These are the free Mac desktop tools I use daily for tasks like drafting blogs to managing servers and building apps.
I normally use a Mac, so a few of these tools are pretty Mac-centric.
Mou is a markdown editor that gives you a preview in real time and allows you to edit your
.md files with beautiful syntax highlighting.
iTerm 2 is one of the first apps I install when I set up a new Mac. I love the split pane and that can go between tabs with command+arrow keys. The tab Expose helps me keep track of sessions. Growl keeps me updated with bells and issues. It’s really quite wonderful.
I use Adium for most of my chat needs (if it supported Skype and I didn’t have friends that only used Skype it would be ‘the one’). I can be connected to multiple chat servers (XMPP and Google Chat) and keep all the live chats open in a wonderful tabbed interface. By default it supports encryption, so I can chat away with my more paranoid friends.
SPF13 Vim and MacVim
Vim isn’t Mac centric, although, I do use MacVim for the copying and pasting and overall gui goodness.
For a long time, I was configuring Vim on my own. I was updating
.gvimrc files constantly, researching and installing plugins, trying to make it work for everything always. Then, one day, I decided to try out the curated and tested configuration that SPF13-Vim provides, created a
.gvimrc.local and never looked back.