Mac Essentials

  • PhraseExpress

    Commercial Mac Windows iPhone iPad Website

    This is usually the first thing I install, because almost everything else requires my email address, and I use a short, immediately expanded key sequence to type that out for me. I also use it to turn /shrug into ¯_(?)_/¯, which comes in handy all the time.


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  • 1Password

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Apple Watch Microsoft Edge Vivaldi Browser Chrome Safari Yandex.Browser Opera Brave Firefox Website

    Most password managers are great and have similar features, but I've always felt that 1Password treats their users like part of their family, and Command+\ (which fills in login info for a stored site) is just such an easy and memorable shortcut. As of May 2019, family plans are $4.99 a month, which is a steal for the amount of functionality included.


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  • Apple Reminders

    Free Mac Web iPhone iPad Apple Watch Website

    Apple's Reminders app is pretty basic as far as To-Do apps go, but I use it for two reasons: 1) Speed. I have ADD (diagnosed in '93!), so asking Siri or typing "do xyz tomorrow at 3" (which gets parsed into a due date) is the absolute fastest way for me to create a reminder quickly before the thought is gone and replaced with the next shiny thing. 2) Simplicity. I've tried a ton of other apps, and found that for me, anything more complex is just a distraction.


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  • Visual Studio Code

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS Website

    I left Sublime Text by necessity (a plugin I needed for work was VS Code only), but I stayed once I realized how many extra features there are under the hood. It's a gift to the development community, and I mean that. I only go back to Sublime Text every once in a while for super-large (2+ mb) files.


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  • Flycut

    Free Mac Website

    I know this is a security nightmare, but the productivity increase I get from it makes it worth being a little diligent about removing sensitive data as necessary. Context switching between projects is so much easier when you can hang on to data quickly and easily just by copying it.


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