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What kinds of apps or products do you wish existed?

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I want to find out what kinds of apps/tools people personally wish existed, so that they (and maybe even friends or family) could use them and enjoy them.

Personally, around late 2017, I had three itches I wanted to scratch, and I managed to scratch them all within 1 year, thanks to the power and ease of the Web and React platforms.

  • Fast emoji lookup by keyword, which to this day iOS, Android and Windows don't seem to support (though MacOS definitely has it) – this turned into Emojipedia²

  • Integrated calorie and cost tracking app (I wanted to lose weight while saving money) - this turned into EatPayLove, which I use to this day.

  • An easier way of sending quick "canned" replies to people who sent me texts or emails – this turned into Pasta, which I use occasionally, but really need to improve and make more usable before I can enjoy it and use it regularly.

I have several other ideas on my wish-list, and I'm looking to incrementally improve the above three as well.

The neat thing about scratching your own itch is that, even if it doesn't take off and get popular, you still feel like you achieved something, so you can keep up the motivation and momentum.

So... what's your personal itch? What app do you wish existed?

And are you going to make it happen one day, or maybe even today?

Leave your thoughts!!!

Discussion (10)

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Ben Halpern

I bet almost everything I'd mention does exist in some capacity, but sometimes if it doesn't fit your workflow just right, it needs to be re-thought.

I like Dash a lot but for whatever reason it's never quite fit my flow to where I actually find myself using it.

I also feel like there should be more desktop operating systems built specifically for developers, but in a way that got us productive without it having to be too config heavy and low level. Basically, it should be simple like MacOS, but with no defined purpose beyond productivity. It would ideally be pretty compatible with most software I'd want to run on the machine, right out of the box. Software technologies like installed languages, common frameworks, container software, etc. should be baked right in to whatever extent that is possible.

It seems like general purpose operating systems tend to win out, but I'd be curious if there were more of a future for developer-oriented.

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Robin Kretzschmar

Your point with the developer centric OS is interesting. I read discussions about which OS fits best for development quite a lot and this discussion comes up really often. Most of the time the popular opinions include MacOS and some flavor of linux (mostly Arch).

But if there is a distro with already packed software like docker, VS Code, compilers for various languages, python2 and 3, ruby pre installed and so on, this would be very interesting to safe the setup-config hassle :-)

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Daniel Escoz

Do you have a moment to talk about or lord and savior Linux?

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Vatsal Hirpara

A tool that syncs bookmarks across the browsers.

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Mohamed Farid
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Vatsal Hirpara

Thanks, I will check that out.

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Pocket ?

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Vatsal Hirpara

But I guess pocket doesn't allow creating folders.

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Rafi • Edited

You can use tags. But eventhough they are not exalctly folders they do help you bucket things.

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Antonio Radovcic

A virtual private OSX that I can access and use remote-desktop-style from anywhere.
But it should also be able to run natively on a Mac, and keep itself in sync.

I want to keep a development-environment which is independent of the hardware I'm using.