Software RecommendationsThese are some of my personal "must-have" software recommendations. Keep in mind that these are the programs I use and like; you may disagree or have other favorites.
Productivity ApplicationsI run these all day, every day.
The best chat / IM client. Handles AIM, Yahoo! IM, Jabber, MSN, and much more. Also skinable. If you use IM, get Adium. As of v1.4, Adium does Twitter! As of v1.5, Adium does IRC!
In my opinion, BBEdit is the best Mac OS text editor (with excellent tech support too. :-) I ese BBEdit for writing/editing code, especially Perl or HTML.
Alternatively, consider TextMate (described below).
I like Chrome. I like the extensions model and shift-cmd-T to reopen a closed tab.
We use DragThing as a launcher for our regularly used apps and folders. I've turned off the Finder Desktop and, instead , use DragThing to present only those folders I Want to see.
Circus Ponies NoteBook is a data manager with the look and feel of a 23rd century notepad. Looks like paper but it's reconfigurable. I love it. Responsive developer and excellent support. Download the demo. Read my review.
Yahoo! Widget Engine (widgets.yahoo.com/)
This used to be called Konfabulator and I wish they had kept the name.
Widgets put tiny applications on your desktop. I run Weather, clocks,
stiickies, this month's calendar, a list of today's meetings, and a simple
alarm engine, and a changing picture frame. There are zillions of widgets
to choose from.
("Wait. You mean you're running Mac OS X and you don't use Dashboard?"
Exactly. I don't like Dashboard. Feel free to send me email and I'll tell you why not.)
Useful ApplicationsIf you have the specific need these meet, they are invaluable.
If you use IRC on a Mac, you should look at Colloquy. Clean, easy to use, skinnable. As one of the testimonials on the site proclaims, "the best IRC client for OS X."
- MarsEdit (red-sweater)
If you keep a weblog, use this as your offline editor. It's the best.
- Graphic Convertor (www.graphic-converter.net//)
This is the only app most people will need for image modification: Trim, convert, scale, change resolution, export, edit, even search and replace on individual colors. It's not PhotoShop (but it's also cheaper and has a much easier learrning curve!)
- TextMate (macromates.com/)
Rich uses TextMate as his editor of choice. If you're working with Ruby code, anything that uses a lot of files in multiple directories, or just have different "taste", you may prefer TextMate.
Enhancements / Extensions
- DefaultFolderX (www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/release.htm)
If the Mac OS X Open and Save dialogs annoy and confuse you, this System Preference is one you will treasure. Just for example, DefaultFolderX actually lists the currently open Finder windows... and gives you easy access to them. What a concept :-)
(Pricey... but for those who _really_ want this, it's well worth it, and very cleanly done. I wouldn't be without it.).
- TinkerTool (www.bresink.de/osx/)
Set arrows at both ends of the scroll bar (up & down at both ends); reset the dock to start at the left margin instead of centered, set default screenshot format (I prefer jpeg), ... more.
- Desktop images (www.blueskyheart.com)
My all-time favorites. I love Layne's work. Free samples and relatively inexpensive sets.
Android OSFind Android apps at AndroLib.com. (Download from the Android Market).
- AirDroid or Android File Transfer AirDroid lets you access files via your web browser; Android File Transfer provides a finder-style (list view) look and feel.
Notes & Documents
- Mobisle Notes
does checklists; has a cute UI
- Android Terminal Emulator
for us *nix command-line types
- Juice SSH
ssh utility. r
- Contact Owner
puts my name and contact info on the lock screen
- Widget Locker
dd widgets to your lockscreen
configurable settings profiles
- App Brain: my recommended apps
Circus Ponies NoteBook is a data manager with the look and feel of a 23rd century notepad. Sync between iPad and Mac OS X. Responsive developer and excellent support. Download the demo.
- Game for Cats (itunes link)
Our cats love the sound the mouse makes when it's touched. They try to dig under the iPad to get at the mouse as well as batting at it on top.