The 10ish Tools I Install on Every New Mac I Get · Jens Oliver Meiert

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The

10ish
CARDINAL

Tools I Install on

Every New Mac
ORG

I Get

Piggybacking on the idea from

Christian
NORP

, this is the software I typically install on new

Mac
ORG

machines:


WebStorm
LOC

(paid)—my favorite IDE which at some point replaced the for all (my) practical purposes identical

IntelliJ
ORG

IDEA a few browsers (free) GIMP (free)—my preferred image editing software ever since Photoshop went for a subscription model; acquired taste

ImageOptim
ORG

(free)—convenient image compression tool; usually excluding SVGs and opting for aggressive optimization for all other formats (for automated lossless compression, I use

Imagemin Guard
ORG

) Transmit (paid)—still favorite SFTP client, using it for my shared-hosting providers (ALL-

INKL
ORG

, DreamHost) Oh My Zsh (

free)—useful
GPE

shell configuration tooling

Node/npm
PRODUCT

(free)—wonder who in our field wouldn’t need to install it

Homebrew
ORG

(

free)—useful
GPE

and necessary for some tooling Xcode (free)—not actively sought (and not quite liked), but usually needed (right at the beginning even, for Git?) BBEdit (paid)—my favorite text editor which I have constantly open on all machines, and with which I manage intake and draft documents

LibreOffice
ORG

(free)—backup office suite for the few cases I need to work with local document files

Proton VPN
PRODUCT

(paid)—the VPN I trust most (conveniently included in my plan with

Proton)
ORG

Little Snitch (paid)—main tool to monitor and tailor network activity

BlockBlock
ORG

(free)—non-critical system installation monitoring (not sure I make effective use of it though)

(Given for how long I’ve been using most of this software, I believe this list to age better than my

Android
ORG

favorites—cf. Top

15
CARDINAL

from

2009
DATE

and Top

10 from 2017
DATE

.)

About Me

I’m

Jens
PERSON

, and I’m an engineering lead and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for companies like

Google
ORG

, I’m close to W3C and

WHATWG
PERSON

, and I write and review books for

O’Reilly
ORG

and

Frontend Dogma
ORG

. I love trying things, not only in web development, but also in other areas like philosophy. Here on meiert.com I share some of my views and experiences.

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