What are your essential programs?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by acctman, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. acctman macrumors 6502a

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    My must have...

    - Evernote
    - Xcode
    - Brackets.io
    - Memory Clean
    - iStats
    - VLC
    - Resizer
    - Splashtop
    - Parallels
    - RecordIt
    - Spotify
    - OneDrive
    - Transmit
     
  2. exegete77 macrumors 6502a

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    Scrivener
    Mellel
    Nisus Writer Pro
    Tinderbox
    DevonThink Pro
    iCalamus
     
  3. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Lightroom, Nik Collection, Perfect Photo Suite, Helicon Focus
     
  4. kurzz macrumors 6502

    kurzz

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    - Spotify
    - Mail
    - Safari
    - Evernotes and Notes
    - Twitter
    - Reminders
    - Messages
    - Terminal
    - utorrent
    - handbrake
    - sublimetext2 or atom
    - dropbox
    - a few more I'm forgetting
     
  5. Badrottie Suspended

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    Too many apps but I use apps regularly:

    Safari
    iTunes
    Handbraks
    Aperture
    P3
    FaceTime
    Final Cut Pro X
    iMessage
     
  6. fanchee macrumors 6502a

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    Pathfinder
    Launchbar
    iBank
    Safari
    Mail
    BusyCal
    Butler
    Fantastical
     
  7. snorkelman macrumors 6502a

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    on mac side of things

    Beamer
    SublimeText
    TextWrangler
    Skitch
    FireFox
    LingonX
    Parallels
    XCTU

    Apache and PHP
    iMessage
    Preview
    Notes
    Reminders
     
  8. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Safari (really, some browser or another should be on everyone's list - you posted here...)
    Office
    iTunes
    Final Vinyl
    iPhoto
    Skype
    Time Machine
    Preview
    Dave's "Remember?" / iCal
    Preview
    Dictionary
    Stickies

    (ok, so maybe some didn't include apps that come with the OS)
     
  9. Unami macrumors 6502a

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    apart from essential, preinstalled apps like safari, disk utility, terminal, quicktime .... :

    iwork
    fcpx
    compressor
    VLC
    utorrent
    photoshop
    after effects
    lightroom
    calibre
    evernote (despite it's UI)
    mpeg streamclip
    mp4 tools
    dropbox
    steam
    the unarchiver
    keepass X
     
  10. acctman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I use Chrome and Safari equally for regular use... for web dev I use Chrome more. Problem is Chrome has a serious memory hogging issue.
     
  11. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    GoodTask
    Notability (I know it just came out for the Mac :p, I'm moving from Evernote to it)
    Safari
    Write
    Locko
    DiskAid
    Bartender
    uBar
    Sketchbook Pro
    CalcNote
    MacTubes
     
  12. Cythth macrumors regular

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    In no particular order:

    Dropbox
    Safari
    Radium
    iTunes
    Quicken
    Xcode
    Latexian
    Reminders
    Skype
    Grab
    R
    Wizard
    PDF Toolkit+
    And some games
     
  13. augustya macrumors 68000

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    I notice you are using "Locko" as a Password Manager right ? Have you also used 1Password ? How is it different from that ? Which one did you find was better ?
     
  14. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

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    iBooks Author
    Safari
    Keynote
    Pages
    Numbers
    NoteSuite
    Sketchbook Pro
    Dropbox
    Graphic Converter
    AppleScript
    Goodreader
    Tex-Edit Plus
     
  15. ScottNWDW macrumors 65816

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    My Essential Mac Apps....
    BusyCal
    OmniFocus
    ToDo Cloud
    DayOne
    Evernote
    OneNote
    YNAB 4
    Quicken Essentials for Mac
    MS Office (Excel)
    Pages
    Paprika
    BpGrapher
    iPhoto
    1Password
     
  16. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Photoshop
    Notebooks
    Evernote
    Firefox
    Mail
    ComicLife 3 (I love this program!)
    iTunes
     
  17. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

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    I've never used 1Password. I used to use OneSafe.

    Locko is cleaner and straight forward compared to that.
     
  18. Sital macrumors 68000

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    In no particular order:

    Firefox
    BusyCal
    Moneydance
    Photoshop
    iPhoto
    iTunes
    Preview
    Mail
    DEVONthink Pro Office
    Alfred
    Bartender
    1Password 4
    iFunBox
     
  19. johnnnw macrumors 65816

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  20. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    What is the point of TextWrangler if you already have Sublime. Seems redundant.

    Essentials:
    BetterTouchTool
    Alfred
    VLC
    Spotify

    Those are needed for everything and I don't know any equal replacements. The rest depends on what I do and they can all replaced based on taste and requirements but usually good enough.
    SublimeText, Safari, Chrome, Battle.net, Mail, Preview, terminal
     
  21. Karny macrumors newbie

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    For me it's the following:

    • Firefox / Aurora
    • Safari
    • Mail
    • BBedit
    • Messages
    • Spotify
    • Tweetbot
    • Paprika
    • Pixelmator
    • Alfred
    • Dash
    • Better renamer
    • Cloud.app
    • Dropbox
    • Color Picker
    • Evernote
    • Espresso / Sublime
    • iTerm
    • Little Snitch
    • Screeny
     
  22. firedept macrumors 603

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    Photoshop (Alien SW & Fluid Mask)
    Illustrator
    Indesign
    Coda 2
    Dreamweaver
    TextEdit
    MAMP Pro
    Firefox
    Mail
    Pages
    Word
    TotalFinder
     
  23. snorkelman macrumors 6502a

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    Aye expect it does :) Never stopped to think about it, really just a personal thing e.g. some of our stuff spits out plain text log files that I just find more comfortable scanning thru via TextWrangler, same goes for knocking together a text document.
     
  24. maflynn Moderator

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    Right now, my essential apps are
    MS Office (though its the windows version)
    Fusion (allows me to run MS Office without booting into Windows)
    Lightroom
    photoshop
    Safari
    iTunes
    Sandvox/Rapidweaver (I haven't decided which one I'll be using)
    Gotomypc
    Filemaker Pro.
     
  25. Lucion macrumors newbie

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    Having just moved to a new Mac Mini on Mavericks rather than migrate from my 5 year old iMac still on Snow Leopard, these are the apps I added right away. I use a few others, but if I would be fine with only the ones listed (with commentary):

    1Password (with companion app on phone and work PC)
    BetterZip (The Unarchiver is fine, but I can view inside and select specific files to extract)
    Choosy (allows you to choose what browser to open files/links)
    Degrees (shows weather in the menu bar)
    Dropbox (easy file transfers to/from work)
    EyeTV (Elgato TV tuner to watch tv in the corner of my monitor)
    Google Chrome (modern browsing with best extension support)
    Growl (not sure if it is as useful with native notifications)
    iStat Menus (see fancy usage stats)
    iTeleport / iTeleport Connect (remote connections)
    Microsoft Office 2011 (work)
    Notify (menu bar app that checks multiple Gmail accounts)
    nvALT (use for editing Simplenote files in Dropbox)
    Opera (still chugging on 11.64 with customizations for main browsing)
    Overflow (task bar launcher thing)
    Steam (games!)
    TotalFinder (from a time before tabbed Finder, not sure if it adds much now)
    Vienna (RSS reader)

    I'm always on the lookout for new apps that can make me more productive or do a better job so I appreciate the other lists as well.
     

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