This may be one of those posts that no one other than me cares about, but I've been meaning to take a snapshot of the software tools I use on a daily basis right now, and how they're useful to me. (This comes at a time when I'm considering a major OS change in my life -- more on that later -- so as a part of that I need to inventory these tools anyway.)
So every day when I get up and stretch my arms in front of my energy inefficient, eye-strain-causing big blue wall screen with a cloud in the middle, grumbling to myself that we now call things "apps" instead of programs or software or really any other name, I see:
Airmail 3 - my main tool for reading, sorting, sending and finding email across a few different accounts. Replaced Thunderbird with it a few years back, really good choice.
Chrome - on the desktop, my daily browser of choice. I tried the new Firefox recently and liked it, but not enough to switch. I have lots of extensions installed but some favorites are Adblock Plus, JSONView and XML Tree, Momentum, Pinboard Tools, Postman, Signal Private Messenger, Vanilla Cookie Manager, Xdebug helper and Web Developer. On mobile I use iOS Safari.
macOS and iOS Calendar and Contacts - works with all of the various online calendars and address books I sync to, have stayed pretty intelligent and user-friendly without getting too cluttered.
Slack - for communicating with my co-workers and others. I have accounts on 11 different Slack instances, and only stay logged in to about 4 of those at once.
BBEdit - even with the power of PhpStorm, sometimes I want something a little more simple to edit one text file at a time. I often use BBEdit to keep my project notes files up to date, do bulk find/replace/regex operations, and to troubleshoot weird characters or line breaks in a file someone sends me.
Varying Vagrant Vagrants - for local WordPress theme and plugin software development.
Docker - for other kinds of local development work.
Alfred - multipurpose productivity tool. I'm guessing it saves me several hours a month.
WordPress - for publishing, and changing the world.
iTunes - despite the name, I mostly use this for syncing and updating software on other devices. I strongly dislike that Apple removed the ability to manage iOS apps in iTunes without providing another desktop-based solutions, so I'm camping out in denial with iTunes 22.214.171.124 for now.
macOS and iOS Photos app - not that great for photo management, but I don't need anything too special for my daily use (sync photos from devices, organize things into folders, occasionally export or turn them into a movie).
Toggl - for tracking how I spend my time.
Pixelmator - for image manipulation now that I've moved beyond any kind of Adobe Creative Suite license.
Bartender 2 - for keeping my Mac's menu bar organized.
Gitify - for making sure I see GitHub activity when I'm ready without having to get email messages about each thing.
Hazel - for automatically sorting my files and folders, especially in my attempts at being paperless.
Oversight - to make sure my microphones and cameras aren't activated when I'm not expecting them to be.
Encrypt.me VPN - for securing my Internet traffic on potentially hostile wireless networks.
Dropbox - for sharing files. (PSA: Please do not attach large files to email messages.)
Podcasts on iOS: consistently doesn't do what I want or how I want it, but I've been too lazy to move to another option. And I listen to a lot of podcasts. What is wrong with me, I should just switch.
Zoom - for audio and video conferencing.
AutoSleep - to tell me how well I slept. I should write a more in-depth review of this soon, it's pretty amazing.
Are there any software tools I haven't listed that you depend on daily?