The Official Recurring "What Apps Do YOU Use" Thread

in Mac Software edited January 2014
Well, I know these keep coming back, but I haven't seen one in quite a while, and with all the new applications coming out lately I thought it might be a good time to repopulate the list. Who knows, maybe this one will actually get that sticky we've all been waiting for.

The goal is to put up the best, most eloquently designed applications you use on a daily basis. Be they freeware games or full fledged production suites. As always, try not to post an app that someone else already has. Let's keep the thread clean.

Adium - Currently the best and most popular IM client for OS X. Supports most major IM services. (AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk, MyspaceIM, etc...) Video Chat support coming soon.

Quicksilver - I'm not sure how exactly to describe this. It can be used as an app launcher, but it's so much more. Give it a try.

Growl - System notification alerts. This will alert you with an onscreen pop-up when you've been IM'd, when iTunes changes a track, and when you get new mail. Very handy to have.

iScrobbler - A toned down, not-so-bloated version of the Last.FM program. Last.FM is a website where all the music you listen to can be uploaded, tracked, and have music recommended to you.

Celestia - Realistic 3D model of currently charted space. 3D accelerated graphics card required.

VLC - Currently the best video player on OS X. Supports all the video formats that Quicktime Player doesn't.

Handbrake - Freeware DVD ripper. Finally you can just keep all your movies on your hard drive.

Textmate - Free text and coding alternative to BBEdit.

iStat Pro - Dashboard widget that tracks your computer's temps, processes, and uptimes.


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    sequitursequitur Posts: 1,910member
    One Finger Snap is a Preference Pane that brings up the contextual menu whenever you click and hold down the mouse button. This means that you can do everything with a single-button mouse that you can do with a 2-button mouse. But I already have a 7-button, wireless mouse with a scroll wheel:

    Oh, you ubergeek you. One Finger Snap can still help you. Wouldn't it be nice to have just one more button? Turn on One Finger Snap, and you no longer need that right mouse button for the contextual menu. Now you can reassign it to something more useful (like sshing your web browser, or opening AppKiDo, or reading


    WindowDragon was created because it is often inconvenient to click on a window's title bar or resize button to move and resize windows. WindowDragon allows a window's entire structure to be used as move or resize zone. In other words, WindowDragon makes it possible to move or resize a window by clicking anywhere within that window. Additionally, WindowDragon allows you to resize a window in any direction, and it allows you to drag all of an application's windows in tandem.

    MilkyWay is an image preview application that you can use instead of, or to complement, the Finders small offering. Highly customizable and available on-demand, or automatically when you select any image, MilkyWay will make it a snap to see inside a few images without having to resort to an image browsing application.

    Cocktail is an award winning general purpose utility for Mac OS X. It is a smooth and powerful digital toolset with a variety of practical features that simplifies the use of advanced UNIX functions and helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world to get the most out of their computers.

    CopyPaste-X started as a shareware product that answered the need to be able to cut, copy and paste multiple things at a time, and it grew from there. This economical solution to facilitating transfer of text and graphics between different programs is arguably what Apple themselves should have evolved the copy paste feature to be after this many years. Quite simply, CopyPaste-X takes the Apple provided clipboard, which allows movement of text and graphics from one application to another, and expands its usefulness by allowing someone to create multiple clipboards. This enables use of the clipboard according to the individual needs of various programs. CopyPaste-X allows you to name the clipboards, and they will be saved through a reboot. $30.00

    Mail Forward allows you to forward mail from AOL, Gmail, Hotmail, MSN, Netscape, and Yahoo web mail accounts to any e-mail address. Standard POP and IMAP e-mail accounts can also be forwarded. $20

    Monolingual is a program for removing unnecessary language resources from Mac OS X, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space.

    PLUS: Useful Cleaning Applications;s_Hard_Drive
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    Nisus Writer Pro

    MW Word 2004

    Papyrus, page layout for excellent book-level work

    Ragtime, a high end suite that I am just beginning to use

    Macsword, free Bible study software - until I can afford Accordance.
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    kishankishan Posts: 732member
    PixelMator - Loving it more and more as an accessible alternative to photoshop.

    Papers - For anyone who needs to keep track of any science or medicine related journal collection.

    MacTheRipper - Best used in combination with:

    HandBrake - A copy should ship will all AppleTVs.

    Transmission - Lightweight and very effective BitTorrent client.

    IEatBrainz - Great way to add metadata to songs in iTunes.

    Of course there are the iLife '08 and iWork '08 suites.
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    idunnoidunno Posts: 645member
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    Originally Posted by sequitur View Post

    Monolingual is a program for removing unnecessary language resources from Mac OS X, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space.

    PLUS: Useful Cleaning Applications;s_Hard_Drive

    MONOLINGUAL DISCLAIMER: Be very careful using this program!

    it does it's job almost too well sometimes. It removes the portion of universal binaries that your computer doesn't use... or at least it thinks it doesn't use. For programs that use Rosetta (Ex. All Microsoft Office applications), this completely messes everything up and can't be fixed without a deal of trouble. I used this program and ended up having to reinstall my OS from scratch... no archive and install. I had no external drive at that time as I was a poor college student (still am, but ya know), and it was a pain to find one to backup all my precious data. It is a good program that can save you precious space, but use it carefully!
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    ak1808ak1808 Posts: 108member
    I find "The Unarchiver" much better than UnRarX, and Transmission is a great free alternative to Xtorrent.

    I also prefer Perian for media playback over VLC, because it allows you to watch a DivX file in Front Row.

    Skype is my favorite IM and beats Adium in "OS-X-ness".
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