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    Hey, sorry! I almost forgot about Boot Camp support under parallels. It is also very convenient!! Parallels supports Boot Camp partions - you can work with this partition directly from parallels
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    Some tools I've found useful:

    Textmate - good editor, you can use a mate .file command to create a new file using terminal. good if you are working in root directories,

    I like Apple's Mail program, it's smooth.

    The Macromedia apps aren't so good for you right now if you have an intel processor. It should be way better when the new versions come out around summer.

    Don't forget Flip4Mac, playing windows media files if you like to look at videos online.

    There's a new burning app called Disco which shows real promise. The first finished version is out soon or maybe now. It's a revolutionary way to burn apps and the app itself create smoke to show that your disc is burning.
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    The useful one I have found is
    Speed Download

    A useful download / upload tool I would not be without.

    Jon
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    Editor: Textmate

    Client-side web development debugging: Firebug (not specific to OS X)

    Office Suite: NeoOffice
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    Pure Mac


    check out:
    http://www.pure-mac.com/
    If you've never been.

    It Is a catalog of Mac software.
    It's kept very well up to date.

    It's very rare that I go there and
    don't find what I'm looking for.
    I usually pick up a few extra things as well.
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    After looking for best general programmer editor, which must include sftp support, I finally settled with jEdit. This doesn't come with ftp/sftp by default, but you can add this by installing ftp plugin. Plugin for jEdit is the biggest reason I recommend this editor.

    Another great and convenient sftp/ftp tools is muCommander. The best thing I like is its pure keyboard navigation, and files transfer across different remote servers!
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    Hmm, my fav apps have to be (and in no order)

    Mail 3 (built in to leopard)
    CrossOver Mac CodeWeavers
    XChat Aqua xChat Aqua
    iTunes (built in)
    VLC VideoLAN

    there are loads more that i use on a near daily basis, might update at a later stage
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    I tried to work with Parallels


    I tried to work with Parallels, but then deleted it because it is very very slow and slows down the whole system
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    Speed Up Mac


    Being a Mac user I know the Mac users love for speed.
    For this I always use the Stellar speed up Mac software.

    I think it should also be listed here.
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    i vote for the Xcode to design application for the iPhone & iPod
    and ipad
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    Hi everyone! I'm on a bit of a role here introducing myself to several of the forums here. Professionally, I manage Linux servers, clusters, and desktops and a suite of Open Source and other applications.

    I'm happy to say I do it all from a Mac. I have been using a Mac since the day OS X released (finally a desktop that worked with an X server!). Obviously, that doesn't make me a graybeard in the Apple ecosystem, but I certainly think I'm a power user.

    I've adapted my ways since the release of Lion, and what I perceive in a downgrade in how multi monitor support will be supported in the future.

    My workstation is a 2011 Macbook Pro (15" high res non glossy, thank you very much), without an SSD and 8 GB of ram. (I really want an SSD, but holding ISOs, and running as many VMs as I do for labs would make it tough capacity wise). As I said, I've given up multi monitors, and use a 24" Dell Ultrasharp LCD, bluetooth keyboard, magic pad, and a Kensington Trackball.

    My main utilities used on a daily basis are
    1password
    sizeup (keyboard window management)
    cinch (mouse based windows management)
    Total Spaces (brings back a more classic grid virtual desktop)
    KeyRemap4Mac (swap fn and control key so vim works for me)
    dropbox

    Usually open on my Dock are
    iterm2
    soulver (just how many hours will it take to transfer 20GB at 512 kb/s)
    TextMate
    Virtualbox
    Cord
    Chicken of the VNC
    gitX
    Preview
    Calibre (thank you Oreilly.com for epubs!)

    Yup, I'm a Mac geek
    Joe Esposito
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    Originally Posted by esposj-ninja
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    My development tools:

    Programming
    Fraise - Basic text editor, but useful because it does code highlighting without having the bells 'n' whistles
    TextWrangler - Slimmed down BB Edit
    Aptana Studio - My main coding software. Free, and does most things I need
    ColorTagGen - Handy for picking colours then copy/paste into code

    Graphics
    GIMP - Used to use this a lot, but now use...
    Pixelmator - Quicker to do the basics than GIMP, such as transparent backgrounds... so easy...
    xnConvert - Great batch resizer, cropper, watermarker, everything..

    FTP
    FileZilla - Tried others, kept coming back to this
    Flow - This I sometimes use, but doesn't work so well with large constantly changing sites

    MySQL
    Navicat - Not free, but very good
    Sequel Pro - I use this on smaller sites

    Presentations
    Keynote - Used by Apple themselves for doing presentations

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    Thumbs up Macports


    I would like to add also Macports. For users like me runing on an old Mac Mini G4 PPC development machine, it's nice, well fed with ports and fast.

    Also, it's really easy to setup and use.
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    Software available for Mac are:
    I Tunes
    QuickTime
    Safari
    Widgets for your mac

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