OSX apps you can't live without?

davidnssbm

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Oct 23, 2009
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Alot of us are new to the Mac world with these new iMacs. Now I know there is an app forum w/ a sticky thread, but frankly, it hasn't been updated since 2004.

So what are some apps, freeware, or tips that will make using OSX even more of a breeze?
 

rdowns

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Jul 11, 2003
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All the ones mentioned in the Sticky thread about best Mac apps.
 
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kas23

macrumors 603
Oct 28, 2007
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Growl

Seriously I can't think of a second one.
Hey guys,

What's so special about Growl. I had it on my MBP for a few days. It became annoying and I couldn't really see the need, so I canned it. What exactly is its purpose?

Yes, I have googled it and read its homepage, but why not just use the notification systems in each app. They all do the same thing. You get a "ding" or window pops up. Why clutter your computer with unnecessary applications.
 
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Caleb531

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Oct 17, 2009
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Firefox, Adium, NetNewsWire, Growl (didn't like it before, but I finally found it useful)
 
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barrettj

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Jul 30, 2010
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I can't believe no one has mentioned xGestures a $5 app that adds mouse gestures to the entire OS (customizable per Application). People drop their jaw when they see me working.

I have them set to go off with my middle mouse button (and draw to the screen so I can double check I'm doing the right one).

My favorite gestures:
Up - Expose All Windows
Up Left - Expose Desktop
Down - Close Tab
Down Right - Minimize to Dock (my dock is on the right side of the screen)
Down Left - Close Window
Down Left Right - Quit Application

Web Browser
Left - Previous Tab
Right - Forward Tab

xCode
Right - Build and Run
Down - Build and Analyze
Left Right - Switch between header and implementation
Left - Code Pilot (useful xCode addin)

Extra tip: having all these actions available as gestures freed up my 4th and 5th mouse buttons which are now copy and paste which is incredibly useful.
 
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santaliqueur

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Aug 7, 2007
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Quicksilver is absolutely indispensable. Its the first thing I download on a new install.

PCalc, for the RPN calculator users

Daisy Disk, to see where all that space has gone

Aperture

1Password

All others I can do without if I had to. These are my top picks.
 
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TaylorJ

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Jan 25, 2010
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I can't believe no one has mentioned xGestures a $5 app that adds mouse gestures to the entire OS (customizable per Application). People drop their jaw when they see me working.

I have them set to go off with my middle mouse button (and draw to the screen so I can double check I'm doing the right one).

My favorite gestures:
Up - Expose All Windows
Up Left - Expose Desktop
Down - Close Tab
Down Right - Minimize to Dock (my dock is on the right side of the screen)
Down Left - Close Window
Down Left Right - Quit Application

Web Browser
Left - Previous Tab
Right - Forward Tab

xCode
Right - Build and Run
Down - Build and Analyze
Left Right - Switch between header and implementation
Left - Code Pilot (useful xCode addin)

Extra tip: having all these actions available as gestures freed up my 4th and 5th mouse buttons which are now copy and paste which is incredibly useful.
...btt ftw
 
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UpDownAeroplane

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May 21, 2010
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tweetie - best twitter app and i have used many of them, this is the nicest looking and the easiest to use.
transmission - easy to use torrent client, although utorrent is good too.
schoolhouse - good for high school students, probably not for college though.
things - a place to write down things i gotta do.
adium - much better than ichat.
notational velocity - a note taking app i never see mentioned. it is an AMAZING app and it's free. seriously, download this app.
delicious library - awesome app for keeping track of books, music, movies, games, etc. BEAUTIFUL interface.
gimp - photoshop alternative
instinctive - looks at your itunes playlist and has an ipod type format. really light-weight and it's beautiful to look at.
max - for cd ripping (also try XLD)
vienna (best RSS feeder out there).
 
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burton212

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Jun 21, 2010
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I'm getting my first Mac by the end of the month, and would you recommend uTorrent or Transmission?
 
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