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Michael Kohl

We seem to have pretty similar preferences/a similar setup. :-) Some notes and comments:

  • I have a Brewfile for Homebrew in my dot files repository. Makes it easier to get all the packages I want back. It also works with Casks, so you can make Homebrew the first thing to install and then take it from there :-)

  • I use SizeUp instead of Spectacle because old habits die hard (been using it since 2010 or so). I really should look at some of the newer alternatives.

  • Version managers: Anaconda as Python distribution (I'm gonna install those ML packages anyway, so might as well have them from the beginning) and n for Node version management. rbenv is my Ruby favorite too. Lately I've been considering unifying everything with asdf, but haven't taken the plunge yet.

  • The ZSH that comes with macOS isn't always the newest, so I generally install that via Homebrew too.

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Andy Zhao (he/him)

I also use SizeUp, and honestly I have no reason to change. It works for what I need it for, and I bought it (kind of a long time ago) so I don't get the license pop-up that the free version has.

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Michael Kohl

Same here, I must have bought it in 2010 or 2011. But the one piece of software I really wouldn't wanna miss on my Mac is Alfred. I think I bought it 3 times by now (they offer a lifetime license, but I just buy the power pack for every new major release to support them).

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Nick Taylor (he/him)

Wasn't aware of Brewfile. Thanks for sharing Michael! I have a script that sets up my Mac and had an array of brew apps that I install, gist.github.com/nickytonline/729fc.... When I get a chance, I'll update it.

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Edwin Ramirez

You ain't missing anything by using SizeUp instead of Spectacle. Spectacle is just a free version of Sizeup with less customization options. Also, Spectacle hasn't been updated for almost 2 years and those Mojave issues are starting to pile up.

I tried to replace Spectacle with Veeer it's newer, shinier, and also free; but lacks features like moving windows between screens.

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Camilo Martinez

Spectacle it's awesome and Free. That's why I think it's most installed than SizeUp.