After writing "Dirty Dave's Poweruser Tips," I thought it'd be appropriate to have a dedicated, ongoing recommendations page for my favorite/most recommended software. (I also really just wanted to use that incredible featured image.)
Bear is the most beautiful piece of software I've ever seen, both functionally and stylistically.
As an alternative to Bear, Typora is technically much more powerful. Customizable themes and folder selection allow the user to do virtually anything, which may be a downside for some.
Mastodon may be dominated by the tech-oriented right now, but you have the power to change that. Back in 2017, I interviewed its creator, Eugen Rochko for Extratone.
Periscope is one of the best places on the internet, ever. It's generally positive, fascinating, and entirely unique.
Discord is advertised as "chat for gamers," but frankly, I think it's the best way to host an active social community. I built Extratone using our Discord server.
"Love your email again" is Spark's logline, and it's a fairly accurate one. The ability to mark three emails as read at a time is absolutely invaluable for a smartphone-based mail application.