Some useful OSX Applications
Besides the iLife Suite, here are some applications I’ve found useful lately. Here they are. I will update this in the next few days.
These apps I just can’t live without (in no particular order):
- Spanning Sync.- Syncs your Google Calendars and iCal. $25 per year, or one-time $65.
- Ecto.- If you do a lot of bloging, you can use TextMate as I have mentioned before, or you can just use a blogging app. This is a good one. $17.49
- Notebook by Circus Ponies.- A good outliner that also lets you bring in disparate information from the web, link files, etcetera. $49.99
- Adium.- The instant messenger client for OSX that is multiprotocol and open source. Free.
- Coda.- An excellent web development app for PHP types. $79
- Fluid.- A lot of us use a lot of different web applications. This lets you make a site-specific browser that only runs on this application. Free.
- Free Ruler.- A simple screen ruler. Simple, efficient. Free.
- iShowU.- Records anything going on on your screen into a movie. Excellent for showing “why things aren’t working”.
- OfficeTime .- Tracks your time by project. Useful for accurate time accounting. $47.00
- VLC.- A video player that does it all. Because life is too short to worry about video codecs. Free.
- VMware Fusion.- Virtual Machine. Run any intel OS on your Mac. $79.99
- iWork.- If you don’t have giant excel files with Macros and you don’t live by the MS Office suite, this is very good. I don’t have office on this machine anymore and I don’t miss it. $79
- MacPorts.- Requires the OSX development tools installed. If you are a Linux, Unix or BSD switcher, get this to maintain your more unix-y software. SVN, Git, colordiff, languages. Basically the whole ports tree ported over, plus a lot of Mac-specific stuff. Free and Open Source.
Here are others that I have been playing with, which you may find useful or interesting:
- Journler.- Kind of interesting, journaling software. Lets you keep a journal and add video/audio to it. Some todo type features. $34.