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    I thought maybe we should start a sticky collection of software links for macs.

    Note: I personally like the native OSX ports much better than anything running in X11.
    My List:

    1. Internet
    WWW:
    Firefox (www.mozilla.org)

    Email:
    Thunderbird (see above)

    HTML Editor:
    I'm currently testing NVU although I rarely work with WYSIWYG editors anyways.

    Chat:
    Adium http://www.adiumx.com

    2. Multimedia
    Video Player:
    Videolan Client www.videolan.org
    MPlayerOSX mplayerosx.sourceforge.net

    Music Player:
    iTunes (preinstalled)

    3. Programming
    Emacs (preinstalled)
    SubEthaEdit (free for private use) www.codingmonkeys.de but has got some bugs (or features I don't understand).
    MySQL www.mysql.com
    Apache http.apache.org and PHP www.php.net. The versions that came with my 10.3 were very old, so I recomplied from source.

    4. Other
    X11 and Fink from www.apple.com (no deep link because they keep changing the locations)

    Remote Desktop:
    Microsoft Remote Desktop Client www.microsoft.com
    Chicken of the VNC sourceforge.net

    Bittorrent
    The original www.bittorrent.com

    That's all I can think of right now. Add your own favorites!

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    An excellent front end to fink (kind of like synaptic for apt-get) is Fink Commander.

    The best php/html editor I've found is Taco Editor.

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    NeoOffice/J 1.1 has been released the other day.

    This is Open Office 1.1.4 with the user interface ported to OSX.

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    I hate NeoOffice. Did I claim they ported the user interface? Would have been nice if they did... X11 behaviour with a native Aqua look isn't really what I'd call "ported". Dropped the software because I am having enough fun already memorizing keyboard layouts Apple vs. IBMPC. Really don't need a third one.

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    I would also suggest DarwinPorts as an alternative to fink however for most things I think fink wins hands down. Still, I think DarwinPorts deserves a mention here .

    http://www.darwinports.org/

    A useful tool for benchmarking your Mac, this seems to be the De-facto benchmark for OSX:

    http://www.xbench.com/

    As much as I like Audium I have to admit that it has its flaws and tends to crash more than I'd like. One very nice, stable alternative is Proteus (shareware). There are others though Audium beats them hands down .

    http://www.defaultware.com/proteus/

    Another great shareware app you might like; for P2P:

    http://www.acquisitionx.com/

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    Originally Posted by M.Hirsch
    1. Internet
    WWW:
    Firefox (www.mozilla.org)
    How about camino (strictly mac browser from mozilla) There are some known issues with firefox and OSX, but camino is specially designed for OSX, and smoothly fits into the interface. It's also built for cocoa.
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    i'd reccommend all the macromedia software:

    dreamweaver
    flash
    fireworks
    etc, etc.

    i also like BBEdit and Taco HTML editer.
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    A good very good cross platform media player, personally I use this for all of the stuff that quicktime & iTunes can't play .

    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

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    Cyberduck A must for any web dev

    and i have to say i love Safari when you got pithhelmet, it is the best ad blocker on any browser any platform i have ever seen, the only reason i prefer safari over firefox

    and SubEthaEdit doesn't have any bugs i know of (unless you count unset/isset not showing up as php functions), i have been using that for a long time, you must not understand some of the features
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    BootCD...http://www.charlessoft.com
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    NetBeans for Java Development. Xcode did too much for my liking.
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    Mac Installer for Java App


    Tutorial for Creating a Mac OS X Installer for a Java Application: Mac Java!
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    Fire
    handles all kinds of IM protocols in one client, very little in memory usage and appearance, also handles IRC well, one for all ... uh, and developer keeps up with protocol changes fairly frequently

    MenuMeters
    couldn't live without them ... displays tiny and lightweight in the menubar all kinds of info, very customizable, lightweight on system

    Cocktail
    for system maintenance, does pretty much everything (cron tasks, permissions, whatnot)

    JES DeInterlacer
    for video conversion - the best tool to transform video from PAL to NTSC and vice versa - by far the best (i compared to Nattress plugin in FCP, Cleaner, and some other 'couple-of-hundret-bucks' software)


    I favor Firefox over Camino. It is true that Camino is a great browser (and i still like it), but FF has more plugins and i just use it more (although i think Camino is a little snappier)

    VLC is the king when it comes to play back video files of all kinds on the Mac although QT got pretty compatible with the right codec packs too ...
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    More Apps...


    Bit Torrent

    I really like Bits on Wheels for Bit Torrent things. Not as buggy as Azureus on Mac, and doesn't beg you to pay like the original Bit Torrent. The best feature is the 3D map of where all your packets are going, it's downright nifty.

    Other Apps

    Desktop Manager
    I simply can't function without this. It allows for multiple desktops and is especially handy if you have a tiny 12" iBook like I do.

    Quicksilver
    A nice little launcher for OS X that does a lot of other things too. What those things are I haven't really had the time to discover, but I hear nothing but awesome things.


    I can't say enough good things about Camino, VLC, and Adium, which were all mentioned above.
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    My vote is for parallels desktop for Mac!
    http://www.parallels.com/en/download/desktop/
    I have to use various windows apps on my Mac every day - Parallels is the greates solution Most of all I enjoy Coherence mode (it appeared in the latest beta). Drag&Drop function is awesome!
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