This is a short, unordered list of some apps I use almost daily.
Some make my life easier, others I could live without and be just fine; but they’re all fantastic pieces of software that deserve some recognition for the developers behind them.
Tweetbot - Twitter
My primary source of social media. Tweetbot conveniently keeps tweets in chronological order, removes advertisements and promoted posts, and looks amazing.
The only downside to using a third-party client like this is the lack of notifications for likes and retweets, but that might be a blessing in disguise.
Apollo - Reddit
This is another app that I could probably live without, but it makes my Reddit experience much more enjoyable.
No advertisements or promotions, support for multiple accounts, and a plethora of other neat features make this one a must-have if you browse Reddit.
Overcast - Podcasts
I’ve bounced between plenty of podcasts clients in the past but can’t seem to find one I enjoy more than Overcast. I absolutely love the smart speed feature that trims silence, listening elsewhere without that enabled just feels off.
I’d love for there to be a native macOS application, but listening within the browser works just fine and lets me pick up right where I left off.
Craft - Notes
After using Obsidian for some time and shopping around for other similar wiki-style note-taking apps, I settled on this beauty of an app.
Craft offers many features you’ll find in other bi-directional linking programs. The main difference here is the fact that it’s native to iOS and macOS, offering just as many features on your iPhone as you would have on a laptop or desktop.
Shortcut support with markdown templating is also a huge win in my book. This lets me do things like double-tap the back of my phone to create a quick note with specified formatting or create a new daily note when my wakeup alarm goes off in the morning.
Things - Tasks
As someone who struggles with ADHD and has for decades now, keeping myself on task is an enormous challenge.
I’ve used Omnifocus, Todoist, Reminders, you name it, and can’t help but return to Things for keeping myself productive.
Although Omnifocus may offer an incredible amount of features and customization like rules and different project types, Things just works for me. It’s beautiful from a design standpoint, does everything I need it to, and seamlessly integrates with other productivity apps like Craft (or, well, Craft integrates with Things.)
Now my only hurdle is sticking with what I plan out in it.
Reeder - News
Admittedly, I don’t use RSS feeds as much as I probably would like to due to many websites restricting feeds to content previews instead of full articles, but when I do use RSS it’s always been with Reeder.
With the recent addition of being able to use the app without a syncing service like Feedly or Feedbin, I no longer have to pay a monthly subscription just to get updates from blogs and websites in one central location.
The app looks aesthetically pleasing and feels fluid, and now you can even use it as a read-it-later service to sync all of those articles you meant to read in one place. I’ve been using Reeder for years now and don’t imagine I’ll be switching RSS clients any time in the near future.
Marvis Pro - Apple Music
Honestly, the stock Apple Music app leaves a lot to be desired. It lacks any real customization, focuses too heavily on curated playlists and charts, and is all-around buggy these days.
Marvis is a third-party front-end for the stock Music app and gives you the freedom to make it your own. It even allows scrobbling to Last.fm!
Timery - Time tracking
In reality I should track my time much more often to see what I waste so much of my days on. Timery, a nice little Toggl client, makes that a breeze and packs some added features with the inexpensive premium subscription.
Nowadays I can easily see that I spend way too much time playing The Witcher 3 or working on small side projects. My next step is finding a way to reduce that time spent, but I’ll get to that eventually.
FoodNoms - Food tracking
There’s a lot of food tracking applications floating around, but this one stands out to me due to it being written with SwiftUI.
If I didn’t already know it wasn’t, you could probably fool me into thinking this was a stock app made by Apple that was recently added to the newest iOS update. Tracking food intake is tough sometimes, but with estimated portions and a constantly growing library of food items to choose from, FoodNoms makes it almost effortless.
TV Forecast - TV tracking
I most definitely don’t need this app, but it’s simple, helpful, and looks great.
90% of the time I spend watching television is spent on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, but that extra 10% can get hard to keep track of.
With TV Forecast syncing with Trakt.tv, guessing which episode I left off on or when the next one aires is no longer impossible. Should I watch less TV? Probably, but it’s nice having a companion app to keep me updated on those few shows I do enjoy watching.