We all use different apps and devices and I believe that it’s good to learn from others. Below are two lists that show what I use each day for this blog, my research, my podcasts and my other site, Lounge Ruminator, as well as other regular tasks.
- iA Writer: whether on iOS or macOS, Ulysses offers a great, minimalist writing environment with a dark interface and brilliant organisational features. Not to mention, it also connects to WordPress so that I can write in the app and then publish online.
- GoodNotes: I use this app on iPadOS (with Apple Pencil) for handwritten notes and PhD journaling and have the macOS equivalent to keep track of things on the desktop.
- Tot: this new app is a helpful scratchpad with great options for sync and Markdown. I mainly use it on macOS.
News and Reference
- NetNewsWire: this RSS app on macOS enables me to keep track of the news and stories that are most important to me.
- V for Wikipedia: sometimes you just need to check something on Wikipedia and this app provides an awesome reading experience on iPhone, iPad and even Apple Watch.
- LookUp: I generally use the built-in dictionary on macOS and iOS, however I also enjoy this great third-party option, which includes a word of the day, is compatible with Apple Watch and has also just been transformed into a Mac Catalyst version.
- Micro.blog: Micro.blog is an enjoyable social network that promotes civil discussion, active microblogging, ownership of content and custom domains. I tend to use the official app on macOS and the excellent (latter) third-party alternative on iOS and iPadOS, due to its customisable interface and themes.
- Tweetbot: if you want a decent Twitter experience on iOS and macOS with a chronological timeline and no ads, you’ll need a third-party client.
Image Editing and Design
- Procreate: I am by no means an artist but I do find it fun to make simple sketches. Having this app on my iPad Pro means that I can whip something up quickly, even as a novice.
- Pixelmator Pro: this is my image editor of choice on macOS.
- Affinity Publisher
Audio Playback and Editing
- Audio Hijack: this fantastic app by Rogue Amoeba makes it easy to record calls and any other audio sources on your Mac.
- Ferrite Recording Studio: inspired by the great Jason Snell and his Apple Pencil editing skills, I use this app to edit my podcasts.
- Wavelength: as a part of the Micro.blog suite of apps, I use Wavelength to publish my Feld Notes podcast episodes.
- Overcast: this is easily the best podcast player on iOS and iPadOS, with great features for sharing clips and adjusting your listening speed.
- Front and Center + SwitchGlass: these two window-management tools for macOS can transform the way that you navigate between apps on your computer. Check out my review of the apps.
- Magnet: although I only use it occasionally, it’s great when I need it to snap various windows into tiled spaces on the Mac.
- iPhone 13 mini (PRODUCT) RED
- iPad Pro 11-inch, 3rd Generation (silver, Wi-Fi 1 TB): this has really become my computer away from my computer—I really do ruminate on the lounge—and the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil (second gen.) are great accessories. -i Pad mini, 6th Generation (space gret, Wi-Fi 256 GB)
- Mac mini (M1 2020): I’ve long been a fan of the Mac mini and upgraded to this machine after using the 2014 model. I absolutely love it! Paired with it are the space grey Apple Magic Keyboard (Extended) and Magic Trackpad.
- Apple Studio Display with nano-textured glass and height-adjustable stand
- Olympus OM-D E-M10
- Canon 500D: I received this as a gift back in 2009 and continue to be amazed at some of the shots that it produces, even with an amateur like myself behind the lens.
- Stadium USBKIT Streaming Microphone Set: including a microphone, boom arm, shock mount and pop filter, this is an affordable set-up for recording podcasts and other streamed audio.
- Shure MOTIV MV5: this is a compact, easy-to-use portable microphone that I use for podcasting—connected to my iPad Pro via Lightning. (It also plugs into Macs and PCs.)