Ultimate List: Must Have Apps For Any OS X User

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    First of all, I'd like to say 'Thank you' to Teslanaut for beginning this, well, shall we say tradition? Yes, I've taken over this Ultimate List thread! We agreed on it, but he'll still help!

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    Anyways, this is how it works, if you don't know yet.. You click on the name of the application and it brings you to a download page, 'More info...' brings you to a more information page, and if you scroll *all* the way down, you get screenshot links, ENJOY! If you have any recommendations (or would like to report some errors), please Private Message ME, SkaterGOD/DOOD23.

    Freeware/Open Source:

    RSS



    NetNewsWire - A very good RSS Client More info...

    NewsFire - Created with design in mind. One of the slickest RSS readers More info...

    Vienna - An Open Source, fast and free RSS reader More info...

    Bit*******



    Transmission - One of the best Bit******* Clients for Mac OS X with a decent User Interface More info...

    Azureus/Vuze - Nice large and feature filled Bit ******* program written in Java More info...

    BitRocket
    - Free lightweight Bit ******* client also based on lib******* More info...

    Gnutella




    Acqlite
    - A free, light alternative to Acquisition More info...

    Cabos - Fast and simple Gnutella client More info...

    Instant Messanging/Chat



    Adium - A VERY good Instant Messanger client More info...

    Microsoft Messenger
    - Microsoft's MSN messenger designed for the mac platform More info...

    Mercury
    (click on the download tab) - An alternative java based MSN client More info...

    Yahoo Messenger - Yahoo's chat service client More info...

    Chax - Heavy featured add-on for iChat. A must-download for iChat users More info...

    Skype - A popular internet calling software - stay in contact with your friends, family, etc. More info...

    aMSN - Great messenger, full of features (video support, multiple accounts, chat-logging, and MORE!) More info...

    IRC



    Colloquy - A VERY good IRC client More info...

    LimeChat - Another pretty good IRC client More info...

    xChat Aqua
    - Yet ANOTHER very good IRC client More info...

    Ircle - Popular and light Mac IRC client More info...

    Conversation - Simple and beginner-friendly IRC client More info...

    Irssi - An Open Source terminal (command line) based IRC client for UNIX systems. It also supports SILC and ICB protocols via plug-ins. More info...

    Editors



    NeoOffice (scroll down a bit for download) - Fork of Open Office. Big Contender of Microsoft Office. More info...

    Bean (scroll down a bit for download) - Office like Word application More info...

    Multimedia



    Menuet (this application is now CharityWare

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    - Control iTunes through your menu-bar More info...

    JumpCut - Open Source clipboard buffering software More info...

    HandBrake - Convert and Rip DVDs to multiple file formats More info...

    MediaSnap - YouTube Video downloader/converter More info...

    Perian - Codec for Mac OS X to watch Videos More info...

    NicePlayer (scroll down a bit for download) - Video player with the best UI More info...

    VLC Player (choose location nearest you for download) - Plays the most videos, So-So UI. More info...

    iSquint - Video Conversion More info...

    PEnGUIn Encoder MP4 - Video Conversion Software. More info...

    iScrobbler - Scrobble Last.FM Tracks. Alternative to the Official App More info...

    Flip4Mac - WMV/WMA components for mac More info...
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    ffmpegX - Open source video and audio encoding tool More info...

    MPlayerOSX - The open source media player for OS X More info...

    MacTheRipper - A DVD ripper More info...

    Audacity
    - Open source audio editor More info...

    Cog - a simple iTunes alternative (for Music, not iPod) More info...

    You Control Tunes
    - Access your music library and iTunes controls from the menu-bar More info...

    CrossWire - An elegant yet powerful limewire-type client More info...

    Jing - Similar to iShowU but limited to only exporting to .swf, perfect for quick captures More info...

    Miro - Cool Internet Television application that allows you to download Youtube movies (with Bit******* even, if you want), play MANY file formats, keep up to date with your podcast, and much more! More info...

    iEatBrainz - Fix your mp3 and aac tags in iTunes after they’ve been ripped using acoustic matchings More info...

    Utilities



    iStat menus - System monitoring in your menu-bar More info...

    Psst - This application adjusts the volume of the Mac startup chime More info...

    OnyX - All in one system utilities and various Mac tweaks More info...

    MUMenu - Best Sources for Mac OS X Apps right from your MenuBar More info...

    QuickSilver - App Launcher using your Keyboard More info...

    aLunch (scroll down a bit for download) - App Launcher from the Menu Bar More info...

    WhatSize (the free version is fully fledged, and is not a trial [does not expire], but it only measures up to 20GB of space) - to download, click the WhatSize on the right side - See what's taking up space on your Mac More info...

    Monolingual - Remove unnecessary Language files which take up space on your Hard Drive More info...

    The Unarchiver - Universal un-archiver for zips, rars, etc. More info...

    TimeMachineScheduler
    - This handy application can change the backup interval of your Time Machine More info... (scroll down a bit to description)

    AppFresh - This applications allows you to make sure all your software is up to date! More info...

    coconutbattery
    (scroll down a bit for download) - All the information you need to know about your Mac's battery More info...

    UnRarX
    - Expand and restore corrupt .rar archives More info...

    TinkerTool
    - Similar to c*cktail (c*cktail) which provides additional preference settings for your system More info...

    iStats - System monitoring tool More info...

    SecureFiles (click Telecharger for download) - Create password protected encrypted disk images (.dmg, .iso, etc.), set sizes, etc. More info...

    InsomniaX - Disable sleep on your laptop More info...

    Burn - Light and efficient burner for Mac More info...

    Growl - System wide notification system extensible to many different applications More info...

    WinSwitch - Advanced and fast user switching with a keyboard shortcut More info...

    LightMe - Instantly switch off your display with a keyboard shortcut More info...

    Mactracker (iPhone and iPod Touch support also! Just check the download page) - Detailed information on every Apple Macintosh computer ever made More info...

    grabbICON - Easily get the application icon without going through the whole package More info...

    Wallpaper Clocks (Wallpapers can be downloaded Here) - Shows time/date on desktop More info...

    Carbon Copy Cloner - This application can make exact copies of a disk or selected files/folders More info...
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    Time Machine (not possible to download - comes with Leopard) - Included in 10.5 Leopard, simple and automated backup More info...

    iStumbler - Open Source utility to find Wi-Fi access points More info...

    KisMAC - A network stumbler for OS X More info...

    PortMap (scroll down to 'For Landlubbers (users)' and click the screenshot to download) - Easy port mapping for your router More info...

    Folder QL - A plug-in that allows you to inspect a folder with Quick Look More info...

    Zip QL (now known as Archive QL) - A plug-in that allows you to inspect a zip/archive with Quick Look More info...

    CoconutWifi (scroll down a bit to download) - Find open Wi-Fi hotspots from your menu-bar More info...

    MainMenu - System cleaning and tweaks straight from your menu-bar More info...

    MenuMeters - System monitoring and tools in your menu-bar More info...

    DockLibrary (scroll down a bit for download) - Dock Skinner (Skins available Here) More info...

    AppCleaner - App Uninstaller More info...

    Name Mangler/File List (File List if for old versions of Mac OS X - you can click it also - the download for it is on the right side [bolded File List]) - Batch file re-namer More info...

    LiteIcon - Handy utility for changing your Mac OS X icons More info...

    gDisk - Enables you to use your local (hard) drive for extra space on your GMail account, it is a port of GmailFS for Mac OS X More info...

    Widgets



    iStat Pro - WIDGET - Huge assortment of systems stats in your dashboard - WIDGET More info...

    CharacterPal - WIDGET - Keeps a handy table of easy to forget special characters - WIDGET More info...

    Minutes - WIDGET - An excellent little timer - WIDGET More info...

    Mini Battery Status - WIDGET - Small widget to monitor your battery life with Growl alerts - WIDGET More info...

    AirPort Radar - WIDGET - Airport status showing open/closed networks and signal strength - WIDGET More info...

    PEMDAS - WIDGET - An advanced calculator widget - WIDGET More info...

    StopDashboard
    - WIDGET - Stops dashboard with a simple click and restarts with a touch of F12 - WIDGET More info...

    TV forecast
    - WIDGET - Keeps an eye on all your favorite television shows for dates and times - WIDGET More info...

    DockDoctor - WIDGET - Easily switch between a 2D or 3D dock in Leopard - WIDGET More info...

    Sing That iTune! - WIDGET - Displays the lyric for iTunes current track along with its artwork. - WIDGET More info...

    Games




    BzFlag
    - A great Open Source 3D multi-player tank shooting game, with an exceptional community More info...

    Klondike Forever - Smooth and pretty solitaire game More info...

    Mine Swept - Mine sweeper for Mac More info...

    Quinn - Arcade style Tetris game More info...

    FTP/SFTP/SSH



    CyberDuck - FTP/SFTP Client (For SSH) More info...

    FileZilla - Excellent open-source FTP client More info...

    Fugu - Nice front-end for SCP with external file editing (edit files "live" on the server over SSH) More info...

    SSHKeyChain
    - Manage SSH keys and have them automatically loaded More info...
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    Web/Web Browser



    Cooliris Previews - Previews of search results instead of links in your browser More info...

    Camino - Gecko based browser designed exclusively for OS X (Cocoa) More info...

    Shiira - Lite WebKit based brower designed as a Safari alternative More info...

    Mozilla Firefox - Gecko alternative browser designed with usability in mind. Extension lovers browser More info...

    NightShift - Automatically downloads and installs the latest WebKit nightly More info...

    Webkit - Open Source web browser of which Safari is based off of More info...

    Inquisitor 3 - Spotlight-like searching on Safari! More info...

    PimpMySafari - A website that has many cool applications, plug-ins, and features to PIMP YOUR SAFARI!

    Safari AdBlock
    - Ad-block for Safari More info...

    SafariStand
    (download on right side) - Another Safari extra with loads of features More info...

    iPod Stuff



    Pwnage Tool (2.0.1) - Well DUH! More info...

    Comparison/List of iPod Managers - A handy resource with a full list of iPod Managers, and also compares them.

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    Senuti - iPod Music/Video backup tool (Works for iPod Touch, regardless of firmware)Hint: Spell senuti backwards

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    iPhone Remote - Control your Mac from your iPod Touch/iPhone. Jailbreak not required! More info...

    iPodDisk - Easy and intuitive way to copy music off iPod; it enables you to do so within the Finder More info...

    Graphics



    Skitch - Screen Shot App + Editing More info...

    DrawIt Lite (Direct download) - Vector/Bitmap image editing More info...

    FastIcns - Icon Converter More info...

    RapidoResizer - Batch Image Resizer / Converter More info...

    The GIMP - Open source image editor renown for its plethora of features More info...

    Pixen - Pixel image editor More info...

    iPalette
    - Quick and easy way to find that perfect color whether in hex or RGB More info...

    ImageWell
    (scroll down a bit for download) - Fast and simple image editor. The trial version has all the full-features of the shareware(except it has a maximum days), so we're going to consider it free, but you can also buy it. More info...

    Seashore - Open source image editor based on Gimp but in Cocoa More info...

    LiveQuartz - Great simple and free image editor (includes layers, etc.) More info...

    Paintbrush - Small bitmap editor More info...

    Xee - Fast and free image viewer (animated gifs!) More info...

    FFView - Open Source fast and efficient OpenGL powered picture (mostly comics) viewer More info...

    Paparazzi
    - Makes full size screen-shots of web pages More info...

    Developer



    Smultron (direct download) - A free and open source (development) editor More info...

    Taco HTML Edit
    - A free live editing HTML and PHP editor More info...

    TextWrangler
    - A powerful editor designed for any coding or simple text editing needs More info...

    Locomotive (dead project - application still available) - Ruby on Rails development on your Mac More info...

    Peekit - HEX Editor More info...
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    Miscellaneous



    NFO Browser - To view those NFO files that contain information on *******s you download More info...

    Typecast- Fake Podcast Generator More info...

    Flickery - Flickr application to view/add/delete your Flickr photos More info...

    Exif Viewer
    - Fast and free exif viewer More info...

    Osiris - An add-on to MT-NewsWatcher/Thoth to automate posting More info...

    Chicken of the VNC - Open source VNC client (viewer) More info...

    Schoolhouse
    (download on left side) - Must-have assignment organizer for students More info...

    Max - High quality ripper with various codec support including flac, ogg, etc. More info...

    Google Earth - When google Maps is not enough More info...

    Anxiety - An excellent little to-do application which syncs with iCal (Leopard only) More info...

    Letterbox - Give mail a three vertical column look like Entourage More info...

    Stellarium - A fantastic (Open Source) astronomy application, lean too

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    QuickShareIt
    - A fast and simple upload application More info...

    PicLens - Online image viewer for sites such as flickr, google images, etc More info...

    CoRD - Remote desktop client for Window's servers using the RDP protocol More info...

    MT-NewsWatcher - Free alternative to Unison More info...
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    Shareware:
    Special Editor's Note: Most of the download links for shareware will take you to 'trial' versions of the software, our decision was for you to download this, and the software(like normal shareware), will prompt you to upgrade to the full fledged version which you can do if you wish to buy the application. Cheers!

    Bit*******



    X******* - Fast and slick Bit ******* client More info...

    Gnutella



    Acquisition
    - Gnutella client with one of the spiffiest UIs around More info...

    IRC



    Snak - Advanced and feature laden IRC client designed for Mac More info...

    Linkinus - Very nice looking and full of features IRC client (embedded youtube support, etc.) More info...

    Editors



    Textmate
    - THE definitive text editor for mac More info...

    BBEdit - Professional HTML and text editor More info...

    SubEthaEdit - A collaborative text editor More info...

    skEdit
    - Text editor for focus on web design and development More info...

    iWork 08 - Apple's strong attempt at office productivity. More info...

    WriteRoom - For the ADD (Attention-Deficit Disorder) typist

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    , just kidding. More info...

    Scrivener - A writer's word processor More info...

    Microsoft Office 2008
    - Microsoft's Office suite for mac. Now Universal! More info...

    Multimedia



    VisualHub - Video Conversion More info...

    iLife - It'll come in Handy. More info...

    Audio Hijack Pro - Record sound streams from almost any source More info...

    Amadeus Pro - Powerful audio editor More info...

    AudialHub - From the makers of Visual Hub, a universal audio converter More info...

    Podcast Maker
    - Speaks for itself More info...

    Delicious Library - Catalog, browse, and share your books, movies, music, and video games More info...

    iShowU - Record anything from your screen to share with others More info...

    NiceCast - The easiest way to broadcast music from OS X - Very handy More info...

    System Utilities



    CandyBar - System Theming/Skinner (Customize the look of Mac OS X) More info...

    ScreenFlow - One of the best screen recording applications EVER for Mac OS X. More info...

    Little Snitch - Control what applications get to use the internet More info...

    CoverSutra - Control iTunes without being within the application with this slick software in your menu-bar More info...

    Speed Download
    - Download manager for OS X More info...

    Mac Pilot - Tons of hidden tools and hidden features for your OS More info...

    AppZapper - Removes extra Preference and Config files left over when uninstalling applications More info...

    CleanApp
    - Like AppZapper, except it deletes based on application monitoring, rather than keywords More info...

    iDefrag - Advanced de-fragmentation of your Hard Drive More info...

    Tidy Up! (scroll down a bit for download) - Searches for duplicate files and packages on your Mac More info...

    c*cktail
    - General utility to access system wide tweaks, other utilities, etc. More info...

    Xslimmer - Remove unnecessary code from your applications to free up disk space More info...

    PathFinder - A feature-filled Finder replacement More info...

    Hardware Monitor - Monitor almost every sensor in your Mac More info...
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    BetterZip - An archiving/extracting utility, similar to Window's clients More info...

    iPartition - Intelligent partitioning without destroying data More info...

    Pacifist
    - Extract individual files & folders from .pkg, .dmg, .xar, .tar, .tgz, and .tar.gz More info...

    BitClamp - Trusted strong encryption (for files, etc.) More info...

    SpringyArchiver - A powerful and clean archiver More info...

    Witch - Switch to different windows, not just different applications, you can open/close minimized windows also More info...

    Toast 9
    - Overall best (disc) burning solution for Mac More info...

    Awaken - Excellent alarm clock and sleep timer More info...

    Wallet - Keep track of all your Serials, Passwords, and Keys (Keychains) More info...

    Sticky Windows (scroll down a bit on the left side for download) - Bring tabbed browsing to your desktop - really cool More info...

    Overflow
    (download on the right side) - Keep your dock organized with this handy application organizer More info...

    iClip
    - Multiple clipboard and scrap manager More info...

    pzizz
    - Like to power nap? Can't fall asleep? pzizz should do the trick! More info...

    Remote Buddy
    (scroll down on the left hand side - pretty far down) - Add extra functionality to your (Apple) remote More info...

    LittleSecrets - Utility to encrypt private data More info...

    SuperDuper - This application can create fully bootable backups of disks or files More info...

    Lighthouse - Dynamic port forwarding utility More info...

    Games



    LittleWing Pinball - Great little game for you Pinball addicts More info...

    FTP/SFTP/SSH



    Transmit - FTP/SFTP Client More info...

    Flow - FTP/SFTP Client More info...

    Forklift - FTP/SFTP Client More info...

    Interarchy - Advanced FTP client supporting many different protocols More info...

    Fetch
    - Simple and fast (s)FTP client for OS X More info...

    CuteFTP
    - OS X port of CuteFTP for Windows More info...

    Web/Web Browsers



    SiteCrawler - Entire website downloading application More info...

    RapidWeaver (Themes available Here) - Fast and easy web creation software More info...

    PithHelmet - A safari ad-blocker, make sure to whitelist neowin

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    Graphics



    DrawIt Pro - Pro Version of DrawIt More info...

    Pixelmator - Lightweight Photoshop Alternative. Closest/Cheapest thing to Photoshop UI but Better. More info...

    Adobe Creative Suite 3 - Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, InDesign, etc More info...

    Acorn - An easy yet powerful image editor More info...

    Aperture
    - Apple's professional RAW workflow application for photographers More info...

    Lightroom - Adobe's counter to Aperture for RAW workflow More info...

    GraphicConverter - All around image editor More info...

    Picaresque (scroll down a bit for download) - Quickly customize images to look pretty for the web More info...

    PhotoLine - Image and graphics editing More info...
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    Raw Developer - Raw image processing More info...

    VectorDesigner
    - Intuitive vector drawing application More info...

    Development



    Coda - One window web development software made by Panic. Impressive UI that manages to be functional More info...

    CSSEdit - Realtime CSS editing never looked so good More info...

    Miscellaneous



    CrossOver Games - Play Windows Games on your Mac! Without Windows! More info...

    MarsEdit - Blogging Software More info...

    VMWare Fusion - Run Windows/Linux/(Open)Solaris/FreeBSD INSIDE of OS X More info...

    Twitterrific - Twitter Client More info...

    OmniFocus - A professional task-management application (GTD - Getting things done) More info...

    OmniGraffle - Excellent flow chart and diagram application More info...

    Ecto
    - A feature rich desktop blog publishing client More info...

    Unison
    (scroll down a bit for download) - Made by Panic so everything is extra smooth when browsing newsgroups More info...

    Thoth
    - A newsreader for Mac. This project is discontinued, but is still distributed as shareware More info...

    Salling Clicker - Control your Mac with your phone or hand-held computer More info...

    Parallels - Competitor to VMWare Fusion (run another Operating System within Mac) More info...
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