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  1. #1

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    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 MessagingMailBrowsersVideo Players:Then generally: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.

    Thanks.
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    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

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    Apple X11, Fink and Fink Commander. Can't live without them.
    "Saying your operating system is the best because more people use it is like saying MacDonalds make the best food"

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    Instant Messaging
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    • MPlayerOSX. A clone of the popular media player MPlayer. Plays almost any format of video in excellent quality.mplayerosx.sourceforge.net/

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    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/
    27" iMac 2.66 ghz i5, iMac 20" 2.66ghz, MacBook Pro 13" 2ghz, iPad 2, iPod Touch 2G, iPod Touch 4G.

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    apps i install on every mac

    desktop manager <-- free virtual desktops
    http://wsmanager.sf.net

    Launchbar <-- Application launcher
    http://www.obdev.at/products/launchbar/

    Konfabulator <-- Widget program, very very easy to write a widget for anything with little or no experience
    http://www.konfabulator.com

    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
    http://homepage.mac.com/khsu/XShelf/XShelf.html

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

    jameso


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    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
    FFMPEG-X
    Mail
    Safari
    Appleworks
    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;"
    If it can be imagined, their is already porn based on it.

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    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?)

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    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.

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    Microsoft Office is an essential if you wish to communicate with THOSE h34r: 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.
    The Usual Suspect

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    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?


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    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;

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    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 :-)

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    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)

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    Apps I use frequently are:

    Mail
    Safari (I only use MS Explorer if Safari doesn&#39;t work)
    iPhoto
    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
    iSync
    Backup

    Have some smaller apps but I rarely use them.

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    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;
    I'd rather be posting from an Apple //c

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    [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?

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    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.
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    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.
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    i always seem to have these open in my Dock:

    Entourage
    Safari
    ICQ/MSN/Yahoo/iChat
    Toast
    iTunes
    Grab
    FontBook
    Terminal
    Network Utility
    MPlayer OSX
    Zippist (drag n drop zip files&#33
    SubEthaEdit <----THIS THING IS THE SHIZZ PEOPLE&#33;
    OmniGraffle
    World Clock Deluxe
    iCal
    Stickies
    Photoshop
    Illustrator
    word/excel

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

    CocaMySQL
    MacCvsX
    Server Admin
    Server Monitor
    Workgroup Manager
    Nefu
    Project Builder
    EOModeler
    IntelliJ IDEA
    Terminal (duh)
    Carbon Copy Cloner
    CronniX
    VNC
    Apple Remote Desktop

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