Here’s my current list of applications that I wouldn’t want to live without.
- 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!
- VLC (excellent video player)
- Adium (cross-protocol IM client)
- Evernote (tagging + amazing OCR + iPhone app + firefox add-on makes for fancy note taking)
- Skype. Now with easy screen sharing!
- OmniGraffle (Excellent diagramming tool)
- OpenOffice (reads and writes Microsoft Word and Excel files more predictably than iWork’s Pages and Numbers)
- Cooliris (Firefox plugin that makes browsing photos on the web jaw-droppingly immersive)
- 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)
- Alfred (replacement for Quicksilver, and if you buy the power-pack, an excellent clipboard manager, too)
- The Unarchiver (Multi-format unarchiver app for OS X)
- MenuMeters (adds network/disk/cpu/ram monitoring graphs to your menubar
- Apimac’s Timer (simple stopwatch/timer with fancy-pants full-screen support and other niftiness)
- IntilliJ IDEA / Eclipse (Java/… IDEs that makes coding and refactoring doable)
- MacPorts (brings the missing unix tools you know and love to your mac. Updates ((used to be)) bumpy, though, and expect compilation failures or other porting bugs.)
- Smultron (nice text editor)
- 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)