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decryption
12th March 2007, 02:47 PM
The Macintosh is lucky to have such dedicated software developers, something Windows lacks. There are some beautiful programs I use daily, that when I use them I go "Damn, this is why I'm a Mac user".

Transmit (http://www.panic.com/transmit/), by Panic
Quinn (http://simonhaertel.de/quinn), by Simon Haertel
Acquisition (http://www.acquisitionp2p.com/), by David Watanabe
TextMate (http://macromates.com/), by Macromates
Quicksilver (http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/), by Blacktree
Path Finder (http://www.cocoatech.com/pf4/), by Cocoatech
Fission (http://www.rogueamoeba.com/fission/), by Rogue Amoeba

What apps do it for you?

areal
12th March 2007, 02:51 PM
LaTeXiT (http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/math_science/latexit.html). I guy in my office nearly switched because of this one program - but then I found him a Windows equivalent.

And, since everyone is listing Apple applications, I should mention Keynote and GarageBand. Both of these programs have enabled me to do amazing new things that I just wouldn't have done on a PC - not that I ever really used a PC, but I can imagine.

hawker
12th March 2007, 03:03 PM
Adium
VLC
Dreamweaver
Adobe
iTunes
Quicktime
Final Cut Pro
DVD Studio Pro
EyeTV
Transmit
VNC
ARD
Toast
MPEG Streamclip
ffmpeg
and more.....

TeeZed
12th March 2007, 03:09 PM
These two programs kept me relatively sane during my PhD days:

TeXShop (http://www.uoregon.edu/~koch/texshop/)
proFit (http://www.quansoft.com/)

PurpleLogix
12th March 2007, 03:12 PM
Final cut Pro
DVD Studio Pro
Combustion
Toast
MPEG Streamclip
etc....

macintoshix
12th March 2007, 03:24 PM
I like Mail.Appetizer exellent mail addon:)

girlbunny
12th March 2007, 03:37 PM
Camino. It is also the front end for our Google based email and Google apps. We have lost too much data on computers to keep address books etc on HDD.

We do love a lot of Utilities, but most are cross platform. For us OSX is the killer app as it works.

g3monster
12th March 2007, 03:40 PM
everything installed on my mac!!! Unlike on a pc I can uninstall anything I dont like or need quickly and easily so I only have program I use on my mac...My fave has got to be Doom 3/Quake 4 tho...

bartron
12th March 2007, 03:42 PM
Camino, Photoshop, Lightroom.

Of those Lightroom and photoshop run on windows as well and camino is just a browser. They are more useful on OS X though for some reason :)

also iMovie and iDVD of which the windows counterparts all suck ass.

Bartron

marc
12th March 2007, 03:56 PM
CSSEdit (http://macrabbit.com/cssedit/), by MacRabbit
CSSEdit (http://macrabbit.com/cssedit/), by MacRabbit
CSSEdit (http://macrabbit.com/cssedit/), by MacRabbit... yes, it deserves 3 mentions!
Keynote (http://apple.com/keynote/), by Apple... I look for excuses to use it. Such an amazing piece of software.
Logic Pro (http://apple.com/logic/), by Apple... been using it since v2.02 and it just keeps on getting better and almost the main reason I'd stick with OS X if something better came along.
Transmit (http://panic.com/transmit/), by Panic... everything these guys do is good.
Unison (http://panic.com/unison/), by Panic
Safari (http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/safari/), by Apple... The best browser out there.
Skype (http://skype.com/intl/en/download/skype/macosx/), by Skype... It's so good to see the OS X version behaving like a real OS X app.

Jaffa
12th March 2007, 04:05 PM
CSSEdit (http://macrabbit.com/cssedit/), by MacRabbit
CSSEdit (http://macrabbit.com/cssedit/), by MacRabbit
CSSEdit (http://macrabbit.com/cssedit/), by MacRabbit... yes, it deserves 3 mentions!

I agree with that, but I would like to add that I also love MacRabbit's app called DeskShade, another good app :) Makes my desktop look clean and lets me lock my computer with style. All the PC guys at school are always jealous when I lock my computer with a nice lock icon, where they get their ugly ctrl+alt+delete box.

Jeff

patcanuck
12th March 2007, 04:07 PM
I don't know what I'd do without Quicksilver, VisualHub and VLC! :)

decryption
12th March 2007, 04:07 PM
How could I forget RapidWeaver (http://www.realmacsoftware.com/rapidweaver/)? :D
It's what iWeb should be IMHO.

The Wuzz
12th March 2007, 04:30 PM
Quicksilver, Growl, Adium, Textmate and Cyberduck FTP

Also I couldn't live without Opera on all platforms

hawker
12th March 2007, 04:31 PM
How could I forget RapidWeaver (http://www.realmacsoftware.com/rapidweaver/)? :D
It's what iWeb should be IMHO.

Give Apple time to buy them out and overtake them D :)

applecollector
12th March 2007, 04:33 PM
PodTube 2 would have to be an app i love!

GimliNZ
12th March 2007, 04:35 PM
I second Deskshade - keeps my desktop nice a tidy.


Also:
iClip - multiple clipboards are a must
Photoshop
iPhoto
SpamSieve
Preview
TextEdit
Remote Desktop
Safari with Saft
Yahoo Widget Engine aka Konfabulator

chrissara
12th March 2007, 04:39 PM
Quicksilver
iChat
Word (don't hate me for that)
LiCkMe
Shafterizer
iStatPro (not really a program but a great widget)

mechcon
12th March 2007, 04:46 PM
Ableton Live 6 (www.ableton.com/live)

Its the software that has given me wood when it comes to writing music again! First it was the powerbook...

Tiprya
12th March 2007, 04:50 PM
Everyone seems to love Quicksilver, i've tried to get into it

But - I don't see what its got that Spotlight doesn't, I'm sure it's more robust and i'm very eager to learn

Can someone point me somewhere showing its abilities better?

decryption
12th March 2007, 04:53 PM
Everyone seems to love Quicksilver, i've tried to get into it

But - I don't see what its got that Spotlight doesn't, I'm sure it's more robust and i'm very eager to learn

Can someone point me somewhere showing its abilities better?

http://docs.blacktree.com/quicksilver/tutorials :)

moth
12th March 2007, 08:33 PM
How could I forget RapidWeaver (http://www.realmacsoftware.com/rapidweaver/)? :D
It's what iWeb should be IMHO.

For me it's Freeway Pro (http://www.softpress.com/index.php). Gives me a litte more freedom without having to enter the world of dreamweaver and golive.

simmie76
12th March 2007, 08:44 PM
Software: Remote Desktop Client (see I don't need a Windows Box when I can logon to Terminal Services from my Mac bwahahahaha), Apple Remote Desktop and since widgets are software as well: Degrees downunder as it is more accurate than the Weather Widget that installs with Mac OS X (gets its info from BOM)

yinyang
12th March 2007, 08:51 PM
Everyone seems to love Quicksilver, i've tried to get into it

But - I don't see what its got that Spotlight doesn't, I'm sure it's more robust and i'm very eager to learn

Can someone point me somewhere showing its abilities better?

10 minutes is all you need (http://vjarmy.com/archives/2004/03/quicksilver_a_b.php) for this tutorial :)

yay to QuickSilver
Aperture (even on my PowerBook - can't wait to have this on a MBP!)
Photoshop (slowly learning how to use this thing!!)
iChat
Transmission
BluePhone Elite
Google Earth
TinkerTool

Exocet
12th March 2007, 09:19 PM
YummySoup! (http://hungryseacow.com/) - Think iTunes for recipes
iTaf (http://itaf.sourceforge.net/) - Nice and simple iTunes alarm clock, hasn't failed me yet!

icant
12th March 2007, 09:23 PM
Butler, Omnioutliner, Applescript

tcn33
12th March 2007, 09:59 PM
Another vote for RapidWeaver, which I just started using today. Also BluePhoneElite, ComicBookLover, ComicLife, NetNewsWire, Toast 8... the list goes on. I really do think every day about how much I enjoy using my Mac.

warren21
12th March 2007, 10:50 PM
Mac The Ripper & Toast :)
iTunes
Safari
OS X Tiger..........Leopard..........

ilostmypassword
12th March 2007, 11:32 PM
Indesign, Photoshop, Visualhub, safari, Mail, Acrobat, Fetch, Skype, Azureus - :thumbup:

Sam
13th March 2007, 12:31 AM
personally my fav app is called THE INTERNET! have you heard of it?

Brains
13th March 2007, 12:32 AM
Mac OS 8.6
NowMenus
Eudora
Spaceward Ho!
CyberDog and OpenDoc, sadly almost unusable on today's web
Audion - Steve's first choice to become iTunes
Webstractor, the only reason to use Safari, and the only reason why I bother with OSX

B.

rtc
13th March 2007, 06:12 AM
How could I forget RapidWeaver (http://www.realmacsoftware.com/rapidweaver/)? :D
It's what iWeb should be IMHO.

Is this the app that I remember from circa 1997 that had a giant spider in its spash screen and was basically an HTML editor that colour-coded script tags for easy on-screen viewing, and used dialogs to set some of the more cumbersome tags?

rtc
13th March 2007, 06:27 AM
In no particular order:

Mac OS 7.5.5 ;)
HyperCard
Photoshop**
Kai's Power Tools**
Toast
Entourage
Roxio Jam
Reason*
Traktor*
Acrobat**
DAVE
Avid/Strata Videoshop
KDX*
Carracho
Pitbull
Dreamweaver**
Poisoned
Sound Studio / Amadeus
FIleMaker Pro*
MacErrors
ResEdit
Sound Sculptor II
SizzlingKeys


* Not strictly mac-only software
** Started on the mac and is distinctly mac software, although is also available on other platforms (as distinct from one star above).

- VLC's still too unrefined for my liking but I admit it can often open stuff that nothing else will
- Audion's pretty cool yeah pity it didn't get hit with the X wand, it's one of the few apps that still causes me to load up classic (although this is hardly ever).

Gerbils
13th March 2007, 06:51 AM
Audion is/was available for OS X, I have it sitting in my Applications folder right now! (Not that I use it)

samuelclarke
13th March 2007, 07:03 AM
Here's some apps that I use every day (almost) and wouldn't be without them! Thus these are the main reason I wouldn't switch to a PC...I'm actually writing a post for my blog on apps I use lots including reviews - but here is the list without the reviews.

Arranged in alphabetical order:

Adobe Creative Suite (http://www.adobe.com/ap/creativesuite/)
Billings 2 (http://www.billings2.com/)
CSSEdit (http://www.macrabbit.com/cssedit/)
Disco (http://discoapp.com/)
iCal (http://www.apple.com)
iClip (http://inventive.us/iClip/)
iTunes (http://www.apple.com/itunes)
Keynote (http://www.apple.com/iwork/)
Linotype FontExplorer X (http://www.linotype.com/fontexplorerX?)
MacJournal (http://www.marinersoftware.com/sitepage.php?page=85)
MAMP (http://www.mamp.info/en/index.php)
MainMenu (http://www.santasw.com/)
NewsFire (http://www.newsfirex.com/)
Parallels (http://www.parallels.com/en/products/desktop/)
Peak (http://www.bias-inc.com/)
Quicksilver (http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/)
RapidWeaver (http://www.realmacsoftware.com/)
Safari (http://www.apple.com)
SuperDuper! (http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html)
TextMate (http://macromates.com/)
Transmit (http://www.panic.com/transmit/)
Wallet (http://www.waterfallsw.com/wallet/)

Arkhum_Eramak
13th March 2007, 09:16 AM
Having worked with video on a PC I have to say my entire motivtion for switching to the Mac was media apps. That was back in my college days when the Quicksilver was still the top of the line in a dual 1GHz configuration and the 23" display was just a little bit over $9000. *sighs*

Final Cut Pro
DVD Studio Pro
Compressor (my favourite app...don't really know why)
Flash 8

and for other stuff

iTunes
Safari
Disk Utility
MacTracker
Temperature Monitor
Disk Warrior

iStat menus...?

scottgrot
13th March 2007, 12:41 PM
Mac OS 8.6
NowMenus
Eudora
Spaceward Ho!
CyberDog and OpenDoc, sadly almost unusable on today's web
Audion - Steve's first choice to become iTunes
Webstractor, the only reason to use Safari, and the only reason why I bother with OSX

B.

Spaceward Ho! I was going to ask where to get an os X version, then read Mac OS 8.6. Great game though. I found a copy at uni and my flatmate figured out how to play it. We spend quite a bit of time on my LC playing it back in the early/mid 90s.

Jazarus
13th March 2007, 01:14 PM
The original MacPaint in classic - I'm still hoping someone will carbonize it for os X just for fun and nostalgias sake :)

Rodney9
13th March 2007, 01:52 PM
Safari
iClip
Toast
Photoshop Elements
Rapidweaver
Mariner Write
Awaken
Quicksilver
Cyberduck
Degrees Down Under
Image Capture
The Print Shop
Silverfast

sendai
13th March 2007, 02:32 PM
Anyone ever played Spaceward Ho! on the Outland Service?

I liked Spaceward Ho!, but I had found the AI a tad limiting. Playing against humans was much more fun =D

Here we go (http://web.archive.org/web/19980423102356/http://outland.com/), yaye Wayback Machine!

Currawong
13th March 2007, 04:20 PM
Rather than just list what I use, maybe I should explain a few things I use.

DragThing - instead of cluttering my dock, I keep all the apps I don't use daily, but regularly in this awesome launcher. It's PathFinder compatible too for those who love that Finder replacement.

Default Folder - gives the functionality open/save dialogues should have had in the first place. One of the best features is that when you have an O/S dialogue open, you can click on a Finder window to have that O/S dialogue jump to that folder.

CSSEdit - I third or fourth recommending this!

GraphicConverter - needs no explanation either.

Omniweb - Visual tabs, workspaces and damn fast browsing make this worth the outlay.

TextWranger (Free version of BBEdit) - Fantastic for anyone who codes anything at all.

OmniOutliner & OmniPlan - when you need to organise your thoughts and your time respectively, these apps work truly in the simple and straightforward Mac way.

Transmit
Interachy - The two best FTP apps out there.

VoodooPad - Wiki app which I use to throw all my random thoughts, bits of text and other crap.

Entourage - Ignore that it's an MS app, if you need to be able to organise and track your Email and appointments, it's much better than Mail and iCal.

hawker
13th March 2007, 04:42 PM
Entourage - Ignore that it's an MS app, if you need to be able to organise and track your Email and appointments, it's much better than Mail and iCal.

Totally agree with you on that one Currawong. It's not bad for a Microsoft app! Although Mail and iCal might give it a run for it's money after they're updated!

queraxus
13th March 2007, 05:19 PM
OmniOutliner & OmniPlan - when you need to organise your thoughts and your time respectively, these apps work truly in the simple and straightforward Mac way.


Shame that OmniPlan at this stage is severely feature limited. It doesn't have anything on Merlin.

girlbunny
13th March 2007, 06:19 PM
Audion works brilliantly on 10.3, but once it hits Tiger it starts having problems - especially with iTunes conflicts (not to mention it REALLY hates it when the iPod is plugged in!)

However, because of CorelDraw being a PIA on Tiger, i've gone back to Panther anyway, so I'm happily back on Audion with my favourite 'face' (Allegria) sitting permanently on the desktop :)

For those who haven't used Audion for a while, the people who produced it are no longer supporting it, and as such have now made it Freeware. The serial to enable the Pro version is available on their main website.

Peter Wells
13th March 2007, 06:27 PM
on another board i visit, a friend just switched. heres the list i gave him:

quicksilver. hands down this is the best app on the planet. if god could code, he would have made this. say goodbye to your mouse and your dock, and launch everything with a keystroke.

photoshop cs3, if you have an intel.

audio hijack pro

comic life. it should have shipped with your mac, but if it didnt, get it.

final cut pro. even if you only want to make home movies, fcp is way better than imovie. it looks a little scary at first, but once you get to know it its easy. and way less of a memory hog than imovie.

adium, for chatting. just customize it so you never see the duck...

ishowu. record what you're doing on your mac so you can teach others...

*removed*

mac the ripper. dvd ripping

media fork, more dvd ripping, this time for mpeg4, avi etc.

mpeg streamclip. swiss army knife of video

net news wire. the oldest rss reader on any platform, and the best.

montage. for script writing. way better than final draft, but completely compatible with final draft files

transmission. fuck utorrent, this is the best torrent app on the planet. so what if demonoid blocks transmission, every other tracker doesnt.

omni disksweeper/planner/outliner. all good.

pacifist, look inside any installer and only install the bits you need. for instance, accidently erase a printer driver you need? pop your osx install disc in, run pacifist and find the driver, install it.

xpad. just a great memo pad you can write crap down in. like stickies, you dont need to save it before quitting, it always saves. so its the perfect thing for writing down crap you need right now, and you may need 6 months from now.

senuti. its itunes in reverse, get it? suck songs off an ipod.

tinkertool. change the finder a hundred different ways, all completely safe.

transmit. best ftp ever. and best icon ever.

uno. one of the few annoying things about macs are that there is no unified look to the system these days. safari is brushed metal, itunes is glassy, others are pin striped. uno lets you make em all look the same, with one click.

toast. toast 8 rocks my jocks.

rapidweaver. like dreamweaver but good.

little snitch. keeps all your stolen apps from phoning home.

growl. just beautiful.

for itunes, download jewel case. its pretty. then go to doug's scripts for itunes and customize itunes any way you want.

thats it for now...

thephydeaux
13th March 2007, 06:29 PM
I dont adore any of it as long as it works.

iMic
13th March 2007, 07:10 PM
Really? I prefer iWeb over RapidWeaver actually. ;) My main apps have to be:

- Safari/WebKit
- iTunes
- TubeSock
- Audio Hijack Pro
- Nicecast
- Taco HTML Edit
- Skype
- Transmit
- X-Chat Aqua
- Adobe Photoshop Elements 2
- Fission
- RapidWeaver

And all these run perfectly fine on a 400mhz G4.

rtc
13th March 2007, 07:29 PM
Totally agree with you on that one Currawong. It's not bad for a Microsoft app!Me too


Although Mail and iCal might give it a run for it's money after they're updated!Er... not me too, i'm not convinced this is the case.

queraxus
13th March 2007, 07:30 PM
media fork, more dvd ripping, this time for mpeg4, avi etc.


Actually it's been merged back into Handbrake.



transmission. fuck utorrent, this is the best torrent app on the planet. so what if demonoid blocks transmission, every other tracker doesnt.


Transmission is banned at Oink. And Oink is that good, that Transmission can never replace Azureus until the stubborn devs fix it.

decryption
13th March 2007, 08:09 PM
Transmission is banned at Oink. And Oink is that good, that Transmission can never replace Azureus until the stubborn devs fix it.

Here here :D

Pirotess
13th March 2007, 08:30 PM
OmniOutliner
Delicious Library
Transmit
Growl
iScrobbler
iiUsage
iTunes
iChat
iPhoto
TextWrangler
Entourage
Excel:mac
Word:mac
Acquisition
SMCFanControl :p

I hate how bulky the Last.fm client for Mac is (at least it's improving), but I love what it does.

Crossplatform stuff:

Dreamweaver
Adobe Creative Suite/Photoshop CS3
Acrobat Professional
Painter IX.5/X

scottgrot
13th March 2007, 08:50 PM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned:

iView Media Pro. A fantastic app to catalog photos if you aren't too impressed by iPhoto.

Alpha. A text editor that I use alongside a few other apps to code html as well as TeX. I have tinkered with bbedit a few times, but always came back to Alpha. Actually, I don't use Alpha that much anymore because of TeXShop. Maybe its time to remove it from the dock. Ok, it's gone.

Activity Monitor; and

Memory Monitor sit open in my dock always. For want of better apps that monitor CPU and memory usage that is unobtrusive and elegant.

Quicksilver is amazing.

Saft -- plugin for Safari is a must too. Adblocking, and shortcuts I use all the time. Changing the tab order comes in handy.

Notification -- plugin for mail. If Mail is in the background it pops up with a window that shows you the new message. You can choose to mark it as read, delete the message, view the message, or cancel the window. Kinda cool.