Dimitar Raykov
Dimitar RaykovDesigner. Built willrobotstakemyjob.com

What's your favorite utility Mac app?

What's your favorite utility Mac app that you can't live without? :) Inspired by this tweet from @rrhoover https://twitter.com/rrhoover/sta...
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  1. 72
    Alfred Remote

    Supercharged remote control for your Mac (iOS)

    Mentioned this in another Ask PH thread yesterday, but it's worth repeating. Alfred is so incredibly useful in my daily workflow that I don't even notice I'm using it half the time. Anything I need to do that I can do with Alfred is just automatic.
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    Les Hall
    Les HallGeneral Factotum, Blaylock Manor. · Written
    I just use it without thinking. Cmd-Spacebar, type first few characters of an app's name, your pick is highlighted, hit return, opens app. Sounds like a lot but takes seconds. It does so much more which I need to learn.
    Premankan Seal
    Premankan SealDesigner | Animator · Written
    Alfred is quite possibly the only application I can't live without. I use it for everything. From opening files and folders, to navigating my drives, to launching applications, to running searches, to the hundreds of workflows I use everyday without so much as thinking about them. The Evernote workflow for instance. Hitting CMD+SPACE followed by ENT to search through my notes is just muscle memory at this point.
  2. 54
    CleanMyMac 3

    Clean, optimize, and maintain your Mac.

    Julia Petryk
    Julia PetrykPR Manager, MacPaw · Written
    Julia Petryk made this product
    Must-have utility for a Mac user.
    Sambruce Joseph
    Sambruce JosephProduct Designer · Written
    Memory and storage management at its best.
    • Jerome Denis
      Jerome DenisExplore the sea

      I've been using CMM for almost a year and so far it works great. I've read a lot of negative reviews but CMM is a good app based on my experience, and I think you should give it a spin.

    • Reony Tonneyck
      Reony TonneyckProduct Designer & EV Advocate

      This is one of the first apps I install on a new computer when ever I start a new job. Use it all the time!

  3. 41

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

    Naveed Shah
    Naveed ShahHunter of Products · Written
    Well, this was great but the new OS has Nightshift built-in
    Vinit Agrawal
    Vinit Agrawal14Co-Founder at Tars (HelloTars.com) · Written
    This is lifesaver app, that i would highly recommend for your eyes. Although i use it on my linux machine.
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    • 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.

    • 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.

  4. 33
    Atlas Recall

    A searchable photographic memory for your digital life

    Paul Williams
    Paul Williams5creative problem solver · Written
    I use Recall nearly as much as I use the Finder and Alfred... it is my "go to" app to find the bits and pieces I've surfed, browsed, viewed and worked on... it is - like they say on the site - a digital memory...
    Fantastic App! Plus: The Support Team is the Best!!!
    George Hilton
    George HiltonI do something somewhere · Written
    Does anyone have recommendations for a memory improvement game? I have extra time on my hands, thanks to Recall, and I don't need to remember where I've browsed; where files are stored; or what my work looked like several revisions ago. Recall provides *so* much utility while simultaneously disappearing - there isn't any configuration or maintenance necessary. Many products claim to "just work" but nothing comes close to Recall's ability to work out of the box with zero maintance. Additionally, it provides faster lookup of websites, files, and everything Mac without the setup/organizational investments of bookmarks, folders, or tags! It actually tags all of your digital "stuff" automatically (and intelligently). It provides smarter & quicker search results than Alfred or LaunchBar (I've used both), but with only the smallest system overhead as the index is stored in the cloud (encrypted in rest and motion no less).
    • Wang Lee
      Wang LeeProduct Management Intern

      I'd like to use some feature similar to this but only to find specific word(s) for an app I am currently working on!

  5. 35
    Gemini 2.0

    The intelligent duplicate file finder for your Mac

    Helps you get rid of unneeded duplicates and similar files thus saving plenty of space. Especially useful if you have a lot of photos.
  6. 30

    A beautiful calculator app for Mac

    Dimitar Raykov
    Dimitar RaykovDesigner. Built willrobotstakemyjob.com · Written
    To answer my question myself - Numi is more than a beautiful calculator. It does so much more than just calculations - https://numi.io/docs/
    Karl Nislow
    Karl NislowFinance Manager @fuzzpro · Written
    Numi caters seamlessly to the chaotic intersectionality of the tech space. It scales with your needs; from simple addition to defining reusable variables, Numi can function at whatever level you need it to. Play with it, read the documentation, and use the dark skin.
    • Michal Subel
      Michal SubelBuilding digital products

      I have this app launched almost all the time and reaching out for it for any ad-hoc calculation needs. I love how forgiving the input is allowing me to mix text and numbers and still get the right result. One of my essential tools.

    • Nirav
      NiravLove to explore new meaningful products

      Love every bit. From simple design to the capabilities that it has. I generally travel around and inbuilt currency converter comes in very handy. The latest build is awesome where it lets me save and retrieve the files on need basis.

  7. Charley Ma
    Charley MaFintech @ Plaid · Written
    Favorite password manager across all my devices
    Jesus Gerardo Lopez
    Jesus Gerardo LopezFullstack Dev, Marketing and Ops Fanatic · Written
    It has become part of my everyday workflow! It not only makes it simple to store all your passwords but also to generate new strong passwords for new sites! Definitely recommended!
  8. 28

    Move and resize windows with ease on Mac.

    Udara Jay
    Udara JayFounder @ alcamy.org · Written
    The invisible app that saves me a lot of time every day! When you're doing dev/design work and have to move around terminals, Photoshop windows, editors, FTP clients and Safari, Spectacle is the smoothest way to put things in place quickly!
    Dimitar Raykov
    Dimitar RaykovDesigner. Built willrobotstakemyjob.com · Written
    +1 for Spectacle. Great app!
    Nick Abouzeid
    Nick Abouzeid37Content @ Emergence Capital · Written
    Snap windows to grids with easy shortcuts. Invaluable if you have a cluttered homescreen like I do.
    • I like this tool. It's simple, free and doesn't get in your way. You just set the hotkeys you want to use and manage your windows with comfort. It's also open source: https://github.com/eczarny/spectacle

    • James Holcomb
      James HolcombCyclist and software developer

      A great window sizing and placement manager for macOS.

  9. 25

    Organize and hide menu bar items on your Mac

    Saves Menu Bar real estate!
  10. 24
    CleanMyDrive 2

    A lightweight drive manager for Mac

    A really awesome drive manager for Mac. Clean and manage your external HDD and flash card in one click
  11. 20

    Hide menu bar icons on your Mac for free

    A free alternative to Bartender. But only work for macOS Sierra (10.12 or later).
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    • The creator of the app, Matt, is really awesome! Fantastic customer support.

      He also has a really cool emoji / gif shortcut app for Mac. Been loving both of these apps.

    • Anna Filou
      Anna FilouTech Geek, Web Designer, Illustrator

      Just bought Pro yesterday, it's SO much better than bartender! No complicated menu and options, just a very straight forward way of covering/hiding menu icons!! Love it so much and it's only 5€ for pro, basic functionality for free!! 😍 Thanks for making this dev!!

  12. 21

    View Mac keyboard shortcuts in the current application

    Because shortcuts are life.
  13. 17
    Amphetamine 3

    Keep your Mac awake from the menubar

    Kevin Suttle
    Kevin SuttleProfessional nobody · Written
    To combat macOS' overly-aggressive sleep settings.
  14. 18

    Keep your Mac from going to sleep

    Parthiv Patel
    Parthiv PatelHere to see cool stuff. · Written
    Best way to keep your mac from going to sleep.
  15. 15
    Magnet for Mac

    Keep your workspace organized

    Vikram Rangnekar
    Vikram RangnekarBuilder of http://42markets.com · Written
    As a developer I love this best way to get my browser and code windows sorted out quickly.
    Ray Hernandez
    Ray HernandezCreative Director - Product Maker - Dad · Written
    When you're operating with 100s of tabs/windows, and 10 different software items open at once...the only way you don't go crazy is with Magnet. Love this app!
    • 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.

  16. 12

    Quick and easy to redact parts of an image

    Ryan Hoover
    Ryan Hoover83Founder, Product Hunt · Written
    As Dimitar pointed out in the description, Redacted by @soffes is a useful, single-purpose app for censoring photos on your Mac. Here's an example.
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  17. 11

    The Swiss Army Knife of Mac apps

    Great time-saver! I used at least 10X a day
    Same here, i myself have been using it for like 3 years now. It was on sale during christmas and boy do i love it. Select a text and do like a 100 things with it. Worth every single penny.
    • James Karon
      James KaronProduct Marketing & Growth Marketing

      Save time doing a lot of the things you do manually on a regular basis with 2 clicks to perform the same tasks.

    • Daniel da Rocha
      Daniel da RochaArchitect based in Berlin

      I've been using Popclip for a while now and it is one of the first apps I install in a new Mac.

  18. 8
    Copia for Mac

    Smart and elegant clipboard manager for Mac

    Kunal Bhatia
    Kunal Bhatia51Co-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp · Written
    I've been using Copia nonstop since it was launched on Product Hunt. It has saved me so much time since I started using it. I love the sound it makes when you copy something too!
    • Hey, all - i've just checked and found that all product links (dollarpath and apple store) are no longer available!!!

      What happened??

    • Crowd PR
      Crowd PRThe PR Firm for Crowdfunding.

      there is nothing like this app, it makes my work so much faster because i can copy and paste multiple things at once etc. can't live without copia now

  19. 8

    Notational Velocity with MultiMarkdown features

    Syncs with my Android!
  20. 9
    Disk Drill 3 for Mac

    The Premier Mac Data Recovery Software

    My hard drive crashed and everything was lost. My wedding photos, important financial files and my favourite music which I hadn't backed up onto any flash drive were lost! Disk Drill helped me to recover all my files.
    • Disk Drill is not only about data recovery, it's also packed with free useful disk tools: duplicate file finder, disk cleanup, disk health monitor, disk space analyser and much more