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Ask HN: Suggestions for native Mac apps?
22 points by _justinfunk 3 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 14 comments
With an updated Mac App Store coming this fall, I started evaluating my own use of Mac software. Aside from a code editor and music player, practically everything else that I do on MacOS is in a browser (streaming video, documents, maps, email, etc).

Help me change this (should I change this?) - what apps should I be using natively?

I work full-time doing programming, consulting, and other general-purpose internet-y things.




It’s worth checking out https://setapp.com (no affiliation). They have some useful utilities.

Personally though, I like the interoperability of a browser-based workflow. I use multiple different computers - Mac, windows, and Linux - and the switch feels seamless because most of my life is spent in Firefox, chrome, and VSCode


Notes app is a really usefully tool. It’s easy to use but has a lot of powerful features if you dig a little.


Loving [Numi](https://numi.io) as a nice scratch pad for math. Has support for things like variables, constants, functions, and even px/em/pt values conversions. You can hack it with JavaScript to add personal global values, etc as well.


Please try http://write.pub

WYSIWYG markdown editor + git baked in, with rich WYSIWYG diff visualizations.

For power users, it has a raw markdown editing mode, plenty of extensions. Would love your feedback on 6+ months of blood, sweat & tears poured into this


When will collaborative editing be launched?


I quite enjoy native Markdown editors with instant preview. https://macdown.uranusjr.com/ or https://getlightpaper.com/


In that space, my favorite is Typora (https://typora.io/)


Please give http://write.pub a shot.

And a nod to Typora, we're inspired by them


I really like the mail client, since I have 5 different email addresses I use that would otherwise be difficult to coordinate by just forwarding everything to one gmail inbox.

Also I big fan of the messages app, if you use an iPhone it’s very convenient.


OmniOutliner

OmniFocus

NetNewsWire

Photoshop

Corel Painter

Autodesk Fusion 360

Cura (3D printing slicer)

WWDC.app (WWDC videos app for macOS, from a 3rd party)

Skim.app (PDF reader)

Timing (time tracker)

Audio Hijack

Navicat for SQLite

WireShark


In addition to editors and notes, I user mail, terminal, and IMs. IMs are really important to me -- basically for everything I care about being notified, I prefer an app rather that in-browser.


Noizio, Bear, TickTick, Airmail, GitKraken are one of my favourite Mac apps, have a look at them. Most of them are cross platform too.


Gitup is wonderful if you use git.


I just finished reinstalling my Mac, so I've been working on a list of all the native apps that I reinstalled. Apologies for the giant comment, but I hope it helps:

Mac Specific Utilities

* Alfred (best reason to own a Mac) https://www.alfredapp.com/

* Bartender 3 (for tweaking the menu bar) https://www.macbartender.com/

* Coconut Battery (battery menu-bar monitor) https://www.coconut-flavour.com/coconutbattery/

* Focus (block distracting websites & apps) https://heyfocus.com/

* Camouflage (hide desktop icons) https://briksoftware.com/products/camouflage/

* Caffeine (stop your Mac going to sleep) http://lightheadsw.com/caffeine/

* Soundsource (switch between audio inputs) https://rogueamoeba.com/soundsource/

For coders / developers

* Panic Transmit 5 (File transfers, S3, Backblaze B2, Dropbox, OneDrive) https://www.panic.com/transmit/

* Panic Coda 2 (an IDE for editing websites) https://www.panic.com/coda/

* Cathode (gorgeous terminal app) http://www.secretgeometry.com/apps/cathode/

* Sequel Pro (beautiful MySQL admin tool) https://sequelpro.com/

* Beyond Compare (cross-platform diff tool) http://scootersoftware.com/

* Tower (Git client, alas subscription only) https://www.git-tower.com/mac

* MAMP (Run MySQL, Apache, PHP etc locally) https://www.mamp.info/en/

* Synalyze It! (Color-coded Hex editor for Mac) https://www.synalysis.net/

* Feeder (RSS editor / micro-blog tool) https://reinventedsoftware.com/feeder/

* Xojo (cross-platform IDE for making native apps in Basic) https://www.xojo.com/

* Corona SDK (mobile focused cross-platform apps in Lua) https://coronalabs.com/

* Parallels Desktop 13 (for running Windows / Linux) https://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/

* DropDMG (create DMG installers for Mac) https://c-command.com/dropdmg/

* Iconographer (multi-platform icon creator) http://www.ohanaware.com/iconographer/

For Backup

* SuperDuper! (create bootable external USB backups) https://shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.ht...

* Arq (cloud backup to your choice of host) https://www.arqbackup.com/

Internet Utilities

* Tweetbot (Twitter without ads or annoyances) https://www.tapbots.com/tweetbot/mac/

* Postbox (Powerful email client) https://www.postbox-inc.com/

* EncryptMe (VPN with a Mac-first design) https://www.encrypt.me/

Productivity

* Soulver (spreadsheet as a text notepad) http://acqualia.com/soulver/

* Harvest (timetracking service for freelancers) https://www.getharvest.com/apps/mac

* NeoOffice (Mac specific version of OpenOffice) https://www.neooffice.org/

* Affinity Photo (non-subscription Photoshop competitor) https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/photo/




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