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Here's a good, free graphics program.

GIMP
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This one works with Leopard. It also has some new features we needed, like Fade.
     
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Jan 9, 2008, 03:24 PM
 
Don't want to derail the thread, but I can't narrow it down to just 5. These are the apps I use every day.

• CODA
• CSSEdit2
• Billings2
• AppZapper
• OnyX
• IPMenu
• Snapz Pro X
• CandyBar3
• Wallet
• OmniGraffle Professional
• PixelStick
• Integrity
• Sapiens
• TinyAlarm
• Renamer4Mac
• Transmission
• Audio Hijack Pro
• Anxiety

A few of these are even being sold at a huge discount right now through MacHeist: MacHeist Bundle.
     
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Originally Posted by alfredo View Post
Here's a good, free graphics program.

GIMP
Wilber loves Apple

This one works with Leopard. It also has some new features we needed, like Fade.
So the previous problem with Gimp crashing on Leopard (when you try using specific tools) has been fixed?

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My shareware essentials that I use on a daily basis :
  • 1Password
  • Launchbar
  • Evernote
  • CSSEdit
  • Coda
  • Textmate
  • MenuMeters
  • Coversutra
  • Hazel
  • Textexpander
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May 7, 2008, 02:12 AM
 
VLC
GraphicConverter
Transmission (bitTorrent Client)
HandBrake (DVD Ripper)
Ircle (IRC Client)
RealPlayer (yeah, I know...)
Hogwasher (newsreader)
     
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May 19, 2008, 03:21 PM
 
Linkinus

Linkinus is a pretty sweet IRC app
     
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1 quicksilver
2 quicksilver
3 quicksilver
4 quicksilver
5 quicksilver
     
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launchbar
launchbar
launchbar
steermouse with combination of apple wireless mightly mouse
quickshareit
     
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Firefox
VLC
Colloquy
Adium
(Apple) Mail
     
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Super Duper - backup and cloning
VLC - video playback
Letterbox - Apple mail enhancer
Growl
MacTracker - Mac Info database
What Size? - where's my drive space gone?
Cyberduck - ftp but nicely
Vuescan - 3rd party scanning utility
Firefox 3 - because safari could be better
     
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Cool Iris for Safari
VLC for instant .flv playback
Skim
Xee
iStat menus
     
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Quicksilver (launcher, app switcher, image scaler, directory traverser and more)
Jumpcut (clipboard manager; adds 40 clipboards)
Growl (system notifications)
Adium (Instant messaging)
Xee (Image viewer)

Honorable mentions
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The Unread (View # of unread emails in menubar)
Seashore and GIMP (Image editors)
RapidoWrite (create shortcuts for frequently-used templates)
Simple Comic (Comic reader and image viewer)
Caffeine (Keep your Mac awake)
jAlbum (Fantastic web photo album generator)
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FREEWARE:
1. Glims (I mainly like how it gets rid of the downloads window.)
2. SafariBlock
3. Ejector
4. Caffeine
5. iStatMenus
6. Handbrake
7. Docker

SHAREWARE:
1. 1Password (the BEST!)
2. MountWatcher (a very unstable and poorly supported app, but the only app I know of which does something OSX should, but does not, do: automatically mount network volumes upon joining a network)
3. SuperDuper!
4. FruitMenu
5. MacScan
6. Any of the pedias by Bruji (except the game one, for which I have no use)
7. MacTheRipper
8. RipIt (for anything MTR can't handle)
9. CleanApp (sort of)

DASHBOARD:
1. Delivery Status
2. TunesTEXT
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Adium
Handbrake
MacSudoku
MacTheRipper
Quinn
Skype
SmallImage2
Transmission

WD Anywhere Backup is a great back-up software that came with my WD external HD also.
     
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TextWrangler

SuperDuper

Fetch

VLC

Raw Photo Processor
     
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New list for March

- Safari 4 Beta (browser)
- Spotify (free music streaming)
- Adium (MSN)
- Mail
- Transmission

PS. does anyone know of a download manager for OSX that you can enter rapidshare username and password details too? Essentially Internet Download Manager but a mac version.

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ITunes and pepper come to mind.
     
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Aside from the apps that have been mentioned many times previously, these are my go to, can't live without apps that I rely on the most. OEM apps not included because everyone already has those.

Free

1. xld-gui
2. OmniWeb
3. Perian
4. sidenote
5. TextWrangler
6. Applejack
7. JollysFastVNC

Paid

1. Grapic Converter
2. GyazMail
3. GarageSale
4. 1Password
5. PDFpenPro
6. DiskWarrior
7. LaunchBar
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Clarus, awesome life manager for pets owners.
     
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Originally Posted by kylef View Post
PS. does anyone know of a download manager for OSX that you can enter rapidshare username and password details too? Essentially Internet Download Manager but a mac version.

Thanks
jDownloader maybe?
     
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VLC Watching videos
Mendeley Managing and sharing research papers and citing into OO
Adium Chatting
Gimp Photoshop for free
TeXShop TeX editor
     
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Jul 20, 2009, 10:52 AM
 
mcgiant, GIMP is great, but have you tried Seashore? It is a cocoa Mac-only version of a stripped down GIMP. It isn't as feature-rich, but it performs well and can do many light-weight tasks. Unfortunately it hasn't been updated in a while, but I still use it regularly for quick image editing.
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No thanks for the hint! I will have a look at it!
     
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Originally Posted by applefan2009 View Post
Safari
iLife
iTunes

I'm Mac newbie, ha...
Well, welcome, Applefan2009.

Apple apps like the i.... products are not considered shareware.
They are regular software that you have to buy.

But, to be honest, this thread has more evolved into "Top 5 apps (freeware, shareware & paid)", so you don't stick out too much.

-t
     
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Originally Posted by soesurf View Post
1 quicksilver
2 quicksilver
3 quicksilver
4 quicksilver
5 quicksilver
*sigh*

Quicksilver is just too buggy for me, it crashes, is a memory hog etc.
ISnt' the current built more than 2 years old ?

I wish they'd continue developing it, I'd even pay money for it.

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Quicksilver
Adium
Acquisition
Xtorrent
Safari

Top 5, no real order those are just the ones I use the most.
     
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Lately have have been taking a liking to Appbodega.

I also enjoy

burn app
VLC

dvdhunter - good alternative to dvdpedia. Basically dvdpedia for the cheap folk. I do like dvdpedia quite a bit as well.

eversave - I don't use it often but it sure is handy.

iphone backup extractor. - this app has saved my skin a couple times. I had a couple note sync errors and it erased my notes from the device, so I used this app to extract the previous backup so I could restore my notes.

Max - one of the best audio converters out there and it's free.
Adium - you all know it, I love it.
MAMP - this is a critical piece of software for me. I use it nearly daily. It's always running.
color schemer studio, ccsedit, and transmit also get a lot of use.

I think those are about it. Other than preview and the new expose/ finder/ quicklook options in snow leopard.
     
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no order

-Handbrake
-VLC
-Fire FTP(firefox)
-Close all Open Applications 1.1
-AppTrap
     
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Originally Posted by Ted L. Nancy View Post
FREEWARE:
1. Glims (I mainly like how it gets rid of the downloads window.)
2. SafariBlock
3. Ejector
4. Caffeine
5. iStatMenus
6. Handbrake
7. Docker

SHAREWARE:
1. 1Password (the BEST!)
2. MountWatcher (a very unstable and poorly supported app, but the only app I know of which does something OSX should, but does not, do: automatically mount network volumes upon joining a network)
3. SuperDuper!
4. FruitMenu
5. MacScan
6. Any of the pedias by Bruji (except the game one, for which I have no use)
7. MacTheRipper
8. RipIt (for anything MTR can't handle)
9. CleanApp (sort of)

DASHBOARD:
1. Delivery Status
2. TunesTEXT
Exactly i would need help from shareware god like you,plz tell me some good download managers for the mac such as DAP Accelerator for windows or better than that.
     
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Thunderbird
Firefox
YateClient
Gimp
VLC
     
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tings -- good design to manage todos
filezilla -- free ftp software
appzapper -- interesting and powerful app removing software
Gallery Studio --a freeware to make flash gallery,by ijoysoft
istat menus -- love it
     
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Just changed from Windows and Love the list . Thanks guys!
     
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My 5 apps:

1. Adobe Lightroom - for my photos
2. FireFox - for webserfing
3. Adium - for chating.
4. FireTask - task manager
5. AppDefender - for security
     
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Hey, I also cant seem to narrow down to 4-5, I think a small list is here which provides a lot of utilities from situation to situation. But they are must have and they are NOT in any order:

1. Onyx - Maintenance and optimization tool for OS X
2. Apple Jack - Clean up your system
3. Virtual Box - To try out Ubuntu or run Windows to stream NetFlix movies online
4. Seashore - Image Editor
5. Transmission/ Xtorrent - Torrent client for your Mac
6. Bean - Lean and Mean Wordprocessor
7. ClamXav - Anti-virus for your MAC
8. Carbon Copy Cloner - Backup and Cloning Utility
9. Skype - Make voice calls
10. VLC Media Player - Alternate to Quicktime
11. Perian - To improve Quicktime's capability
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1. TextMate : Needs no introduction
2. Entropy : By far the best compression/unarchiving tool I've found for Mac
3. Evernote : The ultimate note taking app
4. Unison : For usenet downloads
5. Tower : For managing my git repositories
     
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1. Transmit Torrents
2. Magic Media Marker TV Show & Movie automated conversion and Metadata tagging
3. HandBrake CLI version to combine with Magic Media Marker
4. Growl System wide Notifications
5. Better Touch Tool Makes the Magic Track Pad and Magic Mouse 100x better
     
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If you have Handbrake, why do you need Magic Media Marker?
     
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Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
If you have Handbrake, why do you need Magic Media Marker?
It supposedly does the meta tagging automatically; however, since MMM is a recently released new paid app, this looks more like spam.

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Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
If you have Handbrake, why do you need Magic Media Marker?
Handbrake is a great tool but clunky for doing batched processing and not really automated. Magic Media Marker not only automates transcoding (using HandBrake) but adds metadata and drops the file video into iTunes. It uses growl, which I've combined with Prowl (which I would have added to my list but is an iPhone app) to push notices to my phone when encodes are done. If you have an AppleTV it's a very slick way to automate video processing so you don't have to do it yourself.

It's one of my top 5 apps, you generally have to pay for shareware apps so I'm not sure why I'm spamming.
     
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Originally Posted by KJMcSpray View Post
It's one of my top 5 apps, you generally have to pay for shareware apps so I'm not sure why I'm spamming.
Shareware lets me try an app before buying/paying.
Can I do this with Magic Media Marker ? I think not.

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gDisk
HandBrake
Voxengo Latency Delay
Orbiter
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personal opinion:
1. Unison
2. Desktop Manager
3. VLC
4. Butler
5. Netflix Freak
     
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1. Camme
2. Netflix
3. Evernote
4. Apple Jack
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Here are some of my favorites:

1. Onyx
2. 1Password
3. VLC
4. SuperDuper!
5. Transmission

I only listed 5, as that is what the thread is entitled. But, there are 5 more that are good (and one of them is so basic, not sure why I left it off the list):

Firefox (of course!)
Handbrake
Fastest Free YouTube Downloader
Carbon Copy Cloner
ClamXav
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I like VLC

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although I like many built-in apps and also third party applications to...few of my favourites are here.....
Launch Bar,
iCal,
iTunes,
Stellar Drive Clone
Clear Dock …..
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