Useful applications for MacOS X

Some of the useful applications/utilities I use on my Macbook Pro:

  • Textmate
  • Notepad++ used to be my favorite code editor an year ago when I was a Windows user. I still feel Notepad++ is the best GUI based text editor, very useful and lightweight. But Textmate is equally good and when you get used to it, you’ll realize the power it offers to you.
  • Adium
  • Probably the best messenger client on Mac. Supports all the major IM services.
  • DiffMerge
  • A simple but useful diff utility for Mac. Allows to merge content. Editing is possible while viewing the diff.
  • Disk Inventory X
  • Visual representation of all files on your Mac. Files are represented as blocks. Block size represents the size of the file. Very handy when you need to clear up some disk space.
  • iTerm
  • Perhaps a better terminal application than the one bundled with Mac.
  • JustLooking
  • Very useful and lightweight image viewer. This is a must as the default image viewing utility in Mac, Preview, is short of a lot of features.
  • Breakaway
  • A pretty useful application that pauses the music in iTunes when you hit the mute button or pull out your headphones.
  • Clyppan
  • Clipboard history application for Mac that keeps a list of text you have copied to the clipboard and allows you to paste it again by selecting it from the list within Clyppan.
  • EverNote
  • Just started using but seems to be a nice tool for keeping notes. A good alternative for OneNote on Windows.
  • Miro
  • The best internet video application. Watch or download online videos including YouTube. Nice interface.
  • CyberDuck
  • CyberDuck is a nice and simple FTP utility. You can edit text files remotely without downloading. Also supports drag and drop.
  • Firefox/Chrome
  • My favorite browsers on both Mac and Windows. Generally I use Firefox for development purpose due to the large set of development tools available for it.
  • iTunes
  • Probably the best music player for Mac.
  • Folx
  • A nice download utility for Mac.
  • Parallels
  • Parallel Desktop allows you to run any other OS in a virtual machine. I use it to run windows as web developers can’t live without windows 😛 The other best alternative to Parallels is VMware Fusion.
  • Stickies
  • When you need to take quick short notes on yellow paper 🙂
  • Entourage
  • My email client. Thunderbird is a free(maybe better) alternative but since I started with Entourage, was too lazy to shift 😛
  • VLC
  • The best video player on any platform.
  • Photoshop
  • No need to say that Photoshop is the best image editing tool available. Only problem: It’s not free.

5 Comments on "Useful applications for MacOS X"

    1. I havn’t tried vimdiff but diffmerge has a pretty nice UI (and Mac rox in UI). So if you are not vim centric then diffmerge should be the way to go 🙂


  1. I prefer Smultron text editor over TextMate. Its quite lightweight and can open multiple files in same space instead of opening new window for each.


  2. TextMate can open multiple files in same space in a tabbed format. Those need to be a part of same project. So logically I like TextMate as you have one window for each project. Smultron is good too.


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