macOS Software Checklist

  • TextSniper: OCR any printed text on your screen.
  • Swish: The application site claims it as the missing gesture layer for macOS. Its a whole bunch of useful gestures that have made my life easier on the MacBook.
  • Soduto: File sharing between Android and macOS. While the current public version is quite old, it works flawlessly with KDE Connect, which works well with my Linux and Windows devices. There’s an alternative called AirMore, which I’ve yet to try.
  • MacPorts: I pick this because its better to work with for me. Homebrew doesn’t work for my use-cases.
  • Transmission: For dealing with torrent downloads. And doing other useful stuff with torrents. I would prefer qBittorrent, but that software is not notarized on macOS. I don’t know if the issue is mine alone, but the network speed used to drop to zero a lot on macOS. Too bad, it worked fine on Windows.
  • Wget (and the built-in curl): For dealing with other downloads. I installed it using MacPorts.
  • PDF Expert: The default Preview app works fine with PDFs. But it has its limitations - it cannot work with large PDFs and cross-device annotation and editing of PDFs is a pain to work with.
  • Amphetamine: Handy utility to keep my device awake. Available for free at the App Store.
  • VLC Player: Media player that mostly plays anything I throw at it.
  • Parallels Desktop: Windows 10 and openSUSE Tumbleweed running on the side, when needed.
  • Vim: Insane text-editor.
  • Sublime Text: A sane text-editor for guests.
  • CrossOver: Run Windows software at native speed on macOS. Kinda wish there was something for Android too. The software is a hit or miss, but at least it works well for my use-cases.
  • Paragon NTFS: If you are using NTFS on macOS, my first suggestion is to avoid it, if at all possible. If you can’t, don’t look anywhere else besides this one. Writing to NTFS drives is better with Paragon NTFS than anything else.