Most Useful Applications

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by shawsinio, Jul 2, 2006.

  1. shawsinio macrumors regular

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    Im fairly new to macs, so was hoping all you veteran users could tell me what applications you find most useful (not normal things like iPhoto or whatever), but little things you use in your widgets all the time perhaps? or applications that always seem to be running in your dock, that you just wonder how you ever managed without!

    be cool to see all your replies

    shawsinio
     
  2. j26 macrumors 65832

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    For ripping my dvds I use Mac The Ripper and Handbrake - it's great to have a backup copy and I can watch films on the go.

    For text editing I use NeoOffice which is pretty fully featured, but can be slow to open, so I keep AbiWord on hand as it opens quickly. I also have VoodooPad which is a kind of Wiki on your mac and is very handy for notes, or for keeping odd bits of information (I don't like stickies - they dominate a 12" screen)

    iPhoto Buddy is great for keeping your photos in separate library. Scenic shots go in one and family photos and such like go in the other. Sometimes it's easier to have a couple of libraries.

    PDFLab is great for splitting pdf files which makes it easier for me to keep information in the correct place.

    Windows Media Player for playing wmv's.

    I don't have Tiger yet, so I don't use widgets.
    All of the above are free or shareware, except VoodooPad, but there is a free VoodooPad Light that is free.
     
  3. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    The yoda widget is the best!

    No not really...

    I like Macjanitor to do all the maintenance tasks quick and easy.
    Go to versiontracker.com to get it- it is free which is always nice!

    Product Description:
    Freeware utility to run the system's daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance scripts.
    These scripts are normally run between 3am and 5am, and will not be run if you shut off your Mac at night. This can allow log files to grow very large, and prevent system databases from getting backed up.
    With MacJanitor, you can run these scripts 'by hand' periodically without having to use the Terminal to keep your Mac OS X machine in top racing form.
    Excellent for laptop users and others who shut off or put their Macs to sleep at night.
     
  4. celebrian23 macrumors 65816

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    this may seem silly, but my favorite widget is preinstalled- the unit conversion. I find myself constantly wondering what 20,000 euros is. Or how much 25 kilos really is. Or what 15celcius feels like. or how many feet are in 7 miles. I can easily do this math without any difficulty
     
  5. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    May....may...it IS silly! :D :D

    Next thing you know we will hear you saying how we need a great calculator app. just like our windows counterparts!!!

    New commercial..."hello I am a PC.

    "And I'm a Mac and I have this great new App...Unit Conversion...it rocks my widget world!"
     
  6. solvs macrumors 603

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    I like the unit converter widget. Great for cooking. The built in spellchecker and thesaurus are nice too. 3rd party I use:

    Artrage
    Audacity
    Carbon Copy Cloner
    Cocktail
    Deafult Folder X
    Divx
    FFMPEG
    Flip4Mac
    FruitMenu
    Google Earth
    Image Tricks
    ImageWell
    iSquint
    Mplayer
    Onyx
    Real
    Romeo
    Seashore
    Service Scrubber
    Temp Monitor
    TinkerTool
    Toast
    VLC
    Witch
    WMP

    Most of which are free or cheap
     
  7. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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  8. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I also find that widget quite helpful. :)


    My other favorite one is the "chuck norris facts" widget which will display a randomly selected "fact" about chuck norris out of a database of 500+ "facts". :)


    For example,

    When an episode of Walker Texas Ranger aired in France, the French surrendered to Chuck Norris just to be on the safe side. :D

    -or-​

    There are no races, only countries of people Chuck Norris has beaten to different shades of black and blue. :D
     
  9. count chocula macrumors 6502a

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    that is a good one, but some of them are kinda weird..
     
  10. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Yes, some of the "facts" are a bit on the odd side. However, for the most part the widget provides a good laugh. :)
     
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  12. chairguru22 macrumors 6502a

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    havent needed to use the unit converter since school is out but im studying to become an engineer and this WILL DEFINITELY come in handy since converting units the long way is a pain in the ass, very prone to stupid mistakes, and prof. LOVE to mess you up that way.
     
  13. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    i just downloaded road trip effect pro..nice little plugin for imovie. You know how on tv shows when they show like a map an a plane travling accross to point a to b. It does that real easy. You can use one of their maps or your own and same with the icon that goes across...
    Also adium for AIM


    edit - my 3,000 Post!
     
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    Handbrake. Awesome program, one of the best free programs I know.
     
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    iTunes - coudn't live without it. iTunes Statistician makes it even more fun... ;)
    QuickSilver - a launcher that changes the way you use your Mac
    MainMenu - maintenance, cleaning and optimization from your menu bar
    iSnip - extended clipboard (where is the universal version?!?)
    TextWrangler - the best free text editor
    CyberDuck - very good, free s/ftp client
     
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    MS Paint

    I am a fairly new switcher (got a macbook on the first day), and would definitely never want to use windows again. I am not a gamer, I only play on consoles, and find most apps have a better mac equivelant. Unfortunately though, I sometimes need quick, simple drawings, and I have to say that there is nothing better than the awful MS Paint; I now use seashore, and previouly used GIMP, but have found it annoying that seashore does not, and correct me if Im wrong, have a simple straight line drawing option. I even prefer using photoshop under rosetta than on a PC.
     
  20. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    It's in "early" beta, but you may want to try out Poster Paint. Created by our very own Demi-God RobbieDuncan.
     
  21. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816

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    Menu-Shade is one that comes to mind. It's a handy little app that will shade your menu-bar or even add "fake transparency" to match it to your desktop. Sort of making it seem "invisable". Then you just move your mouse over the menu-bar and it reappears, quite like the Dock when you have it set to "automatically hide and show the dock". Not crucial, but definitely helpful for me...I get distracted way too easily.
     
  22. iBrow macrumors regular

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    HandBrake for any DVD converting to MPEG-4, And Flip4Mac for any WMP files. :)
     
  23. gloss macrumors 601

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    Yes. If you're a fast typer this can speed up your computer use to a ridiculous degree.
     
  24. kiwi-in-uk macrumors 6502a

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    Also Rita. Excellent for simple diagrams.
     
  25. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000

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    ah...Poster Paint is the best...xD
     

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