ATTENTION MAC USERS: The Ultimate MAC software list!

I have a MAC..actually several in my house all routed together in a wireless network.  And, I use these things at work so I am very glad to pass this on to you from Ragamuffinsoul.  Here is this great resource from my friend Los.

Everything shown here are the best apps that could put Mac users on the right track towards productivity. I’ve judged their functionality for the average Mac user, and all apps listed are Universal binaries — so they’re future-proof. I know many will enjoy them, because most are free.

:: Free Apps ::

Web Apps
:: Adium X :: The best muti-protcol, instant messenger client. Fully customizable.
:: Camino :: The best, Mac OS X-exclusive, web browser you could get — after all, it’s based off Mozilla’s previous work.
:: Chicken of the VNC :: An excellent VNC app.
:: Cyberduck :: Best free FTP, SFTP client.
:: Flock :: A browser built with the ideology of the web community. Some call it a social web browser for a reason.
:: NetNewsWire Lite :: A lite version of the well-known RSS reader. Hey, it’s free!
:: Optimized Firefox for Intel Macs :: The name says it all. It’s an optimized version of the Firefox web browser.
:: Shiira :: A Web Kit-based browser. Much better than Safari.
:: Skype :: Because VoIP keeps getting better.
:: TextWrangler :: A free, but powerful, text editor.
:: Thunderbird :: A tough app that handles all your email inboxes, courtesy of Mozilla.
:: Transmission :: The best BitTorrent client for the Mac. Gets bonus points for aesthetics.

Multimedia Apps
:: Audacity :: A great, open-sorce, audio recording and editing app.
:: CoverFlow :: A virtual representation for your iTunes library as CD boxes. This is great for a media center Mac! Are you listening, Apple? It looks like Apple was listening. They bought it and is now included in iTunes 7.
:: Democracy Player :: An RSS video downloader and player. I features a much better interface and control than iTunes’ podcast manager.
:: DivX :: Codec that allows QuickTime (thereby, Front Row) to play DivX-encoded videos.
:: Flip4Mac WMV Component :: Codec that allows QuickTime (thereby, Front Row) to play Windows Media files.
:: GimmeSomeTunes :: One of the best iTunes controllers just got better. It can be used as either a hot-key controller, or as a windowed controller.
:: Handbrake :: A DVD ripper that exports to either MPEG-4 or h.264 video. Suitable for the iPod video.
:: ImageWell :: A small, but great photo utility. Some features include watermarking, reshaping, and cropping. Great for blogs.
:: iSquint :: A multiple format video converter that exports to an iPod-compatible one.
:: MacTheRipper :: For making ripping full backups of DVDs.
NEW! :: Parsley is Anatomically Delicious :: Efficient batch and tag processing of iTunes videos.
:: PodTube :: Automatically downloads, converts, and adds YouTube videos to iTunes. (Read more…)
:: VLC :: Video Lan Client is a media player that supports most multimedia formats.

Mac Utilities
:: clamXav :: Even though Macs are mostly virus-free, getting this antivirus won’t hurt. Better safe than sorry.
:: Growl :: Delivers system-wide notifications with various plug-in options.
:: Letterbox :: A mod that turns Mail’s window into a widescreen one — perfect for such displays like my MacBook Pro’s.
:: OnyX :: An app that can adjust system preferences or optimize your machine.
:: Quicksilver :: While it’s still in beta, it’s a powerful launcher. I can’t work without. Say goodbye to Spotlight!
:: Safari Enhancer :: Just as the name implies, it allows you add various features to this browser.
:: VirtueDesktops :: Have multiple desktops without the need of an additional monitor! Similar to the upcoming Spaces feature in Leopard.
:: Todos :: An app that is capable of displaying every single app you have in a stylish, semi-transparent window.

Productivity
:: Gimpshop :: Gimp, a robust, open source image editor, when it’s been modified to resemble Photoshop.
:: NeoOffice :: It’s OpenOffice — natively for the Mac, and the X11 environment isn’t needed!
:: WriteRoom :: An excellent word editor that takes up the full screen. No more distractions when working!

Misc.
:: Aurora :: An app that turns your Mac into an expensive alarm clock with iTunes. It’s even Apple Remote-compatible.
:: ClearDock :: All it does is remove the dock’s background to make it crystal-clear. I know, it’s a shallow enhancement — but it does look good.
:: Google Earth :: The fantastic 3D Earth browser — available as a Universal binary.
:: Senuti :: The best iPod music importer I’ve tried yet.

Screensavers
:: DashSaver :: Not exactly a screensaver, but brings up your widget-filled Dashboard after a determined period of inactivity. May be handy for keeping up with the weather, stocks, and such.
:: Fenêtres Volantes :: The screensaver with the most eye candy — makes all your open windows to start flying accross the screen.
:: IdleWeb :: As recently dugg, it allows web pages to be displayed as a screensaver. Definitely great when linked to great ones like digg labs’ swarm.
:: Plasma Tunnel :: Takes your Mac into a voyage through a 3D plasma tunnel.
:: ShuffleSaver :: This screensaver takes your favorite images from Flickr and iPhoto, then shuffles them.

Widgets
:: iClip lite :: The perfect clip board that resides within your Dashboard. (Read more…)

:: Great Apps That Aren’t Free… ::

:: AppZapper :: The simplicity of this drag-and-drop app uninstaller is so simple, it’s genius.
:: Boot Camp (Intel Macs only!) :: Apple’s beta of the upcoming feature to be found in Leopard. The software is free, and it allows you to install Windows if you own a copy (which aren’t free!).
:: Comic Life :: Now all your pictures can be turned to comics with ease! Anyone up for some adventures of the flatulent Super Grandpa?
:: Delicious Library :: I simply fell in love with this app. The interface, the looks, the functionality… Now I have all my DVDs, CDs, books, and videogames organized in here. (Read more…)
:: iWork ‘06 :: The productivity suite from Apple that keeps getting better each year. Now, if only some spreadsheet application included…
:: MediaCentral :: This is how Apple’s Front Row should have been. It would be the perfect multimedia app if only it supported media downloaded from iTunes.
:: NewsFire :: After recommending NetNewsWire as the best RSS reader for a couple of years, a reader directed me to this app. While it’s still an RSS reader, the looks and some options make it all worth-while.
:: Podcast Maker :: In case that working with GarageBand isn’t prime for your podcasts.
:: Transmit :: Simply the best FTP client around for the Mac.

HT:  Ragamuffinsoul via List found at MAC RECON

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

12 comments

  1. Rich,
    Nice list, though you have left a lot of good software off. However, I have a problem with your list, your being a pastor and all.

    1. HandBrake and Mac the Ripper are illegal as they break through the Macrovision encoding of a DVD. Digital rights laws allow you a copy of your digital media, however there are laws that state circumventing copy-protection is illegal. You can make a backup of your DVD without either software. You can not legally extract your DVD video and play it on an iPod or other media player (the laws are in litigation currently and lets hope that the Movie Industry allows us to do what the Music Industry allowed – CDs to your MP3 Player, hopefully DVDs to your MPEG4 player.

    2. Senuti or iTunes backwards is also a bad suggestion for a pastor to make. This software violates your aggreement with Apple iTunes and iPod, not to mention all those in the Music Industry – remember Apple fought hard to get buy-in by the Music Industry who thought 99¢ songs were a foolish business plan. Now look. Senuti makes it possible for anyone to upload their music to someone else’s computer – thus allowing for piracy.

    Come on man, I am all for free trade and open source, but having dozens of friends in the music industry and seeing what they actually earn from those sales – especially the flawed Christian music industry – let’s not encourage piracy. Also, working in video production most of my life, I just get a bit irritated when people think because some software exists for me to do this – that I can or should. At least have some sort of disclaimer. Heck in certain parts of Europe, posting instructions on how to use this software, would be a criminal offense (thank you USA).

    You also forgot about some good worship and bible software for the Mac…
    – LiveWorship – great worship presentation software – easy to use

    – ProPresenter – solid worship software packages by Renewed Vision, even have a video switcher, and packages for higher-end productions like concerts – all Mac and Universal

    – Accordance Bible Software – Mac based only and deep study tools. One of the best packages around but least known to many new Apple converts

    – QuickVerse (Gold, Black, White editions) – well known Bible software and study tools now available for the Mac.

    – MacSword for Mac – open source, part of the BibleSword and Crosswire Bible Society project. Great tools, but not all Bible versions allow for their release to open-source apps.

    – Mellel – big time word processor that smokes Word’s abilities, especially for the academic or professional writer. A bit of a learning curve but well worth it.

    – Bookends – works with Mellel and Word, as a bibliography database. Begin to enter a book’s info and it will fillout your footnote and bibliography page.

    – ThinkFree Office – office suite available on-line or on your desktop. Opens Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, saves to those formats too. A little slow on start up, but stable once it is open. Online version allows you to share and co-produce materials.

  2. Rich,
    Nice list, though you have left a lot of good software off. However, I have a problem with your list, your being a pastor and all.

    1. HandBrake and Mac the Ripper are illegal as they break through the Macrovision encoding of a DVD. Digital rights laws allow you a copy of your digital media, however there are laws that state circumventing copy-protection is illegal. You can make a backup of your DVD without either software. You can not legally extract your DVD video and play it on an iPod or other media player (the laws are in litigation currently and lets hope that the Movie Industry allows us to do what the Music Industry allowed – CDs to your MP3 Player, hopefully DVDs to your MPEG4 player.

    2. Senuti or iTunes backwards is also a bad suggestion for a pastor to make. This software violates your aggreement with Apple iTunes and iPod, not to mention all those in the Music Industry – remember Apple fought hard to get buy-in by the Music Industry who thought 99¢ songs were a foolish business plan. Now look. Senuti makes it possible for anyone to upload their music to someone else’s computer – thus allowing for piracy.

    Come on man, I am all for free trade and open source, but having dozens of friends in the music industry and seeing what they actually earn from those sales – especially the flawed Christian music industry – let’s not encourage piracy. Also, working in video production most of my life, I just get a bit irritated when people think because some software exists for me to do this – that I can or should. At least have some sort of disclaimer. Heck in certain parts of Europe, posting instructions on how to use this software, would be a criminal offense (thank you USA).

    You also forgot about some good worship and bible software for the Mac…
    – LiveWorship – great worship presentation software – easy to use

    – ProPresenter – solid worship software packages by Renewed Vision, even have a video switcher, and packages for higher-end productions like concerts – all Mac and Universal

    – Accordance Bible Software – Mac based only and deep study tools. One of the best packages around but least known to many new Apple converts

    – QuickVerse (Gold, Black, White editions) – well known Bible software and study tools now available for the Mac.

    – MacSword for Mac – open source, part of the BibleSword and Crosswire Bible Society project. Great tools, but not all Bible versions allow for their release to open-source apps.

    – Mellel – big time word processor that smokes Word’s abilities, especially for the academic or professional writer. A bit of a learning curve but well worth it.

    – Bookends – works with Mellel and Word, as a bibliography database. Begin to enter a book’s info and it will fillout your footnote and bibliography page.

    – ThinkFree Office – office suite available on-line or on your desktop. Opens Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, saves to those formats too. A little slow on start up, but stable once it is open. Online version allows you to share and co-produce materials.

  3. Rich,
    Nice list, though you have left a lot of good software off. However, I have a problem with your list, your being a pastor and all.

    1. HandBrake and Mac the Ripper are illegal as they break through the Macrovision encoding of a DVD. Digital rights laws allow you a copy of your digital media, however there are laws that state circumventing copy-protection is illegal. You can make a backup of your DVD without either software. You can not legally extract your DVD video and play it on an iPod or other media player (the laws are in litigation currently and lets hope that the Movie Industry allows us to do what the Music Industry allowed – CDs to your MP3 Player, hopefully DVDs to your MPEG4 player.

    2. Senuti or iTunes backwards is also a bad suggestion for a pastor to make. This software violates your aggreement with Apple iTunes and iPod, not to mention all those in the Music Industry – remember Apple fought hard to get buy-in by the Music Industry who thought 99¢ songs were a foolish business plan. Now look. Senuti makes it possible for anyone to upload their music to someone else’s computer – thus allowing for piracy.

    Come on man, I am all for free trade and open source, but having dozens of friends in the music industry and seeing what they actually earn from those sales – especially the flawed Christian music industry – let’s not encourage piracy. Also, working in video production most of my life, I just get a bit irritated when people think because some software exists for me to do this – that I can or should. At least have some sort of disclaimer. Heck in certain parts of Europe, posting instructions on how to use this software, would be a criminal offense (thank you USA).

    You also forgot about some good worship and bible software for the Mac…
    – LiveWorship – great worship presentation software – easy to use

    – ProPresenter – solid worship software packages by Renewed Vision, even have a video switcher, and packages for higher-end productions like concerts – all Mac and Universal

    – Accordance Bible Software – Mac based only and deep study tools. One of the best packages around but least known to many new Apple converts

    – QuickVerse (Gold, Black, White editions) – well known Bible software and study tools now available for the Mac.

    – MacSword for Mac – open source, part of the BibleSword and Crosswire Bible Society project. Great tools, but not all Bible versions allow for their release to open-source apps.

    – Mellel – big time word processor that smokes Word’s abilities, especially for the academic or professional writer. A bit of a learning curve but well worth it.

    – Bookends – works with Mellel and Word, as a bibliography database. Begin to enter a book’s info and it will fillout your footnote and bibliography page.

    – ThinkFree Office – office suite available on-line or on your desktop. Opens Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, saves to those formats too. A little slow on start up, but stable once it is open. Online version allows you to share and co-produce materials.

  4. Rich,
    Nice list, though you have left a lot of good software off. However, I have a problem with your list, your being a pastor and all.

    1. HandBrake and Mac the Ripper are illegal as they break through the Macrovision encoding of a DVD. Digital rights laws allow you a copy of your digital media, however there are laws that state circumventing copy-protection is illegal. You can make a backup of your DVD without either software. You can not legally extract your DVD video and play it on an iPod or other media player (the laws are in litigation currently and lets hope that the Movie Industry allows us to do what the Music Industry allowed – CDs to your MP3 Player, hopefully DVDs to your MPEG4 player.

    2. Senuti or iTunes backwards is also a bad suggestion for a pastor to make. This software violates your aggreement with Apple iTunes and iPod, not to mention all those in the Music Industry – remember Apple fought hard to get buy-in by the Music Industry who thought 99¢ songs were a foolish business plan. Now look. Senuti makes it possible for anyone to upload their music to someone else’s computer – thus allowing for piracy.

    Come on man, I am all for free trade and open source, but having dozens of friends in the music industry and seeing what they actually earn from those sales – especially the flawed Christian music industry – let’s not encourage piracy. Also, working in video production most of my life, I just get a bit irritated when people think because some software exists for me to do this – that I can or should. At least have some sort of disclaimer. Heck in certain parts of Europe, posting instructions on how to use this software, would be a criminal offense (thank you USA).

    You also forgot about some good worship and bible software for the Mac…
    – LiveWorship – great worship presentation software – easy to use

    – ProPresenter – solid worship software packages by Renewed Vision, even have a video switcher, and packages for higher-end productions like concerts – all Mac and Universal

    – Accordance Bible Software – Mac based only and deep study tools. One of the best packages around but least known to many new Apple converts

    – QuickVerse (Gold, Black, White editions) – well known Bible software and study tools now available for the Mac.

    – MacSword for Mac – open source, part of the BibleSword and Crosswire Bible Society project. Great tools, but not all Bible versions allow for their release to open-source apps.

    – Mellel – big time word processor that smokes Word’s abilities, especially for the academic or professional writer. A bit of a learning curve but well worth it.

    – Bookends – works with Mellel and Word, as a bibliography database. Begin to enter a book’s info and it will fillout your footnote and bibliography page.

    – ThinkFree Office – office suite available on-line or on your desktop. Opens Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, saves to those formats too. A little slow on start up, but stable once it is open. Online version allows you to share and co-produce materials.

  5. I need to be responsible to my readers and correct a couple fallacious assertions on Sean Young’s comment. For instance, look at what MacRipper says:
    “MacTheRipper is intended to backup DVDs you have legally purchased for personal use. Any copyright-infringing activity you choose to perpetrate using this application is illegal, immoral, and beyond our control.”

    These software packages are NOT illegal. Neither are guns, for you NRA types. It is all in how you intend to use them. I suggest that you simply read the disclaimers and follow the law. God bless America!

    As one who earns some tiny royalties from music with friends in the music and video biz, I certainly do not advocate piracy of any kind and never have, but of course most of you readers are gracious enough to assume that. I just wanted to remind you. Readers: BE SAFE and LEGAL! PIRACY CAUSES BLINDNESS…

    – Rich

  6. I need to be responsible to my readers and correct a couple fallacious assertions on Sean Young’s comment. For instance, look at what MacRipper says:
    “MacTheRipper is intended to backup DVDs you have legally purchased for personal use. Any copyright-infringing activity you choose to perpetrate using this application is illegal, immoral, and beyond our control.”

    These software packages are NOT illegal. Neither are guns, for you NRA types. It is all in how you intend to use them. I suggest that you simply read the disclaimers and follow the law. God bless America!

    As one who earns some tiny royalties from music with friends in the music and video biz, I certainly do not advocate piracy of any kind and never have, but of course most of you readers are gracious enough to assume that. I just wanted to remind you. Readers: BE SAFE and LEGAL! PIRACY CAUSES BLINDNESS…

    – Rich

  7. I need to be responsible to my readers and correct a couple fallacious assertions on Sean Young’s comment. For instance, look at what MacRipper says:
    “MacTheRipper is intended to backup DVDs you have legally purchased for personal use. Any copyright-infringing activity you choose to perpetrate using this application is illegal, immoral, and beyond our control.”

    These software packages are NOT illegal. Neither are guns, for you NRA types. It is all in how you intend to use them. I suggest that you simply read the disclaimers and follow the law. God bless America!

    As one who earns some tiny royalties from music with friends in the music and video biz, I certainly do not advocate piracy of any kind and never have, but of course most of you readers are gracious enough to assume that. I just wanted to remind you. Readers: BE SAFE and LEGAL! PIRACY CAUSES BLINDNESS…

    – Rich

  8. I need to be responsible to my readers and correct a couple fallacious assertions on Sean Young’s comment. For instance, look at what MacRipper says:
    “MacTheRipper is intended to backup DVDs you have legally purchased for personal use. Any copyright-infringing activity you choose to perpetrate using this application is illegal, immoral, and beyond our control.”

    These software packages are NOT illegal. Neither are guns, for you NRA types. It is all in how you intend to use them. I suggest that you simply read the disclaimers and follow the law. God bless America!

    As one who earns some tiny royalties from music with friends in the music and video biz, I certainly do not advocate piracy of any kind and never have, but of course most of you readers are gracious enough to assume that. I just wanted to remind you. Readers: BE SAFE and LEGAL! PIRACY CAUSES BLINDNESS…

    – Rich

  9. I hope that the same care is given to driving on the road; one must not speed, ever, regardless of our arrival time–whether early or tardy–despite where we are going at any given time in our life, lest we outrightly break the law of the land. Or should I remind us of jaywalking? You know, crossing the street at any time in our life without using the crosswalk. There are endless laws that we Christians seemingly neglect, but when it comes to the more “touchy” or “controversial” laws we Christians seem to magnify them all the more.
    Anyway, I think it is important to look at the heart when using these tools. The truth is I needed an iPod ripper a while ago because of a hard drive issue and so I ripped my iPods back onto my hard drive just in case i would have an iPod issue to, and since then I have backed up all my music on an external hard drive. I didn’t steal any music using the ripper; i just used it to help me back up what was already mine after a computer failure.

    Or how about this: my wedding video–not copyrighted–is few in numbers. However, several different family members would like their own copies. So, Mac the Ripper is going to prove useful as I will be able to rip my wedding DVD onto my computer and then burn as many copies as necessary for my family.

    Are these in turn illegal? What’s wrong with using them or advocating the use of them? It’s one thing to advocate using these tools and quite another to advocate stealing and/or piracy.

    I did not get the impression that our author was in any way, shape or form advocating music or movie piracy.

  10. I hope that the same care is given to driving on the road; one must not speed, ever, regardless of our arrival time–whether early or tardy–despite where we are going at any given time in our life, lest we outrightly break the law of the land. Or should I remind us of jaywalking? You know, crossing the street at any time in our life without using the crosswalk. There are endless laws that we Christians seemingly neglect, but when it comes to the more “touchy” or “controversial” laws we Christians seem to magnify them all the more.
    Anyway, I think it is important to look at the heart when using these tools. The truth is I needed an iPod ripper a while ago because of a hard drive issue and so I ripped my iPods back onto my hard drive just in case i would have an iPod issue to, and since then I have backed up all my music on an external hard drive. I didn’t steal any music using the ripper; i just used it to help me back up what was already mine after a computer failure.

    Or how about this: my wedding video–not copyrighted–is few in numbers. However, several different family members would like their own copies. So, Mac the Ripper is going to prove useful as I will be able to rip my wedding DVD onto my computer and then burn as many copies as necessary for my family.

    Are these in turn illegal? What’s wrong with using them or advocating the use of them? It’s one thing to advocate using these tools and quite another to advocate stealing and/or piracy.

    I did not get the impression that our author was in any way, shape or form advocating music or movie piracy.

  11. I hope that the same care is given to driving on the road; one must not speed, ever, regardless of our arrival time–whether early or tardy–despite where we are going at any given time in our life, lest we outrightly break the law of the land. Or should I remind us of jaywalking? You know, crossing the street at any time in our life without using the crosswalk. There are endless laws that we Christians seemingly neglect, but when it comes to the more “touchy” or “controversial” laws we Christians seem to magnify them all the more.
    Anyway, I think it is important to look at the heart when using these tools. The truth is I needed an iPod ripper a while ago because of a hard drive issue and so I ripped my iPods back onto my hard drive just in case i would have an iPod issue to, and since then I have backed up all my music on an external hard drive. I didn’t steal any music using the ripper; i just used it to help me back up what was already mine after a computer failure.

    Or how about this: my wedding video–not copyrighted–is few in numbers. However, several different family members would like their own copies. So, Mac the Ripper is going to prove useful as I will be able to rip my wedding DVD onto my computer and then burn as many copies as necessary for my family.

    Are these in turn illegal? What’s wrong with using them or advocating the use of them? It’s one thing to advocate using these tools and quite another to advocate stealing and/or piracy.

    I did not get the impression that our author was in any way, shape or form advocating music or movie piracy.

  12. I hope that the same care is given to driving on the road; one must not speed, ever, regardless of our arrival time–whether early or tardy–despite where we are going at any given time in our life, lest we outrightly break the law of the land. Or should I remind us of jaywalking? You know, crossing the street at any time in our life without using the crosswalk. There are endless laws that we Christians seemingly neglect, but when it comes to the more “touchy” or “controversial” laws we Christians seem to magnify them all the more.
    Anyway, I think it is important to look at the heart when using these tools. The truth is I needed an iPod ripper a while ago because of a hard drive issue and so I ripped my iPods back onto my hard drive just in case i would have an iPod issue to, and since then I have backed up all my music on an external hard drive. I didn’t steal any music using the ripper; i just used it to help me back up what was already mine after a computer failure.

    Or how about this: my wedding video–not copyrighted–is few in numbers. However, several different family members would like their own copies. So, Mac the Ripper is going to prove useful as I will be able to rip my wedding DVD onto my computer and then burn as many copies as necessary for my family.

    Are these in turn illegal? What’s wrong with using them or advocating the use of them? It’s one thing to advocate using these tools and quite another to advocate stealing and/or piracy.

    I did not get the impression that our author was in any way, shape or form advocating music or movie piracy.

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