Your Top 10

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Pyrotechnic, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. Pyrotechnic macrumors 6502


    Feb 28, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Since joining these forums over a week ago, I have literally spent hours on here. Now I am sure I speak for many, it does seem like the launch of the new iMac and other products has brought an influx of new Mac owners including myself, moving from the PC format of M$.

    Whilst I appreciate there are a lot of threads on here regarding sofware applications, I wondered if our regular Mac users and forum goers could recommend for us their own Top 10 of must have applications.

    Running windows had its own useful list, e.g. winamp, winzip and winrar etc.

    However, this week I will be unwrapping along with many others a newly built iMac and I want to ensure I only download the right type of Applications based on what users think.

    So I, along with others would appreciate your list of Applications that every new iMac user should have. If you cant list 10, no problem, 5 will do. It will give us newbies a fresh March 2009 list to go from.
  2. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
    Im assuming non pre packaged stuff

    stuffit expander
    Gimp(if u dont have Photoshop)
    Google Earth
    iMovie 06
  3. dtot macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2008
    1. Firefox
    2. VLC
    3. Transmission
    4. Alarm Clock (hey I'm in college)
    5. Photoshop
    6. Caffeine
    7. Adium\
    8. Stuffit Expander
    9. Handbrake
    10. Google Notifier

    Also, I cant live without multiclutch, but that does not apply to you...
  4. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
    yes i was going to say transmission but didnt want to condone the use of illeagl file shareing.:D
  5. Pyrotechnic thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 28, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Cheers, I looked through that, but noticed its nearly 4 years ago and though things had moved on. As mentioned I did have a search but thought a fresh list would do no harm for us newbies. All I need to do now is look up what each one is :D
  6. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    My top ten apps (that don't come with a Mac) would be:
    1. Quicksilver
    2. Final Cut Express
    3. TextMate
    4. TweetDeck
    5. Aperture
    6. Adium
    7. Spirited Away
    8. Opera
    9. LaTex
    10. Double Twist
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    wow im liking that double twist:) thanks man
  8. txhockey9404 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    Had my mac for almost 2 years, and this is what I can't live without:
    1. iWork 09 - $69 for one license
    2. 1Password - $39.95
    3. Adium - Free
    4. Handbrake - Free
    5. Fairmount - Free
    6. VLC - Free (needed to use Fairmount and Handbrake)
    7. Overflow - $14.95
    8. iMovie 06 - free, but hard to find now
    9. Office 2004 - no longer for sale (2008 available for $100-$400)
    10. Virtualbox - Free
  9. endingstart macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2008
    UnRarX - To open .rar files
    Pac the man x - pac man game for mac
    Quinn - a tetris game for mac (very addictive!)
    Neo Office - a free office suite
    Paintbrush - a lot like paint on windows

    :) Enjoy your new computer!
  10. joshbing macrumors member


    Jul 24, 2008
    San Antonio, Tx
    Schoolhouse - a must for any college student
    Handbrake - free
    Word 2008 - it's OK, not great. I'm holding out for iworks '10
    NeoOffice - a decent, free word processor
    Macsword - great, free bible program. i recommend the ESV bible.
    Logos bible software - not free but basically an entire theological library
    Seashore - good image editor
    Call of Duty 4 - awesome multiplayer

    Also if you havent gotten involved with macheist you need to. tons of free apps.
  11. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
    oh and...Age of Empires 3. haven't tried the expansions but i desperately need to.:p
  12. Pyrotechnic thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 28, 2009
    United Kingdom
  13. crazycat macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2005
    My top 10 list:

    1- VLC player (download divx for mac as well).
    2- Firefox.
    3- AppCleaner.
    4- Toast 9 or 10 (this is not free).
    5- Transmission.
    6- Handbrake.
    7- SuperDuper.
    8- VMWare (not free).
    9- istat menu (the toolbar is very helpful).
    10- Whatsize.
  14. CaptMurdock Suspended


    Jan 2, 2009
    The Evildrome Boozerama
    1. Adium
    2. Flock (my browser) Edit: Actually, I'm trying out Firefox 3
    3. Frostwire
    4. MacJournal
    5. Appleworks (I still like their Drawing and Painting modules...)
    6. Word '08
    7. VLC (that and Quicktime for all my movie needs :D )
    8. GimmeSomeTunes (searches for lyrics and album artwork when iTunes is running;
    9. Adobe Reader
    10. Candy Bar
  15. ranley macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2009

    I'm not yet a mac user - on the verge of ordering my first iMac (20") just getting the last scraps of money together!

    Anyway i was doing the same thing as you really but didn't think to set up a thread. I found this site early today from one of these forums, can't remember which one, sorry.

    List quite a few good programs which i'll be getting
  16. stujmac26 macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2009
    I have a better thread idea!

    What are your top 10 threads talking about top 10 apps for the Mac?

    Personally, I have this one down at #7 ;)
  17. Macmel macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2008
    Well, your request is so wide that everyone has a different opinion. I guess it depends a lot on what you're going to do, but pretty much you need a browser (I hate safari myself, but even if not, I would have two browser anyway) like Firefox, you need good software to burn CD (Toast 10 is my choice and is really good, but Burn is a free way more limited version if you don't want to pay or "share") and you need a file decompressor like Stuffit or something for rar files. You might need also Office (I seriously not recommend any other thing but iWorks could work for you. Forget about neoOffice and similar crap unless, again, you don't want to pay or you are too legal).
    The rest I guess it depends on your needs. For example, I don't consider Photoshop a must. I have it because I work with it, but I don't have on my PC computer and never have missed it. On my Mac I don't have any Torrent/emule/ripping, etc software. If you don't have a PC, I guess you need this, but I have found this applications way more limited in Mac than they are in PC. The number of applications for PC to do this for free is huge and they allow you much more versatility.
    I also have things like Google Earth and stuff, but that is not necessary, it's just a for fun.
  18. Pyrotechnic thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 28, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Thanks for all the replies so far. I am getting a feel now for the items that people generally have as they crop up on most peoples list.

    I have no objection to buying software at all, in fact I would rather do so than risk any trojan from a download.

    Two apps that I really will be needing are Toast and 1Password.

    Keep em coming, it looks like its helping a few out.

    Ranley, thats a good link. Thanks ;)

    Just wish the bloody iMac would arrive. :mad:
  19. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Here's my list of the top 10 applications that I use the most, leading off with 10 that I have bought, and followed by a list of the 10 free applications that I use the most...

    Purchased Applications

    1. Pages '09
    2. iPhoto '09
    3. VM Ware Fusion / XP
    4. Aperture 2
    5. iWeb '09
    6. Logic Express
    7. Photoshop CS3
    8. Adobe Acrobat Pro
    9. Mac The Ripper
    10. Final Cut Express 3.5

    Shareware / Freeware

    1. Safari 4
    2. iTunes 8
    3. Skype
    4. Adium
    5. Cyberduck (FTP)
    6. Perian
    7. Flip4Mac
    8. GnuBG
    9. Twitterific
    10. Handbrake
  20. singhy44 macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2008
    Manchester, UK
    Well here are mine:

    1. Minefield (Firefox 3.2a1) (super-quick version of firefox)
    2. Adium (IM)
    3. Parallels 4 (best virtualisation)
    4. iWork '09 (great office suite)
    5. Adobe CS4 (productivity suit)
    6. CoD 4 (great multiplayer game)
    7. Toast 10 (disc burning)
    8. smcFanControl (fan control)
    9. iStat Menus (menu bar system info)
    10. Intego VirusBarrier X5 (superb antivirus)
  21. DELTAsnake macrumors 6502


    Jul 18, 2008
    My experience with Mac's is limited but here's my list so far.

    1: Firefox
    2: VMWare Fusion
    3: MACFuse
    4: Microsoft Word (I'm just not comfortable with Pages)
    5: iWork (for Keynote)
    6: Flip4Mac
  22. bennyboyt macrumors member

    May 27, 2008
    I guess what I use mostly is (in no order)

    1. Firefox
    2. VLC
    3. AppCleaner
    4. Transmission
    5. Peerguardin 2
    6. Toast
    7. Final Cut
    8. Color
    9. Adobe software (photoshop etc.)
    10. Motion

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