Assembling my OSX tool chest

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in Mac OS X edited January 2014
I've been switched back to OS9 for the most part these last few months, but I'm starting to slide back over to OSX, especially on my new iBook.



I'd be curious to see people list their preferred OSX software apps, their "tool chest" for various functions. Maybe it would be instructive to see others reply to this.... maybe it would reveal some helpful new software some of us have missed.



So if you're interested, let's fill out the following list of preferred apps. Feel free to paste my blank list into your reply, and/or to add program types I don't list here. And of course also feel free to make comments about apps you feel especially happy about (or unhappy too, I guess).



>>>INTERNET<<<

web browser -

email -

ftp -

html editor -

telnet/ssh client -



>>>TEXT/DOCUMENT<<<

text editor -

word processor -

document design/publishing -

PDF viewer -



>>>MULTIMEDIA<<<

mp3 encoder/ripper -

mp3 player -

avi player -

mpg player -

mov player -

real audio/video player -

video editor -

cd burner (audio) -

cd burner (data) -



>>>SYSTEM/UTILITY<<<

themes editor -

preferred theme -

app launcher -

file browser -

file decompression -



*******************



So, here's MY list:



>>>INTERNET<<<

web browser - MS Internet Explorer 5.1

email - mail.app

ftp - ???

html editor - BBEdit

telnet/ssh client - terminal



>>>TEXT/DOCUMENT<<<

text editor - BBEdit

word processor - BBEdit

document design/publishing - Quark (classic)

PDF viewer - preview



>>>MULTIMEDIA<<<

mp3 encoder/ripper - iTunes

mp3 player - iTunes

avi player - ???

mpg player - ???

mov player - ???

real audio/video player - ???

video editor - iMovie 2

cd burner (audio) - iTunes

cd burner (data) - ???



>>>SYSTEM/UTILITY<<<

themes editor - ???

preferred theme - aqua or sosumi

app launcher - finder

file browser - finder

file decompression - stuffit expander

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  • ghost_user_nameghost_user_name Posts: 22,667member
    Here are some of mine:



    web browser - OmniWeb 4.1

    ftp - Transmit

    html editor - TextEdit

    telnet/ssh client - Terminal

    mp3 encoder/ripper - iTunes 2

    mp3 player - iTunes 2

    avi player - Media Player

    mpg player - QuickTime, sometimes Media Player

    mov player - Quicktime

    real audio/video player - not on my Mac!!

    video editor - Final Cut Pro 3 Yeah baby!

    cd burner (audio) - Toast 5.1 P2

    cd burner (data) - Toast 5.1 P2



    And don't forget the all-powerful "Swiss army knife" of graphic programs:

    <a href="http://www.lemkesoft.de/us_gcabout.html"; target="_blank">GraphicConverter</a>!!! :cool: It's earned a permanent spot in my dock since Day One. This sweet proggie imports about 145 graphic file formats and exports about 45 graphic file formats and performs all sorts of batch operations too.



    [ 12-05-2001: Message edited by: starfleetX ]</p>
  • nonhumannonhuman Posts: 131member
    &gt;&gt;&gt;INTERNET&lt;&lt;&lt;

    web browser - OmniWeb 4.1sp10 (when 4.1 is realeased I'm going to buy it, my first time buying a browser)

    email - Mail.app (it's not perfect, but it suits my needs)

    ftp - Interarchy

    html editor - n/a

    telnet/ssh client - Terminal.app



    &gt;&gt;&gt;TEXT/DOCUMENT&lt;&lt;&lt;

    text editor - TextEdit (sometime Pico, depending on circumstances)

    word processor - n/a (if I need one I'll dl Word)

    document design/publishing - n/a

    PDF viewer - Preview.app



    &gt;&gt;&gt;MULTIMEDIA&lt;&lt;&lt;

    mp3 encoder/ripper - iTunes (until N2MP3 is out)

    mp3 player - iTunes or mpg123

    avi player - QuickTime (ffmpeg + AVI2MOV if req.)

    mpg player - QuickTime

    mov player - QuickTime

    real audio/video player - none

    video editor - iMovie

    cd burner (audio) - Finder/iTunes

    cd burner (data) - Finder (or whatever it's called)



    &gt;&gt;&gt;SYSTEM/UTILITY&lt;&lt;&lt;

    themes editor - n/a

    preferred theme - Circular Blue Widgets (the only thing about aqua that bothers me is the damned traffic lights)

    app launcher - LaunchBar

    file browser - Finder... (column view mostly)

    file decompression - StuffitExpander
  • low-filow-fi Posts: 357member
    &gt;&gt;&gt;INTERNET&lt;&lt;&lt;

    web browser - Internet Exploder 5.1

    email - Entourage

    ftp - Interachy

    html editor - N/A

    telnet/ssh client - Terminal



    &gt;&gt;&gt;TEXT/DOCUMENT&lt;&lt;&lt;

    text editor - TextEdit

    word processor - M$ Word

    document design/publishing - N/A

    PDF viewer - Acrobat



    &gt;&gt;&gt;MULTIMEDIA&lt;&lt;&lt;

    mp3 encoder/ripper - iTunes

    mp3 player - iTunes

    avi player - n/a

    mpg player - Quicktime

    mov player - ditto

    real audio/video player - n/a

    video editor - iMovie

    cd burner (audio) - iTunes

    cd burner (data) - Roxio Toast 5.1



    &gt;&gt;&gt;SYSTEM/UTILITY&lt;&lt;&lt;

    themes editor - N/A

    preferred theme - n/a

    app launcher - Finder/Dock

    file browser - Finder/Dock
  • hekalhekal Posts: 117member
    Browser: Omni/IE combo

    Email: Mail

    FTP: CLI

    HTML Editor: N/A

    Telnet/SSH: CLI



    Text Editor: TextEdit

    WordProcessor: AppleWorks OS X

    Document Design/Publishing: N/A

    PDF Viewer: Adobe Acrobat Reader (comes in 10.1)



    MP3 (All): iTunes

    AVI/MPG/MOV viewer: QT

    Video Editor: N/A

    CD Burner (audio): OS X 10.1

    CD Burner (data): Toast



    Themes editor: Lame, never used in pre-OS X, won't now.

    Preferred theme: default

    app launcher: Snard

    File browser: Finder.app

    Decompression: StuffIt Expander



    [quote]Originally posted by sizzle chest:

    <strong>I've been switched back to OS9 for the most part these last few months, but I'm starting to slide back over to OSX, especially on my new iBook.



    I'd be curious to see people list their preferred OSX software apps, their "tool chest" for various functions. Maybe it would be instructive to see others reply to this.... maybe it would reveal some helpful new software some of us have missed.



    So if you're interested, let's fill out the following list of preferred apps. Feel free to paste my blank list into your reply, and/or to add program types I don't list here. And of course also feel free to make comments about apps you feel especially happy about (or unhappy too, I guess).



    &gt;&gt;&gt;INTERNET&lt;&lt;&lt;

    web browser -

    email -

    ftp -

    html editor -

    telnet/ssh client -



    &gt;&gt;&gt;TEXT/DOCUMENT&lt;&lt;&lt;

    text editor -

    word processor -

    document design/publishing -

    PDF viewer -



    &gt;&gt;&gt;MULTIMEDIA&lt;&lt;&lt;

    mp3 encoder/ripper -

    mp3 player -

    avi player -

    mpg player -

    mov player -

    real audio/video player -

    video editor -

    cd burner (audio) -

    cd burner (data) -



    &gt;&gt;&gt;SYSTEM/UTILITY&lt;&lt;&lt;

    themes editor -

    preferred theme -

    app launcher -

    file browser -

    file decompression -



    *******************



    So, here's MY list:



    &gt;&gt;&gt;INTERNET&lt;&lt;&lt;

    web browser - MS Internet Explorer 5.1

    email - mail.app

    ftp - ???

    html editor - BBEdit

    telnet/ssh client - terminal



    &gt;&gt;&gt;TEXT/DOCUMENT&lt;&lt;&lt;

    text editor - BBEdit

    word processor - BBEdit

    document design/publishing - Quark (classic)

    PDF viewer - preview



    &gt;&gt;&gt;MULTIMEDIA&lt;&lt;&lt;

    mp3 encoder/ripper - iTunes

    mp3 player - iTunes

    avi player - ???

    mpg player - ???

    mov player - ???

    real audio/video player - ???

    video editor - iMovie 2

    cd burner (audio) - iTunes

    cd burner (data) - ???



    &gt;&gt;&gt;SYSTEM/UTILITY&lt;&lt;&lt;

    themes editor - ???

    preferred theme - aqua or sosumi

    app launcher - finder

    file browser - finder

    file decompression - stuffit expander</strong><hr></blockquote>
  • ghost_user_nameghost_user_name Posts: 22,667member
    Let's not forget the world's greatest screen capture app:



    Snapz Pro X!! :cool:



    (plug plug)
  • gordygordy Posts: 931member
    &gt;&gt;&gt;INTERNET&lt;&lt;&lt;

    web browser - Omniweb / IE5

    email - Mail.app / Omniweb

    ftp - Omniweb / IE

    html editor - BBEdit Lite

    telnet/ssh client - ?



    &gt;&gt;&gt;TEXT/DOCUMENT&lt;&lt;&lt;

    text editor - TextEdit / BBEdit Lite

    word processor - AppleWorks / WordPerfect (I can't help myself)

    document design/publishing - Photoshop Elements / Graphic Convertor

    PDF viewer - Acrobat Reader / Preview



    &gt;&gt;&gt;MULTIMEDIA&lt;&lt;&lt;

    mp3 encoder/ripper - iTunes

    mp3 player - iTunes

    avi player - QuickTime Player

    mpg player - QuickTime Player

    mov player - QuickTime Player

    real audio/video player - none

    video editor - iMovie / QuickTime Player

    cd burner (audio) - Toast / iTunes

    cd burner (data) - Toast



    &gt;&gt;&gt;SYSTEM/UTILITY&lt;&lt;&lt;

    themes editor - none

    preferred theme - Godiva

    app launcher - Dock

    file browser - Finder

    file decompression - Stuffit Expander / OpenUp



    Hey, that was easy...
  • arakageetaarakageeta Posts: 141member
    &gt;&gt;&gt;INTERNET&lt;&lt;&lt;

    web browser - IE 5.1

    email - Mail.app and PINE

    ftp - Terminal.app

    html editor - GoLive via Classic

    telnet/ssh client - Terminal.app



    &gt;&gt;&gt;TEXT/DOCUMENT&lt;&lt;&lt;

    text editor - BBEdit and PICO

    word processor - Office

    document design/publishing - PageMaker & via classic

    PDF viewer - Acrobat



    &gt;&gt;&gt;MULTIMEDIA&lt;&lt;&lt;

    mp3 encoder/ripper - iTunes

    mp3 player - iTunes

    avi player - QT

    mpg player - QT

    mov player - QT

    real audio/video player - ...reboot... (Cisco VPN issues in classic)

    video editor - iMove



    &gt;&gt;&gt;SYSTEM/UTILITY&lt;&lt;&lt;

    app launcher - Finder

    file browser - Finder

    file decompression - Stuffit

    reser - ResEdit -- ALWAYS.





    I skip burning since I don't have a burner. However I noticed you have ??? for data burning. OS X can do this through the Finder like on OS 9-- may be only a 10.1 feature.
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