66 comments

  • Xavier HaniquautXavier Haniquaut, 6 years ago

    These little tools have been integrant and indispensable part of my workflow since i installed them out of curiosity. You should give it a try!

    12 points
  • Roy WalkerRoy Walker, 6 years ago

    f.lux. (https://justgetflux.com) for display color management—can't live without it once you get used to it.

    8 points
    • Daniel WinterDaniel Winter, 6 years ago

      and I can't live with it as it messes up with your colors. a lot. The white turns into full blown yellow at night, absolutely not comfortable to work with if you like to change some colors in your design at 23:00.

      2 points
      • Conlin "Wuz" DurbinConlin "Wuz" Durbin, 6 years ago

        Disable Flux

        7 points
        • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, 6 years ago

          Wow, didn't know about this! Had abandoned f.lux because of color work, this might get me back into it.

          1 point
      • Drew BeckDrew Beck, 6 years ago

        Agreed. I love it most of the time but if I find I have to work on a project where the colors matter and it's midnight I'm basically SOL. Even if I turn it off my eyes are so adjusted to the yellow that it takes me a good 20-30 minutes before I feel I'm seeing the colors right.

        2 points
        • Daniel WinterDaniel Winter, 6 years ago

          Exactly. Thats why an exception for a single app wont help.

          1 point
          • Jason BlockJason Block, 6 years ago

            While I agree that it's an annoyance, it has done WONDERS for my ability to work on things at night and immediately get a good night's sleep.

            1 point
  • Eugene RodionovEugene Rodionov, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )
    • Alfred.
    • Dash for documentation.
    • Monosnap (http://monosnap.com) for screenshots and video captures. Best tool ever.
    4 points
    • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, 6 years ago

      Dash is great indeed! I also use the snippets functionality a lot, not only for coding but for regular stuff as well.

      2 points
  • Tom GantzerTom Gantzer, 6 years ago

    +1 for LICEcap, and you're right about the bad design but great results.

    For me personally, it's Puush. I know a lot of screenshot sharing cloud apps have been more publicised recently, but I've been using this for a couple of years now and is quite easily the most productive tool I use on a daily basis.

    Choose an area to capture, it captures then automatically uploads to a personal cloud account and copies the URL to your clipboard to paste to somebody. Extremely handy!

    4 points
  • Adrian HowardAdrian Howard, 6 years ago

    Quicksilver http://qsapp.com/ - Does the same kind of things as Alfred, with a few differences. I prefer it, others may differ.

    f.lux https://justgetflux.com/ - Already mentioned by others.

    ack http://beyondgrep.com/ - Command line search tool. Use it every day.

    Paparazzi! http://derailer.org/paparazzi/ - Quickly take screen shots of web pages

    CloudApp http://www.getcloudapp.com/ - For quick 'n' dirty sharing of screen shots / random files

    aText http://www.trankynam.com/atext/ - Cheap and functional TextExpander alternative

    GeekTool http://projects.tynsoe.org/en/geektool/ - Lets me embed command line output on my desktop.

    AirDisplay https://www.avatron.com/apps/air-display/ - Let's me use my iPad as a second screen while on the road

    AntiRSI http://tech.inhelsinki.nl/antirsi/ - Reminds me to take screen breaks

    GrandPerspective http://grandperspectiv.sourceforge.net/ - helps me find where the heck all my disk space has gone

    Sip http://theolabrothers.com/sip/ - Nice colour picker

    2 points
  • Jørgen Arnor LomJørgen Arnor Lom, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    Love this thread! +1 for Alfred, Dash, TextExpander, and Divvy.

    Mine would be:

    2 points
  • Conlin "Wuz" DurbinConlin "Wuz" Durbin, 6 years ago
    • Caffeine, for watching videos on battery.
    • CloudUp for sharing screencaps and stuff online.
    • Boom.App for making Mac sound preferences awesome.
    • Bartender to keep my notification bar clean.
    • Growl to make my notifications useful and good looking.
    2 points
  • Diana Lopez, 6 years ago

    Jumpcut is really useful during development. It keeps clipboard history.

    And I feel like barely anyone talks about Mixture but it is so so good.

    Cloud is great too. Super quick uploads to the cloud.

    Day-O makes the menu bar clock twice as useful.

    TotalFinder makes Finder nicer.

    Page Layers helps an effort every once in a while.

    2 points
    • Clay MacTavishClay MacTavish, 6 years ago

      +1 for Totalfinder

      1 point
    • Daniel Fosco, 6 years ago

      I use ClipMenu instead of Jumpcut, but they're probably similar. It completely changed how I work. Having clipboard history is like typing with an extra set of hands or something, it's amazing.

      Thanks for Day-O, the only reason I still used OSX Dashboard was for the easily accessible calendar. No need for that now!

      3 points
  • Max SobkowskiMax Sobkowski, 6 years ago

    So much of good software already been mentioned.

    My addition will be Reflector App http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/

    Easily provides instant airplay of your mobile screen, videos and photos to your computer monitor.

    1 point
    • Daniel Fosco, 6 years ago

      Cool!

      I've tried AirServer before, but the connection was spotty and video would stop all the time. Might've been the bad wi-fi connection, though.

      Ever had the same problem with Reflector?

      0 points
      • Max SobkowskiMax Sobkowski, 6 years ago

        I think it's a common problem for such apps. Sometimes it takes some time to load video but all in all it works fine.

        0 points
        • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, 6 years ago

          I'll see if I get the trial... AirServer would lose the connection sometimes and we would have to reset the whole thing.

          Terrible problem to have in the middle of user testing sessions :/

          0 points
  • Arthur Lambillotte, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    Bartender! http://www.macbartender.com

    1 point
  • Bob WassermannBob Wassermann, 6 years ago

    Alfred!

    1 point
    • Hash MilhanHash Milhan, 6 years ago

      +1 for alfred. it's almost my goto thing to launch or find anything. or even simple things as checking the spelling for a word, or finding definitions for it - or doing simple math stuff.

      0 points
  • Coulter PattonCoulter Patton, 6 years ago

    Notational Velocity (http://notational.net/) is one of my favorites.

    1 point
  • Andrew ShenAndrew Shen, 6 years ago

    Alfred 2, BetterSnapTool, and puush.

    1 point
  • Drew LustroDrew Lustro, 6 years ago

    +1 Divvy for window management Alfred 2 (powerpack) with F1, F2, F3, etc macros for hide/showing applications

    1 point
  • Sven LoskillSven Loskill, 6 years ago

    ImageAlpha significantly reduces the filesize of transparent PNGs (and it cleverly pairs with ImageOptim): → http://pngmini.com/

    0 points
  • Kemie GuaidaKemie Guaida, 6 years ago

    For discovering, using, managing colors, I use Spectrum exports .ase, sass, to the system picker, etc. and ColorPicker to have the system color picker always on my menubar.

    Tomighty is a simple pomodoro menubar app.

    Arq for backing up to amazon S3

    Jettison ejects/restores my external drives automatically when my computer sleeps / wakes up

    Hyperdock lets me choose specific windows from the dock

    0 points
    • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, 6 years ago

      Spectrum kicks ass!

      Would you happen to know if there's any way to export pallettes to .SCSS giving specific names to the swatches to be exported as variable names?

      The examples show it's possible, but I never figured it out myself.

      0 points
      • Kemie GuaidaKemie Guaida, 6 years ago

        If I understand your question correctly, what you need to do is name the actual swatches (with the color inspector pane), and then, on the preferences-->templates area you can customize the output, such as: {{#swatches}} ${{name}}: #{{x}}; {{/swatches}}

        the export as .scss

        0 points
  • Luca Candela, 6 years ago

    I do a ton of UI design, and Antetype has changed the way I work.

    http://www.antetype.com

    p.s.: I don't get any money from them.

    I also use a lot SnagIt for Mac and Wunderlist.

    0 points
  • Erik BeesonErik Beeson, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    Some things that I haven't seen mentioned yet:

    • Contexts: Alternative window switcher.
    • Mackup: Sync app settings across computers via Dropbox.
    • Cakebrew: Homebrew GUI.
    • QuickCal: Create calendar events with natural language ("noon tomorrow Lunch with Dave", etc).
    • iStat Menus: Menubar system stats, calendar, improved clock, etc.
    • Path Finder: Finder alternative.
    • ForkLift: Also a Finder alternative, but I only use it when dealing with remote files.
    • Moom: For arranging windows via the OS X green + icon.
    • Divvy: For arranging windows with keyboard shortcuts.
    • Sharpshooter: Screenshot renamer/organizer.
    • Shortstop: Disable global shortcuts for certain apps (essential for remote desktop/screen sharing).
    • Fluid: Single site browser maker. Create dedicated applications out of webapps. Great for managing multiple instances of Gmail.
    • Harp: Static site compiling server with an excellent companion service.
    • ChronoSync: Synchronize files between computers.
    • Plex: Like Netflix for your own media. Plex has absolutely revolutionized media consumption in our house.
    • Fish Shell: Alternative terminal shell.
    • iTerm 2: Alternative terminal app.
    • Vox: Music player; like oldschool Winamp, for OS X.
    • Cheetah3D: 3D Modeling.
    • MindMaple: Mind mapping.

    Plus a bunch of thing other people have already mentioned.

    0 points
  • Abhijit RawoolAbhijit Rawool, 6 years ago

    Mine would be: 1. Paint.net (getpaint.net) for editing images on Windows and 2. Mou (mouapp.com) for writing in markdown on Mac

    0 points
  • Caleb SylvestCaleb Sylvest, 6 years ago

    Little Ipsum. Quickly grad lorem ipsum text from your admin bar. Use this all the time!

    Pochade. An awesome color picker tool from your admin bar.

    0 points
  • Mike MitchellMike Mitchell, 6 years ago

    Cocoapotrace! - http://www.geocities.jp/applescriptdepot/iWeb/AppleScriptDepot/Cocoapotrace.html

    Perfect for lazy-converting raster images to vectors.

    0 points
  • iBeck ErkinoviBeck Erkinov, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    This Color maker app is best for me...

    0 points
  • Maurice CherryMaurice Cherry, 6 years ago

    Lightshot for screenshots with annotations, and Belvedere for file management.

    0 points
  • Dominik PoradaDominik Porada, 6 years ago

    It’s Tapes, a dead-simple screencasting software. You’ll find it useful if you work remotely (like me).

    0 points
  • Thommy BrowneThommy Browne, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )
    • RecordIt - record quick screencasts
    • Torpedo - short term file sharing
    • Skitch - easily share screenshots with annotations quickly
    • +1 for Flux
    • +1 for Alfred
    0 points
  • Wade Garrett, 6 years ago
    • Dropbox Encore: Gives you the ability to run multiple Dropbox instances on one machine.

    • cDock: Customize your dock on Mavericks (bring back the 2D dock).

    • XtraFinder: Love this guy. I've tried PathFinder and TotalFinder but each of them are lacking something for me. Plus XtraFinder's free.

    • Moom: To resize and rearrange my windows.

    • Pushbullet's Chrome Extension has been great as well for mirrored notifications.

    Then everyone's favorites: Alfred 2, Dropbox, Hazel, and Caffeine.

    0 points
  • Lucian MarinLucian Marin, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    Gmail Notifr — no need for email clients.

    ImageOptim — reduces the size of images; good for web design.

    Monochrome — browser for running mobile web apps.

    Plug — for listening to Hype Machine featured songs.

    VOX — for listening to internet radio; it also has binaural conversion.

    0 points
  • barry saundersbarry saunders, 6 years ago
    • geektool - for embedding my todo.txt file on the screen
    • licecap for GIFs or Snapz for hi-res video capture
    • mpeg streamclip for video conversion
    • omnioutliner for constructing IA / page flows (imports into omnigraffle, too)
    • excel(!) for constructing user stories (learn concatenation, it will save your life)
    • devonthink for organising my decade of files and documents
    • integrity / siteorbiter for scanning a whole website and capturing a sitemap.xml
    • omnigraffle sitemap generator which generates a sitemap drawing from a sitemap.xml file, great for when you need to do a content audit of a live site
    • numi 2, great for figuring out a project budget or calculating a grid
    • invision, all my prototyping and feedback is done inside of it now
    0 points
    • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, 6 years ago

      Wow, that's... how exactly do you use Excel for user stories?

      0 points
      • barry saundersbarry saunders, 6 years ago

        basically set up three columns with user type / user need / functionality as heading and then create a final column with "As a " + A1 + "I want to " + B1 + "so that" + C1 as the formula. That way I can input my user type, add user needs and functionality and it generates human readable user stories.

        Makes it easier to manage the functionality requirements on a larger build, while still giving it context and tying it back to the user needs.

        0 points
        • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, 6 years ago

          Interesting, thanks for the feedback! Gotta try this sometime — although it looks better suited for larger products with lots of requirements, are you mentioned.

          0 points
          • barry saundersbarry saunders, 6 years ago

            yeah, it's not necessarily going to help for more creative-driven work, but for enterprise or platform stuff it's really helpful.

            0 points
  • Cesar FigueroaCesar Figueroa, 6 years ago

    Induction for quickly previewing database structures, Notational Velocity for note taking with Simplenote, Soulver for budgeting, and FRVNT for keeping track of who/what I’m praying for.

    0 points
  • Chris FreesChris Frees, 6 years ago

    GeekToolAnvilF.lux

    0 points
  • Catalin CimpanuCatalin Cimpanu, 6 years ago

    These are silly apps, but I use them almost every 5 minutes :D

    PowerMenu

    MWSnap

    0 points
  • Manik RatheeManik Rathee, 6 years ago

    AlfredTextExpanderBetterSnapTool

    Another +1 for LICEcap & f.lux

    0 points