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Jan 19, 2007, 07:30 PM
 
Not sure if I posted these apps earlier but they deserve to be mentioned again.

Inkscape for SVG work. http://www.inkscape.org/ Needs X11

Scribus for DTP http://www.scribus.net/ Carefully read the installation instructions.

GIMPShop for a more Photoshop layout than what comes with GIMP.
http://plasticbugs.com/?page_id=294 Needs X11
     
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Jan 19, 2007, 07:47 PM
 
Adium
Camino
iTunes
Desktop Manager
Microsoft Word

About as standard a list as you can get I would say
     
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It's good to see other people using pagers like Virtuedesktops and Desktop manager. I picked up on them back when I had a Linux machine.
     
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Jan 21, 2007, 04:58 PM
 
1. Adium
2. Firefox
3. Thunderbird
4. iTunes (BEST ONE OF ALL!!!)
5. Office 2004 was VERY cheap! (shhh. dont tell.)
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Jan 21, 2007, 10:21 PM
 
no particular order...

- Omnidisk Sweeper - great for clearing up diskspace. orgranizes your files based on size
- yahoo widget engine - definately awesome!
- shapeshifter
- menu meters
- synergy
- desktop manager
- weather pop
- slimbattery monitor
- wallet
- firefox
     
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Feb 3, 2007, 10:28 PM
 
Originally Posted by ballison View Post
- shapeshifter
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Feb 6, 2007, 01:50 AM
 
Shapeshifter
Mighty Mouse
Toyviewer
Gimp
Firefox
Thunderbird
MenuShade
Textwrangler
     
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Feb 7, 2007, 02:46 PM
 
I'm in the middle of doing my third clean install in the last three months due to an ongoing problem with my MBP 2.16 that is continuing after getting it back from Apple Service. It's gotten to the point where I picked up a mini for a backup.

One of the big pains in having to keep going through this is dealing with username/passwords. Is there a good app out there for managing these so that I could shuttle the info securely between the two 'puters? I've seen references to password managers, but not sure which are good and which to avoid. Keychain handles a few, but I could use something that handles app keys, forum/internet site info, and the like.

Not using many free/share apps these days. Mainly WMV Player(Flip for Mac) and FontexplorerX.

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Feb 10, 2007, 03:47 PM
 
QuicKeys
iView MediaPro
     
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Feb 13, 2007, 12:15 PM
 
1) Transmit
2) Adium X
3) Aquisition
4) Candybar
5) Shapeshifter
6) TextMate
7) CSSEdit
8) Quinn
9) AppZapper
10) ThemePark
     
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Feb 24, 2007, 11:50 PM
 
Hi All,

My top 5:

Quicksilver
Omniweb
Journler
VLC
Maintenance
Onyx
Neo Office
Clear Dock
JDisk report

Tis all for now. Nice forum.
     
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Realise now I can't count.
     
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Feb 25, 2007, 12:37 PM
 
1) Firefox
2) NeoOffice
3) Seashore
4) iAlertU
5) (tie) Handbrake and coconutBattery
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Mar 7, 2007, 11:26 AM
 
I'm not including the Apple apps because we all know about them and how good they are

Google Earth
Yahoo Messenger
Graphic Converter
Perion Quicktime plug-in
BBEdit
RapidWeaver
Font Examiner
Tetris Zone
Stuffit Deluxe
Firefox
Bits on Wheels
Solitaire Forever
     
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Mar 7, 2007, 12:34 PM
 
(apple apps)
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colloquy
snes9x
sixtyforce
dragster
chicken of the vnc
vine server
flip4mac
     
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quicksilver
handbrake
adium
camino
iSquint
     
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Mar 16, 2007, 10:21 AM
 
Updating my list:

Quicksilver - app launcher and so much more. It is the first app I put on my Macs.

PDFView - I prefer it over Preview. It opens docs in full-screen view!

Xee - Image viewer. It has also replaced Preview. Scrolling is fast and smooth and it can browser archives like .zip and .cbr files. And the controls are extremely customizable!

The Unread - show the number of unread emails in your menu bar.

Feedpopper - RSS headline grabber. The headlines pop-up in a nice floating window. Click the headline to open the article in the browser. I hate having to jump to another app to browse through the headlines. And if you don't check other readers regularly you fall behind on news. Feedpopper puts the news right in front of me so I read it now, not later.


Honorable mentions: Proteus (I still prefer it over Adium), Adium (it handles chatrooms and Proteus doesn't), Comic Life (it's so much fun to use), The GIMP (the poor man's Photoshop...and a good app nevertheless), Wednesday's List, Fruit Menu, and Menu Master.
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Mar 22, 2007, 06:14 AM
 
If you want you PDF file to use as you invoice background. You must use definitely Invoice!

Invoice, style your finances with Mac OS X
     
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Mar 29, 2007, 06:39 PM
 
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Apr 1, 2007, 01:38 AM
 
(in no particular order)
Transmit
Quicksilver
Virtue Desktops
Vienna
Safari
Flip4Mac
VLC
Growl
OnyX
Seashore (like GIMP but without X11 )
Tinker Tool
Switch

I know....more than 5.
     
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1. The Filter
2. Remote Buddy
3. Quicksilver
4. iScrobbler
5. Peel
     
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Apr 8, 2007, 06:58 PM
 
Tuboy Juego and iSquint to download those Youtube videos and convert them to mp4
     
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May 26, 2007, 03:02 AM
 
Transmit - FTP
Adium - Chat
Virtue - Virtual desktop client
TextMate - proof there's a god
KisMAC - wireless network viewer
MacTheRipper - dvd ripper
Solitaire XL - wo0t
TubeSock - youtube, meet iTunes.
Mactracker - apple product info displayer thinger
Skype - nothing like chatting with german chicks in broken english
Pastor - password storer
     
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Tuboy Juego with iSquint for your You Tube videos. Converts Flv to MPG4.
     
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May 29, 2007, 09:21 AM
 
I know some can free to try .
     
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Jun 1, 2007, 02:35 AM
 
Free stuff I'm using the most right now, in no particular order:

SeaMonkey (the Internet suite formerly known as Mozilla)
Skype (Internet phone)
Cyberduck (FTP)
TextWrangler (editor)
iTunes (needs no explanation)
     
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Jun 19, 2007, 07:18 AM
 
in no particular order;

Quicksilver
Superduper
Camino
Senuti
iSquint
Handbrake
MenuMeters
VLC
Skype
Google Earth
Transmission
Azureus
Macbook, Mac Mini, 2xiBook G3s, iMac G3 Rev-A 266mhz woo hoo!
iPod nano 2GB, iPod Photo 60GB, iPhone white 16GB
and Acer Aspire One, because Apple don't do netbooks, duh!
     
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1. AdiumX
2. Quicksilver
3. NeoOffice
4. FuzzyClock
5. Skype
6. Camino/Firefox (tie)
7. Quinn
8. iTunes (does that count?)
9. BitPim
10. Google Earth
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Jul 5, 2007, 02:59 PM
 
Here's my top 5 as of today:

Firefox - Way better than Safari IMO ( if there was an easy way to transfer my saved password from FF to Camino I would do it.)
Transmission
Adium
ITunes
VLC Media Player
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1. Camino
2. Adium
3. Skype
4. Growl
5. Widgets, widgets, widgets
     
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Jul 5, 2007, 05:33 PM
 
Well, they're just the usual suspects I suppose, but here goes anyway.


CSSEdit by MacRabbit - a very nice CSS IDE.

AppDelete - great tool for permanently and thoroughly deleting applications.

CleanArchiver - create clean compressed archives.

Clockwork - sweet little timer to help me organize my time.

TextMate - wonderful text editor.

Transmit - for all my FTP needs.

Writeroom - when I'm sick of seeing windows, widgets and all that malarkey and simply want to write ...

Parallels - Virtual machine for Windows testing purposes.
     
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Jul 20, 2007, 12:16 PM
 
HimmelBar. The only third party app that appears on the iMac box. You can see the cloud icon on the menu bar. :-)

The rest of my recommendations have mentioned many many times already.
     
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Jul 25, 2007, 11:24 AM
 
in no particular order:

- Parallel
- Entourage (for my emails and to do list)
-Adium
-google earth
-iphoto (just got used to the way it organizes files. used to hate it, now i love it)
- itunes
-VLC (for opening ANY media file)
     
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Trying not to duplicate what's been posted:

1. Window Dragon - (free) to grab and move a window from any place in the window. Not just the edges. It also sizes the window from any point, not just the bottom right corner. The only app it doesn't work on (that I've found) is MS Word. But it does work on other MS apps.
2. Mail Forward - (about $15 -$20) gathers up e-mail from every mailbox you have and delivers it within seconds to your ISP (and into Mac Mail if you have it set up that way).
3. Opera for when I have problems with Safari or Firefox.
4. SuperDuper - (about $30 for full version; truncated version is free.)
I've used Retrospect and several other backup apps for about 5 years. A few months ago, I started using SuperDuper. Hands down, the easiest BU app I've found.
5. MacSolitaire (free) I like it better than any other solitaire I've tried.
     
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Adium
Camino
Firefox
VLC
iTunes
     
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1. Quiksilver - app launcher
2. VoodooPad Lite - wiki-style notebook
3. NetNewsWire Lite - RSS! the best there is
4. UnRarX - unrar for mac, easy drag-and-drop
5. Transmission - super light bit torrent manager
     
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candybar
vlc
transmission
adium
smc fan control
     
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Aug 15, 2007, 07:54 AM
 
I've compiled a list at Top Ten Mac Freeware at Apple Are .

Five of the apps:

QuickSilver
Adium
Transmission
VLC Media Player
The Unarchiver
www.AppleAre.com - Apple videos and quotes.
     
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Since this post has helped me so much, I've decided to register and post the apps that I rely on myself;

Camino
Adium
Transmit
Journler
     
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iTunes
Google Earth
Fetch
SnapNDrag
Stuffit
Ryan Huber Scheife
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Sep 6, 2007, 09:37 PM
 
Just want to vouch for some apps that I don't see posted in this thread yet:

1. A Better Finder Rename (makes renaming multiple files simple)

2. CDFinder (catalog your hard drives and discs)

3. iShowU (inexpensive yet powerful alternative to SnapzXpro)

4. Print Window (print list of files in a given folder, very handy)

5. Senuti (flawless freeware app to get songs off your iPod)

Peace,
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1. Adium
2. Photoshop
3. MacJournal (great for taking notes in school)
4. VLC Player (by far the best media player I have used so far)
5. Azureus
     
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I'm six months in to my Mac experience, so still learning. Here's what I'm using so far:

Thunderbird
Firefox
iCal
Adium
Stickies
Cyberduck
     
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1. Adium
2. VLC
3. Transmission
4. Transmit
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Hi guys,

This is my vote for top 5:
  1. VLC Media Player
  2. iTunes (Classic)
  3. ZipIt
  4. Apple DVD Player
  5. iView MediaPro

Enjoy ,
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mine would be

adium
vlc
onyx
remote buddy
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Originally Posted by clarkgoble View Post
My top 6:

VLC -- best movie player. I only wish he'd give us the interface he mocked up in the theme forum here!
VLC HUD by ~cYPoHirogen on deviantART

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Nov 26, 2007, 11:00 PM
 
I have more than 5.

Well, I was just reminiscing about SweetMail... I still have it on my mac and it still runs w/OS X 10.4.11.

Freeware:

1. OpenOffice
2. Adium
3. Camino
4. Onyx
5. Carbon Copy Cloner
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YASU-Maintenance scripts in one shot, including update prebinding
M Player OSX-works better than Quicktime and plays almost all MPGs, unlike Quicktime which is really in need of improvement.
     
 
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