The Absolute Best 4 Mac Applications, Post Your Can't Live without.

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  1. macsrules macrumors regular

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    These are my Current 4 Favorite Mac Apps and One that I don't ever want to go without again. Post your best four.

    1. Quicksilver - I can't use my Mac without this Application anymore http://www.blacktree.com/

    2. Teleport - This application allows me to control both my Macs from one keyboard. http://abyssoft.com/software/teleport/

    3. Rapidostart This Application gives me access to an onscreen dock and when you use a two button mouse you can use one of the buttons to control it. I actually use the Logitech four button trackball it is awesome http://www.app4mac.com/action_freewares.lasso?-session=WEBS:4750023E076642A7C4JjO2D74FA0

    4. Candybar This is a great application for customizing your dock and icons on your computer http://www.panic.com/candybar/

    Now of course I have many more Applications that I use and like but these are some of the top ones, post your top four applications.
     
  2. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    iTunes, Minefield, Azureus, VLC. I use these every day.
     
  3. benoitgphoto macrumors 6502

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    Best 4 apps

    Itunes, Excel, Popcorn, OmniGraffle pro
     
  4. Mr Black macrumors member

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    1. Quicksilver
    2. Candybar
    3. Photoshop/Illustrator
    4. Azureus
    5. VLC
    6. NetNewsWire
    7. Adium
    8. Open Terminal Here
    9. MenuCalenderClock
    10. MS Office
    Sorry for breaking the 4 app rule, but after trying to make the list I realized it's very difficult. Realistically this completely excludes the bundled apps which I use just as much, but I suppose thats a given.
     
  5. mkaake macrumors 65816

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    1. iPhoto (can't live without it)
    2. TextWrangler
    3. Transmit
    4. XCode (applescript studio :D)
     
  6. seh80 macrumors 6502

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    -RapidWeaver
    -Skitch
    -iScrapbook
    -EasyCrop
    -Caffeine (sorry, had to add a 5th!)
     
  7. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    ill label the less obvious ones

    Apple

    1. Safari
    2. iTunes
    3. Mail
    4. Terminal - a command line interface to access Unix commands. youll find it in your Utilities folder.

    Third Party

    1. Toast - burn data discs to use on Macs and PCs, burn DVDs with single layer compression etc
    2. Adium - open source IM client that supports many protocols.
    3. Perian (more of a plug-in though) - QuickTime codecs for divx, xvid, flv, mkv
    4. Photoshop
     
  8. netdog macrumors 603

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    Sometimes obvious is best. These four are always open, so I guess that I couldn't live without them, or at least I wouldn't want to.

    1. Mail
    2. Safari
    3. iTunes
    4. Adium

    Sure, I use Aperture and Photoshop CS3 and FCE and Acrobat Pro and many other powerful programs with great frequency, but doing without any of the listed four would be like doing without a telephone.
     
  9. Oh-es-Ten macrumors regular

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    Hard to name just four...

    Apple Apps

    1. Safari
    2. Mail
    3. iTunes
    4. iPhoto

    (A major one is is Quicklook as well - I guess this does not count as an app though - I miss it going back to Tiger straight away).

    3rd Party Apps

    1. EyeTV
    2. Remote Buddy
    3. Navicat (can't live without this for work - not for fun!)
    4. Flip4Mac / Perian - not an app per se.. but a must for everyone
     
  10. Shmurk macrumors newbie

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    1. Xcode and the Unix tools like gcc
    2. Textmate (combined with CSSEdit and Cyberduck) to write web sites
    3. Preview because I have a thousand PDFs on my disk
    4. iWork (or Neooffice for those who can't buy iWork)

    and I break the "4 apps" rule with:
    5. Newsfire for RSS feeds
    6. Things (in beta version) which is a good TODO list manager
    7. Adium
     
  11. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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  12. liketom macrumors 601

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    since i'm macless at the moment :(

    Notepad/Calculator/Control+Alt+Delete/Solitaire on my little x1 dell:D
     
  13. Neutral Gamer macrumors 6502a

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  15. clevin macrumors G3

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    i used more than 4!

    anyway, everyday when I open my MB, these are the apps I run right after system start

    1. adium for chatting... althoo rarely chat...
    2. thunderbird ....email is very important
    3. minefield....test it everyday, very happy
    4. virtual desktops (open automatically)...much better than spaces implementation, IMHO
    5. excel... work is work..
     
  16. teleromeo macrumors 65816

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  17. iBlue macrumors Core

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    The most frequently used 5 (sorry, 4 wasn't nearly enough. I did the best I could.)

    Firefox
    Photoshop
    iPhoto
    iTunes
    VLC

    but there's many I can't do without.
     
  18. JSchwage macrumors 6502a

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    iTunes, Firefox, 1Password, CoverSutra, and Adium. Sorry I did five. I can't choose just four! :D
     
  19. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    This is a brilliant application.

    As for my list

    iTunes
    Word
    Excel
    Safari (becoming Firefox)
     
  20. ghall macrumors 68040

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    Only 4 huh?

    iCal
    iChat
    Safari
    The Sims 2 (games count right?)

    But when it comes down to it, I couldn't live without any of my programs. :p
     
  21. dringkor macrumors member

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    1. Firefox
    2. Neo Office
    3. Canon Digital Photographer Professional
    4. GIMP
     
  22. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020

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    doesnt everyone use Terminal?
     
  23. ayeying macrumors 601

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    iTunes, Adium, Firefox, Terminal (Fusion, Pages, Mail.. yadada)
     
  24. Fast Shadow macrumors 6502a

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    I love Little Snitch because I can see everything happening in the background.
    Adium
    Handbrake
    Lightroom
     
  25. bigiffo macrumors member

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    1. Handbrake
    2. Handbrake
    3. Handbrake
    4. Handbrake
    :)
     

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