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Updated: My Favorite Mac and iOS Apps (+Bag/Case Recommendations)
Updated: My Favorite Mac and iOS Apps (+Bag/Case Recommendations)
06/02/12 at 01:15 PM by Jason Tate
I wrote a pretty lengthy blog post a few months ago about my favorite Mac and iOS apps out there -- and it just makes sense to keep updating it if/when I find other apps that I add to my daily work flow. So, I updated that post with a few new apps, but I'll include the additions here as well ...


Coda 2
NoteI featured Coda 1 on the original list, and after spending a week or so with Coda 2, I feel it deserves to be here. The new interface took some time to get used to, but now I love it. The ability to add a bunch of custom splits has become part of my coding ritual.

NoteOne things about OSX I don't like is the zoom button (it's the green button on the toolbar), it doesn't do what I am used to it doing (ie: from my years on Windows) -- which is maximize the window to the full screen. Sometimes it does in certain apps, some times it doesn't -- but over all -- I like having most of my windows taking up the full available space. Or I like to have them side by side so I can look at a few different things at once. Moom fixes these issues. You can hover over the green icon and get a few different options for where to put the window on the screen ... not only that but you can add a hotkey (for me I use command shift +) to any of the screen positions you set up in the app. So if I am moving around the system going between a web browser, Coda, and Photoshop ... and somehow my browser window gets moved and isn't how my OCD brain wants it ... I hit the shortcut, and boom, it's maximized again. Very helpful.

NoteThis is a free app that I run when I need to get the color code for a color on the screen. Sometimes I forget it, or see one on a site I like, or just need to quickly duplicate the color code ... open > click > copy > paste. Very simple. Exactly what I need.


NoteI recently found myself in a situation where I needed to delete a file on the webserver so we could get an exclusive up -- and I was away from my desktop. I used this to FTP into the site, delete the .xml file, and we were good to go. Super nerdy moment -- but the app worked great.

Facebook Camera
NoteWorks for the one thing I need it for: batch uploading a bunch of pictures at once. If that were the only feature/function it serves, that's just fine with me. Check off a bunch of photos, upload, tag, done. Way better than having to use the computer to do it.

Had a few people ask what my homescreen looks like -- um, so here it is:


Diet Coda
NoteI can code from my iPad in the best text-coding app I've ever used. I love this thing. I've been doing full on editing/development from the iPad while sitting in front of the TV and never needing to grab my computer. I had one of those "holy shit this is the future" moments after playing with this the first time. Gorgeous app. Love it.

Bamboo Paper
NoteI started using this app for making quick sketches on the iPad of things I want to do. I've found the "ink" looks better when using it ... and it organizes things well for me. If I need to sketch something out quickly, this works quite well.

I still haven't found an app that works as a basic Photoshop (don't like PS touch) ... something where I could edit an image quickly from, do some cropping/basic image editing ... anyone know any

And last: I've had some people asking me what cases I use, well, basically every case I own is from incase.

The iPad has a smart cover (currently the dark grey, but I also have a green one for when I'm feeling chipper), and also the Neoprene Black Slip Sleeve Plus iPad case. I love the case because there are no zippers, it's simple and clean, it fits the iPad + Smart Cover ... and it matches my other cases. I think the newer version is the Maki case or something -- but I've seen zero reason to change, I love the slip case.

The MacBook Air 11" case is a very similar sleeve design. Simple, clean, black - works perfectly around the house or for any light travel I may need it for. I just don't use the full inclosure when I charge it -- and I've loved this case from day one.

I have a really minimal iPhone case ... the Snap Case ... because I don't like bulky cases and I don't like shit that takes away from the minimal and gorgeous design of the phone itself. I've dropped the phone once or twice with the case on it and it's turned out just fine. My wife's first case protected the phone from a pretty hefty drop ... but the case didn't make it, she's now using the pro version of this case which includes rubber around the sides for added protection from drops/chips of the case. She says she loves it so far.

I just looked for my shoulder bag that I use -- but I'm not sure if I can find it ... it's an older incase shoulder bag (here's their current ones -- that Heathered bag looks awesome) that fits both my MacBook Air and the iPad in at the same time (in their sleeves) ... it's the perfect size for both and maintains a very slim profile, I don't like bulk but I want to keep my computers/iPhone, and a pen in it. It's great, I've loved it when traveling or just heading to a coffee shop to get out of the house for a bit - so I'd recommend taking a look at their products.

The closest I could find for the one I own is this one -- but that's not exactly it, so I'm not sure if it fits the computer + iPad as well ... which is why I love the one I do have.


Here's the original post about my favorite Mac/iOS apps.
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