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Love this thread! I'd seen Default Folder mentioned often but had never tried it. After seeing the kudos for it here, I've purchased it to give it a try (with a TidBits Member $10 discount).

One I don't think I've seen mentioned is DiskMaker X. Sure comes in handy at least once a year.
 


Is there a support group for app hoarders? I have over 400 apps in /Applications, not including Apple's. A quick check shows I've used just over 100 in the last few months.
 


I was using XMarks (and FoxMarks before it) for bookmark syncronization across MacOS, Android and iOS but Last Pass just killed it. Anybody know of a good replacement that will sync across multiple browsers and platforms?
I keep my bookmarks in Google Bookmarks. I have an add-on for Firefox to load them and present them as a menu on the toolbar. I believe Chrome can automatically do this if you sign in to your Google account.

(Update and correction. Chrome also requires an extension for this. I use Bookmarks Menu for this)

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a good Safari Extension for this (the only one I found doesn't present bookmarks as a menu, and doesn't seem to be much better than just going to the Google Bookmarks web page.)
 
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I'm going to define utility as a single purpose program that is not used to create content.

Keychain Access
Micro Snitch (camera and mic use tattletale, made by Little Snitch's dev)
Little Snitch
Carbon Copy Cloner
Time Machine
Terminal
Calculator (the Apple widget)
Activity Monitor
AudioTest (tone generator I use to make pink noise to drown out distractions)
 


1Password
4K Video Downloader
A Better Finder Rename
Deliveries
iMazing
iStat Menus
Mactracker
OnyX
Paparazzi!
TCleaner Pro
TNEF's Enough
Viscosity
 


Please explain to us why you use this older version of Apple's Disk Utility - thanks!
It formats drives without converting to Core Storage or introducing any other surprises. Disk Utility has not gotten better through the subsequent OS versions. For example: the Yosemite version, for some reason, isn't resizable, so if you have a bunch of disks attached to your system, you have to scroll. I forget some of the other quirks that appeared after the Snow Leopard version.
 


Others have already mentioned most of my favorites. But there are two no one has mentioned, "oldies but goodies" that still work for me under 10.11.6 (El Cap). Both are likely 32bit and may never be updated.
  • MaxMenus1.6 This goes way back 2002, a Sys Pref despite never updated still works for me.
  • FileBuddy10.03
 



What makes digital life more bearable for you?
Of course, 1Password! Others that I have not seen listed yet are:
Remind Me: Add tasks to the Reminders app on the Mac that includes due date
SideWriter: hidden note app on the left or right side of your screen to make quick notes
Magnet: organize windows
PDFKey Pro: unlocks locked PDF docs
iStat Nano widget
MS OneNote
Elmedia Player:
universal multimedia player

I'll definitely try a few that others have posted. Thanks.
 


Please explain to us why you use this older version of Apple's Disk Utility - thanks!
The last great Disk Utility was version 13 from Yosemite, which can do many things that Disk Utility from El Capitan and later can't.

One that comes to mind is showing hidden volumes, so you can mount them. For example, so you can easily update the Recovery HD partition on backup drives.
 


And what are we going to lose when 32-bit applications can no longer be used, and what alternatives are there?

DragThing is a fundamental part of my daily use, and that is probably never going to be updated. I have used MPEGStreamclip a lot, but don't seem to be using it much nowadays.

The 64-bit apps that I use regularly have been mentioned by others, so I won't repeat things.
 
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Just to join in - purchased utilities:
  • DiskWarrior (awaiting APFS support)
  • SMART Utility (less use these days. perhaps the disks are losing their wild edge)
  • CCC (better at 'replicating' a volume than Disk Utility's 'restore', for reasons which escape me)
  • Transmit (for file uplaods for websites etc - had it for years. Seems easier to use to connect to Amazon AWS than Cyberduck, but may just be incompetence on my part)
  • Qrecall (seems a better user of backup disk space than TimeMachine, perhaps because of its use of de-duplication. Seemed a little flaky a year or three back but now seems solid. )
  • BackBlaze (so when I stupidly reformat a backup disk - yes, I've done that - I have recourse to something. Used to use Crashplan, but (i) it was amazingly hard to restore from, due to limitations at their end and (ii) problem solved; they closed down)
  • Parallels (except now it appears to close down my computer overnight every day or three - or at least, the machine doesn't shut down overnight if I'm not running Parallels)
  • Paperless (scan every paper document!)
  • Roon (recent acquisition. Used to use BitPerfect with iTunes to run the music server, but my o my iTunes just doesn't seem up to it. Roon works wonderfully, and even plays music on your Sonos devices (so you don't need the Sonos app)
Useful programs beyond utilities and the usual apps:
  • BBEdit
  • SandVox (website creation)
  • Nisus Writer Pro (looks like I can write my book, not just individual documents)
Prolly some more (XCode, for example) but that'll do for now
 


In order of "must have":

Keyboard Maestro
LastPass
Snapz Pro X
Name Mangler
Media Pro SE
Find Any File
Pacifist
Transmit
Highlight!
Audiobook Builder
VueScan
cDock
XtraFinder
Gifox
ImageOptim
MacTracker
Password Assistant
PowerPhotos
WebSite Maestro
 


Transmit is another one that I should have listed. I have used other FTP clients, but still prefer Transmit. I have been using it for ages. DiskMakerX is another useful one, which I don’t use often but consider an important part of my toolkit. Very simple to use for creating bootable flash drive installers. I mentioned Mountain before, but without comment. It has eliminated the “improper disk ejection” message that reared its ugly head after Snow Leopard. For anyone interested in trying it: it is developed by appgineers.de. Searching for “Mountain” is a thankless task.
 





Great list of utilities. It's nice to see so many of my favorites, as well as see pointers to some others. I'll toss out some of mine, in no particular order.

Launchbar
BBEdit
Default Folder X
Find Any FIle
Little Snitch
TInkertool
Tinkertool System
Disk Warrior
PDFPen Pro
ScanSnap
Daisy DIsk
 


Utilities

Other favorite apps:
 
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I just discovered you can't edit groups on iOS. Really, Apple?
Anyone have a favorite app for such?
The fact that contact groups exist on iOS, along with an API for manipulating them, but cannot be edited in the iOS Contacts app itself, has always seemed nutty to me. I use the Groups app to work around this. The interface is ugly as a technicolor yawn, but it does work.
 


I won't repeat all my favorites already mentioned, but a more obscure one that really was a life-saver awhile back: "Find Empty Folders" by the author of "Find Any File."

I was exploring Apple's "Photos" and it ran amuck spewing literally thousands of empty folders throughout my photo folder, some nested many iterations deep mixed into folders that were not empty. It was a mind-boggling mess, and I never figured out how/why it happened. I would have gone nuts trying to clean that up manually.

Maybe a more specialized utility, but when I needed it... :-)
 
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Utilities
Any particular reason? BBEdit switched to a freemium model a while back (you can use BBEdit for free, but some features are only available if you pay to unlock the premium version.)

I've got 13 documents open in the current version, and it's using about 75 MB of RAM and 0 CPU (with it in the background), so it's still quite lightweight.
 



Has anyone totaled up the "votes" for these utilities?
Oh, wait.... the one who asks that is always nominated to do the job.
OK - here is my possibly somewhat accurate list of all utilities mentioned more than 3 times, in order of frequency:

1Password (15)
Carbon Copy Cloner (12)
Disk Warrior (11)
Little Snitch (9)
Onyx (9)
Dropbox (8)
Find Any File (7)
BBEdit (6)
Keyboard Maestro (6)
SuperDuper! (6)
Default Folder X (5)
EasyFind (5)
Graphic Converter (5)
MacTracker (5)
TinkerTool (5)
Airport Utility (5)
Alfred (4)
Disk Utility (4)
Launch Bar (4)
Pacifist (4)
Transmit (4)
VLC (4)
 


I think I have a narrower definition of what a utility is. For example: I would not describe Graphic Converter as a utility. Maybe we should be calling these things “must-have third party software”, which is to me a better description of my own list, which includes backup software and a font manager. Splitting hairs, no doubt.
 


Shootshifter is a utility I use. It was just updated on the App Store, and that prompted me to post a review. I'll repost it here:

I can use Terminal with ‘touch -t’ to change the time of my photo and video files, but what a waste of my time that is! For multiple files it is tedious in the extreme. Shootshifter has a drag-and-drop timeline interface so I can easily sync up the times of different camera files. One great value is for video clips. When I have edited a video clip by trimming it in QuickTime, the saved file time is set to the time it was edited. So I need to put the file time back to the original. Shootshifter makes it easy to do - far easier than the editing!

Sometimes (about once a year), Shootshifter stops working. After trying various approaches (e.g., restarting it), I always find that it is cured by rebooting macOS. Apparently macOS has glitches in the file system state that affect the application. :( This is not the fault of the application.
 


i just realized TextExpander is off Bill Halberstadt's list. I'm doing fine with TextExpander 5.1.4 on Sierra. As I understand it, later TextExpanders make the issue...cloudy. Alfred is preferred?
 


I think I have a narrower definition of what a utility is.
I agree. I made an effort to choose utilities with an eye to their single purpose functionality. If it was necessary applications, my list would be tenfold what it was.
As always though, the discussion has been illuminating and resulted in lots of new trials and testing :)
 


i just realized TextExpander is off Bill Halberstadt's list. I'm doing fine with TextExpander 5.1.4 on Sierra. As I understand it, later TextExpanders make the issue...cloudy. Alfred is preferred?
I'm still using TextExpander 4 on High Sierra, with no problems. I'll probably go purchase Version 5, because I'd like to support them, and keep it as an ace should the next OS break the old version.

I've known the Smile guys for a long time. They're good folks, and I get their desire to bring in regular revenue with the subscription options. But I also appreciate that they've continued to sell standalone versions for those of us who aren't yet willing to move with them. They don't hide the old version in a dusty corner of their website, like some other (ahem, Adobe) companies...
 


I think I have a narrower definition of what a utility is. For example: I would not describe Graphic Converter as a utility. Maybe we should be calling these things “must-have third party software”, which is to me a better description of my own list, which includes backup software and a font manager. Splitting hairs, no doubt.
When I originally posed the question, I was thinking in terms of what you might call Finder utilities, that help you with everyday tasks but without interacting with any of your personal data for the most part (obviously 1Password is different). Otherwise my list would have been quite a bit longer!
 




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And what are we going to lose when 32-bit applications can no longer be used, and what alternatives are there? DragThing is a fundamental part of my daily use, and that is probably never going to be updated. I have used MPEGStreamclip a lot, but don't seem to be using it much nowadays.
With much sadness, I read this today at the homepage for one of the greatest Mac apps I've ever used, DragThing:
DragThing is written using the 32-bit Carbon APIs that Apple have announced they will remove in the next major update of macOS after 10.14 Mojave, most likely in September 2019.

64-bit support would require completely rewriting DragThing from the ground up, a process which would take us six months to a year to complete, with no guarantees we could re-implement all the existing functionality.

Unfortunately, we do not believe there is enough of a market out there for a new version, such that it would be financially viable for us to do so. Almost all of our income over the last ten years has come from PCalc, and time spent on a new version of DragThing would be time we couldn't spend on improving PCalc.

While we have not yet made a final decision, we do not feel comfortable selling an app with an uncertain future, so DragThing is no longer for sale. It should continue to function on 10.14 Mojave for now.

Existing users can still download a copy here.
So, DragThing is now (nearly) dead. Long live DragThing!

Apparently, either a great many people were unaware of DragThing or found Apple's Dock simply "good enough" and chose not to pay for the much better replacement that DragThing is. I have no idea how a calculator app (albeit a very good one) has made so much more money for DragThing's developer, James Thomson, but more power to him.

Anyone know of a viable alternative to this beloved software? I do not know what I'll do without it or something resembling it. Perhaps Mr. Thomson can be convinced to open-source it?
 


With much sadness, I read this today at the homepage for one of the greatest Mac apps I've ever used, DragThing:
So, DragThing is now (nearly) dead. Long live DragThing! Apparently, either a great many people were unaware of DragThing or found Apple's Dock simply "good enough" and chose not to pay for the much better replacement that DragThing is. I have no idea how a calculator app (albeit a very good one) has made so much more money for DragThing's developer, James Thomson, but more power to him. Anyone know of a viable alternative to this beloved software? I do not know what I'll do without it or something resembling it. Perhaps Mr. Thomson can be convinced to open-source it?
I, too, have been mourning the coming loss of DragThing. Unfortunately, there will be little or nothing to open-source, because the underlying Carbon framework will no longer be in the Mac OS.
 


With much sadness, I read this today at the homepage for one of the greatest Mac apps I've ever used, DragThing... Apparently, either a great many people were unaware of DragThing or found Apple's Dock simply "good enough" and chose not to pay for the much better replacement that DragThing is. So, DragThing is now (nearly) dead. Long live DragThing!
I agree, and I sent James a note asking him to survey his customers and perhaps use Kickstarter to fund the rewrite. DragThing has been my launcher since Day 1, and the native dock is nowhere near as useful as a grid with 45 of my most-used apps arranged by function.
 


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