Must Have Applications 2011

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by sioannou, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. sioannou macrumors member


    Mar 25, 2010
    Nicosia Cyprus
    As I am waiting my new mac, I would like to help me to make a new list with all those little applications that we all need and love and make our lives easier :D

    I am starting the list with
    1. Stuffit Expander​
  2. UserName, Mar 6, 2011
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    UserName macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2004
  3. Mekgek, Mar 6, 2011
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    Mekgek macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2007
    1. The Unarchiver (instead of Stuffit Expander)

    5. MPlayerX

    6. Dropbox
  4. svkrzn, Mar 6, 2011
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    svkrzn macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2009
    7. 1Password
    17. Archiver
    18. Alfred
    19. Evernote
    20. Things
    21. The Tager
    22. Toast 10 Titanium
  5. Mawal macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2010
  6. hakuin, Mar 6, 2011
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    hakuin macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2010
  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    Please do not make consecutive posts.

    Do not post one app per post, rather combine your apps into one post.
  8. ufkdo macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2010
    11. Google Chrome
    12. Cyberduck
    13. Office 2011
    14. CleanMyMac
    15. VLC player
    16. Skype
  9. r0n1n, Mar 6, 2011
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    r0n1n macrumors member


    Sep 1, 2010
    23. EasyFind
    24. Quicksilver
    25. Adium
    26. LimeChat
    27. Transmission
    28. jDownloader
    29. atMonitor
    30. TextWrangler
    31. Gmail Notifr
    32. TrashMe
    33. Vox
    34. Onyx
    35. Gimp
    36. Chromium
    37. MagicPrefs
    38. VirtualBox
  10. KirkL, Mar 6, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2011

    KirkL macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2010
    United States
    39. Perian
    40. Things
    41. MindNode/MindNode Pro
    42. AppZapper
    43. Reeder
    44. xPad
    45. Library Books
    46. CalendarBar
  11. soulreaver99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2010
    Southern California
    47. Yasu
    48. Idefrag

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  12. iPhone1 macrumors 65816


    Apr 2, 2010
    San Diego, CA
  13. eco54 macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2011

    Curio - an app that has completely changed they way I work, simply amazing.
  14. TreoRenegade macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2008
    ________ Used as Needed
    51. XLD: X Loss Decoder
    …… Free. Droplet to convert my mp3 ringtones to wav format, for Mac alert sounds.

    52. Desklet: Mac App Store
    ……… Near free. Change your wallpaper, in a heartbeat.

    53. Droffet:
    ……… $10 for a slew of utilities in addition to this one, which lives only to flatten directories. Excellent for changing iTunes' gazillion subfolders deal to a flat one folder holding all music tunes. Other very helpful apps by this dev = QuitApps, LaunchOnTime, IPSentineStatus.

    ________ Used Daily
    54. PandoCalendar:
    ……. Free. Smallish desktop month-view calendar, only.

    55. Trillian: Mac App Store
    …….. Free. Most conveniant way to chat and see wall / Facebook. Also good for keeping an eye on multiple Twitter accounts.

    56. TagIt:
    …….. Free. Lives in dock, for drag & drop ease. Plays nice with DevonThink Pro Office, GraphicConverter & anything else I’ve used to date. Free.

    57. Arq:
    …….. $29. Hands-off backups, with versioning, to Amazon’s S3 servers. (DropBox, which I adore, is for syncing, NOT backups!) $5/month for 50gigs storage, plus nominal fees for bandwidth. That last part kept me away, out of ignorance. Now that I’ve used it, I see that it remains the cheapest yet best deal in town for RELIABLE backups. (Google competition for the woes encountered a crutch time.)

    58. Choosy:
    …….. $12. The best bargain on the planet, if you flit back and forth among FireFox, Chrome, OmniWeb, Safari and other browsers. This one is my most frequently used app on any given day, as it works with any and all live URLs, no matter which app contains it-- provided you have helper app Choosy set as your default browser.

    59. Hazel:
    …….. $21.95. Insanely helpful for automating dang near anything. Kinda like Folder Actions, on steroids.

    60. Anxiety:
    …….. Free. While I rely heavily on OmniFocus for task management/planning, I use this app to keep a nice compact listing on view.
  15. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    No. Worst archiving app ever. Haven't used this for years and all the better for it.
  16. Ocean Sea macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2010
    All are free, many if not all are Open Source

    Keka Good file archiver/unarchiver app. (Stuffit Expander is dreadful.)

    AppCleaner Helpful app remover.

    TCPBlock Outbound firewall (bit like a free version of LittleSnitch). Very simple and doesn't nag.

    Cocoa Packet Analyzer very nice packet analyzer. So you can see what all those apps that TCPBlock spotted are phoning home about !

    Vienna Open Source RSS news reader.

    atMonitor Extended feature Activity Monitor.

    OnyX Good maintainance and tweaks. Poor documentation though. This tutorial should help.

    OxED Nice simple Hexeditor.

    Checksum Very simple but handy checksum app
  17. Bischoff macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2011
    Is their an app that removes apps and files completely? If so what is the best one?
  18. RebeccaL macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2011
  19. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    AppZapper, AppCleaner, CleanApp, TrashMe, and similar apps do not do a thorough job of removing all files/folders related to deleted apps. I tested several of these, using Skype as the app to be removed. Of 17 items to be removed:
    AppZapper missed 13 items
    AppCleaner missed 11 items
    AppDelete missed 8 items
    Hazel missed 9 items​
    I also tested AppTrap, CleanMyMac and a few others, but don't recall how many items they missed. All left files/folders behind. In most cases, they remove .plist files and a few others, but leave behind much larger files and folders. (you will find a discussion of these tests in the thread linked below)

    One app that I would not recommend, based on the number of complaints that have been posted in this forum and elsewhere, is CleanMyMac. As an example: CleanMyMac cleaned too much

    The only effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:

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