For no particular reason, other than it’s been on my mind recently, I present to you my Essential Most Used Apps from independent developers and “smaller” companies:
- Scrivener: Essential writing tool. Took a while to get used to but now I can’t imagine going back to anything else. The iOS app is also great.
- Sublime Text: Still my favorite text editor of all time, and still comes with a large library of great plugins and themes. Supported on Windows and Linux as well. Also not owned by Microsoft like some other editors I could name…1
- Ulysses: Sort of a cross between the above two apps, when neither one quite hits the spot. I use it as my primary text editor on iOS.
- Reeder: RSS reader that’s been consistently good for years, and allows syncing to multiple different platforms (I used a self-hosted RSS service I mostly read via this app). Has iOS and Mac versions.
- Toot!: A fantastic Mastodon app. Well-designed, fun, and a pleasure to use.
- Mailplane: Good, native-interface multi-account client for Gmail. Yes, it’s basically just a standalone browser, but technically it predates things like multiple account support in Gmail itself, meaning I’ve been using it for a million years and will probably continue to use it for the same.
- Nova: Formerly Coda, from the people who brought you Untitled Goose Game (yes, really). What I use for all my webdev stuff. Its predecessor still exists as an excellent iOS app. The same company also makes an amazing SSH app for iOS. Actually, pretty much everything Panic makes is great.
- Basecamp: Probably the “biggest” entrant on this list, but have been making excellent project-tracking software for years. Every time I try something else2 I wish I hadn’t. Also have an email service that, while I have some reservations about, I confess I do use and really, really like the workflow of.
- Tweetbot: I don’t use Twitter all that much any more but, when I do use it, I use it via Tweetbot. Another app that’s been consistently good for a very long time, despite Twitter’s constant efforts to kill it off by nerfing its API.