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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    Alfred Remote

    Supercharged remote control for your Mac (iOS)

    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 Cunff10Founder @ Lysa. Ex-Google. · Written
    I can't count how many times I use Alfred everyday. It's become indispensable to me.
    If you really attached to your keyboard Alfred is your friend!
  2. 25

    Mac OS Terminal Replacement

    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 Hoover73Founder, Product Hunt · 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 Cunff10Founder @ Lysa. Ex-Google. · Written
    My eyes are so thankful for f.lux 🙏
  4. 13
    Sketch 40

    Latest version of the vector drawing tool

    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

    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.
    Great as a text expander and snippet manager too.
  6. 9

    Indispensable window management for Macs

    Moom helps saves you time by zooming windows to just about any configuration you need.
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  7. 9
    Magnet for Mac

    Keep your workspace organized

    Devin SThat web & front-end guy · Written
    My problem with switching from Windows to Mac is the active windows management, which this app covers the solution!
  8. 7
    CloudApp Annotate

    Annotate screenshots right from your Mac's menu bar!

    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.
  9. 7
    Spark for Mac

    Beautiful and intelligent email app

    Aswin BakshiFounder, Bordo · Written
    One of the best client only available on mac and iOS devices
  10. 6
    Paste 2

    Smart cloud clipboard history and snippets manager for Mac

    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.
  11. 6

    Note taking gets even simpler

    iBambooMartCheese Serving Tray · Written
    simple to use
  12. I use this all the time. Really helpful when working anything out with numbers.
  13. 4
    Affinity Designer

    Vector art & design • 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.
  14. 4
    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.
  15. 3
    Sketch Toolbox

    A super simple plugin manager for Sketch

    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.
  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 LamersDigital Media Developer · 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. 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.