App Defaults 2023

I was inspired by Hemispheric Views 097 - Duel of the Defaults! and this post by Robb Knight.

Below is the list I use in the various categories mentioned. I have excluded my strict work usage only applications.

๐Ÿ“จ Mail Client: Mimestream (macOS) / (macOS/iOS), Gmail (search only) (iOS)
๐Ÿ“ฎ Mail Server: Gmail, Fastmail
๐Ÿ“ Notes: (ad-hoc), NotePlan. I do still occasionally dabble with Bear and Obsidian.
โœ… To-Do: Reminders, Things 3
๐Ÿ“ท iPhone Photo Shooting: iOS Camera
๐ŸŸฆ Photo Management: Lightroom,, Google Photos
๐Ÿ“† Calendar:
๐Ÿ“ Cloud File Storage: iCloud Drive, Google Drive
๐Ÿ“– RSS: Feedbin + Reeder
๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Contacts:, Cardhop (for birthdays)
๐ŸŒ Browser: Safari, Arc (when Chromium required)
๐Ÿ’ฌ Chat: iMessage, Telegram, Discord, Slack
๐Ÿ”– Bookmarks:
๐Ÿ“‘ Read It Later: Matter
๐Ÿ“œ Word Processing: Ulysses
๐Ÿ“ˆ Spreadsheets: Excel
๐Ÿ“Š Presentations: PowerPoint, dabble with Keynote
๐Ÿ›’ Shopping Lists: Instacart/Meijer app direct or Reminders
๐Ÿด Meal Planning: N/A (use Shopping apps to plan)
๐Ÿ’ฐ Budgeting and Personal Finance: Copilot / Chronicle
๐Ÿ“ฐ News: Apple News, RSS
๐ŸŽต Music: Apple Music, Tidal (via Vault subscription)
๐ŸŽค Podcasts: Apple Podcasts
๐Ÿ” Password Management: 1Password, but migrating slowly to Keychain
๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป Code Editor: Nova
โœˆ๏ธ VPN: Tailscale

Other Apps I rely on:

  • Search/Utility - Raycast
  • Screenshots - CleanShot X
  • Clipboard Manager - Paste
Chris Hunsanger @hunsanger