What are your must-have Mac apps/utilities?

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    Alfred 3

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

    With the powerpack, even with the enhancements done on Spotlight, Alfred remains unbeatable. The possibilities are numerous! https://github.com/derimagia/awe...
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    There are tons of great workflows already made, but if you know how to program, even a little, there is a ton of cool stuff you can do with this tool.
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    Paul Williams5creative problem solver · Written
    This is the tool I use to find my stuff, go directly to something, to move something somewhere... all from the keyboard... I use it more than any other app on my Mac! (I saw someone below posted a "paste" app to recall what you've cut to re-paste it... Alfred has the ability to save snippets of code or text you use all the time, as well as pull from the list of the recent items you've cut so you can re-paste them!)
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    • Nikita DudnikDeveloper/Designer

      Workflow is a killer feature. Also, you can configure Alfred to be called by double tapping one of the modifier keys. This is super convenient.

    • Anna MiroshnichenkoWeb Developer

      I cannot imagine how to use Mac without it. Finding apps by name is more convenient for me that do it with standard ways that iOS provides

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    Magnet 2.0

    Window manager for Mac

    I work on dual screen, I use this all the time for window management.
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    MickFounder of SongBox.Rocks · Written
    Massive increase in efficiency and happiness by using this app.
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    Matthew MorekProduct Designer · Written
    It's causing a slow response after several hours of use on a 5K iMac, but otherwise something macOS should've copied from Windows a long time ago.
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    • Adam TervortCustomer Success Director at SpiderOak

      This is one of the first apps I install on Mac. Using keyboard shortcuts to manage the size of windows is amazing, the kind of thing macOS should have natively.

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    Numi

    A beautiful calculator app for Mac

    Yuriy Krisarchuk3Marketing at photolemur.com · Written
    Beautiful smart calculator for macOS
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    • 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.

    • 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.

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    iTerm2

    Mac OS Terminal Replacement

    Darko KolevLead software engineer BitcoinAverage · Written
    Replaces the default Mac terminal. Can store your passwords, for ssh and stuff. Much better highlighting. Git integration. Splits the window both vertical and horizontal
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  5. 41
    AppCleaner

    Quickly and thoroughly uninstall Mac apps.

    I absolutely adore this freebie. I use it all the time when I need to remove any of the apps on my Mac without leaving a trace behind.
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    Paul Williams5creative problem solver · Written
    Drag your app to AppCleaner and it finds all the files and preferences associated with that app, so you delete all of it. It also offers to uncheck files you may wish to leave behind (for example, if you have a newer/different version of the app and there's a plugin folder you wish to keep). Love it!
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    JJFull-Stack Web Developer · Written
    Use this all the time, works great even if only for the peace of mind of knowing somethings "gone" gone.
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    • StevenDeveloper, Student

      Used this app for over a year and it works just as described. What's better is that I believe the application is still free, but you need to check me on that fact first.

  6. 37
    f.lux

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

    MacOS included some functionality similar to what this app has provided for a long time, but is nowhere near as good as this one. If you use your mac at night, or for long periods of time, give your eyes some rest with this gem.
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    I helps me from getting bags under my eyes
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    • 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 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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    Zenkit Desktop Apps

    Organize your projects and team. Now on Mac, Windows, Linux.

    Zenkit is a collaborative SaaS platform for project management, database building and more. From fluid brainstorming and research, through to a structured system for collaborative use, Zenkit is the flexible workspace you can use to organize anything. Now also available on Mac, Linux, and Windows.
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    • David BresslerAuthor, Speaker

      It's a really easy to use solution for tracking your projects and workload, regardless of how simple or complex a system you use for doing so.

      I enjoy it because it allowed me to start with a simple list, but then move to a visual representation over time.

    • Kishore BhargavaPerpetual Learner, Confirmed Geek.

      Love the new desktop app for Zenkit. Have only tried on Mac OS but I am guessing even the Windows app would be smooth.

  8. 36
    Spectacle

    Move and resize windows with ease on Mac.

    Naveed ShahHunter of Products · Written
    Easy to use to resize and move windows all over
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    Genius, can't live without it!
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    • 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

  9. 27
    Bear

    A beautiful, flexible writing app for notes and prose

    Sumangal VinjamuriGrowth Manager, Granular Insights · Written
    If you want clean focused UI, iOS sync and powerful yet easy-to-use organization for your notes and writing bouts, look no further than Bear!
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    Paul Williams5creative problem solver · Written
    This has become my 'go to' note app. It replaces Evernote for me. Syncs on all my devices. Can create links to other notes within Bear (like a wiki). Can use Markup. The *only* thing that holds it back from being perfect is that as of this writing you can't create tables.
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    • Justin DeardorffHunter/Gatherer of Ideas

      I searched high and low for a replacement to the Mac OS default Notes app, which is incredibly limited in functionality and insufficient for my needs. I had one twist - I needed to find a note taking app for Mac that did not sync or store notes in the cloud. Bear does just that and it happens to be great. I really enjoy the hashtag categorization system and ability to have multiple tags on a note. It's a twist on Evernote style tags, but with a lighter-weight style of notebook organization and management.

    • Scot KruegerFounder of Krutech.com

      Overall I love Bear. It is beautifully designed. I love the simple interface and the ability to tag notes is amazing. It makes searching for old notes so much easier. This is better than Apple Notes and I love it so much more than Evernote.

  10. 22
    RescueTime

    Analytics on your daily habits and productivity

    Uday SinghCEO, Epigrammar · Written
    RescueTime changed the way I approached my work. By being able to use a data-driven approach to seeing when I'm most productive, I was able to rebuild my work-day to optimize for calmness and give myself space for the parts of my day where I'm the most productive. It's worth paying for, and I can't even wrap my mind around how much time I've saved using it.
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    • Michael BennettMarketing, sales, operations.

      I love Rescuetime and have used it for more than a year. Affordable and a great way to manage how you are spending your time. It's not yet a full solution, and will need to expand to iOS mobile and also provide a more robust solution for offline tracking.

    • Alexander RomanovChief Financial Officer

      Extremely helpful tool if one struggles to improve his/her daily productivity.

  11. 21
    Paste

    Clipboard history manager for your Mac

    GehrigProduct Marketing, Some startup · Written
    Paste is a life changer; having a stored tally of recently copied text, links, code has saved me countless time and headaches.
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    Allan CaegFounder, NorthStories.io · Written
    Super great to have a clipboard history.... Even handles media files like images! Drag and drop for the win!
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    • Mike CoutermarshCode @ GitHub

      I set clipboard history to unlimited and can quickly search/find old code snippets. If I ever need to remember something, I just copy it then can find it later.

      I've used a quite a few of these and Paste is by far my favorite.

    • Simon Brombergsbromberg.com

      I rarely shell out money for any kind of software, but while there are great free alternatives (e.g. Flycut), I haven't seen anything close to the performance / usability / UI in Paste. For $10, great deal.

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    Little Snitch 4

    Shows connection alerts when apps are connecting

    I need to be in control of what is happening with my connection
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  13. Viszt PéterFounder and designer at nold.io · Written
    You can create custom mouse/touchpad gestures, keyboard shortcuts and a lot more.
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    This app lets you configure trackpad gestures, keyboard shortcuts and more, it's amazing
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    Also supports window snapping and management
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  14. It is a great enhancement for the Terminal, must have!
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    Matt TraskOpen Source Developer · Written
    Ive been using oh-my-zsh for years and I havent looked back. Its fantastic, has great support and makes the terminal experience so much better.
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    Fantastical 2 for Mac

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

    Cooper MillerHigh School Pastor / Techie · Written
    It's pricey, but once you do it you can never go back to Apple's calendar app.
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    Paul Williams5creative problem solver · Written
    Fantastical understands when you type "haircut at 9 on Thursday" and will create an event called "Haircut" on the right day at the right time. Neat! It has been the best tool to connect my iCal and Google all in one place! Great looking. Fun to use.
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    • 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

  16. 12
    Daisy Disk 4.0

    Analyze disk usage and free up disk space on your Mac

    Anthony RecenelloDating Coach and Head of Wolf & Garden · Written
    The older version is free and basically the same thing.
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    Could you have ever imagined that your Mac junk can look so lovely? :D The best part is that you can easily identify and quickly remove any files from your macOS in case you need that extra space.
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    Itsycal

    A tiny calendar for your Mac's menu bar

    OleDirector, OT&T financial consulting · Written
    A fast and easy overview about whats coming up.
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  18. 10
    Photolemur 2.2 Spectre

    Fully automated photo enhancer powered by AI

    Yuriy Krisarchuk3Marketing at photolemur.com · Written
    Yuriy Krisarchuk made this product
    The easiest and smartest photo enhancer in the world
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    • Joe BatutisGraphic Designer

      This looks like a product that automatically applies auto enhance to a bunch of photos. It does have a finished look that many amateur photographers would like, but I have some doubt that it's based on object recognition and AI. How many types of objects does it recognize? Is that recognition shown during the processing of the photos?

    • After a day of using I'd say that's great. Especially photos with blue sky on the background.

      Would be nice to get in the future: import by URL and drag'n'drop right from browser/telegram.

      What's about weird UI solutions:

      1. When I'm editing a photo, it's not clear how to cancel it and start edit another one.

      2. You split editing screen and "library" screen. It doesn't looks really good. I'd expect to see them in the same screen (maybe show library in the leftbar).

      3. I can't resize a photo in the edit mode, but I'd really want it to see the details. Might you have it and I just missed that?

      Summary: must try it. Not sure about price - if it works as perfect with large images as with small ones - the price is valid, because it might save a lot of time for photographers.

  19. 10
    Kaleidoscope

    Hands down the best file comparison and merge tool for Mac

    Viszt PéterFounder and designer at nold.io · Written
    This is the best tool to compare files on Mac.
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    Paul Williams5creative problem solver · Written
    You simply drag the two files onto the app and it shows you a side-by-side view so you can easily see the differences. It has 3 settings on how to present the differences, whichever is easiest for the way you thinks! Great for .php web files, Word docs, stylesheets... all those files that would take too long to hunt down modifications!
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  20. 10
    Unclutter

    Access notes, files & pasteboard clips quickly on your Mac

    It just feels like a part of the macOS itself, easily plugs into pretty much any workflow & provides quick access to files, notes and clipboard management.
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