Best Mac software - free or otherwise

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by gonnabuyamac, May 19, 2008.

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  1. gonnabuyamac macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2006
    My household is now officially all Mac (though I do have Parallels, but I'm using that less and less). I really love the software that comes with a Mac, and I use Adobe software. But, I'm wondering what more experienced Mac users favorite programs are - whether they're free or not.

    I realize that's a pretty broad question, but I'd really like to get some great app's for my computer.

  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
  3. enkidu macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2008
    Congrats on the transition. Mine is almost there also.

    Pretty much every day I'll use:

    Built-in: Terminal, Safari, iTunes, iCal, Mail, Address Book, XCode + friends
    Bought: 1Password, OmniGraffle Pro, Keynote, Little Snitch
    Free: MacVim, VNCViewer (only the viewer is free)
    Widgets: iStat

    I also like and use often, but not daily:

    Built-in: iPhoto, DVD Player
    Bought: Pixelmator, Leap, AppZapper, Sound Studio, Quicktime Pro
    Free: Inkscape (it's not very mac-like, but very powerful), VLC, MacTheRipper, Handbrake

    Of these, I'd highly recommend: 1Password, OmniGraffle (Pro), Keynote, and MacVim. All four do their respect jobs elegantly and well, but MacVim is definitely only for vi(m) enthusiasts who are also mac users. Leap may be moving up in my list also.
  4. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Follow the link in aaronw1986's post, please.
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