I got KeyCue for the sole purpose of bringing up (double press of ⌘) a list of webpages from which I can click on one to go to it. I do not use it for its main feature - that of getting a list of keyboard shortcuts in apps. Adding links is super easy - just edit a text file.
I can’t think of anything right off the bat but I do try to use all of an app’s features when it can keep me from using some other app. While 1Password is primarily a password manager, ⅓ of my items stored are not passwords. Things like driver’s licenses, membership information, and bank accounts. I think a lot of people get really good with spreadsheets and use them as a massive hammer for anything remotely resembling a nail.
On several occasions I have used Excel or Sheets to create webpages. Stay with me, it’s not as ridiculous as it sounds.
Let’s say you want to create a website that has a page for each of the birds of Thailand, so that’s nearly 1000 pages.
They all have the same layout, so, by writing the code for one page across a single row, concatenating it all at the end of the row, then copying the formula down to 1000 rows, it’s possible to create a fully working site quite easily.
So, to use it I wrote out my plans for the different views on columns A to C and the Constraints tab, then I just needed to select all of column D and paste it as text into Xcode at the right place, then col E, then col F.
I was going to answer that, but modern day spreadsheet programs really have become massive hammers. If you look back at Visicalc, all it could do was spreadsheets. Then Lotus 1-2-3 came along and added database and charting. And Lotus Symphony added word processing. So while I’ve rarely used Excel or Numbers for spreadsheets like my father (who was an accountant) would have, I can’t think of a time I haven’t used it for one of calculations, database, or charting. Although I shudder at the thought of writing a document in one.
I use Figma every day for its intended purpose (web design). But I just used it to design a new media stand for our basement and mock up what a few different TV sizes might look like on our wall. (I treated each pixel as 1/8”.)
Speaking of Adobe Illustrator, I have used it heavily to create 2d diagrams / charts to visualise scientific results & methods. Illustrator has only a very simple chart / graph tool but that was usually enough to get the data in, and then you’ve got full control to customise this graph.
(the early versions of Illustrator and BBEdit got me to love the Mac)