I’ve gone on a spending spree for indie Mac software. I write this as both an acknowledgement for these hard-working developers, and as a sort of apology.
(And a spontaneous list of Mac software I use and recommend).
Over the last few years, I’ve been slowly purchasing licences for the software I’ve been using a lot. Which is good. But software I’ve used only a handful of times, even if I really needed it at that time, I haven’t purchased licences for, instead relying on licences from friends, or, um, “other sources”. Which is bad. So a few days ago I bought licences for all the applications I use from which they were missing.
This is an extension of my going back to buying music philosophy, where I admit I can afford to pay $10 or $20 for an album, especially because it’s so much easier to buy music on bandcamp or iTunes, not to mention more fulfilling, than getting it from “other sources”. And it feels great!
So I recommend buying indie Mac software.
I can only imagine the amount of work put into designing, building, testing, and releasing these apps, not to mention supporting them (and so far for me, the support by the developers of these apps has been nothing short of awesome). If you use the software, you should try to support the devs.
Indie Mac software list
- 1password, by AgileBits
- Art Files, by Code Line
- Billings, by Marketcircle
- CandyBar, by Panic
- Coda, by Panic
- Cyberduck, by some peeps (donationware)
- Fantastical, by Flexibits
- LaunchBar, by Objective Development
- Little Snitch, by Objective Development
- MarsEdit, by Red Sweater
- NetNewsWire, by Brent Simmons, and now Black Pixel
- Path Finder, by CocoaTech
- Photo Mechanic, by Camera Bits
- Sound Studio, by Felt Tip (Now at version 4, I have version 3)
- SuperDuper!, by Shirt Pocket
- Synergy, by Wincent
- Things, by Cultured Code
- VueScan, by Ed Hamrick