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Recommended Mac apps for switchers

quicksilver
Quicksilver: First thing I install on a new machine. It’s an application launcher, keyboard commands ninja… You might say “Whadda fok?” in the beginning due to the steep learning curve, but you will get used–sorry, married–to it.

Adiumx
Adium: A multiplatform chat client. Skins and plugins galore. Don’t need to look anywhere else, this is the app you need.

growl
Growl: A system notification thingy. Windows don’t growl. Get it and set it.

toastdisco
Disc burning: Toast for kamasutra, Disco for quickies.

fission
Fission: A quick, but clean audio editor by Roque Amoeba. If you’re into audio, you should definitely check their stuff out.

flip4mac
Flip4mac: Windows media codec. You need this to watch or listen to Windows Media content with Quicktime.

Perian
Perian: One of the first things I install. It adds native support for popular video formats like xvid, divx, etc to Quicktime.

vlc
VLC: There isn’t a media life without VLC. Doesn’t matter which platform you’re on.

visualhub
VisualHub: This is your hub for quick video conversions.

ffmpeg
ffmpegX: This is what you need if you are serious about video conversions.

istat
iStat: System resources widget or menubar thingy. Take your pick.. My pick is iStat Pro. Get it and watch what your Mac is doing while you are trying to figure out how silent it is compared to that POS you left behind..

littlesnitch
Little Snitch: Think of this little biatch as an outgoing firewall. If some software is calling home, this baby will let you decide if it may or not..

unrarx
UnrarX: Run of the mill rar/par thingy.

unarchiver
The Unarchiver: Run of the mill archive extraction thingy supporting many formats.

macpar
MacPAR deLuxe: If you’re into usenet and parity files, you need this..

split
Split & Concat: Kinda like HJSplit.

textwrangler
Textwrangler: Text editor on steroids.

maxaudialhub
Max: Audio converter. If you wanna rip that cd or convert that file to your preferred format, you need this. Also check out AudialHub.

mp3info
MP3-Info CMM: This finder plugin lets you right click on an mp3 file and peek into its tag.

Pjehi
Skitch: Quick image editor, screenshot grabber, image sharing app and webservice combo. Lovely!

8Zjlv
Pixelmator: Even if you are a Photoshop guru, you still should take a look at this image editing app.

speeddownload
Speed Download: Download Manager. First thing I bought when I switched.

transmission
Transmission: Into torrents? This is your client.

tvshows
TV Shows: You don’t need to manually download torrent files for TV shows anymore. New version coming soon..

yummyftp
Yummy FTP: There’s a few ftp clients out there for the Mac but this was my choice..

xbmc
OS X XBMC: If you think you will miss Windows Media Center, you are mistaken. Or if you have an Xbox with XBMC running on it, now you can do HD thanks to the OSXBMC project.

appzapper
Appzapper: What if you install these and don’t like some of them? Yeah, yeah.. We’ve all heard it before.. In OS X, you can move the application you wanna delete to the trash folder and that’s it.
No it isn’t.

If you do that, a bunch of other files like preferences files, etc stay behind. Zap ‘em with Appzapper so that the app and the related files are history..

Posted By Muzo B

2 Responses to “Recommended Mac apps for switchers”

  1. Antonio says:

    Lotsa great apps ‘n things. I’ve found iusethis.com for a source of popular apps and such. Off the top of my list would be the Unsanity products HERE, of course, as you’ve listed it already, Flip4Mac, and a few other good ones…for back up, Superduper, and a simple free one, iBackup….and an excellent vital info database, info.xhead, and another one by the Flip4Mac people, Drive In.

  2. Ammar Mirza says:

    Thanks for the list, another application I would recommend is xPad, it is written in Cocoa so it is really quick to open and close and it is a highly recommended app for any user. It is like notepad from windows but 100 times better. You need to use it to understand how a program can be 100 times better than a simple program like notepad. Another program I would recommend is called Caffeine for mac, search it on google.

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