Favourite Apps

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by hhwhite, Jun 8, 2005.

  1. hhwhite macrumors newbie

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    Hey everyone!!

    Im going to get as ready as possible for when i get my iMac g5. and so i know theyre are some amazing apps.--and other widgets. what are some of ur favorties? *include links, if possible*
     
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    1. iTunes
    2. iTunes
    3. iTunes
    ...

    :D

    if you're talking none-Apple freeware/shareware then there's a whole Must have freeware thread (but I'm too lazy to find the link right now), and there you will find recommendations on things like:
    - Firefox. If you need an alternative to Safari or are addicted to some extensions.
    - Adium X. Superior multi protocol IM client
    - TextWrangler or SubEthaEdit if you need a text editor (and you do).
    - Taboo and AcidSearch are indispensable add-ons to Safari.
    - TacoHTML if you need a free WYSIWYG/source code HTML/PHP/CSS editor. Very good.
    - Meterologist brings the weather to your menu (even better than Dashboard).
    - XRG to monitor your Mac from the desktop (again without invoking Dashboard)
    - etc.

    You find most on VersionTracker or Mac OS X downloads (the latter can be found from your Apple menu -> Mac OS X Software...).

    Enjoy your Mac and please search a little before posting new threads... ;)
     
  3. James Philp macrumors 65816

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    Ummm, the included ones are pretty good! - You get iLife '05 lucky boy!
    Adobe Photoshop - elements it that's all you can afford you'll still use it.
    An alternate browser, Camino or FF - just in case.
    A couple of the widgets are good too (UK yellow pages)

    Really you won't need much to start with - get to know the ones you have first. Don't worry about the rest yet. It will take longer than you think to know OS X "inside-out". I've been using it just under 3 years now, and am still finding new things it can do.
     
  4. James Philp macrumors 65816

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    All very well if you have a lot of menubar space!
    I like MenuMeters for system monitoring in the menubar myself.

    http://www.versiontracker.com is very good at finding apps. Need an app to do something? - think of an appropriate keyword, use the versiontracker search tool, and you'll likely get a list of 10 or more apps that all do the function in subtly different ways.

    Get the "pro" version and you can do this from a different app, that will search your Mac and tell you if you have the app currently, and what version you have, and what version the new one is (along with information about the app).
     
  5. cube macrumors G4

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    - iTunes for jukebox
    - Audion for streams
    - Region X
    - Vidi
     
  6. blodwyn macrumors 65816

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  7. Apple macrumors 6502

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    Id like to add to make sure you get iwork. There is some great software in there!
     
  8. stridey macrumors 65816

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    Adium, by far the best AIM client (and getting better all the time)
    Konfabulator is also a classic, and is by no means outmoded by Dashboard.
    Additionally, all of Unsanity's products are quite good, especially Shapeshifter.
     
  9. mac15 macrumors 68040

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    NewsFire - A beautiful RSS reader, there is also NetNewsWire
    Transmit - best s/FTP client on any platform. It also handles Webdav which is used to connect to .Mac iDisk's
     
  10. hodgjy macrumors 6502

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  12. terryhutchinson macrumors newbie

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    Path Finder

    Path Finder - a very classy replacement for Apple's Finder. First rate. Kind of a pro version of the finder. I can't recommend it enough for the power and ease of use it puts at your fingertips. Furthermore, under Tiger, it gives you the find file capability that Spotlight has forsaken. http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/16678
     
  13. Nermal Moderator

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    Your Safari menus are in English but your date is in (presumably) Norwegian :confused:
     
  14. mackaveli macrumors regular

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    hey i just got pathfinder and im just wondering is there anyway if i click on the Macintosh HD so instead of Finder opening Path Finder opens? Or is there a way that i can get rid of the Macintosh HD icon on my desktop?

    And is there a way to remove the Finder Icon from my Dock or no?

    thanks it looks like a great program.

    Keep listing the good apps to get for mac :)
     
  15. mcarnes macrumors 68000

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    Hog Bay Notebook is probably my most used app.

    You've got to have MacTheRipper of course. And MacJanitor too.

    Photoshop CS2 is my most used pro app.

    iTunes is king of the great apps, but that goes without saying.
     
  16. munkle macrumors 68030

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    I can't believe nobody has mentioned Quicksilver yet, the perfect compliment to Spotlight.

    On top of that I'm also a fan of the following (I'll try to mention the ones that haven't been mentioned yet):

    Synergy: a nice hotkey/menubar iTunes controller
    Ejector: menubar utility for ejecting disks, pretty handy.
    iPhoto Buddy: allows you to create multiple iPhoto libraries, invaluable if you have lots of photos.
    OmniGraffle: a beautiful tool to help you create charts, flow diagrams, map out your ideas etc.
    MailStamps: to change the much talked about Mail toolbar icons to something more pleasing.
    PodWorks: move your music from your iPod to iTunes.
    Sidenote: newly discovered app that has become party of my daily work flow already. Think perfectly implemented Stickies.
    Tomato Torrent: for your legal bittorrent needs.
    VLC: not yet perfect on Tiger but still good enough, handles all the files that Quicktime doesn't.

    There's already a couple of best freeware/shareware threads about, which you might want to search for. But I feel it's good time to start another one, with the introduction of Tiger and all.

    Oh and since everybody is touting VersionTracker, I'm going to throw MacUpdate.com into the ring. Like VersionTracker but cleaner and Mac centered, which makes it worthy of support in my book ;) :)
     
  17. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Does this provide any additional features compared to the built-in menu bar item ( /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/Eject.menu )?
     
  18. munkle macrumors 68030

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    The built in menu bar item only ejects physical disks. Ejector will work on physical disks and mounted volumes, such as your iPod and dmg's. Makes it that much more useful :)
     
  19. terryhutchinson macrumors newbie

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    more on Path Finder

    If you select "quit Finder after launch" from Path Finder's general preferences, your system will essentially substitute Path Finder for the Finder in behavior. Then the desktop you see will be Path Finder's - and you have much more control over its appearance. Finder will still be in the dock, but it won't be activated.
     
  20. mackaveli macrumors regular

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    ^^ thanks

    also is there a way to organze your menu bar? because i have a lot of icons on it now. Thanks
     
  21. eva01 macrumors 601

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    menu meters
    cyberduck
    taco HTML
    photoshop
    adium
     
  22. munkle macrumors 68030

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    Selecting an icon, holding down command and dragging will let you move some icons around...but unfortunately not all.
     
  23. JoeUK macrumors member

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    I'd also highly recommend Quicksilver. I don't having anything in my dock these days, it's the best launcher there is. And it can do a million other things if you play around with it a bit.
    Bytecontroller is, in my opinion (obviously), better than Synergy, and it's free. Synergy is so overated.
    Growl is a brilliant notifying thingy, which works with loads of nice third party apps, like Adium (which is class, by the by), and Bytecontroller. With Growl and Growltunes, you can have iTunes notifications roughly 7 times better than Synergy's.
     
  24. munkle macrumors 68030

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    Only 7? I worked it out to be 8.2 times better... :p
     

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