Utility Apps29 Dec 2016
A couple of days ago, I made a series of tweets that highlighted smaller utility1 applications that I’ve found recently.
I love utility apps that solve a small need in an elegant way. Wanted to share three I’ve found recently (would love other recommendations)!— Jasdev Singh (@jasdev) December 30, 2016
The thread hit home with others and served as a shout out to the developers behind these tools that impact my life. I wanted to aggregate the list here (along with replies to the thread), broken down by platform2. If you have any other suggestions, please let me know!
- Moon by Charlie Deets: A Moon phase calendar with a beautiful Today Widget.
- Tailor by Foundry 63: Allows you to stitch together iOS screenshots.
- Spectator by Tim Johnsen: View Spectacles videos outside of Snapchat with the same rotation gesture.
- Zero by Kevin Rose, Caleb Davenport, and Daniel Burka: A simple app to track your fasting.
- OneShot by Ian Ownbey and Jason Goldman: Easily highlight screenshots of text and share them to Twitter.
- Pinpoint by Lickability: My favorite tool to mark up screenshots.
- Captio by Ben Lenarts and Eelco Lempsink: The fastest way to send a note to your inbox.
- Deliveries by Mike Piontek: A delivery tracking app with an incredible attention to detail. Seriously, Junecloud sets the standard when it comes to new Apple API adoption.
- Balance by Ben Baron, Chris Baroni, and Richard Burton: Ever since Mint deprecated their Mac app, I’ve been looking for a replacement. Balance has helped fill this void.
- Bartender by Surtees Studios: Lets you organize your menu bar apps, by hiding them, rearranging them, or moving them to a separate bar.
- BetterTouchTool by Andreas Hegenberg: Takes macOS gestures and shortcuts to the next level. This is a must-install on all of my macOS devices.
- Chatology by Michael Simmons and Kent Sutherland: What ⌘ + F for Messages.app should be.
- Helium by Jaden Geller: Apple’s PiP on steroids.
- Boxy by Francesco Di Lorenzo and Fabrizio Rinaldi: An native wrapper for Google’s Inbox.
- Messenger for Mac by Rasmus Andersson: A native wrapper for Facebook’s Messenger.
- Redacted by Sam Soffes: A simple photo redaction tool.
- Spectrum by Eigenlogik: Easily manage your color palettes.
- Wallcat by Dustin Senos: Wake up every morning to a new, hand-picked desktop image.
While the following are larger apps, their watchOS apps make the device that much better.
- Fantastical by Michael Simmons and Kent Sutherland: Its complication gets a lot of details right that the default Calendar misses.
- Dark Sky: The detailed, local weather notifications and complication have saved me so many times.
- PCalc by James Thomson: The attention to detail put into this app is amazing. In the same league as Junecloud.
Web and Email
- Spoonbill by Justin Duke: Follow bio, location, and name changes in your Twitter following graph.
- Switchr by Jurre: Safari extension to quickly switch between
.mfiles on GitHub.
- DomainCloser (shameless plug 😆): Quickly close all tabs matching the domain of the currently active tab.
1: I tried to highlight lesser-known utilities.
2: Some of these are cross-platform