Question: Top 10 utilities/software/games for osX

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
As a newbie i want to find out what the best programs available are,

so for all those using os x



What are your top 10



games?

utilities/programs?

shareware/freeware?

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 16
    keyboardf12keyboardf12 Posts: 1,379member
    i love maxmenus and default folder. they are a wee bit pricey but looking over my productivy over the past year, they have easily paid for themselves.they used to have a bundle price though.



    check versiontracker.com for both
  • Reply 2 of 16
    serranoserrano Posts: 1,806member
    In no particular order...



    OSXVNC, Acquisition, iTunes, Warbirds III, On My Command, KisMAC, Frongblast, MPlayer OSX 2, VLC, ettercap
  • Reply 3 of 16
    rampancyrampancy Posts: 363member
    -Games:

    EV: Nova

    Fallout

    Fallout 2

    Icewind Dale

    Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn

    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

    Marathon to Aleph One

    Starcraft/Brood War



    -Utilities:

    DiskTracker

    Cocktail

    X Resource Graph

    Son of Weather Grok

    DiskWarrior 2.1
  • Reply 4 of 16
    ibrowseibrowse Posts: 1,749member
    • Cocktail

    • Adium/iChat/Proteus/Fire

    • A-Dock/Workstrip X (if you have any need for another Dock)

    • BatChmod

    • Graphic Converter (if you need anything for images but can't afford PhotoShop)

    • Definately drop IE and get either OmniWeb, Safari, or Camino

    • Transmit (if you have any need for FTP beyond Finder's handicapped abilities)

    • If you're willing to/want to venture into terminals and *nix-y stuff get X11 from Apple's site.

  • Reply 5 of 16
    junkyard dawgjunkyard dawg Posts: 2,801member
    10 utilities. * denotes freeware.



    In no particular order:



    Cocktail*--Mutlifunction system utility.

    Carbon Copy Cloner*--Disk and volume cloner.

    Show Desktop*--Dock icon that hides everything to show desktop.

    NetMonitor--Graphs internet connection activity in menubar.

    ----MenuMeters*--Same function as NetMonitor but less polished.

    Dockjecktor*--Right click icon in dock to eject any mounted volume.

    R-Name*--Renames items in Finder.

    Kudown*--Schedule shutdowns, sleep.

    iGetter--Download manager w/hang-up and shutdown options.

    X-Tunes*--Hotkey-activated iTunes controller.

    Ultralingua--A dictionary, no computer is complete without one.
  • Reply 6 of 16
    lemon bon bonlemon bon bon Posts: 2,383member
    Games? Check out the classic Marathon games. In fact, do they still sell the special pack of all three games plus level editor and community levels disk?



    I've still got mine. I haven't tried running it in classic though...



    Lemon Bon Bon
  • Reply 7 of 16
    torifiletorifile Posts: 4,024member
    LaunchBar

    PTH iTunesNotifier

    OmniOutliner

    iCal

    Addressbook

    Drag-'n-tooth (Palm TT bluetooth app)

    Safari

    iTunes

    Meteorologist
  • Reply 8 of 16
    doctorgonzodoctorgonzo Posts: 529member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by rampancy

    -Games:

    EV: Nova

    Fallout 2




    CANNOT BE EMPHASIZED ENOUGH



    Oh and Uplink is pretty good, too.
  • Reply 10 of 16
    Originally posted by rampancy

    -Games:

    EV: Nova

    Fallout 2





    so whats EV:nova? never heard of that (despite having looked around at the games for macs i could find online)

    and what does the EV stand for, because if i knew then i could find it better by full title.



    fallout 1 and 2 i've heard of, but is it necessary to play them in order? just wondering since its hard to get fallout 1 in the uk as far as i have seen
  • Reply 11 of 16
    doctorgonzodoctorgonzo Posts: 529member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by missyvortexdv

    Originally posted by rampancy

    -Games:

    EV: Nova

    Fallout 2





    so whats EV:nova? never heard of that (despite having looked around at the games for macs i could find online)

    and what does the EV stand for, because if i knew then i could find it better by full title.



    fallout 1 and 2 i've heard of, but is it necessary to play them in order? just wondering since its hard to get fallout 1 in the uk as far as i have seen




    EV: Nova = Escape Velocity Nova. It's the latest in a legendary series of games dating back 7 years. (Ouch, it's been that long already?)



    You really should play Fallout 1 before Fallout 2, but if you can't you won't be too lost. Just read a synopsis of F1 and watch the entire opening movie in Fallout 2 and you should be fine.



    Fallout 2 is hideously addictive, just so you know.
  • Reply 12 of 16
    koffedrnkrkoffedrnkr Posts: 170member
    here are mine...in no particular order



    1 ) aquisition - first rate P2P gnutella client

    2 ) konfabulator - run free widgets to do just about anything

    3 ) macjanitor - run OSX's built in maintenance with an easy GUI

    4 ) clutter - it controls itunes, get cover art, organizes music & more

    5 ) silverkeeper - free and decent backup app from lacie

    6 ) pacifist - extract individual apps from PKG files (like apple disks)

    7 ) tranquility - bizarre and addictive mac game...like nothing else

    8 ) bejeweled - next to tetris, the most addictive game ever

    9) watson - for doing lots of web things really well

    10 ) inotepad - notepad on steroids...locks, encryption, searching etc.
  • Reply 13 of 16
    costiquecostique Posts: 1,084member
    Sorry for weird items in the list:

    1. Finder

    2. Project Builder

    3. Cocoa Browser

    4. Menu Meters

    5. Disk Copy

    6. Mail

    7. Terminal

    8. StuffIt Deluxe

    9. Safari

    10. Hydra



    (in no particular order)
  • Reply 14 of 16
    banchobancho Posts: 1,517member
    One of my favorites which I haven't noticed mentioned is OmniGraffle. This is a kick ass diagramming program.
  • Reply 15 of 16
    foadfoad Posts: 703member
    -DefaultFolder X (File Dialog Box Functionality)

    -LiteSwitch X (Application Switcher)

    -Fruitmenu (Customize OS X Menus)

    -Firewalk (Firewall)

    -Little Snitch (Application Firewall....alerts you when a application is trying to call hom)

    -Extensis Suitcase (Font Management)

    -Proteus (Chat)

    -Transmit (FTP)

    -XSee (Image Browser)



    And lately I have been messing with PathFinder which is so far seeming pretty cool. Hope the FInder gets a upgrade in Pather.



    PS...sorry for not noticing this thread Brad.
  • Reply 16 of 16
    headyheady Posts: 18member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Lemon Bon Bon

    Games? Check out the classic Marathon games. In fact, do they still sell the special pack of all three games plus level editor and community levels disk?



    I've still got mine. I haven't tried running it in classic though...




    Of course, whether Marathon runs in Classic is irrelevant, as we have Aleph One :-) Just drop the Aleph One application into your Marathon 2 or Infinity folder, and there you are, shooting Pfhor in 1024 x 768 OpenGL goodness.



    If you miss the original Marathon, just download M1A1, the Marathon 1 remake for Aleph One. Again, just drop the Aleph One application into your M1A1 folder.



    The best part is that Aleph One is now playable over the Internet, provided you have a broadband connection. For that you need the newest build from SourceForge (it hasn't been posted yet to the official Aleph One website, so make sure you get the the May 30th build or later from SourceForge). To find players, try the "Aleph One" AIM chatroom.



    And while we're on the topic of oldschool Bungie games, why not dig up that Myth II CD and try the newly released Myth 1.4 update which brings such niceties as Mac OS X support and OpenGL hardware acceleration to one of the finest RTS games.



    -Heady
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