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iAlexG
Oct 1, 2009, 04:06 PM
Its been a while since I have seen a new thread about peoples favorite mac apps. I really love mac software so i'll get us started, here are my favorite apps and why:

Aperture: A pro app I received as a gift and it is truly amazing. Lets me organize and touch up my photos with ease. I know iPhoto does this too but if you have one of Apple's pro apps why not use it. ($299)

Pixelmator: An affordable alternative to Adobe's Photoshop that is easier to use and nicer to look at. This app is beautifully designed and native. ($59)

iWork 09: I have used Office all my life and now I use iWork. Its just amazing to use and is perfect. ($79)

Yojimbo: Yojimbo is an amazing app that lets you make notes, archive pictures, pdf's, docs, txt, rtf and web archives. You can tag items for easy searching and create collections. You can add passwords and serials and encrypt content. Truly amazing and I use it every day ($40)

Process: Process is great. It lets me compile info and set due dates etc. it will even remind me with an email!!! It was hard to see a use for this software when i first downloaded the trial but after using it for about a week I have realized it true potential. ($39)

Cha-ching: it is a personal finance app that is easy to use and works better than many other apps. But the 2.0 beta ended yesturday so the app cannot be used, it sends you to their website. But the developer has not updated the app? What a pain, I may be forced to download Money (same developer as Process) ($?)

There are many other apps that I love but these are my top few at the moment.

Please post your favorites and thoughts. :D



innocent114
Oct 1, 2009, 10:11 PM
The Hit List - very beautiful app that just works well
Tweetie - simple and efficient

rKunda
Oct 1, 2009, 10:22 PM
1Password,
Dropbox,
Caffeine,
Geektool.

Bloodhound
Oct 3, 2009, 06:18 AM
1. keynote
2. aperture
3. cs4
4. istat menu
5.poladroid
6. vmware

twombles62
Oct 3, 2009, 11:19 AM
VLC - Movie player
Growl - Alerts system

jdavtz
Oct 3, 2009, 11:43 AM
GlimmerBlocker - Adblock for Safari - free
ClickToFlash - free
Fruux - like MobileMe, but does less - free
DropBox - online file storage/sync Mac/PC/iPhone - free

innocent114
Oct 3, 2009, 11:51 PM
1Password,
Dropbox,
Caffeine,
Geektool.

actually +1 to 1password
and add times

iAlexG
Oct 4, 2009, 10:08 AM
I dont really have a need for 1password so I store my passwords, serials and notes if i need to in Yojimbo (can still encrypt)

GoKyu
Oct 4, 2009, 10:42 AM
Current favorite apps...

Spaces (virtual desktops are a MUST have)
Firefox (Noscript, Lazarus, AdBlock Plus, Foxytunes - plugins)
VLC
1Password
VMWare Fusion
Lightroom (Adobe's version of Apple's Aperture - I prefer Lightroom)
Photoshop CS4
iStat Menu (Every Mac user should have this running)
Growl (Same as above)

fanchee
Nov 23, 2009, 10:29 PM
Here are a few of mine...

Every single day use:
1Password - password/serial # manager
Growl (including GrowlMail) -notifier
BusyCal -iCal on steroids
Launchbar-application launcher and so much more
iBank-finance manager
Things-to do app
Pandora One - online radio
MacJournal - personal journal app

Once a week use:
MarsEdit - blog editor
Together - database/file manager
SuperDuper - backup solution
:D

munkery
Nov 23, 2009, 11:01 PM
TrashMe = trash helper
aMSN = msn client
Bibdesk = reference manager
Burn = burning utility
ClamXav = antivirus
Caffeine = sleep utility
Growl = notification system
Handbrake = video transcoder and ripper
Jumpcut = clipboard utility
Macam = webcam driver
Max = audio transcoder
NeoOffice = office suite
Perian = very complete QuickTime codec pack
Flip4Mac = wma & wmv codec pack
XiphQT = another codec pack
R = statistical analysis software
Seashore = image manipulation (GIMP)
Skim = annotate pdfs
Smokin' Guns = fps
Syrinx = twitter client
The Unarchiver = archive utility
Transmission = bt client
Urban Terror = tactical fps
VirtualBox = virtualization software
Wine = windows emulator

All items in this list are free.

sharkync
Nov 23, 2009, 11:34 PM
No love for GIMP 2.6? Granted the UI takes a little getting use to - but once you do the program is very nice.

BTW - Just checked Pixelmator on Amazon - it's $39 USD!

pasipple
Nov 24, 2009, 12:26 AM
Just a few of my favorites to compliment those already mentioned....

CleanMyMac
Tweetie
eBookLibrary

DKatri
Nov 24, 2009, 05:50 AM
Tweetie = Really nice, clean Twitter client (Free with the occasional advert or $20 ad free, i have the free version)
MacJournal = Nice and simple journal software with password protection ($40)
Transmission = Torrent Client (Free)
Pages = Apple's word processor ($79 as part of iWork)
Google Chrome = Google's browser clean and simple, still a few bugs but I really like it (Free)
Things = Task manager, great organization app ($20)
Blackberry Desktop manager = Syncing for my Blackberry (duh) (Free)
VLC = Great media player that will play nearly everything you throw at it (Free)
Last.fm = 'Scrobbles' songs to last.fm (Free)
JiTouch = Some really nice multitouch add ons for multitouch trackpads ($5.49)
Camouflage = Quick way of hiding all of the icons on your desktop (Free)
AppZapper = A proper way to uninstall apps ($20)
Keynote = Presentation maker just like powerpoint but 1,000,000,000 times better (part of iWork)
OpenOffice.org = complete office suite for totally free

astroot
Nov 24, 2009, 06:33 AM
Adium
AppCleaner
Get Lyrical - iTunes lyric fetcher
iCompta - personal finance app - free

nastebu
Nov 24, 2009, 07:20 AM
Scrivener, Keynote, Omni Graffle and Bee Docs Timeline 3-D

None free. All worth it.

maflynn
Nov 24, 2009, 07:53 AM
Lightroom (more powerful and better editing then Aperture ;) )
Coda all in one css/html editor
RapidWeaver
VMware Fusion
TextMate

exegete77
Nov 24, 2009, 09:00 AM
Nisus Writer Pro
Notebook (Circus Ponies)
Accordance
Mellel
Scrivener
Bookends
Acrobat Pro
InDesign
OpenOffice.org
Papyrus
Ragtime

Michaelgtrusa
Nov 24, 2009, 09:42 AM
Beedocs Timeline 3D, CS4, Spotify, Pixelmator, Gimp, and Curio 6.2.

mac2x
Nov 24, 2009, 09:49 AM
iWork '09, Keynote in particular.
Finale 2009 (Windows, too, but the workspace integration on Mac is so much nicer)

If I could get it to run more things, Wine. It actually runs core Windows .exe's fine (like Calculator), but every third party thing I've tried crashes or doesn't work.

DKatri
Nov 24, 2009, 10:29 AM
Nisus Writer Pro
Notebook (Circus Ponies)
Accordance
Mellel
Scrivener
Bookends
Acrobat Pro
InDesign
OpenOffice.org
Papyrus
Ragtime

bookends might just save my life :D

coops
Nov 24, 2009, 10:37 AM
Pathfinder - finder replacement. Decent file manager, with dual pane ability, cut/paste files and lots more, can trial for free.
Dragthing - excellent alternative to Dock, free trial.

JDownloader (whether on Mac or Msoft) - for downloading from Rapidshare, Megaupload and many many others. Joins any split files automatically, stop/resume, control download speed & # connections etc.
NTFSmounter ( at errrr, ntfsmounter.com )

VLC - probably the only dvd and video player you'll need (not come across a format it won't play & it won't screw up your dvd regional setting either). Free.
Handbrake - converting DVD's and video files, although latest version only has mp4 as output. Free.
Mac the Ripper Free DVD ripper - rip a dvd to your hard drive.
Songbird Music player, iTunes alternative.

still using Opera browser too...


Coops

Winni
Nov 24, 2009, 10:52 AM
1. Aperture
2. Scrivener
3. ecto
4. CyberDuck
5. BlitzMax

Yojiirill
Nov 24, 2009, 11:36 AM
1. Itunes (I use it for a LOT more than music. I use it for TV Shows, Audiobooks, and podcasts on a daily basis)
2. Bean (a lightweight word processor)
3.DVD Player (I literally use it daily for my homeschooling :O)
4. Ichat
5. Garageband
6. IAntivirus
7. Itunes Statistician
8. Caffeine
9. Istat Menus

mixitup2006
Nov 24, 2009, 12:26 PM
Most of these apps have to be paid...

I am new to Mac..do you guys pay for these?

iAlexG
Nov 24, 2009, 03:08 PM
Most of these apps have to be paid...

I am new to Mac..do you guys pay for these?

Of course some people pirate software but no one will help you get serials or anything here.

Little update since my first post:

iTunes
Adium
Together
iWork + Bean on occasion
Squirrel
DVDRemaster
Evom
CoverSutra
VirusBarrier X5 (just to be safe)

Games:

Call of Duty 4
Age of Empires 3
Civilization 3
Halo
Quake Wars
Fable
Sauerbraten (FREE)
Urban Terror (FREE)

And people say macs suck at games!!

DKatri
Nov 24, 2009, 03:52 PM
Most of these apps have to be paid...

I am new to Mac..do you guys pay for these?

If an app (like for example Things) that will make your life a bit easier then surely its worth $20 or so that it costs.

That said, there is a massive amount of great freeware out there that will do the same jobs as the paid apps, maybe just not quite as well.

harperjones99
Nov 24, 2009, 04:15 PM
When you list apps it would be nice to say what they are for like many have done...save people from having to Google your list one by one to see if they have any interest before seeking them out.

iAlexG
Nov 24, 2009, 05:59 PM
If an app (like for example Things) that will make your life a bit easier then surely its worth $20 or so that it costs.

That said, there is a massive amount of great freeware out there that will do the same jobs as the paid apps, maybe just not quite as well.

Things actually costs $50!! But I forked it up and it was worth it

I love finding new freeware!!!

exegete77
Nov 24, 2009, 06:51 PM
Nisus Writer Pro
Notebook (Circus Ponies)
Accordance
Mellel
Scrivener
Bookends
Acrobat Pro
InDesign
OpenOffice.org
Papyrus
Ragtime

When you list apps it would be nice to say what they are for like many have done...save people from having to Google your list one by one to see if they have any interest before seeking them out.

Nisus Writer Pro - great general purpose word processor with high-end capabilities
Notebook (Circus Ponies) - keep notes for daily activities and archiving
Accordance - advanced Bible software with Hebrew, Greek, and complex find capabilities (“in the Greek New Testament, find all instances of the dative of a certain word used in connection with an articular infinitive”)
Mellel - superb high-end multi-lingual word processor with multiple, independent notestreams
Scrivener - writing and organizing tool with superb flexibility
Bookends - bibliography database program, interacts great with NWP and Mellel
Acrobat Pro - PDF creation and modification
InDesign- high-end page layout program
OpenOffice.org - free alternative to MS Office (includes Writer, Calc, Impress, Base)
Papyrus - high-end word processor/page layout (published a book using it)
Ragtime - high-end page layout, word processor, and spreadsheet capability

And yes, I paid for all of them (except OpenOffice.org), plus all upgrades; Acrobat and InDesign were part of the Adobe CS4 Premier Collection (Acrobat Pro, Bridge, Device Central, Dreamweaver, Drive, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Media Player, Photoshop).

palmerc2
Nov 25, 2009, 12:30 AM
MacTheRipper
Toast
iChat
GarageSale
iTunes
iShowU (quicktimes screen capture isn't all that great)
Aperture
Master Collection CS4 (lifesaver)
Mail

I've recently got Logic Studio 9, haven't really been able to use it that much yet, but am very excited to use Logic with my guitar! I have to get a pod studio to hook my guitar up to it first then I will be on my way to a BUNCH of different kind of amps :)

DKatri
Nov 25, 2009, 07:14 AM
Things actually costs $50!! But I forked it up and it was worth it

I love finding new freeware!!!

whoops my bad. I'm still in the 30 Day trial right now but I'm gonna buy it once that period ends its really useful!!

mysterytramp
Nov 25, 2009, 07:53 AM
Pages and Numbers. I'm very happy with them and I respect folks who say they need more powerful features of Microsoft Office but I pretty much doubt that there's much that these two can't do that Office can.

Bean. For lightweight word processing, it's the best.

Camino. Robust browser. Rarely offers me any trouble.

Caboodle. Stores snippets and so much more.

Shrook. I rarely stick with an RSS reader for too long but this is my current one.

mt

ttttaylor
Nov 25, 2009, 07:26 PM
google chrome
apple mail (looking for a new mail app though... any suggestions?)
ichat
tweetie
transmission
adobe illustrator cs4
ical :)

Corrode
Nov 27, 2009, 04:26 AM
Alright, I'll post a few I use daily:

iStatPro - Computer statistics I couldn't live without. Prefer it over iStatMenus because I use my dash a lot
Organized - a nicer dashboard view of iCal, which shows upcoming events below the calender
App Cleaner - never worry about leaving files behind when you delete an app
Coconut Battery - for those of us obsessed with out battery health
Google Notifier - Great for those with Gmail accounts
Facebook Notifications - Addicted to Facebook? Keep up even better with notifications in your menu bar
SMC Fan Control - control your fan speeds and temp of your mac
GrowlTunes - uses growl to notify you of changing iTunes tracks

steezy1337
Nov 27, 2009, 05:36 AM
Adium - IM client (use for msn & facebook chat)
fluid - make frequently used websites into their own windows (i've got one for gmail and one for facebook)
itunes - 'nuff said
safari - i'm waiting for google chrome after using it on windows
vuze - torrent client
garageband - music creator
pages - word processor from iWork
smultron - html client
codeblocks - IDE
bowtie - displays cover art and track info from itunes on desktop
geektool
gmail notifier - notifies me when i have new e-mails
isquint - free video converter
pod-to-mac - free ipod to mac ripper

i'm also contemplating using plex instead of front row, is it worth it?

jamesdmc
Nov 27, 2009, 09:38 AM
i'm also contemplating using plex instead of front row, is it worth it?Once you get it set up, it's totally worth it. I don't have a remote for it yet (gonna get a Harmony One), but even my 5-year-old daughter can grab the keyboard and choose something to watch. Actually, she knows how to change the movie's cover art and background art to her liking :).

keekl
Nov 27, 2009, 09:56 AM
AppZapper
Disk Inventory X
Time Machine Editor
OnyX
Thunderbird
iWork 06 (just use Pages sometimes)

rhett7660
Nov 27, 2009, 10:43 AM
Notebook[/B] (Circus Ponies) - keep notes for daily activities and archiving


I have been reading about in Mac|Life etc... was wondering how you like it?

wattsja
Nov 27, 2009, 11:58 AM
I have been reading about in Mac|Life etc... was wondering how you like it?

I love the program. I am a recent convert from the PC to a MAC and this was on of the first programs I bought. I keep a notebook for work with all kinds of information. I am the IT Manager for a chemical plant so I keep track of LOTS of information. I didn't use anything like it in Windows, but like you I tried it because of the ads in Mac|Life, and I would be lost without it!

steezy1337
Nov 27, 2009, 04:01 PM
Once you get it set up, it's totally worth it. I don't have a remote for it yet (gonna get a Harmony One), but even my 5-year-old daughter can grab the keyboard and choose something to watch. Actually, she knows how to change the movie's cover art and background art to her liking :).

can you not use the apple remote?

jamesdmc
Nov 28, 2009, 08:07 AM
I could, but I still fiddle around with settings enough to warrant using the keybaord (experimenting with the Aeon skin right now). Besides, I was supposed to get that Harmony remote a while ago, so I never bothered with the Apple remote. The Harmony will be in my hands some time around Christmas, so I'll keep using the keyboard and mouse for now.

exegete77
Nov 28, 2009, 09:09 AM
I have been reading about in Mac|Life etc... was wondering how you like it?

Notebook works well for me. I use it to take diary-like notes, calls made, topics discussed, visits made, conferences, etc. It provides an instant index of every term, so finding something is relatively easy. It apparently will allow me to set due dates, etc., but I haven’t explored; I was pushed into a situation in which I needed something like this, be up and running within 1 day and maintain the consistency and accuracy of reporting. Notebook provided that. I would like to explore it even more (because it does more), but with my schedule, this is about all I have done.

Very dependable. My only concern will be when it increases in size, will it be that responsive. With two months of notes, it had grown to 1 MB (I have no idea if that is large or small, relative to this program).

Scrimpy
Nov 30, 2009, 02:11 PM
Here are some free ones I really like:

Tweetie — Keep track of Twitter from your desktop.
SimpleTask — To-do list lives in menu bar, dock or both.
Vienna — Subscribe to Atom/RSS news feeds and podcasts.
iStat Menus — Keep tabs on what’s going on under the hood with stats in the menu bar.
Caffeine — Set your Mac to stay awake.
Bean — An open source word processor.
Jumpcut — Save up multiple snippets of text.
Pastor — A password-protected spot to stash serial numbers, passwords and the like.
Cyberduck — FTP client has a nice Mac-like interface.

erikistired
Nov 30, 2009, 03:11 PM
Firefox - browser, duh.
Tweetie - twitter app.
WriteRoom - basic word processor. love it for writing.
Acorn - image editor.
Fetch - ftp.
RipIt & DVDRemaster - putting my dvds on my mac.
Waller - save passwords and serial numbers.
CrossOver Games - currently to play torchlight on steam.
VirtualBox - does what i need, free.

Ashka
Nov 30, 2009, 10:10 PM
MacJournal 5. various versions since 2004..
iWork'09
CheckBook Pro

Free ones:
Scribblet ~ notepad in menubar.
Surplus meter to track broadband usage ~ capped plan
Graphic apps:
Gimp
Toy Viewer
Pixen
Small Games:
Quinn
Sudoku Adept
Minimalwords
MyMahj
AtomicWorm
Misc:
Mr Tides 3 ~ worldwide tide tables
Adium ~ messaging
FontDoc ~ list of installed fonts.
MacTracker ~ All Apple Hardware
VLC
Perian
Handbrake.
iStat Menus which everyone should have :)

maigado
Jan 10, 2010, 07:16 PM
Path Finder - not perfect, but can't do without it. File management via the Finder doesn't cut it. Other Mac file managers don't do as much, though some do things PF doesn't. Not to troll, but there are Windows file managers that are far better than most Mac ones. Sometimes, the user base's conviction that everything Mac is superior prevents people from demanding improvement where it's needed.
LaunchBar - the one app that really separates Mac from Windows for me. I'd much rather use the Mac to begin with, but I'm not as anti-Windows as most people in a Mac forum tend to be. But of all the launchers I've tried on all platforms, this is the one I can't function without. And, as its devotees well know, it's far more than a launcher. My favorite efficiency tool ever, it reveals more and more functionality all the time.
CoolBook - undervolts my MBP so that it runs cooler and the fan doesn't scream so much. It made my machine usable again after a period where the fan ran so fast and loud that I couldn't stand it anymore. Installing Snow Leopard improved the problem for some reason, but CoolBook keeps things under control better than it would be otherwise.
1Password - I could manage without, but don't want to. One of those apps that, once you've got it, it's hard to let go of.

There are plenty of others that I use and like, but that aren't as vital. Among them:

BetterZip and Springy – better than the woeful support that the OS provides for archives, but not to the standards of some Windows clients. I'd like to see better integration with the OS for this sort of thing, if it's even possible.
VLC - for the same reasons everyone else uses it.

Skype
Cyberduck
TextMate
Mail
iCal
Address Book
NetNewsWire
Firefox - Safari has some advantages, but I can't manage without my extensions.
iStatMenus
Typinator

booyaaah
Jan 11, 2010, 04:17 AM
Have anyone mentioned Quicksilver (http://www.blacktree.com/)?
That is probably the app I use the most, it's awesome.

other apps:

AppTrap
NTFS for Mac
Macports + Wine
1password
MacPAR deluxe
PLEX
Sabnzb+
Yasu
iStat Menus (thanks to this thread)
Caffeine (thanks to this thread)

devianter
Mar 15, 2010, 09:27 AM
plex

harry454
Mar 15, 2010, 12:42 PM
Schoolhouse - free (or used to be?) - Used everyday to organize assignment/test dates, also has option to email professor right threw it and can calculate your average based on weighting.

Adium - Free - All in one chat client
Tranmissions - Free - Bitorrent Client
ShakesPeer - Free - DC++ Client
Dropbox - Free (2GB) - Online storage, love the intregation all my Uni work is auto backed up on to it.

InsomniaX - Free - Prevents mac from going to sleep when you shut the lid or turn off the screen.

BetterTouchTool - Free - adds more gestures to Magic Mouse and Multitouch Trackpads.

SMCfancontrol - Free - Controls Fan speeds.

AppCleaner - Free - Helps delete apps completely

flakes8
Mar 15, 2010, 01:49 PM
VCL
Fission
Handbrake
Audio Hijack Pro
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

:)

iAlexG
Mar 15, 2010, 02:16 PM
A few of my apps have changed since i started this thread 5 months ago.
Safari (http://www.apple.com/safari/) + Opera (http://www.opera.com/browser/) as backup (Opera doesnt have smooth scrolling?)
Vuze (http://www.vuze.com/)
Mail.app (http://www.apple.com/macosx/what-is-macosx/mail-ical-address-book.html)
Adium (http://adium.im/)
iTunes (http://www.apple.com/itunes/)
Photoshop CS4 (http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/compare/) (I used to use PS but more recently Acorn (http://flyingmeat.com/acorn/) has been more than adequate)
iWork (http://www.apple.com/iwork/) + Mariner Write (http://www.marinersoftware.com/sitepage.php?page=12)
Squirrel (http://www.squirrelapp.com/) (Personal Finance) or iCompta (http://www.lyricapps.com/iCompta/) (Great free option)
Shovebox (http://www.wonderwarp.com/shovebox/) (A much less obtrusive than something like Yojimbo or Together but just as efficient, lets me keep my work space clean and uncluttered)
Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr/) (all video conversions and DVD rips)

-aggie-
Mar 15, 2010, 02:19 PM
A few of my apps have changed since i started this thread 5 months ago.
Safari + Opera as backup (Opera doesnt have smooth scrolling?)
Vuze
Mail.app
Adium
iTunes
Photoshop CS4
iWork + Mariner Write
Squirrel (Personal Finance)
Shovebox (A much less obtrusive than something like Yojimbo or Together but just as efficient, lets me keep my work space clean and uncluttered)
Handbrake (all video conversions and DVD rips)

I read thru a few of your posts, but didn't see whether you had tried Transmission vs. using Vuze. Have you?

iAlexG
Mar 15, 2010, 02:21 PM
I read thru a few of your posts, but didn't see whether you had tried Transmission vs. using Vuze. Have you?

Yes i have used Transmission in the past and it is faster on start up etc. but the search feature of Vuze made me switch about 3 months back.

dirt farmer
Mar 15, 2010, 06:20 PM
I absolutely need a great RSS reader, and Vienna (http://www.vienna-rss.org/) is the best I've found (yes, that includes NNW)

MP3 Scan and Repair (http://triq.net/mac) is essential to make sure all of my downloaded music is in tip-top shape.

And I just recently discovered Skitch (http://skitch.com/). Man, am I in love with Skitch!

These are in addition to the essentials like Cocktail, DiskWarrior, XSlimmer, The Unarchiver, etc.

gødspeed
Mar 15, 2010, 07:53 PM
My must-haves, and some less important but still very neat apps:


Essential utilities

DragThing - until recently I didn't understand why people needed an app-launcher with functionality beyond what Spotlight offers. But this is a really amazing tool, totally changed how I interact with files and apps.

smcFanControl - for monitoring and changing fan RPM / CPU temperature

MainMenu - like Onyx, but lighter weight and always running

Onyx - to do everything MainMenu can't, as well as some essential UI tweaks (e.g, getting rid of the 3d dock!).

Isolator - great ultra-lightweight little menu bar app to fade out background windows

Airfoil - for wirelessly streaming my computer's audio over my AppleTV's surround sound (so useful), or to my iPhone (awesome, but a little gimmicky)

TrueCrypt - excellent option for file and drive encryption; would own it even if it cost $250, but it's free!


Internet

Chromium (nightly dev release, update every couple days) - my internet browsing workhorse; seems to be faster than everything except maybe Safari, but interface is much more appealing to me than Safari

Safari - my failsafe browsing option, for when Chromium doesn't work (some internet video sites don't seem to like Chromium)

Firefox - I use this with Vidalia and Torbutton and some other extensions for any sensitive browsing for which greater security and anonymity is desirable.

Cyberduck - my FTP client of choice

Transmission - lightweight and simple, and does everything torrent-related I need.

Dropbox - 2GB of free online storage that integrates perfectly with Finder = win.

Little Snitch - great lightweight firewall and network monitor

Vidalia - My TOR client of choice


Academic

Microsoft Word - I tried to like Pages, but it really is inferior to Word.

Papers - not really a "must have", but this is a nice way to keep an organized library of journal articles and other PDF documents.


Media Editing

Adobe Lightroom 3 (beta) - Having previously used Aperture, I find this a better overall app in pretty much all ways.

Pixelmator - very intuitive and aesthetically appealing image editing, not as powerful as PS, but more than enough for most of what I do.

Final Cut Studio - this covers everything I need in software for video production, except

Magic Bullet Looks - how I do color grading for video.


Other

Candybar - for easily changing ugly dock icons, or freshening up the overall look of my system.

FontExplorer - hands down the best font manager, absolutely essential for anyone doing design, or anything really that involves non-standard fonts.

coconutBattery - to keep track of battery health in my MacBook

DaisyDisk - ultra-cool-looking app to quickly visualize which files and folders are taking up the most room on my hard drives

VLC - I transcode all of the videos I acquire to h.264 AppleTV-friendly m4v format, but VLC is how I first make sure it's what I wanted, that the subtitles work, etc etc

Handbrake - best video transcoding option for Mac, hands down.

Fairmount - needed to rip DVDs with 64-bit Handbrake

7zx - for handling archive files that Finder can't

AV8TOR
Mar 15, 2010, 10:18 PM
I am new to the Mac world but my go to programs are

Skype
Office (mostly Word)
RipIt
Handbreak
Firefox
Picasa
AppCleaner
VLC
CCC

jeremyisweary
Mar 15, 2010, 11:22 PM
And I just recently discovered Skitch (http://skitch.com/). Man, am I in love with Skitch!


Yeah, I'm in love with Skitch also. It's just so easy, and I'm surprised by how much I use it.

Other apps:
Things
Evernote
NetNewsWire
1Password (I'm still trying to figure out a quick way to add app licenses without manually adding line by line. I tried to drag apps to it, but that didn't work. Does anyone know?)
Click to Flash
Concentrate
Tweetie
Fluid (I made apps for Mint.com,Youtube, and Instapaper. :D)
Transmission
MarsEdit
Hulu
Caffiene
Last.fm scrobbler
Facebook Notifications

juliainor
Mar 20, 2010, 08:28 PM
My can't live withouts that I think would be useful for everyone:
TextExpander
Dropbox
Hazel
LaunchBar
Things
Evernote (premium)
1Password
SuperDuper


Other things I can't live without but not everyone would need:
Scrivener
Papers
Cram
Brush Pilot
Concentrate

LucidPsychosis
Mar 21, 2010, 01:14 AM
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Photoshop
Flow
iRip
iTunes (even though it comes standard, I think it is worth special mention)
iWork suite
MacJournal
Microsoft Office (it's nice to have in those specialized cases)
Mozilla Firefox
RapidWeaver
RipIt
Tracks
Tweetie

I included all of my favorites. They are of varying usage frequency and purpose. Steam will be on that list shortly.

Let's Sekuhara!
Mar 21, 2010, 03:44 AM
- Anything by Adobe: I know, their **** is overpriced, but there are workarounds...

- TextEdit: This is the unsung hero of OS X.

- Blender: A free, open source 3D suite that kicks Maya's ass!

- Grand Perspective: Helps you free up hard drive space by revealing large files.

- µTorrent: The best torrent software for the Mac.

- Djay: fun as hell app for turning your iTunes library into an arsenal of mixing mayhem.

- iWork: Because it's everything MS Office failed to be, at a cheaper price.

- Dropbox: A free alternative to MobileMe's iDisk. Extremely effective. Tell your friends!

- Fetch: A simple but effective drag-and-drop FTP app. Longtime favorite.

- Firefox: If there is is a global standard for web browsing, this is it. Plenty of great extensions.

- Google Earth: Our planet is amazing... see for yourself.

- Handbrake: Goodbye DVD region codes, goodbye physical discs, goodbye DRM!

- iTunes, iCal, Address Book, and the iLife apps: Thanks, Apple!

- iShowU: Flexible screen capture software. Comes in handy at times.

- Little Snitch: Informs you when your software (legitimate or otherwise) attempts to connect to the internet, and asks your permission to allow or deny.

- MindNode Pro: Simple yet effective mind mapping software.

- Nestopia: NES emulator for Mac. Time to dust off your ROMs!

- PeerGuardian: Protects your privacy by blocking your IP during P2P filesharing.

- Reason: Still one of my favorite DAWs after all these years. Buy it!

- Senuti: Got music on your iPod you need to move onto your Mac? This will do it. It will also preserve your playlists.

- Skype: Video chat with users all over the world for free! Call any cell or land line phone for cheap.

- Time Machine: What good are any of these other apps I'm listing if you don't have them backed up? It's free with OS X. Use it!

- Tinker Tool: Because there are system preferences you wish OS X gave you, but didn't.

- Toast: the best way to burn or copy CDs and DVDs on the Mac.

- VLC Media Player: Got a video file that won't open in QuickTime? Chances are, VLC will open it.

- VMware Fusion: Does a fine job of running Windows or Linux virtual machines on the Mac.

- Parallels: Does a fine job of running Windows or Linux virtual machines on the Mac.

- XaoS: Open source fractal viewer... for the nerdiest of us.

- Mac The Ripper: Extract the VIDEO_TS folder of any DVD. Use at your own discretion.

- Audio Hijack: Capture audio from any application running on your Mac.

- Doom [1, 2, & 3]: You know you want to bring back the addiction. Why bother to resist?

bobbytomorow
Mar 21, 2010, 06:28 AM
Omniweb - Lightweight, webkit based browser(scores 100 on ACID3)
transmission- nice simple torrent client
Paintbrush- great, attractive ms paint alternative
SMCfancontrol- allows user to monitor and control system fans
weathervane- great menubar app that displays current outside weather
mplayer- plays pretty well any video format and imo more attractive than vlc
istat menus- monitor system properties, resource usage and temps in real time

ARF900
Mar 21, 2010, 10:03 AM
Schoolhouse - free (or used to be?) - Used everyday to organize assignment/test dates, also has option to email professor right threw it and can calculate your average based on weighting.

Adium - Free - All in one chat client
Tranmissions - Free - Bitorrent Client
ShakesPeer - Free - DC++ Client
Dropbox - Free (2GB) - Online storage, love the intregation all my Uni work is auto backed up on to it.

InsomniaX - Free - Prevents mac from going to sleep when you shut the lid or turn off the screen.

BetterTouchTool - Free - adds more gestures to Magic Mouse and Multitouch Trackpads.

SMCfancontrol - Free - Controls Fan speeds.

AppCleaner - Free - Helps delete apps completely


You are my hero, especially for schoolhouse, but I also got DropBox, and AppCleaner

ecstasy
Mar 27, 2010, 06:03 PM
Awesome topic.

These are helpful for me (college student):

Notebook
Things
Evernote

satan4u
Mar 30, 2010, 07:35 AM
nice list found some good and handy apps/games form this list :D

this is my list (if the sites are wrong feel free to correct them for me)

adium (http://adium.im/)
Atomicworm (http://www.charliedoggames.com/?page_id=42)
burn (http://burn-osx.sourceforge.net/Pages/English/home.html)
clamxav (http://www.clamxav.com/)
evom (http://thelittleappfactory.com/evom/)
dosbox (http://www.dosbox.com)
filezilla (http://filezilla-project.org/)
firefox (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/personal.html)
google chrome (http://www.google.com/chrome)
google earth (http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html)
macfire (http://www.macfire.org/)
minimalwords (http://minimal.todesstrahl.com/)
mymahj (http://www.mymahj.com/)
quinn (http://simonhaertel.de/quinn/home)
skype (http://www.skype.com/download/skype/macosx/)
songbird (http://www.getsongbird.com/)
teamspeaker (http://www.teamspeak.com/?page=downloads)
teamviewer (http://www.teamviewer.com/index.aspx)
the unarchiver (http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver)
transmision (http://www.transmissionbt.com/)
ventrilo (http://www.ventrilo.com/dlprod.php?id=2)
vlc (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/)
yahoo messenger (http://messenger.yahoo.com/mac/)
aim (http://products.aim.com/mac)
growl (http://growl.info/)

if someone that uses these apps can check the site and see if they are correct and let me know that would be good

scowl
Mar 30, 2010, 09:41 AM
I kind of like iTunes since my conversion but I miss foobar with a passion. The lack of a truly great music player on OS X still baffles me.

that said:

iTunes
- Bowtie
- GimmeSomeTunes
- Volume Logic (Since SRS iWOW has seemed to decide to stopped working :\ )

Candybar - Essential program for people who like to customize.
Nerdtool
Adium
Linkinus - Been on IRC since '94. This is the best IRC client I've ever used.
Skype
uTorrent - My favorite torrent client, yet still a year or two behind its windows counterpart unfortunately.
Alfred (http://www.alfredapp.com/) - A new app launcher currently in beta.
AppZapper - If there's a better app for this, let me know please.
Itsy - Small and lightweight twitter client. Nice mods out there to make it pretty as well.
Macam - Got my Microsoft LifeCam working thanks to this
Little Snitch - Essential. Everyone needs this.
Media Rage - I miss Tag & Rename but this helps.. some what.
SlipCover - For adding DVD covers to folder or files
Yahoo Messenger - I actually do like their OS X offering, and think it is much, much better than its Windows counterpart.
TextMate
PList Editor Pro

edit: forgot Perian!

gødspeed
Mar 30, 2010, 12:19 PM
I'm so glad I listened to everyone recommending Alfred. It's such a beautifully minimalistic and lightweight app launcher -- does everything an app launcher should do, and nothing more. Wonderful.

My only complaint, that the hat graphics don't fit my UI well, is easily fixed. I've changed the menubar and search icon graphics, and now you wouldn't think it was more than a feature of 10.6. This is definitely a keeper.

dogegg
Mar 30, 2010, 12:34 PM
Awesome topic.

These are helpful for me (college student):

Notebook
Things
Evernote

Things looks great and would be useful but £45 is a bit steep!

Does anybody know where to get it cheaper or any good free alternatives?

dirt farmer
Mar 30, 2010, 12:48 PM
AppZapper - If there's a better app for this, let me know please.

I used AppZapper a few years ago, and it would always leave behind some .plist files, and even some occasional cache files.

I'm wondering if anyone has used AppTrasher (http://www.osxbytes.com/page5/apptrasher.html)? It's description sounds much more thorough.

kasakka
Mar 30, 2010, 01:55 PM
Path Finder - not perfect, but can't do without it. File management via the Finder doesn't cut it. Other Mac file managers don't do as much, though some do things PF doesn't. Not to troll, but there are Windows file managers that are far better than most Mac ones. Sometimes, the user base's conviction that everything Mac is superior prevents people from demanding improvement where it's needed.

Got to agree with you there. Finder is terrible, but so is XP and Vista file manager. Win7 file manager is actually rather good, or at least good enough to get me to use it instead of Directory Opus on Win7. But on OSX Path Finder is the bee's knees. :)

Platypus is a cool app if you need to for example turn an Applescript into an actual app you can easily launch from your desktop or whereever.

Pixen is a cool image editor specifically made for old school pixel graphics. Sadly it seems that it is no longer being developed but even in its current form it is good for doing pixel graphics, far better than something that isn't really made for that like Pixelmator or Photoshop.

PS. For the sake of this thread, how about people don't post the obvious ones (like Firefox or iTunes) and repeat what others have posted (unless they have something to say about it)

iAlexG
Mar 30, 2010, 02:40 PM
Things looks great and would be useful but £45 is a bit steep!

Does anybody know where to get it cheaper or any good free alternatives?

Taskmate (http://gettaskmate.com/) is a nice free alternative. Although not so pretty and feature packed it does the basics of what Things does

scowl
Mar 30, 2010, 04:16 PM
Is Pathfinder the best alternative file manager? I really do not like Finder. What would be some other options?

Also, since I'm still fairly new to OS X I figure I should ask this.. I've been installing everything into the Applications folder and it's getting kind of stuffed up with all of my installs. If I create some sub-folders to move/organize the apps around, will that effect anything if I've been using all of these apps for a while?

iAlexG
Mar 30, 2010, 05:47 PM
Is Pathfinder the best alternative file manager? I really do not like Finder. What would be some other options?

Also, since I'm still fairly new to OS X I figure I should ask this.. I've been installing everything into the Applications folder and it's getting kind of stuffed up with all of my installs. If I create some sub-folders to move/organize the apps around, will that effect anything if I've been using all of these apps for a while?

Pathfinder is the best alternative at the moment, although i dont use it
HoudahSpot (http://www.houdah.com/houdahSpot/) is a good spotlight replacement if thats your problem.
And moving apps around wont mess them up like windows. All the apps preferences, cache files etc are located in the library folder so will not be affected.

mysterytramp
Mar 30, 2010, 09:40 PM
Things looks great and would be useful but £45 is a bit steep!

Does anybody know where to get it cheaper or any good free alternatives?

45 pounds? Really? It's like $45 in the U.S. (which should be less than £30)

BTW, macupdate.com (http://search.macupdate.com/search.php?keywords=gtd&os=mac&start=0) has lots of GTD apps, several are free.

mt

exegete77
Mar 30, 2010, 11:34 PM
And moving apps around wont mess them up like windows. All the apps preferences, cache files etc are located in the library folder so will not be affected.

Sort of true. But if you ever want to update any application without headaches, you will recognize the wisdom of keeping all apps in the Applications folder.

Fa7mac
Mar 31, 2010, 02:49 PM
1 - Expose (you gotta love it)
2 - Spaces
3- Final Cut Pro
4- Motion
5 - keynote
6 - iTunes
7- iMovie
8- iDVD
9- appcleaner
10- Firefox

soms
Mar 31, 2010, 07:18 PM
Coversutra

rk1991
Apr 1, 2010, 09:40 AM
Things - to do list
Office 2008 and iWork 09
Caffeine - keeps computer from sleeping
App Cleaner - app uninstaller
Carbon Copy Cloner - makes copy of hard drive
Coconut Battery - checks battery health. I dont like iStat because i dont use expose
Daisy Disk - to check disk usage
Firefox - i prefer Safari but i need some add ons and i like how firefox goes straight to full screen with the green button.
DROPBOX - Best app ever. Online storage
Pixelmator - photoshop substitute.
Ripit - for the few personal dvds i want to back up and for the ones I want to watch from my hard drive without carrying the disk around.
VLC - video player. I dont want to add plugins for quicktime and i used vlc on my windows pc.
Self Control - for the time i need to do serious work without any interruptions from email, chats or facebook.

Wheelie4
Apr 1, 2010, 05:12 PM
AppZapper - If there's a better app for this, let me know please.

I used AppZapper a few years ago, and it would always leave behind some .plist files, and even some occasional cache files.

I'm wondering if anyone has used AppTrasher (http://www.osxbytes.com/page5/apptrasher.html)? It's description sounds much more thorough.

I bought AppZapper 2 years ago and lately I've been trying Apptrasher. In every case Apptrasher found same files as AppZapper and occasionally another. I found a free app called Easyfind over a year ago (its more of a spotlight search replacement) but because I can sometimes find files with it no other dedicated app remover does I use it to remove app's and associated files manually (I missed Tigers Spotlight Window that I used to remove apps and associated files with manually). But I run AppZapper, Apptrasher, Hazel (in background) and Easyfind every time I remove an app just to see what they find. I still prefer EasyFind.

funwithamar
Apr 18, 2010, 04:35 PM
most of the apps i love have already been mentioned
i'd like to add

afloat

DolmenRage
Apr 19, 2010, 07:50 PM
Great recommendations.
Some of mine:
Adium - IM Client
Last.fm - app for the webpage
Growl -Notifications
RAR expander -.rar unarchiver

messedkid
Apr 19, 2010, 11:01 PM
Won't bother describing each app, since you guys have done a pretty thorough job of that already, but here goes.

Things
Dropbox
Evernote
Adium
VLC
Perian
Pages
Numbers
Gimp
Synergy
Gmail Notifier
Transmission
Bento
1Password

And some Unreal Tournament 2004 for when I have some time to kill. :D

hkim1983
Apr 20, 2010, 02:17 PM
-Google Chrome: Combines the things I like best about Safari and Firefox into one browser, I'm sure it'll only get better by final release.

-iTrash: Helps removes applications completely.

-MPlayer OS X Extended: I've found it to be just as versatile as VLC, with better tracking and better performance (with the MT binaries).

-Transmission: It does what it does, and it does it well enough for me.

-Colloquy: Free IRC client that also does its job.

-Stickies: I personally think this is the best Apple app there is...not too fond of a lot of their other options...

goggys
May 6, 2010, 08:32 AM
Mailplane - Great integration of gmail with the desktop
Hazel - Excellent for setting up a self organizing mac
Growl - Notifications
Papers - Extremely useful for those who need to organize academic pdfs
Medialink - Easy mediastreamer for your PS3
Alfred - Great app launcher
Transmission - IMO best mac torrent application
Google chrome - Nice fast and lightweight browser
1Password - Absolute must have for password management. Sadly does not support chrome yet.
Movist - Excellent media player with support for many formats
Hotspotshield - For those pesky sites that only work from the U.S

Thanks to the guy who mentioned ji-touch. This is exactly the app I have been looking for!

RobT
May 6, 2010, 07:41 PM
Here's a couple more freebies that are great that I haven't seen mentioned yet:

Loginox: sets your login wallpaper to match your desktop wallpaper

Dock Library: Change your OSX dock to one of several free alternatives.

dsprimal
May 14, 2010, 12:32 AM
I surfed google, and this forum about what applications would be necessary for a new macbook owner. But I couldn't find anything (if i DID miss a similar thread, I'm truly sorry).

I was wondering what are absolutely necessary or really beneficial applications I should get? I installed appcleaner which seems to be real good.

Any others?

chrono1081
May 14, 2010, 01:10 AM
I surfed google, and this forum about what applications would be necessary for a new macbook owner. But I couldn't find anything (if i DID miss a similar thread, I'm truly sorry).

I was wondering what are absolutely necessary or really beneficial applications I should get? I installed appcleaner which seems to be real good.

Any others?

Back to the original question, I really like the following:

Adium: IM client that supports everything. Ugly at first but there are many downloadable themes

Rapid Weaver: Perfect for websites and blogs without messing with lots of code

Paragon NTFS: For writing to NTFS drives (there is a free program that does this but the name escapes me at the moment).

I know there are a ton missing that I'm not thinking of right now but those are a few top ones.

MercyInYou
May 14, 2010, 02:32 AM
I don't have a lot of mac expirience (my first mac is 1 month old today... party! :D) but I would recommend:
Better Touch Tool - allows to use gestures as shortcut. I use gestures for pretty much everything now in Safari (opening/closing tabs, switching between them, refreshing etc) - very useful.
OpenOffice - similar to Microsoft Office but it's free :)
Onyx - deletes cache files etc that you don't need.

Gregg2
May 14, 2010, 07:56 AM
Essential: Mac OSX
Everything else will depend on what you need the computer for. ;)

Sir Lorad
May 14, 2010, 08:04 AM
Growl - freeware, kind of event messaging software. integrates with adium, itunes, safari, etc. very good.

Perian - codecs for quicktime.

flip2mac - play WMV with quicktime

Mac The Ripper - DVD ripping software

amule - equivalent to emule.

gimp - photoshop like.

HBOC
May 14, 2010, 09:08 PM
programs that i use..

xact
audacity
istat
coconut battery
unRARX
itunes statistician

btrav13
May 15, 2010, 10:46 AM
I know it helped me, and it might be something to consider:

I switched to 100% Mac usage about a month ago...I sold my PC desktop and my Macbook Air and got a new high-end 15in MBP. However, I was kind of scared to 100% ditch the Windows world, so...

I bought Parallels Desktop 5 and a full version of Windows 7. Now I can run Windows 7 on my new MBP if I NEED it. Psychologically it has helped me knowing that I still have a Windows option if I need it. And in reality, I have only opened it a couple of times, most times I don't even log the Windows 7 in, it sits idle and rarely used.

gatepc
May 15, 2010, 01:56 PM
Apps:
Firefox/Tor ( to get on the blocked sites at school :) )
Skype
Transmission
Aperture 3 ( A must have ( photographer )
Adobe CS5 Master collection ( I use photoshop for photography and am also in video production classes so... )
Final Cut Pro ( I prefer it to CS5's apps but I can't use it at school, I use it for personal projects though )
Handbrake
Max
iWork
Xbench
iStat ( can't live without it )
Toast
GFX Card Status (Thanks bitninja!)
Parallels (with win 7)
Steam
Xmarks ( can't live without this ether! )

Games:
And Yet it Moves
Bioshock
Diner Dash
Galcon Fusion
Half-life 2 series ( when they release the ports for mac :) can't wait! )
Hoyle Card Games
Machinarium
Nexuiz
Osmos
Portal
StarCraft 2 Beta ( already pre ordered :) )
StepMania
World of Goo

Computer specs in sig :)

bobbytomorow
May 15, 2010, 03:21 PM
steam
istat menus
CS5
firefox w/ yummy
movist

/thread

david.v
May 16, 2010, 06:39 PM
First, Adobe Master Collection CS5
and here are some of the rest of my favorites...

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http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/2593/screenshot20100517at209.png (http://img37.imageshack.us/i/screenshot20100517at209.png/)http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/438/screenshot20100517at210.png (http://img197.imageshack.us/i/screenshot20100517at210.png/)http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/2593/screenshot20100517at209.png (http://img24.imageshack.us/i/screenshot20100517at209.png/)http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/5688/screenshot20100517at207.png (http://img96.imageshack.us/i/screenshot20100517at207.png/)http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/5688/screenshot20100517at207.png (http://img64.imageshack.us/i/screenshot20100517at207.png/)
http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/9773/screenshot20100517at206.png (http://img199.imageshack.us/i/screenshot20100517at206.png/)http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/5688/screenshot20100517at207.png (http://img705.imageshack.us/i/screenshot20100517at207.png/)http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/5688/screenshot20100517at207.png (http://img28.imageshack.us/i/screenshot20100517at207.png/)http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/384/screenshot20100517at208.png (http://img198.imageshack.us/i/screenshot20100517at208.png/)http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/3150/screenshot20100517at206l.png (http://img199.imageshack.us/i/screenshot20100517at206l.png/)http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/9773/screenshot20100517at206.png (http://img28.imageshack.us/i/screenshot20100517at206.png/)



and my torrent hero, which surprised me again just minutes ago with this:



http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/2358/screenshot20100517at143.png (http://img4.imageshack.us/i/screenshot20100517at143.png/)

Sir Lorad
May 17, 2010, 11:08 AM
FREEMIND - I found it a good free application to organizing ideas as a mental Map.
worth a try!

millertime021
May 18, 2010, 12:09 AM
First, Adobe Master Collection CS5




and my torrent hero, which surprised me again just minutes ago with this:



http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/2358/screenshot20100517at143.png (http://img4.imageshack.us/i/screenshot20100517at143.png/)


I'm guessing you got CS5 Master Collection through your torrent hero? :cool:



I like CS5 Master Collection, iStat, Air Mouse, and Handbrake. Those are just a few.

david.v
May 18, 2010, 07:38 PM
I'm guessing you got CS5 Master Collection through your torrent hero? :cool:


why not? :cool: hehe

atticus18244fsa
May 19, 2010, 12:28 AM
Firefox
Safari
Adium
Last.FM
Bowtie
SMCfancontrol
iStatMenus
Growl
Menumeters
Traktor
VMwareFusion
Twitteriffic
Appcleaner
Tigerlaunch
Tunatic
Caffeine
MediaInfo Mac
Max
VLC
Caffeine
RARexpander
Pages
Transmission
Play
Google Chrome
PeerGuardian


on a regular basis. Sorry or not explaining but that would take forever plus most people have already done it.

TheNewDude
May 19, 2010, 08:21 AM
Google Chrome - Web Browser is blazingly fast on the Mac.
I have setup the Google DNS too. WOW! It's truely a pleasure surfing the net when using Google Chrome.

ChaosAngel
May 19, 2010, 08:42 AM
To save time. Here is a simple list of the best Mac applications:

http://www.lifeintech.co.uk/mac-101/top-mac-applications.html

djdavidgallant
May 31, 2010, 05:55 PM
Here is my list.
Upgraded to a MBP 13" from a Pearly White 13" that was 3 years old.

Adium for chat.
Espresso for coding(html/css/php editing)
Cyberduck for FTP
Dropbox for file storage
Serato DJ software
Chicken of the VNC
The Hit List (to-do list)
Acorn Image Editor
Apple Backup 3.2 (MobileMe backup)

MacRodster
Jun 1, 2010, 11:28 AM
Literally just moved over from PC to Mac(i5 iMac) and I just wanted to say thanx a bunch to all who contributed here. Some great apps!

CHEERS! :apple:

Azagar
Jun 1, 2010, 12:41 PM
Thought I'd contribute to this great post with all my 3rd party apps I use.

1Password
Adobe CS5 Master Collection
AppDelete
Art Director's Toolkit
Bodega
Bowtie
Brush Pilot
Caffeine
Cinch
CleanMyMac
DaisyDisk
Espionage
Evom
FontExplorer X Pro
iRip
iStat Menus
iVolume
Launch Bar
Little Snitch
MacPilot
MacUpdate Desktop
Pacifist
Path Finder
Quicken Essentials
RipIt
Speed Download
Steam
SuperDuper!
The Unarchiver
Transmission
Undercover
Xee

Preference Panes:
Growl
Jitouch
Perian
Smart Scoll

Never realized I had this many apps, but as you can tell I enjoy finding greatly developed shareware and some times freeware software and supporting it.

Becko
Jun 6, 2010, 02:22 PM
As for my current needs I use the following 3rd party apps:

- Acqlite (P2P, shares the limewire network)
- Adium (for msn, facebook, yahoo chat)
- AppCleaner (only for SmartDelete I fell in love with this app)
- HandBrake (use it to convert .dvdmedia format to .mp4)
- Little Snitch (to take control over your apps connections)
- OpenOffice.org (the best way to go if you don't have Office Mac yet)
- RipIt (as the name implies rips dvd's on your Mac, very easily)
- Tofu (for reading documents files, ebook reader)
- Transmission (excellent torrent service)
- UnRarX (to uncompress .rar files on your Mac)
- VLC (to view all kind of video formats)
- xPad (works like a notePad but it doesn't require to save to keep your notes alive, plus is more comfortable thank stickies)

jonsuh
Sep 3, 2010, 11:57 AM
12. AppCleaner
11. WriteRoom
10. CrossOver Mac
9. 1Password
8. TextMate
7. Transit
6. VLC
5. Dropbox
4. Things
3. Caffeine
2. Quicksilver
1. TotalFinder

maflynn
Sep 3, 2010, 12:15 PM
8. TextMate

I like textmate but it seems that the author isn't really doing much in terms of updating the product. I hate to drop 60 bucks on an editor that isn't going to be updated. The promised 2.0 upgrade was way back in 2006. I use bbedit, but textmate starts up faster and is a bit more svelte.

jonsuh
Sep 4, 2010, 07:34 AM
I like textmate but it seems that the author isn't really doing much in terms of updating the product. I hate to drop 60 bucks on an editor that isn't going to be updated. The promised 2.0 upgrade was way back in 2006. I use bbedit, but textmate starts up faster and is a bit more svelte.

Yeah... I'm still waiting! haha. I don't use TextMate as intensively and heavily as some coders/programmers may or would. I love being able to SSH into my Linux server and instead of using nano, or quickly change parameters in my PHP files using TextMate to edit the files. I've used BBedit a little, but yeah, TextMate does start up so quick and is slim.

maculok80
Sep 4, 2010, 08:21 AM
This is my list of favorite apps:

1) Bodega (http://appbodega.com)
2) Courier (http://www.realmacsoftware.com/courier/)
3) MacinLock (http://www.macinapp.com)
4) Painter (http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/gb/en/Product/1166553885783#tabview=tab0)
5) Thunderbird (http://www.mozillamessaging.com/ru/thunderbird/)

Blu101
Oct 26, 2010, 03:50 PM
bowtie - displays cover art and track info from itunes on desktop

Does this work with the radio? Or just your iTunes collection?

GGJstudios
Oct 26, 2010, 03:59 PM
Does this work with the radio? Or just your iTunes collection?

iTunes. http://bowtieapp.com/

Blu101
Oct 26, 2010, 04:03 PM
iTunes. http://bowtieapp.com/

I checked before I asked. It doesn't say and there's no FAQ page or anything...should only take 2sec for anyone who has it to check what displays when on the radio.

yahoohoo
Mar 23, 2011, 11:40 AM
7zX --> rudix p7zip package
Adobe Reader X --> Skim
AppCleaner
AppFresh --> deleted
ClamXav
Cog
Filezilla
Firefox
FreeRapid Downloader
Gimp
iChm
ImageMagick
Inkscape
Kiwix
MacDjview
MacTeX
MacTube
MacVim
MindTerm
MplayerX
MSN Messenger
OnyX
OpenOffice --> NeoOffice
Paintbrush
Skype
The Unarchiver
TinkerTool
uTorrent
Vienna

komseban
Mar 23, 2011, 04:40 PM
Oh man.

Uhhhhh........... I use a variety but the ones I can't live without are:

Alfred
Adium
Total Finder
Yojimbo
Adobe CS5
Aperture
HandBrake&RipIt
Caffeine
Microsoft Office 2011&iWork
VLC
LittleSnitch
uTorrent

komseban
Mar 23, 2011, 04:42 PM
I checked before I asked. It doesn't say and there's no FAQ page or anything...should only take 2sec for anyone who has it to check what displays when on the radio.

Bowtie works with Last.FM.
Or so it says, I've never used the feature.
My iTunes is more than enough for my music needs.

Gokunama
Mar 23, 2011, 05:25 PM
1Password
Twitter
WannaAudio
Sparrow
mBox Mail
Galcon

exegete77
Mar 23, 2011, 05:30 PM
I have added another powerful program: Tinderbox (http://www.eastgate.com/Tinderbox/). It is a note taking application with analysis and diagramming capability, scripting, etc. It grows as you grow in understanding it and tapping into its power.

dirt farmer
Mar 23, 2011, 10:04 PM
I believe I posted in this thread ages ago, but I forgot X Lossless Decoder (http://tmkk.pv.land.to/xld/index_e.html) (couldn't live without it!); and PDFescape (http://www.pdfescape.com/) (an online app., but an app. nonetheless.)

IceMacMac
Mar 23, 2011, 11:13 PM
I dont really have a need for 1password so I store my passwords, serials and notes if i need to in Yojimbo (can still encrypt)

You have no idea what you are missing. I previously used Yojimbo for passwords...but that means constantly manually looking up info and entering.

1Password automates all that.

100Teraflops
Mar 24, 2011, 01:22 AM
This thread is awesome as I am a switcher!

Did anyone mention Switch? I downloaded it and it works great. Aussies rule!

Gugulino
Mar 24, 2011, 04:53 AM
Coda from Panic - Really useful to code websites, because you can edit and preview in the same window.

coconutBattery - I like that it shows beside the capacity of the battery how old your Mac is.

VLC - I use it only because it supports a lot of codecs.

I have a high affinity to Apple apps: iPhoto, iWeb, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, iWork, XCode and all the Mac OS X apps.

That's all. Oh wait, I forgot to mention my own app. I use it every day.

ranviper
Mar 24, 2011, 08:26 AM
My list of MUST haves:

First of all, the mac apps that come with the machine.
Microsoft Office - Office Utility
iLife - iPhoto/iMovie/iWeb/Garage Band
Twitter - Twitter App
Adium - Chat client
CandyBar - Icon Changer
AppCleaner - Cleans Apps
Steam - Game client
Gimp - Photo editor
Nocturne - Menubar Changer
World of Warcraft :D
Starcraft 2 :D
Diablo 2 :D

talmy
Mar 24, 2011, 09:00 AM
I use:
iMovie '11
GarageBand '09 (sound editing)
iWork '09 (all components)
Office 2011 (for compatibility only when needed)
OpenOffice.org 3.0 (only thing that opens old WordPerfect docs)
Photoshop CS5
Dreamweaver CS5
EazyDraw (vector graphics)
OmniGraffle (charts)
Mathtype (equations)
Aperture 3.1
Calico (panorama stitching)
Photomatix Pro (HDR)
iShowU HD
Stomp (transcoding)
Perian
Handbrake
QuickTime 7 Pro
XTools
Netbeans (Java and Qt application programming)
Epsilon (a multiplatform programmers editor)
H&R Block TaxCut
Mail
AddressBook
Calendar
Spotlight
Circus Ponies Notebook
Chronosync
TimeMachine
SuperDuper!
Safari
Firefox 4.0
Cyberduck
Daily Comics (Dashboard widget)
iStat (Dashboard widget)
Parallels 6.0
Onyx
Disk Inventory X (shows drive utilization by file type and location)
Renamer4Mac
DockStar (improved Mail icon in dock)
BetterTouchTool (fantastic touchpad enhancer)
Microsoft Remote Desktop

ECUpirate44
Mar 24, 2011, 11:19 PM
Just a few of my favorites to compliment those already mentioned....

CleanMyMac


Goodluck with that. Clean my Mac cleaned too much. (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=709930)

Michaelgtrusa
Mar 25, 2011, 12:20 AM
Goodluck with that. Clean my Mac cleaned too much. (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=709930)

Agreed.

ScottNWDW
Apr 4, 2011, 05:41 PM
Just bought a Mac 10 days ago and so far here is my list of favorites

Pages - Word Processing
Numbers - Spreadsheet
Keynote - Presentations
BusyCal - What iCal should have been
OmniFocus - The BEST task manager out there
Pocket Money - Was using it on my iPhone/iPad and now have a desktop client
Bento 4 - Great data base type app, been using it on iPhone and iPad so it was a no brainer to go with the Mac version
Splash ID, again a tie in to the iPhone/iPad
McSolitaire, again used on iPhone/iPad
Day One, great little app for journaling/diary
Kindle
Today, great little desktop pop up that shows your schedule and tasks
Microsoft Office:mac

Some of these apps (Today, BusyCal, and Office:Mac) are still in trial versions so I haven't yet decided if I am keeping them all. I would like to keep Office since that is what I have been using the past 15 -20 years on my PC but the more I use the iWork components I'm not seeing a reason to buy Office, especially since Outlook seems useless compared to it's PC counterpart.

ibis99
Apr 4, 2011, 06:52 PM
MOOM is a great window sizing tool with many other features.

johnnyturbouk
Apr 4, 2011, 06:56 PM
will definitely be subscribing to this thread.. i am also new to mac and would love the experience of the old and wise on here! :p

spent way too much time looking into ssd and raid - should enjoy using osx

GGJstudios
Apr 4, 2011, 07:05 PM
will definitely be subscribing to this thread.. i am also new to mac and would love the experience of the old and wise on here! :p

spent way too much time looking into ssd and raid - should enjoy using osx
Enjoy!
Helpful Information for Any Mac User (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=9848667&postcount=6)

Dolorian
Apr 22, 2011, 06:20 PM
These are the ones I use regularly as part of my workflow...

Google Chrome - I just love this browser, it is always open on my Mac and with it's top notch standards support, included developer tools and some additional extensions (such as Page Speed and Pendule) it is my main development and benchmark browser while I am working on web sites.

Fireworks CS5 - Sure, it could use some improvements, notably in the performance and UI departments and I am as disgruntled at Adobe due to their latest antics as the next guy. But frankly, this app is just amazing for designing websites right from the wireframe to the finished stage. I used Photoshop before moving to Fireworks for designing web sites and the switch dramatically improved my workflow.

TextMate - For doing HTML and Javascript/jQuery and to edit the regular SQL or PHP file. Gotta love it's power, flexibility and the additional features that the bundles bring.

CSSEdit - Hands down the best app for writing CSS. It does needs an update, fast, as it lacks CSS3 support and it would also be nice to have some customization options for the editor's colors.

Transmit - For all things FTP.

Things - Things is to me the cream of the crop as far as to-do apps goes. Simple, elegant and very intuitive to use. The quick entry shortcut whereby I can be in any app and quickly add a todo-item, with or without some selection, is also a real time saver.

Evernote - My go to app when it comes to note-taking, storing pictures, quotes, images for visual reference, web pages, etc. Also have it on my iPhone and like how they both sync over the air. As in Things, I like how I can be in any app and quickly clip anything I select into Evernote.

iOS Simulator -Come with the iOS SDK, very nice to have for checking out sites in the iOS devices.

VMware Fusion -Only have this to run Windows 7/XP for the mandatory testing of websites in IE 9-6.

MAMP -To create a local server environment.

XMind -Nice free app I use for creating flowcharts.

Worldofwarben
Apr 26, 2011, 04:50 PM
I wish Apple would team up with Blizzard to make a better online community for the next WoW game. Put it up on the app store and run the mac platform through it like that. Still connect to the same server but damn do I love the OS X platform.

daceymathers
May 10, 2011, 11:08 PM
Most of these apps have to be paid...

I am new to Mac..do you guys pay for these?

Some of the Mac applications are free.Here is the list of free mac application;
1. Anxiety:Provides a streamlined, easily accessible interface to add and check off your tasks, while remaining poised to melt into the background at a moments notice.
2.Appointments:Keep record of customers, contact persons and important events related to them.
3.BackBoard:A Mac app to collect notes and tasks.
4.Camouflage:Hides all the icons and leaves nothing but the pure wallpaper
5.Evernote:Easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.
6.Todos:Todos shows you all your applications in a complete dock.
7.Think:Helps you to concentrate on your current task and activity.
8.TaskMate:Simple Mac to-do list application.
9.SketchBox:Sticky Notes Manager for your Mac Desktop.
10.Namely:Fast way to open applications.

Xe89
May 12, 2011, 03:39 PM
1Password
DaisyDisk
Divvy
Dropbox
Knox
MakeMKV
Max
Quicksilver
Transmission
VLC

Nikh
Jun 8, 2011, 05:46 AM
For developers:
SvnX - great and free GUI SVN client;
MajicRank - displays rankings for your iOS/Mac OS apps

MJNBGA
Jun 25, 2011, 02:17 PM
Most of these apps have to be paid...

I am new to Mac..do you guys pay for these?

So am I, but I download most of my apps... :cool:

Sam2lucky13
Jun 25, 2011, 05:21 PM
Great thread...and thanks for the tip on PLEX!

ladytonya
Jul 7, 2011, 10:22 AM
Some great recommendations here, thanks!

I am still trying to figure out one thing regarding system and battery monitors. I have looked at iStat Pro, iStat Menus, and iStat Nano plus Coconut Battery. It seems that most here use iStat Pro along with Coconut Battery. Is there a reason? What is the advantage of Pro over Nano? What does Menus give that the free ones don't? Also, doesn't iStat give you a battery monitor? What does Coconut Battery do that the others won't?

Thanks for any input! I just don't want to overload my new MacBook with useless apps that I won't use (kind of like my iPhone, LOL!).

McFunkerson
Jul 7, 2011, 12:58 PM
For developers:
MajicRank - displays rankings for your iOS/Mac OS apps

This is awesome, thanks!

For my list:

Automatic (torrent RSS)
Transmission (Torrents)
HandBrake (Video Conversion)
Magic Media Marker (TV & Movie Metadata tagging)
Better Touch Tool (Makes your Magic Mouse/Trackpad better)

talmy
Jul 7, 2011, 02:41 PM
I have looked at iStat Pro, iStat Menus, and iStat Nano plus Coconut Battery. It seems that most here use iStat Pro along with Coconut Battery. Is there a reason? What is the advantage of Pro over Nano? Also, doesn't iStat give you a battery monitor? What does Coconut Battery do that the others won't?

Never used iStat Menus. Pro puts on one large pane what Nano shows over many. I use Pro on my 27" iMac and Nano on my MacBook. Coconut Battery shows the number of battery cycles. You can get the same data from System Information. When I discovered that I deleted Coconut Battery.

ladytonya
Jul 8, 2011, 08:52 AM
Thank you, Talmy! I just downloaded iStat Pro and I like it. Looking at their web site, Nano did look rather cluttered with all those different windows, I like that you can have pro in either horizontal or vertical orientation and it is interesting to look at. I did find the battery information in my system profiler. My battery health is 99% and I have 2 cycles, although I charged it over night so it's probably at 3 now. LOL! I don't think I have anything to worry about anytime soon. :apple:

GGJstudios
Jul 8, 2011, 02:54 PM
Coconut Battery shows the number of battery cycles. You can get the same data from System Information
iStat Pro also shows battery cycles.

DreamscapeRuins
Jul 8, 2011, 08:29 PM
Definitely subscribing to this thread. I'm not new to Mac, but I've never explored much on the Mac App store.

Also, I've seen a lot of finance apps. Which would you guys suggest for a college student? I have a two B2S giftcards, but I dont really want pay upwards of 30 bucks for a financing app.

One more: Any suggestions on some good diet/fitness plan apps?

talmy
Jul 9, 2011, 08:32 AM
Also, I've seen a lot of finance apps. Which would you guys suggest for a college student?

Assuming "impoverished student" you probably don't have that much in the way of finances to track. Why not just use a spreadsheet? I did that for years.

DreamscapeRuins
Jul 9, 2011, 12:32 PM
Assuming "impoverished student" you probably don't have that much in the way of finances to track. Why not just use a spreadsheet? I did that for years.

I do use a spreadsheet, but if theres an App out there that does the same thing, that would be even better. I don't have too much in the way of finances, but I do like to keep an eye on my bank account and credit cards - as well as plan out how much money I'll have in the upcoming months.

Disgrace
Jul 12, 2011, 01:40 PM
Thanks for this fabulous thread. Bump to make sure it is never lost. BetterTouchTool is simply brilliant and without it, my Mac experience would not be anywhere near as rich as it is. Thanks to those who suggested it.

Young Spade
Aug 6, 2011, 11:15 PM
I do use a spreadsheet, but if theres an App out there that does the same thing, that would be even better. I don't have too much in the way of finances, but I do like to keep an eye on my bank account and credit cards - as well as plan out how much money I'll have in the upcoming months.

I looked around a year or so ago for an application but ultimately, I went back to spreadsheets. I only list basic information as I only have cash/debit (best combination IMO) but if you're fluent with Excel, you can do pretty much everything paid applications can do and more.

I mean, it's Excel lol.

Sir Lorad
Aug 9, 2011, 10:53 AM
wunderlist is fantastic for to do lists

Dia and Dia Shapes is a MS Visio like app

iSedora for DLNA connection for your TV

Cloud to share files

mabaker
Aug 9, 2011, 11:29 AM
TunesArt - AMAZING iTunes/LastFm control app. Highly recommended.

Young Spade
Aug 9, 2011, 12:21 PM
TunesArt - AMAZING iTunes/LastFm control app. Highly recommended.

Have you used Bowtie yet? If so, is it better than that? I currently use Bowtie myself and love it.

YEEZY
Aug 9, 2011, 01:56 PM
So the best music apps would be either Bowtie or TunesArt? I gotta check out all of these when I get home. Thanks guys!

Young Spade
Aug 9, 2011, 04:04 PM
So the best music apps would be either Bowtie or TunesArt? I gotta check out all of these when I get home. Thanks guys!

No problem; just to clarify, I haven't used TunesArt yet, but I do have and love Bowtie. Bowtie has custom themes as well so you can switch the graphic up of what it looks like on the desktop (acts as part of the desktop so it doesn't cover anything up).

You can also use keyboard commands to do things like change the rating, skip/return or simply click on the item.

danhoo
Aug 9, 2011, 09:55 PM
Mac and Free

- Smultron/Fraise (text editor, current ver no longer free)
- Vox (simple, easy-to-use, low-CPU MP3 player)
- Evom (free video converter)
- Hexfiend (excellent hex editor)
- Sophos Antivirus
- Diskwave (track folder sizes, etc)

Mac, not Free

- Transmit (incredibly good FTP app)
- Scrivner (excellent writer's word processor)
- TotalFinder (a nice Finder extension)
- Lexicon (a nice flash-card app)
- BetterZip (zip and other archive file format utility)

Cross-platform

- Keepass (cross-platform opensrc 1Password-like apps)
- Truecrypt (create encrypted volumes/archives)
- Audacity (capable audio recording app)

Rowf
Aug 10, 2011, 03:11 AM
ShelfMenu - sits on the menu bar and stores whatever you put into it from the clipboard.
Quick and easy for taking web clippings and notes.

Scrivener - for when I'm thinking about what I'm writing and need to use references

Iawriter - my new favourite distraction free writing app for when I'm on a mission.

Writeroom - Another distraction free app but with rtf, good for editing and formatting the disasters that I've created with Iawriter.

mabaker
Aug 10, 2011, 01:48 PM
Have you used Bowtie yet? If so, is it better than that? I currently use Bowtie myself and love it.

I did use Bowtie while waiting for TunesArt being updated for Tiger...I mean Lion! And while I don't have anything against Bowtie I prefer the overlay controls of Tunesart - you hover over the album cover to pause or skip a track, and you have preference pane to the size of the floating album cover window. TunesArt is clearly the successor for TotalTunesControl for me. :)

GFX380
Aug 26, 2011, 11:24 AM
Thanks for this thread very helpful. Im getting my new mac today in the mail so im excited my first mac. :D

frozencarbonite
Aug 26, 2011, 12:43 PM
Mac and Free

- Smultron/Fraise (text editor, current ver no longer free)
- Vox (simple, easy-to-use, low-CPU MP3 player)
- Evom (free video converter)
- Hexfiend (excellent hex editor)
- Sophos Antivirus
- Diskwave (track folder sizes, etc)

Mac, not Free

- Transmit (incredibly good FTP app)
- Scrivner (excellent writer's word processor)
- TotalFinder (a nice Finder extension)
- Lexicon (a nice flash-card app)
- BetterZip (zip and other archive file format utility)

Cross-platform

- Keepass (cross-platform opensrc 1Password-like apps)
- Truecrypt (create encrypted volumes/archives)
- Audacity (capable audio recording app)


If you are thinking of running SOPHOS, read this (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=11570070&postcount=31) and this (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=12029337&postcount=41).

butters149
Aug 27, 2011, 07:33 AM
Subscribed

d0ster
Aug 27, 2011, 10:24 AM
These are my top apps:

Evernote (note taking)
Sparrow (email client, better than Mail app for Gmail IMHO)
1Password

And just throwing this in the mix:

Delivery Status (widget, lets you track all shipments from UPS, Fedex, USPS, Amazon etc. So you don't have to check your email or get on a website)

butters149
Aug 27, 2011, 10:25 AM
Is 1password that good? I see a lot of people using it

Weaselboy
Aug 27, 2011, 10:54 AM
Is 1password that good? I see a lot of people using it

You do see a lot of 1PW fans here. I tried it and did not see the big attraction over what OS X Keychain does for free, at least for my purposes. You can DL a fully functional demo of 1PW to see if it floats your boat.

I tried it under Snow Leopard and part of my concern with 1PW was entrusting all my passwords to an app that can be broken by OS X updates, and sure enough 1PW was all jacked up by the Lion upgrade. From what I read, nobody lost data, but it was still a mess until the devs got it sorted out.

dzigg
Aug 27, 2011, 11:08 AM
Is 1password that good? I see a lot of people using it

It's good especially if you have lots of security related information, the interface is great, compatible with almost all browser for website logins, a really beautiful and crafted piece of software.

That said, I only need the website logins, and for that I use LastPass because it's free and gets the job done brilliantly.

talmy
Aug 27, 2011, 11:34 AM
The only thing that didn't work after the Lion upgrade with 1Password was the integration with Safari. Other than that it has worked perfectly.

keisi
Aug 27, 2011, 05:04 PM
1Password - Password manager
Chrome - I use Safari almost exclusively for standard web-browsing but I use Chromes built in Flash player whenever I need to see flash content on the web so that it is not installed on my machine.
Alfred - I previously used (and loved) quicksilver, but Alfred has better support even though quicksilver has (a lot) more features
Break Time - Easy reminder to look away from my screeen
Numbers - Intuitive, nice looking, spreadsheet
Reeder - RSS Reader (Google Reader integration)
Scrivener - Just check it out (http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php), well worth the price.
Xcode 4 - Apple's development IDE
Aperture - Easyily manage and lightly edit photos
MacJournal - Easy journal/note management
Terminal - Apple's terminal emulator, with tabs and custom themes its all I want (though I hate Lion's auto resume feature in this app)


Out of these the very first thing I install is Alfred (or quicksilver previously) I just can't live without the application launcher.

Apple OC
Aug 27, 2011, 05:25 PM
for me some must haves are ...

1Password
Little Snitch
Handbrake
VLC
InsomniaX
Office for Mac

d0ster
Aug 27, 2011, 06:23 PM
It's good especially if you have lots of security related information, the interface is great, compatible with almost all browser for website logins, a really beautiful and crafted piece of software.

That said, I only need the website logins, and for that I use LastPass because it's free and gets the job done brilliantly.

To add to what dzigg said, you also have syncing with iphone/ipad which was a plus for me.

iBookG4user
Aug 27, 2011, 06:44 PM
Shovebox
Textexpander
Quicksilver
Caffeine
Handbrake
Things
VLC
uTorrent
Adium
Little Snitch
Lightroom
Menumeters

Those are most of my favorites, although I've probably forgotten some.

GoKyu
Aug 27, 2011, 06:51 PM
Wow, can't believe this is 2 years old already...here's an updated list:

Everyday use
1Password - synced with Dropbox allows me to have my passwords at home and on the go. BEST password manager out there.

Growl - great notification system - Apple should include it in the OS by default.

VLC/Perian/Flip4Mac - Best video player with codecs for all popular video formats.

Transmission - Extremely easy to use BITTorrent client.

Spaces/"Mission Control" - Love the virtual desktops, hate (but can work with) the way they did it in Lion. Still willing to purchase a 3rd party Spaces replacement.

Firefox - Still my favorite browser with great plugins.

Occasional use
Photoshop CS 5
Flow - Nice lightweight FTP client for when I don't need Transmit
Unison - Best USENET reader I've used

ScottNWDW
Aug 28, 2011, 03:57 PM
Here is a list of the favorite Apps I use almost daily

OmniFocus - task Manager
Day One - Journal Diary
BusyCal- The best calendar app out there. what iCal should have been
Quicken Essentials for Mac - Personal Finances
Bento - Database Management
Excel 2011 - Microsoft Office: Mac Spreadsheet
Word 2011 - Microsoft Office: Mac Word Processor
Caffeine - Keeps my Mac from fallen asleep

Michaelgtrusa
Aug 28, 2011, 05:01 PM
Shovebox
Textexpander
Quicksilver
Caffeine
Handbrake
Things
VLC
uTorrent
Adium
Little Snitch
Lightroom
Menumeters

Those are most of my favorites, although I've probably forgotten some.

Are you using Shovebox in Lion?

95yjman
Aug 28, 2011, 05:27 PM
Does anybody use Compressor or motion?

Cantello
Aug 29, 2011, 08:43 AM
Sparrow (email client, better than Mail app for Gmail IMHO)


Why ist that? I am rather new to Mac and found that Apple Mail has greatly improved over the last few years. It even integrates well into my Gmail account no, complete with starred messages and threading.

What does Sparrow do better than Mail.app in your opinion?

Anyway, here is my top list:

1. Mendeley Desktop (for bibliography management, http://www.mendeley.com/get-mendeley/)
2. Geektool (to put stuff on my desktop, http://projects.tynsoe.org/en/geektool/)
3. Skitch (to share screenshots with the world, http://skitch.com/)
4. Word 2011 (yes, I do like it, especially the new publishing mode)
5. Firefox (with several add-ons, quintessential for browsing. Would love to use Safari but it does not support right-click gestures.)

Young Spade
Aug 29, 2011, 09:11 AM
Why ist that? I am rather new to Mac and found that Apple Mail has greatly improved over the last few years. It even integrates well into my Gmail account no, complete with starred messages and threading.

What does Sparrow do better than Mail.app in your opinion?



I used to use third party mail client applications in the past, however I have stopped as I don't really need to use it.

From my experiences though, I have found that the third party programs offer a few key features of which the the stock application does not. If you don't find any problems or limitations with the stock, more than likely it's best for you :)

ivorymoonbeam
Aug 31, 2011, 02:11 PM
If you are thinking of running SOPHOS, read this (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=11570070&postcount=31) and this (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=12029337&postcount=41).

What about MacScan?

Haven't seen anyone mention Jing; and is IShowU the same?

Need recommendation for good, free screen capture and anti-malware.

First month as new Mac user.:confused:

GGJstudios
Aug 31, 2011, 04:02 PM
Need recommendation for good, free screen capture and anti-malware.
You don't need any antivirus software to protect Mac OS X from malware. No viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any, since it was released 10 years ago. The handful of trojans that exist can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install:
Mac Virus/Malware Info (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=9400648&postcount=4)
You can do screen captures without additional software.
Shift-Command-3 captures the whole screen
Shift-Command-4 captures an area of the screen
Shift-Command-4 then the space bar captures whatever window you click on.
From: Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1343)
From: Helpful Information for Any Mac User (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=9848667&postcount=6)

talmy
Aug 31, 2011, 04:47 PM
Haven't seen anyone mention Jing; and is IShowU the same?


Never heard of Jing, so looked it up. iShowU looks much more flexible and you aren't paying for it every year. I've been using iShowU for several years now to record software demonstrations up to an hour long.

iShowU is for video capturing. You can do the same (but much more limited) with QuickTime X which comes with Lion. Jing also captures stills, but as has been pointed out, that capability is already in OS X.

Also consider Skitch, currently free on the App Store, for more advanced screen captures.

Michaelgtrusa
Aug 31, 2011, 06:23 PM
Alfred, Rockmelt, Evernote, Twitter for Mac, Sunrise, Spotify, Slepnir, Vlc, Blast and Fantastical.

Oats
Sep 2, 2011, 11:44 PM
Some of my favorites:
Sublime Text (http://www.sublimetext.com/) - Fantastic text editor. Cross platform.
Console Calculator (http://www.zoesoft.com/console-calculator/) - Powerful and convenient little calculator.
TotalFinder (http://totalfinder.binaryage.com) - Adds tabs to the Finder, and lots more.
EasyFind (http://www.devon-technologies.com/products/freeware/) - Nice GUI for file searching. Not quite as good as Agent Ransack for Windows, but does a good job.
Boom (http://www.globaldelight.com/boom/) - Louder speakers for my macbook.
Launchy (http://www.launchy.net/) - a simple app launcher, similar to Quicksilver.

Xe89
Sep 4, 2011, 08:42 AM
Quicksilver

Gemütlichkeit
Sep 4, 2011, 01:30 PM
Just started keeping a journal (never done so in my whole life). Found the app Day One and it's brilliant. Simple yet effective.

http://dayoneapp.com/

Also the dev is planning updates to support iCloud, Full Screen, and Photo's.

Can't wait!

swedefish
Sep 4, 2011, 01:51 PM
Just started keeping a journal (never done so in my whole life). Found the app Day One and it's brilliant. Simple yet effective.

http://dayoneapp.com/

Also the dev is planning updates to support iCloud, Full Screen, and Photo's.

Can't wait!

Nice find. I am about to begin a new long-term research project and I have been meaning to start a journal to document my progress and this seems like it would be a no-frills solution.

As for my app recommendations: Graphic Converter (neat, simple graphics tool), Scrivener (great word processor for writers), and Dropbox. As for professional applications, I think Acrobat X Pro is a must for anyone who consistently deals with text PDFs.

tadde
Sep 5, 2011, 07:46 AM
Spotify
Sparrow
Pages
Skype
Macjournal

exegete77
Sep 5, 2011, 10:33 AM
Nice find. I am about to begin a new long-term research project and I have been meaning to start a journal to document my progress and this seems like it would be a no-frills solution.

As for my app recommendations: Graphic Converter (neat, simple graphics tool), Scrivener (great word processor for writers), and Dropbox. As for professional applications, I think Acrobat X Pro is a must for anyone who consistently deals with text PDFs.

Why not use Scrivener since you already have it. It will allow you to do what you want, plus much more, all the way through your writing phase.

swedefish
Sep 5, 2011, 10:38 AM
Why not use Scrivener since you already have it. It will allow you to do what you want, plus much more, all the way through your writing phase.

I know, but I think I need to keep a separate journal. I need to just sit down and reflect on what I am doing and where I am going and if I am in the same app where I work, I think I will feel constrained by the work I have done and the journal is supposed to be more philosophical. Does that make sense? I just like the idea of having a separate journal that I can read on its own to track how my ideas develop, people I talk to about my project and stuff like that. I don't know. I am terrible at journaling, which is actually a liability in my field :s

exegete77
Sep 5, 2011, 02:45 PM
I know, but I think I need to keep a separate journal. I need to just sit down and reflect on what I am doing and where I am going and if I am in the same app where I work, I think I will feel constrained by the work I have done and the journal is supposed to be more philosophical. Does that make sense? I just like the idea of having a separate journal that I can read on its own to track how my ideas develop, people I talk to about my project and stuff like that. I don't know. I am terrible at journaling, which is actually a liability in my field :s

That’s alright, most of us are not that good at it either. We just pretend... :D

Two directions I might suggest. I used Circus Ponies Notebook for about two years as a strict journal/diary. It worked well and has an automated index of every word. However, even with just text it was close to 3 MB; I didn’t even think about adding photos.

For longer approach, I began experimenting with Tinderbox last December. It has a steep learning curve (and a high price), but the potential for research is far beyond even one user’s capability, as the developer notes. After several start/stop intervals playing and trying things, I finally plunged ahead and started several projects using Tinderbox. The first was to develop seminary curriculum and include all class notes, assignments, bibliographies, etc. and summaries. It has worked very well and expands as I improve, modify. This is a huge project, yet the TB file is only 0.4 MB.

Then about three months ago I began using TB for daily journal of meetings, appointments, summaries, project notes, etc. It worked very well. So about a month ago I went back to Notebook to see if that would be better. It just doesn’t measure up to the flexibility and power of TB; after two weeks I transferred all those Notebook pages into TB. I am very glad I did.

If you like tracking patterns or connections in your notes and journal, TB is unmatched. I am probably only using about 1/10 of 1% of the potential of TB. But it has been a solid investment for me. The key is to start using it, just making notes, then learn about the deeper stuff as you learn and as your data grows.

Just some thoughts from an old codger...

talmy
Sep 5, 2011, 03:08 PM
Two directions I might suggest. I used Circus Ponies Notebook for about two years as a strict journal/diary. It worked well and has an automated index of every word. However, even with just text it was close to 3 MB; I didn’t even think about adding photos.


Is file size really an issue with terabyte drives these days? I use Circus Ponies Notebook for class notes (as an instructor) and keeping track of student projects. One notebook, for Senior projects, is 281 MB. It works just fine. It was virtually impossible to keep track of things before. Now there is a page for each student and their project history with all reports, meeting notes, and correspondence in chronological order. Photos, too. Even with it's complexity, I've had no problem synchronizing it between my MacBook and iMac with Chronosync (I could use DropBox as well), and never lost any data.

(It sounds like Tinderbox is storing links to files stored elsewhere in order to keep the size of its files down.)

exegete77
Sep 5, 2011, 03:33 PM
Yes, I know. Another factor is that I couldn’t access anything in Notebook for a while. Made me uneasy if I couldn’t. Never could resolve why, either. As both pastor of a congregation and president of a seminary, I need something rock solid and reliable (TB, Scrivener, Mellel, Accordance are my main apps for that very reason).

No, the links are stored within TB.

swedefish
Sep 5, 2011, 05:30 PM
Thanks for the tips. For what I am doing, we're strongly encouraged to keep traditional paper journals (since when we're in the field we may not have access to electricity or it might be unsafe to bring a computer due to risk of theft), but alas I cannot read my own handwriting :o Also, my area of research focuses on a part of the world where I can safely employ my gadgets in the field without it being seen as intrusive or distracting. (I'm an anthropologist)

macfreakz
Oct 2, 2011, 03:09 PM
1. PhotoTime (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/phototime/id438105579?mt=12), an alternative to PhotoBooth
2. Apple iWork (http://www.apple.com/iwork/)
3. iBank (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibank/id402422773?mt=12)

SilverStCloud
Oct 11, 2011, 08:10 AM
Here are my fave mac apps for now:

1) Caffeine (otherwise the constant dimming of the screen drives me mad)
2) Scrivener (crucial for working on my thesis)
3) Notebook (absolutely fab for keeping digital notes)
4) Dress Assistant (a digital inventory of my wardrobe... bec I have way too much stuff, I actually forget what I own)
5) iScrapbook (totally fun and a fraction of the cost of doing it the traditional way)
6) Transmission (for downloading movies and songs)
7) VLC (for playing those downloaded movies)

benpatient
Oct 11, 2011, 09:11 AM
Text Wrangler.

That is all.

kdum8
Oct 12, 2011, 04:58 AM
Here are my fave mac apps for now:

1) Caffeine (otherwise the constant dimming of the screen drives me mad)
2) Scrivener (crucial for working on my thesis)
3) Notebook (absolutely fab for keeping digital notes)
4) Dress Assistant (a digital inventory of my wardrobe... bec I have way too much stuff, I actually forget what I own)
5) iScrapbook (totally fun and a fraction of the cost of doing it the traditional way)
6) Transmission (for downloading movies and songs)
7) VLC (for playing those downloaded movies)

Some great suggestions here, some of which I had never heard of so thanks!

codelode84
Oct 13, 2011, 01:33 AM
Evernote!

ozaz
Oct 16, 2011, 07:59 AM
Favorite built-in apps: Time machine, iPhoto, Filevault (if you can call it an app), Preview

Favorite major Mac apps: Scrivener, Microsoft Office, Mendeley, VMWare Fusion, Handbrake, Spotify, Smultron, VLC

Favorite little/utility apps: 1password, Dropbox, AppDelete, Caffeine, EasyFind, BetterZip, NameMangler, Watts, HyperDock

CodeBreaker
Oct 16, 2011, 11:50 AM
Tincta (free) -- I have been using it for a while now. It's a nice light programmer's text editor.

jigmeister
Oct 17, 2011, 07:06 AM
Hi im just starting a thread to see if im missing out on any great mac apps

these are some of my favourites that i recommend!:D

bettertouchtool and jitouch
twitter
sparrow
1password
transmission
cleanmymac
screenium
clippy
dayone

and for dashboard there doesnt seem to be many but i like

fans
status face

would love to hear any recommendations

GGJstudios
Oct 17, 2011, 08:43 AM
cleanmymac
would love to hear any recommendations
One app that I would not recommend, based on the number of complaints that have been posted in this forum and elsewhere, is CleanMyMac. As an example: CleanMyMac cleaned too much (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=709930).

maril1111
Oct 17, 2011, 08:48 AM
Hi im just starting a thread to see if im missing out on any great mac apps

these are some of my favourites that i recommend!:D

bettertouchtool and jitouch
twitter
sparrow
1password
transmission
cleanmymac
screenium
clippy
dayone

and for dashboard there doesnt seem to be many but i like

fans
status face

would love to hear any recommendations

Try onyx imstead of cleanmymac, also icleanmemory (free's used ram,paid app on macappstore)

lockscreen (paid,macappstore)

mplayerx and vlc (if you wanna play any video files these 2 make it possible,both are free)

xld (converts any audio file into a different one,free)


One app that I would not recommend, based on the number of complaints that have been posted in this forum and elsewhere, is CleanMyMac. As an example: CleanMyMac cleaned too much (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=709930).

Exactly I recommend onxy instead

Young Spade
Oct 17, 2011, 09:52 AM
One app that I would not recommend, based on the number of complaints that have been posted in this forum and elsewhere, is CleanMyMac. As an example: CleanMyMac cleaned too much (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=709930).

I would suggest using Onyx and reading up a bit on that as well.

jigmeister
Oct 17, 2011, 11:42 AM
One app that I would not recommend, based on the number of complaints that have been posted in this forum and elsewhere, is CleanMyMac. As an example: CleanMyMac cleaned too much (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=709930).

thanks guys i havent encounted any clean my mac problems luckily.. thanks for the heads up! it just got appzapped:D

GGJstudios
Oct 17, 2011, 01:53 PM
thanks guys i havent encounted any clean my mac problems luckily.. thanks for the heads up! it just got appzapped:D
In most cases, app removal software such as AppZapper doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=12527023&postcount=6).

The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
Best way to FULLY DELETE a program (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=11171082&postcount=16)
You may want to use this method to search for "CleanMyMac" elements that remain.

Macnificant
Oct 19, 2011, 01:07 PM
Transmission or uTorrent seem to be the most popular in this thread
I have been using Vuze on my macbook but it was been freezing alot lately looking to change

Looking to change but want to hear more feedback on these two

GGJstudios
Oct 19, 2011, 02:36 PM
Transmission or uTorrent seem to be the most popular in this thread
I have been using Vuze on my macbook but it was been freezing alot lately looking to change

Looking to change but want to hear more feedback on these two
What torrent client should I use? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1178066)
Good Bit Torrent for Mac (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1216318)
iMac brought. Question about torrent programs. Which one do you use? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1159805)

Maskusee
Oct 19, 2011, 07:07 PM
1Password
Evernote
DropCopy
PandaBar
Caffeine

ressac
Jan 18, 2012, 05:21 PM
chrome
spotify
itunes
adium
coconutBattery
quicktime codecs (PERIAN, VLC)
Transmission
VMWare
BookReader
ForismaticQuotes
swakett
Growl
Daisy Disk (VERY GOOD)
and Garage Band :) haha

ooo, and DropBox

clinker75
Jan 19, 2012, 02:03 AM
This is my short list:

Totalfinder (visor)
Caffeine
Quicksilver
Growl
MPlayer OSX Extended
XBMC

Macman45
Jan 19, 2012, 02:12 AM
Aperture
FaceTime (Many overseas friends)
Imovie / DVD

malch
Jan 20, 2012, 12:08 PM
Hi there,
A lot of you are recommending Caffeine.
Can someone tell me why you'd never want your Mac to sleep?
Would this not shorten the lifespan of your display?
And can it not be done in System Preferences?
thanks for the advice,
malch

maflynn
Jan 20, 2012, 12:29 PM
I don't use too many apps, but here's what I like and use

Transmit
Coda
PS
LightRoom
BBEdit
RapidWeaver
Bento
VMWare Fusion
MS Office.

Of this list, these apps are what I use all the time, I have other apps installed but I use them infrequently. I use these just about on a daily basis

GGJstudios
Jan 20, 2012, 12:45 PM
Hi there,
A lot of you are recommending Caffeine.
Can someone tell me why you'd never want your Mac to sleep?
And can it not be done in System Preferences?
thanks for the advice,
malch
You may want to have Energy Saver preferences set to sleep the display after 5 minutes and sleep the computer after 20 minutes, for example. However, if you get up to get more coffee or are interrupted by a long phone call, your Mac could sleep when you didn't want it to. So you can click the Caffeine icon to override the preferences and keep it awake. When you're ready to return to your preference settings, one click on the Menu Bar icon does it, without having to frequently go back into System Preferences and change the settings.
Would this not shorten the lifespan of your display?

Not to any measurable degree. Unless there's a defect, you will have replaced your computer long before the display wears out.

malch
Jan 20, 2012, 04:23 PM
thank you GGJ... good advice.
Regards,
malch

dsblack
Jan 20, 2012, 07:25 PM
Oh boy, here's a few I use that I don't think have been mentioned yet:

Calibre--ebook organizer/converter
DevonThink Pro Office--paperless office organizer
pdfsam--split/merge pdf's
Max--audio format converter
MP4 Tools--video format converter
MPEG Streamclip--video converter, I use it mainly to grab still frames for iMovie projects, since you can't do that within iMovie 11!
Neat Image--noise filter for my scanned photos/negatives
ExifChanger--make changes to EXIF, IPTC metadata of image files

nagromme
Jan 20, 2012, 07:32 PM
ControllerMate is simply awesome—and I doubt anything quite the same exists on any platform but Mac.

It lets you make your own USB/Bluetooth controller “drivers” that make devices do anything you can dream up. Incredibly powerful—must be seen to be believed—and it’s all by drag-and-drop of visual flowcharts.

Make your joystick work as a mouse, make your mouse buttons change the volume, make a second keyboard do something unique, make iCade work with Mac... and lots of advanced stuff like long-press vs. short-press, custom cursor acceleration, shift-buttons, and custom profiles for specific apps.

It has made my gaming far better, and my productivity shortcuts too. It also lets lots of "non-Mac" controller devices work really well on Mac.

Plus it’s just fun (for me) to invent your own complex actions by purely visual "programming.”

P.S. Boring as it sounds, TextWrangler gets my vote too.

eric/
Jan 20, 2012, 10:40 PM
What torrent client should I use? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1178066)
Good Bit Torrent for Mac (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1216318)
iMac brought. Question about torrent programs. Which one do you use? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1159805)

Why don't people use the BitTorrent app?

http://www.bittorrent.com/

GGJstudios
Jan 20, 2012, 10:41 PM
Why don't people use the BitTorrent app?
I dunno. Ask them.

tootall
Jan 20, 2012, 11:40 PM
These two do not seem very popular but I love them:

BetterSnapTools
SuperFlexibleFileSynchronizer

HenryAZ
Jan 21, 2012, 07:45 AM
Some add-on apps and utilities I use regularly:

1Password
BBEdit
Better Rename 8
Carbon Copy Cloner
Find Any File
Geek Tool
Google Earth
GraphicConverter
Lightroom
Little Snitch
MacGPG2
Microsoft Office 2008
MTR
PCalc
Skim
Thunderbird
Transmit
Vienna
VLC
VMWare Fusion

simsaladimbamba
Jan 21, 2012, 07:50 AM
Why don't people use the BitTorrent app?

http://www.bittorrent.com/

Looks just like µTorrent.
Application use is always subjective, especially with the "BEST" moniker thrown around.

The applications I use are the best for my usage patterns, though if they are really the best, is up to daily debate on countless fo message boards, just like the stupid "Mac OS X vs. Windows" (yeah, PC is short for Windows, I know, stupid frakking me) threads, that come up every now and then, here and on YouTube, the best place to have a good conversation riddled by idiots.

eric/
Jan 21, 2012, 09:12 AM
Looks just like µTorrent.
Application use is always subjective, especially with the "BEST" moniker thrown around.


Yeah I know, but I see a lot of people suggesting different clients and I've always wondered why people don't download and use the actual official BitTorrent app.

:confused:

FWIW I've always had good results with it. It's minimal, highly functional, and it's never been obtrusive. no advertisements or anything either.

throAU
Feb 25, 2012, 03:35 AM
Boxer - dos box emulation. Drag/drop install old DOS pc games, very nice UI, works well.

Warhawk15
Feb 26, 2012, 01:40 AM
As of now...

1. Alfred - Seriously THE BEST app ever!
2. Growl
3. 1Password
4. FreeMemory Pro
5. AppCleaner
6. Spotify - Why did I just find out about this?!!!
7. Steam
8. Chrome
9. Adium
10. DaisyDisk

Those are the apps I use the most, some other apps I love but seldom use(or are always on)...
- XLD, iSnap, HandBrake, PranayamaFree, VLC, Dropbox, The Unarchiver, GeekTools, Caffeine.

GGJstudios
Feb 26, 2012, 01:42 AM
5. AppCleaner
In most cases, app removal software doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=12527023&postcount=6).

Warhawk15
Feb 26, 2012, 01:50 AM
In most cases, app removal software doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=12527023&postcount=6).

Yea I know, sometimes if I'm not lazy I'll delete other files it missed in the Library folder and other folders.
But I'm not too worried about it, as it gets the bulk for the most part. :)

elpmas
Feb 26, 2012, 01:56 AM
In most cases, app removal software doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=12527023&postcount=6).

This is helpful :D

GGJstudios
Feb 26, 2012, 01:57 AM
This is helpful :D
For some, it is.

Macman45
Feb 26, 2012, 02:03 AM
Aperture
Logic Pro
Handbrake
Pages
The Gimp


Many more, but these are the basis of my daily usage....I have 1 major game on my iMac...(Rules is rules!) Bioshock. I may never finish it, but enjoy paling from time to time.

jojoba
Feb 26, 2012, 03:34 AM
Hi there,
A lot of you are recommending Caffeine.
Can someone tell me why you'd never want your Mac to sleep?
Would this not shorten the lifespan of your display?
And can it not be done in System Preferences?
thanks for the advice,
malch

I do put my mac to sleep, but I typically use caffeine when I don't want it to go to sleep in the middle of my work flow. For example, I might be going back and forth between some readings on my iPad, my work PC and my MBA, or I might be in a seminar where I take notes at irregular intervals. Then I don't want to retype the password all the time as I go back and forth between my MBA.

----------

My favourites at the moment:

Caffeine
Curio Core
DevonThink
Evernote
CP Notebooks
Scrivener
Spotify
Small Task

MadMitch89
Feb 26, 2012, 03:44 AM
My favourite research based applications for all those buddying scientists:
- Papers: for citation management
- Scrivener: for non-linear document creation
- Evernote: the best free-app (better than most paid apps!) you can get
- OmniFocus: for project and task management

KingJosh
Mar 5, 2012, 01:26 AM
Sparrow
iMessages
Skype
Corel Painter
Photoshop
Illustrator
Indesign
Modo
Cinema4D
Zbrush
Screenflow (This is a must)
Tags
VLC
AppCleaner
Stickies
Cloud (I LOVE THIS!! and prefer it much more than Dropbox)
OnyX
Transmission
Transmit
Zinio Reader
Handbrake
A Better Finder Rename

Michaelgtrusa
Mar 9, 2012, 09:53 AM
Great Photo Pro
Photo Effects Studio Pro
Delibar
Evernote
Alfred
Popclip
iClip
Carousel

admyrick
Mar 30, 2012, 07:00 PM
Just got my mac so i don't have too many apps installed yet. but my favorite so far are

Evernote
Spotify
Geektool
WoW
Dropbox
Boom
Shovebox
TunesArt

bijju
Apr 11, 2012, 11:49 PM
thank you

rgr555
Sep 25, 2012, 06:22 PM
is VLC the best video player?

For Windows I used CCC Community Codec Pack. I need the Mac equivalent!

rgr555
Sep 25, 2012, 06:42 PM
nevermind, im learning as i go
new to osx mac

cerote
Sep 25, 2012, 06:55 PM
is VLC the best video player?

For Windows I used CCC Community Codec Pack. I need the Mac equivalent!

For codecs there used to be Perian. But I think they stopped supporting it. But you can still grab it.

Larsonator
Feb 8, 2014, 09:52 PM
is VLC the best video player?



By far. It does everything all the other applications can do, if not more. The best thing about it is that it's a relatively light program and doesn't require a lot of processing power. You have thousands of options to tweak and the developer's website has an active forum with hints, tricks, and troubleshooting advice.

I've had it for 5+ years and it's by far my most used app other than Safari. It's free but I'd have no problem paying a premium for something with this kind of quality.

talmy
Feb 9, 2014, 09:05 AM
By far. It does everything all the other applications can do, if not more. The best thing about it is that it's a relatively light program and doesn't require a lot of processing power. You have thousands of options to tweak and the developer's website has an active forum with hints, tricks, and troubleshooting advice.

I've had it for 5+ years and it's by far my most used app other than Safari. It's free but I'd have no problem paying a premium for something with this kind of quality.

Might pay to look at the dates. The question was posted over a year ago by someone who appears to no longer be active.

Anyway, VLC seems to be the only option now (other than using Handbrake to reformat) since QuickTime no longer accepts plugins, making Perian useless.

CochlearArch
Feb 9, 2014, 09:37 AM
Its all good.

Others like myself browse this forum for information. I appreciate what I can learn just by lurking. Keep up the good work.

Larsonator
Feb 10, 2014, 01:40 AM
Might pay to look at the dates. The question was posted over a year ago by someone who appears to no longer be active.

Anyway, VLC seems to be the only option now (other than using Handbrake to reformat) since QuickTime no longer accepts plugins, making Perian useless.

If it helps one person in the future who stumbles upon it via Google then it was worth my time.