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

MacPen

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Jul 11, 2007
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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. :)
 

DoFoT9

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Jun 11, 2007
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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....
 

sfisher

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Jun 20, 2007
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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. :)
I could not live without Terminal and the various Unix commands. X11 is very important for the programs I run also.
 

Mr.nix

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Jan 30, 2007
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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.
 

thebrain74

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Feb 25, 2006
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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
 

semaja2

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

I probably use more but just dont notice them anymore
 

swwack91

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Jan 28, 2007
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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.
 

barr08

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Aug 9, 2006
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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.
 

iBunny

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Apr 15, 2004
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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)
 

DoFoT9

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Jun 11, 2007
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every1 seems to use pretty much exactly the same stuff hahaha. us mac users think alike..... good to hear :)
 

odinsride

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Apr 11, 2007
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Quicksilver
Inquisitor + Safari Stand for Safari
Insomniax
Transmission
Cyberduck
SwitchResX
SMC Fan Control
Adium
 

Vinnie_vw

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Sep 16, 2005
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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.