What are your essential programs?

acctman

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Oct 26, 2012
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My must have...

- Evernote
- Xcode
- Brackets.io
- Memory Clean
- iStats
- VLC
- Resizer
- Splashtop
- Parallels
- RecordIt
- Spotify
- OneDrive
- Transmit
 

kurzz

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May 18, 2007
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Canada
- Spotify
- Mail
- Safari
- Evernotes and Notes
- Twitter
- Reminders
- Messages
- Terminal
- utorrent
- handbrake
- sublimetext2 or atom
- dropbox
- a few more I'm forgetting
 

snorkelman

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Oct 25, 2010
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on mac side of things

Beamer
SublimeText
TextWrangler
Skitch
FireFox
LingonX
Parallels
XCTU

Apache and PHP
iMessage
Preview
Notes
Reminders
 

Gregg2

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May 22, 2008
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Milwaukee, WI
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)
 

Unami

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Jul 27, 2010
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Austria
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
 

acctman

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Oct 26, 2012
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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)
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.
 

Cythth

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Feb 24, 2013
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Lake Jackson, TX
In no particular order:

Dropbox
Safari
Radium
iTunes
Quicken
Xcode
Latexian
Reminders
Skype
Grab
R
Wizard
PDF Toolkit+
And some games
 

augustya

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Feb 17, 2012
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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
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 ?
 

neutrino23

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Feb 14, 2003
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SF Bay area
iBooks Author
Safari
Keynote
Pages
Numbers
NoteSuite
Sketchbook Pro
Dropbox
Graphic Converter
AppleScript
Goodreader
Tex-Edit Plus
 

ScottNWDW

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Jul 10, 2008
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Orlando, Florida
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
 

Sital

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May 31, 2012
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New England
In no particular order:

Firefox
BusyCal
Moneydance
Photoshop
iPhoto
iTunes
Preview
Mail
DEVONthink Pro Office
Alfred
Bartender
1Password 4
iFunBox
 

dusk007

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Dec 5, 2009
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on mac side of things
Beamer
SublimeText
TextWrangler
Skitch
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
 

Karny

macrumors newbie
Aug 30, 2012
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London, mostly
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
 

firedept

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Jul 8, 2011
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Somewhere!
Photoshop (Alien SW & Fluid Mask)
Illustrator
Indesign
Coda 2
Dreamweaver
TextEdit
MAMP Pro
Firefox
Mail
Pages
Word
TotalFinder
 

snorkelman

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Oct 25, 2010
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What is the point of TextWrangler if you already have Sublime. Seems redundant.
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.
 

maflynn

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May 3, 2009
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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.
 

Lucion

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May 3, 2008
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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.