A new Best Mac apps thread

iAlexG

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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
 

jdavtz

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GlimmerBlocker - Adblock for Safari - free
ClickToFlash - free
Fruux - like MobileMe, but does less - free
DropBox - online file storage/sync Mac/PC/iPhone - free
 

iAlexG

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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

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Feb 15, 2007
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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

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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

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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

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Aug 8, 2009
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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

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Jun 12, 2009
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Just a few of my favorites to compliment those already mentioned....

CleanMyMac
Tweetie
eBookLibrary
 

DKatri

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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

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Adium
AppCleaner
Get Lyrical - iTunes lyric fetcher
iCompta - personal finance app - free
 

maflynn

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Lightroom (more powerful and better editing then Aperture ;) )
Coda all in one css/html editor
RapidWeaver
VMware Fusion
TextMate
 

exegete77

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Feb 12, 2008
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Nisus Writer Pro
Notebook (Circus Ponies)
Accordance
Mellel
Scrivener
Bookends
Acrobat Pro
InDesign
OpenOffice.org
Papyrus
Ragtime
 

mac2x

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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.
 

coops

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Sep 10, 2009
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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
 

Yojiirill

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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