Most beautiful Mac apps

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by pad07, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. pad07 macrumors regular

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    I want to create a decent list of the most beautiful, where possible currently-developed Mac Apps. I'll list a few, then if you know any others please post them!

    FREEWARE

    NewsFire
    A good-looking RSS app
    @newsfirex.com

    Transmission
    The best Mac torrent app?
    @transmissionbt.com

    Tweetie
    Lovely Twitter app, ad-supported fully-functioning free version. You can pay to remove the ads.
    @atebits.com

    Adium
    Great IM app! Can be customised to look amazing - tons of lovely themes
    @adium.im

    Colloquy
    An attractive IRC client with a simple, sleek UI
    @colloquy.info

    Bean
    Lovely free Word processing app.
    @bean-osx.com

    SHAREWARE

    Things
    A beautiful To-do application, with a faultless design and an iPhone companion.
    @culturedcode.com

    xTorrent
    or... the best Mac torrent app?
    @xtorrent.com

    Cha-Ching
    Beautiful personal financing
    @midnightapps.com

    Coda
    One-window Web development
    @panic.com

    CandyBar
    Gorgeous app for customising your Mac's icons and dock
    @panic.com

    Delicious Library
    Jaw-droppingly beautiful personal library software
    @delicious-monster.com

    Pixelmator
    Beautiful dark image-editor, with many features!
    @pixelmator.com

    Awaken
    Gorgeous alarm-clock software
    @embraceware.com

    Rapidweaver
    Beautiful visual web editor!
    @realmacsoftware.com

    Flow
    The most beautiful FTP client for Mac.
    @extendmac.com

    Acquisition
    Gorgeous P2P client for Mac
    @acquisitionx.com

    Checkout
    Stunning Point of Sale app for Mac
    @checkoutapp.com

    Billings
    Beautiful billing app
    @billingsapp.com

    CSS Edit
    Amazing application for developing CSS stylesheets
    @macrabbit.com

    Espresso
    Beautiful web design software
    @macrabbit.com

    LittleSnapper
    Beautiful screenshot and website capture software
    @realmacsoftware.com

    Schoohouse
    Academic planning for students, really nice UI
    @schoolhouseapp.com

    DaisyDisk
    Disk visualisation tool, polished to the max
    @daisydiskapp.com

    Picturesque
    Gorgeous app for making images look good
    @acqualia.com

    1Password
    Sleek password manager with a lovely UI.
    @agilewebsolutions.com

    The Hit List
    Another good looking GTD app, but pretty much nothing can beat Things!
    @potionfactory.com

    Espionage
    A gorgeous security and encryption app.
    @taoeffect.com

    Schreiben
    Simple, gorgeous text editor.
    @myownapp.com



    Anymore for anymore?
     
  2. Catfish_Man macrumors 68030

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    I disagree, but I may be just a bit biased since I picked most of the default settings back when 1.0 came out ;)
     
  3. nullx86 macrumors 6502a

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    protip, make sections for freeware and shareware
    also, add adium.
     
  4. pad07 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Added Adium on request.

    Any more suggestions for additions?
     
  5. nullx86 macrumors 6502a

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    Not an app, but since its in almost everypost in the "post your setup thread"

    Fliqlo screensaver

    some apps:

    VLC

    Firefox

    Transmission

    schoolhouse

    cashbox

    GeekTool

    BowTie

    Hulu Desktop

    cant think of anymore for now, ill add as I go along, being that I'm getting a mac tonight/tomorrow and I have to add apps :p
     
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  7. pad07 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Of the above I only think Schoolhouse has the polish of the other listed apps. Have added it.

    That's gorgeous. Added it.
     
  8. nullx86 macrumors 6502a

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    schoolhouse is free... Ok, nvm, schoolhouse 2 is free, schoolhouse 3 isnt. Ive been using v2, not v3.
     
  9. 5DollaFootlong macrumors 6502

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    i used to use transmission, but it always crashed. utorrent has features such as port forwarding and it's generally tends to be more stable than any other client.
     
  10. nullx86 macrumors 6502a

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    Really? I've never had issues with Transmission, but have always had issues with utorrent and xtorrent
     
  11. dyn macrumors 68030

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    Tweetie is not really freeware since the "free" version will display ads. The payware version removes the ads. Tweetie is more like shareware.
    Nambu or Natsulion would be proper freeware twitterclients (they don't mind donations btw).
     
  12. nullx86 macrumors 6502a

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    Tweetie has a free/ad based one and a fee-based one, so it should technically be in both. Maybe a seperate column/category is in need for these apps?
     
  13. sammich macrumors 601

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    xTorrent...I'll partly agree with the nice looking UI, but as a torrent app it's highway robbery. Paying for a p2p app?
     
  14. simpleleap macrumors newbie

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    My vote is for the hit list. The sounds the look, they just fit so perfectly together for a nice looking app.
     
  15. ungraphic macrumors 6502a

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    uTorrent beta for Mac easily beats the competition. Transmission is great though. If uTorrent had automatic moving, I'd switch completely (sometimes, or usually, i forget to organize my downloads folder, therefor some of the stuff i have i can never remember if it completed or not). uTorrent also uses less RAM than Transmission.

    As for Adium being on that list, it only looks pretty. But for MSN, I find it close to useless. MSN names arent displayed properly, avatars take too long to load, custom emoticons are a mess, and most importantly; file transfers are ridiculously slow (3.5kbps max)

    VLC should have definitely gotten a mention.

    Transmit > all (for FTP usage)
     
  16. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    Shareware/Commercial:

    Things has a very clean design, although I don't think I have much use for GTD software.

    MacFamilyTree has many faults, but its interface isn't one of them. It's probably the only software for genealogy that has anything approaching an attractive interface, and it's extremely powerful.

    Shareware:

    I've been impressed with just about all the MOApp apps, particularly myDocuments. Very simple, clean design.

    Free:

    Bean has always one of may faves. Everything's where it ought to be.

    mt
     
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  18. nullx86 macrumors 6502a

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    VLC needs to be on there, im not the first one to say it (oh wait I am! :p)

    Transmit or Cyber duck

    Colloquy

    Hulu Desktop
     
  19. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    No way, VLC is hideous unless you mod it.

    My suggestions for the list:

    The Hit List
    @potionfactory

    1Password 3.0 (beta)
    @agilewebsolutions

    Candybar
    @panic
     
  20. pad07 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

    I'm not going to add VLC because while I do have it and it's an incredibly useful and powerful app and player, its UI is quite dated even despite its simplicity, it feels clunky and its icon is hideous.

    QuickTime X + Perian + Flip4Mac is where it's at I think for the best UX.

    Cyberduck's interface is outdated. Remember, we are talking about the primary fit and finish, overall polish, and sleekness of the UIs here. Transmit is due a UI refresh - it's not been updated in nearly a year and feels little "Tiger"-esque (not that there's anything wrong with that!) I think Panic have focused their efforts on Coda recently over Transmit and that shows in UI design. Flow is the best looking FTP app.

    Added 1Password. Added Colloquy. I've added the Hit List even though I find some of the UI elements irritating such as the use of Helvetica Neue Light in large font on the tabs and so on. Added Bean.

    Also added Espionage.
     
  21. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

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    Delicious Library is very good for organizing books, DVDs and music albums.
     
  22. pad07 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hey! :) That's on the list, thanks though. It's a beautiful app
     
  23. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

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    DOH! I missed it when scrolling through.

    How about Audium? (I joke, I joke)
     
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