Just because the world is short of lists of favorite apps, here is mine:
Task Paper for todos
I used to have a thing for todo apps. I tried them all and even tried to build my own. I switched to Task Paper years ago and have stuck to it since then. The truth is that my relationship with todos has changed significantly over the years. These days I only track a short list of things usually related to what I'm currently working on, and Task Paper is perfect for this.
In Task Paper, you feel like you are freely editing a text document with a thin layer of todo-related niceties. This looks simple but balancing both aspects successfully is not easy at all. Try to deal with todos in any note-taking app and then switch to Task Paper to see the difference.
Craft for note taking
I love writing notes to keep a reference of things I learn and clarify my mind about problems I am working on. I dropped Evernote for Bear years ago and, recently, I changed again to Craft. I was skeptical when I first installed it, but I got hooked pretty quickly: Craft is absolutely outstanding.
Since the first moment, it's evident that they have put a ton of love on every corner. The editor is terrific, the notes look gorgeous, and the application is full of novel ideas that clicked for me. In particular, I love its foundation based on documents, pages, and blocks: you can essentially create sub-notes out of any element in a note, which adds a powerful new dimension to organize your whole system. Also, the support for internal links is fantastic and it tracks backlinks, which is something I missed in Bear.
Moom for window management
I use Moom to move and resize windows with the keyboard. It does its job perfectly. I have these shortcuts configured: CMD + . to launch it and then...
- SPACE to maximize screen.
- 1 to center the window.
- 2 and 3 to place windows side by side.
- ARROWS to move the window to other screens.
CleanShot for screenshots
CleanShot is fantastic for taking screenshots and screen recordings. I love its annotation tools for images and how customizable it is. I let it override the same MacOS shortcuts I've been using since forever (e.g: CMD-SHIFT-4 to take a screenshot) and configure these after-capture actions:
Reeder for RSS feeds
I have been a happy Reeder user for years in both macOS and iOS. It's an incredibly well-designed and reliable feed reader. Since version 5, it includes iCloud-powered syncing for your feeds across devices, so that you don't have to rely on third-party services. Some recent reflection on my feelings towards Twitter made me realize how much I appreciate this one.
Alfred for... many things
I have been using Alfred since forever. It includes an application launcher and many productivity tools. I use it to launch or switch apps (to this day, it still feels way more responsive than Spotlight), and I also heavily rely on these four for my daily workflow:
- Web searches. So that I can type "w John Doe" to search "John Doe" in Wikipedia. I use many custom searches like that.
- Clipboard history. I use this one all the time.
- Web bookmarks. To quickly open Safari bookmarks by typing part of their description.
- Snippets. I have used other text expanders in the past and Alfred's is probably the one that works best.