A short list of non-work related macOS apps I really like
Here is a short list of apps I use a lot under macOS privately (so not only work related) or I have recently discovered and think I'll stick with them.
- Bunch: Bunch describes itself as "a macOS utility that uses plain text scripts called “Bunches” to automate context switching. It sits in your menu [...]. Bunches can open apps, specific files, web pages, and more. For the Power Users, It also allows advanced scripting, system commands, and integration via a URL handler". It's free to download, developed by Brett Terpstra. I switched from Workspaces by Apptorium, which has a much more sophisticated visual concept. I also like the app very much and is also available via Setapp.
- Typinator: "Enter words, sentences, or even entire paragraphs by typing just a few characters. Save time for the really important things in life." If I use a Mac without Typinator installed, I can hardly operate it. Therefore, it is one of the first programmes I add. (The second one is 1Password, but if I would start from scratch I would try to use the new build in password manager of macOS / iOS.) Many use Textexpander, but I feel more comfortable without a subscription model.
- Raycast: "Raycast is a blazingly fast, totally extendable launcher. It lets you complete tasks, calculate, share common links, and much more." Before I discovered Raycast, I've used Launchbar for over 15 years. It was one of these apps I would have taken with me to an lonely island. Other apps like Alfred did not stick with me. I still like Launchbar a lot but enjoy the I am currently enjoying the immense expandability and dynamic development of Raycast. Right now Raycast made even my beloved window manager Moom obsolete.
- Craft: "Create documents, make impact." I really enjoyed using Craft for some time. But actually I think, I should not use another note silo and try to achieve what I want with Apple Notes. Nevertheless, the app is very comprehensive, cross platform and easy to begin with. If you have a Setapp subscription, you should definitely check it out. (At this point, of course, Obsidian and Notion must also be mentioned, but neither of which I use in a private context so far.)
- Anybox: "Manage bookmarks like a pro. A perfect replacement for your browser’s bookmark manager." I have never been able to make friends with Safari's bookmark management and used to use various services, including del.icio.us. Then I migrated to pinboard.in, and in the meantime I only used it sporadically. Pins, a very good iOS / macOS pinboard client by Anh Do, motivated me again to use pinboard more extensively. But recently my use declined rapidly again - I don't know exactly why. I didn't like well-known alternatives like raindrop.io and then Anybox came along. It's available for macOS and iOS and more or less saves everthing but I use it solely as a bookmark manager. I'm actually very happy with it, although I'm curious to see whether the developer of pins can motivate me to switch again with his new app Interlink. (I hardly know why I save my bookmarks in the first place. Most of the time I look them up again using a search engine anyway.)
- CleanShot X: "Capture your Mac’s screen like a pro." Before I stumbled across CleanShot X, I used the native screenshot function of macOS, which is also quite extensive. In addition I used OwlOCR. A utility that allows you to capture areas of the screen and then copy the text contained therein directly to the clipboard. (Textsniper is also often recommended, but I liked the pricing and the support of OwlOCR much better. BTW Textsniper is on Setapp.) I use this function daily and frequently. I would not want to do without it any more. In the meantime, on the latest version of macOS it is possible to extract text with board tools, at least in photos and I think also in other apps, but I have become so used to cmd+shift+2 (my assigned shortcut) that I no longer want to do without it. What does all this have to do with CleanShot? This function is also implemented and so much more. Also available via Setapp.
- Rocket: "Mind-blowing emoji on your Mac." I really enjoy using this emoji picker. Tried using the one from Recast but went back to Rocket.
- Quitall: "Before you Force Quit, QuitAll. A fresh start without a restart." If it wasn't included in my Setapp subscription I probably would not have bought it. I know it's a bad habit under macOS to quit apps but sometimes I have so many of them open, that I prefer a fresh start. That's were Quintal comes into play.
- Hookmark: "Search Less. Focus more." If you haven't heart of Hookmark yet, go and check it out. It's really awesome and I wish something like this was build directly into macOS. You can more or less interlink everything. Also available via Setapp.
- And of course there are some productivity apps I mainly use for work Dash, DevonThink, Default Folder X, Keyboard Maestro, Hazel and ChronoSync. Maybe I'll write a little more about them later.
- Oh, I would have forgotten about CCC: "CCC does everything you wish Time Machine did (and more!)" Buy it, use it! (Or SuperDuper! I don't care 😎)
Update: even more apps ...