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Everything just works, period. Everything is so intuitive that i now feel that windows is setup counterintuitivly. I dont want to start a flame, but i just love it.
Any software you guys recommend that you just cant live without? What is on your most used list perhaps?
And, yes, 2004 is the most recent version.
Now, MS Mail (Entourage) vs Apple's mail. Apple's mail is very good, but if you work on a Windows mail at any time, you'll want to go with Entourage just so you don't have to switch gears. And, if you have a PDA, I find that MS's products match up a tad better.
Also, if you host your sites on Unix/Linux, you'll dig into your Mac's Unix underpinnings. Install the Mac OS X developer tools. Check out the Terminal app. Learn vi just to impress people at parties.
When I had to use Windows stuff for work, I found MS Remote Desktop Connection for Mac took the pain out of it.
SubEthaEdit - for collaborative editing of PHP etc.
vlc - for playing movies in all formats
Wire Tap Pro - for catching audio
Snapz Pro - for capturing screen shots (still and moving).
Roxio Toast - for burning CDs and DVDs
RAGE ButtonDesign for web sites
RAGE Google Sitemap Automater
Reunion 8 - Genealogy
PageSucker 3.2 MacOS X
GraphicConverter US X - Shareware "PhotoShop" comparable.
Flip4Mac - QuickTime enhancer
ffmpegX_0.0.9s - video app.
Fetch 4.0.3 - FTP client
FileXaminer - changes file permissions
Easyfind - better than Spotlight for some find functions
Chicken of the VNC - remote desktop controller
BBEdit Lite 6.1
Fission audiofile splitter
Some of my must haves:
Textmate - By far the best text editor for web design IMHO. It took me a bit to get used to but it's well worth it. The Bundles are a huge timesaver for me. I tried BBedit and to me, it just felt clunky and not as customizable.
Transmit - FTP, tried a bunch, this one has everything I could ever want.
Color Picker - The default OSX one is great, I found an applescript to let me keep it as a program in the dock which for me is extremely handy. (Painters Picker and Hex color Picker are great add ons for this.)
TextExpander - Helps easily write often used snips with shortcuts. (Similar to TypeIt4Me, I haven't tried that one yet, going to right now though.)
Flip4Mac WMV - For those times I need to view windows media files.
Adium - Instant messaging that connects to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo etc.
MAMP Pro - Made it easier for an Apache novice like me to have multiple local test sites.
1Passwd - Password manager. I went with this since it seamlessly imported my old Roboform database.
Parallels - One of the least used programs in my Mac. I bought a copy simply to be able to test sites with Windows browsers side by side the Mac ones while designing. It's worth it to me to not have to switch back and forth to test in IE, if you don't mind logging out and into Windows, Boot Camp may be a good (and free) alternative.
QuickSilver - I LOVE this! Takes a while to get used to it, but once I found the gestures that can work in *all* programs, I fell in love and started really learning what else it can do :) This little program is a goldmine of features.
[edited by: LunaC at 2:58 pm (utc) on Aug. 29, 2007]
everyone seems to like Transmit. fair enough. if it works for them, good. but i'm a solid advocate of YummyFTP.
i'm also a recovering Gatesie (6 months sans windows). vista finally pushed me over the edge.
anyhow, i searched high and low for something that would replicate even 50% of what WinSCP can do. i must have tried over 50 different apps. most were abysmal. ONLY YummyFTP came close. it's does about 95% of what i could accomplish with WinSCP.
i manage over 2 dozen websites, and make constants updates to all of them on a daily basis. and Transmit just can't do what i need it to do. if you're a casual user, Transmit definitely does the job. but if you need more "power" Yummy is my recommendation.
just my 1p (2 cents in u.s. money)
First off if you have a lot of things going on in your business, I find Daylite a must have application for managing, projects, task, calendars, quotes, etc. I'm not sure how I would function if someone took it away form me. It can be customized to no end, it takes several months just to get it tweaked to your style of working, but it's worth it to keep you on task and on budget and not miss anything. No more to do's falling though the cracks.
I like Interarchy for FTP now. The older versions I didn't warm up to as well as transmit. But I've made the switch and haven't looked back. I well have to look at yummy.
Because I can't spell and Apple's spell checker sucks, I use Spell Catcher all day long, works with any app.
If you want a small flexible database that is set-up and ready to use for cheap, take a look at Data Guardian for keeping track of domain info, software serial numbers and anything else you have to constantly look up. I can make a new template for various databases in about two minutes, very easy.
Navicat definitely gets my vote for managing my MySQL databases.
Surprisingly we use Apples iWork suite a lot in our office, at $79 it works very well. Reads most Office docs fairly well, exports to them just fine and has a lot of useful templates that don't scream Office! We have Office and just about every major Adobe application made, we are both print and web based company. But we all go to iWork apps when we can, simple and effective, like a good Apple app should be.
When things in the OS seem a little off, I run Tiger cache cleaner, does a lot more than the name implies, think its about $10
OmniGraffle Professional is a great flowchart tool (think visio on a diet) with a lot of user support for stencils (template objects). There are a lot of good web stencils available for free. It's a great way to mock up a form for a customer to look at before coding one. Looks like the real thing.
Mac Pilot is a good tool if your not inclined to tweaking the OS in the Unix command line world. Does nice things like being able to change what file type screen shots are taken in and where they end up. And several hundred other items.
VisualHub is my tip for the thread - converts any video format to anything else, smoothly. Also creates SWF files for streaming video from a website.
TextWrangler (Free) - I love the way you can open several files at once and they are listed down the side. It has some amazing features too.
Parallels Desktop - believe me, this rocks. Use Windows from within OS X! Yet with little or no loss of speed compared to a PC for running everyday tasks. You can run it within a window, full screen, or with version 3, each app can use a separate window on your Mac desktop!
It's invaluable for Windows-only programs, such as Microsoft Access. (Why isn't that included in Mac Office 2004?)
TypeIt4Me - for correcting my typos and avoiding repetitive typing of paragraphs tht I use every day.
Does it not work on this forum? :-)
Parallels takes much more RAM and has bad crash habits if I try to run it after my machine has been running a while.
You can set how much RAM it uses, of course. I'm on a 2Gb iMac and find I can run Windows XP and Linux together without problems. I gave 256Mb of RAM to Linux and 400Mb to XP.
Parallels really is smooth. Using XP within OS X is just like using it on a standalone PC!
Just make sure you install Parallel Tools for each operating system. You can then freely move the mouse in and out of the virtual window (and drag and drop files from Mac to Windows!). Tools also allows you to resize the virtual window and the desktop inside it automatically fits the new size. Fullscreen is also possible, of course.
I haven't noticed any bad crash habits, even if I run Parallels late in the day.
I also use Microsoft Office:Mac 2004 Student and Teacher Edition.
Much cheaper than the full works, but includes everything 99.9% of people need.
Also if you purchase now you're eligible for a free upgrade to 2008 office for mac.
Having said that, when I need to make a quick poster or anything graphical, iWorks 08 is fab! - the same principle as iLife, just for word processing and desktop publishing.
Can anyone recommend a free and simple database program for the Mac?
I have to boot into XP just to use Access. I'm basically just editing text, no need for fancy database features.
I reboot every day as I am used to Windows. Should I be doing otherwise?
Some of the Macs here at work only get restarted a couple times a year. Your Mac does do some housecleaning tasks when you restart, so it's a good idea to do it occasionally but you definitely don't need to do it everyday.
Set your Energy Savings settings in your System Preferences though so that you don't waste energy/money when you aren't using it.
ASM menu - bring back the application switcher menu and makes the finder windows work as they did under OS 9. I couldn't work without it.
Default Folder - saves me about an hour a day of productivity.
Another fan of Transmit. Although it does have some issues with SFTP.
Carbon Copy Cloner - I clone my system to an external hard disk for backup purposes. If something happens to the internal HD, or even the Mac itself, I can boot up and be working in an identical environment withing minutes.
Onyx - gives access to some 'hidden' OS X features.