Lots of friends get new Mac and always ask "what app do I use for this"... well here's my list of essential apps and a few others you may find useful: Messaging - Adium, Skype, Tweetie & Growl FTP - Transmit Bit Torrent / downloads - Transmission & Speed Download Video - Perian, Flip 4 Mac for Windows Media, VLC & VisualHub or Video Monkey Browsers - Safari 4, Firefox & Chrome Beta Password management - 1Password System - iStat Menus, MainMenu Audio / video - Airfoil + an Airport Express, Sound Source & Last.fm Backup - SuperDuperWeb design - Coda, Pipette Google - Gmail Notifier, Reader Notifier & Mailplane App removal - AppZapper Photography - Aperture, iPhoto Buddy Writing - Writeroom
All must haves!!
If your a web designer and you still have clients who use old versions of Internet Explorer (or have potential clients who will), this is a fantastic little tool to let you run all the old versions of IE at once on Windows XP so you can test the rendering of your web page in these awful old browsers... This is almost the only reason I have a virtual machine of Windows XP on my Mac ;) More information...
Here are a few neat tools to sync your Facebook info (calendars, evens, birthdays etc) with your computers own addressbook and calendar program... Events & birthdays to a CALENDAR: - FBcal - http://www.fbcal.com/ (Mac & Win)
Contacts & birthdays to an ADDRESS BOOK: - Addressbook Sync - http://danauclair.com/addressbooksync/ (Mac) - Facebook Sync - http://fsbsoftware.com/FacebookSync.dmg (Mac) - Out Sync - http://www.melsam.com/outsync/ (Win) - Fonebook - http://ross.dargan.googlepages.com/ (Win)
Not I've not used the Windows applications... the Mac ones work great!
Message and status to your DESKTOP : - FMenu - http://sourceforge.net/projects/fmenu/ (Mac)