Favorite Mac Apps for 2016

26 Jan

These apps help me each day as I build content and help customers as a Developer Evangelist at Bandwidth.

CheatSheet

Sweet application to show all the available hotkeys for an open window by holding the CMD(⌘) Button.

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Slack

We here at Bandwidth recently switched to Slack from HipChat. I haven’t really found either one to be ‘better’ than the other. However, Slack has certainly encouraged more of us to ‘Send less email’ than HipChat ever did.

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GiF Keyboard

Tired of /giphy messing up pretty much every gif in Slack? GIF Keyboard from Tenor offers similar functionality but lets you choose specific GIFs

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SizeUp

I really only use this for my Logitech Master MX. Pressing the thumb button and gliding the mouse right/left moves windows between my monitors.

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CleanMyMac

Nice little program to clear out caches and free up some extra HDD space

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RecordIt

GIFs are awesome… Embedded GIFs in READMEs / Blogs/ How-to Guides are fantastic. RecordIt makes it super easy to capture a selection of screen to create relevant gifs.

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Caffeine

Running servers locally can sometimes be a pain if your mac sleeps. Caffeine prevents that.
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F.Lux

Apple just recently rolled in F.Lux functionality for iOS. F.Lux changes the display’s white balance to make your screen less harsh as the sun goes down.

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Atom

Atom has slowly passed Sublime Text 3 as my preferred editor. I’ve found the plugin list is almost equivalent (for what I use).

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Pocket

No longer do I read every article, watch each video, or try each new app as I stumble across it. Instead, I like to use Pocket to keep track of interesting tidbits across the net and revisit at a more convenient time.

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Oh My Zsh

Oh My Zsh is a replacement terminal for Mac. Instead of using traditional bash, Oh My Zsh offers autocomplete, Git plugins, and other niceties when working from the terminal.

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Menu Meters for El Capitan

Simple addon that helps see CPU usage (among other things). Recently MenuMeters broke when I upgraded to El Capitan. This is a port/fix!

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hr

I like to keep track of how much times I spend on different tasks. hr is a dead simple app that lets you track time. Reviewing totals each week helps find and fix inefficiencies.

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And that’s it for now. I’ll publish my favorite web-apps and mobile apps soon!

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Dan Tolbert
Dan Tolbert
dtolbert@bandwidth.com

Computer Nerd. Beer Snob. Music Enthusiast. Idea Machine. Developer Evangelist for Bandwidth.com. Telecommunications Expert.

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