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Not sure how many of you out there are Mac users, but here are some useful apps I’ve found. I’ve bought most of these via either MacUpdate or MacZot, I highly recommend signing up for their emails to find software bargains.

DragThing: This app replaces the Dock. Actually, I keep the Dock on the right hand side of my screen, hidden, just in case an app wants my attention. I rarely have to use it though. I have several DragThing docks set up, one for my Most Used apps, and separate ones for Apps, Utilities, and Games. They all hide at the side as drawers. It’s nice to be able to have many apps available in docks without each of their icons being incredibly tiny.

Yep!: This app is to documents as iTunes is to audio or iPhoto is to pictures. I recently amalgamated the documents from several computers into one, and wasn’t looking forward to organizing the folders. Now I can just tag them and don’t have to worry about where they are, and if I have duplicates, it’s easy to tell. I will have to invest some time in this app to make it useful by adding keywords to my docs, but it will be worth it. Please note that there is a bug in the current version where you have to add a tag to one document before it will find the rest of your docs. Odd, but I’m sure they’ll fix it soon.

Notebook: I use this to keep notes for my D&D games. It has an interface like a looseleaf notebook, but adds functionality like an automatic index of capitalized words. Try out the demo. Other apps make you figure out the way they want to organize things, this one lets you organize the way you want to. I’m sure I’m only using 1% of its functionality, but that’s also beautiful in that I didn’t have a huge learning curve to get up and going. When I’m ready, the other features will be there.

MacGourmet Deluxe: This can be used just to store recipes, but it can do so much more. I plan to use it to print a lovely cookbook to give as presents some Christmas (optimistically this Christmas). It calculates nutritional info based on the ingredients, which is a really neat feature. You can create meal plans, import recipes from online sources, and much more.

The Print Shop 2: The Print Shop for Mac has been around (in name) for decades. I used it back in the 80’s with my dot matrix printer and Apple II. It’s come a long way, and it lets me produce posters and other documents very quickly. It’s very user friendly and stable, two important features.

MacJournal: The program I’m using to post this entry! It’s really meant for secure personal journalling, but the ability to post to LJ is what really attracted me to it. There is a Windows version as well.

GraphicConverter: A powerhouse program that I use for only a few things when it could do so much more. It is a fast little app. It has also been around forever, and if you want to manipulate images, it can do practically anything you want.

VirtualBox: When Parallels wanted another $50 to upgrade to the latest version, I checked out this open source Windows virtualization program. Since I don’t want to play games that require specialized graphics processing power, I think VirtualBox will work for the few times I need to run Windows software. It seems to run XP well, anyway, and it’s free. Of course you still need to buy a copy of Windows for it, that’s not included.

What Mac apps have you found useful lately?

Date: 2009-12-30 08:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've since replaced Graphic Converter with Photoshop (institutional copy), but I don't use any of this software!

My biggest find in recent time is "Papers" which organizes the multitudes of scientific PDF documents I've got. This was a homerun find for me.

I use "XJournal" for livejournal. Its the one I used first, and the one I'm most familiar with, so I've not changed.

I use "Stox" to track/manage my portfolio. Its really the only game in town for the retail investor. There's higher end software, but much too complicated for the average user.

"Google Earth" is useful, of course, for planning/reviewing my outdoor geekery.

Otherwise, my software usage hasn't changed much in years.

Date: 2009-12-31 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I used to use GraphicConverter back in my Mac days (68k Macs, and very early PowerMacs). So it *has* been around forever.


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