Favorite Mac Apps for 2016

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.

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.

GiF Keyboard

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

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.

CleanMyMac

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

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.

Caffeine

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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!

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.


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