Inspired by Wes Bos' /Uses/ page, I thought I’d create one of my own.
Feel free to ask any questions in the comments at the bottom of the page or on Twitter. Most stuff doesn’t have affiliate links included but some does.
Last updated: 2022-06-23
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Editor + Terminal
- Visual Studio Code is what I write show notes in, edit HTML/CSS in, and copy quick notes to when I worry I’ll forget about it.
- I don’t spend a lot of time in Terminal but when I do, I use the built in Terminal included with macOS.
Desktop & Web Apps
- I’ve used TextExpander for many years to keep shortcuts and address details I can’t be bothered to remember in.
- For to do’s and reminders, I use TickTick on macOS / iOS.
- I write draft posts, journal, meeting minutes, and track when my kid’s are sick using Day One for macOS / iOS.
- For group projects and some client work, I’ve been enjoying using Notion. I’m on the personal plan and use it a lot as I discover and learn more about how to use it.
- For group chatting, I use a combination of Slack and Discord - though I’m down to only 2 active Slack groups as more and more have moved to Discord.
- Pixelmator Pro is my photo and graphic editor of choice. Worth every penny that I don’t have to spend on a monthly Adobe Creative Suite subscription.
- I use Toggl for time tracking projects and Xero for invoicing because it supports multi-currency account tracking.
- Amphetamine is a useful (and free) app for making sure your Mac stays awake.
- I use a mixture of Dropbox, Droplr, and Google Drive for sharing files with clients.
- I picked up Cleanshot for taking screen shots and video clips to easily share.
- Besides Time Machine on macOS, I also pay for Backblaze to back up my MacBook Pro offsite.
- I use Spark for email on macOS / iOS. Initially it was because it was one of the few email clients that supported snoozing email to a later date. It’s also a very nice looking email client.
- Tweetbot on macOS / iOS is my Twitter client of choice - but I find myself using Twitter.com more often because of 3rd party apps inability to see notifications, support reading threading, and other issues.
- My web browser preference is currently Microsoft Edge for Mac because it works just like Google Chrome without all the Google garbage.
Audio / Video Related
For my podcast editing / production business, I use a few apps that might be of interest to some:
- Apple Logic Pro X is the audio editor I use for 99% of my work.
- Occasionally I’ll break out Rogue Amoeba’s Fission to quickly touch up an MP3 with it’s fantastic lossless MP3 editing ability.
- I also use Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack to record backups of almost every podcast recording I do - and sometimes it is the only recording.
- Rogue Amoeba’s (sensing a theme?) Loopback is indispensable for setting up weird audio devices to allow me to route audio wherever and whenever I want it to go.
- Farrago, by Rogue Amoeba, is the best looking soundboard app for macOS. The bar was pretty low but Rogue Amoeba leapt way over the top in my opinion.
- One final Rogue Amoeba app is SoundSource. It’s the volume / audio control macOS should be built with.
- I switch between Ecamm’s Ecamm Live and OBS Studio for live streaming to Twitch, YouTube, etc.
- Izotope’s RX suite is my go to for cleaning up audio.
- Marco Arment’s Forecast is the MP3 chapter encoder app I generally use. I was using Auphonic’s Desktop app but it’s been awhile since it’s seen updates. (If you’re curious, I recorded a video screencast of how I use Forecast + Logic Pro X to add chapter markers to podcasts.
- Speaking of screencasts, Screenflow is the app I use to record all the screencasts I do for both my YouTube channel as well as for demoing ideas or projects to clients.
- All podcasts I create/produce are hosted on Transistor.fm.
Hardware & Gear
- My computer is a 2019 16" MacBook Pro with a 2.3GHz i9, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD.
- I just added a Dell UltraSharp 27 4K U2720Q monitor to my set up and am digging it so far.
- I love the Apple Magic Trackpad 2 but I don’t think I’d justify it if it hadn’t come bundled with my iMac.
- I recently switched to the Logitech MX Keys for Mac and like it a lot - other than my pinky keeps hitting the Option key instead of Control when I’m editing.
- I’m currently on a yellow iPhone 11 w/128GB. I stick to a 2 year contract for my phone because I’m not rich and fancy.
- Any audio I record is done with a Heil PR40 microphone on a PL-2T boom arm, plugged into a FetHead preamp, which is plugged into a Scarlett 18i8 USB preamp.
- I listen / edit with a pair of Audio Technica M50x headphones (video review available here).
- My desk in my office is this Costco sold Tresanti Adjustable Desk. You can watch it go up and down on this Instagram video.* I sit my butt down on a version of this LÅNGFJÄLLchair from Ikea. I hated having arm rests (because guitar) and wheels on the bottom of my chair (I work alone. Where am I wheeling to?) and finally found one that works for me.