Favorite or essential OSX utilities?

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  1. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    I'm new to OSX and could benefit from other's wisdom...

    What are your favorite/essential utilities?

    Examples: Tweaking tools, Finder/Mail/app enhancements and plug-ins, mini-apps, media tools, maintenance utilities, etc.
     
  2. jmccullough108 macrumors 6502a

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    Activity monitor is fun to look at.

    I know a few cool terminal codes too.. my favorite one as of late has been "uptime".
     
  3. tripletaker macrumors member

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    Onyx - Does everything that I would ever need. But when you first start the program, it freezes your computer for a few minutes. It's perfectly normal, but freaks me out every time.
     
  4. RoninXI macrumors regular

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    MPlayer OSX Extended is a great video player without the pain of the non-extended version http://mplayerosx.sttz.ch/

    If you want any software for a specific purpose www.versiontracker.com is your friend. You can do a search for pretty much anything and find an app for it.
     
  5. jeremybuff macrumors regular

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    Instead of listing them each time I see a post like this, I created a nice collection of software that I use/enjoy. There are a few nice utilities as well.

    Here's the link.
     
  6. messedkid macrumors 6502

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    also check out www.macupdate.com. It lists updates for many apps on a daily basis, and groups the more popular apps together at the top at the end of the day (links are always in red instead of blue). I've found this pretty useful when looking for updates/new apps.

    The first things I always install, be it a fresh install, or a new mac are:

    Perian - media codec for Quicktime. I prefer Quicktime over VLC, although I do use VLC for movie playlists. Perian just allows you to watch many, if not all, video files watchable with VLC, with Quicktime

    VLC - media player alternative to Quicktime. Has many codecs built in, so no need for Perian.

    Ejector - Ejector adds a little eject button in your menu bar, letting you eject disc images, ipods, cds, usb drives, etc... . I like to keep my desktop empty, so I use the Ejector dropdown menu to pick which image/drive to eject. Very useful.

    Google Notifier - If you use a gmail account, this is pretty useful. Adds a menubar counter which displays unread emails in your gmail inbox.

    OnyX - Like others have said, OnyX is for running maintenance scripts, and small customizations to your OS X. Running maintenance scripts is not really required, since OS X is pretty efficient when it comes keeping your apps running fresh, but hey, when in Rome right? ;)

    Inquisitor or Glims - I used Inquisitor a while ago, adding a "search as you type" function to Safari's Google search field. Glims adds this feature, as well as other features, such as full screen browsing, keyword searching from your address bar, etc.. .

    Also, let us know what you intend to use your mac for, as it will help us suggest more specific apps for you. :)
     
  7. VirtualRain thread starter macrumors 603

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    This is all fabulous stuff!!! Thanks guys and if others can add further to this list , please do! :)
     
  8. ceezy3000 macrumors 6502

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    onyx like other guys said, i also use istat menus(basically activity monitor in ur menubar) o and i also use appzapper, its basically an uninstaller 4 mac becuase sometimes jsut trashing something doesnt get totally rid of it,there still might be plists or caches. a free version would be appdelete or cleanapp(cleanapp is more thourough although i think appdelete looks better, try 3 get appzapper if u ca n)
     
  9. bkarabel macrumors member

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    I use,

    Flip4Mac---Plays windows media files in quicktime
    iSquint--- Converting AVI files to Mpeg4
    UnRarX--- For rar files

    Hope it helps
     
  10. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

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    MailBadger to customize how "Unread Mails"-Badge is displayed on the Mail dock icon.
     
  11. aaron11193 macrumors regular

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    MEncoder - cconvert almost anything to DivX/XviD whatever
     
  12. InTheKnow22 macrumors newbie

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    Actually AppCleaner is the best and most through. ;)
     
  13. RHatton macrumors regular

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    I use:

    Menu Meters- Tracks CPU, Memory, HD usage and displays it in the menu bar

    Geektool- Simple program that I use to display time/date/weather

    Mail Unread Menu- I use this sometimes when I don't feel like having the Mail app open

    Anxiety- My To do list that is on from boot up and syncs with ical and mail
     
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  15. VirtualRain thread starter macrumors 603

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    Is there any plug-in or extension for Finder that will give you file details when you click on it... In Vista, there is a pane on the bottom of the Finder window that will report size, date modified, and other information regardless of the view being used (i.e. Icon view). It seems the only way to get this kind of information is to "right-click" and "Get more info". Very inefficient.
     
  16. SHADO macrumors 6502a

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    I use Path Finder for that. It's a very neat app and is a great Finder replacement.
     
  17. VirtualRain thread starter macrumors 603

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    That's amazing indeed! Thanks! I'll consider that for sure!

    Are there any plug-in's for finder that will do some of those things without completely replacing Finder?
     
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    Screen SuperSize is an absolute MUST.

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    I use a few

    1. App Zapper - for safely removing Apps from the system
    2. OnyX
    3. Adium
    4. Cyber Duck - for FTp / SSH / SFTP
    5. Handbrake - For encoding
    6. Yasu
    7. Menu Meters
     
  23. alumac macrumors member

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    Quicksilver is the best app I've come across. Its spotlight-on-crack.
     

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