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  • The little MAC applications you just can't live without

    Hi,

    Just wondering if you would share a list of those little (maybe free?) applications you just can't live without.
    From my Dock (all freeware or donationware):
    Netfixer: for capturing web pages that can be opened in Preview
    Burn: a great alternative to Toast for burning CDs and DVDs
    VLC: for viewing videos that Quicktime can't open or doesn't handle well (e.g. separate subtitle file)
    iSquint: for converting FLV files plus converting for iPod video format
    Gawker: for time-lapse movies if you have built in or external video source for your MAC
    GIFfun: for creating animated GIFs
    SmallImage: for batch resizing of images
    Stellarium: for desktop astronomy

    best, gordo

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    Re: The little MAC applications you just can't live without

    I have to say, nice list !

    My best little free apps are:

    Split & Concat http://www.xs4all.nl/~loekjehe/Split&Concat/
    For Splitting large files and merging them back
    Renamer4Mac http://www.power4mac.com/renamer/
    Makes renaming a big number of files easy
    PDFlab http://iconus.ch/fabien/pdflab/
    Split and join PDF documents
    iShred Express http://home.comcast.net/~jeff.ulicny...are/utils.html
    Simple secure delete

    This one is not free but saved my but once, and its not expensive.
    Number Press http://www.praetersoftware.com/products/numberpress/
    Numbering software for PDF

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    • #3
      Re: The little MAC applications you just can't live without

      Default folder has been my can't live without application for many years now. Makes navigating you open and save dialog boxes so much faster.
      http://stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html

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      • #4
        Re: The little MAC applications you just can't live without

        Neo Office
        Font Explorer X
        iBert
        Onyx
        Cyberduck
        Cocktail
        Renamer4Mac
        Transmit
        Firefox
        Thunderbird
        SeaMonkey

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        • #5
          Re: The little MAC applications you just can't live without

          iTerm
          vim
          pine
          lynx
          bitchx

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          • #6
            Re: The little MAC applications you just can't live without

            grep
            awk
            sed
            telnet / ssh
            dig
            cal / date

            As for some other posts, I find it hard to include the Mozilla applications in a list of "little" applications, or NeoOffice, which is a very large pile of, um, code. Useful, though not little.

            Audacity for converting the files from my digital voice recorder to other formats.
            Preview since it takes so much less time to open and less resources than, um, other PDF viewers.
            Grab
            Seashore
            ScriptEditor
            TextWrangler
            SQLite Database Browser
            and a not-so-little rssOwl


            Chasd.

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            • #7
              Re: The little MAC applications you just can't live without

              Yasu, for maintenancing my Mac OS X.
              PsyncX, for making bootable clones or updating mirrored folders on a schedule (one way).
              FileSync, for synscronizing folders (two way).
              R-Name, for batch renaming multiple files fast (I use it to add jobnumber- to beginning of files after using Photoshop droplet to convert the incoming RGB files to CMYK with an action script embedded in the droplet).
              BatChmod, for changing permissions much faster than the Finder can (especially on large folders, etc.)
              WMV Player, self explanatory.
              CyberDuck, the best free FTP client ever.
              Carbon Copy Cloner, good program for doing what I now use PsyncX for.
              Poor Man's Solitaire 2.2, for a good ole game (not used much because I like these forums to relax when I'm not busy).
              Look on versiontracker.com for other great reviews etc. of stuff you might want to get. Just search, read reviews, try out each if you want, it's great.

              Don

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              • #8
                Re: The little MAC applications you just can't live without

                And don't forget Quicksilver.

                I can't stand it when it's not running, or I'm working on a machine that doesn't have it.

                No need to ever use the dock.

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                • #9
                  Re: The little MAC applications you just can't live without

                  mine is already in everyones OSX system already...Automator. this little gem is great for automating lots of little pain-in-the-ass functions. i have some workflows set up for system maintenance, saving web pages as pdf files (this is handy with capturing useful threads on these message boards for later use), renaming files (a great little file renamer - very useful), and quite a few other things.

                  you can set up some pretty complicated workflows too. for instance, i used to have a customer that i had to constantly upload .zip files to their ftp site. i set up this workflow in Automator where all i had to do was drag the files i needed to send into a window, and then on-the-fly it zips it into an archive, posted it to the needed site, and sent a confirming email to the customer and my internal csr. the only thing i needed to do was drag in the files and enter the name of the .zip file i desired, and the rest happened.

                  check it out, you might be suprised what you already have, and may not have realized it.

                  cr

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                  • #10
                    Re: The little MAC applications you just can't live without

                    I'll add Overflow, the best little launcher I have used.
                    Default Folder, I almost panic when usig a mac without it!
                    DiskWarrior, for those system fixes
                    Drive Genius, reaches the parts of a drive the others can't!
                    Appzapper, gets rid of all the nonsense accompanying installations
                    Handbrake, for getting DVDs into iPod/AppleTvV
                    Delicious Library, cool database for the anal retenive audiophile or insurance purposes (unless they steal the mac too!) the isight barcode scanner is great!
                    Delivery Status widget for tracking packages, this one stores info after restarting
                    Bookdog, great mutt for organising web bookmarks

                    cheers

                    D

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                    • #11
                      Re: The little MAC applications you just can't live without

                      Seen some known names but a whole lot of new names of apps. Looks like I'm going to spending some nights behind the screen looking into these apps.

                      And I thought I was into mac apps...

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                      • #12
                        Re: The little MAC applications you just can't live without

                        SpiritedAway is another. Hides open apps after so many minutes of inactivity. Keeps clean workspace.

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                        • #13
                          Re: The little MAC applications you just can't live without

                          Adium - http://www.adiumx.com/ - dium is a free instant messaging application for Mac OS X that can connect to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more.

                          Jumpcut - http://jumpcut.sourceforge.net/ - Jumpcut is an application that provides "clipboard buffering" — that is, access to text that you've cut or copied, even if you've subsequently cut or copied something else.

                          iTerm - http://iterm.sourceforge.net/ - iTerm is a full featured terminal emulation program written for OS X using Cocoa.

                          Journler - http://journler.com/ - Journler is a digital notebook and entry based information manager.

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                          • #14
                            I cannot live without 1password. It is THE BEST way to store all of your important login info, billing info, and passwords. It will also generate strong passwords for you.

                            istat pro runs in my menu bar. It will give you all the vital info on your machine in an easy to read format.

                            Appfresh is great for keeping your applications up to date. Especially if you have a lot of them.

                            Flip4Mac alows you to view those pesky wmv files in quicktime.

                            Fluid will creat a stand alone app for webpages that you may always have up. It helps in that it will take the burden off of your browser. i.e.-gmail, facebook, twitter

                            Disk InventoryX-will allow you to see what is eating up your space on your hard drive.

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                            • #15
                              Another app I have come to love is textexpander,

                              TextExpander: Mac Typing Shortcut Utility Saves You Time!

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