Mac Apps

Having used my Macbook Pro since just before JavaOne, I thought it worthwhile to detail what's hot and what's not, at least IMO.

Worth saying that - while I've used and appreciated Macs in the past - I now see why the huge shift towards the Mac from the developer community has happened. It's very difficult to avoid being the trad Mac fanboy. Probably comes down to workflow in the various ways one uses a computer.

First and foremost, QuickSilver is the cat's ass (old expression, probably not in vogue, but WTF). It took me several tries to get to the point where I really appreciated QS. It's a weird app: sorta somewhere between a command line and a GUI. Just Google quicksilver tutorial, go thru a few of them, and you'll eventually realise that this is something you can't do without.

MarsEdit is without doubt the best blogging app I've found. Simple, but complete.

TextMate is very nice: reminds me of UltraEdit on Windows. That is, a lot of its functionality is already available in other apps (for the most obvious example, NetBeans), but it's nice that you have this to fall back on. For example, HTML editing - along with a preview function - is very well done.

ForkLift is a new app, it's a two-pane "Finder replacement": provides all kinds of goodies, including (S)FTP support, the ability to uninstall apps, easy viewing/not viewing hidden files, etc. I just wish it had an Explorer-type view: having to always open a folder to see its contents is a drag.

I've already talked about Parallels. I want the app to succeed, to provide the competition to VMware. That said, they need to get more quality control into their processes.

SuperDuper is the backup utility, at least until TimeMachine hits. I do miss incrementals, having used rsnapshot on Ubuntu for a while. But TimeMachine should fix that.

BetterZip is just that. Despite Stuffit's long Mac history, BetterZip is, well, better. Particularly in that it doesn't automatically unzip a file. I want control, dammit.

Missing Sync + JSCalendarSync do it for me. It's so nice to have a PDA + Calendar sync'd to Google Calendar + iCal.

iTerm is indeed a better terminal app than Terminal.

Safari is crap compared to Firefox. YMMV.

VisualHub is the essence of what's right with the Mac: simple, yet extraordinarily complete. For audio only, Max does it for me.

YummyFTP is great, but I can't see paying for it, given I've bought ForkLift.

For RSS reading, BlogBridge is still it, for me. I've tried NetNewsWire and NewsFire, but they just don't provide anywhere near enough advantage, given that BlogBridge is still free.

There's more, but it's late on Saturday night. Later.
Comments:

Here's a few apps that I would add to the list:
  • Amateur for a full featured Quicktime player.
  • JEdit is a decent editor as well.
  • Snapz Pro X is great for recording video demonstrations of what happens on your screen, then assembling them in iMovie.
  • HandBreak rocks for ripping DVD's so that you can play them on the airplane, iPod, etc. in any resolution.
  • NeoOffice is a nice port of Open Office, though I hear Sun is investing money into an official port.

Posted by Paedagogus on June 16, 2007 at 10:41 PM EST #

Well, on Mac, Firefox is 'crap' compared to Camino! I still prefer Safari to either of them though...

Posted by Calum on June 16, 2007 at 11:59 PM EST #

Yeah, well, that's what makes horse races worthwhile, Calum. Cheerie, David

Posted by David Coldrick on June 17, 2007 at 12:25 AM EST #

Hi Paedagogus, Agree about JEdit and HandBrake: I use NeoOffice all the time too, tho it's about the only app that feels slow on this laptop. Haven't tried Amateur, I will. Plan to test IshowU as well as SNapZ Pro. Thanks for the feedback, David

Posted by David Coldrick on June 17, 2007 at 12:30 AM EST #

I will just say, for archiving and compression tasks: Springy. Period.

Posted by VLook on July 24, 2007 at 02:22 AM EST #

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