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post #1 of 8
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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
post #2 of 8
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>
post #3 of 8
&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
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post #4 of 8
&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
post #5 of 8
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>
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post #6 of 8
Let's not forget the world's greatest screen capture app:

Snapz Pro X!! :cool:

(plug plug)
post #7 of 8
&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...
post #8 of 8
&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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