An Apple a Day

© Copyright Hugh Chevallier and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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 (AAPL) will survive, but he will be missed.

Thinking back about my own experience with Apple, I recall the initially painful move from the Microsoft (MSFT) 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, not just in phones but it leads to buying a Mac for your next computer. 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)
Mailemailbuilt-inhttp://www.apple.com/support/mail/
Safaribrowserbuilt-inhttp://www.apple.com/support/safari/
iTunesmusicbuilt-inhttp://www.apple.com/support/itunes/
iPhotophotosbuilt-inhttp://www.apple.com/support/iphoto/
iChattext/video chatbuilt-inhttp://www.apple.com/support/ichat/
iCalcalendarbuilt-inhttp://www.apple.com/support/ical/
AddressBookaddressesbuilt-inhttp://www.apple.com/macosx/what-is-macosx/mail-ical-address-book.html
grabscreen capturebuilt-inhttp://www.apple.com/findouthow/mac/#capturescreen
terminalshellbuilt-inhttp://www.apple.com/macosx/what-is-macosx/apps-and-utilities.html#terminal
DVDPlayerdvd playerbuilt-inhttp://www.apple.com/macosx/what-is-macosx/apps-and-utilities.html#dvd
TimeMachinebackup/restorebuilt-inhttp://www.apple.com/support/leopard/timemachine/
DiskUtilitydisk format/partition/repair, make ISO imagesbuilt-inhttp://support.apple.com/kb/HT1782
Automatorscripting and automation, including GUI elementsbuilt-inhttp://www.macosxautomation.com/automator/
X11running X11 apps local and remotebuilt-inhttp://www.apple.com/macosx/what-is-macosx/apps-and-utilities.html#x11
FacetimeVideo chatbuilt-inhttp://www.apple.com/mac/facetime/
General Purpose Software
VMware Fusionvirtual machines $80http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/
Yahoo messengerchat freehttp://messenger.yahoo.com/download/mac/
adiumMulti-chat (yahoo, msn, aol, irc, ...)freehttp://adium.im/
FirefoxWeb browserfreehttp://www.mozilla.com/en-US/products/download.html
ToastBurning disks$99http://www.roxio.com/enu/products/toast/titanium/overview.html
ishowufor recording demo videos$20 ($30 HD)http://www.shinywhitebox.com/home/home.html
Remote Desktopwindows terminal clientfreehttp://www.microsoft.com/mac/remote-desktop-client
SilverlightMicrosoft web graphics (like flash)freehttp://www.silverlight.net/getstarted/silverlight3/
Adobe Flashweb graphicsfreehttp://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html
desktop curtainfor blanking your desktop for streamingfree http://manytricks.com/desktopcurtain/
iStumblerinformation on local wireless networks freehttp://www.istumbler.net/
Flip4Macwmv support esp. Quicktime player is freeハhttp://www.telestream.net/flip4mac-wmv/overview.htm/
System Administration
DiskWarriorhard drive repair $99http://www.alsoft.com/diskwarrior/
MacFuseextended filesystem support (ntfs, etc)freehttp://code.google.com/p/macfuse/
NTFS-3GNTFS write support (on top of mac fuse)free/paidhttp://www.tuxera.com/community/ntfs-3g-download/
NameManglerbulk file renamingtrial/$10http://manytricks.com/namemangler/
OmniDiskSweeperGraphical filesystem viewer - see where your disk is fulltrialhttp://omnidisksweeper.en.softonic.com/mac
fuguSFTP GUI freehttp://fugu.en.softonic.com/mac
CuteFTPFTP GUI$40http://www.cuteftp.com/cuteftpmacpro/
appcleanersoftware uninstall freehttp://www.freemacsoft.net/AppCleaner/
appzappersoftware uninstall free/$13http://www.appzapper.com/
carboncopyclonerfor duping disks, etc. make emergency backup diskfreehttp://www.bombich.com/
growlsystem notification freehttp://growl.info/
quicksilverapplication starterfreehttp://quicksilver.en.softonic.com/mac
betterzipFile compression free limited or $20http://macitbetter.com/
ez7z7z File compressionfreehttp://ez7z.leifertin.info/
letter openeropen winmail.dat files trial - $30http://download.cnet.com/Letter-Opener/3000-2367_4-99635.html
TimeTrackerTime Machine session backup informationfreeハhttp://www.charlessoft.com/
VisualRouteLiteNetworkハspeed and quality informationfree for non-business use http://www.visualroute.com/lite.html
Business Connections
shimoVPN client (Cisco + others) 1.x or 2.x (free vs E-15) http://www.chungwasoft.com/shimo/
MissingSyncBlackberry, Android, and other phone syncca $40http://www.markspace.com/
OpenOfficeOffice Suite (word, excel, ...)freehttp://porting.openoffice.org/mac/download/aqua-Intel.html
Microsoft OfficeOffice Suite (word, excel, ...)$149http://www.microsoft.com/mac/
iWorkOffice Suite (word, excel, ...)$79http://www.apple.com/iwork/
Developer Software
EclipseDevelopment environmentfreehttp://www.eclipse.org/downloads/
MyEclipseDev Env (fancy eclipse with db, ui dev, web, etc) $30-$160 http://www.myeclipseide.com/
vimgraphical vim - vi editorfree http://macvim.org/OSX/index.php
XMindMind mapping, flowcharting, org charts, proj mgmtfreehttp://www.xmind.net/
Video
PlexHome theaterfreehttp://plexapp.com/about.php
HandBrakeVideo transcoderfreehttp://handbrake.fr/
vlcPlays every video formatfree http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html
Graphics / Photos
gimpimage editing (requires X11)free http://gimp.lisanet.de/Website/Download.html
Music / Audio
Doug's AppleScripts for iTunesiTunes enhancementsfreehttp://dougscripts.com/itunes/
AudacityMusic / audio editorfreehttp://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.

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