I, like many others, was a long time Windows user. When I was younger I was into PC gaming (Call of Duty 2 the GOAT?), and not until recently did I ever even contemplate switching to OS X. Well six months ago that changed when I bought my first MacBook Pro. Since it’s been 6 months since I made the switch I’ll share some apps that I’ve truly grown to love.
Note: I’ll never go back to Windows.
Alfred 2 may be the single greatest app of all time. Alfred’s free to use, but I highly recommend purchasing Alfred’s Powerpack to unlock Alfred workflows . My hotkey is Double-tap Option and this app will change the way you use your computer. Here are some Alfred workflow resources:
You can get the two workflows from the screenshots above on Github:
- Colors: A CSS color conversion workflow with Color Picker support.
- Process Killer: Easily find and kill any misbehaving processes.
I use Bartender to help keep my menu bar organized. Apps that I don’t access on a day-to-day basis, but still use occasionally, I have in Bartender’s menu. These apps include:
- Spectacle: Window control with customizable keyboard shortcuts - the window management that OS X is lacking.
The remaining apps on my menu bar are as follows:
- Caffine: Prevents your Mac from sleeping, dimming the screen, or starting screensavers.
- Dropbox: Needs no explantion.
- Anvil for Mac: Helps you manage local websites by using Pow.cx. (See screenshot below)
- iTerm 2: A better terminal for Mac.
- MAMP PRO: Local web server environment that includes includes Apache, MySQL, and PHP for OS X.
- Sublime Text 3: My favorite text editor.
- Google Chrome Canary: If you build websites you have to live on the bleeding edge.
- Transmit 4: Feature filled FTP/SFTP client that allows you to transfer files to the cloud Amazon S3, WebDav, or event mount to your Mac.
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