7 Mac Utilities You Must Have

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. mfeldman macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2004
    What's up with all this RSS stuff?

    2 out of the top 7 are RSS readers? Why? What's so special about RSS anyway? Most Windows users don't have RSS programs and have never heard of it, and I'm willing to bet that not many Macintosh users even know what it means.

    It's much ado about nothing, me thinks. You get a headline then click for the summary, then click to the site to see the rest of the article. That's two clicks, not one. USA Today doesn't have RSS and neither do many other news sites. Bah humbug.
  3. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    RSS is good if you follow lots of sites and want to know if it's worth looking in. It's sort of a way to duplicate some of the functionality we had back when everyone used Usenet for this stuff.

    The good RSS clients don't involve a lot of clicking, and the audio aggregator I use requires no clicking at all.
  4. jchen macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2004
    San Francisco
    What's an "audio aggregator?"

    Isn't that what Bill O'Reilly does? Bwahahahaha!

    Seriously, I've used Net News Wire and it's ok, but setting up RSS takes some work, and Ranchero even gives you a starting list of Mac sites. Find the site, find the RSS or XML link, transfer to reader, organize. It'd be nice if there were an easier way or someone would aggregate some links, like bookmarks. Just for the few I have I find myself working much less by not having to go to every site to look around, but I also find a few sites I wouldn't normally visit, and once I find a site I like I visit regularly anyway. More visits. Less effort. I guess that's the idea.

    What's an "audio aggregator?"
  5. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    RSS just became fun :) Start with http://ipodder.org/. It's sort of picking up where Web broadcasting was shot down; the idea is to transfer "broadcasts" straight to iTunes/iPod as RSS attachments.

    The predominant Mac clients for this are iPodderX and iPodder The upper link has a directory of feeds, and Adam Curry's mostly-talk show is a good one to start with for learning about what is happening with the medium.

    This all really only got under way in the last month or two, so don't expect a huge amount of variety. Some of the programs are the typical me-me-me blog fare translated to talk, but there are already some interesting indy music feeds out there too, and existing Web audio broadcasts are starting to become interested.


    Also, for finding RSS feeds in general: http://www.interleaves.org/~rteeter/rss.html#where
  6. rbarrett macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2004
    I've got most of those utilities... am I a power user now?

    Have not used Super Duper yet but many of the others. Since they are the same as what I use that must mean it's a great list, right? :)

    I also use the free GIFbuilder. It has been around forever dating back to Mac OS 8/9.x or so. Very handy and still works on OSX... also used Amadeus for recording but GarageBand is free and does much of the same thing and more. I guess that's a specialty program.

    Oh, just noticed imeowbot's image of Ashlee dancing around. What a joke. That girl's talent was being spawned by an opportunistic father, just as Peter Boyle spawned Steve Ballmer.
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    just got to thow in that i prefer meteorologist to weather pop because its totally free, can be in the menubar and dock and provides the same functionality but i dont need to pay $8 for it

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