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OS X Apps I use

All the OS X apps I use - for when I need to reinstall a new machine.

NOTE: install any of the apps here at your own risk.


Essential app
Install only if needed
Obsolete or discontinued
Alfred ⭐️
Command launcher. Even though very often it's nothing more than a proxy around Spotlight, I feel naked when working on a machine that doesn't have it. I sync the settings with Dropbox
App Cleaner
When I need to download apps like this to remove standard OS X apps I don't want (looking at you, "News") is when I realise I shuld really move to Linux...
Anki ⭐️
I am a big fan of Flashcards both for keeping my tech know-how up to date and to practice languages and other things. Sadly the latest desktop upgrade screws up all my custom cards, haven't upgraded for a while
Apache 💀
Good old Apache... how many hours did I spend fixing it every time an OS X update screwed it up. Glad those days are over
I almost completely migrated out of Evernote. Almost
Calibre ⭐️
calibre is a powerful and easy to use e-book manager. Users say it’s outstanding and a must-have. It’ll allow you to do nearly everything and it takes things a step beyond normal e-book software. It’s also completely free and open source and great for both casual users and computer experts
DB Browser for SQLite
DB Browser for SQLite (DB4S) is a high quality, visual, open source tool to create, design, and edit database files compatible with SQLite.
Package Software into Standardized Units for Development, Shipment and Deployment
Dropbox ⭐️
Essential, if nothing else because I share Alfred settings with it
It's no longer my main browser since they messed up the signing certificate expiry some time ago, but it still has some useful tools
f.lux makes your computer screen look like the room you're in, all the time. When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again
Gimp ⭐️
These days Gimp got simpler. Even my mum uses it for image processing
Google Drive ⭐️
Useful to share all sort of stuff you don't mind Google to read
The best for video transcoder for Macs, comes with a CLI version as well
Homebrew ⭐️
If you use a Mac and you do something even remotely technical you need Homebrew, simple as that
LICEcap can capture an area of your desktop and save it directly to .GIF (for viewing in web browsers, etc) or .LCF (a proprietary format)
MacX DVD Ripper Pro
DVD cost more money than they are worth and if they get scratched they become useless. I use this app to make backups
MalwareBytes ⭐️
Malware protection app
Batch file-renaming app. I know there are CLI utils for achieving the same, but I haven't got around researching them, and I am used to this
OmniDiskSweeper ⭐️
A utility to quickly find large files and get rid of them. You'd think it should be easy to do from Finder, but this is much more convenient
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OnyX ⭐️
An all-in-one system maintenance tool and optimizer. Another essential app
A dev tool for http requests
Sequel Pro
If only all DB management applications were as good as this MySQL-only one...
Thunderbird ⭐️
Free App that gets the job done
TinkerTool ⭐️
An application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into Mac OS X. This allows to activate hidden features in the operating system and in some of the applications delivered with the system.
Visual Studio Code ⭐️
The best free code editor out there
Virus Barrier ⭐️
My Virus barrier of choice, from Intego
VLC ⭐️
THE Open Source video player