December 26, 2014

Mac software I use every day

cd tilted Mac software I use every dayIn the grand tradition of Daring Fireball I’m going to share my software choices. To keep it short and sweet, this time I’ll limit myself to software I use every day.

Software which is always loaded

These are the ones I almost always have running.

  • Path Finder – Finder done right.
  • Ecto – A great blogging client, which understands that I have several different blogs to update. It is easy to use and gives me exactly the right amount of power for daily use.
  • ITerm – I suppose there are some better shells, but I always end up going back to the trusty multi-tab ITerm.
  • Sciral Consistency – A new addition, this little app keeps me aware of my main tasks, and helps remind me to be “consistent” in doing them on time. It is really quite clever and effective.
  • SSH Agent – Never type your password again on your hosting accounts! I use this more than you could believe. I’m always amazed at how few people know about SSH key agents. Check them out, they are well worth the few minutes to understand.
  • Pastor – Keeps my passwords all organized and secure. I think I may be trying Yojimbo as a more full-featured replacement.
  • ITunes – I don’t know what would ever shake me loose of this killer app.
  • Quicksilver – Geeky, gorgeous, and far far superior to Spotlight for what I need most often. I hate mousing around looking for apps, I want to launch them now with a couple keystrokes. I’ve never seen anything which matches Quicksilver on any other platform. It is a true killer app.
  • Firefox – I program for Firefox, and test in IE/Win and Safari. It is the best practice, since if it works in Firefox it usually isn’t that hard to get it to work in the other two.
  • NeoOffice – Yes it is a memory hog, and it starts slower than molasses. But it works very very well as an office suite. I usually have a word processing document up, and often a spreadsheet.
  • Mail.app – Built-in, multi-account, and not ugly. It wins.

Software I use every day, as needed

  • Carbon Emacs – I am an Emacs-head. I’ve tried TextMate, but didn’t feel the love. Emacs is everything I need a programming editor to be. Plus, I actually like Lisp.
  • Endicia – I reviewed this software a month ago, and I use it every day. I cannot even begin to say how many hours it has saved me preparing shipping labels and (more importantly) allowing me to skip the post office lines.
  • Adobe ImageReady – I used to use Photoshop for everything, but Imageready is smaller for my day-to-day purposes. Mostly what I need to do is resize graphics and possibly lay in a bit of text. ImageReady is more than enough for this, and I really like the “save optimized as” command.
  • VoodooPad – A personal Wiki which is great for capturing ideas and details. I’m considering replacing it with Curio as a more usable way to integrate graphics and handle multiple projects.
  • TextWrangler – Some things aren’t worth booting Emacs, so I end up using the small, fast TextWrangler for them.

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