The Creatable Pick A Bundle 2018
Creatable's current Pick A Bundle includes Marked, TableFlip, Permute, Timing, and more. Build your own 10 app bundle for $39. Ends this Friday.
bundle  software  mac 
6 days ago
Vanilla—hide Mac menu bar icons for free
Just in case you're not already using Bartender, Vanilla is a free Mac app that lets you hide icons from your menu bar. Simpler in functionality, but also faster at disappearing those extra menu bar items than the current incarnation of Bartender.
app  macos  mac  osx 
6 days ago
It's Time for an RSS Revival

> No matter what your current disposition, though, in this age of algorithmic overreach there's something deeply satisfying about finding stories beyond what your loudest Twitter follows shared, or that Facebook's News Feed optimized into your life. And lots of tools that can get you there.
rss  news 
6 days ago
Announcing the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service
> Cloudflare's mission is to help build a better Internet. We're excited today to take another step toward that mission with the launch of — the Internet's fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service.
privacy  security  dns 
6 days ago
Great Podcasting resource site (h/t [Alex Cox](https://twitter.com/alexcox)).

> Transom is a performance space, an open editorial session, an audition stage, a library, and a hangout.
review  podcasting  hardware 
6 days ago
How to use Facebook while giving it the minimum amount of personal data - The Verge
> The Cambridge Analytica revelations illustrate why we cannot trust Facebook to police its own platform. So now is as good a time as ever to remind you that — beyond deleting your Facebook account for good — there are some precautions you can take to protect your privacy and make use of Facebook as a utility without compromising your personal data.
privacy  facebook 
13 days ago
Save to nvALT
You may have noticed that most of the original extensions for nvALT have kind of disappeared. For Chrome users, this one from Mustafa Paksoy is pretty great. Internal HTML-to-Markdown conversion and instant add to nvALT. [Source available](https://github.com/mustpax/save-to-nvALT).
chrome  nvalt 
13 days ago
Should You Delete Your Facebook Page?
I don't know if you read the EasyDNS newsletter, but I've come to appreciate it as a very non-partisan source of information on privacy, technology, and the politics surrounding it. Post Cambridge Analytica revelations, my long-running question of how to handle the paradox of wanting to remain connected while wanting to remain safe, questioning my abillity to use tech to bring change while avoiding tech controlling me, have all become increasingly urgent.
privacy  facebook 
13 days ago
Now in Public Beta: The NEW Tower
I've been on the Tower 3 private beta, and I can tell you it's an exciting update for any Git user on Mac. Support for Pull Requests, a sweet interactive rebase GUI, a command palette for keyboard access to ANYTHING, and more. You can hold out for my review after it goes live, or join the beta now, your call.
macos  git  mac 
13 days ago
Do You Trust This Computer?
If you feel like digging deeper into the seemingly inevitable AI-driven nightmare reality, _Do You Trust This Computer?_ is happy to be your guide.
ai  movie  documentary  future 
13 days ago
A general date-picker script for any tag type - TaskPaper
I learned so much about JSX and nibs playing with this one (another from ComplexPoint).
script  nib  date  javascript  taskpaper 
6 weeks ago
Script to increase and decrease date tag values - TaskPaper - Hog Bay Software Support
Continuing the discussion from Help with moving @start date AppleScript to JavaScript:

It's set to increase @due date value by one day. But you can change the options to target another tag. You can change the offset va…
script  javascript  taskpaper 
6 weeks ago
MailMate bundles for fun and profit | 1klb
I usually think of MailMate like the A-10 Warthog of OS X email programs: it’s not as sleek and sexy as the average new email app you see coming out of indie devs’ doors, but it makes up for that in sheer power and efficiency when it comes to dealing with your email
6 weeks ago
Devhints — TL;DR for developer documentation
A large collection of developer cheatsheets, created by [@ricostacruz](https://ricostacruz.com/).
developer  cheatsheet 
7 weeks ago
ARKit+CoreLocation is an open source library that allows items to be placed within an AR world using real-world coordinates and, by using CoreLocation, improves accuracy to a point where things like Point-of-Interest AR get easier. I'm not currently working on any AR, but it's exciting to watch the apps and the tools grow.
arkit  ios  augmentedreality 
7 weeks ago
The app formerly known as MacID has been [renamed to Unlox](https://unlox.it/blog/2017/12/29/hello-unlox-goodbye-macid) and updated to work with Face ID on the iPhone X. If you fancy unlocking your Mac with your face, here you go.
security  ios  faceid 
7 weeks ago
Omoshiro Block
Not my usualy type of link, but this is beautiful. The Omoshiro Block utilizes laser-cutting to reveal objects as the pages are used. Go see the pictures.
paper  craft 
7 weeks ago
Leonard Cohen - Peel Session 1968
For LC fans, the complete July 1968 session recorded with John Peel on BBC Radio 1.
7 weeks ago
ShotBox on the Mac App Store
A handy little (free) utility that adds markup capability to screenshots taken with macOS system tools. No organizer, no built in screenshot tools, just a handy augmentation to default screenshots. If apps like Capto, Monosnap, Pixa, and others are overkill for you, this might be a great solution.
screenshot  app  macappstore 
8 weeks ago
Another warning: Don't convert your Time Machine volume from HFS+ to APFS | Macworld
A warning from Macworld about APFS (macOS High Sierra) and Time Machine. Basically, don't convert your Time Machine disk to APFS, but the details are worth understanding.
macos  apple  apfs  from twitter_favs
8 weeks ago
Farrago: Robust, rapid-fire soundboards
Rogue Amoeba introduced a new app recently called Farrago. I'm giving it a shot right now --- if it fits my use cases I'll be writing it up in more detail. For now, I'll say: it's a soundboard app geared toward broadcasters (or podcasters) with a slick keyboard-navigable interface, extensive customization, and a complete organization toolset including sound banks and sequenced lists with sounds and notes for planning out shows.
soundeffects  audio  podcasting 
9 weeks ago
Rogue Amoeba | SoundSource: A Superior Sound Control
I had totally missed this utility from Rogue Amoeba, but I'm using it daily now. It replaces the Volume control in your menu bar with a panel that allows easy individual control of devices/volumes for Input, Output, and Sound Effects. It also has a Play-Thru feature that lets you easily monitor any input source from any output source. Lastly, if you own any other Rogue Amoeba product (Airfoil, Audio Hijack, Fission, etc.) you get a [complimentary license](https://rogueamoeba.com/store/deals/ComplimentarySoundSource.php).
macos  audio  volume  mac  utility 
9 weeks ago
Findings - All Your Research, In One App
I'm linking this for now because the dev asked me to review it and I don't feel qualified but it looks amazing. A lab notebook: organize experiments, track results, and manage protocols. Free for Mac (Basic version), iOS and Watch.

If you happen to be a researcher and interested in doing a guest review, please let me know!
app  macos  notes  ios  research 
9 weeks ago
Visual Studio Code - Code Editing. Redefined
I'll probably be writing more about this, and maybe everyone already knew this, but Visual Studio Code is a free code editor from Microsoft that is so good it's on the verge of replacing Sublime for me. If you're under the same impression I was --- confusing VS Code with VS IDE and assuming it wasn't for you --- shed the misconceptions and give it a try. It's awesome. For Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows (listed in that order on the website, Windows last, which I find interesting).
code  editor  textediting 
9 weeks ago
mvdan/sh: A shell parser, formatter and interpreter (POSIX/Bash/mksh)
A handy shell parser, formatter and interpreter. Includes `shfmt`, a great tool for beautifying bash scripts.
bash  beautifier 
9 weeks ago
Another great toolbox addition for web designers. Animista offers a place where you can play with and customize ready-to-use CSS animations, with code ready to download and incorporate into your project.
animation  CSS  generator  webapp 
12 weeks ago
I'll admit it, I'm not great with designing gradients. This free, curated collection of 180 linear gradients is a welcome addition to my toolbox. Download them in CSS3, Photoshop and Sketch formats.
design  color  gradient  CSS  webdesign  sketchapp 
12 weeks ago
AppLaunchpad Mockup Generator
A free web app for generating high res product mockups for apps. All iOS devices (including iPhone X and Apple Watch), iMac, Macbook, and even Windows machines. Puts your app screenshot in context easily (and for free). ([AppLaunchPad's tool for generating iOS App Store screenshots](https://theapplaunchpad.com/) is pretty sweet-looking, too.)
appstore  mockup  design 
12 weeks ago
uzairfarooq/arrive: Watch for DOM elements creation and removal
A handy javascript wrapper for Mutation Observer, used to detect the arrival (or removal) of DOM elements without polling.
javascript  mutationobserver 
january 2018
Amazon.com: TrackR pixel - Bluetooth Tracking Device. Item Tracker. Phone Finder. iOS/Android Compatible - White: Electronics
Amazon.com: TrackR pixel - Bluetooth Tracking Device. Item Tracker. Phone Finder. iOS/Android Compatible - White: Electronics
january 2018
Canon imageCLASS LBP7110Cw Color Laser Printer | Staples
Shop Canon imageCLASS LBP7110Cw Color Laser Printer at Staples. Choose from our wide selection of Canon imageCLASS LBP7110Cw Color Laser Printer and get fast & free shipping on select orders.
january 2018
MarsEdit 4 - Powerful web publishing from your Mac.
After a few years of quiet updates, MarsEdit gets a full version bump. If you don't remember, it's a desktop blog editing application (macOS) that works with WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Movable Type, and many other systems.
december 2017
ColorHelper - Packages - Package Control
One of my new favorite Sublime Text packages. "ColorHelper makes work with colors easier by providing inline color previews in your documents (ST3 build 3118+) and offers tooltips with color previews of stylesheet colors, provides color translation, and allows the storing and accessing of favorite colors in color palettes."
sublime  SublimeText 
december 2017
VoodooPad acquired by Primate Labs
VoodooPad has been switched owners again, this time to Primate Labs. Here's hoping that there's a renewed push on development, I'd love to get back into it.
december 2017
Sustainable Software: A User Perspective
Via Luís Queirós: "Thinking about software and humans. Free and utilitarian or expensive and pleasing?"
development  software  from twitter_favs
december 2017
An Open Source Etiquette Guidebook | CSS-Tricks
I wholeheartedly endorse the guidelines that Kent C. Dodds and Sarah Drasner lay out in this post. From "Saying thank you for the project before making an inquiry about a new feature or filing a bug is usually appreciated" to "Don’t close a PR from an active contributor and reimplement the same thing yourself," this is a concise compendium of rules everyone involved in open source should take to heart. (And yes, I've been guilty of some of these in the past and have seen the fallout, so my agreement with them has been earned through experience.)
december 2017
I study liars. I’ve never seen one like President Trump.
I don't usually include politics in the roundups, but this opinion piece covers a topic in our current "situation" that I've found morbidly fascinating. The rate and maliciousness with which Trump lies is historic. Not just for a president, but for a human. The internet makes it possible, but it also makes speedy fact-checking easier. So, break even? Not really.
trump  politics 
december 2017
Shirt Pocket Watch - Snapshot Surprise!
I've gone from "hoo boy, will SuperDuper still work the same with APFS" to "oh man, this is way better." Time machine-like backups with history image restore, plus your bootable clone drive can boot to multiple historical snapshots... awesome.
superduper  filesystem  mac  clone  apfs 
december 2017
Sources: Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam
I've been enjoying the simiplicity of "Hey Siri, what song is this," and I think that Apple going ahead and outright acquiring Shazam is a prudent business move.
music  siri  shazam  apple 
december 2017
How to use sudo with Touch ID on your Mac
Cabel Sasser tweeted a tip for enabling MacBook Pro touch bar touch ID for sudo commands. Serenity Caldwell explains it in detail on iMore.
touchbar  Terminal  security 
november 2017
Neal Preston: Exhilarated and Exhausted
Legendary rock tour photographer Neal Preston's coffee table book. "I want the reader at the end of this book to feel like they've just spent a year on the road with Zeppelin with one day off, then six months with Guns 'n' Roses, with one day off and then five years with Bruce Springsteen. Exhilarated and exhausted." -Neal Preston

I haven't bought this, _yet_, but it's on my wish list.
book  music  rockandroll 
november 2017
Tetra - Automatic Call Notes
An AI-based notetaker for phone calls. You can tag a spot in the conversation as a marker, and get a summary of the call afterward. I would love to figure out a way to do this with podcasting, getting show notes and markers delivered to me automatically...
productivity  podcasting  ios 
november 2017
BeatMaker 3 - INTUA
INTUA - State of the art music apps
ipad  ios  music 
november 2017
Insight.io GitHub code browser
I've long used the [OctoTree Chrome extension](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/octotree/bkhaagjahfmjljalopjnoealnfndnagc) for browsing GitHub with a full tree view of the folders and files. Insight.io adds some full-fledged IDE features to this. Code navigation, find references to classes and methods, definition lookup, and more. ([Also see my other favorite Chrome extensions](http://brettterpstra.com/2017/07/14/web-excursions-for-july-14-2017-chrome-edition/))
firefox  chrome  github  extension 
november 2017
Bescor LED-95DK2 Dual LED Light Kit LED-95DK2 B&H Photo Video
Buy Bescor LED-95DK2 Dual LED Light Kit features Dual 105W LED Lights, Dimmable. Review Bescor LED Lights, LED
led  photography  videography  lighting 
october 2017
Steadicam Volt - Handheld Gyroscopic Smartphone Stabilizer Motorized Gimbal | Tiffen
Steadicam Volt 3-axis gimbal gyroscopic smartphone stabilizer, video stabilizing system designed to reduce shake for shooting Android and iPhone video. The Volt is the first Steadicam handheld gyroscopic camera stabilizer and the most popular of our handheld 3 axis gimbals. Steadicam motorized handheld gyro stabilized 3 axis gimbal technology. Steadicam Volt for steady handheld gyro stabilizer video with a smartphone. Latest Steadicam for shooting steady iphone video with our motorized handheld gyro camera stabilizer. This gyro stabilized camera mount works even when the batteries die, so whether using gyrographic stability or manually using the Steadicam 3 axis gimbal you're in good hands. The Volt, Steadicam's handheld camera gyro stabilizer has an motorized gimbal that also works manually so even when the batteries run out the Volt is still balanced so you can continue getting stable smartphone video on the go. That's why the Steadicam Volt is the rapidly becoming one of the most sought after Android and iPhone stabilizers on the market today. Steadicam's Volt is one of those must have Android and iPhone accessories for shooting stable video. The Volt is a handheld electronically balanced gimbal great for shooting stable iphone 7 video. Handheld smartphone video stabilizer 3 axis video gimbal techniques. Gyroscopic stability in a handheld electronic gimbal stabilizer. Steadicam Volt glatten handkamera 3-Achsen Gimbal Smartphone Stabilisator Gyro für iPhone und Android. Elektronischer stabilisator kardanring, kamera schütteln reduzieren.
october 2017
Touché - Touch bar for everyone
In case you missed it back when the Touch Bar was first introduced, Daniel Jalkut has a great tool for emulating it on your Mac. It works well with High Sierra and I've been using it to test out Touch Bar features on my (aging) rMBP.
mac  touchbar 
october 2017
I don't generally go for distraction-removing apps, site blockers, single-taskers, etc., but this is really handy. It can enable and disable Do Not Disturb on your Mac, _and_ disables badges on dock icons. Undisturbed can be toggled on and off from the menubar. I think everyone knows how distracting badge icons can be, but also how handy they are. A way to toggle them on and off quickly without entirely disabling them is a welcome tool.
macos  productivity 
october 2017
Jim’s Matrix Macro
A Keyboard Maestro macro for TaskPaper from Jim Krenz. It takes a task list using 2 key tags (@important and @due) and creates 4 separate views replicating the [Eisenhower Decision Matrix](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_management#The_Eisenhower_Method) espoused by Stephen Covey.
productivity  keyboardmaestro  taskpaper 
october 2017
Paperlogix Document Scanner on the App Store
An intriguing new document scanner app for iOS. It features rules and workflows for automating the sorting, organization, and archiving (with folders, tags, and drag-and-drop) of the documents you scan.
app  scanner  ios  iphone 
october 2017
EarthBox® | Home of the Original Container Gardening System
Effortlessly grow fruits, vegetables and herbs anywhere in our successful, award-winning container gardening systems.
garden  hydroponic 
october 2017
A welcome tool. I do a fair number of introductions via email. You know, "John meet Melinda" rather than just giving Melinda John's email address and letting her make a cold intro. But it's a pain to ask John if he's willing to meet Melinda, so I often skip that step and just decide to feel bad about it. So let's automate that…
automation  email 
september 2017
Sublime Text 3
So Sublime 3 is *finally* official. I've been using it in beta for long enough that this isn't a huge deal, but despite Atom having a larger developer community, I've stuck with Sublime primarily because it's stable, it has every package I need, and it's *not an Electron app*.
september 2017
gerardroche/sublime-monokai-free: A beautiful, professional, high quality, polished, free, Monokai color scheme for Sublime Text
A really nice version of Monokai for Sublime Text 3. I found a link in the description to [ColorSchemeUnit](https://github.com/gerardroche/sublime_color_scheme_unit) which looks like a great unit testing tool for those publishing Sublime themes.
color  monokai  theme  SublimeText 
september 2017
0k/shyaml: YAML for command line
Probably because of my Jekyll usage and Ruby in general, I've taken to creating most configuration files in YAML instead of JSON. Parsing it from a bash script has always been a pain, though...
yaml  bash  cli 
september 2017
Markdown Cheatsheet · adam-p/markdown-here Wiki
markdown-here - Google Chrome, Firefox, and Thunderbird extension that lets you write email in Markdown and render it before sending.
markdown  cheatsheet  reference 
september 2017
Using Modern CSS to Build a Responsive Image Grid — SitePoint
George takes a look at a few different techniques for building a mobile-first, responsive image grid using flexbox and calc().
flexbox  gallery  CSS 
september 2017
This will only be of interest to VW and Audi owners who happen to enjoy saving a ton of money by getting their hands dirty. But seriously, with cheap replacement parts and detailed tutorial videos, I've already saved over $1000 over taking my aging TT to a mechanic. (And that's not even including the money that [Harold Kachelmyer](https://twitter.com/princessharold) helped me save on a clutch replacement…)
september 2017
Announcing the 1Password command-line tool public beta
If you don't already know I'm a huge 1Password fan, let me tell you: I'm a huge 1Password fan. And it's not just because they consistently cater to my nerdy desires...
cli  1password 
september 2017
What's New In DevTools
Ever go through the release notes for Chrome DevTools? If you write JavaScript at all, consider this a reminder to check it out. The features added this last year have been amazing (and often easily missed).
chrome  devtools 
august 2017
AppFigures #AFtalks: Working for Yourself -- Balancing Freelance & Indie App Development with Brett Terpstra
I had a fun, Twitter-based chat with Chantelle from AppFigures about freelancing and indie development. Even though I've mostly left behind freelance work for the time being, I've learned enough to be a modicum of help to those entering the scary world of self-sufficiency.
interview  freelance 
august 2017
FLAC to MP3 Mac - Convert FLAC to MP3 Format on Mac OS
A macOS app for speedy conversion of FLAC to MP3 and other audio formats.
flac  audio  mp3 
august 2017
A Crash Course in Analyzing Memory Usage in Ruby
A walk through some options available to us for analyzing memory usage in MRI.
debugging  ruby  coding  memory 
august 2017
Sketch for Designrs
Not a huge repository, yet, but another resource site to add to your Sketch bookmarks collection.
sketch  sketchapp 
august 2017
pornel/slip: Slip.js — UI library for manipulating lists via swipe and drag gestures
slip - Slip.js — UI library for manipulating lists via swipe and drag gestures
webdesign  javascript  ios  ui  touch 
august 2017
wayou/SlipHover: apply direction aware animation to images caption
SlipHover - apply direction aware animation to images caption
hover  caption  webdesign 
august 2017
I love Sketch plugins to the extent that a plugin manager is a necessity. [Sketch Toolbox](http://sketchtoolbox.com/) hasn't been updated for a while, and this new one is pretty sweet.
sketchapp  design  pluginmanager  sketch 
august 2017
Ok, so there's not been any shortage of email clients in recent years, nor am I interested in replacing MailMate or Spark. I do try everything out, though, and this one looks great. Currently just in advance signup mode, but if you're curious, get your name on the list.
august 2017
I'm not switching away from Pinboard, but I am impressed with this as a bookmarking/read later tool. Imports from Pocket, Readability, and Instapaper so you can try it out easily.
august 2017
Transmit 5
This update of Panic's FTP app, Transmit, adds new sync features (support for local-to-local and remote-to-remote), new speed improvements, but most interestingly, new cloud support for 10 services, including Backblaze B2, Box, Google Drive, DreamObjects, Dropbox, Microsoft Azure, and Rackspace Cloud Files.
app  ftp  mac  transmit 
july 2017
ohoachuck/wwdc-downloader: WWDC 2017 video downloader script
A downloader script for grabbing all of the WWDC 2017 videos. Written in Swift with no external dependencies.
video  wwdc 
july 2017
Cracking the code behind Apple's App Store promo card design
equinux figured out how to make scannable promo codes (like iTunes gift cards) for iTunes and Mac App Stores. I don't have an immediately useful application for this, but I see possibilities...
itunes  promotion  appstore 
july 2017
Connected Earth
A fun app for visualization of travel and communication connectedness around the globe. From the developers of [Cosmic Watch](https://itunes.apple.com/ch/app/cosmic-watch/id971231853?mt=8&at=10l4tL&ct=blog).
map  ios  visualization 
july 2017
This one is indispensable for GitHub browsing. Gives you a full tree view of any repo on the left side of the page so you can quickly navigate between files and explore repos where you wouldn't even know what to search for in the GitHub quick switcher.
chrome  extension  chrome-extension 
july 2017
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