The tools I use should »Do One Thing and Do It Well.«
The apps listed here champion this philosophy. I cannot live without them.
My go-to vector graphics tool. It‘s small, simple and gets the job done perfectly.
Simple, functional, well-developed Markdown workhorse for the Mac. Simple as that.
Viscosity helps me to manage my VPN accesses. Lean, simple, just works.
Admins are lazy. Instead of manually working with plists, just whip up LaunchControl.
Pixelmator is the part of my content creation workflow, that would be hard to replace.
It‘s hands-down the best European banking app for MacOS.
Tasks & Notes
Notes for iOS and MacOS solved all my note taking issues. Today I use Roam, see below.
Amazingly simple tool to work with text. Syncs across your devices.
Grammarly helps me writing better English. Its suggestions are spot-on.
Sublime's search capabilities and overall performance are just amazing.
DEVONthink is designed to manage and keep in order all those disparate pieces of information so important to your work or studies. As you become more experienced with DEVONthink and its easy, intuitive interface you will quickly find more exciting ways of using your data.
Hypertext as it should be. An amazing tool to organize thoughts without imposing any mental model on you. Love it!
A map says more than 1000 words.
Mind mapping helps you organize your thoughts, remember information and generate new ideas. We've created a beautiful, intuitive app, so you can mind map wherever you are and whenever you want.
Free Functionality • Everything you need to get started with mind mapping. • No ads. • No data collection. • No need to sign up for an account. • Upgrade to full functionality is a one-time single purchase.
Highlights • Easy to use. • Continuously fine-tuned based on customer feedback. • Trustworthy and reliable: 14+ years of updates and improvements. • Used in a wide range of applications: business, education, legal and medical. • Tools to help you maintain overview.
Create ? place topics anywhere you want in the free-form layout ? or use auto layout - great for brainstorming ? reorganize and restructure using drag, rotate, re-arrange or reconnect ? use checkboxes, progress bars, auto-numbering ? connect any two topics with a crosslink ? label relations ? virtually unlimited page size and number of elements ? supports multiple Mind Maps on one page
Add media and documents ? images and photos ? notes ? icons (stock, emojis or custom) ? link to a topic, mind map, contact, file or webpage ? voice memos ? videos
Seamless synchronization using clouds ? sync mind maps with your iPads and iPhones ? sync mind maps across platforms. For example with Mac - as a separate purchase ? sync using iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, ??? - Nutstore and Nextcloud
Share your Mind Map ? for example as PDF or Image ? outline, can be imported in word processors ? create a slideshow to present your Mind Map (Tablet only) ? print ? export to Reminders or Calendar
Style your mind map ? change the appearance by selecting one of the 15+ style sheets ? create your own style sheets ? style every detail, exactly how you want it ? change borders, lines, colors, background color, the checkbox color, and much more
Maintain overview ? collapse and expand branches ? hide or show branches or topics ? block out distractions with autofocus ? highlight branches by displaying branch borders ? visually group topics with group borders ? organize your Mind Maps in folders ? outline view ? search
Diagramming at its best. Really. Usually, I shy away from using non-native software. yEd's special status is earned by being the best diagramming software. Simple as that.
Specialized single-purpose apps that make my life easier.
aText accelerates your typing by replacing abbreviations with frequently used phrases you define.
E.g. make an abbreviation “myname” to insert your name “First Middle Last” in any application.
With aText you can easily avoid typing the same thing over and over.
aText also makes it easier to type hard-to-insert symbols, images and formatted text.
Developed by the DEVONthink people, this little gem can find any file on my device, and fast.
Retrobatch is a unique application for automating actions to tens, hundreds, and even thousands of images at the same time