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: /opt/local/apache2/conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf


Audio editor. Needs the Lame command line tool to handle MP3s.

Audacity download


Command launcher. I feel naked when working on a machine that doesn't have it. I sync the settings with Dropbox.

Alfred download


Instant messaging for Mac

Adium download


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

All2MP3 download


Friendly, intelligent flash cards. Remembering things just became much easier

Anki homepage


Driver for my Wacom tablet

Wacom download page

BetterZip Quick Look Generator

Lets OS X's Quick Look inspect the contents of compressed archives

I read about it here


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.

Wacom download page


An app to stop your machine going to sleep. Useful for presentations

Caffeine download

Comic Life

Comics creator.

Comic Life creator


Nice little app for FTP and SCP. It also does Amazon S3 and Google Drive Bookmarks are saved in ~/Library/Application Support/Cyberduck

Cyberduck download

Disk Inventory X

This small app creates a color map of your hard disk, which makes it easy to clean up.

Disk Inventory X download


Love this little utility. It allows you to arrange multiple windows on the screen.

Divvy download


Also used to sync Alfred settings and iTunes.

Dropbox download


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.

Evernote download


I am considering going back to it, as it is getting better all the time. But Chrome is faster.

Firefox download

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.

Font Catalog Creator download

Gas Mask

/etc/hosts file manager and editor

Gas Mask


These days Gimp got simpler. Even my mum uses it for image processing.

Gimp download


Something that programmers use


Google Drive

Well, I use Google Docs a lot, may as well use Drive.

Google Drive download


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

GyazMail download


A video transcoder. Probably the best for Mac.

Handbrake download


Because MacPorts drove me mad.



I have several e-books in .chm formats. iCHM is the best OS X utility to handle them.

iChm download


ImageAlpha greatly reduces file sizes of 24-bit PNG files (including alpha transparency)

ImageAlpha download


Shrinks PNG, JPEG and GIF animations

ImageOptim download

JPEGmini Lite

Shrinks JPEGS - best used in bulk. Free trial

JPEGMini download


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.

Kaleidoscope Download

Little Snitch

Network monitor. First thing I install in a new Mac.

Little Snitch download


Audio file format converter

Max homepage

A timer utility I use when working, when sometimes I use the Pomodoro Techique.

Menubar Countdown dowload

MPEG Streamclip

A video converter utility.

MPEG Streamclip


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/


MySQL Workbench

To think we had to use PhpMyAdmin before this.

MySQL Workbench download


Allows batch renaming of files.

NameChanger download


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.

OmniDiskSweeper Download


For flowcharts and general UX



An all-in-one system maintenance tool and optimizer.

OnyX Download


Google Spreadsheets is much better. But for compatibility is still best, despite some interface insanity.

Apache OpenOffice


Yes, another Google App. This allows me to sync images to G+.

Picasa Download

Remote Buddy

An utility to control your mac from a remote. Useful with Miro.

Remote Buddy Download


"skyping" has become the standard English word to refer to making VOIP video calls.

Skype Download

Sublime Text

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

Sublime Text Download

The Unarchiver

The Unarchiver is designed to handle many more formats than Archive Utility, and to better fit in with the design of the Finder.

The Unarchiver Download



Thyme on Github


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.

TinkerTool Download


I used to use Parallels, but this is just as good, and free.

Oracle VirtualBox

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.

Vuze Download


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

XLD homepage