Must Have Mac Software

Not really a thread about this. Here is a chance to list software for your Mac that you would rather not live without. Including all freeware, shareware and commercial products, this includes favorite widgets.
Would help alot if you could list what it does and a link to download it.

I’ll go first.

Mozilla Firefox(freeware): Doesn’t really need an explanation. Can be found at: http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/

Adium(freeware): Like Trillian, it’s a multi-client chat program. You can have all your favorite chat programs open at the same time within 1 program. Can be found at: http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/23031

Cyberduck(freeware): Easy to use FTP program. http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/14426

MacJanitor: Cleans up your system when you want to. More info and download can be found here: http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/10491

More to come!!!

:slight_smile: Let’s see…

Essential

LaunchBar
QuicKeys - keyboard macros

Widgets

Zodiac - horoscope
IP Locator - find location of ip addresses
Word of the Day
ChronoTrack - stopwatch
All Recipes - recipe finder
Flip Clock - alternative to world clock
Network Stat - show internal and external ip address
I Ching - for the I Ching
Countdown Calendar - countdown to a day
Colorstrology - a color horoscope from pantone
DailyTao - Tao Te Ching
R2ToDo - iCal todos

and some other widgets i have installed but haven’t used in a while

Auto Crossword - generate crosswords
Bible Search
Botany Photo of the Day
Buzz Tracker - track location of top news places
Chess Puzzle
Cocktail - drinks widget
Gas - useful back in the US, show nearest cheapest gas station
Humor of the Day
Leo - german dictionary
Losungen - bible
mini Tetris
NIX Manual - unix manual
Radar in Motion - weather radar
SearchTruth - koran i think
SunlitEarth
Tarot (cards)
TinyWorld - random pictures from around the world
Tremor Skimmer - earthquake monitor

iTunes

Doug’s AppleScripts like…

  • Append to Selected Tag
  • PDF Adder (adds PDF as digital booklet)
  • Remove n Characters from Front
  • Replace Text in Track Names
  • Track Names to Sentence Caps

scripts are my favorite and easiest way to edit music tags.

Synergy - iTunes menu, keyboard shorcuts, floater for album art and track name
pearLyrics - widget and app to download lyrics and place into iTunes
iTunes Library Manager - manage multiple iTunes libraries
Delicious Library - music, book, dvd, and games librarian

Safari

Saft - i use it mainly for type-ahead, it can do lots of other stuff, one of the essential Safari plugins
LiveDictionary - popup definitions and translations within Safari
Bookdog - sort Safari bookmarks & remove dupes
Bookit - sync browser bookmarks

Network

KisMac - scan for wireless networks
CaminIcon - change camino browser themes
NetNewsWire - rss reader never use it though
Speed Download 3 - download manager
Unison - usenet reader
Webstractor - web research tool
Xyle scope - CSS analysis

Music

Sibelius - music notation
Logic Express
ChordPhobia - for learning piano chords

Writing or keeping information

DevonThink - “the paperless office” - save web pages, clippings, anything
MacJournal - write stuff
DataWerkz - simple frontend to MySQL
Final Draft - good for writing books and stuff

Graphics/media

Lintotype FontExplorer X - free font manager
CandyBar - for managing custom icons
Pixadex - for storing icons
xScope - stuff for designing, onscreen ruler, loupe, guides, …
WMV Player - add windows media capability to quicktime

Mail

SpamSieve - anti-spam plugin
Mail Act-On - keyboard shortcuts for mail rules; I use it mainly to file mail into folders thru the keyboard. (find this and many mail plugins at Hawk Wings, the best site about apple mail)

iPhoto

Keyword Assistant - easily add keywords
FlickrExport - easily upload photos to Flickr
iPhoto Buddy - manage multiple libraries

Language

Ultralingua - dictionaries
Apimac English-German Dictionary, they have italian too
Oxford English Dictionary (classic app)

Utilities

Wordservice - service for text conversion and formatting (from Devon Technologies) - can also use Apimac Clean Text
BluePhoneElite - archive my phone sms messages
MacBreakZ, Time Out, WristSaver - reminds you to take a break
Catalog - disk cataloging
Chimp/CHM Viewer - windows help file viewer
DropDMG - drag and drop to create image files
HexEdit
Pacifist - extract files from OS X packages/installers
maintenance or change settings - onyx, tiger cache cleaner, tinkertool, tinkertool system, cocktail
A Better Finder Rename - finder plugin
BSP - customize spotlight
Deja Vu - backup
Growl - notifcation system
LiteSwitch - app switcher, replaces cmd-tab
Macaroni - automate scripts, better than macjanitor. :slight_smile:
MaxiMice - keyboard modifier window dragging (can’t live without this)
Salling Clicker - bluetooth remote like for iTunes
SharePoints - customize file shares
SideTrack - add trackpad functions like scrolling
Services - remove stuff from services menu, made by guys who do Quicksilver, the LaunchBar clone
LockPop - finder contextual menu plugin to lock files
iDefrag - disk defrag
TechTool Pro or DiskWarrior - disk check, TechTool Pro can create an “eDrive,” a separate partition to boot from so you can check your system disk, I run iDefrag from it.

Reference

Wenlin - chinese
Le Petit Robert - french dictionary
Encyclopedia Universalis - french, maybe the best encyclopedia in any language
Brockhaus multimedial - german encyclopedia
MacSword - bible stuff
Reunion - geneology
Aiya - bopomofo learning
Latin Words - latin dictionary

Unix

Carbon Emacs - Aquamacs Emacs is cool if you like multiple windows
Fink - unix package manager

then there’s stuff like like iWork, Office, Virtual PC, Macromedia Studio, and Adobe Creative Suite 2.

have lots of other stuff installed but those are the things I like :slight_smile:

Just about everything is available from VersionTracker or MacUpdate. Pimp My Safari is a great place to look for Safari plugins and news.

Delicious Library! I love this program. Not entirely smooth running as of yet, but still great to have.

Can’t wait for 2.0. It’s supposed to be amazing. The interface and ease of use is so well designed, Apple hired one of the guys.

and the next must have app, Aperture.

[quote=“gary”]:slight_smile: Let’s see…

[/quote]

You using all that on a daily basis Gary? With all that on your hard drive where do you put your work files? :slight_smile:

Next Up is:

[b]Dashboard Starter/b: Great little script that activates and loads all your widgets on startup. So later when you wanta check a widget it’s already loaded. You need this
http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/macgems/2005/10/dashboardstarter/index.php

[b]Coconut Battery/b Just a small app that tells you your current battery charge, original max charge and current max charge. You can save the info to see later on how your battery is holding up.
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/27425

[b]MenuCalendarClock iCal/b: Adds a calendar on the top of your desktop that connects with icalendar. (tip:if you remove apples time and date, and use this programs one, which looks the same, you can have the calendar and time/date next to each other. Really sweet program.
http://www.objectpark.net/mcc.html

[b]WhatSize/b: Breaks down your hard drive to show you what folders are using the most space. Really detailed to let you know which areas are the spacehogs.
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/21149

Widgets

Sing That iTune!: Widget that searches the internet and retrieves the lyrics of the song that is currently playing in iTunes. It can save the lyrics to your computer for easy access next time.
http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/music/singthatitune.html

Wikipedia: Does it need an explanation?
http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/reference/wikipedia.html

AirPort Radar:Finds all wireless connections in the area, tells you their strengths and channel number. Also tells you if they are locked or not.
http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/networking_security/airportradar.html

More To Come!!!

Oh yeah, also:
Mac Gourmet,
Audio Hijack,
MP3 Alarm Clock.

BBedit, Photoshop, iView, NetNewsWire, Mail, Transmit, Quicksilver, TextEdit, OmniGraffle.

Hey Gary, how’d you get the Oxford English Dictionary on your Mac? I thought it wasn’t available for Mac. Do you run it with a Windows emulator?

Links? What they do? Also doesn’t Mail and TextEdit come with Mac? It did with mine.

Links? What they do? Also doesn’t Mail and TextEdit come with Mac? It did with mine.[/quote]

You didn’t ask for software that didn’t come with your mac you asked for software that you would rather not live without. These are what I use on a daily basis.

bbedit http://www.barebones.com/index.shtml
Photoshop http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/main.html
iView http://www.iview-multimedia.com/
NetNewsWire http://ranchero.com/netnewswire/
Transmit http://www.panic.com/transmit/
Quicksilver http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/
OmniGraffle http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnigraffle/

I use different chat software as well (Jabber, Skype, MSN) but I can live without those.

[quote=“kelake”][quote=“gary”]:slight_smile: Let’s see…

[/quote]
You using all that on a daily basis Gary? With all that on your hard drive where do you put your work files? :slight_smile:[/quote]

huh? I don’t really ever do any real work. :slight_smile:

[quote=“Jaboney”]
Hey Gary, how’d you get the Oxford English Dictionary on your Mac? I thought it wasn’t available for Mac. Do you run it with a Windows emulator?[/quote]

2nd edition version 3 is Windows only. You could run that with Virtual PC. 2nd edition version 1 was available for the Mac; it runs well in Classic.

I like Fire, another multi client IM program :
fire.sourceforge.net/

The integration of iTexMac with the tetex distribution of fink is nice
itexmac.sourceforge.net/

And of course it is good to have the MissingMPEGTools
versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/14473

Those are all Mac OSX gems, but I don’t miss any of them when I use Linux.

Touche’!

Just downloaded the latest version of Camino. It’s a bit speedier than Safari and it absolutely beats the pants off of Firefox for OSX. Highly recommended.

Comic life…a must have :smiley:
plasq.com/

Agreed, fun little program.

I made a Forumosa widget for myself. It’s not the prettiest thing in the world, but version 1 never really is. Check it out, any comments will be great. if someone wants to hack it and make it prettier or improve it, please do so and repost it here.
I’ll see if I can improve it any if I have time.

Forumosa Widget

[quote=“Frost”]I made a Forumosa widget for myself. It’s not the prettiest thing in the world, but version 1 never really is. Check it out, any comments will be great. if someone wants to hack it and make it prettier or improve it, please do so and repost it here.
I’ll see if I can improve it any if I have time.

Forumosa Widget[/quote]

doesnt do anything mate

Yes, it does, it gives you the latest post. Nice, i like it. Well done. :wink: