My App Defaults

Inspired by Kev Quirkโ€™s post, I decided to share my list of default apps. This idea stemmed from episode #097 of Hemispheric Views, where Andrew Canion hosted a ‘Duel of the Defaults’ with Jason Burk and Martin “Mr. Default” Feld to see who was the most default Mac user. In other words, who used the most default Apple apps and services on their Mac.

Robb Knight has even compiled a list of blog posts with peopleโ€™s default apps.

I appreciate blogrolls that help discover personal blogs.

๐Ÿ“ฎ Mail Server: Gmail and iCloud

๐Ÿ“จ Mail Client: Spark Mail

โœ… To-Do: Things

๐Ÿ“ Notes: Apple Notes

๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Photo Management: Apple Photos and Google Photos (with backup to HDD)

๐Ÿ“† Calendar: Cron and Calendar 366 (menu bar access)

โ˜๏ธ Cloud File Storage: iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox

๐Ÿ“ฐ RSS: NetNewsWire

๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ Contacts: Apple Contacts (backed by iCloud)

๐ŸŒ Browser: Arc and Firefox

๐Ÿ’ฌ Chat: iMessage, FB Messenger (family), Instagram messages (friends) and Signal (few friends)

๐Ÿ”– Bookmarks: Raindrop

๐Ÿ“‘ Read It Later: Omnivore (highlights integration to Obsidian is so good)

๐Ÿ“ƒ Word Processing: I’m trying out different apps. But might stick to Obsidian or iA Writer because sync is a must

๐Ÿ“ˆ Spreadsheets: Google Sheets

๐Ÿ“Š Presentations: Google Slides and Figma

๐Ÿ›’ Grocery: Apple Notes (shared notes with my partner)

๐Ÿฑ Meal Planning: Apple Notes (shared notes with my partner) and Notion ( for recipes)

๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ Movie Tracking: Letterboxd

๐Ÿ’ฐ Personal Finance: WalletApp

๐Ÿ“ฐ News: RSS, YouTube and Podcasts

๐ŸŽถ Music: Spotify

๐ŸŽง Podcast: Overcast

๐Ÿ” Password Management: Bitwarden and OTP Auth (one time passwords)

๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Screenshot: Shottr

๐Ÿค– Code Editor: VSCode and Sublime

โŒจ๏ธ Launcher: Raycast

๐Ÿ—„๏ธ Project Management: Notion

๐Ÿ—ƒ๏ธ Personal Knowledge Management: Obsidian

๐ŸŒค๏ธ Weather: Hello Weather and Windy (Windy is the most reliable weather forecast, especially during typhoons. It helped me “save” my car during Typhoon Odette (Rai). My brother also recommended it.)

๐Ÿคณ๐Ÿผ Social Media: Instagram and Mona for Mastodon

๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Maps: Google Maps and Waze for driving directions

๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ Photo Editor: Capture One and Adobe Lightroom Classic

๐Ÿ“น NLE: Adobe Premiere Pro and DaVinci Resolve

I’ve included some apps that I use every day. While I attempt to use Apple’s default apps, there are certain third-party apps that offer superior functionality.

Check here to see more detailed information about the apps and software I use.

Other people’s defaults

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