6 must-have Mac utilities

One of the perks of using a laptop or desktop, instead of a tablet, is that you can customize your workflow. Utilities make your computer less annoying and customized to you. In this episode of Processor, Dieter demos some of his favorite MacOS utilities.

All the links to download the utilities are here: https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/20/17481054/mac-menubar-utilities-taylorism-is-bad

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  1. as an alternative to Vanilla, have you tried Bartender? It has a lot of configuration options to do things like hide an app in the bartender bar unless it updates, then show it for x seconds in the normal menu bar. Other than that, that's an excellent list!

  2. Another selection of really useful apps: BetterTouchTool (for shortcuts and trackpad gestures ; can even customise the TouchBar on the new MBP), TheUnarchiver, Yoink (to handle files), Parcel (to track deliveries), Paragon NTFS,…

  3. Must try "Copy'em Paste". If you don't have a clipboard buffer utility then you don't know what you're missing. Every workflow that requires more than one copy and paste — which is all of them — will be greatly improved

  4. Hey, a lot like Android, right? You can just installed a new tool, or utilitie or chance the default ones and make the OS your own. Will show this to iPhone fans, good video.

  5. Here is the list which should be featured here:
    1. Better Touch Tool
    2. Better Snap Tool
    3. iStat Menu
    4. Bartender
    5. Amphetamine

    All of these apps are not only mature in terms of development life cycle, but are multifaceted.

  6. Rocket is a great utility that when you type : in iMessage or other messaging apps, you can search for emojis instead of scrolling through the menu or touchbar to find the right one. Really handy and works pretty well in my experience, especially if you want a less common emoji like a flag or animal in your message

  7. DUDE! This is one awesome list! I search this stuff a lot but you still introduced me to a few little ones I didn't know. And yes: one click does matter. 😉 Thanks

  8. I actually knew about a lot of these, but there were plenty that I did not! I agree that while the headphone thing is a little "unnecessary", it does make a big difference. Love the video! Thanks for the info!

  9. ===APPS===

    Beamer – For playing any video file to AppleTV / ChromeCast (https://beamer-app.com)

    Hazel – For automatically moving/copying files according to various criteria (https://www.noodlesoft.com)

    Rocket – By far the best way to input emoji on the Mac (although it's not so good at keeping up to date with all the very latest emoji, those can be added manually if need be) (https://matthewpalmer.net/rocket/)

    BetterTouchTool – For customizing keyboard shortcuts to various things. This is how I do window management: Just a bunch of hotkeys for window positions of 1/2, 1/3, 2/3 screen in various positions (https://folivora.ai/downloads/)

    Focus – Indispensable app that helps me Focus by blocking both websites AND native applications according to a certain schedule. Can easily make specific exceptions, e.g. for logging in via Facebook but block rest of Facebook (https://heyfocus.com)

    Stay – Save window position of apps and automatically restore them when plugging in external monitors (https://itunes.apple.com/dk/app/stay/id435410196)

    1Keyboard – Use your Mac's keyboard on other bluetooth devices such as iPhone and iPad. Can be invoked with glove shortcut. Don't use often, but comes in handy when I do (https://itunes.apple.com/dk/app/1keyboard/id766939888?mt=12)

    gfxCardStatus – Only for Macs for discrete GPUs. When I'm on the go and want to maximize battery charge, I can easily see if it's using integrated or discrete graphics, and which apps is using the discrete if it's in use so I know what to close if I'm not using them and want to extend battery charge (https://gfx.io)

    Typora and Caret – just two really lovely markdown note-taking apps. Can show inline math, figures, code syntax, sections, various formatting, but it's all plain text / Markdown under the hood. (http://typora.io) (https://caret.io)

    ===ALFRED WORKFLOWS===
    General links:
    http://www.packal.org/
    https://github.com/msoedov/Alfred-collection

    Advanced Google and Apple Maps Search – http://www.packal.org/workflow/advanced-google-and-apple-maps-search
    Alfred-Drive-Workflow – http://www.packal.org/workflow/alfred-drive-workflow
    Copy Finder Path – http://www.packal.org/workflow/copy-finder-path
    Docker – http://www.packal.org/workflow/docker
    Dongers – http://www.packal.org/workflow/dongers
    Fakeum – http://www.packal.org/workflow/fakeum
    GitHub – http://www.packal.org/workflow/github
    gitignore – http://www.packal.org/workflow/gitignore-0
    Gitmoji – http://www.packal.org/workflow/gitmoji-0
    MachineClean – http://www.packal.org/workflow/machineclean
    Movie Ratings – http://www.packal.org/workflow/movie-ratings
    NSC – http://www.packal.org/workflow/nsc
    NewFile – http://www.packal.org/workflow/newfile
    Resize Image – http://www.packal.org/workflow/resize-image
    RunCommand – http://www.packal.org/workflow/runcommand
    TerminalFinder – http://www.packal.org/workflow/terminalfinder
    Tower Repositories – http://www.packal.org/workflow/tower-repositories
    UploadFile – http://www.packal.org/workflow/uploadfile
    Search Browser Tabs – http://www.packal.org/workflow/search-browser-tabs
    Synonyms – http://www.packal.org/workflow/synonyms
    Swift Color Picker – http://www.packal.org/workflow/swift-color-picker

  10. I guess it depends on the Mac you have but my MacBook air 2015 model function bar works pretty well. I didn't think it would work with Spotify until I watched this video. I just thought it was strictly for itunes so I never bothered. Thanks Verge

  11. Default folder x for better save options

    Yoink for quickly storing items

    Path Finder for a more powerful finder that is more customisable(and brings back colour in the side bar so everything isn’t just grey)

    BetterTouchTool for remapping shortcuts and making new ones for keyboard, smart mouse gestures, ones for certain apps, and so much more)

    Hyperdock (which you gives you a preview when you hover over doc apps like windows does)

    Copied or Paste for looking at, organising, editing(copied only) and quickly using your copied history.

    PopClip for a customisable popup bar that comes up when you highlight text just like on IOS(you can shorten url links, bold italic underline options, send to different apps and a whole lot more. Probably the one I use the most)

    These are all far more useful then the ones in the video, and I hope Dieter revisits this topic with extra ones he’s tried out after reading all the suggestions in the comments

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