Mac Tricks and Tips has a great post listing their Top 100 Essential Applications for the Mac. Some are must-have, some are good, and some I would avoid like the plague (Quicken 2007, why must you suck so?). Some, I even question the use of the word “Essential” in the article’s title (come on, Aperture? Seriously?), but this list is a nice collection of some great Mac applications in one place. Of course, the clincher for me was finding GrandPerspective which is an open-source Mac OS X re-imagining of SpaceMonger, one of my all-time favorite Windows utilities.
Here are a handful I have had good experiences with and can recommend:
- Delicious Library
- iAlertU (only for notebooks with the sudden motion sensor)
- Carbon Copy Cloner
- Flip4Mac (warning, Microsoft product)
- Growl (comes conveniently packaged with Adium)
- Parallels (if you must run Windows)
- iWork (nearly half the price of the cheapest MS Office package)
Here are a couple that didn’t make the list, but I still love:
- miniStat2 (a widget and the only one I’ve been willing to pay for – $5)
- TextMate (a must if you do any coding)
- and, of course, Safe Eyes (to keep your family safe online)
Sorry I was too lazy to include links to all of them, but all the ones from the “Top 100” list are linked on their site and usually Google does a good job of finding them too.