If I had to choose one device to keep it would have to be my Mac. Not because I use it more than my trusty iPhone. I would pick it because it is how I make my living.
To that end we all have our very personal daily workflows. Some are way more complicated than others. Mine is fairly simple.
There was a time in my life when I had to customize everything I possibly could on my desktop rig. These days I don’t bother.
Here is a list of software I use day to day.
Safari is a great browser that supports OS X extensions and browser plugins which gives me all the power I need to connect the web to my favorite desktop apps. I do not sync my opened sites between desktop and mobile.
Who doesn’t use Slack these days? We use it at work for most of our communication needs. Nuff said, it’s awesome.
I store quite a bit of information with Evernote. When I run across and interesting development article I clip the Simplified Article to Evernote as a reference. It is a great way to organize reference material. I do it through a combination of Notebooks and Tags. It’s a fantastic service and I love their native Mac and iOS Apps.
I use Wunderlist to organize my personal project thoughts, so it mostly used on my home Mac and on my iPhone, but it’s a great app and service.
I know RSS is dead, right? Not really. If you’re in the market for a beautiful, solid, easy to use RSS reader for the Mac or iOS, Reeder is a good choice.
I only use Alfred for one thing, lunching apps. I keep my dock clean and find it easier to launch apps by smacking a shortcut and typing. I know I could do many more awesome things with it, but I don’t.
When I need access to a document or picture from many different places I use Dropbox.
I use the built in terminal app. It’s used for git mostly.
I like using a nice application for git and SourceTree covers the bases for me. I split time between this app and the terminal.
On occasion you have to edit something other than a file for the app you’re working on. BBEdit is more than capable.
This seems an obvious entry given the work I do. I develop iOS Apps. This is the best tool for the job.
I think that’s it, I’m composing this on my iPhone using the WordPress for iOS App, so I’m doing this from memory.
That brings me to this list.
Stuff I no longer use on my Mac
At one point I used MarsEdit for all my blogging needs. The app is fine but I use iOS more and more for blogging. Like I said above, I’m using my iPhone to compose this post. Most of the time I use my iPad Mini on the weekends to catchup on all the stuff I pushed to Pocket. That usually results in a blog post right from the Mini.
Fine software, great developer, no iOS App. For iOS I use the WordPress for iOS App.
Unfortunately Twitter’s developer hostile token limits have all but killed off development of my favorite Twitter client. I have resorted to using the web site for my desktop browsing. If Twitterrific saw a renaissance on the Mac I would switch back in a heartbeat. Thankfully Twitterrific for iOS is going strong. Here’s hoping Jack opens up Twitter to developers.