Tuesday Sep 01, 2009

Must-have / essential applications on Mac OS X (10.6 - Snow Leopard)

This is a bit of a side-step from directly MySQL related information .. but I found myself installing Snow Leopard on my MacBook Pro today (which I use for pretty much everything) and every-time I do I have to try and remember all the applications I use. And I thought I would share them as I've found it useful you can pick up on things other people use. So here it is!

I have marked the applications which cost money with a green dollar symbol ($) and hyperlinked all the project names for convenience.


  • iLife 2009 - iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie $

  • Built-in Mac Applications - Mail, Safari, Terminal

  • iWork 2009 - Office Suite - Pages, Numbers, Keynote $

  • TextMate - Text Editor $

  • VisualHub - Video Conversion - Use this for converting videos to watch on my iPhone/iPod touch .. no longer for sale but apparently you can download it for free now $

  • Transmit - FTP client $

  • VMware Fusion - Virtualization - for testing and Windows $

  • World of Goo - Game - Possibly the most awesome game ever (via Macheist) $

  • Skype - VoIP - We use SkypeOut alot in the support team for calling customers world-wide.

  • Adium - Instant Messaging - MSN, Google Talk, Jabber

  • X-Chat Aqua - IRC - used for work, prefer a graphical client with sound and growl capability for work.. use irssi on a remote server for personal IRC

  • MacPorts - BSD Ports-style for Mac - Applications: bzr, mtr

  • Growl - Desktop notifications - also Prowl for forwarding them to my iPhone

  • Perian - Video Codecs - for Quicktime

  • VLC - Video Player - I use this for watching most videos anyway

  • Cisco VPN Client - Used for work (not freely distributed)

  • Arduino - For all my Arduino electronics hacking.. for more details see my Geek My Ride page

  • EAGLE - PCB Design

  • SeaShore - Image Editor - based on the GIMP, but was a Mac UI.. great for simple edits.

  • iStat Menus - Menubar System Stats - not yet working on Snow Leopard (will soon) - highly recommended... also lets you replace the menu clock with one that drops down to show a calendar and other timezones.

That's it! I hope some of you find some useful applications in there.

- Trent

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