Sunday, February 16, 2014

My OSX Tools List for 2014

This weekend I got my new Mac Book Pro:

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I decided to set it up from scratch. This is the software I installed:

Useful System Tools:




Other Software:

*->Installed through App Store

I am grateful for any tips and suggestions:
What did I miss? Where do you know a better option?

Update: TextMate 2 installs its own QuickLook Plugin which I don’t like: I uninstalled it by deleting the Folder and restarting the Finder.

Update: In order to quick look html files as code and not rendered I changed the content of ~/Library/QuickLook/QLColorCode.qlgenerator/Contents/Info.plist and extended the following block:
... <string>public.plain-text</string>


  1. The only things I'm missing:
    - Quicksilver (my favourite app)
    - Hazel

    Have fun with new MBP.

  2. You forgot NetBeans :-)

    Btw. I like AirMail because I have three mail accounts and ForkLift2 because there is no TotalCommander on OSX

  3. @Simon:
    Netbeans: Maybe sometimes later ...

    ForkLift it did not convince me. If I would need a Total-Commander replacement I would probably rather use PathFinder...

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  5. I would actually recommend mucommander, as this feels and behaves like TotalCommander.

  6. @Unknown Robert:
    And mucommander also looks equally unploished like TotalCommander :-) ... Have to look at it once more ...

  7. mucommander does not run on Mavericks!

  8. I can recommend BetterTouch Tool and Pixelmator. Pixelmator is almost as powerfull as Photoshop but costs only about 30 Dollars.

  9. @Simon
    I have the latest MacBook with latest OSX and muCommander runs like a breeze =)

  10. @Simon
    ForkLift 2 is actually quite nice! I prefer it over PathFinder ... I am probably gonna spend the money...

  11. I found out that mucommander runs when I directly start it with java -jar but the .app does not work for me.
    mucommander is very close to Total Commander. But I couldn't find something that is as good as Total Commander.

  12. Since the built in Archive utility of OSX has created zips that can't be extracted on Windows on several occasions. I started using:

  13. Good alternatives for writing markdown:


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