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What OS X specific applications am I using?

I recently updated my Hackintosh from 10.11.2 to 10.11.3. I performed the update via the App Store and it worked perfectly. After the update, I tweeted about my success and in reply, my friend Alan asked, “What do you use the Hackintosh for which is OSX specific out of interest?”

Alan is a Linux guy and as an ex Linux user myself (on the desktop), I think I can understand his interest. So, in case there are any of my Linux friends reading my blog, I thought it might be a good idea to expand on my reply to Alan.

Here is the list of OS X specific apps that I use, in no particular order:

  • Sketch — one of the best graphic design applications I have used. It has an impressive feature list, it’s fast and it’s easy to work with.
  • Pixelmator — I don’t seem to do a lot of work with raster images these days, but when I do, I tend to use Pixelmator. Again, it has an impressive list of features, it’s quick and it’s easy to work with.
  • Reader 3 — I love this application and it makes keeping up-to-date with my feed subscriptions a cinch. I use it in combination with my self-hosted Fever service and it keeps everything in sync between multiple systems.
  • Tweetbot — a nifty Twitter client with support for multiple accounts.
  • Notes — I use Notes for erm, making notes. I make a lot of notes and Notes makes making notes a pleasure (haha).
  • Sequel Pro — almost makes managing MySQL databases a pleasure.
  • Transmit — interestingly, I use Transmit to plug a gap. Unlike Linux, OS X does not support mounting SSH drives natively in Finder. Transmit provides this feature, and more.
  • iA Writer – writing does not come naturally to me and I’m easily distracted. iA Writer has a distraction free UI, which helps to keep my mind on the task at hand.
  • TextExpander — an excellent utility app that saves me a bunch of time. According to its built-in stats, it has saved me from typing over 100,000 characters in the last couple of months alone. Sweet!
  • Icon Slate — I use this app for one task, creating favicons. It does the job perfectly.
  • Mail — I don’t need many features in my email client, but I do need it to work well with Exchange, Mail does that.

That’s it, for the moment, but I might take another look at this again in 6 months to a year as it’ll be interesting to see what changes.

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