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20 Mac Apps You Should Install

April 1st, 2009 by Brandon Buttars

I know this list isn’t the same as everyone elses. I know we all have our preferences. I’m sure some of our other designers would have Dreamweaver on their list and some of the Programmers would have Net Beans, but this is my list. Leave you list in the comments below. I’ll make this short and sweet and just give a little bit of information about the different programs. I recommend going to their websites and learning even more of how they can help you. Download the FREE trials and take them for a spin.

The list is in alphabetical order just because that was easy.

Adium

(An IM client that can be used with all of your accounts, even Facebook.)

Adobe Fireworks

(A hybrid of Illustrator and Photoshop made specific for rapid web design development.)

Adobe Illustrator

(Vector illustration perfect for print design and logo design.)

Adobe Photoshop

(Amazing photo editor…do you really need to know what Photoshop is?)

Firefox

(The greatest browser ever created, especially when it comes to development.)

Flickr Uploader

(Upload all your Flickr photos.)

Fluid App

(Make any website launch like an application.)

Google Notifier

(Notifies of Google Calendar and Gmail Events)

iTunes

(Music player duh.)

Little Snapper

(ScreenShots capture with advanced notation and editing.)

MindNode

(Mind mapping software specific to Leopard.)

NeoOffice

(Like OpenOffice but built specifically for the Mac.)

On The Job

(Simple time tracking and invoice creation system.)


PandoraBoy

(Pandora player for your desktop.)

Quicksilver

(Quick launch keyboard typing with a trigger key combo to activate.)

ScreenFlow

(Advanced screen casting software with some amazing editing features.)

Sequel Pro

(Desktop client for MySQL access.)

Skype

(IM/Voice over IP style of service. Use for chat and video conferencing.)

TextMate

(The best text editor ever created.)

Tweetr

(Simple desktop Twitter client.)

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Filed under: Tools — Tags: , — Brandon Buttars @ 1:17 pm on April 1, 2009

4 Comments

  1. Add to the list in the comments area and maybe we can create another post based on everyone’s preferences instead of just mine.

    Comment by Brandon Buttars — April 2, 2009 @ 7:57 am

  2. Firefox isn’t really as powerful without it’s addons, I made a list specifically for Web Developers here:

    http://jordangarn.com/essential-firefox-plugins-for-web-developers

    Comment by Jordan Garn — April 9, 2009 @ 2:29 pm

  3. I’m sure everyone would love to have photoshop and the two other adobe products, but they are very expensive.

    Comment by Wilson — May 2, 2009 @ 1:18 pm

  4. Considering Adobe Photoshop, Fireworks, & Illustrator cost $1400+, I think they are a bit out of place on this list made up of freebie or bargain apps. I would suggest those of you out there interested in those programs but don’t have that kind of cash to spend, search the web for their alternatives. VectorDesigner & LineForm you can use in place of Illustrator. Gimp is the widely recognized free, open source alternative to Photoshop.

    Comment by Gary Lister — May 3, 2009 @ 7:01 am

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