I’m always searching for cool apps to make my life easier/better/cooler. Lately, I’ve come across quite a few and have had a little cash to actually buy some that are worthwhile. I thought I’d compile a list here to share, to get suggestions, and just so I had them all written down.
Also: If you have any suggestions/alternatives/other categories you want to see, please let me know!
Gradient – $4.99 – Create CSS3 gradients without hassle
Pencil – Free – Wireframe a website with ease
Coda 2 – $75 – By far the best code editor for web development I have ever used. Just read through the site. You’ll understand.
Transmit – $34 – The fanciest FTP client you can use and it’s well worth the price. One thing: Finder mounted SSH connections. The end.
Prompt – $7.99 – Need a terminal to connect to a server? Yeah you do.
iTunes – Free – Obviously…
Vox – Free – Super non-intrusive music app that just works. Import the music you want to listen to and just listen.
CarTunes – $4.99 – By far the best app for listening to music while you’re driving; everything is gesture based so you really don’t have to finagle with your iPhone/iPod while driving.
8tracks – Free – Playlists you can stream on the go. What’s not to like?
PowerTimer – Free – Power Hour. ‘Nuff said.
gMusic – $1.99 – Play music from your Google Play account aka probably your whole iTunes library.
DropTunes – $0.99 – Stream music from your Dropbox account, if you’re into that sort of stuff.
Evernote – Free – Take notes/pictures/video/audio all in one. Tagging/categorizing/etc. So awesome.
nvAlt – Free – A fork from Notational Velocity that syncs with Dropbox and SimpleNote for simple note taking. Markup support = awesome in my book.
Evernote – Free – Take notes/pictures/video/audio but from your phone!
NameMangler – $9.99 – For when you need to batch-rename files. I do this so often manually (aka renaming 100+ files one-by-one) that this was a must have. Pricey, but worth every penny.
BetterSnapTool – $1.99 – Snap windows all around your Mac’s screen. Similar to the functionality in Windows 7, but a bit more powerful.
CheatSheet – Free – See what key combinations you’re using on your computer. Kind of handy when you accidentally press something and your computer wigs out.
DockDrop – Free – Drop files on this dock icon and have it immediately upload any sized file to a personal server/WebDav/SCP/Flickr(pictures only). Super simple. Super awesome.
ScreenGrab – Free but no longer available (I have the .prefPane if you’re interested) – Automatically upload screenshots to a personal server when you press Cmd+Shift+3 or Cmd+Shift+4 and place the URL on your clipboard.
Alfred – Free – Quick Launch just about anything, do math, and much more all from a simple key command.
AppTrap – Free – Asks to delete associated files when uninstalling an application (dragging the app to the trash)
Growl – Notifications for hundreds of applications.
NowPlaying – Free/$1.99 – Currently playing song in iTunes pops up as a Notification Center alert when a song starts. Get it free here?
Prowl – $2.99 – Basically, you can use this to get alerts for just about anything on your phone. It’s pretty damn handy. I use it with wordpress to send updates when someone submits a post to DestroyTheCyb.org!
Pushover – $3.99 – Similar to Prowl but with a much more complex system. IFTTT has this as an option to use, so I use it for various weather notifications.
Slice – Free – Get notifications on any kind of delivery that provides updates (Amazon, UPS, etc.). You can even set it up to auto read from your inbox and pull UPS/FedEx/etc. from your incoming e-mails.
Gas Cubby – $2.99 – Track your MPG/usage/etc. for your car. Tune-ups too!
Dayta – Free – Stats for anything you want. Requires you to input almost everything about what you want to track, but exporting and setup is pretty seamless.
WolframAlpha – $1.99 – Your favorite “solve everything” website is now on your phone. What more is there to say?