What system or interface enhancement apps do you use?

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  1. ozaz, Dec 22, 2011
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    ozaz macrumors 65816

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    By system or interface enhancement I mean apps that you use to (in your eyes) improve or provide a desired alternative to the core operating system behaviour / functions / interface.



    At the moment I use:

    Moom
    - presets for window sizing
    Hyperdock - dock preview windows, like aero peek in Windows 7
    Caffeine - prevent Mac from going to sleep
    Appdelete - to find associated files when deleting an app
    EasyFind - Alternative to Spotlight that supports boolean operators and wildcards
     
  2. NogbadTheBad macrumors regular

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    Moom - Good isn't it :)
    Alfred - Much better than Spotlight, even better if you buy the Powerpack
    CandyBar - Only use it with apps with really fugly icons.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    In most cases, app removal software such as AppDelete doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this.

    The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:

    Boom will help you get more sound out of your built-in speakers.
     
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I don't use any; too many of the enhancement apps destabilize the system. I don't worry about deleting apps - I just drag to the trash and I'm familiar enough to find the stuff they leave in the library.
     
  5. davidlv macrumors 65816

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    Sound enhancing

    Audio Hijack Pro with the free LoudMax audio plugin to enhance the sound output from iTunes to small external (cheap but good) speakers (similar effect to that obtained with the discontinued VolumeLogic.:cool:
    No other software/hacks, just the occasional icon and a few pictures for the Desktop.:D
     
  6. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816

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    Cinch - window snapping like in Win7
    Caffeine - prevents your machine from going to sleep (unless lid is closed)
    Little Snitch - allows you to set custom rules as to which apps can connect to the internet
    Dock Library - modifies the look of your dock
    SmartSleep - allows you to choose/modify sleep behavior of the machine (i.e. you can hibernate on demand)
    Loginox - allows you to modify your login screen
    Videowall (rarely used) - allows you to set video as a wallpaper
    iCursor (rarely used) - allows you to add cool effects to your cursor
     
  7. exegete77 macrumors 6502a

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    Orbiter (as a second dock)

    Quay (only until Lion, now does not seem to be supported)

    Startupizer
     
  8. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

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    Geektool- weather, iTunes/spotify, system stuff on desktop
    CandyBar- dock customization
    Nocturn- menu bar customization
    Bowtie- iTunes/spotify artwork for desktop
    Caffeine.
     
  9. ozaz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    In my original post I forgot to mention easyfind which I often use instead of spotlight because it has good support for boolean operators and wildcards

    Yeah, I really like it.

    I agree, app removal apps don't work perfectly but I've been satisfied enough to continue using appdelete. If the app is something I really want completely off my system I will do a manual search after using appdelete. But often I'm not too bothered too check.

    I know many don't like using enhancement apps for risk of destabilizing the system so it would be helpful for this thread if you could point out the ones to avoid - which ones in your experience have caused problems?
     
  10. BadaBing!! macrumors 6502

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    Moom (awesome)
    Alfred (awesome too!)
    PopClip
    Growl + HardwareGrowler
    Caffeine

    I got Essentials for free and currently testing it, looks good.
     
  11. SHADO macrumors 6502a

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    BetterTouchTool: add actions and custom multitouch gestures to the trackpad, along with window snap
    Quicksilver: best app launcher around
    Nocturne: turn the menu bar black
    GeekTool: customize the desktop with pretty much any stat
    SuperDocker: customize the look of the dock
    Candybar: change icons
     
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    My experience goes back to Tiger I think. Mostly now I just feel I don't want to bother - OSx Lion is fine for me. I prefer to focus on just using what's there.
     
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    Can anyone recommend a PC equivalent to Caffeine?
     
  14. ozaz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Caffeine
    iStat Menus (I use it mainly to manage fan speed during HandBrakes)
    Boot Champ

    I have Geektool and MenuPop installed, but really haven't used either one, to be honest. I don't make much use of MenuPop, and I don't necessarily care to have my desktop/background look like a Tumblr page. :p If there's another use for Geektool, though, I'm all ears...
     
  17. thasan macrumors 6502a

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    middle click: easy 3 finger tap for middle click in touchpad. (failed to make magicpref work).
    totalfinder: awesome tab in finder
    geektool: stock, weather, time etc
    snap: for keyboard shortcuts of programs


     
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