Six Mac App Store Gems

May 31, 2011

Since the Mac App Store opened earlier this year, I’ve run across a few gems that have become part of my daily workflow. Each of them is under $15, and I use all of them everyday. Maybe they will be as useful for you.

App store gems

Day One (App Store Link)

I know it’s not glamorous, but I prefer journaling with a keyboard over a pen. It’s the only way my fingers can keep up. My perfect journaling app is dedicated to journaling, manages the timestamp for me, is easy to navigate dates, and can be accessed and synced between devices with little or no effort. Hello Day One. I’ve been more consistent in my journaling of late, and Day One gets a chunk of the credit. It syncs via Dropbox, so I can also use it on my iPad (though I’m stuck using the iPhone app for now. Having access to it on every device makes that a minor inconvenience.

ColorSnapper (App Store Link)

This is a simple menubar app that grabs the color of the pixel you are hovering over, no matter what app it is in, and stores the Hex or RGB value of that color. I use it all the time when I’m designing, and it’s become so habit forming that I use it instead of the eye dropper in Photoshop.

LittleIpsum (App Store Link)

Little Ipsum is another simple menubar app. It was around before the App Store, but I only recently started using it. A simple visual let’s you choose how much “Lorem Ipsum” filler text you want, anywhere between one word and four paragraphs. It stores it in the clipboard and you paste it in your design. Or within your paragraph to make your blog post look more substantial. Maecenas sed diam eget risus varius blandit sit amet non magna. Duis mollis, est non commodo luctus, nisi erat porttitor ligula, eget lacinia odio sem nec elit. Donec sed odio dui. See what I did there?

Fantastical (App Store Link)

Fantastical was recently released to a lot of fanfare, and for good reason. It is yet another menubar app that offers quick access to look at your calendar and an intelligent parsing engine to add events to it. (You need to watch their video to see how it works.)

Sparrow (App Store Link)

Sparrow was also released with a lot of fanfare. I love how simple it is, and it interfaces beautifully with Google mail accounts (whether Google apps or gmail). It is missing support to process emails with Applescript, so some of keystrokes I have in to toss an email into Yojimbo or OmniFocus won’t work. I keep running, but hidden, so I can quickly open it to process any emails into those apps. Kind of a hassle, but I like Sparrow enough to deal with it. There is also a lite version if you want to tinker with it.

Kiwi (App Store Link)

A simple Twitter app with multiple accounts and filtering. It’s not perfect, but it’s my favorite Mac Twitter client, and I’m all for supporting indy Twitter developers since Twitter itself seems like it doesn’t want to.

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