Indie Software I Pay For

A tweet resulted in a thread…

Which then resulted in a longer blog post from Jason Rowley on what indie software he pays for. Which then spurred *this* post. For purposes of definition, I’m using “indie” as (a) not owned by a big tech company and (b) haven’t raised tons of venture capital (to the best of my knowledge). Like Jason’s disclaimer, I too am likely forgetting some stuff. So, in alpha order:

Bear — My favorites Notes app on MacOS/iOS. It’s not bloated with features and just feels, I dunno, fun to write in? I use Bear especially when I’m taking notes while also being on a video/phone call.

Feedly — My RSS backend feedreader (Per below, I use Reeder as a consumption frontend)

CopyClip2 — I actually haven’t upgraded from CopyClip Original yet, but this is the MacOS app I use for clipboard management. Copy, paste, copy, paste.

Magnet — MacOS app that makes rearranging/tiling application windows into a snap.

Overcast — There are a bunch of excellent podcast apps but I’ve settled on Overcast in a combination of satisfaction and inertia. Indie software is often opinionated and I like the fact that Overcast’s creator is unlikely to sell us out or ship something shitty.

Reeder — My feedreader of choice. RIP Google Reader.

Twitterrific, Tweetbot — Although I primarily use Twitter’s official client, I care enough about the ecosystem to historically support high quality alternative clients.

There are a bunch of paid/freemium iOS apps that I’ve bought, some of which I use, but the ones above are the ongoing subscriptions or the one-offs I wanted to highlight.

Originally published at on February 25, 2019.

You’ll find me @homebrew , Seed Stage Venture Fund w @satyap . Previously made products at YouTube, Google & SecondLife. Married to @cbarlerin .

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