Technology

Favorite Software

One of the more frequent questions I’m asked is what software do I use for insert a task here. This post hopes to keep a running list of my favorite apps, programs, and tools that I use on a regular basis. I’ve tried to break up the list into helpful sections and linked out to the app store when appropriate. Everything listed here I personally use and recommend. I’ll try and update this post on a semi-regular basis.

Mac Apps

  • 1BlockerMy content blocker of choice.
  • 1PasswordA password manager to create and keep track of unique passwords.
  • AlfredA spotlight replacement for the Mac.
  • AmphetamineKeep your computer from falling asleep. (I use this when podcasting.)
  • AnyListA fantastic shared shopping list, meal planner, and recipe app.
  • Audio HijackRecord any audio your computer plays, from external or internal sources.
  • BackblazeAutomatic online backup. Highly recommended.
  • BartenderTake control of your Mac’s menu bar.
  • ChatologyEasily search iMessage conversations.
  • Coda 2My text editor of choice for creating and coding websites.
  • DaisyDiskSee what’s using disk space on your computer.
  • Day OneA simple daily journaling app.
  • DeliveriesTrack all your online orders in one place.
  • DownieDownloads videos, mp3s, or basically any streaming media to your hard-drive.
  • Dropbox
  • DueA simple timer/reminder application.
  • FantasticalA fantastic calendar app.
  • FocusBlock certain apps and websites for periods of intense work focus.
  • HandBrakeRip, encode, and handle all the video files you throw at it.
  • HazelHazel watches whatever folders you tell it to, automatically organizing your files according to the rules you create.
  • ImageOptimEasily optimize images for uploading online.
  • iStat MiniA mini system monitor for notification center.
  • KaleidoscopeAn app to quickly show the differences between files, text documents, images, and more.
  • Keyboard MaestroIncredible automation, macro, scripting app. You’ll be amazed how useful this app is for daily tasks and how many things you can automate you never dreamed of.
  • LiteIconSimple way to change your Mac app icons.
  • Logic Pro XAudio editor.
  • MAMP ProEasy local website development.
  • MarkedA Markdown previewer.
  • MoomA window manager for the Mac that can do all sorts of awesome stuff.
  • OmnifocusMy task and project manager of choice. It may be overkill for many, but I couldn’t live without it.
  • OmniOutlinerA fantastic outliner.
  • PDFPenA PDF editor with very powerful OCR technology.
  • PixelmatorA great image editor.
  • PlexA media manager to keep all your movies and TV shows organized and available wherever you want them. I use it on a headless server and usually watch via the Apple TV.
  • Podcast ChaptersEasily add podcast chapters to your podcast.
  • Podcast MenuAccess Overcast’s podcasts on your Mac.
  • Private Internet AccessMy VPN on choice.
  • ReadKitMy RSS reader of choice.
  • RightFontA font manager and previewer.
  • Simple ComicA comic booker reader for the Mac.
  • SimplifyThis puts the current playing song in your menu bar and scrobbles to Last.fm.
  • Skala ColorA great color picker.
  • SketchA great vector and digital design app.
  • SlackGroup communications.
  • SoulverIt’s a combination of a calculator and spreadsheet. I use it as my main calculator app.
  • SparkMy current email client of choice.
  • SpilloA Mac app for accessing all my Pinboard bookmarks.
  • SqueezerMinimize, compile, and compress web files and scripts.
  • SuperDuperClones/makes a backup of your hard-drive.
  • TaskPaperA simple plain text based task management system. I use this for big projects to keep track of everything in a very easy to read and edit format.
  • TextExpanderCreate snippets for things you type a lot. I use this so much for so many things it’s all second nature now.
  • Textmate 2My simple and basic text editor of choice.
  • TextualAn IRC client for the Mac.
  • TowerMy git client of choice.
  • TransmissionA torrent client for the Mac.
  • TransmitA fantastic S/FTP client for the Mac.
  • TweetbotThe best Twitter client for the Mac.
  • UlyssesAn extremely great writing app. From simple notes to huge projects, this is my favorite writing app to make sure I have everything I write in one place and always accessible.
  • VLCA media player that can play basically any file you toss at it.
  • xScopeA set of tools for measuring, aligning and inspecting on-screen graphics and layouts.

iOS Apps

  • 1BlockerMy content blocker of choice.
  • 1PasswordA password manager to create and keep track of unique passwords.
  • AfterlightImage editor and filter applier.
  • Alfred RemoteRemotely control Alfred for the Mac using your phone.
  • Alto’s AdventureAn awesome skiing game.
  • AmazonShop. Consume.
  • AnyListA fantastic shared shopping list, meal planner, and recipe app.
  • AuthyFor two-factor authentication.
  • BlurCreates simple blur background effects.
  • BobbyA simple way to track all your subscriptions and what you’re spending each month.
  • CashEasily send money to friends and family. We’re not using the other apps anymore.
  • CodaFor doing quick and simple code editing on iOS.
  • Crossy RoadA fun Frogger-style game.
  • Dark SkyMy weather app of choice.
  • Day OneA simple daily journaling app.
  • DeliveriesTrack all your online orders in one place.
  • DiscogsFor cataloging my vinyl record collection.
  • DraftsAn incredibly powerful note taking app. This is where all text on my phone or iPad starts.
  • Dropbox
  • DueA simple timer/reminder application.
  • FantasticalMy calendar app of choice.
  • FitHITA simple workout rep/timer application.
  • HighballKeeps track of cocktails and other drinks.
  • KAMI 2Fun puzzle game.
  • Launch Center ProIt’s like speed dial for everyday tasks. You can launch apps, workflows, or compile commonly done tasks into one place.
  • LetterboxdFor tracking all the movies I see and what I think of them.
  • LinkyAn easy way to share links via social media via one easy to use extension.
  • MintA good way to see an overview of your finances.
  • Nest
  • NomoroboBlocks robocalls, telemarketers, and phone scams. It gets about 95% of them for me and is therefore well worth it in my opinion.
  • NuzzelThis app shows you the most shared articles from your Twitter feed.
  • ObscuraA camera app that gets great black and white shots.
  • OmnifocusMy task and project manager of choice. It may be overkill for many, but I couldn’t live without it.
  • OmniOutlinerThe iOS version of the fantastic outliner.
  • OvercastThe best podcast player for iOS.
  • PauseA simple meditative app.
  • PCalcA great calculator.
  • PinpointA simple image annotation tool.
  • PixelmatorA iOS image editor. Powerful.
  • PlexA media manager to keep all your movies and TV shows organized and available wherever you want them.
  • PocketA simple read it later service for sending websites I’d like to check out at a later time.
  • PostmatesHave food delievered.
  • Private Internet AccessMy VPN of choice.
  • PromptA great SSH client for iOS.
  • PushoverSends me push notifications for things I have set up elsewhere. (Example: It’ll send me a notification when a file finishes downloading on my computer.)
  • PushpinAn iOS app for keeping all my Pinboard bookmarks.
  • QuicklyticsGoogle Analytics on iOS.
  • ReederMy RSS reader of choice.
  • SaverA great finance tracker for expenses and budgeting.
  • ScreensA client for connecting to, and controlling, my desktop computers from my phone or iPad.
  • SoulverIt’s a combination of a calculator and spreadsheet. I use it as my main calculator app.
  • SparkMy email client of choice.
  • StreaksAn app that helps you form habits. I have a few tasks that I want to do each week (like workout/stay on budget/) and this has been a good motivator.
  • TallyA quick and easy way to keep count on your iPhone. I use this a lot when playing board games or wanting to keep track of how often I’ve done something.
  • ThreesA really fun number puzzle game.
  • ThunderspaceA bunch of nature/rain/white noise sounds.
  • TransmitA S/FTP client for iOS.
  • TweetbotMy Twitter client of choice.
  • UlyssesAn extremely great writing app. From simple notes to huge projects, this is my favorite writing app to make sure I have everything I write in one place and always accessible.
  • VSCOCool photo filters.
  • WolframAlphaA great resource.
  • WorkflowPower iOS automation that lets you do all sorts of awesome stuff. I combine a lot of my workflows with Launch Center Pro.
  • YoinkYoink for iPad and iPhone lets you easily and quickly store items you drag, copy or share, for later use on a little shelf. Very helpful on the iPad.

Update: New apps and descriptions were added on July 3rd, 2017.

Jason Tate
Jason Tate Jason Tate is the founder and editor-in-chief of chorus.fm. He can also be found at @jason_tate on Twitter and on Facebook.
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