I made the decision to switch to a Macbook Pro a few weeks ago and began the process of researching that would enable me to make the transition. My research definitely isn't done, but I went ahead and ordered it anyway. It's a Macbook Pro 15 2.5 GHz 4 gig memory 200 gig @ 7200 Matte screen with iWork, Final Cut express and Mobile Me added. I have identified many potential programs, but in many categories I have only been able to identify a couple options rather than figure out what the selection should be. If you have any familiarity, feedback, or suggestions about any of these programs, please let me know! This first list is programs that I've reviewed and categorized and am considering making a part of my tool set. Webeditor/blog: www.karelia.com Rapidweaver FTP: Yummyftp Cyberduck http://cyberduck.ch/ Extendmac.com/flow Torrent: Transmission: http://transmission.m0k.org/ Browser: Firefox http://www.igetter.net/ maybe if using enough safari Inquisitor http://www.newsfirex.com/blog/ also for safari Saft: http://haoli.dnsalias.com/Saft/index.html extensions for safari RSS reader: Netnewsreader Or just stick with Google Reader and iGoogle Mail addons: http://www.bronsonbeta.com/mailappetizer/ Other addons http://www.tikouka.net/mailapp/ Chat: Adium (look at it. Might stick with ichat, but look) Screen capture: (not sure why I think I need this, but there are such cool options) Screenflow www.varasoftware.com/products/screenflow/ Whole webpage captures: http://www.derailer.org/paparazzi/ Whole website captures: http://www.sitesucker.us/home.html Snapz pro x http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/ App Launcher: Quicksilver http://theappleblog.com/quicksilver-the-guide/ Appearance: http://www.iwascoding.com/UnCoverIt/ Neat desktop: http://macrabbit.com/deskshade/ http://www.panic.com/candybar/ Dock dividers: http://www.artofadambetts.com/archives/000046.html Pixadex http://www.iconfactory.com/px_home.asp Useful across purposes: Sidenote: http://www.chatelp.org/?s=Sidenote Growl!: http://www.growl.info/about.php Sofa Control: http://www.caseapps.com/sofacontrol.html Wordservice: http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/10398 Video stuff: VLC http://www.videolan.org/ Handbrake http://handbrake.m0k.org/ Video record w/ teleprompter: www.software.com/products/videocue/ http://www.flip4mac.com/wmv.htm maybe, but i think vlc will address this need Backup (think about having something bootable): http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html backitymac http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html Carbon copy cloner http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html Utilities/Performance/Maintenance: (bootable backup first) Menumeters http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/ Onyx http://www.titanium.free.fr/pgs2/english/download.html Main menu http://www.santasw.com/ Tinkertool http://www.bresink.com/osx/TinkerTool.html menumeter Appzapper http://appzapper.com/ (check appdelete) Diskutility http://guides.macrumors.com/Disk_Utility virus thing http://www.clamxav.com/ hard drive issues http://homepage.mac.com/julianmayer/smartreporter/index.html Slim os remove architecture, languages, etc. . . http://guides.macrumors.com/Mac_OS_X_On_A_Diet http://xslimmer.com/ - easier for basic users http://monolingual.sourceforge.net/ Virtualization: VMware Fusion Trackpad things: http://greg.vario.us/cornerclick/ http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/sidetrack/ http://www.bitart.com/CocoaGestures.html Organization: http://www.busymac.com/ http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omniplan/ Random: Finance manager Squirrel Timeline software http://www.beedocuments.com/index.php Wikipedia pathway http://pathway.screenager.be/about-pathway/ Media Library http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delicious_Library/ Keychain alternative http://www.waterfallsw.com/wallet/ Spam Sieve http://c-command.com/spamsieve/ White and Pink noise: http://www.blackholdmedia.com/noise/ Dvd and Cd burning: Toast Titanium I also have a list of "random" programs that I saw enough about to be interested in, but have not researched at this time. If you have a reason to include or stay the heck away from one of these, I'd love to hear your thoughts as well! http://www.acqualia.com/picturesque/ http://www.thelittleappfactory.com/application.php?app=Connoisseur http://www.omnigroup.com/ http://jerakeen.org/code/shelf http://www.barebones.com/products/yojimbo/index.shtml http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.asp?p=31932&rl=1 http://www.silverspider.com/2007/os-x-software-and-widgets/ MactheRipper http://www.mactheripper.org/ Audio hijack Witch http://www.manytricks.com/witch/ http://homepage.mac.com/julianmayer/smartreporter/index.html http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/23049 Screen sieve FolderShare http://foldershare.com MindNode mind mapping Filemagnet Tofu Aurora Cocktail http://www.maintain.se/cocktail/index.php Voodoo pad http://www.flyingmeat.com/voodoopad.html Déjà vu Diskinventory x Desktastic Sailing clicker http://homepage.mac.com/jonassalling/Shareware/Clicker/ Supercal http://www.bergdesign.com/supercal/ Anxiety http://www.anxietyapp.com/ Caffiene http://lightheadsw.com/caffeine/ http://www.conceptdraw.com/en/products/mindmap/main.php Skim for PDFs http://skim-app.sourceforge.net/index.html !! http://haoli.dnsalias.com/Saft/index.html http://www.smileonmymac.com/TextExpander/ Timetoast www.timetoast.com Last, but not least, I'd love any recommendations of feeds that provide useful user tips, software information or other mac-centric updates that produce a reasonable quantity of information. Lifehacker always contains some information, but what are some other good feeds? Ideally, I'm looking for ones that are no more than 3-4 posts a day and would be happy with ones that had good, infrequent (less than 1 post/day on average) posts, but I'm open to any recommendations from your experience and expertise. Thanks for any thoughts and your help in making this transition to the Mac world the best possible!