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What To Install on Your Mac

December 7, 2007

Between my evangelizing Macs as replacements for Windows laptop users- and later getting the “what should I install?” question, and wanting to finally pull the trigger on an OS 10.5.1 upgrade and fearing I’ll have to do a fresh re-install should it go wrong, I thought now would be a good time to document the applications I feel are worth going with from the start, in no particular order. Perhaps my Mac guru friends can do the same and I’ll realize I’m going about it all wrong…

  • Firefox
  • Thunderbird
  • Adium
  • Chicken of the VNC
  • Netbeans 6 with Glassfish v2
  • Lightroom
  • Twitterific
  • LittleSnitch
  • MenuMeters
  • Xcode
  • N
  • SkeyCalc
  • iTerm (Leopard belatedly brings tabs to the stock Terminal app, so I may end up punting this)
  • DarwinPorts
  • Cisco VPN
  • Parallels
  • QuickSilver (installed but never became a power user)
  • Flip4Mac
  • Flickr Uploadr
  • Gallery Remote
  • Startup Sound to disable that annoying BONG!

From → Gadgets

  1. * Parallels
    * Solaris
    * That’s all

  2. Shimo is a great VPN client to replace Cisco’s.

  3. ThinGuy permalink

    Skitch? Let me know if you need an invite.

  4. What is "N". Not an easy thing to google.
    fugu — when I am too lazy to scp
    Butler — Key Remps
    Matrix "Red Pill" Screensaver
    video lan — Often times, less sucky than QT

  5. @Kevin: sweet, I’ll give it a spin.<br>
    @ThinGuy: please send invite to altbit’at’gmail, thx <br>
    @twothirds: sorry, got lazy on the hyperlinking. fixed. looks like there’s an N+ in the works too.

  6. Think carefully before you go for Firefox on the Mac – it leaks memory badly. I’d try Safari first , the newer builds are really very good.
    If you absolutely *must* have a firefoxalike, go for flock. It’s crammed with social networking addons but uses much less memory than firefox (and more importantly it doesn’t leak).
    Similarly I’d try out before going for thunderbird.
    Leopard comes with a vnc client, so you may not need CotVNC.
    +1 for VLC – don’t know why apple still bundle quicktime, most video formats are playable by VLC so make it the default player (certainly for avi, wmvs etc).
    everyone raves about iTerm but I never saw what it has over personally.
    the new spotlight does everything i used quicksilver for (mostly app launching), so i don’t bother with that either anymore.

  7. I’ve recently become a great fan of 1Password, so I’d add that to the list. I also pretty much always install OmniDiskSweeper, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, MacGPG, GPGMail (for those of us who like rather than Thunderbird), Inquisitor, BBEdit, and my own personal collection of scripts and utilities, of course. šŸ˜‰ I also like YummyFTP and Springy. MenuMeters++, Adium++, Shimo++, Quicksilver++, LittleSnitch++, Flip4Mac++, Xcode++…

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