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Old 26-04-2009, 11:58 PM   #1
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3rd party Mac Apps/Utilities

Maybe the moderators/management will sticky this for our ever growing Apple Mac user base.
In this thread, please list your favourite 3rd party Applications/Utilities without which you'd be struggling to cope using vanilla flavoured Mac OS X - yeah, right!
Anyhoo, I'll kick off with this lot, in no particular order of preference:

GraphicConverter - cheap but still powerful alternative to Photoshop
Flip4Mac - view WMV encoded clips in your web browser and via Quicktime
OmniDiskSweeper - see what's eating up your disk space, and remove it
Transmit - upload/download your files to your ISP provided webspace or any other server you have access to
PictureSync - upload your images and movies to free hosting sites Webshots, Flickr, and more
R-Name - rename multiple files in one fell swoop
MPFreaker - gather tags/lyrics/artwork for all those MP3's devoid of them
MainMenu - maintenance, cleaning and optimization menu item
******* - control iTunes from the menubar
OnyX - tweak hidden elements of OS X
Xupport - same as OnyX
AppFresh - keep tabs on updates for your growing list of software
MaxMenus - make use of the 4 corners of your screen/desktop
Growl - global notifications system for OS X
Perian - Quicktime component like Flip4Mac, for native viewing of AVI/DivX/FLV and many more video and audio formats
Secrets - customize many Mac OS hidden or incomplete settings
Service Scrubber - manage your increasing OS X Services Menu resulting from the addition of new software

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Old 27-04-2009, 12:13 AM   #2
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hey PJS, would it not be good also to add a very brief explanation next to each app as to what they do?

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Spotify- great little program that allows you to listen to music for free, 100% legal too as it's streaming not downloading, like listening to a podcast really.
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Old 27-04-2009, 12:14 AM   #3
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I'll sticky it, a short description would be very useful, thanks
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Old 27-04-2009, 12:16 AM   #4
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hey PJS, would it not be good also to add a very brief explanation next to each app as to what they do?
+1

I'm looking for a good video re-encoder - for creating MP4 files from WMV, AVI, etc. - so I can upload videos to my new iPod Touch. Preferably free
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I like Rivet, lets you stream music and films to your Xbox 360 and PS3 very easily.
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I'm looking for a good video re-encoder - for creating MP4 files from WMV, AVI, etc. - so I can upload videos to my new iPod Touch. Preferably free
Grab Visualhub (no longer in development) via MacUpdate or Versiontracker.
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Relatively new user, but finding a lot of good stuff out there, just starting to figure out Automator which is very interesting:

Remotetap - For OSX and Iphone, remote control (and wake up) your Mac from anywhere.
Cyberduck - FTP Client
Plex - Xbox Media Centre but for Mac which is way better than Front Row, has plugins for 4OD, BBC Iplayer etc.
Seashore - Paintshop equivalent but open source (free)
Upload to FTP - an automator action so that you can build your own right click scripts from Finder. I have mine configured so that I can right click a file or folder and bang it straight to my webhosting account
Burn - easy CD burning application
Also a generally handy site for Mac/PC/Linux users alike is http://www.osalt.com - a repository of open source alternatives to all your favorite paid for applications.
Skitch - Screen grabber, edit and publish to a webpage in seconds from not only your Mac, but anything with email access too. Really, really good bit of software and something I wish the PC had because I have to use like three applications to do this one task near enough daily

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Evernote - Note taking & syncing tool, has an iPhone app too. http://www.evernote.com/about/what_is_en/

Curio Pro - Creativity tool, one of the most useful things on my MBP. http://www.zengobi.com/products/curio/
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Autorate - This application automatically sets the rating for all tracks in your iTunes library according to how often each track is played, and how often each track is skipped.

http://tzisoftware.com/products/autorate
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Grab Visualhub (no longer in development) via MacUpdate or Versiontracker.
Thanks - I actually grabbed iSquint (a cut-down version of VisualHub it seems, from the same people) which does a superb job

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Cyberduck - FTP Client
I tried CyberDuck but didn't get on with it (forget why now ) so I use FileZilla
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