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dan kohnfelder

This is all very interesting but how do you right-click?

jess

That Delicious Library idea is enough to make me go buy a mac right now... is there a windows version out there?

Java script Dude

I love OmniGraffle as well. Those Omni hackers rock! It is so sad to use Visio after using OmniGraffle. It is scary how much Msft holds us back.

Omni Outliner is also very good :-)

Cheers,
JsD

A Pang

Quicksilver definitely belongs on that list.

NWK

Nothing beats Firefox. It's safe and secure and almost (Well, 90%) perfect.

the3D

Just checked today slashdot and you got me here ...

look, for dumb daily tasks ( organazing your personal data, browsing internet, doing emails, tweaking the OS to "match" better your needs, trying cracked software to see how it feels, etc ) does not matter what is your OS of choice.

But once you want to push the system hard you dont need to mess-up with OSX.
The OpenGL performance for Windows is unbeatable - that's not MS, that's because of nVidia - their drivers are most matured for Windows, and once you have to work with heavy 3D data it makes a difference.

If you want to do rendering - better go for Linux. WinServers are with rock stable memory management too, but Linux is the way to go when you need a renderfarm.

Once again - trillian, skype, google desktop, virtualDJ, wahtever other cheap trashy software for Win or OSX you are going to use - it does not matter - both camps have the same amount of dirt.

That's a point of view of a guy making money sitting all the day long on the front of a 3d applications and renderers in a multiplatform environment where every one can check and feel how the different operating systems do not work in tough situations.

Spencer

Instant Messaging:

-you probably already have Adium (www.adiumx.com)

-If you want more of a developer-style chat client, you should try Fire (http://fire.sourceforge.net/)

-If you're really into telephone voice chat, or just want to see a cool program in action, check out Skype (http://skype.com/download/)

-If you like IRC, I like Colloquy (http://www.colloquy.info/).

File Sharing:

-you may have acquisition (www.acquisitionx.com)

-or you can download a lighter, nag-free version, called Acqlite (http://acqlite.sourceforge.net/)

-Lastly, there's a program I don't use a lot, but many people like based on Java called Cabos (http://sourceforge.jp/projects/cabos/)

Games:

-In terms of shareware, you should use www.macgamefiles.com as a reference.

-The Cheat (http://www.brokenzipper.com/) is a great multipurpose cheating app that helps you out in any game that has numeric values (ammo, health, points, lives, etc.) *no intel mac support

-Immediately, you should check out Kill Monty (http://www.freeverse.com/killmonty/) It's fucking awesome.

System Software

-Onyx (http://www.titanium.free.fr/pgs/english.html) is an awesome tool to tweak your system and generally find out cool stuff you can do with your mac you didn't know before.

-Preferential Treatment (http://homepage.mac.com/jonn8/as/) is cool for checking your preference files. If your computer ever breaks, this should be your first fix attempt (repairing disk permissions using disk utility is useless. Ignore this advice if anyone gives it to you. an explanation why is available at: http://www.unsanity.org/archives/000410.php)

-SMART Reporter (http://homepage.mac.com/julianmayer/) monitors your hard drive for failures. I have it set to run on startup, and when I see my disk is good, I click the icon and quit it.

-a more complete least of "tweaking" utilities is available at: http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/macgems/2006/03/tweakingutilities/index.php

Video Software

-First you should download VLC or VideoLAN client (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html). this is the magic little bugger that will let you play .avis, DivX, etc.

-Next, you'll inevitably have to play movies in Realplayer format. You'll need realplayer (http://www.real.com/player/index.html?src=downloadr)

-Windows Media player is no longer released or supported by Microsoft for Mac (although you can track it down, if you need to(but you have no reason to))

-Luckily, the flip4mac plugin (http://www.flip4mac.com/wmv.htm) IS supported, and is great because it plays WMVs in quicktime.

-For ripping/importing DVDs, some people like Mac the Ripper (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/14414), while others like handbrake (http://handbrake.m0k.org/). For the record, I've never ripped a DVD, but I plan on doing it soon. I can't recommend either, I can just say that from the reviews I've read, Handbrake is more extensible, but Mac the Ripper is easier to use.

-Movie editing software is crappy (if it's a free download). You can download professional stuff from bitorrents (again, more later)

Sound Software:

-Again, no such thing as a free lunch, but there are a few notable mentions.

-Roni Software's Amazing Slowdowner (http://ronimusic.com/) is great for slowing down or speeding up music (without changing the pitch!) for whatever purpose. (more about cracking shareware below)

-iPod Access (http://www.drewfindley.com/findleydesigns/) is great for pulling songs off of an iPod. It's not free, but it works.

-Ourtunes (http://ourtunes.sourceforge.net/) is awesome. It will let you download music from other peoples' iTunes libraries on your network. I'd recommend creating a folder on your desktop called "ourtunes" to save music into. Just make sure you already own the CDs at home.

-Transcribe! (http://seventhstring.com/xscribe/download.html) is great for transcribing music (it'll even pick out sheet music for you!!!).

-There are a couple other applications that can be found on Macupdate.

Laptop Specific stuff:

-You need Slim Battery Monitor (http://www.orange-carb.org/SBM/). It replaces the ugly finder icon with a nice looking (customizable) one.

FTP:

-Fetch (http://www.fetchsoftworks.com/?MacUpdate) is a sweet FTP appllication. It's the most full-featured and etc. It's not free

-Transmit (http://www.panic.com/transmit/) is another good FTP application. It's cheaper, and the demo is great.

General purpose apps:

-WeatherPop (http://www.weatherpop.com/) is a menubar icon that tells you the weather for today and for the next 5 days when you click it. It's pretty neat, but nothing special.

-Snapz Pro X (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/) is a great screenshot and more utility (fullscreen movies, audio capture, etc.). It's not free, but it is solid Ambrosia shareware.

-Stuffit Expander (http://www.stuffit.com/mac/expander/index.html) is an essential app for expanding compressed files. It is free and comes with demos for some other stuff.

-Vuescan (http://www.hamrick.com/vsm.html) is an AWESOME scanner utility with built-in support for HUNDREDS of scanners and a built-in OCR (optical character recognition) feature. It's expensive, though.

Torrents

-What should I use them for? Everything. games, movies, applications, music. whatever you want. use a torrent. Just make sure you already own whatever you're going to download. use either:
http://isohunt.com/
or
http://thepiratebay.org/

-Transmission (http://transmission.m0k.org/) is a very simple, very cool bittorrent client that I use most often, but it's not as full-featured as

-Bits on Wheels (http://www.bitsonwheels.com/) is a badass bittorrent client with a graphical representation of the download and everything. it's somewhat complicated and hard to understand, but it certainly gets the job done.

-Azureus (http://azureus.sourceforge.net/) is a great app for downloading torrents, but it's written in java, so it may run slowly on slower machines.

vara

My favourite applications are:

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Video/audio:

VLC - VideoLan Client
Sony Vegas 6.0
VirtualDub
XMPEG Encoder
foobar2000
dbPowerAmp
SmartRipper
DvD Shrink
RatDVD

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Chat:

mIRC with NoNameScript v4.0 - I havent found a better irc client in linux(the only thing similar is kvirc but its simply worse) or macos(this is one of the main resons for me using windows in my desktop)
ventriloMIX 0.5 - VoiceChat Client

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Compressors:

7z
WinRar


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DVD/CD:

Nero
CloneCD
CloneDVD
ClonyXXL
DaemonTools

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Filesharing:

uTorrent - this is the best torrent client ever made(also keeps me for switching to linux: azureus is crap, slow, heavy, and above all, made in java)

BitComet - ive switched to uTorrent but before that this one the client that also kept me from switching to linux in my desktop

limewire

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FTP

FlashFXP FTP CLIENT - Best FTP Client ive ever seen
Gene6 FTP Server

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Internet:

Firefox (also avaliable for mac)
FlashGet - I havent found a better downloader yet, flashget has spyware and shit, but its a LOT better than its competitors (just use a crack :P)

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Others:

Symantec Norton Ghost v9.0 with Symantec Recovery Disk - Get a clean windows install with all your favourite apps in 10mins, a lot better than formating, reinstalling windows, updating, installing apps (2h)

TuneXP - It simply makes all go faster

SpyBot S&D
AdWare
Microsoft Spyware Analizer
MBSA - Microsoft Baseline Security Analizer
RegCleaner
Powerquest Partitionmagic 8.0

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Mathematics:

Derive
Matlab

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Office XP or Office 2003 or newer

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VisualStudio V6 Enterprise Edition with Vissual Assist Extension

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Microsoft Encarta 2006
MindManager Pro X5

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I think i have covered almost every area

vara

My favourite Windows applications are:

-------------------

Video/audio:

VLC - VideoLan Client
Sony Vegas 6.0
VirtualDub
XMPEG Encoder
foobar2000
dbPowerAmp
SmartRipper
DvD Shrink
RatDVD

-------------------

Chat:

mIRC with NoNameScript v4.0 - I havent found a better irc client in linux(the only thing similar is kvirc but its simply worse) or macos(this is one of the main resons for me using windows in my desktop)
ventriloMIX 0.5 - VoiceChat Client

-------------------

Compressors:

7z
WinRar


-------------------

DVD/CD:

Nero
CloneCD
CloneDVD
ClonyXXL
DaemonTools

-------------------

Filesharing:

uTorrent - this is the best torrent client ever made(also keeps me for switching to linux: azureus is crap, slow, heavy, and above all, made in java)

BitComet - ive switched to uTorrent but before that this one the client that also kept me from switching to linux in my desktop

limewire

-------------------

FTP

FlashFXP FTP CLIENT - Best FTP Client ive ever seen
Gene6 FTP Server

-------------------

Internet:

Firefox (also avaliable for mac)
FlashGet - I havent found a better downloader yet, flashget has spyware and shit, but its a LOT better than its competitors (just use a crack :P)

-------------------

Others:

Symantec Norton Ghost v9.0 with Symantec Recovery Disk - Get a clean windows install with all your favourite apps in 10mins, a lot better than formating, reinstalling windows, updating, installing apps (2h)

TuneXP - It simply makes all go faster

SpyBot S&D
AdWare
Microsoft Spyware Analizer
MBSA - Microsoft Baseline Security Analizer
RegCleaner
Powerquest Partitionmagic 8.0

-------------------

Mathematics:

Derive
Matlab

-------------------

Office XP or Office 2003 or newer

-------------------

VisualStudio V6 Enterprise Edition with Vissual Assist Extension

-------------------

Microsoft Encarta 2006
MindManager Pro X5

-------------------


I think i have covered almost every area

Robin

If you're a predominately a mac user, then get the beta version of Opera, which includes widget support, or download Konfabulator to use widgets.
Opera Beta -
http://my.opera.com/desktopteam/
Konfabulator - http://widgets.yahoo.com/

ord

sadly using these great apps is marred by that bloody awful thing called the Finder. how long have we Apple users been complaining about it?

for some reason Jobs still thinks that programs get "lost" in OSX - evidence they still have their useability a bit awry. i see it at school - it's the Finder that makes it hard for Windows users to switch.

their trying to switch us over to OSX at school but more than half say they find Linux easier to get around. the teachers are listening so we'll probably be using Linux for 3D (Maya) and video (MainActor) soon enough. most have already become addicted not to OSX but to Garageband and iTunes - there'll be a few grumpy faces around if this were the case ;)

Scott

BookEnds is great bibliography software for Mac OS X that replaces that dog called EndNote (used to be good, but now developed for Windows and eventually ported half-heartedly to Mac). I highly recommend BookEnds to anyone who needs to make bibliographies, e.g. for scientific writing.

http://www.sonnysoftware.com/

MEP

The fact that Quicksilver is not on that list makes me very suspicious. Are you really a Mac user? Certainly, Keynote and Comic Life (I never understood the hype behind this app) could be replaced, one by Quicksilver and the other by something, anything else. How about Textmate? Or SubEthaEdit? Or just Keychain Access and the universally accessible encrypted password database it is connected to? Or how about the system-wide Address Book? (or even Entourage which is better than Outlook?) What about Growl and remind? Somebody send this guy to 43folders.com for more great Mac apps that are actually useful and helpful in your day to day life.

But those are Mac apps and you were looking for Windows apps... mIRC is probably the best IRC client out there. Ummm... I always preferred Homesite to BBEdit. Honestly, I was a lot less productive on Windows when I still used it. I spent more time trying to get it do things than I spent actually doing things myself.

Larry

It's not about the APPs. Windows is everywhere, so get used to it.

dtsomp

Ohhhh come on!

This person wants a good reason to switch to Windows and you guys are proposing antivirus software, firewalls and malware cleaners. Great, really encouraging.

And, please, do some checking before you actually propose an app. Firefox and OpenOffice are open-source, available for nearly every possible platform. That includes MacOSX. Limewire and Azureus are both java apps, they run just fine on a Mac. There is a version of Matlab for MacOSX too.

By the way, Macs had Photoshop light years ago.

John

What is all this hype about Quicksilver? I've tried it and I still prefer LaunchBar. LaunchBar is much more simple and elegant.
http://www.obdev.at/products/launchbar/

Anyway, I do think Acquisition should be on the list.
http://www.acquisitionx.com/

Jim

Productivity:

ERStudio CASE tool - (there are no CASE tools on the MAC)
DB/2 UDB – available free from IBM
DBArtisan and/or Quest – Database management support tools (no such tools available for the MAC)

Life support:

Therasense Blood meter reporting software – again no such MAC software


Utilities:

Acronis Trueimage – remove this from the list. It isn’t very good anyway.

Abombomma

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http://srubibablo.com
All the best!

Noelle

Regards for the post! Here's the search engine on rapidshare ( http://www.filecatch.com/trends/sk/24-09-2010.html ), which will be of good help in finding files for download

HishMursini

you guys are really? funny! i love ur videos plz add me as a friend PLZ (if that is a bit much just say seriously, i dont mind)!!!!!!!!!!
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