Mac Utilities (everything that Apple forgot)!

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  1. kevipapo1

    kevipapo1 New Member

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    Taken from the other board that I regularly stay at: zacaj's forums. Join today: http://forums.zacaj.com

    I hope the tags there work similarly here *gulp*

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    .:*~*:.Index of apps.:*~*:.

    • Adium - Every chatting service, all in one app
    • AppZapper - The uninstaller Apple forgot.
    • CandyBar 3 - Customize and organize your icons
    • Little Snitch 2 - Protect your privacy.
    • Macam - USB webcam support for Mac OS X
    • Senuti - Everything in reverse.
    • ShapeShifter - Change the overall appearance of your Mac
    • Snapz Pro X - If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine how priceless a movie would be…
    • VisualHub - The Universal Video Converter for Macintosh.
    • Xslimmer - Your Mac, on a Diet!


    Adium - Every chatting service, all in one app
    Adium team - Mac OS X 10.4.x (v1.0.6 for Mac OS X 10.3.9, v0.89.1 for Mac OS X 10.2.x) - Freeware!

    Adium is a free instant messaging application for Mac OS X, released under the GNU GPL and developed by the Adium team. With Adium, you can connect to any number of messaging accounts on any combination of supported messaging services and then chat with other people using those services.

    Adium supports numerous chatting services: AOL Instant Messenger (Including ICQ and .Mac), Jabber (Including Google Talk and LiveJournal), MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger (Including Yahoo! Japan), Bonjour (Compatible with iChat), MySpace IM, Gadu-Gadu, Novell Groupwise, QQ, and Lotus Sametime.

    See screenshots at http://www.adiumx.com/screenshots/


    AppZapper - The uninstaller Apple forgot.
    Mac OS X 10.4.x or later - Shareware ($12.95)/Free Trial (five free zaps)

    Everybody loves the drag and drop nature of OS X. Drag an app into your applications folder, and it's installed. You'd think it would be that easy to delete an app — just a matter of dragging it to the trash. But it's not. Applications install preferences, caches, and other support files throughout your computer that take up space and generate clutter. Deleting these by hand every time you delete an app is a pain.

    Introducing AppZapper. AppZapper is for people who want to confidently try new apps while knowing they can uninstall them easily. Drag one or more unwanted apps onto AppZapper and watch as it finds all the extra files and lets you delete them with a single click. A slick safety system remembers which apps you want to keep safe, and the log tracks all the files you've zapped. In one Zap you'll understand it. In two you'll fall in love. Within the five free Zaps, you'll know you need to add AppZapper to your arsenal. Go ahead — try five free zaps and see AppZapper, the Mac uninstaller for the rest of us, in action.

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    CandyBar 3 - Customize and organize your icons
    Panic - Mac OS X 10.5.x (CandyBar 2 for Mac OS X 10.4.x) - Shareware ($29)/Free Trial (14 days)

    This is big: CandyBar 3 now has pixadex built right in! Now, your favorite application for changing system icons is also your favorite application for managing your icons, with a smooth, unified interface.

    • Brand New Interface -- Store and browse icons (and iContainers) with ease
    • Quick Look -- Totally integrated: view iContainers in the Finder itself
    • 512×512 Icons -- Mega sized, hyper detailed, good to go
    • Better iContainers -- Save and load icons, and docks, all bundled up
    • Super Speed -- Load and browse icons in a flash, thanks to Leopard
    • Quick Drop -- Easily apply icons to individual folders
    • Organize Docks, Too -- Got an iContainer with a Dock? We’ll hold onto it
    • Smart Collections -- Search and build dynamic icon collections

    CandyBar is a customizing application for Mac. It can tweak and change the look of icons all over your system. From the Trash, to folders, even any application icon, CandyBar can do it! Simply drag-and-drop the icon of your choice over the current one, and CandyBar goes to work.

    CandyBar can also change the look of your Leopard dock! Drag any image you want for your dock, and CandyBar applies it! You can also download pre-made docks and apply them as well.

    CandyBar makes it easy to keep all your themes organized! CandyBar supports the iContainer format for themes, as well as any commonly used image format. You can even make your own icon sets using icons from an iContainer theme, images, or even ones that you've made.

    Give CandyBar 3 a try! Use it for a trial period of 14 days. Like what you see? Buy the full version for only $29!

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    Little Snitch 2 - Protect your privacy.
    Objective Development - Mac OS X 10.4.x or later - Shareware ($24.95)/Free Trial (3 hours, then quits)

    As soon as you’re connected to the Internet, applications can potentially send whatever information they want to wherever they want. Sometimes they do this for good reason, on your explicit request. But often they don’t. Little Snitch allows you to intercept these unwanted connection attempts, and lets you decide how to proceed.

    Little Snitch informs you whenever a program attempts to establish an outgoing Internet connection. You can then choose to allow or deny this connection, or define a rule how to handle similar, future connection attempts. This reliably prevents private data from being sent out without your knowledge. Little Snitch runs inconspicuously in the background and it can also detect network related activity of viruses, trojans and other malware.

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    Macam - USB webcam support for Mac OS X
    Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later (certain drivers require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later) - Freeware!

    macam is a driver for USB webcams on Mac OS X. It allows hundreds of USB webcams to be used by many Mac OS X video-aware applications. The aim is to support as many webcams as possible.

    In addition, macam also supports downloading of images from some dual-mode cameras. macam especially tries to support those cameras not supported by Apple or by their manufacturers.

    macam consist of an application and a component. Run the macam application to verify whether your camera works with your Mac and your USB setup.

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    Senuti - Everything in reverse.
    FadingRed - Mac OS X 10.4.x or later (v0.33 for Mac OS X 10.3.9) - Freeware! ($18 to reassure that if Senuti becomes Shareware that you shall receive free updates for life)

    Senuti is a simple Mac OS X application for transferring songs from your iPod back to your computer.

    There are many good reasons that someone would have to transfer music from her iPod back to her computer. There are many good ways to do it, too. Senuti is the only alternative that will give you the power and convenience that you need, wrapped in an interface that is extremely easy to use, at a cost that you can't complain about.

    • Lightning fast -- There's a little file on your iPod called the iTunesDB file. What does that mean to you? Nothing. What does that mean to me? Everything. Every bit of information on every song on your iPod is stored in this little file. Every bit of information on your playlists is stored in this file, too. It's how iTunes knows what's on your iPod. It's how your iPod knows what's there, too. There isn't a much faster way to figure out what's on your iPod.
    • Finding Songs -- Senuti includes all of the built in options that one would expect to find songs. You can search and sort in any combination of ways that you want. That's not quite enough sometimes, though. Sometimes you might want to know if you're copying the right song. Know how it goes, but don't know if that title is quite right? Play it! That's right, Senuti will play songs directly off of your iPod. It can even double as a jukebox player for your Shuffle or any other iPod.
    • Playlists -- Senuti not only reads the playlists that you made on your iPod, but it allows you to transfer them back to your computer as well. A simple drag and drop action within the application will not only copy songs to your computer and and add them to iTunes, but it will make a new playlist with the same name and add all of the songs to that list.
    • Seamless Integration -- Adding songs to your computer, you're probably going to add them to iTunes right after that, right? What if you didn't have to, wouldn't that be great? Well you don't have to. Senuti will do all of the work for you. What work you want it to do is up to you. You can have songs added to iTunes if you want. You can have all of your music organized into folders by artist and album, too. The option's yours.

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    ShapeShifter - Change the overall appearance of your Mac

    ShapeShifter is a revolutionary new product that lets you change the overall appearance of your Mac using 'themes'. We're not talking about just desktop backgrounds and icons here, we're talking about everything - the look of windows, menus, apps, buttons, absolutely everything. You don't wear the same clothes every day, your house doesn't look exactly like your neighbor's - why should the computing interface you use every day be any different. You personalize your physical workspace to suit your tastes and whims, so why not your Mac? With ShapeShifter, you can:

    • Change the overall appearance of your operating system safely, quickly, and reliably
    • Tweak existing themes to create the one that's perfect for you
    • Experience things that haven't been possible with Mac themes before
    • Quickly preview themes without actually applying them
    • Use Jaguar or Panther themes in Tiger effortlessly
    • User specific theme and icon set installations
    • Add and remove themes effortlessly

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    Snapz Pro X - If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine how priceless a movie would be…

    Snapz Pro X allows you to effortlessly record anything on your screen, saving it as a QuickTime® movie or screenshot that can be emailed, put up on the web, or passed around however you want. Snapz Pro X 2.x costs $69. Upgrades from Snapz Pro X 1.x w/ movie capture are $20.

    Why take a static screenshot when Snapz Pro X makes creating a movie just as easy? Snapz Pro X does that, and so much more! Download a free demo version right now, or check out the demo movies we've created and see for yourself.

    Snapz Pro X is a quantum leap in video capture technology, adroitly capturing full motion video of anything on your screen at a blistering pace, complete with digital audio, and an optional microphone voiceover. Think of it as a digital video camera for your screen. Snapz Pro X makes short work of making training videos, producing product demos, creating tutorials, archiving streaming video, and anything else you can think of.

    Find out why companies like Apple Inc., Adobe Systems Inc., and countless others rely on Snapz Pro X when they need to convey an idea effectively. Find out why average users are taking full motion video screen captures rather than the static screenshots of old. Join the video capture revolution!

    In addition to a video capture engine that is 20 times faster than anything else on the market, Snapz Pro X has so many other new features, you'll quickly wonder how you ever lived without it. We didn't follow the industry trend of bloated software with extraneous features; instead we rethought the product.

    Snapz Pro X's interface has been completely redesigned to provide more powerful features while maintaining the Snapz Pro X's elegant simplicity. Rather than just tossing new features into an already full-featured product, we carefully examined how people use Snapz Pro X, and developed a new user interface that adds functionality without adding complexity.

    For those who need static screen captures for manuals, web sites, etc., Snapz Pro X offers many improvements. One of the most useful is "Live Preview" which shows you exactly how your screenshot will look before you save it to disk. This allows you to change border styles, scaling, cropping, and other settings on the fly. No longer will you have to guess what your screenshots will look like - now you can get them right the very first time.

    Snapz Pro X supports saving screenshots as .bmp, .pict, .gif, .jpg, .png, .tiff, .pdf, or Photoshop files with precise control over image compression. Screenshots can be scaled, cropped, color depth-changed, and dithered. Snapz Pro X can also add borders, generate automatic thumbnails, overlay watermarks/copyright notices... you name it, we got it!

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    VisualHub - The Universal Video Converter for Macintosh.

    Converting a bunch of AVI files to a DVD shouldn't require a Computer Science degree.
    Getting movies from your digital camera to your iPod shouldn't take hours.
    Wading through a sea of video formats shouldn't pull you under.

    VisualHub bridges the gap between numerous complicated video formatting standards, and people that just want to get the job done - just what you would expect from the Mac.

    If you're looking for something a little more flexible, VisualHub's up for that challenge too. An extensive Advanced panel lets you change all pre-set aspects of encoding...and then some.

    Based on the popular, award-winning "iSquint" conversion software for iPods. If you've used iSquint, you already know how to use VisualHub. If you've never used iSquint, you won't have a lot of catching up to do anyway.

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    Xslimmer - Your Mac, on a Diet!

    Remove unnecessary code from fat binaries. Xslimmer determines which code your machine needs and removes the rest. This is achieved by removing the code inside the Universal Binaries that does not fit with your machine's architecture, a code that never gets executed and just wastes your disk space.

    Strip out unneeded languages. Safari is available in more than a dozen languages, Adium in more than 20. This is great, but how many of those do you need? Xslimmer allows you to select how many languages you want to preserve in your apps and will remove the rest, recovering lots of precious free space from your disk.

    Xslimmer not only frees space wasted by unused code, it can even increase your Mac's performance. Some of our users have reported applications loading in almost half the time, because OS X does not need to analyze Xslimmed applications in search for the most suitable version of the code.

    See for yourself! Grab your copy of Xslimmer now and try it out for free until you free up to 50Mb.

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    Khaos Well-Known Member

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    sweet stick anyone?
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    holy sh*t nice bro
  5. Elric

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    The only one that is really worth anything is Visual Hub.

    The others for the most part (ones that are actually useful) cost money, there are freeware versions if you google.

    And Adium? *cough* no VIDEO *cough* gay.

    Edit: XSlimmer looked interesting so I downloaded, you can free up 50MEGS! WOOT! And Shapeshifter... $20, you should post ALL the prices.
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    Dude. I expected More from you. Come on, don't use the word Gay.

    Also, So what if it doesn't have Video? Adium still kicks.

    As for the original poster:

    Instead of AppZapper, Use AppCleaner. Much faster and Free.

    Instead of Snapz, ScreenFlow (Though expensive) is unbeatable.

    Instead of CandyBar, use Dock Library for the Dock and LiteIcon for Icons.

    Everything is else is fine. Especially Little Snitch.
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    LOL sorry for using the word gay, but it is. The key features I use in aMSN is the album art as display picture and what I'm listening too (No one can seem to get the album art plugin to work in Adium), and Webcam, which is STILL not supported in Adium or Messenger for Mac. Oh and offline messages are a MUST for me, Adium still cannot do these.
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    Adium can do it too: http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/20801/ichartwork

    As for Offline Messages, what do you mean by that?

    Adium is still being worked on, where as, from what I hear, aMSN was abandoned.

    When Adium hits 2.0, it'll have Video. Which is Epic.
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    iChartwork doesn't work, trust me, I've spent months on it, apparently no one can get it to work with the current (or previous) iTunes.

    Offline messages, are messages sent to me while I'm offline, I get them when I come back online.

    Adium has been saying Video is in the "next version" for the past FOUR years.
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    Teslanaut Well-Known Member

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    They said 2.0, not the next update to the current version.

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