I always find it interesting to see what software people use. The menubar in OSX gives a good overview of what people have open all the time. Here is my list.
First of all, I use Bartender to limit the amount of apps visible. All apps that aren’t visible at first glance are just in the drop-down. So when clicking on the ellipsis (…), a dropdown with the hidden apps appears. So here they are, from left to right, top to bottom.
Top Row (Left to Right)
- Duet. Allows me to use the iPad as second screen. Use this when I go to co-working spaces. Keep it in the top, because I want to shut it down when I’m not using it. It chows a lot of memory. Great app though.
- Droplr. For fast screenshots that I want to edit by adding text, shapes or blur.
- F.lux.* From 6PM to 6AM the colours of my screen change slightly to save my eyes at night. I often put this on pause though, as I like natural colours.
- 1Password. Great software for storing and generating passwords. Very often used.
- Cloudup.* For screenshots that don’t need editing. Every screenshot I take is automatically uploaded there so I can share easily.
- Bartender. Organising menubar.
- Wifi. For easy switching.
- Battery (percentage + symbol). I like the symbol, but also like to see the exact percentage. Maybe overkill, but hey …
- Volume. Like to see on glance if my sound is on.
- Bluetooth. For fast on and off switching. Using it for external keyboard and mouse, but saves a lot of battery to turn off.
- Day and time. Like to see this at a glance.
- Spotlight. I actually use shortcuts (and Alfred) so could do without.
- Notifications center. Rarely used.
Bottom Row (Left to Right)
- Numi.* Smart calculator for Mac.
- Proxy. Our company has a custom proxy service for added security.
- Time Capsule. Used to track my latest backup to my Time Capsule. Has saved me a lot of work to do this regularly.
- Rescue Time.* Keeps track of my productivity.
- Google Drive.* Easy syncing of docs.
- Spectacle.* Awesome software recommended to me by my colleague Dwain to split up screen using shortcuts.
- CleanMyMac. Reviews the status of my mac and deletes the unnecessary files.
- Keyboard switcher. Not used as often, but while writing theology (and referencing Greek and Hebrew), very handy icon.
- Fitbit.* To easily access my Fitbit dashboard. Mostly use the iPhone app though.
- Dropbox.* Great alternative for Google Drive. I use Google for work and Dropbox for personal things.
- Alfred.* Awesome productivity tool. I use a lot of custom searches for example.
- Bartender settings.
But there when I have the right circumstances:
- TextExpander 6. Software to help write text faster. E.g. if I type
<ait will change the text to
<a href="">|</a>(with the cursor where the text needs to come).
- Displays. For easy accessing setting and mirroring.
* Free apps for at least basic functionality (only added this to non-OSX native apps)