Here’s my current list of applications that I wouldn’t want to live without.
- 1Password (cross-platform password manager. Make everyone in your family use it. Seriously.)
- Dropbox is a slick and excellent way of keeping a directory in sync between N computers. Every time you save a file, it keeps that version around for a while, so you can “undo” to a prior save—on a different computer—and share files that stay in sync between friends!
- Wunderlist (great cross-platform todo lists)
- Alfred (replacement for Quicksilver, and if you buy the power-pack, an excellent clipboard manager, too)
- Skitch (awesome screen grabber with simple drawing tools)
- Spectacle (resize windows easily)
- Fan Control (allows you to ramp up the MacBook fan speed more aggressively than the default, to keep it a reasonable temperature)
- Jumpcut (multiple clipboard manager, essential for coding)
- The Unarchiver (Multi-format unarchiver app for OS X)
- MenuMeters (adds network/disk/cpu/ram monitoring graphs to your menubar
- Evernote (tagging + amazing OCR + iPhone app + firefox add-on makes for fancy note taking)
- OmniGraffle (Excellent diagramming tool)
- Apimac’s Timer (simple stopwatch/timer with fancy-pants full-screen support and other niftiness)
- IntilliJ IDEA / Rubymine (Java/… IDEs that makes coding and refactoring doable)
- Homebrew (brings the missing unix tools you know and love to your Mac. First to the party was Fink, then MacPorts, but brew is the new hotness)
- Sublime (nice text editor)
- Sequel Pro (nice UI for MySQL development)
- Web Developer (Firefox add-on that gives a CSS editor, DOM browser, form muck-abouter, document anchor tag highlighter, and generally helpful web swiss-army knife that makes Firefox indispensible)
Update June 2014
Wow, there’s ~50% churn in my favorite apps since the last time I updated this list!