Karabiner for custom key maps.
For example, I’ve remapped
Command on hold and
Escape if pressed by itself. Same with the
semicolon key, it acts as
CMD+SHIFT+CTRL on hold or sends
; if pressed by itself.
BetterTouchTool for binding system actions.
Keyboard Maestro for creating macros and automation. The Palette feature is great.
I prefer the features and UI in Contexts. I mainly use its search feature and customizable app switcher.
For programming, I use Intellij IDEA. I use it for everything since you can download language plugins that’ll let you code in most languages. I haven’t had any serious performance issues and it’s packed with tools.
Intellij has a solid Vim plugin too. IdeaVim lets you map IDE actions in your .ideavimrc file.
Vim makes editing text fun again. I use Neovim in iTerm2 for writing and making quick edits, and IdeaVim for programming.
Vim has a learning curve, but you can become very productive editing text since most commands are just 1-3 key presses away.
I get things done by crossing things off a checklist, they’re great. I’ve tried a lot of todo list and note-taking apps in the past, but I’ve narrowed it down to good ol’ Apple Notes and Obsidian, a graph-based note-taking app built on top of local markdown files.
I have iTerm2’s hot key window mapped to a global key bind so I can easily jot notes down and jump back to whatever I was doing. I wanted something similar to Capture in org-mode.
Alfred is a mac productivity tool that’s packed with features. I mainly use it for searching apps, files, and the web.
I’ve also written a post on what hardware I use.