Even with our new site done, we’re still busy as ever, getting new stuff ready to launch. Thankfully, there’s a wealth of apps and sites to help us along the way. Here are a few of our current favourites for both work and play — hope you find something useful here!
Design & dev
Bear — A beautiful, flexible writing app for iPhone, iPad and Mac.
Dan B says: beautiful app that just won the “App of the Year” on the Mac App Store. With full Markdown support, easy export, and nifty organisation tools it’s a real winner in my book.
Laravel Valet — Minimalist Laravel development environment that supports a heap of popular platforms.
Dan B says: with its very low memory usage it’s perfect for development on the road.
SVGOMG! — Web-based tool for optimising massive SVGs.
Jesse Says: I’ve had heaps of fun incorporating svg into my workflow this year and SVGOMG has been the MVP in the process. It takes the ‘hassle’ out of SHASSLEVG.
Unsplash — Beautiful high-resolution photos released for free under public domain (CC0).
Alfred — A productivity app that adds enhanced features and customisations to macOS and iOS.
Dan B says: this is one of the first apps I install on a new Mac. The workflows and integrations with other apps is perfect! Get the powerpack for maximum power 🙂
Kylie says: You could be productive with Alfred, or you could use it to make using emojis on your mac so.much.easier. thanks to Joel Califa.
Arq — Automatically backs up all your Macs and Windows PCs. Works with Amazon, Google, Dropbox and OneDrive.
BetterTouchTool — Custom gestures for Magic Mouse, Macbook Trackpad, Magic Trackpad and normal mice.
Dedy says: Add countless more multi-finger click or swipe gestures on magic mouse or trackpad, makes you feel like an octopus.
Fantastical — A pretty fantastic calendar app for both macOS and iOS.
Kylie says: Conversation input to add an event or reminder is fun and somehow heaps easier than tapping on a whole bunch of tiny ui elements.
Spark — A fast, smart way to manage email. Spark gives time back to all those who live by their inbox. (Mac & iOS only)
Steep.it — Simple web-based timer with steeping presets for tea, and basic time parameters for everything else.
Sandy says: I use this for all my timeboxing (yes, even tea timeboxing). Love how basic it is.
Tydlig — A reimagining of traditional calculators. (iOS only)
Overcast — A free, powerful and simple podcast player for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.
Dan B says: been using Overcast since it launched – easily the best podcast client out there. Smart Speed, which cleverly removes audio whitespace, has saved me 220 hours! Bonus points for super fast sync and “nitpicky” options.
Shazam — Old gold. Identify (almost) any music playing around you.
Jesse says: Shazam is a gateway app. A gateway to the magical world of music you’re yet to discover.
SoundHound — Discover music, explore music, and identify music — even from songs you sing or hum.
Treats for life
Buddhify — Beautiful meditation app, promising peace of mind for the price of a cup of coffee.
Day One — Simple, elegant journalling app for iPhone, iPad and Mac.
Good On You — Ethical brand ratings in the palm of your hand. Yes, it’s Australian!
Gyroscope — Track your fitness, health, online activity, the music you listen to, the places you go. It’s a self-tracker’s delight. (iOS only)
Houzz — A great resource for browsing, learning and finding people for your interior design projects.