-CSS-JS Prettify: Auto-formats different web files for easy editing/analysis.
- MarkdownPreview: Lets you export Markdown as a Github-flavored HTML file. Good for general prototyping.
- PlainTasks: Great todo app. I use it for all my workflows and SOP’s since it is not proprietary and is saved as plaintext.
- RainbowBrackets: Shows your matching brackets at a glance. Makes debugging missed brackets simple.
- Sync Settings: Helps sync settings across multiple computers.
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:
- Bracket Pair Colorizer 2: Same as RainbowBrackets above.
- Colorize: Shows what colors are in your CSS/Sass when using any color method including variables.
- Indent-Rainbow: Like bracket colorizers, this gives your indentation a coloring so you can understand indentation more at a glance.
- Monokai Pro: Same as above.
- Prettier: Helpful for keeping your code matching code style standards. Auto-formats your code according to user-set rules.
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.
- 20210206: Added f.lux and Lastpass, SublimeText and VSCodium extensions to programs, Atkinson Hyperlegible to fonts
- 20210403: Removed Lastpass and added 1Password, HTML-CSS-JS Prettify, Sync Settings