Dan Mall: The Tools I Use

SuperFriendly Dan

The latest in our series “The Tools We Use” features Dan Mall, founder of SuperFriendly and CEO of SuperBooked.

Caffeine: Keeps my Mac from going to sleep. Sometimes I’ll be teaching something and screensharing and we’ll launch into a discussion and my Mac will fall asleep. Because I have my password set all the time, it just saves me the annoying 2 seconds of having to re-log in and have displays wake up and all of that.

Divvy: Quickly and easily resizes and repositions application windows.

Little Ipsum: A quick placeholder copy generator.

Frank DeLoupe: Quick color picking. It’s the first one I’ve tried after (I think) Jason Santa Maria recommended it. Worked well enough so never felt like looking elsewhere.

Shush: Hotkey microphone management. This is probably my most used app! I’m on Hangouts/Skype/Zoom/BlueJeans a lot with clients. Finding the mute button with the mouse takes a second or two (too long to stifle a surprise sneeze or something like that). Also, moving microphone management to the keyboard normalizes it so that I don’t have to worry about the app’s UI. Instead, I can always leave all chat app mics on by default but mute on my end.

HiddenMe keeps my desktop clean, and Bartender keeps my menu bar clean.