OS X software inventory

It's been a few months since I began my Macintosh journey. Here's a list of all the new files I've added to-date to my "Applications" folder along the way.

Applications Folder

AbiWord
GNU licensed word processor (free).
Adium
Ultimate chat client for the Mac. Almost as good as Trillian (free).
Adobe Photoshop
Swapped my Windows license so I could go native (free switchover).
Aki - Mahjong Solitaire
Best Mahjong I've ever played. Glad to see Ambrosia is still at it (registered -- $20).
Backup
.Mac goodie. Backup to CD/DVD is nice (.Mac -- $99).
BBEdit 7.0
Best text editor for the Mac (registered -- $179).
BitTorrent
BitTorrent client (free).
Blender
I supported the 'Free Blender' campaign, so I feel obligated to have a copy (free).
Celestia
Groovy space exploration thingy (free).
Citrix ICA Client
Citrix client (work related) (free).
Clutter
iTunes gadget (free).
Colloquy
IRC client (free).
CSSEdit
Best CSS editor for the Mac. Almost as good as TopStyle (ok, maybe not) (registered -- $24.99).
CVL
Concurrent Versions Librarian. CVS client (free).
Desktop Manager
Sweet multiple desktop manager (free).
Disk Inventory X
Great tool for finding the files and folders that are using all your disk space (free).
EasyCrop
Simple image scaling, cropping utility (registered -- $12).
eclipse
IBM's Eclipse IDE. Just playing with it at the moment (free).
ecto
Best blogging client for the Mac (registered -- $17.95).
Emu48
HP scientific calculator emulator (free).
Enkoder
Hiveware's e-mail encoding applet (free).
Fire
Another IM client, collecting dust due to Adium (free).
Firefox
Great browser, almost as good as Safari (free).
Fugu
Another SFTP client (free).
Gallery Remote
Gallery client (web based photo gallery) (free).
Gimp
The Gimp -- image editing app (free).
Huevos
Search engine client (free).
Inquisitor
Minimal search engine client (free).
iLife '04
Apple's update to iLife apps ($49).
iScrobbler
AudioScrobbler client (free).
iSQL-Viewer
Java-based SQL client (free).
iStumbler
WiFi sniffer (free).
jEdit
Feature-packed Java text editor (free).
Konfabulator
Widget engine (registered -- $25).
LaunchBar
Keyboard driven application launcher (registered -- $19.95).
Lotus Notes
Mail client -- work related only. Ugh.
Mac Slides Publisher
.Mac freebie.
MacMAME
MAME port for Mac OS X (free).
MacStumbler
WiFi hotspot detector (free).
Maelstrom
Asteroids on steroids (free).
MetronomeX
Keeping the beat (free).
Microsoft Office X
Supplied by my office.
Missing Sync
Salvation for CLIÉ owners (registered -- $29.95).
NeoOfficeJ
OpenOffice port for Mac OS X (Java flavor) (free).
NetNewsWire
RSS/Atom feed reader (registered -- $39.95).
Noiz2sa
Strange, but awesome little shooter game (free).
osx2x
Control other machines from your Mac (free).
PhotoStudio
Another .Mac freebie.
POV-Ray 3.5
Persistence of Vision raytracer (free).
Quicken 2004 for Mac
Finance stuff ($59.95).
Quicksilver
Another keyboard driven launcher (free).
RealOne Player
Actually less annoying on the Mac (free).
SnapNDrag
Simple screen capture, save utility (registered -- $5).
Spike
Clipboard history and sharing utility (free).
SSH Tunnel Manager
Frontend for creating SSH tunnels (free).
SubEthaEdit
Lighweight, but powerful text editor (free).
Super Jigsaw dot Mac
Another .Mac freebie.
Terrabrowser
Client for viewing satellite imagery (unregistered).
TinkerTool
Extra preferences you thought you didn't have (free).
Unicode Font Info
Font inspection tool (free).
Urly
URL dropbox (free).
Virex 7
Another .Mac freebie.
Virtual PC 6
Runs most any 80×86 OS on your Mac ($129).
VLC
VideoLAN Client (free).
VNCViewer
VNC client (free).
WinHex
Nice little number conversion applet (registered -- 5€).
WireTap
Record any audio playing on your Mac (free).
xScope
Pixeldesign toolset (registered -- $14.95).
Zoom
Interactive fiction client (free).

And some other bits that aren't under "Applications":

Dimensionizer
A useful utility for getting quick info on image width and height (free, but I donated $2).
Fink
The rest of the Unix software for your Mac (free).
GeekTool
Log viewer and more (see what I mean) (free).
GPGMail
GPG integrated with Apple Mail (free).
iPhoto2Gallery
Awesome iPhoto add-on that integrates with the photo gallery software I use on this site (free).
PithHelmet
Ad blocking for Safari (free).
Red Pill
Awesome Matrix screen saver (free).
SideTrack
A must-have for anyone with a crappy one-button trackpad (free).
Sogudi
Address bar shortcuts for Safari (free).
Synergy
Nice iTunes add-on for keyboard control and "now playing" bezels (registered -- $10).
WindowShade X
Window organization thingy (registered -- $10).

By my count, that comes to around $800 $750 (iLife '04 is $49, not $99) worth of software (now do you understand why I'm pushing my web hosting services??). It was spread out over several months of discovery. I love free software, but I paid for each of these because they're well done and downright worth the money. Imagine that?

I've tried a few others, but so far I'm not impressed/buying... Unison (just don't read Usenet like I used to), Panic Transmit (Fugu works well enough, but I often just scp from a terminal.), Curio (something I may wind up buying, but not now), xPad (also nice, but lacking in some ways. An export as XHTML or copy to clipboard as XHTML would be nice), PathFinder (very cool, especially the Terminal panel, but it crashed a few times on me and that's a big turn off. Also the faux desktop doesn't work as well with Exposé), Shape Shifter (Very cool, but I don't want to weigh down my GUI with it).

What am I'm missing? Well, not much. One app I miss from Windows is ClipMate. There are similar things for the Mac, but nothing quite so powerful. ClipMate lets you keep a running history of your clipboard. It stores it all in a searchable database. The interface for it reminds me of an e-mail client. You have an "Inbox" listing all the bits of text, images and whatnot that have been copied to the clipboard. There's a "Safe" folder for holding anything you want to keep permanently. Clicking on items in your history places them back onto the clipboard.

So there it is -- everything I've got. What have you found for your Mac lately? Anything you just couldn't live without? Or, for you Windows folks, what do you have that I don't?

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You should check out iPhoto2Gallery which is an export plugin for iPhoto. Assuming you use it...

I found it to be a great way to export dirrectly to Gallery right after the usual tweaks and selections for the albums you are sharing.

http://zwily.com/iphoto/

That's the link...

Brad Author Profile Page said:

Oh yeah, I left that one off the list. It's installed. Superb interface to Gallery indeed.

How could you forget MacJanitor? It rotates logs and does other neat system-scheduled tasks, like updatedb.

Eh, that's all I could come up with that's not on your list :)

Brad Author Profile Page said:

Looks nice, but mine is almost always running. I keep late hours and also have a scheduled daily backup that takes place at 4:25 AM. I'm usually asleep by then.

I did something very similar a few weeks ago, though not nearly as exhaustive/complete: Required OS X Programs.

Larry said:

What about SHROOK?

http://www.fondantfancies.com/shrook/

I like it more than NNW, or any other RSS reader for that matter, mac or PC.

Brad Author Profile Page said:

Justin -- nice list. I looked at iTerm a long time ago and while nice, I preferred Terminal better. Today's iTerm is much improved. I'm going to give it another try.

I've also looked at the OmniWeb 5 beta. There are some innovative features to be sure. Maybe once it's out of beta I'll try it again, but for now it isn't stable enough for me.

I've added Mail.appetizer now. My little screen is getting to be quite busy... log files, weather, calendar, position of the sun, IM users coming and going, current track, incoming mail... maybe a little too much to look at. :)

Yah, one of the things I like most about iTerm is the fact that you can tab your shells.

I think you'll quickly realize that you can't live without Mail.appetizer -- it's a great program (with a perfect name to boot). The best part is that it is completely unobtrusive -- it keeps the focus on your current window and allows you to keep working while reading through the incoming e-mails. The only problem you might run into is if/when you get a large chunk of spam that isn't filtered by Mail.app. I have the preview set to five seconds and a couple of days ago I got 20 spams at once and had to sit there and wait for it to cycle through the previews.

Tom Barta said:

Check out the fantastic freeware over at Devon. I use Calc service in preference to any other calculator.


http://www.devon-technologies.com/freeware.php

Not to nitpick, but iLife 04 is $49 instead of $99.

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore?productLearnMore=M9364LL/A

Lon Farenwald said:

Thanks, Brad! I just "switched" to a new 15" Powerbook this week and I've been trying to find lots of cool software. This list will be invaluable!

Pat said:

Brad, QuickSilver has a clipboard history which is (obviously) keyboard driven. It's very handy. You need to activate it under Preferences > Clipboard.

edmz said:

Can anybody recommend a good file/directory comparator ?

Andy Todd said:

I can't recommend Quicksilver highly enough.

http://blacktree.com/apps/quicksilver/

Dustin said:

You should check out the Path Finder beta - it fixes the desktop expose problem and is totally amazing!

Re: edmz

The developer tools include an app called FileMerge (/Developer/applications/Utilities) that is a nice graphical app to diff (and merge) files and directories.

Jemal said:

Azureus - great bittorrent downloader/manager. Cross-platform as well.

http://azureus.sourceforge.net/

TjL said:

ACT is the biggest thing that I can see that I would miss. Someone told me it runs well under Virtual PC.

BTW, I ordered my first Mac today, 15"/15ghz Powerbook and will save this page as a reference for what to download :-)

Thanks!

atariboy said:

Good list. Some additions;

MacJournal is a must. Love it!:
http://homepage.mac.com/dschimpf/

PDF viewer for safari:
http://www.schubert-it.com/pluginpdf/

Adam said:

Have you tried Butler? It is a launcher, clipboard, search tool, bookmark manager, iTunes controller, and more.

Andy said:

Nice List - a few of my own favourites in there, but also some new ones which I'm off to check out now. I've keeping an eye on versiontracker since I bought my first mac six months ago and discovered a lot of good stuff that way... but it is amazing how much still falls through the cracks.

thanks again!

Not sure if you have evaluated CopyPaste 2 for OS X - it is close to the Clipmate you mentioned - and includes the ability to have several permanent clip spaces as well as a standard running clipboard of 100 entries. The contexual menus work in Safari now - which was huge.

Juise said:

Awesome list! I already have many of the programs on your list. Sidetrack is a life saver!!! Finally I have two mouse buttons! :) The only thing I feel that is missing from your list is MPlayer OS X 2. In my opinion this port of MPlayer is the only way to watch videos on a Mac.

Ottoe said:


Great list, thanks. Just to nitpick: I doubt using shapeshifter affects GUI loading speed. Just alternate graphics, not additional. I think theming is why I use Mac ...

patrick said:

If you're still trying out ftp/sftp/ssh apps, you might want to check out RBrowser.

http://rbrowser.com/

Could Crm4Mac be a substitute (albeit a very simple one) to ACT?

http://www.crm4mac.com/

Robert Waugh said:

I'm a bit late to respond, but since you ask... the one OS X application I could not live without is Idea Knot. It integrates well with my scatterbrained thought processes.

Any time I start a new project that uses text, I create a new Idea Knot file... (164 .knot files on my hard drive at the moment.) For example, I used it to organize my Movable Type templates, breaking them down into smaller units. Heck, I even converted the MT manual into an Idea Knot file.

Greg said:

I went to download Noiz2sa, but found that it was only available for Windows machines. Is there a mac version that I'm missing, or do you play this on a virtual pc? Thanks.

EsaKan said:

Latercomer says: VoodooPad !!!! (flyingmeat.com/voodoopad)

Shirley said:

Perfect! I've just been asked about software by a student who's just changed from Windows to Mac, and I'm no expert. Thanks

Matt said:

Fugu is pretty good and I used to use it but I recently switched to Cyberduck. It seems to handle the very few things that Fugu couldn't (plus Fugu has not been updated in quite some time). You can check it out at http://cyberduck.ch and it is free as well. Great list though, very informative, thanks!

Jess said:

Congratulations!
For Usenet newsgroups try MacSOUP, which has a unique way of showing the threads in newsgroups.
Setup is a bit awkward, but the threading compensates for that.

Dan Carlson said:

A bit late for comments, but you mentioned looking for a good clipboard archive utility. I'd strongly recommend checking out CopyPaste, because it's got that exact functionality, plus much more. It's shareware, costs $30 -- or you can get the "Lite" version for only $10. I'd say it's very much worth it!

When you say 'swapped', do you mean Adobe allowed you to invalidate an existing Windows license in return for a new Mac one?

We've been trying to do this at work with some, and are always summarily dismissed. Thanks!

Tracy Whitt said:

If you need to link Ical,mail,Addressbook, and more in one app this is for you. a one page Iapp utility.

Debbie said:

Help! I am a new 'Newby' to the mac computer world and am frustrated with my new Mac OS X. I purchased Print Shop and am disappointed with the phot editing tools. Is there free software that has more extensive editing tools then iphoto and print shop? I am looking for more brush options and blemish removal type tools. Thanks, Debbie

Get GraphicConverter. It's not free but it's one of the all-time great shareware apps for the Mac.

http://lemkesoft.com/

Corey Martin said:

Love the site. Very helpful. Anither good Bit Torrent program you may like to check out is Azureus. Thanks again.

Nice list :) I'll bookmark this for when my powerbook finally arrives.

One program that I found useful on OSX was macirssi[1]. This is a gui-version of irssi[2] an advanced command-line IRC client.

Great for those that enjoy chatting on IRC.

1. www.g1m0.se/macirssi/
2. irssi.org

nailbomb said:

tks man, i buy my first mac (e-mac) and serch about free utilies and surf-at ur blog.. tks dude.

by Nailbomb (brazilian user)

SpymacKenny said:

Unless someone already mentioned it, Transmit is a nice app for FTP. I use it almost daily :) . It's over at Panic software, Panic.com, and they have some other stuff too, CandyBar and Unison, a few others.

Brad,

You have quite a list. I have been bookmarking like crazy for months....I decided to register a domain and actually create a site dedicated to cool osx apps. Some are more than useful production wise and some are just plain fun. I will definitely link to your site....can you remember booting up OS 9 crashing, saving your extensions and preferences and reinstalling....HAHAHAH...no more crashes OSX is stable enough that people are developing free software, I don't have to second guess before installing anything anymore...

Jeff said:

Just found ImageWell. The best free, easy, fast image utility for resizing, rotating, cropping, bordering, etc. Drag/drop to/from with auto upload via WebDAV or FTP.

Morgan said:

Besides the fact I have 10 tabs open in firefox after reading your marvelous list, I am curious to look at :-) I would like to recomment MPlayer for osx, since it is the ONLY program that plays xvid/xdiv/... and Xine or VLC if your DVD regio changes are maxed out.
Futhermore there is macam, a webcam program to convert your webcam into a video cam.
I'm sorry but I don't have the links but google will do. The link to your red pill screensaver is not working though it is still available.
just my 2 procents...

Dave Teare said:

The one app the Windows folks had that eluded Mac users was the RoboForm Password Manager & Form Filler.

1Passwd (http://1Passwd.com) is a similar app for OS X. 1Passwd integrates directly with the keychain, and has full support for Safari and Firefox.

B-Lock said:

Brad... Awesome list! I'm a network engineer and I use a macbook pro. My colleagues from when they see me consoled into a cisco router using my serial to usb converter with Z-term.

I was checking out the Geektool and I noticed the background images on the laptop were awesome. Would you mind sharing the images?

Thanks again for such an awesome list of apps...BL

Brad Author Profile Page said:

B-Lock: If you're referring to the link to the GeekTool screenshots, those are desktop backgrounds by various GeekTool users. I don't' have any of those personally.

andrew silk said:

so, did adobe allow you to switch, or did you just find someone to swap with or what- thanks-andy

Phil said:

Virtual Life for OS X (on apple's website - FREE)

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