Apps I Use (Regularly)

I am setting up a new machine, which means transferring documents and installing the applications upon which my work depends. The Mac App store makes this process somewhat easier these days, of course, but I already have a number of apps that I have either already purchased elsewhere or I have bought from developers gracious enough to offer educational discounts.

From the App Store there’s:

* **1Password**, like DropBox below, just makes everything else easier.
* **Xcode** is required for MacPorts.
* **SourceTree** gives me a nice GUI for working with `git` repositories, which I usually keep either in [GitHub]( or [BitBucket](
* **Marked** both to support Brett Terpstra, who is just an all round nice guy, and because when I finally figure out how to upload my own CSS files, I hope to use it to preview and print all those small, one-off files that fill up an orgman’s days.
* **Twitter** is Twitter. The service is useful, even if the app is uninspired.
* **Evernote** is my shoebox. I wish I didn’t need it. I wish I used it better. I wish I was a better person.

Less often used are:

* **Soulver** for all those times that you need to do math and you need to see it to follow it and think about it.
* **iDraw** I use for illustrations. The app gets more powerful with each iteration, and, if I had the time, it would probably completely replace Illustrator.

From the developers I download:

* [Dropbox]( which makes it possible for me not to have to worry about where my files are.
* [Scrivener]() is for long-form writing.
* [Papers]( is for the research infrastructure that goes with much of my long-form writing.
* [Textmate]( is for everything else. I draft blog posts in it, because I use Markdown, and I write Python scripts in it.
* [TextExpander]( takes care of not only certain writing automations but it also takes care of certain typos I regularly make.
* [Kaleidoscope]() is to `filediff` as something is to something else. Great app for those who think visually about documents.
* [Notebook]( is for all other writing that needs to be organized but doesn’t yet have a project. I’m not super happy about the application, but that it has decent OS X – iOS functionality works for me, and it gives me ways to structure texts that Evernote does not.

Apps I am using less and less:

* Nisus Writer Express is a great app, but I find that I simply fire up Pages for a lot of the one-off documents. I think RTF is a more stable file format, but when I am being thoughtful, I simply save my Pages documents as plain text files for archive purposes — it’s rarely the case that anything is significant is lost: especially now that Pages doesn’t do outlines. No document structure to lose now. (And plain text documents, with Markdown, actually do it better.)
* Fantastical is a great app, but I just don’t use it as anything more than a calendar viewer, and with Apple’s Calendar app now easier to look at and work with, I find I just use it.

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