An Apple a Day

I was sad to hear yesterday about the passing of Steve Jobs. He was a man with a vision and a dream and he certainly changed the way regular people interact with their computers. I’m sure Apple will survive, but he will be missed.

Thinking back about my own experience with Apple, I recall the initially painful move from the Microsoft Windows world. It can be a bit shocking at first if you;’re not prepared.

As people start to buy iPhones and iPads there is a migration occurring. A diaspora if you will from the Microsoft hegemony. Since I’ve been using Macs for about 10 years, people frequently ask me about making the move. I thought it might be helpful to encapsulate some of the questions and answers here.

SoftwarePurposeCostSource
Already on your machine (see list of all osx apps and utils)
Mail email built-in http://www.apple.com/support/mail/
Safari browser built-in http://www.apple.com/support/safari/
iTunes music built-in http://www.apple.com/support/itunes/
iPhoto photos built-in http://www.apple.com/support/iphoto/
iChat text/video chat built-in http://www.apple.com/support/ichat/
iCal calendar built-in http://www.apple.com/support/ical/
AddressBook addresses built-in http://www.apple.com/macosx/what-is-macosx/mail-ical-address-book.html
grab screen capture built-in http://www.apple.com/findouthow/mac/#capturescreen
terminal shell built-in http://www.apple.com/macosx/what-is-macosx/apps-and-utilities.html#terminal
DVDPlayer dvd player built-in http://www.apple.com/macosx/what-is-macosx/apps-and-utilities.html#dvd
TimeMachine backup/restore built-in http://www.apple.com/support/leopard/timemachine/
DiskUtility disk format/partition/repair, make ISO images built-in http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1782
Automator scripting and automation, including GUI elements built-in http://www.macosxautomation.com/automator/
X11 running X11 apps local and remote built-in http://www.apple.com/macosx/what-is-macosx/apps-and-utilities.html#x11
Facetime Video chat built-in http://www.apple.com/mac/facetime/
General Purpose Software
VMware Fusion virtual machines $80 http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/
Yahoo messenger chat free http://messenger.yahoo.com/download/mac/
adium Multi-chat (yahoo, msn, aol, irc, ...) free http://adium.im/
Firefox Web browser free http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/products/download.html
Toast Burning disks $99 http://www.roxio.com/enu/products/toast/titanium/overview.html
ishowu for recording demo videos $20 ($30 HD) http://www.shinywhitebox.com/home/home.html
Remote Desktop windows terminal client free http://www.microsoft.com/mac/remote-desktop-client
Silverlight Microsoft web graphics (like flash) free http://www.silverlight.net/getstarted/silverlight3/
Adobe Flash web graphics free http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html
desktop curtain for blanking your desktop for streaming free http://manytricks.com/desktopcurtain/
iStumbler information on local wireless networks free http://www.istumbler.net/
Flip4Mac wmv support esp. Quicktime player is free ハhttp://www.telestream.net/flip4mac-wmv/overview.htm/
System Administration
DiskWarrior hard drive repair $99 http://www.alsoft.com/diskwarrior/
MacFuse extended filesystem support (ntfs, etc) free http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/
NTFS-3G NTFS write support (on top of mac fuse) free/paid http://www.tuxera.com/community/ntfs-3g-download/
NameMangler bulk file renaming trial/$10 http://manytricks.com/namemangler/
OmniDiskSweeper Graphical filesystem viewer - see where your disk is full trial http://omnidisksweeper.en.softonic.com/mac
fugu SFTP GUI free http://fugu.en.softonic.com/mac
CuteFTP FTP GUI $40 http://www.cuteftp.com/cuteftpmacpro/
appcleaner software uninstall free http://www.freemacsoft.net/AppCleaner/
appzapper software uninstall free/$13 http://www.appzapper.com/
carboncopycloner for duping disks, etc. make emergency backup disk free http://www.bombich.com/
growl system notification free http://growl.info/
quicksilver application starter free http://quicksilver.en.softonic.com/mac
betterzip File compression free limited or $20 http://macitbetter.com/
ez7z 7z File compression free http://ez7z.leifertin.info/
letter opener open winmail.dat files trial - $30 http://download.cnet.com/Letter-Opener/3000-2367_4-99635.html
TimeTracker Time Machine session backup information free ハhttp://www.charlessoft.com/
VisualRouteLite Networkハspeed and quality information free for non-business use http://www.visualroute.com/lite.html
Business Connections
shimo VPN client (Cisco + others) 1.x or 2.x (free vs E-15) http://www.chungwasoft.com/shimo/
MissingSync Blackberry, Android, and other phone sync ca $40 http://www.markspace.com/
OpenOffice Office Suite (word, excel, ...) free http://porting.openoffice.org/mac/download/aqua-Intel.html
Microsoft Office Office Suite (word, excel, ...) $149 http://www.microsoft.com/mac/
iWork Office Suite (word, excel, ...) $79 http://www.apple.com/iwork/
Developer Software
Eclipse Development environment free http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/
MyEclipse Dev Env (fancy eclipse with db, ui dev, web, etc) $30-$160 http://www.myeclipseide.com/
vim graphical vim - vi editor free http://macvim.org/OSX/index.php
XMind Mind mapping, flowcharting, org charts, proj mgmt free http://www.xmind.net/
Video
Plex Home theater free http://plexapp.com/about.php
HandBrake Video transcoder free http://handbrake.fr/
vlc Plays every video format free http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html
Graphics / Photos
gimp image editing (requires X11) free http://gimp.lisanet.de/Website/Download.html
Music / Audio
Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes iTunes enhancements free http://dougscripts.com/itunes/
Audacity Music / audio editor free http://audicity.sourceforget.net

Hopefully the list will help you out. If you have other things you think should be there let me know. In the near future I’ll be covering apps for iPad/iPhone.

An Apple a Day originally appeared on The Code Curmudgeon on October 6, 2011.

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