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Mac developer must-haves

Mac web developer apps

This gist's comment stream is a collection of webdev apps for OS X. Feel free to add links to apps you like, just make sure you add some context to what it does — either from the creator's website or your own thoughts.

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@ZahidRasheed
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Mackdown: Free Markdown editor
Fish Shell: Best Command Line Shell
dupeGuru: Duplicate file scanner.
Postman: Helps you be extremely efficient while working with APIs..
Spectacle: Move and resize windows with ease.

@ivmirx
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ivmirx commented Aug 18, 2016

Scapple: whiteboard to dump your mind on different topics. Like mind maps but much more powerful due to flexible layout.
Time Out: app to create screen-blocking breaks to sit less and stay healthy.
Qbserve: time tracker, a better RescueTime alternative (I'm the developer).

@alexk111
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Freeter: productivity app that lets you gather everything you need to work in one place and access them quickly and easily.

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ghost commented Mar 6, 2017

Quiver
GitHub Desktop
Sublime
CodeRunner
Mamp Pro
Dash
Transmit
Slack
MindNode
Draw.io
Dropbox
LaunchBar

@ankitsingh101
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ankitsingh101 commented Mar 26, 2017

cakebrew basically GUI for HomeBrew
xtrafinder right click and create a new file
go2shell is best when you working on JS Projects
Super Vectorizer 2 for svg
open in visual studio extension
mamp pro
prepos

Any GUI for npm

alexk111 thank you for suggesting freeter app

@simonsnow
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After all these great suggestions, I still have more to add!

gitkraken is my git app of choice. Check that one out.
atom has replaced coda as my editor. (I love how all these apps are using electron/chromium these days)
sequel pro gets a huge +1. The fact that it can create it's own ssh tunnel is greatly useful!
codekit +1. Live reload, compiling, minimizing etc. If I couldn't use codekit I would just use compass for compiling my sass.
Alfred +1. I notice a lot of people using alfred and also a snippet manager or text expander. I don't know why since alfred can do all that so well!
Skitch I still use for grabbing screen regions, annotating them and sending them to people.

@dcalano
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dcalano commented Dec 6, 2017

Cerberus has replaces alfred for me

@basememara
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Nice growing list, thx for sharing. Here's a few I use at this point of time:

  • 1Password: password manager; works amazing on Mac and even better with iOS 12+ integrations
  • Amphetamine: keeps your Mac awake which is useful when running long script tasks or uploads. Used to use Caffine but got outdated.
  • AppCleaner: lightweight app that helps "uninstall" apps by safely finding associated files
  • Bartender: menu bar organizer, hides unwanted menu bar apps into a second layer
  • Beyond Compare: 2/3 way comparison; many comparison options and integrates almost anywhere
  • Fantastical: Easy access to your calendar from the menu bar
  • Firefox: Great backup to Safari and still avoid Chrome.
  • Gifox: Create animated gifs from screen recordings. Mojave's screen recorder makes this less of a need, but gif's still more portal than videos
  • Guidance: Quick 5 prayer times from the menu bar
  • Icons8: Icon library which keeps things moving for app assets
  • join.me: Pretty lightweight and reliable screen sharing. I heard Mac has one built into Messages tho..
  • MindNode: Adds another dimension to note taking
  • Pixelmator: When Preview editor doesn't cut it
  • PixelSnap: Gets quick pixel sizes of screen elements
  • Postman: Test REST API's; Solid and free; Shared team workspaces work great in projects
  • MAMP Pro: Web server manager for Mac
  • Git Tower: Outgrew SourceTree; Tower is incredible; Group repos, branch from commits, collapsible everything, comparable everything, still feels lightweight somehow
  • Transmit: Best FTP client I've used and feels very native
  • Tyme2: Nice menu bar time tracker for projects
  • Visual Studio Code: Quick, lightweight code editor when you can avoid Xcode
  • Zeplin: Great tool for designers and developers to create apps

@AlNotAlbert
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DevDocs - Nice documentation
Clipy - Clipboard manager
Keybase - Group Chat
Starship - Rust based terminal shell prompt, really fast
DevUtils - Offline toolbox for devs
Snip - Minimalist Code Snippet Manager
Notion - Workspace App
Rectangle - Keyboard Shortcuts to resize windows easily and move them
ueli - Productivity Quick launcher
Sourcegraph - Code Searching tool

@AlNotAlbert
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My Top Chrome Extensions are:
StackOverFlow Power User - Nice Navigation for stackoverflow saves plenty of time scrolling through answers
UBlock Origin - Better Adblock!
Web Search Navigator - Allows you to google only using your keyboard! Huge time saver!
OneTab Saves all your open tabs into a one tab so you can restore next session
Gitako Github File Tree - Nice file tree for github
hackertabdev - allows you to see new libraries, technologies, products, and dev news everytime you open a new tab.
Return Youtube Dislike - since google is a little bit annoying these days
DarkReader - Allows you to read websites in darkmode
DevDocs Web Ext - Allows mini version of devdocs.io so you dont have to switch tabs
Snip-extractor - Copies snippets directly into your snip manager for you
Web-Developer - Convenient tools to use when devtools isn't cutting it.

Best for last:
Refined Github - Makes github overall a nice experience

@johnxie
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johnxie commented Jun 29, 2022

Personal and growing list

1Password - Password manager, great for teams
Figma - Collaborative editor for ux, design, mockups
Taskade - Todo lists, notes,, and project management
Zeplin - Great for working on designs with developers

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