“Must Have” Mac Software

A friend of mine is getting a Mac soon, and asked me what software he should get for it. I named a few applications, but that got me thinking about all the applications I couldn’t live without. There are many more applications for Mac OS X, and some of them are really cool. This list, however, is for pratical software that I use every day, or else have found it very useful when I need it.

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Adium

Looking for a good AIM client? On a Mac, and hate iChat? Hate AIM 4.7 for Mac even more (it was released 4 years ago, after all!) Enter Adium. Adium is an open source, free, ad free, hassle free, customizable AIM, GTalk, Jabber, YIM, ICQ, .Mac, Live Journal, MSN Messenger, Bonjour, MySpace IM, Gadu-Gadu, QQ, Sametime, and Novell Groupwise compatible IM client. Continue reading

“Social Networking?”

If you know me at all, you know that I am against “social networking” websites (MySpace, Facebook, etc.) Always have been. Unfortunately, I think I just got inadvertently sucked into one: Plaxo. I got an email from Comcast telling me about these “new features.” Now I usually ignore these because the “features” either don’t work on Macs (Norton), or they are all marketing, and not actually something I can take advantage of (see “PowerBoost”.) Plaxo, however, is different. It was pitched as a universal address book. Now I love integration, so unlike Facebook, where your “friend’s” info and photos are stuck on the internets, Plaxo actually syncs with Apple’s Address Book application and iCal calendar and Mail.app. EDIT: I rescind my previous statements about Plaxo: Read this.