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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  1. 37
    Alfred Remote

    Supercharged remote control for your Mac (iOS)

    Vinh Pham
    Vinh Pham25🀀 · 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.
    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!
  2. 25

    Mac OS Terminal Replacement

    Mike Coutermarsh
    Mike Coutermarsh75Code @ GitHub Β· Written
    I love iTerm. It's basically a supped up version of Mac's basic terminal (has tabs, tmux integration, more customizable).
  3. 16

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

    Ryan Hoover
    Ryan Hoover83Founder, Product Hunt 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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    My eyes are so thankful for f.lux πŸ™
    • Pav Sidhu
      Pav SidhuDeveloper at Revisify

      Honestly, if I was to buy a new computer, this is the first thing I would download.

      Although Apple and Google have integrated blue light filters into their operating systems, they still haven't matched the capabilities that f.lux offers. f.lux gives you more control over the filter strength and once setup, you don't need to touch.

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    • asif i
      asif iIT Engineer

      I have been using this since it first showed up on Product Hunt. It's probably my most used 'app' even though I barely ever interact with it. Once I found my optimal settings, I don't think I've opened the app itself more than a handful of times. It works as advertised most of the time. The only time I've had issues is when using it on external displays with Linux. Since it's my secondary device, it's not been much of a problem though.

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  4. 13
    Sketch 40

    Latest version of the vector drawing tool

    Mike Coutermarsh
    Mike Coutermarsh75Code @ GitHub 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.
  5. 10
    Dash 4

    Instant offline access to 150+ API documentation sets

    Mike Coutermarsh
    Mike Coutermarsh75Code @ GitHub 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 HeslingtonBali Villas Holiday Vacation Rentals Β· Written
    Great as a text expander and snippet manager too.
  6. 10
    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!
    • Peter Mahoney
      Peter MahoneyFounder and CEO of Plannuh

      I love this product - the *only* thing I liked about Windows was the ability to snap my windows in to place on my desktop. Magnet adds the one feature I wanted for my Mac from Windows and super-sizes it - especially with multiple monitor support.

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  7. 9

    Indispensable window management for Macs

    Vinh Pham
    Vinh Pham25🀀 · Written
    Moom helps saves you time by zooming windows to just about any configuration you need.
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  8. 7
    Paste 2

    Smart cloud clipboard history and snippets manager for Mac

    Mike Coutermarsh
    Mike Coutermarsh75Code @ GitHub 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.
    • Shea Lignitz
      Shea LignitzWriter & Web Designer

      Really relieves the headache of going back and forth between tabs and windows copying and pasting one thing at a time. Copy images, plain text, links, etc. You can even tell it what kinds of things you don't want copied (e.g., passwords, etc.).

      Comments (1)
    • A good improvement would be made by adding a little quick response like changing the shape of the mouse or something else nearby. That would tell me clearly whether I have just copied something or not. The sound of copy acts very unreliable, and annoying when I listen to some music or working in a quiet place. It's a stupid design which fails.

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  9. 7
    CloudApp Annotate

    Annotate screenshots right from your Mac's menu bar!

    Mike Coutermarsh
    Mike Coutermarsh75Code @ GitHub 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.
  10. 7
    Spark for Mac

    Beautiful and intelligent email app

    Aswin Bakshi
    Aswin BakshiFounder, Bordo Β· Written
    One of the best client only available on mac and iOS devices
    • Alex Haff
      Alex HaffEntertainment // Media // Technology

      I've been using Spark since the very beginning. I was an original waitlist-starting user of Mailbox, and was excited to find spark almost immediately after Mailbox went extinct. This is the best email experience on every platform, and has a variety of productivity features that make it my go-to.

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    • Ever since Mailbox became a graveyard app, I have been looking for a worthy replacement – and Spark is as close as it gets! The UI is clean, combining dark and light colors which helps with using the app; the side menu being dark while the rest of the UI has a white background makes you focus on the important stuff (the mail list and the mail in focus)!

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  11. 6

    Note taking gets even simpler

    iBambooMartCheese Serving Tray Β· Written
    simple to use
    • Emily Kellert
      Emily Kellerttech lover & travel freak & tractive PM

      Absolutely love Evernote. Use it for work and personal use and that is easy with the ability to make notebooks. Tags are super helpful as is annotating a document or editing a picture with Skitch. Makes my life easier and more organized!

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    • David Neira
      David NeiraChape Fitness - Online Personal Training

      Evernote is a platform that allows you to organize, store, share and then search your information. Evernote impacts a business's productivity by streamlining the collection and distribution of critical information by enhancing its retrieval. Evernote's gives your business enhanced control of the information you own or information already collected by your employees. It's your business. It's your information.

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  12. 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.
    • Davide Morra
      Davide MorraA computer science lover

      I was searching an app that allow me to use my Google Calendar account from my mac.

      I found this on the mac app store and I tried it: I don't think I'll leave it

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  13. Mike Coutermarsh
    Mike Coutermarsh75Code @ GitHub Β· Written
    I use this all the time. Really helpful when working anything out with numbers.
  14. 4
    Affinity Designer

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

    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. 3
    Sketch Toolbox

    A super simple plugin manager for Sketch

    Vinh Pham
    Vinh Pham25🀀 · 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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  16. 3

    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.
    • Matthew Dunn
      Matthew DunnChief Explainer, Say It Visually

      TE is part of my subconscious; hundreds of shortcuts and snippets.

      Logic like "add <-- -->, then put the cursor in the middle" rocks.

      Fortunately, I bought it before it became a subscription.

      At some point, I'll upgrade OS and I suspect I'll be forced into subscribing because of compatibility. I don't begrudge them running a business, but do think an upgrade discount for previously-paid-users would have been good manners. So - product - excellent. Business approach - needs a bit of work.

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  17. 3
    Coda 2.5 by Panic

    A fast, clean, and powerful text editor

    One of several great web development tools. Some prefer Sublime 3, but this is my favorite.
  18. Switch between open windows, not only between programs
  19. Luuk Lamers
    Luuk LamersDigital Media Developer Β· Written
    Should be the default on all platforms! Plays everything you throw at it, is very easy to use and supports almost all the subtitle formats
  20. Vinh Pham
    Vinh Pham25🀀 · Written
    Always be backing up. SuperDuper is a great for creating a fully bootable backups for recovery. It's a great option to be used instead of or in addition to Apple's Time Machine.