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Pimp my OSX - list of tools & utilities on OSX I can't live without

Toggle Hidden Files in Finder - Automator Service Script

Create reminder from email - Automator Service Script

setting system environment variables in OSX


apt-get like package manager for OSX


easily Alt+Tab switch between individual windows (compared to Cmd+Tab to switch between Applications only)

Screen Dimmer

Brightness Control for 2dary Monitors


Tinting screen color, i.e. "warmer" vs "colder"

keepingyouawake (vs Coca vs Caffeine)

temporarily disable screeen saver

brew cask install keepingyouawake

caffeine: display problem on >=yosemite, not maintained

coca ( good, but fills system log with debug messages


maximize/minimize etc of Windows, move windows between multiple screens


umschalten zwischen diskreter ATI und onboard Intel Graphics. Vor allem im Batteriebetrieb nuetzlich, um Chrome & Co daran zu hindern, die diskrete GPU zu aktivieren

Little Snitch

handy little Firewall, analogue to Windows' Tiny Personal Firewall

Path Finder

excellent OSX Finder replacement


nice IRC Client


awesome visual Git Client. While I use the commandline a lot, I still like to view diffs in ST.

Office 365

still under evaluation to replace substandard OSX Mail and Calendar ...


visual zip/unzip app

MacX DVD Ripper Free Edition

super-easy Ripper for Video DVDs to MP4


Visio for OSX


used to be a must-have on older MBPs to control cpu fan speeds, not necessarily needed on my current early 2015 MBP

PST Bridge Pro

to extract/view Outlook .pst archives

iTerm & oh-my-zsh

OSX Terminal replacement + best shell ever -> win


Sublime 3, TextMate, Atom


for accessing advanced OSX settings


play WMAs und WMV on OSX

LaunchControl, Lingon

autom. service/background jobs, analog service control manager in Win - use with care!

LaunchControl has a nice feature to add a "quick launch" icon to the menu bar, so services can easily be loaded/unloaded. Handy for homebrew-installed e.g. databases etc which are only needed for development every now and then.

ShareIt, Instashare

tools for transferring files between OSX, Win, iOS and Android. ShareIt has the advantage that it can start a Mobile Hotspot on the Android tablet, so no need for all devices connected to a WLAN hub especially when I'm on the road a lot.

tweak various OSX UI stuff for performance, get rid of animations etc.

defaults write DisableReplyAnimations -bool YES
defaults write DisableSendAnimations -bool YES
defaults write DisableAllAnimations -bool true
defaults write -g NSWindowResizeTime -float 0.001
defaults write -g NSScrollAnimationEnabled -bool false
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool false

defaults write no-bouncing -bool TRUE
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