Your Top 5 Killer Mac Apps?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Suzuki, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. Suzuki macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2006
    United Kingdom
    In desktop environments, I have been a Windows user all my life.

    This coming week should hopefully see my first ever Mac arrive on my doorstep (spec in sig), and I'm hoping that I can take a little shortcut into finding out which collection of apps might be most useful to me.

    To give you an idea of what I'm looking for, I'll start with my existing Top 5 for Windows.

    1. IrfanView - Fast easy image manipulation
    2. Putty - Who doesn't need access to a console?
    3. Firefox - IE is rubbish
    4. Thunderbird - Outlook is also rubbish
    5. HydraIRC - Everybody gets bored at work! ;)

    So, I'm not looking for a list of the Mac equivalents to the above, but for YOUR top 5 killer apps on your Mac. :)
  2. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    I hadn't thought about this, but here are apps that I would recommend to anybody.

    1.) SpellCatcher- Accurate, global system integration, and selective jargon and language specific dictionaries!
    2.) Cepstral voices (Millie and Callie) for use with Apple's TTS and Cepstral's Swift TTS engine.
    3.) OmniGraffle Pro (Love the Omni Productivity suite!)
    4.) Some good Encryption apps- not being specific.
    5.) Visual Thesaurus by ThinkMap - A extension of dictionary tools with dynamic 2d/3d flowcharts, look up, and... it's cool check it out.

    Limited to 5. I can't mention Nisus Writer, Kissmac or Revolution Studio.
  3. SiliconAddict macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Outlook Express yes. Outlook 2003 that has full PIM integration? No. I love 2003. All previous versions suck binary.
  4. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    Crickets. Good idea for a thread. Perhaps another day, or perhaps already in the archive.
  5. Spaceman Spiff macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2003
    I thought there was already a thread very similar to this a while back. Perhaps everyone exhausted themselves on that one.
  6. LeeTom macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    Good thing you're not asking for equivalents... because 3 out of 5 of those are already bettered by built-in OS X apps!

    1. Transmit - FTP client
    2. ProTools LE - Multitrack recording
    3. Peak - Audio mastering
    4. Toast - CD Burning
    5. Photoshop
  7. shadowmoses macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2005
    1. Camino- My favourtite browser
    2. Adium X- Best chat experience around absolutly beautiful
    3. Burn- 100% free CD/DVD burning software
    4. AppZapper- Uninstall for macs
    5. Uno- Make you mac unified and even more beautiful


  8. LoveMacMini macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2006
    I've yet to find something like irfanview for mac's
  9. solaris macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
  10. jaduffy108 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 12, 2005

    Just one essential...Quicksilver ...invaluable!...and free!

    A daily
  11. macg4 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2003
    Des Moines,Iowa
    2.photoshop cs
    4.dragon burn
  12. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    1) Camino - Great web browser.
    2) Desktop Manager - Spaces without the Leopard.
    3) UNO - Tiger looks 279% better.
    4) GIMP - For editing pictures.
    5) Seashore - Tiger's missing paint app.
  13. srf4real macrumors 68040


    Jul 25, 2006
    paradise beach FL
    1. iTunes
    2. RadioLover
    3. Photoshop
    4. GoogleEarth
    5. Opera
  14. NJuul macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2006
    1. Quicksilver - App launcher - Must have!
    2. VirtueDesktops - Virtual desktops, like Spaces in Leopard. Really nice!
    3. Transmission - Bittorent client
    4. Toast - Disc burning
    5. MacTheRipper - Rips DVDs
  15. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    Quicksilver (I am a Linux diehard, so when I say
    that this is a killer app I really mean it :D). The second
    killer app would be Spotlight (built-in OS X).

  16. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    spotlight(or quicksilver)
  17. lamina macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2006
    Here are mine in no particular order.

    Adium - Best MSN client

    Stellarium - As a very amateur astronomer, I find this sky mapping program absolutely indespensible. It is very detailed and provides information for pretty much every sky object.

    Alarm Clock - A little app I found on Apple's software site, it wakes me up every morning with whatever song I specify.

    Dictionary widget - Again, another app included with the OS, the dictionary widget has been priceless for its quick access and ease of use

    AppZapper - You'd be surprised how many files can be left behind when simply dragging and dropping an application to the trash. Best of all, I got a free license from them!
  18. coastertux macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2006
    How did you get the free license?
  19. Suzuki thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2006
    United Kingdom
    Thanks for the replies! :)

    Hopefully my MacBook Pro will be arriving on Monday next week, and I can try these all out! :D
  20. sunfast macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2005
    Top 5? Now that's a good twist on the theme. But I can't decide on the very best 5, so here are 5 that I use a lot

    1 - iSquint
    2 - Transmission
    3 - iBackup
    4 - Lostify
    5 - Handbrake
  21. blackstarliner macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2006
    Erm.. hope this isn't a double post..
    I'm also pretty new to the mac world (after a long layoff). I also own two suzukis, but that's for another time. I don't really have 5 faves as such, but these are the apps that have impressed me most over the last few weeks:
    1) iTunes - I've loaded a lot of my CDs in and just bought my first iTune download at the weekend! Makes organizing, playing and above all rediscovering old tunes so easy! I'm back into playing music!
    2) GarageBand - as an ancient user of Cubase, I can't believe this is free and included in Mac OSX - beats left handed surfing.
    3) Pages - We almost sprung for InDesign at work until we played around with Pages. Great layout tool, and very cheap.
    4) Dashboard - Am becoming addicted to widgets! There's a great satellite based weather one. Check it every day.
    5) All the free software around for Macs. Image editors, DictaMac (for work), Open Office (excellent) and just about anything and everything on versiontracker. When I bought my home Mac, a Mac friend just kept loading up a little 1gig usb stick for me every day. I still have no idea what half of that stuff he has given me does, but I discover new stuff all the time.

    Given point 5), I can only smile secretly when PC guys I enthuse about the Mac to say 'yeah, but there's no software for it'. Couldn't be more opposite to the truth. There's not much you have to buy, I agree. I'm writing this on a VNC viewer from my work PC to our little video editing mac...

    Still discovering stuff on OSX too. You won't be disappointed. I used to rely on IrfanView, but I hadn't given it a second thought until you mentioned it!

  22. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Pobably through MacZot.. They offer a different program everyday (well, almost everyday) for a discounted price or even free. That's where I got it.
  23. Bluefusion macrumors 6502


    Apr 25, 2003
    New York, NY
    I'm a lot more into technologies than specific apps, but these are things I love on OS X.

    1. iTunes - I'm too much of a junkie for it not to be!
    2. Quicksilver - as others have stated, the coolest program I've ever seen-- and stunningly original.
    3. Synergy - beautiful, functional iTunes control and "What's Playing" display
    4. Growl - systemwide notifications! YES!
    5. Adium - the best IM client ever

    (If you want a replacement to infraview or whatever it's called, GraphicConverter is a billion times better. As is Hog Bay Image Processor. I find almost any time there's a "great Windows app" it's easily beaten by 5-10 different Mac apps... :)
  24. Suzuki thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2006
    United Kingdom
    I have a yellow/black GSXR600 :)
  25. count chocula macrumors 6502a

    count chocula

    Apr 7, 2006
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    itunes- for obvious reasons. i've got 9.65 GB and growing.
    adium- like others have said, its the best chat client for os x. its so customizable. i have to use ichat for video chatting though :(
    skype- internet phone, and they just released the beta with video for os x. its great.
    safari- my favorite we browser, although i do have firefox and camino on my macbook, i never use them because i love safari.
    photobooth- too much fun not to be on my list. :cool:

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