I just shared this with a friend who just bought a new MacBook Pro...! It's kinda rough, but my personal init script...
1. Google DNS
Show Volume in menu bar
Remove Apple apps
Customize Touch Bar (Under Keyboard)
prev: ^⌥⌘-right arrow
Enable Show controls in menubar
Set Preferences folder to Dropbox location
Features > Default Results > Applications > Options
Turn on “Match Applications’ keywords in default results”
Set up Spotificious
Disable Go to Today after adding items
Add Calendar sets
Sign in to June Cloud
Turn on Update in Background
Add deliveries to calendar
Sketch - Download Sketch
* Install Apple iOS UI Library
CleanShot for macOS
- Set Toggle Desktop icons shortcut to ^⌥⌘-\
Download the installer from here
* Disable Lock 1Password shortcut
* Disable Show 1Password shortcut
* Advanced > Enable Spotlight and 3rd party app integrations (i.e. to enable Alfred integration)
- Change Fill Login shortcut to shift-command-\
Softorino YouTube Downloader
Rocket — Download
The first things I install are Dropbox and 1Password. Dropbox start syncing files, and brings in my 1Password library, which makes installing and signing into everything possible.
I'll typically then install Alfred, as I use it both to launch apps and expand text, and the latter quickly gets annoying to live without.
iA Writer as my notes app comes pretty quick after that, along with things like Slack, whatever my current email app is (Superhuman and Hey, for work and personal, at the moment), Spotify, Notion, Airtable, and more. So much of the rest of my software is web apps where I may or may not install their native app.
One thing I always end up forgetting about, missing, then installing later on are fonts—especially the monospaced fonts I enjoy using to write.
My essential stack regardless of what activity/function I am going to be doing is:
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