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Tiffany White’s Mac and iOS Development Setup

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Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Tiffany White, and I am a frontend software developer and course instructor. I also write my own blog that focuses on software development.

What is your current setup?

Tiffany White's desk

I’m rocking a late 2015 iMac 5k.

Since I do a lot a video conferencing and course creation, I have an external webcam, a mic, and a fill light (which I didn’t list here). I have the main iMac desktop and my second monitor by LG that serves as a holding place for multiple terminals, my task manager, calendar, and other things.

My peripherals:

Where can we find your macOS wallpaper?

I keep most of the wallpapers I use in a Dropbox folder for easy access.

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

I use VS Code for all my dev work; it may be an electron app, but it runs super smooth and is really fast. It’s a Microsoft product as well, which is even more surprising because it works so well on the Mac.

I use Things as my task manager. I’ve tried OmniFocus, Todoist, and 2Do in the past, but nothing has stuck with me like Things. Its simpler UI has made actually looking at my task manager a pleasure and not overwhelming.

I use Fantastical 2 as my calendar because the natural language input is superior to anything else.

Other apps:

  • Chrome, because the DevTools make it ideal for web developers and there are some extensions I can’t live without. GSuite also works far better in Chrome. For these reasons, I stick with it or else I’d switch to Safari or Firefox.
  • Notion for project management and a powerful dashboard.
  • ‎Reeder 4 for RSS reading.
  • Drafts for all things text.
  • iTerm2 to replace macOS Terminal.
  • Franz is a messenger app that aggregates many popular services (like Slack). It is an Electron app, but I find it useful to have all my services in one window.
  • Übersicht for widgets on my desktop. Easily customizable if you know what you’re doing as they execute code. The code is, and is required, to be visible on GitHub so you can see what is going on.
  • Alfred is how I search my Mac, handle clipboards, and run Toggl and Things workflows.
  • Keyboard Maestro for running tasks automatically.
  • ‎Fantastical 2 is my calendar app of choice.

How would your ideal setup look and function?

I’d like to add more home automation, a longer desk top with distressed wood, and another ALEX drawer from IKEA. I also collect headphones, so I’d like to have room for a bigger rack to store them.

What iPhone do you have?

Tiffany White's iPhone

I have a Gold iPhone XS Max with 256GB of space.

Where can we find your wallpaper online?

I keep most of the wallpapers I use in a Dropbox folder for easy access.

What apps do you use the most, and why?

  • ‎Drafts is the hub of everything I do.
  • ‎Overcast: I’ve tried others and I keep coming back to Overcast.
  • ‎Timery for tracking my time.
  • ‎Shortcuts for actions not easily handled by Drafts, perhaps my second favorite productivity app on my iPhone.
  • ‎Things 3 is the only task manager for me.
  • ‎Calendar 366: I love the different views and calendar sets, much like Fantastical 2 on the Mac. Fantastical on iOS doesn’t have that, which is puzzling to me.
  • ‎Coderx for GitHub for the social aspects of GitHub.
  • ‎GitHawk for GitHub for GitHub notifications.

Which app could you not live without?

For me, this is easily Drafts. Everything I do starts there, whether adding tasks to Things, adding a random journal entry to Day One — it all gets written here.

Which iPad do you have?

Tiffany White's iPad

I have a 3rd generation 12.9″ iPad Pro with 256GB of space in Silver.

Where can we find your wallpaper online?

I keep most of the wallpapers I use in a Dropbox folder for easy access.

How are you using your iPad on a daily basis?

I mainly use it to watch YouTube and write blog posts. I also manage email, write journal entries in Drafts to send over to Day One, do a weekly review on Things, and sometimes edit photos from my Canon in several different apps.

What apps do you use the most, and why?

  • ‎Drafts is the hub of everything I do.
  • ‎Day One Journal for managing stress, goals, and memories.
  • ‎iA Writer to write blog posts. All my blogs use static site generators, and it is really difficult to write and preview the site live on the iPad. So I have to hook it up using symlinks on my Mac, Dropbox, and File Explorer Pro to grab the files. I also generate the front matter of the blog post with a couple scripts I wrote which I can run and do with the following app.
  • ‎Blink Shell: Mosh & SSH Client I use this to ssh or mosh into my Mac for running scripts for my blog posts or doing other things.
  • ‎Working Copy is an absolutely fantastic git client for iOS. I manage all my GitHub projects with it that I’ve saved locally on my iPhone and iPad.
  • ‎Textastic Code Editor 7 allows me to open Working Copy folders in place and whatever edits I make to a file, Working Copy picks up, and I can then just commit and push them to GitHub.

Which app could you not live without?

Working Copy for sure. I only make quick edits to my code, but I do most of my blogging on the iPad. It’s all hooked up to GitHub and once I push a blog post up to GitHub it gets deployed to Netlify, a “serverless” host. I don’t need my Mac to do any of that; Working Copy is a more than capable client on iOS. It’s quite nerdy for sure and niche, but it is vital to me.

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