OS X Apps I Use
All the OS X apps I use - for when I need to reinstall a new machine.
Apple’s version is fine, I only need to backup the virtual hosts:
Audio editor. Needs the Lame command line tool to handle MP3s.
Command launcher. I feel naked when working on a machine that doesn’t have it. I sync the settings with Dropbox.
Instant messaging for Mac
All to MP3, Convert RM to MP3, RAM to MP3, RMVB to MP3, WAVE to MP3, WMA to MP3, AVI to MP3, MPEG to MP3, MPG to MP3, WAV to MP3, ASF to MP3
Friendly, intelligent flash cards. Remembering things just became much easier
Driver for my Wacom tablet
BetterZip Quick Look Generator
Lets OS X’s Quick Look inspect the contents of compressed archives
This app allows you to switch off items from the OS X menu bar which normally you can’t (like Dropbox). Useful on the tiny Mac laptops, where space is at a premium.
An app to stop your machine going to sleep. Useful for presentations
Nice little app for FTP and SCP. It also does Amazon S3 and Google Drive Bookmarks are saved in ~/Library/Application Support/Cyberduck
Disk Inventory X
This small app creates a color map of your hard disk, which makes it easy to clean up.
Love this little utility. It allows you to arrange multiple windows on the screen.
Also used to sync Alfred settings and iTunes.
A note manager. Everybody’s best kept secret. Another of those “how did I manage before it” apps. I love that it downloads notest to your machine as well as keeping a copy on the server, so your stuff is not hostage to a third party.
I am considering going back to it, as it is getting better all the time. But Chrome is faster.
Font Catalog Creator
I bought this to create a sample file for each of the thousands of fonts I had amassed over the years. It did a great job, but now I don’t think I’ll use it ever again.
/etc/hosts file manager and editor
These days Gimp got simpler. Even my mum uses it for image processing.
Something that programmers use
Well, I use Google Docs a lot, may as well use Drive.
Apple Mail can be quite annoying. I like this Japanese app because it stores mails as text files. Mails are stored in ~/Library/Application Support/GyazMail
A video transcoder. Probably the best for Mac.
Hide My Ass
Because MacPorts drove me mad.
I have several e-books in .chm formats. iCHM is the best OS X utility to handle them.
ImageAlpha greatly reduces file sizes of 24-bit PNG files (including alpha transparency)
Shrinks PNG, JPEG and GIF animations
Shrinks JPEGS - best used in bulk. Free trial
Google Spreadsheets is much better. But for compatibility is still best, despite some interface insanity.
Video screen capture - probably obsolete by now…
I like using svn / git / mercurial on the command line - good for almost everything, except file diff. This app is brilliant at it.
Network monitor. First thing I install in a new Mac.
Audio file format converter
A timer utility I use when working, when sometimes I use the Pomodoro Techique.
A video converter utility.
Dead program, still available for download so I still use it.
Can be installed via Homebrew, but I prefer the standard installer from their website. Backups: /usr/local/mysql/data/
To think we had to use PhpMyAdmin before this.
Allows batch renaming of files.
A utility to quickly find large files and get rid of them. You’d think it should be easy to do from Finder, but this is much more convenient.
For flowcharts and general UX
An all-in-one system maintenance tool and optimizer.
Yes, another Google App. This allows me to sync images to G+.
An utility to control your mac from a remote. Useful with Miro.
“skyping” has become the standard English word to refer to making VOIP video calls.
My current text editor of choice. Light and snappy, lots of plugins. The important settings are in ~/Library/Application\ Support/Sublime Text 2/Packages/User
The Unarchiver is designed to handle many more formats than Archive Utility, and to better fit in with the design of the Finder.
An application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into Mac OS X. This allows to activate hidden features in the operating system and in some of the applications delivered with the system.
I used to use Parallels, but this is just as good, and free.
I mostly use it to test sites on various old versions of IE - here’s a great script to download and install Windows virtual machines for you
A BitTorrent client used to transfer files via the BitTorrent protocol.
WaterRoof is a Mac OS X frontend to ipfw rules and dummynet pipes and queues. I use it for certain obscure operations involving Vagrant and VMs.
X Lossless Decoder
Yet another audio converter