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Hussein Baghdadi
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Hey,
What are your favorite Mac apps (under any category, development, hacks, productivity, networking ...)
Thanks.
 
Bear Bibeault
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Everyday usage:

Tomcat (app server)
PostgreSQL (database)
IntelliJ IDE (Java IDE)
Terminal (terminal emulator)
Ant (build tool)
Mail (email)
Safari (browser)
Firefox (browser)
Adium (chat client)
BBEdit (text editor)
iTunes (media center)
MacJournal (diary/journal)
DB Visualizer (database inspector)
Adobe Photoshop (raster image editor)
Numbers (spreadsheet)
Preview (media file viewer)
Time machine (backup)

Frequent usage:

Toast Titanium (DVD burning)
Adobe Illustrator (vector editor)
iPhoto (photo catalog/editor)
iDVD (DVD authoring)
OmniGraffle (diagramming)
OmniOutliner (outlining)
Fujiyama Slide Show (image/thumbnail viewer)
Handbrake (video ripper)
Color Picker Pro (color mixer)
Keynote (presentation editor)
Pages (word processor)
Word (word processor)
Ripit (video ripper)
Camino (browser)
Art Text (3D text generator)

[edited to add descriptions]
 
Ulf Dittmer
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Some more apps from my Applications folder that I use pretty regularly:

Cyberduck (FTP client)
NetNewsWire (RSS client)
Mellel (word processing)
iTunes
iPhoto
MacVim (editor)
FileMerge (for comparing files, part of Apple's Developer Tools)
svnX (Subversion client)
PCalc (calculator)
iTerm (instead of Terminal.app)
Console (for viewing log files)
MT-NewsWatcher (for the few remaining newsgroups I follow)
VLC (for watching movies QuickTime can't handle)
HexEdit (viewing and editing binary files)
HTTPScoop (for observing HTTP traffic)
ClamXav (virus protection)
WhatRoute (nslookup, whois and traceroute GUI application)
 
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Only adding those that haven't been mentioned (I think - I may have doubled up on some of them).

ClassicFTP - used so I can describe FTP operations to people using Windows. When I am using FTP I tend to use the FireFTP plugin for Firefox.
DbVisualizer - a great way of accessing the various databases I have to use
Druid - another nice database tool
FinkCommander - for those *nix tools that the Mac doesn't have, or that I want a newer version of
Flip4Mac - for playing WMV files
Gimp - for graphics manipulation
JungleDisk - for remote access to my S3 space as though it is a local hard drive
NeoOffice - for word processing / spreadsheeting etc. I should probably revert back to Open Office.
OSXvnc - remote access to other computers
Parallels - allows me to run other operating systems on my computer
Quicksilver - all sorts of goodies
Skype - VOIP
Eclipse - IDE
hudson - continuous integration tool
hudsonTracker - nice tool to monitor hudson
iSquint - convert my movies into iPod format
sshfs - easy way of accessing some remote computers as though they are

And in my games folder (for when the kids come around - honestly - really truly)

BombSquad
Bullfrog
ExtremeTuxRacer
Ivory
Lines
MahJong Tradition
Pairs
Pingus
PrBoom
Secret Maryo Chronicles
StimuliCards
 
Mark Spritzler
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For a second there I was going to be shocked that no one mentioned QuickSilver.

Anyway, you got a great list to work from here. Have fun.

I would add "Things" if you end up wanting to do GTD.

Oh, and I prefer VMWare Fusion over Parallels, I found it to run a little bit faster than Parallels.

Mark
 
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I've tried QuickSilver on my still new Mac for a while, but then discovered that the built-in Spotlight can do almost (?) anything that QuickSilver does. Does QuickSilver have extras that make it worthwile to use it instead of Spotlight? I'd rather not install and have another program running if it's not essential.

I like PixelMator, it's a graphics editing program, ofcourse not as large and powerful as Photoshop, but not that expensive and works really well and has a lot of functionality.

For Java and Scala development I use NetBeans.

I use Firefox for web browsing.

I use VirtualBox (instead of Parallels) for running Ubuntu and Windows XP in a virtualized environment. VirtualBox is free and works really well.

I use OpenOffice for documents and spreadsheets.

I also have VLC Media Player installed, it plays more formats than the QuickTime can handle.

I like Stellarium, planetary software.

 
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Ohhhh, Stellarium looks cool!
 
Mark Spritzler
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Anyone know a good free cleaner app?

EDIT: I used OnyX, good simple application.

Mark
 
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Stickies ..
 
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Great list for everyone, thanks!


Adobe InDesign (to write our books and stuff)

Grab is a nice utility (apple-shift-a)
 
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I have a lot of them, but the most favorite is ActyMac DutyWatch Remote. It can record and log everything - from recording keystrokes typed and website visits, to chats, emails and screenshots.
 
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Cutting it down to what really gets used:

Safari
Mail
Address Book
iTunes
Dictionary
Calendar
iPhoto
TextEdit
Terminal

Hmmm... These all come with the Mac. Good stuff.

Beyond that, Eclipse, TextWrangler, and Celtx are all free. Photoshop Elements is about $90.
 
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