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15th April 2008, 12:00 AM
When you boil it all down, the reason I use a Mac is because of the beautiful work of 3rd party developers. I want to know what 3rd party app (that is not made by Apple), do you just adore? You may not use it every day, you may not even have a use for it at all, but a program that when you see it, just reminds you why the Mac is the better platform ;)

I have a couple of apps I really like using, but I give enough of my 2c on here - I want to know what your favourites are!

15th April 2008, 12:04 AM
Skitch - One of the best Mac apps I've used.

15th April 2008, 12:04 AM
Skitch - One of the best Mac apps I've used.

Why is Skitch so cool? :)

15th April 2008, 12:10 AM
Why is Skitch so cool? :)

I thought my post was too short :p
Not sure what makes it so appealing to me, must be something to do with the clean interface or how it's just damn easy to use :)

15th April 2008, 12:16 AM
Second skitch, What make it so cool!? You take a screenshot them boom! Upload!

*complete ecstasy*

15th April 2008, 12:19 AM
adium. because it just looks so pretty.

15th April 2008, 12:24 AM
Parallels (not because I'm a windows fan, but because I can work on my Mac instead of having to have a separate notebook for MS project etc)

15th April 2008, 12:59 AM
Mac OS 8.6 Finder, which I still use daily. Elegant simplicity.

15th April 2008, 01:07 AM
Growl. It's so beautiful and useful. It really makes life easier.

The other one for me as a student is Schoolhouse. It really helps me to keep track of what I need to be doing and has my grades at a glance.

15th April 2008, 02:48 AM
I'm pretty boring. I'll say Cyberduck.

Cyberduck | FTP for Mac OS X. (http://www.cyberduck.ch)

Free SFTP. I like it. Not available on Windows, but when I'm on Windows, I use WinSCP/FileZilla (both good, but not as cute as CyberDuck's icon!). I use it every week/regularly. :)

Easy. Fast. Free.

15th April 2008, 05:53 AM
Bento (http://www.filemaker.com/bento/)-makes creating and using databases a breeze.

15th April 2008, 06:11 AM
I love Fugu, and AppZapper is a life saver!

15th April 2008, 06:49 AM
Overflow is great. Puts all my apps in categories making finding and launching a breeze :p

And a big Vote for Appzapper which gets rid of those other files (e.g. plist etc)

15th April 2008, 06:51 AM
I like my EyeTV.
Clean, simple and very intuitive.

15th April 2008, 07:41 AM
I love Visual Hub. So simple. So cheap. So good.

15th April 2008, 07:45 AM
Schoolhouse, VMware Fusion, NetNewsWire, Grapher, Pages, Keynote and FotoMagico would all be contenders for me :D

15th April 2008, 07:47 AM
Visual hub, Adium, Awaken, Transmission (so nice and lite) and to a smaller degree Transmit, because it looks beautiful, and is great to use.

15th April 2008, 08:33 AM
I've just started using iWeb and I am totally impressed, it makes webpages so easy. I would like to see a way of easily creating a custom template though.

15th April 2008, 08:37 AM
quicksilver --so easy to launch application

15th April 2008, 08:38 AM
Most fantastic chat application available.

So easy to watch, edit and record Live TV!

and although this isn't Mac-only, Adobe CS3 suite.
It just... works! It gets the job done, and fast!

15th April 2008, 08:50 AM
Skitch, NetNewsWire, TVShows, Coda and Forklift, all for the same reason: they take something I'd be doing anyway and make it much easier for me to do. And they do it beautifully to boot :)

15th April 2008, 09:27 AM
quicksilver --so easy to launch application

+1 for quicksilver. It is fantastic.

iTunes is also pretty good.

15th April 2008, 09:28 AM
oh, how could i forget...SPOTLIGHT!!!!

15th April 2008, 09:52 AM

15th April 2008, 10:03 AM
I want to know what 3rd party app (that is not made by Apple)

Mail, Spotlight, iTunes and the Finder are not 3rd party apps :p

15th April 2008, 10:05 AM
Firefox 3 Beta 5!

15th April 2008, 10:26 AM
Transmit and Quicksilver are my two basic cant-live-withouts, and my personal fave has to be SuperDuper.. could backups BE any easier?

15th April 2008, 10:39 AM
iClip, simple, hidden, there when I need it.

Growl and Adium, close runners-up!!

15th April 2008, 10:40 AM
Safari. The simplest, best looking web browser out there -- especially since I spend more time using it than anything else.

Oh, and Pages.

3rd party I would say Parallels 'cause I can test websites in IE (which I hate, but it must be done) without having to reboot.

15th April 2008, 10:53 AM
Mostly alphabetical order. Totally procrastination.

Work: Apple Remote Desktop (http://www.apple.com/remotedesktop/), CheetahWatch (http://m.ac.nz/cheetahwatch/), DiskWarrior (http://www.alsoft.com/DiskWarrior/index.html), FileMaker Pro (http://www.filemaker.com/products/fmp/index.html), FileSalvage (http://subrosasoft.com/OSXSoftware/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1), VPN Tracker (http://www.equinux.com/us/products/vpntracker/).

Home/Toys: Connect360 (http://www.nullriver.com/products/connect360)/MediaLink (http://www.nullriver.com/products/medialink), EyeTV (http://www.elgato.com/elgato/int/mainmenu/products/software/EyeTV-3/product1.en.html), Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr/), iScrobbler (http://www.last.fm/group/iScrobbler), LineIn (http://www.rogueamoeba.com/freebies), MacTheRipper (http://www.mactheripper.org/), Perian (http://perian.org/), Reader Notifier (http://troelsbay.eu/software/reader) (I had been using NetNewsWire (http://www.newsgator.com/Individuals/NetNewsWire/Default.aspx) for years until 2 week ago (http://twitter.com/Xenex/statuses/779446869)), SimplifyMedia (http://www.simplifymedia.com/), Transmission (http://www.transmissionbt.com/)/Clutch (http://clutchbt.com/), Twitterriffic (http://iconfactory.com/software/twitterrific), VLC (http://www.videolan.org/), VisualHub (http://www.techspansion.com/visualhub/).

Hacks I Can't Live Without: Chax (http://www.ksuther.com/chax/), PithHelmet (http://www.culater.net/software/PithHelmet/PithHelmet.php), Saft (http://haoli.dnsalias.com/Saft/index.html).

15th April 2008, 10:59 AM
My third party apps i am consistently using:

NetNewsWire 3: keeping up to date with latest news, blog posts and uploads.
Firefox 2: my favourite web browser.
Office 2004: plan and simple i use it to d word processing.
StuffIt 10.2: for opening and compressing all those files.
Pro Tools 7.1: this speaks for itself, for recording.

15th April 2008, 11:07 AM
Aperture, SuperDuper.


15th April 2008, 11:13 AM
I would have to say my favorites are...

Adium. It just works all the time, consistently, and so feature rich. (If it gets AV support then we're really talking :D )

Lightroom is another one. It really helps me organise and categorise everything, and is a great bit of software. Don't know what I did with my photos before.

15th April 2008, 11:14 AM
Actually, there's hardly anything that's Mac-only and not developed by Apple that I use. Probably none of it would rate in the "favourite" category.

Nearest I could think that fits the criteria at all would be Audacity. It's audio's equivalent to Graphic Converter, except it's free and it's WAY better in its field that GC is in its field. Yet it's not really Mac only because it's open source and therefore cross platform.

My unconditional fave is Garage Band. I actually prefer it to Logic, even for audio post. There's nothing as well designed, simple, yet as powerful in any field on any platform that I know of. If iMovie were half as good there'd be no Final Cut Express, and I boggle that there's a Logic Express.

15th April 2008, 11:48 AM
I want to know what 3rd party app (that is not made by Apple)

Mail, Spotlight, iTunes and the Finder are not 3rd party apps :p

In a way, you could almost argue that Bento isn't 3rd party either.

For me, I'd say Toast, VLC and Handbrake. Oh and I do realise that two of these are available on Windows.

15th April 2008, 11:51 AM
OmniWeb - Fantastic browser.

15th April 2008, 11:58 AM
EyeTV (http://www.elgato.com/elgato/int/mainmenu/products/software/EyeTV-3/product1.en.html)
Unison (http://www.panic.com/unison/)
iPhoneNotes (http://www.v1ru8.net/2008/03/23/new-iphonenotes-03/)

15th April 2008, 12:37 PM
Photoshop Elements

15th April 2008, 12:41 PM
Steermouse - an invisible and indispensable addition to every other piece of software that I use.

Faith Converter- It is visually very clunky but I love what it does - translates religious or philosophical text to a different belief system. Fun to translate biblical texts into Cargo Cult or veganism into Stalinism, and you never know when you might need to.

CandyBar - enables me to change any icons at all. I hate the adobe icons in particular and have changed them all to some by Marc Ryden

15th April 2008, 12:44 PM
Just one app right? (looks at previous posts)

I like Coda, just polished and smooth and nice. You feel better working...

15th April 2008, 01:13 PM
Default Folder (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/) - indispensable for when using open/save dialogues.
As for Overflow, it's been done (though not Leopard-style) by DragThing (http://www.dragthing.com/) which allows you to create your own docks.

15th April 2008, 01:29 PM
OK, so I cheated (http://twitter.com/Xenex/statuses/789249487).

Choosing just one, I'd choose DiskWarrior. It's not an app I use every single day. It's not the prettiest. It is not Web 2.0. It does not need Quartz Extreme. It does not bring teh shinies.

However, it does help fix sick Macs. From lowly iBooks to Xserves with dodgy RAID arrays, it's helped me/clients out of a bunch of bad situations.

It gets to stay in my Dock.

15th April 2008, 01:31 PM
Default Folder (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/) - indispensable for when using open/save dialogues.
How useful is Default Folder now that OS X 10.5 presents you with a complete Finder window, including the sidebar, in the open/save dialog boxes? Or have I completely missed the point of Default Folder?

15th April 2008, 02:01 PM
Skitch and NetNewsWire (that's 2 I know, I know) :)

15th April 2008, 02:05 PM
Mac OS 8.6 Finder, which I still use daily. Elegant simplicity.
Buy this man a beer.

15th April 2008, 02:09 PM
A lot of people are listing Utility software which I never thought of as Applications.

15th April 2008, 02:18 PM
WonderBoy, you make a good point.

I think I'm going to choose Twitterriffic (http://iconfactory.com/software/twitterrific). Very nicely designed, attractive, and works wonderfully (when Twitter (http://twitter.com/) is actually up).

What's not to love about one hundred and forty?

15th April 2008, 06:14 PM
Quicksilver, I also really like iVolume (http://www.mani.de/en/software/macosx/ivolume/index.html).

16th April 2008, 03:02 PM
My favourite apps, used every day:

NetNewsWire, Transmit, Flickr Uploadr, Growl, Delicious Library, Google Notifier, Transmission, TextWrangler, WriteRoom.

But to pick a favourite from them all... Probably NetNewsWire.

16th April 2008, 04:12 PM
Tranmission - I cannont live with my Channel BT :)

Deskshade - Brilliant little program :) Hides/locks the desktop and provides a log after unlocking showing if there has been any attempt to unlock/hack.

Handbrake - Ofcourse, it explains itself :)

and last but not least....

AppZapper - its so brilliant! I love the one click uninstalls :D kudos to the creator!

17th April 2008, 09:24 AM
Since getting an Apple TV and LCD for the bedroom I have been going nuts with Handbrake & Visual Hub. Together with transmission these would be my three most used "non-Apple" apps.

Recently discovered MetaX (http://www.kerstetter.net/page53/page54/page54.html) which has worked great for getting info and movie posters - a must for anyone with an Apple TV.

17th April 2008, 09:32 AM
hard to decide on ONE app..but I guess it'll have to be Logic Studio :O