My first task in 2019 is to get a new computer. I didn't want to change computers, but my old one gave way and I had no choice 😭.
Since I'm already switching computers, I thought it'll be interesting to share the apps I use on a daily basis.
I hope you find some of them interesting!
I do a lot of writing work (for the blog, and for the courses I make). Here are the apps I use:
- Ulysses. This is where I do my idea curation, outlining, drafting, writing, and editing work.
Rocket: Rocket helps me write emojis as if I'm writing them on Slack. For example, to get 😀, I type
:grinning. It has autocomplete features so typing emojis become a breeze 😁.
- Hemingway app: I use Hemingway app to ensure my sentences are easy to read and understand.
- Grammarly: I use Grammarly to help me correct any obvious grammatical errors.
- Word counter app: This is a menu-bar app that tells me how many words I've written on my computer today. My highest track record is 12,000 words!
- Marked 2: I use Marked 2 for converting Markdown (from Ulysses or my text editor, VS Code) into HTML or Rich Text. I then paste Rich Text into the WISYWIG editor in Convertkit (to send emails).
- Skitch: Skitch helps me annotate images quickly for articles.
- Kap: Kap helps me make gifs and videos that don't look janky (but the Gifs are quite big...).
Of course, coding is a big part of my work. How else do I call myself a developer otherwise? 🤪
- Visual Studio Code: My preferred text editor. I created a video series to help you set up VS Code if you want to use it.
- iTerm2: I prefer iTerm2 over the built-in terminal app. It's easier to configure, and I can have split screens (which makes multiple terminal windows easier to manage)>
Tower: I prefer Tower over other Git clients. If you want to try Tower, you can use
zell20to get 20% discount off your first year! (I don't get money for sharing this). If you want to learn Git, I have a video series for you too.
- Postman: Postman is good for debugging API.
- MongoDB Compass: This is good for checking data stored in my MongoDB Databases.
Like any other web developer, I install many browsers on my computer (primarily for testing). Here are the ones I use:
- Safari: My main browser for browsing
- Firefox Nightly: My main browser for debugging CSS.
- Chrome: For debugging.
- Firefox: For debugging.
(I rarely test against IE or Edge nowadays, because there's generally no need to anymore).
I may not look like it, but I'm also interested in Design. I design every website I build. Here are the tools I use:
- Sip: Sip is a simple color dropper tool.
- Sketch: For designing
- Typeface: For managing typefaces on my Mac. It's much better than font book!
- Adobe Fonts: For syncing typefaces from Typekit (now Adobe Fonts) onto my computer.
I've been creating videos for ~1 year. Here are the apps I've been using:
- Audacity: For recording audio
- Screenflow: For recording my screen and face
- OBS: For positioning my face on the video. I hope I can use it for live-streaming sometime in the future.
- Webcam settings: Lights are set at 50hz over at my part of the world (it's 60hz in USA), so my webcam flickers when recording. This sets it right.
Here are some apps I can't live without on my Mac.
- Alfred: Alfred is Spotlight + so many things.
- Airmail: My preferred email client
- Fantastical2: My preferred calendar app
- Moom: I use Moom to shift windows around on a Mac.
- Notion: I've recently started using Notion as a todo-list system. I may write about this in future if it sticks.
- Odrive: For syncing multiple Google Drives
- Dropbox: Nothing to say here :)
- 1Blocker: Blocking ads and other stuff on Safari.
- 1Password: Where I store all my password information.
- Beamer: To put videos onto my Apple TV.
- Clean my mac 3: To remove applications cleanly.
- MplayerX: For playing videos.
- Spotify: Because. music. rocks.
- Vanilla app: For managing the menu bar.
I'll talk about my actual migration process in an upcoming article. It'll be nerdy and fun! 🤓.