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SynoMan

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macOS, iPadOS and iOS users!

What apps (for NAS or in general) do you use or recommend for Mac, iPad and iPhone?

If possible I use built-in apps on every device and most of them I like.

Here are some of the other apps I like or use:

macOS apps
CaptoFor screen capture, short videos for tutorials etc.
News ExplorerTo me the best RSS reader. Synchronizes with iOS app via iCloud
Visual Studio CodeCode editor
ForkLiftBest FTP client to me
TrelloYou know Trello. Boards, card, organizing, projects... Useful
BitwardenThe best ever password manager. Running it on my NAS.
RocketChatSometimes you need to chat.
TwitterFor Synoforum.com.
iMazingIt really is amazing. Backups my iPhone directly to NAS.
Synology Drive...
Synology Note Station...
MS Office...
ColorSlurpColor picker
Firefox, Brave, Chrome browserFor testing only. My main browser is Safari. Ok, sometimes I use Firefox.
PhotoshopYou know PS.


iOS
DS Note...
Moments...
BitwardenCan't live without my password manager
News ExplorerRSS reader
SygicNavigation - best for me with traffic
Authy...
Trello...
Traffic MonitorMonitor mobile data
 

WST16

Giga Poster
NAS
DS216+II : DS118 : DS120j : APC Back UPS ES 700 — Mac/iOS user
Relevant to our NAS use or in general?
 

WST16

Giga Poster
NAS
DS216+II : DS118 : DS120j : APC Back UPS ES 700 — Mac/iOS user
That would be a long list :)
I’ll try.
 

fredbert

Giga Poster
I'll add the Mac apps I use first. Mostly I try to use the built-in apps so as I've found over time that's been the best approach. So I won't list them except if something is so useful.

Most useful apps
TerminalOK, I said I'd leave built-in apps off but I have this running 95% of the time
Carbon Copy ClonerI rely on this for backups and clones, and shifting large groups of files around
1PasswordBeen using for years and you know it works when the whole family actually use it
BBEditAlong with Terminal I live in this app it's always running. (started this table in it)
AutomatorThe other built-in app. So useful for knocking up Services
TaskPaperSimple markup app for managing lists
EasyFindGo for searching for hidden files when uninstalling apps
Blackmagic Disk Speed TestNeed to know how slow the disk is so I can justify an upgrade
Network apps
TransmitClassic two-pane file transfer utility, my go to app for this
CyberduckStill use it but less so than Transmit now
CryptomatorUseful for creating cross-platform secure vaults
CloudMounterMy moving away strategy from multiple Cloud sync apps.
No used as much as expected since Syno. Drive and ShareSync (with Transmit) can do most of this.
TunnleblickOpenVPN client for MacBook
Utility & widgets
WiFi ExplorerScan WiFi SSID for signal strength plus other info.
PeakHour 4SNMP bandwidth and connection monitor
iStat MenusYeah, yeah, but I like having my CPU being used to monitor it and other metrics
BartenderCos I've too many menu bar items and this keeps them organised
MagnetSnap windows to screen edges and re-sized them
General apps
AcornSimple graphics editor
Rapidweaver (v7)Expensive now but not when v1. Still useful to knock up a website
Audio HijackLove this. Grab app audio and record it and/or send it elsewhere
FissionLove this too. Snip down audio files losslessly. Great fro making audiobooks
MetaZFor iTunes this was useful for getting tags and adding age-ratings to videos
VLCWell of course
SoundSourceGrab and route every apps' audio to whichever output device you want
Airfoil
Airfoil Satellite
Send any app's audio to a AirPlay receiver
Turn a Mac/Win/iOS/Android into an AirPlay receiver
iMazingMoving away from iTunes to manage iOS myself. Scheduled WiFi backups work!!!
ReederHandy companion to iOS version. Better than some web interfaces
CalibreUseful if you want to manage ebooks
 

fredbert

Giga Poster
I obviously missed off Syno Drive and Note Station client in Mac. And I’ve loads of other apps that fall into ‘use it but I can live without it’. MS Office too because I was told to.

Omnigraffle for diagrams. But we’re getting into a high cost per file now, for me.

Best value app I have is Carbon Copy Cloner. It gets used so much for scheduled file copies not just backup tasks.
 

jono

Byte Poster
NAS
DS1019+, DS218+, DS416play
Router
RT2600ac
Operating system
Linux, macOS
Mobile operating system
iOS
One I'm liking lately on iOS is Secure Shellfish. Seems to work better (quicker, more responsive) for managing files on my Synology in Apple's Files app than enabling Synology Drive.

Others I can't live without on macOS:
Keyboard Maestro
LaunchBar
Fantastical
Cardhop
Paste
1Password
HoudahSpot
Things
Atom
Screens 4
Soulver
 
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WST16

Giga Poster
NAS
DS216+II : DS118 : DS120j : APC Back UPS ES 700 — Mac/iOS user
I’m going to throw everything here (typed on the go). Not as neat as you guys :D

Mac
LanScan (network utility)
iMazing (iOS devices backup)
Sparkle (website designer/builder)
iStat menus (system info)
Luminar 3 (RAW photo editing)
Movist (media player)
Magnet (windows management)
App Cleaner pro (delete apps)
Gemini 2 (remove duplicate files)
Find Empty Folders (a free and useful utility I found somewhere)
Cyberduck (remote connections)
Squeed (music files metadata editor)

Mac and iOS
Pages, Numbers and Keynote
MoneyWiz 2 (financials)
Mindnode (mind mapping)
Speed Test
VLC (media player)
Firefox (but I use Safari 99.999% of the time)

iPadOS and iOS (some of the below only works on iPadOS)
Goodnotes (note taking with Apple Pencil)
Pixelimator (image editor. Think functions like photoshop)
Pixelimator Photo (RAW photo editing)
Procreate (sketching and drawing)
Fantastical 2 (calendar)
Notebooks (note taking and organizing)
HashPhotos (simple photo editing)
Parcel (package tracking)
Net Analyzer (network tools)
iA Writer (markdown editor)
Proton Mail (secure mail)
Genius scan (document scanner)
Genius sign (fill and sign pdf docs)
I2Reader Cloud (ePub reader)
Downcast (podcasts)
MusicID (identify the music playing)
Codebook (password management). Use Bitwarden on NAS if you’re just starting.
Fenix (a simple twitter app)
DayRate (currency converter)
Documents by Readdle, paid version (best PDF documents reader I’ve found. Although I’m trying to get rid of it to no avail)
Shelly (SSH client)
OpenVPN client
PhotoSync (syncs photos to NAS)
Video2Photo (extract photos from videos)
Chromatica (camera app)
Rego Pro (places bookmark)
TLS Inspector (check site certificate validity and more)
Today is (days counter. Only one I can find that shows years, months and days. Almost all the rest show days only. I wish for categories.)
Altimeter+ (altitude meter)
MinimaList (to do lists)
Konvert (units converter)
Flight Tracker (flight app to manage trips with airport info and more)
Compass X (this was before Apple’s compass but it looks much better, so I still use it)
BBC (news)
CardKeeper (business cards)
TuneIn radio
Digits (calculator)
Calc (calculator. I like their widget)
Counter+ (track many counters)
Ruler (very handy)
ESSE (text transformation)
PhotoLink (I use it to put photos on the widget, useful to keep barcodes and snippets of info handy)
WhatsApp and Skype (unfortunately)
DataMan (cellular data usage monitor app and widget)
First Aid
Horizon Chase (the only game that’s always on the device. Others come and go. Not an avid gamer anyway)

Synology iOS DS apps: File, video, audio, cam, get and finder.
And a few VPN clients and local apps and whatever I forgot :D

Feel free to ask any questions.
 

WST16

Giga Poster
NAS
DS216+II : DS118 : DS120j : APC Back UPS ES 700 — Mac/iOS user
Here’s one I forgot, but really useful if you’re dealing with different time zones. Klok app and widget. It shows different time zones (up to five) and performs time shifts. And it’s free. You can’t go wrong :)
 

BobW

Byte Poster
MacOS
Beside the default apps
  • Postbox (for e-mail) best e-mail client IMHO. It’s like a child born out of Thunderbird and Apple’s Mail;)
  • DevonThink Pro Office (for EDMS) I haven’t find a better one yet. (Tried a lot of the Selfhosting solutions but nothing compared to DevonThink
  • Tag Editor (for editing my music Tags before adding them to iTunes)
  • Authy (TOTP authenticator)
  • 1Password (bought once a lifetime license for mac and ios, but unfortunately AgileBits changed their business-model to a subscription and now i’m stuck on with this old version).
  • Bitwarden (luckily I came across Bitwarden (Selfhost) to replace the still beloved 1Password)
  • MoneyWizz 3 (financial expenses money management app) Also testing FireFlyiii (Selfhost) at the moment
  • Browsers (Safari, FireFox, Waterfox)
  • VPN (Tunnelblick, NordVPN desktop app and ProtonVPN desktop app)
  • ChronoSync (backup software)
  • BBEdit
  • AppCleaner (FreeMacSoft) works great to delete apps from my mac
  • BookMacster (bookmarks sync between safari and firefox)
  • Boxcryptor (to encrypt backups to pCloud, iCloud, Sync)
  • CrossOver (WinSCP and Notepad++ for my Synology)
  • dupeGuru (finding duplicate files)
  • Handbrake (converting movie files)
  • PlistEdit Pro
  • Transmit and / or Cyberduck for FTP/SFTP
  • De most default MacOS apps and Pages, numbers,
  • Notes and DS Note (still comparing which is better)
  • Calendar, Contacts, Reminders (Syncing with Baikal my davserver)
  • Synology Cloud Station
  • pCloud Drive
  • Nextcloud (testing)
  • Rocket Chat (testing works great so far)

IOS (phone and ipad)
  • 1Password
  • Bitwarden
  • Authy
  • Signal, Wire, Threema and Rocket Chat (for safe and privacy aware messages)
  • Telegram (for notifications of my Synology NAS)
  • Whatsapp (for all the other non believers in privacy aware messages)
  • ProtonMail and Tutanota
  • OpenVPN, NordVPN and ProtonVPN apps)
  • Synology apps (DS File, DS Photo also for backing up my Photos, DS Note and DS Music)
  • The default apps (Reminder, Calendar and Contacts sync with Baikal davserver)
  • Pages, numbers
  • Safari and Brave
  • Boxcryptor
  • pCloud and Sync secure cloud storage
  • FE File Explorer
  • FTPManager Pro
  • AdGuard Pro
  • Reddit

Synology Docker
So why not mention this also ;)
  • baikal (calendar and contacts davsever)
  • bitwarden-mysql
  • bookstack (testing)
  • fireflyiii (testing financial management)
  • memcached (for fireflyiii)
  • nextcloud (linuxserver.io testing)
  • redis (for nextcloud)
  • portainer
  • rocket Chat (testing)
  • mongodb (for rocket chat db)
  • syncserver (firefox syncserver)
  • mariadb (for baikal, bitwarden, bookstack, fireflyiii, nextcloud, syncserver)
  • phpmtadmin (for mariadb)
  • DDSM (docker DSM for OpenVPN client to protect my whole LAN Network every device goes through VPN this way and running DNS server with ad-blocker script)

Virtual Machine Manager

Right now I'm migrating everything from DDSM to Virtual Machine Manager because Synology has announced the EOL of DDSM.

Here I also use OpenVPN client for protection of the entire LAN network and have also installed docker. There I run pi-hole for blocking ads and tracking and further I use docker for testing.
 

fredbert

Giga Poster
Glad I’m not the only one that’s installed tons of apps over the years.


1Password (bought once a lifetime license for mac and ios, but unfortunately AgileBits changed their business-model to a subscription and now i’m stuck on with this old version).
I’ve moved to the annual subscription but it’s the only Mac subscription I have. I went through various standalone version upgrade payments and accrued multiple licences via those multi-app offers (where there was something else I really wanted). Anyway, with them charging for each Mac, Win, iOS, and Android app and wanting the family to use a secure password manager I decided the subscription made sense for us. It’s been good to transfer info to/from kids at university and they had no excuse not to use it as I’m paying for it (story of my life😂).

However, the recent organisation/ cash injection will need to be watched to be sure it remains a good solution.
 

jono

Byte Poster
NAS
DS1019+, DS218+, DS416play
Router
RT2600ac
Operating system
Linux, macOS
Mobile operating system
iOS
1Password (bought once a lifetime license for mac and ios, but unfortunately AgileBits changed their business-model to a subscription and now i’m stuck on with this old version).
It's not very obvious, but if you download the latest version for macOS (v7) there's an option to buy a regular license (non subscription)

1Password macOS Standalone License.jpg
 

wwwampy

Mega Poster
NAS
DS418play
Router
RT2600ac
Operating system
macOS, Windows
Mobile operating system
iOS
I'm on dockerized Bitwarden and I love it. It works like a charm with zero problems so far.

I used to have LastPass... Bitwarden has similar functionality.
 

fredbert

Giga Poster
It's not very obvious, but if you download the latest version for macOS (v7) there's an option to buy a regular license (non subscription)
Yes, I forgot to mention that bit.

I looked at Bitwarden but concluded my $4/month for 1Password with five active users and multiple vaults and 2GB storage each (early bird allowance) is fair value ... because they do use it and would be a major pain [for me] to change [and no-one will thank me].
 

Rusty

Moderator
NAS Support
www.blackvoid.club
NAS
DS412+, DS718+, DS918+, 2x RS3614RPxs+ with expansions
Router
RT1900ac, RT2600ac, MR2200ac
Yes, I forgot to mention that bit.

I looked at Bitwarden but concluded my $4/month for 1Password with five active users and multiple vaults and 2GB storage each (early bird allowance) is fair value ... because they do use it and would be a major pain [for me] to change [and no-one will thank me].
haha. No one will thank me. Classic.
 

BobW

Byte Poster
It's not very obvious, but if you download the latest version for macOS (v7) there's an option to buy a regular license (non subscription)

View attachment 727
Thanks for pointing it out, I’m aware of this upgrade. But for me it is a principle question, because when I bought 1Password back in the day they promised people a lifetime license and upgrades. But then suddenly they changed that and you have to buy a new license. So the question is how often does one have to pay for overpriced upgrades. Luckily I’m not the only one who thinks this way, there were a lot of people complaining about their new strategy.

For example I bought a lifetime license for my backup software ChronoSync 20 years ago for about 200 dollars and I still get updates and major upgrades. These guys deliver what they promised and then I don’t mind to pay the fee.

So that’s why I’m changing my strategy in software use and nowadays I prefer to use open source software and I support the developers rather then commercial software.
 

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