50 Must Have Mac Applications
Six Seven of my friends bought Macs today or will be buying a Mac this week.
In order to avoid answering the same questions about software over and over. Here's all the Mac software (listed alphabetically) that I currently have installed on my iMac and/or my wife's MacBook Pro, love to use, and don't hesitate to recommend. I will also be installing all these (except Parallels) on my MacBook that is scheduled to arrive tomorrow.
- Adium - Multi-service IM client
- Alarm Clock - An alarm clock for the menu bar.
- AppDelete - Quickly remove entire applications
- AppFresh - Check for updates to all your applications
- Chicken of the VNC - Mac VNC client
- Coda - Web development application. Text editor, transmit, css editor, terminal and more. It's worth buying a mac just for it alone!
- Colloquy - IRC Client
- Delivery Status - See where your orders and packages are.
- Desktastic - Use your mouse to write anywhere on your screen.
- Disco - Drag and rop disc burning.
- DivX Player Pro - Plays DivX encoded files.
- Firefox - Open source web browser; a must have.
- Flip4Mac WMV - Plays WMV files.
- FreeDMG - Drag and drop disk imaging.
- Gimp - Image manipulation program.
- Google Earth - Mapping and satellite photography.
- Google Notifier - Lets you know when you have mail on Gmail and can make Gmail your default mail client.
- Growl - Super cool notifications, I love the Music Video style.
- Handbrake - DVD to Mpeg-4 Converter.
- HexEdit - HEX editor.
- iAlertU - An alarm system for your MacBook or MacBook Pro.
- iSafe - Password encryption and storage.
- iStat Pro - System monitoring widget.
- iStumbler - Find open wifi access points.
- iShowU - Screen recorder.
- iTunes & QuickTime - Do they even need a description?
- KisMAC - Find wireless networks invisibly... not intended for novices.
- last.fm - Uploads your music tastes to last.fm.
- MacMAME - Play all your classic video games.
- MarsEdit - Blog authoring editor.
- MenuMeters - A set of monitoring tools for your menubar.
- Mozy - Unlimited backup of your files, photos, music, and documents for only $4.95 a month!
- MPlayer OSX - Plays flv and other media files.
- Opera - Free alternative web browser.
- Parallels - Run windows applications within the Mac OS.
- QuickSilver - Program launcher and time saver. Really only useful to keyboard shortcut lovers.
- RCDefaultApp -Change your default applications through a preference pane.
- Renamer4Mac - File renaming.
- SilverKeeper - Free and excellent backup utility.
- Skype - Video and audio conferencing.
- Sleepless - Keeps your Mac awake without changing your system preferences.
- Smultron - Open source text editor. Superb!
- Sound Source - Select audio inputs and outputs from the menu bar.
- SuperDuper - Hard drive backup made easy.
- Text Expander - Create abbreviations that paste in your custom text strings and images. Very useful for email signatures or form responses.
- Transmit - Panic's super FTP client.
- Twitterrific - See your friend's twits and post your own twitters to twitter.com
- VLC - Video player and so much more.
- Vine VNC Server - Stable VNC server for the Mac OS.
- xScope - Essential tool for web developers. Measure elements and resize windows.
Note: Bolded applications I use daily.
What else would you recommend?
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by usrbingeek at 2007-06-12 00:46 ET (GMT-5) | 4 Comments | Permalink
There's a couple I didn't have, some other's I'd list, iTunes Alarm as an alarm alternative.
Disk Inventory X - this gives you a visual representation of what's on your hard drive and you can see what's taking up space.
Cyberduck - free FTP client alternative
Monolingual - remove all the language files you don't use
OnyX - Settings manager (must be Admin to use it)
If you're on a Mac Portable Doublecommand, modifies what keyboard keys do, (add a forward delete in, disable caps lock)
Xslimmer - removes the PPC or x86 code from your binaries in your Universal apps.
Decent list, thanks for that.
I've got a profile up at iusethis.com. Good site for checking out whats available and being used a lot.
Flip4Mac people have a new dvd imaging app out now called Drive In.
iBackup is one that I like and info.xhead is a must for me.
Oh, and for video encoding at a pro level, nothing beats Episode.
VMWare kicks butt on Parallels. Try it. Faster, uses multi-cores/CPUS, uses less power running and idle, doesn't feel slow, doesn't take up all free ram, smaller footprint. Mostly no downside, just better. Maybe even be cheaper.