Right now on my MacBook Pro 13” 2019
- Adobe Lightroom Classic, alas, the best photo editing software out there. I hate Adobe, but it works so damn good. I’m doing my best to completely switch to the two following programs but, damn, it’s so hard. Also: I have to keep Lightroom on my device because it’s impossible to move photography edits committed with Lightroom to Darktable.
- Adobe Photoshop. I tried living without it. I couldn’t. Hands down, it’s the best visual editing software in the world. You could do anything with it.
AEScrypt file encrypter and decrypterI do not use it. If needed, same stuff can be done via CLI
- AlDente, a MacBook utility to avoid over-charging the battery when the device is plugged and it have reached 100% charge
Android File Transfer, the name says it all. It’s simple and it works great. I do not own an Android device anymore.
- AppCleaner is not open source, but, damn, it’s so useful I have to keep it.
Audacity, audio editing software. I know, I have Garage Band which is awesome but… Audacity works the same way anywhere.I need very little sound editing, mixing, etc: GarageBand is fine; furthermore, it’s neat, simple and quick.
- Background Music, to handle audio sources and audio recording
- Backtrack, the Holy Graal for university students which get easily distracted (me). It allows you to recover audio up to 5 hours before. It’s not Open Source and I payed 2€ for it. Totally worth it.
balenaEtcher, the safest, simplest and quickest software to flash OS images to external drives.I was not using it so much.
BitBar, run any plugin from the top bar. I didn’t use it.
BlackHole, to share any file. Fast and private. Based on Blockstack.It’s useless.
Blockstack, ideally, it’s something awesome, definitely game-changing.Practically, it doesn’t work on my Mac (I tried everything). I uninstalled and I’m not using it, then.
- ChatSecure, a free and open source XMPP messaging client
Cakebrew, Homebrew GUI, it is useless
- Clean Me, an Open Source, better, neat and perfectly working alternative to CCleaner written in Swift.
- Clipy, clipboard history logger
CopyQ, a clipboard history recorder, which keeps a record of all copied text and items. It saved my life several times. I like Clipy much more
Cosmicast, a minimal and beautiful podcast player which syncs with iOS through iCloud. It is proprietary software and it costs 3,50€. Definitely not worth the price: the app is buggy, it has a lot of problems and limits; I moved to Apple Podcasts… it syncs perfectly and it allows importing RSS feeds.
- Cubbit desktop synchronization client
- Curiosity, a MacOS Reddit client
- DarkModeBuddy, a must have: MacOS theme changes from light to dark based on surrounding ambient light
Darktable, widely used (still, not the first option for pros) photo editing software. I wish I’d love it but, damn, it’s so friggin complicated. Using Lightroom. I’m sorry, but it simpler, faster, nicer.
- deadbolt, file encryption and decryption made easy.
Digikam, a photo management software. I don’t have time to learn it and it isn’t so essential.
- dupeGuru, a file (specially images) duplicate finder. It would be fantastic, but it does not work with more than 200 photos, for me.
- DWAgent by DWS Service, a great, simple and lightweight VNC, thus a program which allows you to access your computer remotely from any web browser.
- Element the most common and stable Matrix client
- Espanso, a wonderful text expander
- FileZilla, the best and most used FTP.
- Final Cut Pro, again, pricey and proprietary, but it’s so optimised for MacOS, thus so fast, that I really need it to edit with ease videos I need to have ready in a short time.
- Mozilla Firefox, the best browser ever.
- Firefox Developer Edition, to debug and improve Web Design and front-end Web development experience.
- FreeTube, a private, simple, nice desktop client for YouTube.
GIMP, photo manipulation and editing software. Better known as the Photoshop free alternative, it’s full of resources and it misses almost no feature, but it’s so so so messed up and confusing (as Photoshop is). Too much stuff in too many different places.I tried as hard as I could, but it was too stressful. Back to Photoshop
GitHub Desktop, to easily manage stuff when GitUp and git from terminal do not make sense. Not really using it.
- GitUp, the best GUI interface for git.
Get It, a GUI interface for
youtube-dl. Basically, a tool to download videos from YouTube.
- Gifski, to create GIFs
- GPG Keychain</a>, to store and handle PGP Keys.
- HandBrake, anything you need to do with video files, it gets it done (in a short or eternal amount of time).
Hidden Bar, to hide itchy icons from the menu bar. If the status bar is set to be hidden automatically, it doesn’t make sense to hide icons inside it.
- Inkscape. Anything with graphics? Use this. I definitely love it.
- iTerm, a feature-packed terminal emulator.
- Jami, peer-to-peer unlimited video and voice communications. On paper it’s the go-to for everyone and I love it’s philosophy. Unfortunately, it still has a few bugs which make it impossible to use it regularly.
- Jitsi Meet, a video conferencing service which can be self-hosted. Since it should work only on Google Chrome browser, I installed the Electron-based app.
Joplin, basically it’s just a note-taking application, but it has anything else you can think of. Switched to Obsidian.
Karabiner-Elements, keyboard remapping. I use it to swap the. It’s too complicated to configure and even using Goku it’s a mess.
esckey with ⇪, for a better usability in vim
⇪can be remapped to
escfrom MacOS settings, without the need to install anything else.
- KeePassXC, A community maintained fork of the popular discontinued KeePassX application with more features and frequent updates.
- Keybase, a great secure messaging service.
LBRY, the first digital marketplace to be controlled by the market’s participants rather than a corporation or other 3rd-party. Basically, a healthier version of YouTube. I’m using the web client only, the app is not worth it.
LibreOffice, the best open Office Suite.for my needs, the default Apple office apps are more than enough. If I need a file in
.odt, I export in
.docxfrom Pages and I convert it in
- LyricsX, a lyrics app which integrates with Spotify and Apple Music
MacDown, a markdown editor which has everything I need. I don’t use it much since I have both Joplin and Vim to open and editusing MacVim + Marked 2, instead.
.mdfiles, but it’s very lightweight and it’s handy to have an app to view and edit them on the fly.
- MacSVG, to create animated SVGs
- MacVim, a standalone Vim app for MacOS. pretty nice to edit files on the go.
- Mast is a wonderful, simple and neat Mastodon client. Unfortunately, it is non-free software, in every sense; it costs 3,50€.
MEGAsync, the synchronization app for MEGA Cloud service.I’m not using anymore. Nextcloud + Cubbit only.
- MonoFocus, focus on one task at a time.
- Mumble, the most common open-source VoIP service. I use it with the awesome NixNet Services
- NetNewsWire, the best RSS reader ever. I sync it with the awesome Feedbin.
- Nextcloud desktop client.
OmegaT, a translation memory application written in Java. I use it to translate MDN articles for Mozilla Italia.I don’t use it that much
- Obsidian, the best markdown-based knowledge management software ever!
- OnionShare. Stop using WeTransfer! Use this.
ONLYOFFICE, the office provider I use, synced with my Nextcloud instanceLibreOffice is enough
Openwhyd, an open-source platform to discover and share music. Basically, a Spotify alternative to save and share playlists. Nothing changes from the web interface to the app. I’m using it from the browser.
- OpenVPN Connect, the desktop client for OpenVPN, which I host on my server.
- PDF Expert, PDF Swiss Army knife. Not open source and quit pricey, but it does its job very well. I got it with a students’ 30% discount.
- Plug, a Hype Machine MacOS client
- Pock, to move the Dock in the Touch Bar.
- Pocket, save articles for later. It’s not Open Source but I use it anyway because it’s owned by Mozilla (and I love Mozilla and I have so many pages there that transferring them someplace else would be painfully annoying.
- Protonmail Bridge, an app which allows me to access and use my ProtonMail account from Apple Mail.
ProtonVPN, a security-focused VPN developed by CERN scientists from the ProtonMail team. It’s free, but I pay for it, it’s a great service. Switched to self-hosted OpenVPN
- qBittorrent, the best and lightest torrent client you can find out there.
- Rectangle, a window management app which allows to resize windows quickly with a simple keystroke.
- Signal, the best encryption system in the world, easy and fast communication, plus, it’s owned by a non-profit. Thus, a healthier WhatsApp.
Skype, you know it. Proprietary software, ouch.Using alternative services only.
smcFanControl, Control the fans of the Mac to make it run cooler. Not used it once.
Sozi, a presentation tool which uses SVG images to create zooming and panning animations. It’s astounding how cool it is.Not much used.
- Spotify, to listen to music by paying and using proprietary software. Any legal affordable solution? I can’t find one. I’m stuck with this.
Sub It, a GUI interface for
Subliminal, a tool to download movie subtitles ithout ads
- Telegram, WhatsApp on steroids. I wish the back-end software was Open Source, too.
- Timer, sometimes it’s quicker to set it from the laptop than from my smartphone
- TinyPNG4Mac, simply and quickly resize PNGs
The Desk, something like TweetDeck for Mastodon (and all of the Fediverse apps). Never actually used it. The web client is nicer and just works.
- TomatoBar, set simple working timers
- Tor browser, to navigate online completely anonymously
TweetDeck, to tweet as bad as I can. Obviously, this is a very bad proprietary software. I deleted my Twitter account.
- uTox, a tiny, light super-private, peer-to-peer app to chat with my geek privacy-obsessed friends.
- VLC, to watch anything.
- Tor Browser, when I feel a VPN is not enough.
Whalebird, Mastodon desktop client. Mast is much better.
WhatsApp, well, you know it. Owned by that monster called Facebook and surprisingly free but, guess what? Proprietary software. If I need to check it from the computer, I do it through WhatsApp Web
Zettlr, fully-featured Markdown editing app. Switched to Obsidian
- Zoom, you all know it. I’m not a fan and if it was for me I’d use Jitsi Meet only, but I need it to access my university’s classes.
- Homebrew, MacOS package manager
- git, a VCS no one can live without.
- Vim is preinstalled on UNIX-based OSs, but I installed Neovim which is so great. I use it on a daily basis and I love it. See for learning material.
- Mackup, an awesome tool to sync settings among Macs and Linux devices
- Animated QR code generator
- deep-daze, artificially generate images by describing content
- Exposé, a simple and beautiful static site generator for photoessays
- fzf, a fuzzy finder which works in some way with Vim but I’m still figuring it out.
- gitupdate, to commit and push updated files with file names as commit message
- massren, batch files renaming using a text editor (works great with vim). It’s developed by the same developer of Joplin
- ExifTool, an awesome and extremely useful little tool to edit almost anything in an image EXIF data. I use it to rename my images based on the date and time I shot them. Here’s my Cheat Sheet, which I use myself to get things done, since I don’t remember ExifTool commands from time to time.
- yst, create static websites from YAML data and string templates
- lnav, log files navigator
- pandoc, a lovely swiss-army knife for document conversion. NOTE: I admire its genius creator, he’s a Philosopher developer whose name is John MacFarlane
megacmd, a command-line tool to do actually anything with Mega, not using MEGA anymore
- m-cli, Swiss Army knife for MacOS
- miller, CSV sorting and editing tool (something like a combination of sed and awk)
- nb, a CLI-based text editor. I’m still figuring out how to make it work
mancrowd-sourced alternative made of super insightful examples
- Subliminal, a tool to download subtitles
- csvdiff, compare CSV files
- xsv, CSV management tool.
- you-get, to download stuff from the internet
- gping, ping with a graph
- youtube-dl, a tool to download videos (and audios) from YouTube
- z, jump around easily among folders in Terminal
- Get Message URL: copies a link to the current message in the Mail app