OSX apps you can't live without?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by davidnssbm, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. davidnssbm macrumors regular

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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?
     
  2. tonyunreal macrumors regular

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    Growl

    Seriously I can't think of a second one.
     
  3. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

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    Growl, Transmission and Adium are really the only third party apps I use all the time.
     
  4. Man-Droid macrumors regular

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    Handbrake of course. I love Senuti for use with the iPod. Pulls songs off in seconds and organizes them.
     
  5. bigmacman macrumors member

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    Is there still a free version of Senuti?
     
  6. henrikrox macrumors 65816

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  7. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    All the ones mentioned in the Sticky thread about best Mac apps.
     
  8. kas23 macrumors 603

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    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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  10. Caleb531 macrumors 6502

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    Firefox, Adium, NetNewsWire, Growl (didn't like it before, but I finally found it useful)
     
  11. yojitani macrumors 68000

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    I've become quite fond of quicksilver. It's free!
     
  12. csjo00 macrumors regular

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    Growl, Dropbox, Quicksilver, and Twitter for Mac
     
  13. barrettj macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  14. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  15. TaylorJ macrumors regular

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    ...btt ftw
     
  16. bob5820 macrumors 6502a

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    Launchbar
    Textexpander
    Default FolderX

    Using Tags and Yep quite a bit now.

    I find Growl more annoying than useful.
     
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  18. UpDownAeroplane macrumors member

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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).
     
  19. burton212 macrumors newbie

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    I'm getting my first Mac by the end of the month, and would you recommend uTorrent or Transmission?
     
  20. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Transmission or uTorrent?
     
  21. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Transmission or Vuze.
     

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