I know someone who just picked up a new Mac and it got me to thinking, I bet people new to the Mac platform don’t know about all of the great software you can find for the Mac. I thought I’d write up a post on some of my favorite free and paid apps.
- RipIt: DVD ripping made easy
- Adium: Multi-protocol chat
- Growl: Must have notification system
- NetNewsWire: RSS reader that syncs with Google Reader
- BootChamp: Simple menu for rebooting directly into your BootCamp OS installation
- Tweetie: Twitter client
- iTerm: I can’t let go of this great ssh client.
- 1Password: Store all of your passwords. LastPass is free alternative that is more cross platform
- Automator: Built in robot too useful not to mention
- Caffeine: Sometimes you just don’t want your Mac to dim the display or go to sleep.
- Colloquy: Decent IRC client
- Cord: Remote Desktop Client for Mac.
- CrashPlan: Time Machine is good but I just have to have a second way of backing up all of our photos. CrashPlan really does a good job and has saved me.
- HandBrake: Very good video encoder and DVD ripper (requires VLC)
- Loginox: Swap out that ridiculous login screen image.
- MarcoPolo: Change preferences based on your location or “context.”
- MacFusion: Mount/Map ssh/sftp servers in Finder allowing any app to directly access remote files
- smcFanControl: The Mac generally does a good job with the fan but there are times when having it cranked up on high is a good thing, especially for your lap.
- NTFS-3G: Mount NTFS drives as read/write
- SmartSleep: Preference pane that allows you to adjust how your Mac sleeps or hibernates
I think that about covers it. There are far more applications in my applications directory but the apps I listed are must haves in my book. If there are any apps you think I missed leave a comment.
Thanks. Installed a few of them already. Next topic: easy MacOSX tips for the newbie. Keyboard shortcuts, how to use the track pad, what that command key is for… 🙂 Or a link to what someone has probably already put together.