Here’s my setup. These should all be easy to find via Google. These are all login items on my Mac:
- Boom = makes your speakers louder. $10ish.
- HyperDock = lets you move and resize windows much more quickly
- Alfred = very fast launcher for apps and docs. (Replaces Quicksilver, which I used to use.)
- TextExpander = text substitution. There are now some great free alternatives if you haven’t paid for this, such as DashExpander.
- Display Menu = a tiny, handy app that lets you choose resolutions for whatever displays you’re using. This used to be built in to OS X but was removed in Mountain Lion.
- Day-O = nice view of the date and time in the menubar. Click to see a monthly calendar that you can drag around the screen, which is handy for planning.
- CloudApp = easy way to share files
- CrashPlan = no-fuss cheap total online backup
- Show Desktop = handy utility that lets you click the icon to hide all your apps
- Skitch = I actually use the old version, which I much prefer. Get it here.
- Skype and DropBox, obviously
- TaskPaper for to-do lists, although I collaborate with HackPad
- nvALT = slightly better replacement for Notational Velocity. Can import all your old Notational Velocity files.
- CoBook = awesome utility to access and manage your contacts. Big improvement over Address Book.
- Spotify for music. And Songza a lot.
- TextWrangler for text editing
- VLC for playing movies
- Chrome for web browsing, with the extensions Merge Windows, Session Buddy, Instapaper, Bit.ly, and AwesomeScreenShot
- Gmail for mail, with Boomerang (send messages later) and Morse.io (auto-scour your inbox for contact info)
- Google Calendar, Facebook. I use the normal Twitter for Mac client for tweeting.