What's your favorite software utility for Mac? -Need your help-

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  1. MacPen macrumors newbie

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    I'm working on research for a story I'm writing (that will be published on a high ranking computer website) that's essentially about the 10 pieces of software you should pick up as soon as you unpack your Mac and I wanted to see if you guys could help me out by describing your favorite piece of software for the Mac. Doesn't matter if it's free, shareware, or you have to pay for it. However, I'm only looking for practical utilities, like Finder enhancements or disk management, etc. Not so much things that replace your icons with pretty pictures or make your Dock look like it's on fire, considering the website is fundamentally a publication for IT people (though, they cover personal technology too.)

    So based on that, lets here some pieces of software that you can't live without. :)
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    ok i use path finder as my finder, i never use finder anymore. its practically teh same thing but has smaller apps built in to it, like textdeit and preview.

    tinker tool is another awsome app. it lets u tinker with ur system, change fonts, view hidden files (best thing ever) and all sorts of other things.

    ipulse is another awsome app, pretty much shows you your computers stuff in a little round circle. like ram usage, harddrive usage, network speeds and what not. very handy

    istat pro widget, what can i say its the best

    thats all i can think of right now....
     
  3. sfisher macrumors regular

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    I could not live without Terminal and the various Unix commands. X11 is very important for the programs I run also.
     
  4. Mr.nix macrumors member

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    This would be my list.

    1. Textmate
    2. Yummy FTP
    3. The Unarchiver
    4. Quicksilver
    5. AppTrap
    6. Fugu

    Thats all I can think of right now.
     
  5. thebrain74 macrumors regular

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    You must download Quicksilver IMMEDIATELY, it is the best free piece of software I have got for any computer ever. It is incredibly convenient, and keeps doing more for you the more you learn about it. As an app launcher, it can't be beat
     
  6. M@lew macrumors 68000

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    Top apps that didn't come with my Mac that I pretty much need.

    - Quicksilver
    - Adium
    - Journler
    - S.M.A.R.T Reporter
    - Shapeshifter
    - Growl
     
  7. Edandlindz28 macrumors regular

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    Quicksilver
    Inquisitor
    iStat Pro
    Handbrake
    Perian
    Onyx
     
  8. semaja2 macrumors 6502a

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    Quicksilver
    Growl
    Utility Lock
    SubeThaEdit
    StuffIt
    Adium
    Transmit
    Alarm Clock 2
    SyncBar
    InsomniaX

    I probably use more but just dont notice them anymore
     
  9. swwack91 macrumors 6502a

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    i like a little app called AppDelete that uninstals apps and all of their associated files. it's completely free and works just as well as other more expensive uninstallers.

    I also love a program called MonoLingual (or something like that - i don't know how to spell it) but it uninstalls extra languages off your HD. I actually saved over a GB of space because of all the bogus langauges I'll never use.
     
  10. caillou macrumors newbie

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  11. The Stig macrumors 6502a

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    Quicktime Pro!
    Office
    adobe photo shop :) ha ha
    firefox

    :D

    The Stig
     
  12. barr08 macrumors 65816

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    I think there is a thread like this somewhere else, but no matter...

    Firefox
    AIM
    Mail
    VLC
    Photoshop
    Dreamweaver
    Quicksilver is becoming pretty important

    Oh and I know these aren't apps, but I use expose, dashboard and alt-tab all the time.
     
  13. iBunny macrumors 65816

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    No Brainer Stuff
    Mail
    iTunes
    iPhoto
    Safari

    Other Stuff I personally cant live without
    Adium X
    MacTheRipper
    HandBrake
    VLC
    GimpShop (Free Photoshop but good enough)
     
  14. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    every1 seems to use pretty much exactly the same stuff hahaha. us mac users think alike..... good to hear :)
     
  15. barr08 macrumors 65816

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    I knew I saw this idea somewhere else.

    Another MR thread to see more of people's favorite apps here!
     
  16. odinsride macrumors 65816

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    Quicksilver
    Inquisitor + Safari Stand for Safari
    Insomniax
    Transmission
    Cyberduck
    SwitchResX
    SMC Fan Control
    Adium
     
  17. Vinnie_vw macrumors 6502

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    If you're gonna restrict yourself to 10, focus on category-leaders and very essential ones. Categories include: Browsing (Safari, Firefox, Camino, etc.), Mailing (Mail, Thunderbird, Entourage, etc.), Wordprocessing (Word, Mellel, Pages, etc.), System-maintenance (Mainmeny, Onyx, etc.), Filemanagers, burning, media, etc., etc. You get the point.
     
  18. nnick macrumors regular

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    MacThe Ripper
    Handbrake
    Fire Fox
    Onyx
    Quicksilver
    iStat Pro
    Coconut WiFi
    amsn
    Entourage
    Toast
     
  19. john2006wright macrumors regular

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    i'm new to mac and I'm now going through eveyones list and installing these. They look great!
    Thanks
     

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