- iMac (24-inch, M1, 2021) 16 GB RAM
- Apple AirPods
- Yeti Stereo Microphone
👨🏽🎨 Create and Design
- Affinity Designer - For vector-based illustration and design.
- Affinity Publisher - For desktop publishing.
- Affinity Photo - For photo editing and manipulation.
- Craft - Simply the finest writing tool around.
- Dungeondraft - For making D&D dungeon maps.
- Figma - UX design and prototyping.
🧑🏽💻 Other Development Tools
- ColorSlurp - I’ve tried a bunch of color picker tools. For some reason, this one has stuck.
- Fig - VS Code-style autocomplete for your Terminal. FOR YOUR TERMINAL! I don’t ever want to go back.
- Dash - Documentation browser.
- DataGrip - Cross-platform database IDE by JetBrains.
- ImageOptim - Batch image compression. Makes optimizing image files super fast and easy.
- Oh My ZSH - A framework for Zsh. Makes the terminal awesome.
- Powerline 10k - A Zsh theme for OMZ.
- Termius - Cross-platform SSH terminal.
- Transmit - For moving files from here to there (FTP, SFTP, S3).
- Visual Studio Code - Code editor for just about anything (Go, React, Rust, Typescript, etc…)
- Adobe Fonts - All the fonts you’ll ever need. Except for all the others. Because you can never have enough fonts.
- Blambot - All the comic fonts you will ever need. But for reals, this time.
- Floodfonts - By Felix Braden.
- Harbor Type - A small but amazing collection.
- Mark Simonson - Proxima Nova and other fonts that aren’t Proxima Nova.
🖌 Everything Else
- 1Password - Everyone should be using a password manager.
- Bartender - For managing your menubar icons.
- CleanShotX - The best screenshot tool for MacOS.
- Contexts - It’s CMD-Tab, but BETTER! SO MUCH BETTER!
- Firefox - Fast browsing with an emphasis on privacy.
- Homebrew - The missing MacOS package manager.
- Hyperkey - Turn your caps lock key into an extra modifier key for keyboard shortcuts. It does one thing, but it does it really well.
- iStat Menus - Menu-bar based performance statistics.
- Keka - File archiving and unarchiving.
- Little Snitch - Ever wonder what your apps are connecting to while you’re not looking? Little Snitch will tell you.
- MacUpdater - It, well…it keeps your apps up to date.
- Mate Translate - Menubar-resident translation tool.
- Mela - I resisted a dedicated recipe manager for ages. Mela showed me how mistaken I was.
- Ooooo - Binaural beats. If you know, you know.
- PDF Expert - The absolute best PDF reader/annotator/editor for MacOS.
- Pastebot - If you copy and you paste, you want a clipboard manager. Pastebot is my favorite.
- Raycast - Scriptable, extensible app launcher geared to developers.
- Reeder - RSS reader.
- Rocket - Do you wish there were a system-wide Slack-like way to use emoji? The correct answer is yes. Yes, you do. The answer is Rocket.
- Spark - Email done well.
- Strongsync - A brand-new way of mounting cloud storage in MacOS. I’m super happy with it so far.
- Unclack - It mutes your microphone when you type (but only when you type), so you’re not that annoying person making clacky noises in Zoom calls.
🏆 Honorable Mentions
These are apps I used to use and would still recommend, but simply don’t fit my needs at the moment.
- Adobe Creative Cloud - I used to use Adobe’s tools for being creative. Then I got annoyed at the cost. But they’re still the industry standard.
- Alfred - The gold standard of app launchers/multi-tools. I used this extensively before switching to Raycast, which has more of a developer orientation.
- Drafts - Writing notebook. Where ideas go to germinate. It’s great! It’s just that Apple Notes is also pretty great, and does pretty much everything I need Drafts for.
- Hookshot - A mouse/gesture-based window manager. I always have one installed and then almost never use it. This I started using right away. Then I realized the only things I used it for were built into Raycast. Still, it’s my favorite of the window management tools that I’ve tried.
- Obsidian - Markdown-based personal knowledge base. I still want to use it, but my note-taking has all moved to Apple Notes.
- OmniFocus - One of the most powerful task management apps in existence. I have recently switched back to Apple Reminders.
- Sip - A lovely color picker. Which I pretty much never actually used. Still lovely, though!
- Tooth Fairy - Manage Bluetooth devices from the menu bar easily. Much of what I used it for is built into Monterey now.
- Workspaces - Lets you launch multiple apps, files, URLs per project. As of Monterey, I have replaced this with Shortcuts. But if you want an app that’s way easier to use than shortcuts, this is it.
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