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What Mac apps would you recommend for someone used to using Windows?

Just got a new developer job, working on a Mac, mainly used Windows before. What apps would you recommend to ease transitioning? What apps do you feel are "mandatory"?
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    Taskade 3.0

    All-in-one collaboration. Chat, organize, get things done!

    Dionis Loire made this product
    You can use Taskade on PC or Web. https://www.taskade.com/downloads The Chrome and Firefox extensions are very powerful and turns your browser into a productivity machine.
  2. 40
    Alfred 3

    The Mac's best launcher just got a whole lot better

    Vinh Pham
    Vinh Pham🀀 · Written
    Alfred is one of the first apps I install on a fresh Mac. I primarily use it for launching apps, but there's also clipboard history, workflow automation, system controls, and a lot more.
    Anne-Laure Le Cunff
    Anne-Laure Le CunffFounder, Ness Labs Β· Written
    I can't count how many times I use Alfred everyday. It's become indispensable to me.
    mohammedCEO, SUBOPP Β· Written
    If you really attached to your keyboard Alfred is your friend!
  3. 28

    Mac OS Terminal Replacement

    Mike Coutermarsh
    Mike CoutermarshEngineer @ PlanetScale Β· Written
    I love iTerm. It's basically a supped up version of Mac's basic terminal (has tabs, tmux integration, more customizable).
  4. 17

    Adjusts your computer's display to adapt to the time of day

    Ryan Hoover
    Ryan HooverFounder of Product Hunt & Weekend Fund Β· Written
    f.lux is delightful. This app dims your computer monitor later in the day when the sun sets to relieve eye strain. 🌞🌚
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    Anne-Laure Le Cunff
    Anne-Laure Le CunffFounder, Ness Labs Β· Written
    My eyes are so thankful for f.lux πŸ™
  5. 16
    Sketch for Teams

    Take design collaboration to the next level in the cloud

    Mike Coutermarsh
    Mike CoutermarshEngineer @ PlanetScale Β· Written
    Sketch is a great mac only design tool. I'm definitely NOT a designer. But I still find it very useful occasionally for making small edits to designs / grabbing CSS for something.
  6. 17

    Take better notes, your way

    Sabina Caldwell
    Sabina CaldwellDesign Engineer - NX (m/w/d) Β· Written
    I've made the switch from Windows to an Apple product (MacBook Air) fairly recently, and one of the few apps I've downloaded on my notebook (an app I've used previously with Windows) is NoteLedge. It's a note-taking app that doubles as media organizer, PDF editor (highlighting and annotations), a sketching/drawing platform and a great way to visualize your projects. I use it both at work and at home, for various things. At work I use it for note-taking during meetings and project brainstorming, and at home I use for creating to-do lists and adding them to my calendar and since I'm an avid cook, I save recipes in this app as well, sorted into individual folders. Overall, this app make life easier, at least for me
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    Linda Neal
    Linda NealI'm Software Architect Β· Written
    I recently made the switch from Windows to Mac, and one of the apps I got was NoteLedge (a friend recommended it), and I'm quite happy wiith it so far. It's easy to use and while I've just been taking notes with it on my MacBook Air, I find it enjoyable. Recommended it.
  7. 16
    Dash 3.0

    Offline docs & reference for 150+ APIs, languages & tools

    Mike Coutermarsh
    Mike CoutermarshEngineer @ PlanetScale Β· Written
    Dash is super useful for quickly looking up docs for almost any language/API. I sync my most used languages/tools so I have access to the docs even when offline. It's often faster to search Dash than it is to google.
    Matt Heslington
    Matt HeslingtonUltimateVillas.co Β· Written
    Great as a text expander and snippet manager too.
  8. 15
    Magnet for Mac

    Keep your workspace organized

    Devin S
    Devin SThat design & front-end guy Β· Written
    My problem with switching from Windows to Mac is the active windows management, which this app covers the solution!
  9. 12

    Indispensable window management for Macs

    Vinh Pham
    Vinh Pham🀀 · Written
    Moom helps saves you time by zooming windows to just about any configuration you need.
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  10. 10

    Great screenshot sharing tool

    Mike Coutermarsh
    Mike CoutermarshEngineer @ PlanetScale Β· Written
    CloudApp is available for Windows too. But I think their Mac version is really well done. Very useful if you work on a remote team. Can grab a screenshot / annotate it / share in Slack. Makes communicating easier. Also works great in pull requests. Can make a gif of a change with CloudApp then include it in your PR to show what changed.
  11. 9
    Paste 2

    Smart cloud clipboard history and snippets manager for Mac

    Mike Coutermarsh
    Mike CoutermarshEngineer @ PlanetScale Β· Written
    I'm a developer too. I LOVE LOVE Paste. It's a seriously awesome clipboard manager. Super easy to store code snippets & then search for them later (even weeks later) when you need them.
  12. 9
    Scanner Pro by Readdle

    A scanner in your pocket

    Aswin Bakshi
    Aswin BakshiFounder, Bordo Β· Written
    One of the best client only available on mac and iOS devices
  13. 7

    Keyboard shortcuts updated across all your devices

    I use this everyday to save time on some of the emails i answer with same canned answers, it syncs perfectly with my iPhone too.
  14. 6
    Affinity Designer

    Vector art & design β€’ Imagined by designers, created for Mac

    Rick Kettner
    Rick KettnerCofounder of Drumeo, Guitareo, & Pianote Β· Written
    Great modern vector design tool for everything from wireframes to final designs. It's like Adobe Illustrator, but modernized and for a flat fee instead of subscription.
  15. 5
    Soulver 2 for Mac & iOS

    Do quick calculations & work things out.

    Mike Coutermarsh
    Mike CoutermarshEngineer @ PlanetScale Β· Written
    I use this all the time. Really helpful when working anything out with numbers.
  16. 6
    Evernote Web - Oct 2014

    Note taking gets even simpler

    iBambooMartCheese Serving Tray Β· Written
    simple to use
  17. 5
    Prompt 2 by Panic

    The best SSH client for iOS

    Rick Kettner
    Rick KettnerCofounder of Drumeo, Guitareo, & Pianote Β· Written
    One of several great web development tools. Some prefer Sublime 3, but this is my favorite.
  18. 5
    Fantastical 2 for Mac

    The calendar app you won't be able to live without

    I LOVE the natural language processing in the app. The easiest way to add an entry to calendar.
  19. 3
    Sketch Toolbox

    A super simple plugin manager for Sketch

    Vinh Pham
    Vinh Pham🀀 · Written
    I think Sketch Toolbox is a must-have for all Sketch users. Like the link subtitle says, it's a super simple plugin manager for Sketch that lets you search for and install Sketch plugins.
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    Switch between open windows, not only between programs