A new public beta of MacOS (OS X) 10.13 High Sierra recently dropped and I was asked: Q: “Has your list of Essential High Sierra Apps changed from last year’s list of Essential Sierra Apps”? A: “Yes, but, as always, the vast majority of my apps have not changed. I’m still Adobe app, Google app and Microsoft app free.”
This year’s highlighted change is minor, but exciting. I’m currently testing and enjoying a MacOS native, speedy, modern, open-source, plain text editor that is 100% written with Swift. CotEditor app is not as full featured as BBEdit, my choice last year, but it’s a sweet app that integrates perfectly with my MacOS app ecosystem. Usual settings: Toolbar and Tab Bar hidden, Status Bar limited to characters and words, font = Menlo Regular and Syntax style = Markdown. My recommendation, check out CotEditor right now. It’s free.
Here’s my app list for 2017–2018:
Essential High Sierra Apps from Identified Developers
- Audio Hijack
- Carbon Copy Cloner
- Export Address Book
- Marked 2
- Name Mangler
- OmniGraffle Pro
- PDF Expert
- VueScan Pro
Essential High Sierra Apps from the Mac App Store
- Affinity Designer
- Affinity Photo
- Day One
- Ultra Character Map
- WiFi Explorer
and here are my
Most Frequently Used Essential High Sierra Apps:
- Affinity Photo
- Apple Mail
- Apple Messages
- Apple Safari
- Marked 2
Note: Applications and MacOS 10.13 beta are still being optimized.
High Sierra App Related Comments:
For anyone interested in markdown, my current workflow is:
- compose with CotEditor app
- preview markdown with Marked 2 app
- copy HTML source from Marked 2 app
- edit HTML, when necessary, with CotEditor app
- post HTML to WordPress.
It’s worth noting that Marked 2 app has survived my markdown journey from BBEdit to Byword to MultiMarkdown Composer to Texts to TypeMetal to Focused to Sublime Text to Atom to Ulysses back to BBEdit and, at least for now, to CotEditor. If you’ll forgive me a Nintendo Switch, ‘Zelda Breath of the Wild’ reference, Marked app is a diamond, not rock salt. Years ago, I decided to write and store my documents as plain text. Marked 2 app allows me to preview rich text no matter which plain text application has my attention. Brett Terpstra, Marked app’s developer, deserves a tip of the hat and your business. Thanks Brett!
FWIW, I won’t be paying to upgrade two of last year’s apps because I haven’t been using them. Great apps, but I no longer find them essential. I’ve removed them from this year’s list. Not naming the applications was not an oversight, it was a small courtesy to the devs.
Bottom line: The Apple MacOS iOS ecosystem can’t be beat and you can’t go wrong with any of my Essential MacOS High Sierra Apps.