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Sneddo 
16/5/07 1:13:35 PM
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Something I thought of last night while compiling a list of applications for a friend who just got his own Mac, I thought it would be useful if we all share our thoughts on the "must have" software. This was one of the most frustrating things when I first switched, having to find alternatives to software you take for granted on Windows.

For the sake of keeping things simple, I've only included applications that do not ship with OS X.

So to get us started...

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Edit: I've moved this list to an external site to make it easier to update.

It is up here now: http://mac.sneddo.net/

I'll improve it a bit when I get a chance, and I'm not at work :P




Got a better application than those listed above? Got something that should be on the list (and there will be lots, that was just what popped into my head!), post them up and I'll add them to the list :)


Edited by Sneddo: 17/5/2007 3:54:12 PM

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Linux_Inside V2 
16/5/07 3:36:45 PM
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Video Player
MPlayerOSX - http://www.mplayerhq.hu

Misc
MacMAME
http://www.macmame.org

CocoaMYSQL - Excellent graphical MYSQL Client
http://cocoamysql.sourceforge.net/

Filesharing
ShakesPeer - DirectConnect client
http://shakespeer.bzero.se/

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orinjuse 
16/5/07 5:18:17 PM
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Media Players:

Flip4mac: free
http://www.flip4mac.com/
A little doohickey that lets Quicktime play Windows Media files natively. Handy, easy solution.

Desktop stuff:

Quicksilver: free
http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/
Does lots of handy things, like opening programmes, files, searching, manipulating files etc with a host of shortcuts. You don't know how useful it can be until you install it.

VirtueDesktops: free
http://virtuedesktops.info/
Virtual desktop manager. Lots of features, works very smoothly and is sexy as all get-out. The current version is the last, because Leopard is set to have virtual desktop management built in, but it's stable and has good community support.

Archiving tools:

The Unarchiver: free
http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver.html
Another archiving tool. Does just about every archive format imaginable.


Edited by orinjuse: 16/5/2007 05:19:16 PM

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Sneddo 
16/5/07 6:06:38 PM
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Nice work guys :)

Good thing about this is even Mac users can find new toys to play with. That MySQL tool looks sweet!

Edit: zee feengers don't work


Edited by Sneddo: 16/5/2007 06:07:00 PM

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orinjuse 
16/5/07 6:47:04 PM
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I've been looking at NeoOffice for a while - is it worth the download? I hear it's a bit unstable, but I'd like to hear it from a user. My Office:Mac and iWork '06 trials are about to run out, y'see : ).

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Sneddo 
16/5/07 7:07:20 PM
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Its...not fantastic. Its slow, and compared to MS offerings, pretty primative. But I don't really have the need to use office that much, so it doesn't really bother me.

The latest I've used is only 2.0 Beta 3 though, 2.1 is out now which should hopefully improve it a bit. I know the improvement in the betas was noticable, so it might be worth giving it a shot.

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Linux_Inside V2 
16/5/07 7:45:21 PM
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iWork is good, and if you do enough research it's very easy to reset the timer ;)

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cg776 
16/5/07 8:06:09 PM
Primarch
TextMate - Commercial - text editor (great for developers) - http://www.macromates.com
Fugu - FTP application - http://rsug.itd.umich.edu/software/fugu
iClip lite - multiple cut/copy/paste from the clipboard - http://inventive.us/iClip
Regex Toolbox Widget - great regex tool -
http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/developer/regextoolbox.html
Schoolhouse - arrange your assessment task schedule(s) -
http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/home_learning/schoolhouse.html
FFMpegX - transcode video and audio (Free/OSS) -
http://homepage.mac.com/major4/

People should also keep an eye out for the next MacHeist software bundle (if there ever is one again), thats how I got TextMate in the first place; I paid ~$60 for heaps of commercial apps and it ended up only costing the price of TextMate itself which I had already intended on getting.
Apps that were included are:
TextMate, Devonthink, RapidWeaver, Delicious Library, Disco, iClip, FotoMagico, NewsFire, Enigmo2 and ShapeShifter...


Edited by cg776: 16/5/2007 08:10:51 PM

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plebsmacker 
16/5/07 10:18:21 PM
Hero
Immortal


I'm loving Disco

http://www.discoapp.com/

Yummy FTP

http://www.yummysoftware.com/

iStumbler

http://www.istumbler.net/

smc fan control

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/23049 (good for core duo mbp - not needed for core 2 duo)

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cg776 
17/5/07 12:16:55 AM
Primarch
Apparently if you have a dedicated video card in your Mac, Disco generates a cloud of smoke as it burns and your mouse can waft through it...bit of a wank, but still cool I guess...

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-=+KeougH+=- 
17/5/07 7:28:28 AM
Serf

Thanks for the listings guys!

Very handy!


Edited by -=+KeougH+=-: 17/5/2007 7:29:26 AM

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Sneddo 
17/5/07 10:40:48 AM
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Titan


Damn there is some cool looking software out there. Going to have to have a play with Disco when I get home. I think the thing that strikes me most is the amount of great free apps there are on that list!

I may have to move this to an external site to make it a bit more readable/usable though.

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zebra 
19/5/07 12:43:47 PM
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Titan


Quote by cg776
Apparently if you have a dedicated video card in your Mac, Disco generates a cloud of smoke as it burns and your mouse can waft through it...bit of a wank, but still cool I guess...



Smoke now works on the MacBook Intel integrated graphics cards also - not just the higher end MacBookPro/Mac Pro/iMac style boxen.

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plebsmacker 
19/5/07 6:51:25 PM
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Even though it's only candy you can change the smoke to be either

Smoke, Fire, Goo, Icy Mist, Purple Haze, Red Sea or Stream as well as custom setups

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Give me ambiguity or give me something else.

j03y 
20/5/07 11:28:37 AM
Primarch

Loving Adium thanks.

This list is tops for a newish mac convert.

oh Yeah! What do people suggest for antivirus? I was an AVG girl on windows.


Edited by j03y: 20/5/2007 11:37:23 AM

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Linux_Inside V2 
20/5/07 11:41:18 AM
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Quote by j03y
Loving Adium thanks.

This list is tops for a newish mac convert.

oh Yeah! What do people suggest for antivirus? I was an AVG girl on windows.


Edited by j03y: 20/5/2007 11:37:23 AM



You don't need it, there are some though - the only use currently for av on osx is to prevent your machine carrying a virus and passing it onto a pc.

Other than that there are little known exploits for osx and nobody cares enough to write a virus yet.

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j03y 
20/5/07 1:40:42 PM
Primarch

OK. I had been told that, but then others say otherwise, so I am not sure who to believe. :-) Depends if it is antivirus peops trying to sell, Mac lovers declaring their eliteness, or other.

The only problem I can see, is that I am a teacher and work on PCs at work, so constantly swapping my thumb etc back and forward. At home I have osx - as well as using the puter for net and all etc, I do a lot of preparation on Office (for Mac).

Let me know what I should use. :-) (Sorry.. maybe I should have created a new thread... but it kinda fits here)

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Sneddo 
20/5/07 1:51:56 PM
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I don't bother, personally. In fact I don't know any mac owners that do run AV software.

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plebsmacker 
20/5/07 4:55:11 PM
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Appzapper

http://www.appzapper.com/

$US12.95

intelligent uninstaller I purchased today, trial will kill 5 apps before requiring registration

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Give me ambiguity or give me something else.

cg776 
21/5/07 11:07:40 PM
Primarch
Quote by me
Apparently if you have a dedicated video card in your Mac, Disco generates a cloud of smoke as it burns and your mouse can waft through it...bit of a wank, but still cool I guess...

Quote by zebra
Smoke now works on the MacBook Intel integrated graphics cards also - not just the higher end MacBookPro/Mac Pro/iMac style boxen.

quote by plebsmacker

Even though it's only candy you can change the smoke to be either

Smoke, Fire, Goo, Icy Mist, Purple Haze, Red Sea or Stream as well as custom setups



Nice, very nice, now if only my burner worked (its doing that thing where it says it can't burn before it even tries, arrrggg!).


Edited by cg776: 21/5/2007 11:09:11 PM


Edited by cg776: 21/5/2007 11:09:38 PM

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