Don't you just love the joy of opening a new MacBook box and setting up your favorite tools? The tools you choose to install really add to the experience. They can be very personal and show a lot about the type of person, and in my case, developer that I am.
Here is a short post about the first 10 tools I installed on my MacBook Pro 16" on Day 1.
Here are the first things I installed on my new MacBook Pro 16". Your mileage may vary, of course.
VS Code is an essential tool for me. I use it for coding, writing, and as a scratch pad. I'm using it to write this!
I also installed a bunch of extensions (using a single extension called Settings Sync). But that's for another article.
Alfred is an extremely powerful spotlight-like app. You can do so much with this ... really. Check it out and explore the workflows. I use it to open apps, search my computer, kill processes, calculate, and more.
- Alfred App v4
- Free without the PowerPack
I hate clutter. When i record my screen I don't like seeing all of the icons in my top bar either. Bartender hides whatever I don't want to see, and makes it easily accessible when I do need them.
Divvy is an essential tool for me. I use it to program keyboard shortcuts to move my windows to predefined areas on the screen. I have 10 shortcuts currently that I use every single day.
Nice app that shows the WiFi signal and a lot of details that the baked in wifi app doesn't show.
- WiFi Signal
I've been using this tool for a decade and haven't found a reason to stop using it. Well worth the money.
I used to use PostMan, and it is indeed excellent. But I like Insomnia these days. Maybe because it has a cool name.
Free tier is all I need
I use this to keep my laptop screen visible so it does not timeout when I am presenting.
I store many files here that I either need to share across machines or just want off my local machine.
- Cost varies for your usage
The Chrome browser by Google.