Macintosh: Most recommended software list?

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  1. ErichH

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    Over the years, I've found much shareware on the Mac is, for the most part yet another way to do something the system and many included apps already do very well (for the most part in sys X)
    This does not include the big apps like Phostshop, etc. With each major update to OSX, Apple seems to gobble up the little guys, or at least offer a better way to handle files in the most intuitive manner.
    That said, I do use Super Duper for the external SATA backup, Slides for a quick and simple Slide Show, MacPar, Mplayer & VLC. Phone Valet & Kensington Expert Mouse on the hardware side.
    Will Apple eat some of these alive in 10.5? With the exception of the Kensington, very possible.
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  2. Ronald Epstein

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    After 4 months since switching to Mac, I would like to talk
    about many of my favorite software programs that I use on
    a daily basis. Many have been mentioned in this thread already
    (and some have not), but these are the programs that bring me
    the most pleasure.
    Spamsieve:
    This is the most remarkable software program I own. Since my email
    address is all over the Internet, I receive in excess of 200 spam mails
    per day. When I was a PC user I used software called Mailwasher
    (also available on Mac) that essentially did a preview download of all
    my mail and then let me pick and choose which I wanted to keep and
    discard. Not a bad program, mind you, but Spamsieve makes
    the entire ordeal much easier and less time consuming. It's essentially
    a plug-in for Apple Mail, Entourage and other email apps. For the first
    few days you train Spamsieve what constitutes GOOD MAIL
    and SPAM. Almost immediately, you'll find that your GOOD mail goes
    directly to your Inbox while the SPAM goes into a designated folder that
    you can review. At this point, I can download 200 emails and none of
    them are improperly flagged. It's a highly effective weapon against
    spam mail. ($30)
    SnapzPro:
    A very pricey screen grabber program until you realize that it doesn't just
    capture still images, but moving ones as well. You can capture and save
    DVD footage or web animation. ($69)
    Snapndrag:
    This piece of software has just become FREEWARE and is a highly effective
    screen capture program that will take a snapshot of your entire desktop,
    an open window or scalable information. Works great! (FREE)
    Fetch:
    I love this FTP program for the fact that I can quickly upload any file
    to our server by dragging off of the desktop and into a window. The
    only problem I have with this program is trying to figure out how to
    do select file batch uploads. ($25)
    Transmit:
    Another highly rated FTP client that looks and acts very much like those
    you may have worked with on Windows XP. The interface is easy to
    understand and it has batch upload capability, though I often have had
    problems doing such uploads. ($30)
    TextWrangler:
    Hurry up and replace your dull text editor with this program which has far
    more functionality. Really nice text edit replacement and the price is right too! (FREE)
    Typewriter Keyboard:
    When I had a PC I installed a piece of software that made my keyboard
    sound like a typewriter. It's amazing how much I missed that sensation
    when I moved on over to Mac. Fortunately, I found this program that
    when installed, makes sounds as if I was using a Smith Corona. ($25)
    SuperDuper:
    Look no further for the absolute best backup program for Mac. The software
    is highly intuitive making it extremely easy for novices. Even their
    Customer Support is first-rate as I have received prompt email replies
    from their techs whenever I had a question. ($28)
    Appzapper:
    From what I understand, this application does a more thorough
    job of uninstalling software from OS X. Once you launch this software,
    you drag the program you wish to uninstall into its window. At that
    point you are shown all references to that program within your system.
    With a single click -- POOF! --- your software is uninstalled! ($13)
    TOAST:
    Just a fantastic CD and DVD burning program. Easy to use and to date,
    absolutely foolproof! ($80)
    Adium:
    Terrific companion to iChat. This universal chat client supports
    ICQ, MSN, AIM, YAHOO and many others. The interface is much
    cooler than iChat, but the drawback is that it does not support
    videoconferencing. (FREE)
    Colloquy:
    I think I found the the perfect IRC replacement for Mirc. The
    interface is more polished as well. Price is perfect! (FREE)
    DVDPedia:
    Though it falls short of DVD PROFILER, this still stands as excellent
    software to catalog your entire DVD library. Best part is, if you are
    a PC owner just migrating over to Mac, this software will enable you
    to successfully upload your entire collection from DVD PROFILER. ($18)
    Notemind:
    Nice program for jotting down notes, creating to-do or shopping lists. ($20)
    Letterbox:
    This is a superb plug-in for Apple Mail that redesigns the layout so that there
    are now three vertical columns of information. Perfect for those like myself
    with a widescreen monitor (FREE)
    DragThing:
    When I owned a PC I had a program called Object Dock that allowed me
    to categorize my favorite programs in a tabbed dock for quick access. Well,
    the same thing is available for Mac. In addition to my standard OS X dock,
    I have drawers that slide in and out from the sides of my screen that are
    labeled as UTILITIES, GAMES, GRAPHICS, Etc. Each drawer holds a group
    of program icons that I can readily access. Really cool app! ($29)
     
  3. Carlo Medina

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    Nice list, Ron. Glad to see the Mac experience still seems to be going well for you!
    Just out of curiosity, what does Notemind give you that the included Stickies program doesn't?
    Thanks!
     
  4. Ronald Epstein

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    Notemind is one continuous list separated by categories. This makes
    it easy to jot down notes, make shopping lists, etc. without putting
    "stickies" all over the place.
    The problem I have with Mac "stickies" is that they won't stay on my
    desktop during each bootup. In other words, I place a sticky on my
    desktop and by the time I reboot it's gone. Shouldn't they stick?!
     
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    I would recommend quicksilver, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quicksilver_(software). It allows you to search quickly and easily and do various other things like launch programs, browse your disk/itunes library, get word definitions, etc all using your keyboard. I just started using it the other day and it has really sped up how I use my mac.
     
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    Many people just use the Ol' Connect To Server - right in the Go Menu. Basic FTP built in.
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  7. Ted Todorov

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    Hi Ron,
    The way to make stickies (or any other application) show up on bootup is to go to System Preferences: Accounts: Login Items and add Stickies (or you app of choice) to the Login Items list.
     
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    Ted,
    Oh #$&! I forgot about that! Of course!
     
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    Just put in CS3. Really nice. I only use Photoshop, Illustrator & Acrobat Pro.
    Speed difference between CS2 and CS3 is impressive.
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    connect to server?
    go menu?
    were is the go menu
     
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    2 notches to the left of help when the finder is forward, or 5 to the right from the apple.
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    Damn. The things you don't even realize are there. Still, I'm kind of hooked on Transmit.
    I'll just toss in another recommend for SuperDuper. I used CCC and had problems when I had to restore. SD seems to get all the permissions perfect. Plus, it is possible to tell CCC to fix permissions on non-OSX boot drives, which causes all sorts of problems.
     
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    Transmit has a nice interface. Many moons ago it was Fetch. Apple Remote Access is overload for ftp, but a great replacement for TimbukTu if you need admin control over lan/wan.
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    Ron are you using the Mac to do any HTPC stuff? I've been using DVD Pedia's ability to Link a file to a Movie Selection so that you can launch it with VLC. I'm wondering if you're doing anything similar?
     
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    Dave,
    That's far beyond my expertise [​IMG]
    It sounds easy, but no, to date I have found no need.
     
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    Ron, you right click the DVD , click Edit, then Advanced, it will have a link button to link a Vid file, Iso etc, then when you are in full screen mode a left arrow button will appear when you click on a title with a linked file, clicking on it will play the file.
     
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    Remote Buddy (60 day trial $13)- Allows you to control almost everything with a remote, essential app. for HTPC use.
    http://www.iospirit.com/index.php?mo...roup&obj_id=23
    Delibar (free) - this is an extension app. that works in the menu bar. It allows you to have a bookmark drop down for del.icio.us http://del.icio.us/ web based bookmarking. If your tired of juggling bookmark between multiple machines this is the answer. Yeah if you have a .mac account you can share bookmarks that way but this free. http://www.shinyfrog.net/it/software/delibar/
    Candy Bar (free trail, $12.99) Default system icons are boring! Easily change any icon including system icons. http://www.panic.com/candybar/
    Icon Factory - Lots of free icons including sets that come as iContainers which Candy Bar utilizes. http://iconfactory.com/freeware/icontainer
    InterfaceLift - More free icons and gorgeous hi-rez desktop pics. http://interfacelift.com/
    -EJ
     
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    Can anyone recommend an antivirus program for Mac? I've checked out Macworld which back in 2005 recommended Virus Barrier by Intigo but that review is old and the product is $60.
    And firewall? I'm assuming there is a need for a firewall as well?
    I should state that I'm about as anti-Norton as one could possibly be so should be asking for recommendations other than Norton....
     
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    I've always just relied in OSX's built in firewall protection. As far as antivirus software I've heard and read a lot of good things about http://www.clamxav.com/ and it's free to boot!
    -EJ
     

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