I’m creator of the blog and YouTube channel, MacAutomationTips, which focuses on Mac automation applications, tips, and how-tos about using applications like Keyboard Maestro, BetterTouchTool, and Hazel. My full-time jobs involve content development and management of websites and social media sites for non-profit organizations.
What is your current laptop / desktop?
I’m currently use an iMac Retina 5k, 27″ and a 13″ MacBook Air. Also heavily use my iPad and of course iPhone.
What menu bar apps do you use and why?
- Keyboard Maestro: for quickly access trigger pallets and other macro actions.
- TextExpander: to access my TextExpander library.
- SnappyApp: to open the SnappyApp screenshot library.
- Drafts: for quickly adding quick notes to Drafts
- PopClip: for formatting text and doing opening URLs
- Google Play Music: for controlling the music player.
- 1Password: for accessing login data
- Day One: to quickly post entries in my Day One journal.
- Fantastical: to add calendar dates.
- Alfred: for opening applications, clipboard history, and automation workflows.
- Amphetamine: to keep my computer awake for an extended period of time.
- Bartender: to organize the menu bar applications I use.
- Default Folder X: to some access recently opened folder and files.
- BetterTouchTool: for triggering actions using finger gestures.
- Hazel: for disabling and enabling my folder trigger rules.
- CloudApp: for shooting quick desktop videos
- MiniNote: for typing quick notes.
- CarbonCopyClone: to backup my hard drive on a weekly basis.
- DwellClick: a cool little utility app for “clicking” buttons without using manually clicking on my trackpad.
- CleanMyMac: for accessing the app and information about my computer.
- DropBox: cloud storage space.
- ClipMenu: classic clipboard history app that I trigger using a BetterTouchTool finger gesture.
- DropZone: to occasionally relocate files.
Note: some of my menu bar apps and features, such as SnappyApp 1Password, TextExpander, MiniNote, are triggered by finger gestures.
Is there a menu bar app that doesn’t exist yet and should be invented?
Would like to see menu bar apps for Slack, Todoist, Spark, Scrivener.