Having a broad interest and forcing myself to learn new stuff on a daily basis, the apps that I keep open constantly change over time. Right now, the following apps are there all the time.
1 — Evernote
My second brain, my collect-everything, scrapbook for imagery, text and sounds. Most ideas start in Evernote or sprout from stuff I collected in Evernote. Having been a premium member for over 5 years shows the priority I give this app.
Although lately I feel that I long for even less clutter and Evernote does overwhelm sometimes, this application is still core of most of my professional and private activities.
2 — Mou
For those who want to learn Markdown, I still regard Mou as the most ideal application to make for a steep learning curve. But also for those already experienced, the simplicity and ingenuity of this app make it a very pleasant Markdown editor.
Was very happy to read that the back-end editor of new “just blogging” platform Ghost is based on this fine piece of work by Chen Luo.
3 — SourceTree
Using Github’s own app while just getting started with Github, I left me a little lost. When I found Atlassian’s SourceTree, its interface gave me a great visual understanding how Github actually works. Which makes that the moment of actual contribution to open source software is coming closer and closer.
4 — Chrome
Default browser of choice is Chrome, mostly because of 2 reasons: Synced Data and Developer Tools. The latter is not just of great help when creating and testing sites, I hit
cmd + option + i on almost every site that triggers me because of its UI or UX. And it still give me extra inspiration. Synced Data makes using Chrome on multiple devices a breeze.
5 — Sublime Text
I was a great fan of Panic’s Coda for many years, but after having tried Sublime Text for just a few days, I immediately purchased a license. Parallel to the new code languages I learn, I grasp more and more of Sublime Text’s powers.
6 — iTerm 2
Since I switched this blog to jekyll and as I am working on some other jekyll and meteor projects too, iTerm has taken a prominent place in my workflow. And calling it up front has become even more easy through a tip from Sytematic’s Marten, who pointed out how easy it is to address 1 button (
§ in my case) to let iTerm pop up like a HUD (even more so with reduced transparency), in any screen, in any space.
What is missing in this list is a weapon of choice for email… The problem is that I have no final answer in this regard. Currently using Airmail for my work related account, web-based in Chrome for my personal account.
Being a keyboard shortcut wizard, I at least need the app that follows Google’s shortcuts. Airmail seems to do the trick for now, quite similarly to Sparrow which I used before. Suggestions welcome, keeping in mind I use Google Apps for all email.
update: Got rid of desktop versions for mail since the latest updates for Google mail. The web version is so fluent now, no need for anything else.