Tiffany White’s Mac and iOS setup

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Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Tiffany White, and I am a student at the University of Pittsburgh studying Computer Science by day and work as a freelance developer by night.

What is your current setup?

Tiffany White's desk

I have a late-2015 5k iMac with a 2TB Fusion Drive and 16GB of Crucial RAM that I installed. I will be adding more RAM soon to give me 32GB. I also have a late 2013 13″ MacBook Pro that I take with me to class.

I am also using an iPad Pro with Logitech Create Smart Keyboard and an iPhone 6s.

Where can we find your macOS wallpaper?

My wallpaper changes daily thanks to Wallcat, which just pulls fantastic stock photos from Unsplash.

What software do you use and for what do you use it?

I use Atom, PHP Storm, IntelliJ, and Hyper Terminal for my classes and freelance work. Those get installed on every machine I buy. I also couldn’t work without OmniFocus, Evernote, PDF Expert, 1Passowrd, Transmit, BusyCal, BusyContacts, Ulysses, and various chat apps.

OmniFocus is a rock star when it comes to GTD and I wouldn’t be half as productive without it. Evernote is for planning projects, storing web clips that I want to refefrence later, and dumping newsletters in. PDF Expert is for all the PDFs you get handed in university. Transmit is an excellent FTP client that I need for class. I use Ulysses to write all blog posts and newsletters for my blogs Just Another JavaScript DevBlog and my Apple blog That Mac Nerd. BusyMac makes great productivity tools and BusyCal and Contacts is the perfect CRM.

How would your ideal setup look and function?

Ideally, I’d have three 5k monitors. Programmers are notorious for their ridiculous multi-monitor setups, but I don’t have the money or the space currently. I’d like an IKEA desk with plenty of room for other peripherals as well.


What iPhone do you have (color, size, etc.)?

Tiffany White's iPhone

I have a Silver iPhone 6s with 128GB of space.

Where can we find your wallpaper online?

I found Cuto while reading an article here at The Sweet Setup. Great minimalist wallpapers.

What apps do you use the most, and why?

I use OmniFocus, Tweetbot, LinkedIn, Pocket, Music, Spotify, Workflow, and Pocket Casts the most. I have a long commute to school, so having podcasts ready really helps kill the time. On the way home, I often listen to music through Apple Music or Spotify.

I use OmniFocus with Siri for quick input just to get stuff out of my head and into the Inbox. Sometimes I’ll use Drafts for this as well.

Workflow is amazing. The widget is what makes it one of the most useful apps on my iOS devices.

Which app could you not live without?

This is a hard question, really, as there are several. OmniFocus, Evernote, Drafts, Pocket Casts and Workflow are a few.


Which iPad do you have (color, size, etc.)?

Tiffany White's iPad Pro

I have a Silver iPad Pro 12.9″ with 128GB of space and Wi-Fi only.

Where can we find your wallpaper online?

Same as my iPhone: Cuto.

How are you using your iPad on a daily basis?

I use my iPad to write blog posts, read, and construct some of my programming and productivity book projects in Scrivener for iOS. I prefer writing in Scrivener for iOS and compiling in Scrivener for Mac. I also make quick edits to my apps using Textastic, Working Copy, and Transmit.

What apps do you use the most, and why?

  • Ulysses: All my blog posts except the one using Jekyll start here.
  • Marvin ePub Reader: There is no better way to read books on an iPad than Marvin. If you’re a serious bookworm who likes to control every aspect of their reading experience, this is where you go.
  • Pocket: My favorite read-it-later service.
  • Evernote: To read saved reference information.
  • Documents 5: Finder for iOS.
  • PDF Expert: For all the PDFs I get from school.
  • OmniFocus: Quickly doing my weekly review with the Create keyboard is the best way to manage that aspect of GTD.
  • Workflow: With the updated gallery and having the Today widget, this has increased my productivity tenfold.

Which app could you not live without?

Marvin. I read far too much to not have it.


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