Top 20 Must Have Apps!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by NYU02, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. NYU02 macrumors regular

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    Just bought a new mac and want to know what are the TOP 20 must have apps for my computer. Please include if they are free or not.

    Thank you very much! I'm very interested in seeing what software everyone loves.

    Thanks,
    NYU02
     
  2. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    iVolume - not free
    Acquisition - free (limited though)
    Switch - free
    Handbrake - free
    MacTheRipper 3.0 - not free
    Burn - free
    Picturesque - not free
    Vuze - free
    GIMP - free
    PaintBrush - free
    MoofMenu - not free
    Enigmo - not free
    Solitaire XL - free
    MathType - free for me (student)
    MS Office - not free
    AppZapper - not free

    I just read the apps that were in my dock... probably a few more though.
     
  3. clevin macrumors G3

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    Here is what I will get if I were to purchase a new mac, although unlikely

    1. firefox, free
    2. uTorrent, free
    3. adium, free
    4. gimp, free
    5. google Earth, free
    6. skype, free
    7. vlc, free
    8. adobe reader, free
    9. ms office, not free
    10, adobe photoshop, not free
    11, adobe illustrator, not free
    12. songbird, free
    13. miro, free
    14. avidemux, free

    can't think of 20 now,
     
  4. yojitani macrumors 68000

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    Instead of going 20, my current top fav apps are Overflow and Fresh. I'm pretty keen on Pages 09 right now too.
     
  5. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    add tweetie for mac to whatever list you come up with :cool:
     
  6. paulsalter macrumors 68000

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    All depends what you want to use your Mac for

    With the included apps you have a great selection, add in iWork and you dont need much more
     
  7. GregE macrumors 6502

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  8. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    First thing I'd download is Firefox followed by Quicksilver.
     
  9. mark2288 macrumors regular

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    AppCleaner is free and does everything AppZapper does IIRC. AppCleaner also has SmartDelete which basically integrates it with your Trash, so you can just drag an app to the Trash and AppCleaner will run automatically. Not sure if AppZapper does this. Check it out.
     
  10. mperkins37 macrumors 6502a

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    Photoshop
    Illustrator
    Firefox
    OneButton FTP (Free)
    Sound Converter
    VideoHub (Now in Limbo)
    Audacity
    Final Cut Pro
    Motion
    Soundtrack Pro
    Compressor
    DVD Studio Pro
    InDesign
    Acrobat Pro
    Suitcase Fusion
    Cocktail
    Corel Painter
    Carrara 3D
    Arttext
    Fireworks
     
  11. Melrose macrumors 604

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    Outside of the obvious ones that come with the Mac OS like iTunes, Preview, blah blah, my list would be:

    System stuff:
    1. iFreeMem (free)
    2. DeLocalizer (free)
    3. Onyx (free)
    4. AppZapper (not free) / AppCleaner (free)

    Work Stuff:
    5-7. Adobe CS3 Design Premium (inc. total of three apps I use regularly)
    8. Apple iWork (for Pages/Keynote) ($79)
    9. Adobe Creative Suite
    10. Transmit ($29)
    11. VMWare Fusion

    Miscellaneous:
    12. Dropbox (free)
    13. Dockless (free)
    14. Audacity (free)
    15. Audio Hijack Pro (not free)
    16. Mac The Ripper
    17. MPEG StreamClip (free)
    18. iSquint (free... while it was available)
    19. Omni Outliner (free)
    20. Transmission (free)
     
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  13. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    Yes! Can't forget about that one.
     
  14. sd2009 macrumors 6502

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    There aren't any "must have" apps. You download apps to use.
    Do you people download apps just to download apps? :confused:

    And you definitely don't want Firefox over Safari. Slow bloated pos.
     
  15. clevin macrumors G3

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    speak for yourself only please, with safari consumes 2x memory and up to 100x HDD space, just to be undetectably "faster", I dont really get what you are trying to say.
     
  16. magamo macrumors 6502

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    Seems no one has mentioned Growl. I like Cyberduck too. They're nice and free.
     
  17. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

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    I must admit that I find some of these programmes to be a bit disappointing. The free ones that is.

    I have tried many of them with much enthusiasm then find out that they don;t really help me that much.
     
  18. waffles123 macrumors regular

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    How did you get MathType for free? On their website an academic license is $37.
     
  19. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    You get what you pay for right? ;)

    Anyone that is taking physics classes at my college can have it for free. A school has to have a special license and not all schools have it. BTW it's not the current version... it's version 5.1 (PPC).
     
  20. Achiever macrumors 6502

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    Agreed. While I use and like Safari, there are just some things that Firefox handles immeasurably better, like Flash. It also isn't the memory drain that Safari 3 is.


    The the OP, another thing I haven't seen mentioned yet (or it was and I missed it) is Flip4Mac. It's a free app which allows you to download and play WMV files which, since we live in a windows world, may be useful.

    Try there sites for lists of other apps.
    http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=571489

    http://www.mactricksandtips.com/2008/01/top-100-essential-mac-applications.html
     
  21. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    ..and Ad Blocking...and expandibility...and it just does little things better. Like just assuming that the "www" and/or ".com" is implied in a web address, for example (did Safari 4 fix that?).
     
  22. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    It doesn't have to be Firefox specifically. I recommend having at least two web browsers on a computer. That's why I said I would download Firefox immediately.
     
  23. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    And most of all... animated GIFs! Safari 4 pretty much commits suicide when it encounters more than three at once or ones that are larger than normal.
     
  24. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    All these lists will be different for everyone. For example Yes "gimp" is OK but what if you already use Photoshop? Same with every one of the others on the lists posted so far. Sometimes I think people colect these apps just because they are free, not because they have a use for them.

    The Mac comes with about 300 applications already pre-installed. Most people could not even tell you what 20% of these do.

    The way to go is, when you have a problem to solve get the software that you need. maybe after a few years you might have added 20, maybe not.

    Yes I do have a list of the apps I use and like the most. Topping the list are a couple from Apple (Aperture and Logic) and Adobe (Photoshop CS4) These apps are the entire reason I own a Mac. But mmaybe you are using the Mac to work in Video post production. Then you've have a different list then a person who most plays games.
     

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