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7th January 2004, 09:49 AM
Hey there, you crazy mac users.

What are the essential apps you use in your professional and home life. I'm making up a large list of software, shareware, and freeware for Mac OS X that can be used as an index for people not knowing which app they can use for a certain task...

So far, my (very short) list includes:

Instant Messaging Proteus (http://www.protuesx.com)
Adium (http://www.adiumx.com/)
Fire (http://fire.sourceforge.net/)
Msn Messenger default client (http://www.microsoft.com/mac/default.aspx?pid=msnmessenger)
ICQ default client (http://www.icq.com/download/mac/)
Yahoo defaut client (http://messenger.yahoo.com/)
Mail Apple's Mail (http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/mail/)
Entourage (http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/entourage2004/entourage2004.aspx?pid=entourage2004)
Mozilla Thunderbird (http://www.mozilla.org/products/thunderbird/)
Browsers Safari (http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/safari/)
Mozilla Firefox (http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/)
Mozilla (http://www.mozilla.org/releases/mozilla1.7rc3/)
Camino (http://www.mozilla.org/products/camino/)
Opera (http://www.opera.com/download/)
Shiira (http://hmdt-web.net/shiira/index-e.html)
Video Players: VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html)
Mplayer (http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/design7/dload.html)
Windows Media Player for Mac (http://www.microsoft.com/mac/otherproducts/otherproducts.aspx?pid=windowsmedia) http://www.appletalk.com.au/forums/style_images/1/icon8.gif wmv, wma only
Quicktime (http://www.apple.com/quicktime/products/qt/)
Then generally: Transmit (http://www.panic.com/transmit/) (ftp client)
jView (http://home.nc.rr.com/jview/jview.html) (basic image viewer)
Toast (http://www.roxio.com/en/products/toast/) (CD/DVD burning tool)
YuBurner (http://hp.vector.co.jp/authors/VA027835/index_e.htm) - a free CD burning app, as an alternative to toast
Photoshop (http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/) (Pro Graphics)
SubEthaEdit (http://www.codingmonkeys.de/subethaedit/) great text/code editor
This will be more comprehensive as time goes on, and my research improves. I'd like to set out the list so that all the apple apps that ship with MacOS X are at the top, then everything else is categorised.
All apps will have download or manufacturers website links next to them, and hopefully, users will be able to search the database to find free apps for a certain task, for an example.

If you have any essential apps that you think other mac users can benefit from, please post them here with a short description, and i'll add them to the list.


8th January 2004, 12:09 AM
Snapz Pro X - best ever image capture app
WireTap - rip appplication audio to hard disk
Windows Media Player 9 - play all .wmv files
vlc - play everything else
UnRarX - unsegment those pirated DVDs you download... ;)
Poisoned - FastTrack client of OS X
Pacifist - peek inside installer packages
HexEdit - edit the data fork of a file
GraphicConverter US - best ever image converter/slideshow/editor
0SEx - remove encryption and region fron a DVD

8th January 2004, 02:27 PM
Apple X11, Fink and Fink Commander. Can't live without them.

11th January 2004, 10:48 AM
Instant Messaging X-Chat Aqua. A clone of the popular X Chat IRC Program. xchataqua.sourceforge.net/ (http://xchataqua.sourceforge.net/)

General MPlayerOSX. A clone of the popular media player MPlayer. Plays almost any format of video in excellent quality.mplayerosx.sourceforge.net/ (http://mplayerosx.sourceforge.net/)

16th January 2004, 07:51 PM
Email - Mail
Browsers - Safari, Mozilla Firebird, OmniWeb
Bookit - Bookmark organiser
SpeedDownload - for resumeable downloads (I'm stuck with 28k modem speeds)
Newsreader - MacSOUP
Graphics - Gimp (can't afford Photoshop) with X11, Fink, Fink Commander
Burner - Toast
Wordprocessor - AppleWorks, TextEdit - who needs M$
Back-Up - Carbon Copy Cloner
FTP - Fetch
VLC - Plays any region DVD
For those unused CPU cycles - Folding@Home, http://teammacosx.homeunix.com/

17th January 2004, 09:54 AM
apps i install on every mac

desktop manager <-- free virtual desktops

Launchbar <-- Application launcher

Konfabulator <-- Widget program, very very easy to write a widget for anything with little or no experience

XShelf <-- Its a little shelf that you can dump stuff onto. Basically it will take anything you drag-n-drop onto it and hold it for you as long as you need, when you are ready you can just drag-n-drop it to it&#39;s final resting place

They are the apps i need to have installed/configures before i feel at home on a mac


19th January 2004, 07:31 AM
Final Cut Express
Photoshop (5.5 under Classic, can&#39;t afford to upgrade yet)
iDVD and Sizzle (nicely complementary DVD authorwares)
DVD imager and Handbrake
Filemaker Pro 6
Macroplop "Wooooooooord" (only because PCers insist on emailing Woooooord docs when text would be fine)
"Excess" (only when Appleworks&#39; spreadsheet doesn&#39;t cut it)
iLife in general
Tony Hawk 4
The Sims

but most of all...

Garageband (even though I don&#39;t have it yet) in the words of Blackboard off Mr Squiggle, "Hurry up&#33;"

20th January 2004, 10:51 AM
I use a lot of what&#39;s already listed. Two more I use all the time are Ircle and MT-NewsWatcher... oh and an online game called Lineage (any other players out there?)

20th January 2004, 11:30 AM
Originally posted by slowly@Jan 20 2004, 11:51 AM
oh and an online game called Lineage (any other players out there?)
I&#39;m not usually a fan of RPG&#39;s, but Lineage looks pretty cool for a *free* game.
I might download it when I get back to TAFE (10mbit Ethernet connection straight to AARNET ;) ) and check it out.

22nd January 2004, 11:06 AM
Microsoft Office is an essential if you wish to communicate with THOSE :ph34r: PC people, always remember to include the suffix.
BlueBox is a great invoicing and recording app. Cheaper than MYOB and Filemaker based.
Filemaker Pro is a superb Data Baser.
Acrobat Reader is a must.
PrintToPdf is exceptional and a substitute for Acrobat Distiller.
Disk Tracker catalogues all your files on ALL your media.
ImageViewer is a smooth and simple viewing app for your pics.
Norton Utilities, Tech Tool Pro or Disk Warrior for those unhappy moments.
Retrospect for the back ups I am sure everyone does, or at least does AFTER that unhappy moment.
Naturally, choose the version specific to your OS and I must say, that in my field I could not survive without Photoshop and every tutorial I can lay my hands on.
There are quite a lot of other handy small apps and utilities, I utilise from time to time. If I remember [list=1] I will post them if they appear to be relevant. If anyone wants more specific details <links etc> let me know.

29th January 2004, 06:58 PM
My favourite apps in Mac OS X so far are:

Usenet: Unison
FTP: Transmit
P2P: mlMac and Bit Torrent
IM: Proteus
WWW: Safari
E-Mail: Mail
IRC: Conversation
Video: MPlayerOSX

and there&#39;s Apple&#39;s X11, DarwinPorts, Fink and Fink Commander

I&#39;m still looking for a good spreadsheet, HTML/CSS editor, and a word processor. Anyone got any recommendations?

29th January 2004, 09:27 PM
Originally posted by kaisersozay@Jan 22 2004, 11:06 AM
Acrobat Reader is a must.
What does Acrobat Reader do that the new version of Preview that comes with Panther doesn&#39;t? I like AR for the ability to search the PDF, but now that Preview does that, I can&#39;t think of a good reason to use AR - especially since v6.0 came out - it takes so long to load compared to preview&#33;

29th January 2004, 09:34 PM
Originally posted by decryption@Jan 29 2004, 06:58 PM
I&#39;m still looking for a good spreadsheet, HTML/CSS editor, and a word processor. Anyone got any recommendations?
For the 1st and 3rd, have you tried Open Office for OS X? It&#39;s not going to win any popularity contests over MS-Office for a corporate office suite, but it&#39;s still pretty good; http://porting.openoffice.org/mac/

For HTML/CSS i use &#39;vi&#39;. But you&#39;re probably looking for something different I guess :-)

1st February 2004, 08:06 AM
I use MS Office (powerpoint, excel word) for most of my general productivity

Adobe Illustrator 10 for drawing.

Carracho and FrogBlast for hotline and carracho

iChat and MSN messenger and Conversation for AIM/MSN/IRC respectively

I have the XGRID stuff installed and it&#39;s in my dock.

I use Xterm as my terminal, and I X11 in to other people&#39;s machines (like SGI) and run other programs there (mostly mozilla, and it&#39;s mostly for testing)

i use the OSX application half of QuickTime Broadcastor to play my walkmann through my TIBooks&#39; audio in port to act as an FM tuner until I can get something else.

Transmit is my ftp client

iPhoto to organize things from my camera

iTunes for my music.

Other than that, I have a bunch of different web browswers installed, safari is my main one and I use IE for local testing stuff.

(and that my friends, is my whole dock,oter than iGetter which I use to do big downloads from http and ftp servers usually)

2nd February 2004, 11:57 AM
Apps I use frequently are:

Safari (I only use MS Explorer if Safari doesn&#39;t work)
iTunes - have not upgraded yet to iLife 04, but will soon. Got to convince my wife
iDVD - mostly to watch DVD&#39;s (not burn them)
MS Office - Excel, Word and Powerpoint
Speed download 2

Have some smaller apps but I rarely use them.

2nd February 2004, 05:26 PM
Originally posted by Secoa@Feb 2 2004, 12:57 PM
Safari (I only use MS Explorer if Safari doesn&#39;t work)
suggestion: put Mozilla Firebird inbetween IE and Safari... so if Safari doesn&#39;t work use Mozilla. if Moz don&#39;t work, use IE.

an extra layer of protection&#33; :)

3rd February 2004, 06:53 AM
[quote]suggestion: put Mozilla Firebird inbetween IE and Safari... so if Safari doesn&#39;t work use Mozilla. if Moz don&#39;t work, use IE[quote]

I guess I see no need to use another browser when by default I use Safari (approx 95% of the time) and fall back on IE when some websites won&#39;t work. IE has never been unsuccessful.

On a slight tangent the following websites do not work are:

Greater Union - buying movie tickets on line
St George internet banking - sort of works - it opens another window to say they support Mac&#39;s and I need to download some software. I choose to ignore this and the original tab lets me login

Does anyone else have problem webites witrh Safari?

3rd February 2004, 08:34 AM
BankSA&#39;s internet banking gives you a warning about using an unsupported browser - and promises that it will support "your browser" in the future.

edit: it still works fine for me though.

3rd February 2004, 08:38 AM
Once again folks, the problem is not with Safari. The problem is Microsoft uses non-w3c standards in their HTML. People then buy microsoft products to design webpages, effectively cutting off anyone using an officially w3c-sanctioned browser.

just another example of Microsoft abusing their monopoly.

Mozilla, Mozilla-Firebird and Camino are all available for MacOSX, and are all W3C sanctioned. I&#39;d use any one of them over IE. Infact, I make it habit to delete IE from any Mac I personally use. There will be NO microsoft software on my macs, thank you very much.

[EDIT] also, some websites still insist on using popups to get you to the next series of information. anyone in their right mind blocks popups from the word go, so they will fail to. It&#39;s a simple matter of adding the site to your exception list in your popup blocker.

Microsoft are introducing a popup blocker in ServicePack 2 for winXP, so hopefully web designers will get a clue and stop using popups all together.

11th February 2004, 03:06 PM
i always seem to have these open in my Dock:

Network Utility
MPlayer OSX
Zippist (drag n drop zip files&#33;)
World Clock Deluxe

And from a development/server management side of things, i am in love with these apps:

Server Admin
Server Monitor
Workgroup Manager
Project Builder
IntelliJ IDEA
Terminal (duh)
Carbon Copy Cloner
Apple Remote Desktop

rice mac
11th February 2004, 07:00 PM
Apple apps:
iLife (mainly iTunes & iPhoto)
Apple Mail
Final Cut Express

Other apps:

Salling Clicker
Photoshop 7
Graphic Converter
SnapzPro X
Speed Download
Audio Hijack Pro
Carbon Copy Cloner

I also use the MSOffice suite regularly, this is purely for work purposes and not for pleasure... (Word & Excel mostly. I&#39;ve managed to almost stop using Powerpoint thanks Keynote&#33;&#33;).

26th July 2004, 12:24 PM
Damn - Am I the only one who uses BBEdit?

My List

General Applications:
BBedit 7 - Web coding
InCrease - Folding@home Background Client
Inspiration - Design/Mind Mapping
Photoshop/Imageready CS - Imaging
QuickMail Pro - Email Client
QuicKeysX2 - automate your computer
Trans Lucy - Transparent DVD player

Palm Desktop

Remote Control:
Microsoft RDP client - Connect to Windows Termial Servers and WinXP box at home
Timbuktu - Remote Control Mac and Windows Desktops

CDFinder - Disk Cataloging Tool
MenuMeters - Cool menu meters for CPU/Network/Disk activity

26th July 2004, 01:07 PM
Fugu (sftp) I needed this for uni. works a charm, even has a terminal built in.

26th July 2004, 11:11 PM
other than many of the others already listed i find these really useful:

byte controller (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/15170) - iTunes control in the menu bar
degrees down under (http://homepage.mac.com/fahrenba/meteo/meteo.html) - australian weather in the dock
temperature monitor (http://www.bresink.com/osx/TemperatureMonitor.html) - keep an eye on the powerbook&#39;s temp
i wanna sleep (http://www.sb-software.de/en/) - timer to shutdown iTunes or computer
system optimizer (http://www.mkd.cc/sox/) - as it says...&#33;
quickimage cm (http://www.pixture.com/macosx.php) - view or convert any image file from the context menu
iPod It (http://www.zapptek.com/) - sync entourage stuff, and lots of other things onto my iPod
iPod 2 mac (http://www.daniele.ch/downloads.html) - get music from iPod to mac

all are free except for iPodIt and System Optimizer, but i felt those were useful enough to pay for&#33; ;)

there are a few others that i&#39;ve yet to try (mactheripper for one) and no doubt more to come :D

27th July 2004, 12:01 AM
Eclipse (http://www.eclipse.org) is an excellent IDE (open source)

However can&#39;t go past the macromedia suite, photoshop cs, and microsoft office 2004 - all quality packages.

27th July 2004, 12:14 AM
I wanted to try system optimizer, but due to its position of prominance on versiontracker.com, the "Bandwith limit for this user has been reached" and the download is temporarily unavailable. :( Does anyone know of alternative download sites, or Mirrors? You know for doing your hair, and mascara?

27th July 2004, 12:22 AM
Originally posted by Ozi@Jul 27 2004, 12:14 AM
I wanted to try system optimizer, but due to its position of prominance on versiontracker.com, the "Bandwith limit for this user has been reached" and the download is temporarily unavailable. :( Does anyone know of alternative download sites, or Mirrors? You know for doing your hair, and mascara?

try the link in my post - it goes straight to the mkd site :)

7th August 2004, 11:05 AM
Apps I can&#39;t do without:

Quicksilver - Amazing launcher similarly to Launchbar, but better and free
Synergy - iTunes Controller
XPad - Notepad but has a drawer for multiple pages
XFactor - P2P
NetNewsWire - RSS Reader

kim jong il
26th August 2004, 12:48 AM
Originally posted by Secoa@Feb 3 2004, 06:53 AM
.............Does anyone else have problem websites with Safari?.............
Using Safari; went to an MSN site recently (a friend wanted to check something out) None of the embedded .wmv media worked at all (either automatically or manually) using their own damn media player.
I remember now; HALO 2 trailers did not work at all so I am guessing this is just sheer bloody mindedness from microsoft. Its sort of like &#39;We know you&#39;re on a mac. So piss off&#39;.

I wonder if microsoft executives run workshops on how to be completely pathetic or maybe corporate childishness. They aren&#39;t interested in compatability at all. It must have been set up not to work as I can&#39;t imagine that microsoft can&#39;t encode media to run in their own player??. I&#39;d love to know what they have to say about this but sadly the scumbags feel no need to explain themselves or answer to anybody at all.


The thread you idiot&#33;

Essential app&#39;s?

VLC and Azureus for starters. As well, I use many of the included apple applications; why not? They work well and are stable. Nothing I have is, in itself, essential as such as all have others that perform the same tasks. I just happen to like these.

26th August 2004, 12:42 PM
Making Movies:

Final Cut Express (good compromise between iMovie and Final Cut Pro)
iDVD 4 (great templates for hassle free menus)
Garage Band


Photoshop 6 (would love 7 for X compatability)
Image Browser


InDesign 2 (will open Quark files)
Freehand 10 (prefer InDesign)

General Stuff:

Microsoft Office 98 (would love any version that runs in X)
Toast 5 (fantastic)


Age of Empires 2
Medal of Honour
Jedi Knight 2

7th September 2004, 01:53 PM
I mainly use my mac for audio stuff so here&#39;s my list of must haves (in the interest of simplicity I left it at software that doesn&#39;t require hardware to run)

Propellerheads Reason 2.5
Propellerheads Recycle 2.1
NI Intakt
NI Reaktor 4
Roxio Toast Titanium 6
MOTU Digital Performer 4
Audiofinder 3 (one of the best shareware apps i&#39;ve ever used)
Audacity 1.2 (a pretty good freeware app)
Temperature Monitor 2.1
Virtual PC 6 (can&#39;t wait for 7 though)
Stuffit Deluxe 8
Finale 2005

7th September 2004, 11:11 PM
For the recent Switchers, here&#39;s some good shorcuts :)

:cmd: W - Close Current Window
:cmd: Q - Close Current Application
:cmd: H - Hide Current Application
:cmd: I - Get Info on Currently Selected Item
:cmd: TAB - Windows-Style Alt-Tab
:cmd: ~ - Rotate Between Windows of a Current Applications

Another great usability tip - assign your expose hot-corners. If you have NO idea of what expose is, press F9, F10 and F11 on your keyboard now. You can assign corners to do this, ie mouse to top-left and have F9 action, top-right for F10, bottom-right for F11. Coming in Tiger, bottom-left for Dashboard.

EDIT: I&#39;m a dick, and can&#39;t read thread topics :rolleyes:

8th September 2004, 08:36 AM
Hey guys,

My essential apps are,

Toast 6 with Jam
Pro Tools
Final Cut Pro
DVD Studio Pro
and last but not least

8th September 2004, 09:56 AM
Cyberduck = open source cocoa/java STFP/FTP client.
XFactor = free p2p client. a bit like poisoned.

I didn&#39;t see any body mention these apps so sorry if I repeated :D

8th September 2004, 11:30 AM
I also use Cyberduck. One problem though. I can&#39;t delete empty directories.

Could just be my FTP server. ah well.


8th September 2004, 11:41 AM
The only 3rd Party applications I currently use are:

The GIMP (http://gimp-app.sf.net) (Requires X11, but not fink)
Proteus 2.2alpha10 (http://proteusx.com) (Latest version I use that has free registration)
Remote Desktop Client (http://microsoft.com/mac/otherproducts/otherproducts.aspx?pid=remotedesktopclient) (Will drop this once I get to Australia)
irssi (http://irssi.org) (Compiled and installed from source, without fink).

My Dock looks like this:
Proteus Alpha
Remote Desktop Client

10th September 2004, 02:44 PM
I just want to add Ableton Live 4 to the list.
Say bye bye to cubase and logic, this app iis awesome. D/l&#39;d the demo about 2 weeks ago, to check it out, and finally i just HAD to buy it. The interface on this thing is so much better than any other app of its kind.

Any interested in making music on their mac should definately check it out

10th September 2004, 03:09 PM
Proteus (want a free one though, cant fine a free one that i like)
Photoshop CS
Macromedia Dreamweaver
Microsoft Office 2004
Toast Titanium 6
Chicken of the VNC (i want a better one, i think this is crap. also i want a all in one server and viewer VNC app)

10th September 2004, 03:15 PM
Originally posted by the_OM@Sep 10 2004, 02:14 PM
I just want to add Ableton Live 4 to the list.
Say bye bye to cubase and logic, this app iis awesome. D/l&#39;d the demo about 2 weeks ago, to check it out, and finally i just HAD to buy it. The interface on this thing is so much better than any other app of its kind.

Any interested in making music on their mac should definately check it out
Best. Audio app. Ever.

five apples.

10th September 2004, 03:17 PM
Originally posted by matttt88@Sep 10 2004, 02:39 PM
Chicken of the VNC (i want a better one, i think this is crap. also i want a all in one server and viewer VNC app)
You are aware that OS X comes with Apple remote desktop server built in - which is essentially a vnc server. Just check the options in &#39;sharing&#39;. As far as vnc clients go - i use ARD or VNC Dimention.

10th September 2004, 05:39 PM
enabled it, but i cant connect to it with any other computer, i was using another VNC server before, but was unahppy with it because anyone could get into it without a password, i enabled what you said but i cant connect on the other computer with either the computer name of IP.

11th September 2004, 01:04 PM
This thread is great&#33;

One thing I can&#39;t believe isn&#39;t here - especially to help other new switchers is Sidetrack&#33;

Most used apps on my PB so far (not in order)

Adium / MSN Messenger / iChat
Address Book
Bit Torrent
BirthdayCal - to grab birthdays from Address Book and put then in iCal
QuickTime Pro
WMP 9.0 for those pesky other types of files that VLC seems to hiccup with on my PB.

Thats off the top of my head...
Love being able to save files as a pdf without having to buy Adobe Acrobat Pro&#33;&#33;&#33;

14th September 2004, 02:33 AM

The Apps that I use the most are:

MSN Messenger
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe InDesign
iPhoto Buddy (A must have for people with more than one library&#33;&#33;)
Photoconverter 3
Graphic Converter
Azureus (Bit Torrent)
Office 2004 (Mainly use Word, and Entourage)
Control Freak (really useful to tweak here and there)
Audio Hijack Pro (Don&#39;t realise how useful it is until you have it&#33;)
Peak (A must have)
Quicktime Pro
You Control iTunes (Does what Synergy and other itunes controllers do.....But FREE&#33;)
Final Cut Pro
DVD Studio Pro
Region X (Perfect since I travel and I hate the region limitations of DVD Player)
Virtual PC (with Win2K installed) ---- wish I didn&#39;t have to, but......such is life.

I know it is a long list, but these are the ones that I use over and over again.

14th September 2004, 04:09 AM
A couple which haven&#39;t been mentioned:
AudioRecorder - to record from line-in or built-in mic
MouseZoom - to make your mouse/trackpad really fly
Books, and DVD Manager - to catalogue my books & DVDs
CocoaBooklet - great little app to easily print out booklets in the correct order
Meteorologist - to get weather forecast
QuickTime Broadcaster, and QuickTime Streaming Server
MacJanitor - to run the cron scripts manually
SideTrack (already been mentioned but I think it&#39;s great)

25th September 2004, 10:35 AM
Nikon Capture

Allows Nikon D1X to capture images directly on the Mac rather than the camera card.
This is for a medical test where D1X is mounted on a retinal camera.

25th September 2004, 02:27 PM
Here is my list from left to right on my dock

Photoshop CS
Illustrator CS
Indesign CS
Final Cut Pro HD
Motion - bought it a few weeks back - it is incredible&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;
DVD Studio Pro
Live Type
Acrobat Pro
Acrobat Distiller
Cinema 4D
Vector Works
Virtual PC
QT Pro
Windows Media Player
DVD Player
Wacom Tablet

Its a long list, but I do use every program.

25th September 2004, 05:54 PM
My most used apps include: Safari; Mail; MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point); iTunes; iCal; Address Book; EndNote; TextEdit; Backup; HyperRESEARCH (a computer aided qualitative data analysis package that I have begun to use for my research project).

I am trying to move away from MS Office ... not because of MS itself but because I don&#39;t like Office ... it takes up too much screen space and can be fairly clunky to use. Having said that EndNote is a great little add-on.

26th September 2004, 02:16 PM
Originally posted by tk1@Sep 25 2004, 05:54 PM
Having said that EndNote is a great little add-on.
Being a postgrad myself, I find EndNote to be really awkward and difficult to use, but it seems to be the best in a market of bad software (bibliographic reference apps that is) - and I&#39;ve tried almost all of them.

Frustrated with this, i&#39;ve started work on my own native OS X reference application called ReferenceBook. Won&#39;t say too much other than it will be simple to use and very user friendly. I&#39;ve got a dev blog (http://thomas.code4days.com/archives/category/apple-and-development/referencebook/) (of sorts) happening, though probably won&#39;t start getting to many posts until its 80% done. It should be 100% by the end of the year.

In line with this thread, I think that NewsFire RSS has to be one of th best new apps around (if any one hasn&#39;t used this for RSS I highly recommend). It&#39;s still in beta but very stable and useable.

26th September 2004, 03:06 PM
Originally posted by thomas+Sep 26 2004, 02:16 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (thomas @ Sep 26 2004, 02:16 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-tk1@Sep 25 2004, 05:54 PM
Having said that EndNote is a great little add-on.
Being a postgrad myself, I find EndNote to be really awkward and difficult to use, but it seems to be the best in a market of bad software (bibliographic reference apps that is) - and I&#39;ve tried almost all of them.

Frustrated with this, i&#39;ve started work on my own native OS X reference application called ReferenceBook. [/b][/quote]
EndNote can be clunky to be used .... but it does seem to be the best at what it does. Will ReferenceBook support AppleWorks? Look forward to seeing it in the flesh.

26th September 2004, 03:14 PM
Supporting Apple Works would probably be more feasable, but i&#39;d say Word support would be more &#39;in demand&#39; - of course supporting both would be even better.

I&#39;m hoping to implement some kind of &#39;drag-and-drop&#39; type situation, as opposed to the &#39;cite while you write&#39; feature of EndNote. ie. drag a reference directly out of ReferenceBook and have it formatted in Word/Apple Works for you. Of course, some thought has to go into an efficient way of doing this for in-text citations. At the moment, the majority of the work is going into building a stable, efficient, and easy to use way of storing a large database of references, and exporting them into some standard format. From there, inter-app integration will be next on the list.



1st October 2004, 03:54 PM
Hey guys i looked through here briefly and got pacifist but cant seem to find a program to look inside the APPLE RESTORE dvd&#39;s. I want to just find the tony hawk file on an ibook system restore dvd but i cant get it without doing the usual install

anyone know of a program?


6th November 2004, 01:10 PM
Hi AppleTalk folk (my first post *) :D

I prefer a minimal dock so I only have a few apps in there
Address Book
MS Office v.X
Word - I also have EndNote which acts like a plug-in to Word.
(no need for Entourage or PowerPoint - I prefer the system wide and .Mac integration of Address Book, Mail and iCal to the Entourage approach. I also plan on buying Keynote someday.)
good shareware
MacReporter (http://www.inferiis.com/products/macreporter/) - this is a "dockling" that scours the web for RSS feeds from a variety of sites ... although it might end up being redundant with Tiger? :(
Mactracker (http://www.mactracker.ca/) (edit: freeware) - indispensible app for any true Mac fan&#33; :D
SnapzProX (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/news/) - if only Apple included this as part of their OS&#33; B)
Live 4.0 - perhaps the best music program ever. It is a whole new paradigm of thinking about sequencing and arranging. The one window interface is exceptionally well designed and really aids productivity. Also, and most importantly, it is rock-solid&#33;
Finale 2005 - as a music educator I really like the Finale Performance Assessment feature. Hopefully code optimisation will occur in the next few releases as it has with the next piece of software on my list:
Delicious Library Fantastic library for all your books, music, DVDs and games. Absolutely gorgeous interface and tight integration with OS X. Check it out here (http://www.delicious-monster.com) (link won&#39;t work with versions of Safari earlier than 1.2.3 - try FireFox)
dp 4.5 - this is actually on my wish list ... old time Performer user from way back&#33; Can&#39;t wait to have this for extensive MIDI and audio editing capabilities in addition to Live.

Other useful apps - but not in "my" Dock
MenuBar goodies
MenuCalendarClock - I get by without iCal in the dock b/c I bought this little beauty (http://www.objectpark.net/mcc.html) which puts all the iCal info in the menubar. Excellent app and well worth the shareware fee&#33;
MenuMeters (free) - very handy set of system tools to have in the MenuBar. link for those interested (http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/)
Meteorologist (free) - get weather in your Menu Bar (or Dock). go here (http://sourceforge.net/projects/heat-meteo/)
.Mac specials
Backup (included with .Mac subscription) - simple and easy to use&#33;
iBlog (free) - good app to use for blogging on the .Mac homepage.
PhotoStudio (free) - no need for PhotoShop Elements.
... and, special deals from Chronos (http://www.chronosnet.com/) for .Mac subscribers:
StickyBrain - comprehensive sticky note database with powerful search features. [EDIT:]SB3 released - absolutely fantastic - well worth the update ... check it out&#33;
F10 Launch Studio - excellent application launcher (this does not actually reside "in" the dock - it is a System level app that launches on log-in.)
Fugu - for FTP to Uni.
PithHelmet - an extension to Safari.

* There should be links in this post, but they only show up on the preview with a mouse roll-over.
(edit: links appear in blue :huh: - not underlined ... oops :( )

6th November 2004, 01:33 PM
Nice to meet you, ajs. Welcome to AppleTalk AU.

Im getting Meteorologist now. Where are you from, AJS?

6th November 2004, 01:50 PM
My most used applications:

Quicksilver - launcher + clipboard + shelf all in one
Instiki - Personal wiki
Safari, Firefox
Notational Velocity - Free Notetaking App
Skedit - for PHP, HTML, CSS
Tag - HTML / CSS with live preview using Webkit
Solarseek, Xfactor, Mlmac, Azureus - P2P
Reason, Digital Performer, Bias Peak - Audio/Midi
BluePhoneElite - Bluetooth Phone (to send SMS and make calls)
Synergy - iTunes controller

6th November 2004, 02:08 PM
Originally posted by Ozi@Nov 6 2004, 01:33 PM
Nice to meet you, ajs. Welcome to AppleTalk AU.

Im getting Meteorologist now. Where are you from, AJS?
Hi Ozi,

I&#39;m from Melbourne (but soon to be moving to China for three years) - I&#39;ll fill out some profile info after this post.

If you are into music, I can thoroughly recommend that you, or anybody else, for that matter, downloads the demo of Live 4.x Check it out - it is unbelievably good&#33;

Also, Delicious Library is going to be fantastic - note the iSight barcode scanning feature&#33;

Oh - and I forgot to add Mactracker is freeware (or donation-ware, if you feel so inclined). So, any forum readers should also check that handy utility too&#33; :)

6th November 2004, 02:22 PM
Cool ajs

And yes, I emailed Will Shipley and told him i thought his Delicious Library looked awesome. :) Metoerologist is great, although my menu bar is getting crowded&#33; :D

Mactracker is also very handy.

6th November 2004, 02:52 PM
Ones I ue all the time

Filemaker Pro
Disk Utility
Activity Monitor

Ones less used but still invaluable
Sub Etha edit

And lots of games

23rd November 2004, 01:42 PM
I&#39;m a total App-whore, so sorry if this list is long.

Before I start, it&#39;s probably advisable to state that I&#39;m a graphic design and computer science student at Uni of Wollongong, and I also do a whole lot of cartooning, and web developing.

OK&#33; The list (must-haves in bold)

Panther Finder
Audio In - Tiny program which, on my computer, has the triple j logo and name, since that&#39;s what I use it for. The OS can play through input to output, but this allows me to record AIFFs whenever I like. Requires a radio to be useful in this way :P.
iChat AV
MSN Messenger
Yahoo&#33; Messenger - Although this is horribly buggy (crashes REGULARLY - I suspect it wasn&#39;t compiled for Panther), and is several usability upgrades behind the PC version, it does support cross-platform webcam chat (and unlike iChat, you don&#39;t need a broadband connection just to use it).
Safari - Web browser of choice, for its standards compliance, and Mac usability. As a web developer, I also use the following browsers regularly for testing: Mozilla Firefox, Opera, OmniWeb, Camino, iCab, Internet Explorer and Links, which is an OS X port of *nix text browser Lynx, allowing me to see my page like a screen reader sees it.
Mail.app - LOVE this program. I accidentally deleted a whole lot of my mail messages once, but I was gladly able to undelete them :). With the httpmail plugin (from VersionTracker), I have it getting all my mail from Hotmail to my Uni&#39;s IMAP server.
NetNewsWire - RSS reader of choice. I like it, but I could (and did) live without it.
Microsoft Word - Still the best Word Processor on the Mac (till I try Word 2004)... if only it weren&#39;t so bloated, and it would print correctly... *sigh*
SubEthaEdit - I use this for all my HTML work, and used to use it for all my C++ coding too. It&#39;s just so versatile and minimalist. I don&#39;t have any other Mac using friends to have tested the collaboration functions with, but they sound excellent.
CSSEdit - Made by MacRabbit, this is the best single piece of software for such a purpose you&#39;ll find anywhere. It&#39;s flawless. Buy it twice.
XCode - I use this for all my Computer Science assignments, coding in C++.
Terminal - Used to use it for compilation of my C++ code, now only for SSH (I can&#39;t get used to Fubu or anything). Also need it for Links.
Transmit - Best FTP client evar. I love it. So perfectly user friendly, and yet still powerful. I use it for sending assignments to Uni, as well as uploading web pages.
iPhoto - Gotta have all my photos somewhere.
Comictastic - Got this the other day; was impressed&#33; Will replace Safari as my webcomics browser. Has some simple problems, but is still very good.
Preview - A necessary part of my arsenal. GLORIOUSLY minimalist, and very good with PDF files.
Adobe Photoshop - Open 95% of the time. Blatantly useful.
Adobe Illustrator - Required for Uni. Very useful for cartooning (wish Adobe would release StreamLine for OS X though).
QuarkXPress - For compatibility reasons, I&#39;m running v4 (same as Uni) in classic. Good layout software; simple interface, gets out of my way. InDesign and Quark may fight for my money.
openCanvas 1.1 - A PC program (runs through VirtualPC 6.1) that has the best tablet pressure sensitivity available for my Wacom (sadly this pressure sensitivity doesn&#39;t translate through to VirtualPC) of any software ever. Including Photoshop. It&#39;s simple, and quick, runs perfectly fine in VPC. It also has a great feature called Event Files, allowing you to sit and watch a piece of art being drawn (either your own or someone else&#39;s) - and allows you to run the event file at up to 5x the scale, allowing you to make an innumerably large version of your original picture.
Alias SketchBook Pro - The closest thing to Mac oC. Sadly it has no sense of Event Files, and doesn&#39;t quite have the same beautiful control as you have in oC. Still, a very very capable tablet drawing and painting program.
Font Book - A very nice addition to the OS, thanks, Steve.
VirtualPC 6.1 with Windows XP Pro - I think I&#39;ll end up installing something a little less memory intensive than XP on VPC soon, that will still run things like the unmatched fun of Microsoft Solitaire.
Address Book - Fantastic contact management program. I use it all the time. Syncs very well with my iPod. Used in conjunction with AddressBookSync, it&#39;s very useful to me.
iCal - I LOVE iCal. It&#39;s got me organised again. It has some simple flaws, but they&#39;re mostly excusable (I do wish you could select multiple entries and affect information about them all, in the way you can in iTunes.
Sys Prefs - Meh.

Now to the Applications folder (I&#39;ll keep it to the necessities):

Art Director&#39;s Toolkit - Included on my PowerBook when I got it, and VERY useful (especially the pixel ruler).
Can Combine Icons - I&#39;m a bit of a stickler for custom folder icons. I don&#39;t like Plain folders in my Applications folder, particularly, and this is a VERY powerful icon program.
Safari Enhancer - Enables the amazingly wonderful Debug menu on Safari and has some other excellent features too.
PithHelmet - strips Safari of Banner Ads.
FireStarter FX - used for burning things, when I remember not to use Disk Utility.
HyperEdit - I used to use this for my HTML, but felt that the interface was a bit lacking, and the logo stinks. Still good, but SubEthaEdit just massacres it.
Genius - Good program for learning things in a flash-card way.
iEatBrainz - For access to the Musicbrainz database (for getting track names from unnamed songs)
JJ Edit - For Java coding.
LaunchBar - my Launcher of choice. I really, really love this program.
Share My Desktop - My favoured VNC server. Don&#39;t need a client on this computer.
Silhouette - my unsuccessful attempt to find an OS X program similar to Adobe Streamline.
Spark - a nice program for making new key combos, allowing you to write AppleScripts that get triggered on keypress.
USB Overdrive X - nice SysPref Pane allowing me to click with the scroll-wheel and then move the mouse slightly in any direction to control scrolling (like in WinIE and Firefox) system wide.
uControl - essential for any PowerBook owner. Allows me to hold Function and use the track pad to scroll around anything. I DESPISE side-tracking and click-click dragging and all those other inappropriate unpredictable uses of a trackpad; uControl gives me features in a way I expect.
WatchIt - Stopwatch program.
Watson - The best way to search for information on the internet.
Xnippets - Don&#39;t use it much, but people speak very highly of it.

Now the Games folder (note - I don&#39;t like FPS or RTS or RPGs or any other little acronym. I like puzzle games, retro games and card games):

Burning Monkey Solitaire is good, funny fun.
Encompass is the closest thing to... that game that I love. Plus it&#39;s free&#33;
Glider PRO, the defining game of my LC days is now free, and can be downloaded free from the developer. You play as a paper aeroplane.
JiXii - Fun Jigsaw game.
n - EXCELLENT Flash game, where you play as a ninja and have to jump all over the place.
NoLimits&#33; - A Rollercoaster simulator. VERY good.
Pac The Man 2 - An Aquefied PacMan game. Good, addictive game.
Primate Plunge - Will get you frustrated as hell, before you conquer it and it provides very little fun :P. Tiny, simple, VERY addictive game.
Quinn - Best free game on the Mac. It&#39;s Tetris (very, very good version of it, no less), with full drag-and-drop customisability, and Rendezvous or net play for 2 player fun.
Rapid Shot - Fun little Flash game, where you send slap shots at a goalie. As both an Ice Hockey fan and player, I love this game.
Snood - Shamelessly annoying but wholly addictive.
Solitaire XL - I&#39;m hopelessly addicted to Solitaire. It&#39;s the first thing I do when I get a chance to use a PC, since Microsoft Solitaire just was... perfect. This is the closest thing to an Aqua version of it, with nice use of Quartz Extreme. It was free when I got it, but as a beta, has some bugs.
SuperBrain - A Mastermind clone. Fun, but easy.

Then there&#39;s the Emulators folder of the Games folder :):

Highlights are (noting that unless you own the original, game ROMs are illegal):
California Games for the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis Plus is the emulator of choice) and Atari Lynx (Handy) (slightly different to eachother and other versions)
Nebulus for the Commodore64 (using Frodo).
The Incredible Machine games for DOS (using Radnor/DOSbox)
Mario 64 in sixtyforce, a very capable Nintendo 64 emulator.
All the Sonic games for the Sega Mega Drive
NHL 97 for the SMD
Super Mario World for the SNES (SNES9X is the Emu)

…sorry for the excessive length, but it was through posts like this on MacOSX.com that I found most of these programs to begin with.

10th February 2005, 08:07 PM
I&#39;m a news and audio junkie.

* Audio Hijack
* RealPlayer
* Radio shark (to drive the hardware)
* Acquisition
* iPodderX

Other stuff
* BBEdit
* Netnewswire
* Pages/Keynote = iWork
* Interarchy (ftp/sftp)
* OmniGraffle
* OmniOutliner
* Skype
* iLife 05 = iPhoto/iMovie/iDVD/GarageBand


10th February 2005, 08:22 PM
Apps I use are

iChat with i Sight
Photoshop CS {just Fantastic}
iPhoto { to send photo&#39;s via e-mail and slide shows of my travels}

and the odd game of chess

I will win one day........

10th February 2005, 08:59 PM
My essentials:

Entourage (mail only)
Safari (or Firefox when Safari fails)
Acrobat 6 - real must have
Realbasic and Script Debugger
Hydra (early SubEthaEdit)
Palm Desktop
InDesign CS
Photoshop CS
Creo Prinergy and Preps
Network Utility
OSX Server utilities

my near essentials:
BBEdit lite
Address Book

and my new favourite is Keynote 2.

FWIW, my apps folder has 172 items - most of which I use at some stage or another. I have diverse needs:)



11th February 2005, 10:58 AM
Other than the default stuff:

Microsoft Orifice - It&#39;s pretty unstable and buggy, but at least it saves autorecover files. Excel is extremely powerful and I can&#39;t live without it. OpenOffice and NeoOffice are OK, but ugly and immature.

Thunderbird - As powerful and easy to use as Entourage without the instability (even though it&#39;s only version 1.0) and without the weakness of a single database file.

MATLAB & Simulink - Extremely powerful tools for computation, data analysis, process modelling & simulation.

LabView - Process measurement, control & testing software.

Discribe - For burning CD&#39;s. It&#39;s cheaper than toast and does everything fine.

MacBreakZ - Forces you to take breaks from the computer. It&#39;s a bit annoying sometimes, but I forget to take breaks without it.

EndNote - Bibliography/Referencing software. Integrates with word.

FileMaker Pro - Slaps the crap out of any other database software.

Graphic Converter - Been using this for years. It rocks.

Macaroni - Keeps everything nice without any involvement from me.

OnyX - Does the stuff that Macaroni doesn&#39;t

Synchronize Pro X - Scheduled sync. & backup. Very powerful.

SMARTReporter - Early warning for imminent hard drive failure.

MenuCalendarClock - The date should have always been in the menu bar. Integrates with iCal.

MenuMeters - I need to use Activity Monitor much less because of this.

Wake 550 - Wake other machines on a network using the Wakeonlan perl script.

Konfabulator - We don&#39;t have Tiger yet, do we.

Clutter - Now this... is very cool. :)


14th February 2005, 12:15 PM
Good thread Disko, coz I was apprehensive about what was out there for the Mac when I switched, but have been pleasantly surprised. With Pages being a reasonable substitue for MS Publisher, there&#39;s now nothing I want for on Windows.

Where possible, I always install new software in a folder called Add-ons. Makes it musch easier to respond to these sorts of threads - and do backups.

Here&#39;s a list or two of what&#39;s on my PB that I use (excluding standard Apple apps)...
iLife 05
MSN Messenger
MS Remote Desktop Connection
Graphic Converter
Chicken VNC
NetNewsWire Lite (RSS)
Longhand (Calculator)
DEVONThink (This is my favouritist Mac app of all. Use it for document management - Print anything I want to keep to it. I also write directly into it - my great novel to be&#33;)
Photoshop Elements
MS Expression (Vector drawing)
DVD Remaster
Mac the Ripper (Rip DVDs)
Backup (Apple&#39;s .Mac software)
MS Office
iWork (i.e. Keynote and Pages - love em)
Pastor (password and serial number manager)
IP in Menubar
Desktop Manager (Virtual desktops)
Virtual PC
Roxio Toast
Combine PDFs
Nisus Thesaurus
Onyx (Configuration and maintenance)
RBrowser Lite (FTP client)
VueScan (Scanning software)
WhatSize (show folder sizes)
Matinee (Lists DVDs on HDD for playing)
VLC (Media player)
KeyCue (Displays all shortcut keys for a program)

6th June 2005, 04:11 AM
Hi there...

New macusers often find it a little bit difficult figuring out which applications are hot and which are not on the Mac OS X platform. I’ve therefore compiled a list of Mac OS X software that I see as “must-haves", and I hope it can aid in making it a little easier to get a good start with Mac OS X.


Link: Indispensable MacOS X Software - A list.. (http://android8.users.whitehat.dk/wordpress/index.php?p=255)

6th June 2005, 02:16 PM
dont think its on the list yet...

lets you play widnow media files(WMV) files in quicktime
one of the most useful bits of software ive come across lately

20th June 2005, 09:59 PM
Thank god I found one other Delicious Library User...

It is awesome.... one thing though is that it doesn&#39;t work for auto lookup for DVD&#39;s...

so I use the English version... (generally they are the same as what we have available here all the way down to PAL format).

20th June 2005, 10:35 PM
couple of new additions since my last entry...

transparent dock (http://www.freerangemac.com/) - makes your dock transparent :)

jewel case (http://www.opticalalchemy.com/) - think i&#39;ve mentioned this quite a few times, but it really is the best iTunes plugin out there.

shapeshifter (http://www.unsanity.com/haxies/shapeshifter) - i&#39;ve changed the themes for my PowerBook and pretty happy with it :)

senuti (http://wbyoung.ambitiouslemon.com/senuti/) - good app for iPod to iTunes transfer

23rd June 2005, 07:59 AM
in a very particualar order,


thats bout it :P

Tommy PDA
23rd June 2005, 07:54 PM
don&#39;t forget Internet Explorer

24th June 2005, 08:33 AM
Microstation (CAD software. Running under Classic unfortunately)
Final Cut Pro

More than half of my working day is spent running Microstation in Classic mode - it&#39;s still superb, but the developers steadfastly refuse to update this &#036;7,000 software for Mac OSX. God knows what I&#39;m going to do when we all go &#39;Intel&#39;. Maybe they&#39;ll update it then&#33;&#33;

24th June 2005, 05:51 PM
Taco HTML edit
Microsoft Office
Toast 6

24th June 2005, 11:37 PM
Ok apps i use frequently....

FTP - Yummy (even works with xbox&#33;&#33;)

Azureus - Bittorrent, java app, works well.

Skype - Internet telephone, to talk to my sister in london.

AudioX - For recording lectures with my ibook.

Limewire pro - Great p2p, just DON&#39;T pay for it

iPod viewer - songs from ipod

Screen spanning doctor - Make my iBook screenspan

Popcorn&#33;&#33; - Reducing the size of DVD&#39;s to fit onto a single layer disc.

Mac os x box tools - Backing up my games.

Virtual pc (and/or Guest OS) - running my now computerless version of xp.

Remote desktop connection (microsoft) - Using parters pc via my wireless, much faster than virtual pc&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;

Mac-the-ripper - enough said.....

You can&#39;t go past office as much as i hate microsoft, office does rock.... try neo office rather than open office, same thing but worked better.

Yellow dog linux - use for dual booting with ppc linux

DNS update - DNS client for mac

ThreeTen - allofmp3.com client

Just to name a few....

25th June 2005, 02:45 AM
I made this up a few months ago for a similar reason at another mac forum

25th June 2005, 07:46 AM
firefox - my main browser
IE - for when firefox fails (happened twiced)
iTunes- duh
limewire - p2p network
bitlord - a bittorrent app
Ms word - script "writing"
Notepad - whenever i feel like writing a list of certan things
dreamweaver MX 04 - im more of a visiual designer than a coder
flash MX 04 - somtimes for drawing (i like the feel of it) and usually making absurd stickfigure movies
photoshop CS - still learning but i use it a lot for re-sizeing images
trillian - senice i despize AOL but most of my friends use it
winamp - the internet tv is a great feature
kon fabluator -
dashboard clock
cpu percentage monitor
wifi signal (just got a card for my birthday)
nuclear jelly bean (battrie minitor)
ram usage
wavepad - for cutting MP3s so theyll fit on my phone

unfortunatily my version of photoshop has somehow broken. and sometimes dreamweaver is, well deramweaver (maby you know what im talking about but, meh)

25th June 2005, 11:22 AM

Skype (for talking with family on the other side of the country)
Acquisition (for stuff)
DVDBackup (for backing up my DVDs)
DVD2oneX (for compressing my DVDs to fit on a consumer disk)
SmallImage (for shrinking large pic files)

As well as the usual swag of apps previously mentioned.

25th June 2005, 04:07 PM
For those interested in audio, along with the audio apps already mentioned above (Native Instruments Komplete, Ableton Live 4 and Wire Tap Pro),

Plogue Bidule is an expansively creative tool spanning a wide range of applications
http://www.plogue.com/index.php?option=con...id=21&Itemid=35 (http://www.plogue.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=21&Itemid=35)

Amadeus II is worth the small shareware fee for useful audio editing / file conversion capabilities

Sound Studio offers similar editing facilities with some improvements in the application of track markers but does not have a comparable file conversion ability

Airfoil is handy for wireless audio transmission from within any application (not just iTunes)

3rd July 2005, 12:56 AM
Ok All the apps i mainly use.
Microsoft Office - but mainly Word
Address Book
FileMaker Pro 7
Macromedia Flash MX 2004
Macromedia FreeHand MX 2004
Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004
Remote Desktop
Virtual PC 7
Safari - because its the best
Fetch 4.0.3
Adobe Photoshop CS
Illustrator CS
InDesign CS
Pro Tools 6
Quicktime 7.0.1 Pro
Final Cut Express 2
Toast 6 Titanium
Apple&#39;s DVD Player

10th July 2005, 10:45 PM
In my dock
Logitech QuickCapture
Logitech Camera Control
CyberDuck (Free FTP Client)
Audacity (Audio Editing)
The Sims
Keynote 2
MSN Messenger
iChat AV

Address Book
Blog Torrent
Degrees Downunder
Delicious Library
Mac the Ripper

There you go :)

14th July 2005, 11:22 AM
Firefox is a MUST&#33;
+ Brushed Steel Theme
+ Adblocker extensions... This thing is amazing....

Pocket Tanks Shareware
iTunes (I know, obvious)

18th September 2005, 01:34 PM
Surpised this one hasn&#39;t been mentioned: FontExplorer X (http://www.linotype.com/fontexplorerX/). An awesome program that allows you to manage all your fonts easily. Think of it as the iTunes for fonts. So much better than the bundled Font Book. Those in the creative industry should definitely give this one a go.


6th November 2005, 05:55 PM
i spent the morning browsing this thread and now i have a Very Full Menu Bar :)

7th November 2005, 08:10 PM
mine are
shakespeer (dc++ peer to peer client)
Opera (browser)
gmail notifier (menubar notification of new emails)
Roxio Popcorn(dvd/cd burning with easy drag and drop)

im struggling to find a freeware News ticker though .. that&#39;d be dandy if anyone knows of one..

20th December 2005, 09:41 PM
Originally posted by morpheme2004@Jul 14 2005, 11:22 AM
Firefox is a MUST&#33;
+ Brushed Steel Theme
+ Adblocker extensions... This thing is amazing....
I used to use Firefox, but Camino is completely usable now, and has a few extra advantages (it has the wonderful find-as-you-type feature, just like FireFox)....

Camino renders better in OSX then FireFox... (although FireFox looks better then stock if you use Firefoxy).

Passwords in Camino get stored in Keychain, which is nice.

Rapidweaver is a really really good app for writing webpages. It&#39;s not 100% perfect, but it&#39;s the closest thing to a perfect simple webpage creator that I&#39;ve seen as of today. It can be used by power users pretty effectively too.

20th December 2005, 11:00 PM
Originally posted by kewl_ray@Sep 18 2005, 01:34 PM
Surpised this one hasn&#39;t been mentioned: FontExplorer X (http://www.linotype.com/fontexplorerX/).Those in the creative industry should definitely give this one a go.

I think those in the creative industry are waiting for auto-activation...

20th December 2005, 11:13 PM
i better put a positive in...

MailUnread status bar & Mail2 (with the old icons not the lozenges) : for a menubar mail notifier
Koolclip : for a menubar accessible extended clipboard
IceTV Widget
Toast Titanium : does anyone actually use the osx burning utility? Toast it
Extensis Suitcase : or my powerbook wouldn&#39;t even boot up, real shitty with more than a few &#39;Sets&#39; though...
Carbon Copy Cloner : when only a hammer will do
Good ol&#39; Safari : it just keeps pulling me back. I HATE pixelated web text.
iSync : God i wish i could still sync my phone from the menubar though...

Couldn&#39;t live without Adobe and Macromedia, but thats worktalk...

21st December 2005, 12:14 AM
Okay just got convinced to download Camino - and did it (like I need another browser in my dock :P)

It&#39;s actually pretty cool, love some of those extra features.

Seems a bit faster too.

The question begs itself though - where&#39;s the skins support?

14th March 2006, 09:29 PM
CopyWrite for the novel (www.bartastechnologies.com)
Noise Ninja, FM Software&#39;s Velvia Vision & BW Workflo Pro as the essential Photoshop plug ins
Snapz Pro X for screenshots
Lightroom betra (Adobe) because I like to get up the noses of arrogant pros in the forums
Carbon Copy Cloner
BBEdit (only because I love getting software updates)
Oh, and the utility that runs Microsoft Access 2003 on my Intel Mac

14th March 2006, 10:36 PM
When I&#39;ve got a little time I&#39;ll go through this thread and check things out :)

All the apps in my dock (somewhat categorised):
Finder (lol)
Address Book
MS Word
MS Excel
GPG Keychain Access (encryption)
Onyx (maintenance app)
FileMerge (very useful when writing software)
XDarwin (X11 server)
Carbon Copy Cloner (disk cloner)
OmniGraffle (one of the BEST mac apps)
AdiumX (kicks the standard MSN client&#39;s ass)
Caduceus (program I&#39;m working on)
GPG Drop Thing (droplet for encrypting/decrypting/signing/verifying)
Adobe Reader (bloated POS)
Cisco VPN Client (for wireless access at uni)
Temperature Monitor (not &#39;kept in dock&#39; per se, but it shows in there while it&#39;s running and is set up as a login item)

18th March 2006, 01:02 PM
I&#39;ll save space by not listsin all the usual apps like iTunes/Web/photo.

My most used apps are


18th March 2006, 04:57 PM
my most used apps are probably: mail, safari, adium, itunes, word, powerpoint, photoshop, dreamweaver, flash, pages, and keynote

oh, and apple remote desktop because i am the home admin

18th March 2006, 05:44 PM
Was using firefox but have switched to camino. Firefox was sluggish after being left idle for a while, whereas camino is as snappy as the first time it loads. So camino it is.

Also been using quite a lot of timbuktu pro to remote to and fro PC and Mac at work and home.

20th March 2006, 04:45 PM
The main apps I use -

Mariner Write
SilverFast SE Plus
Toast 6
PhotoShop Elements 3

Mac Mini 1.25Ghz powerPC G4
MacOS X Version 10.4.5

20th March 2006, 05:20 PM
Ghost Server Suit - cant live with out it

30th March 2006, 05:14 PM
Can anyone recommend a program for OSX (universal preferred) to do the same job as a shoutcast server?

30th March 2006, 05:21 PM
• Adium
• Safari
• Mail
• iTunes
• Salling Clicker
• BluePhoneElite
• Ardium
• Growl
• iTele
• Dashboard (IceTV, calculator etc)
• Utilities like Saft and Inquisitor etc.

• Photoshop
• iSync
• Address Book
• iPhoto
• Limewire
• Toast
• Colloquy
• TextEdit
• Word
• iChat

30th March 2006, 07:43 PM
timace, try the quicktime broadcaster (search on apple.com)

but shoutcast.com has the osx files dont it?

30th March 2006, 08:11 PM
A new favourite of mine. Textmate - http://macromates.com/

30th March 2006, 09:43 PM
Pro Tools
Pro Tools
Pro Tools (3 votes?&#33;)
Default Folder
Address Book
Filemaker Pro (must have)

30th March 2006, 09:46 PM
Originally posted by timryan@Mar 30 2006, 09:43 PM
Pro Tools
Pro Tools
Pro Tools (3 votes?&#33;)
Default Folder
Address Book
Filemaker Pro (must have)
oops that should have been Default Folder must have

1st April 2006, 01:04 PM
Thunderbird & FireFox
Adobe Photoshop
CSS Edit
MSN Messenger
Tomato Torrent

1st July 2008, 07:28 PM
I love a whole lot of different apps but i really couldn't live without my mum ... wait a minute ... I meant I couldn't live without these enhancers:

Remote Buddy (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/30015)
OpenMenuX (http://www.tuaw.com/2006/12/14/openmenu-x-take-control-of-the-right-click/)
SizzlingKeys (http://sizzlingkeys.en.softonic.com/mac)

1st July 2008, 07:45 PM
Photoshop Elements v4

1st July 2008, 08:01 PM
Always open:
» Safari
» Mail
» Growl
» Twitteriffic
» Coversutra
» Dropbox
» iChat
» iTunes
» Photoshop
» Quicksilver (how could i live without this app?)

When coding:
» Coda
» CSSEdit
» MAMP Pro
» Xyle Scope
» Safari/FF/Camino/IE (vmware)
» Transmit (needs an update soon)

1st July 2008, 11:42 PM
As oddities I would recommend

FuzzyClock for a two-legged-carbon-based-breathing-unit-lifeform time indicator

Witch (pre shareware) for quickly moving

CheckOff for little notes

iStats menu

servicescrubber for your contextual menus

onmycommand for getting new contextual menu tools


virtualbox for your simple virtualization needs

ukelele for designing your own keyboards

and perhaps pathfinder because it has a lot of stuff you might use occasionally (e.g. a folder/file size generator, unix manual pages, moving stuff, etc).

And endorse previous recommendations for the camino browser, quicksilver, vlc, mtr, handbrake, keycue, and carbon copy cloner. There are many more of this sort.

But most of all, what Apple kindly provides with every machine, such as text edit (but bean is O.K. very good for a bit better for simple word processing), and DVD player, iTunes, et cetera, which demonstrate why the mac machine is so pleasurable to use. Many people I am sure happily exist with all that is given first up. Yet if Apple doesn't give it to you in the first place, I've always found that good people develop good and stable freeware solutions for anything basic you need to do from time to time as a home user. So textwrangler is just one example.

3rd July 2008, 06:58 PM
Quicken-it's the US version that came with some Macs in Australia (I use it to track my spending).
Corel Painter

4th July 2008, 10:55 PM
I use ScreenFlow a lot for making video tutorials and showing what is going wrong with my macbook. :)

7th July 2008, 05:53 PM
Bento-Filemaker's consumer database is very easy to learn and use.

7th July 2008, 06:41 PM
Nolobe - Iris - The Ultimate Image Editor For Mac OS X (http://nolobe.com/iris/)

When you've looked at Photoshop and found that your bank account is wanting!

7th July 2008, 06:42 PM
* iTunes
* Safari
* iScrobbler
* MSN messenger

7th July 2008, 06:44 PM
Hi there...

New macusers often find it a little bit difficult figuring out which applications are hot and which are not on the Mac OS X platform. I’ve therefore compiled a list of Mac OS X software that I see as “must-haves", and I hope it can aid in making it a little easier to get a good start with Mac OS X.


Link: Indispensable MacOS X Software - A list.. (http://android8.users.whitehat.dk/wordpress/index.php?p=255)

Dead link dude!

7th July 2008, 06:44 PM
iTunes, Mail, Safari, Photoshop, Adium

7th July 2008, 10:47 PM
Well I just got AirFoil (http://www.rogueamoeba.com/airfoil/).... wow very happy :D Works a treat between my powerbook and the home theatre PC with the big ass stereo on it :D no need to buy airtunes!