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10 OSX apps I can't live without:

1. Evernote - http://www.evernote.com
2. Chrome - http://www.google.com/chrome
3. Caffeine - http://lightheadsw.com/caffeine/
4. Backblaze - http://www.backblaze.com/
5. Fantasical - http://flexibits.com/
6. BusyCal - http://www.busymac.com/
7. 1Password - https://agilebits.com/onepassword
8. Adium - http://adium.im/
9. Dropbox - http://dropbox.com
10. Prototypes - http://prototypesapp.com/

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Ugh, I wish something like 1Password was allowed in the corporate world.
 
Or better yet, can't they just scan my damn eyeball already? :)
 
I'm a linux guy but some of them overlap.
1) Chrome
2) Empathy/gnome-shell
3) pianobar (command-line pandora)
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I don't know why Caffeine is so popular. I don't really get that one. Otherwise, good list.
 
Does Caffeine prevent your Mac Laptop from going to sleep even when the screen is folded down so it can keep services like your itunes library running ?
 
Calibre - organising kindle and other digital books
 
Agree 100% on Backblaze. Great backup, tiny memory foot-print
 
Great List! Evernote is my #1 also. Can anyone recommend a tool for prototyping a website?
 
Prototypes looks awesome. That is something I have been wanting for a while.
 
Paint.NET. Even though it strips photos of their EXIF data, it's still a great Photoshop replacement for people on a budget.
Ho Liu
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Does anyone still use Fluid for all those web apps?
 
A lot of these I use in Windows and Linux (especially +Jolicloud), too! :)
 
Love Evernote on my Android Galaxy tablet and Evo - and Love how everything is in Sync - it Just Works!!
 
Like the list, but I'm frustrated with 1Password since it stopped working properly with Safari!
 
+Kevin Rose hey kevin, has your chrome experience slowing down lately? or is my Mac OSX system suffering from bit rot
 
i'll put in Parallels 7 for Mac OSX. I can finally play League of Legends in virtual Win7 window.
 
Skim, Google Earth, Thunderbird, LibraOffice, Seamonkey, FileZilla, Inkscape and GIMP :-)
Many of which I've donated a little too!
 
Since you included 1Password, I can see you've included great pay-for as well as free apps. You forgot RSS Menu, Bwanadik, gfxCardStatus and VLC.

RSS Menu is a great RSS utility that sits in the menubar and assimilates various feeds. My only wish is that the Growl folks would develop a ''ticker'' style so that RSS Menu could interact and scroll articles across the bottom of the screen. Even going up to the menu bar anymore is a drain on time.

VLC is the multimedia app of choice, but being that it hijacks the NVIDIA GPU, it sucks your mobility in half...

Which brings me to gfxCardStatus. There's really no excuse for poorly programmed apps that hijack the NVIDIA GPU and don't give it back when done—especially for no good reason. Those people obviously sit in front of desktop machines and don't have to worry about having their battery life cut in half. For example, I used to love Firefox, but anymore, any time you run something that access Flash, it spins the process off taking the NVIDIA GPU with it, then just sits there holding it hostage when done. Safari is ''smart enough'' to give it back. Anyway, gfxCardStatus will let you know when your NVIDIA GPU is being used.

Bwanadik is a little ''blob'' or orb that turns colors to let you know if your network connection goes down or is up.
 
CrashPlan ..I use a PC, but they have apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux. I almost went with Backblaze, but didn't like some of their limits that they had at that time, although they don't have then anymore..
 
The nice part is, Evernote, Chrome, and Dropbox don't depend on over-priced hardware and an outdated OS! Use them on any platform.
 
C'mon you own stock... lol Im just kidding love your work! Keep it up fan since 08!
 
Divvy - try it once and you'll be hooked. Set a shortcut for full width/height, and a couple for left half and right half, and you'll be a window resizing ninja.
 
Gosh haven't heard of some of these. Need to check t hem out! Thanks!
 
What a list! I'm new to Mac (less than a year), so this is good stuff. So many apps to try out. Sending this post over to Evernote for further analysis.
+Ho Liu Yes, I'm using Fluid right now so that I can have an app for Workflowy.com. I just like having it there.
 
Backblaze is good, but don't even consider it if you have Comcast or some other provider that caps internet bandwidth. Backing up one computer alone, much less any external hard drives, will easily take up your bandwidth for the whole month. Ugh.
 
do you really use both busycal & fantasical? seems like it would be a choice between the two.
 
Reeder, Twitter app, Balsamiq with Bootstrap, Xmarks, Alfred, Trillian
 
Chrome Extensions I LOVE:

Chrome to Phone
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/oadboiipflhobonjjffjbfekfjcgkhco
Send anything to your phone. It will open up in Google maps, or mobile browser.

Pinterest Image Expander
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ijjfcepcgakkhodjinacolfaeimnedbg
Enlarges Pinterest images on hover.

Facebook Photo Zoom
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/elioihkkcdgakfbahdoddophfngopipi
Enlarges Facebook images on hover

Evernote Web Clipper
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/pioclpoplcdbaefihamjohnefbikjilc
Clips the html sections of a website to Evernote, not just a screenshot. It will be searchable.

Pinterest Pin it Button
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/kfjkehmceppcpjoaoegdmffmkdhiegmc
pins any image on any website(except fb) to Pinterest.
 
Is this everyone on google+? lol
Mike B
 
Gonna miss Diggnation great news of the week and the awesome shows that you did that made me laugh and even made me buy an iphone which i love. Thanks for the years you and Alex did .
 
1. Steam
2. Dropbox
3. Chrome
4. Microsoft Office suite
5. VLC
6. Skype
 
Thanks to whoever suggested BetterSnapTool, I just installed the demo. This will make editing so much easier.
 
man dats preety lame dat u just hav ur face on dar picture
 
Can't live without VLC, GIMP, OpenOffice
 
Why Chrome? Unbelievable
 
Almost come from Apple such as iPhoto, Final Cut...
 
Dropbox sync text editor NEBULOUS NOTES . It remembers the cursor's position and has a better full screen features than all the others.
Mike B
 
great sites.
 
The apps IT uses IRL -
1. Evernote - use Tomboy notes
2. Chrome - you should be using FF + NoScript
3. Caffeine - LoL r u sersious? Try pinging loopback.
4. Backblaze - Ubuntu cloud storage is free
5. Fantasical - Calendar is built-in
6. BusyCal - ditto
7. 1Password - see: keyring
8. Adium - pidgin
9. Dropbox - dropbox works everywhere
10. Prototypes - crutches r for healing, not keeping
 
yeah? but whats your favorite band?
 
lastpass i love never tried onepassword
 
I don't know how to use evernote, or in what to use it.
 
This is kind of programmer list :P
1. Google Chrome
2. Firefox
3. TextMate
4. Transmit
5. Kaleidoscope (or Changes)
6. Adium
7. Dropbox
 
Okay, why two different paid calendar apps?
 
This is actually a little off topic but I was just going to upgrade to Lion and I'm reading some people have problems with programs like photoshop or final cut not working. Anyone have this issue? Unfortunately in my line of work I couldn't dare upgrade until I know it will work right.
 
Some great apps in there I had never heard of.

I am quite surprised how far down the list TextMate has fallen. I imagine two years ago it would have been mentioned within the first 3 or 4 responses.
 
I have never heard of some of these apps. This is great Kevin!
 
i only use Dropbox and Chrome...do I not know what i'm missing??
 
Just Chrome and Banshee. I'm too cool for a Mac. But not cool enough for Debian. Or BSD. Yay Ubuntu.
 
SpiderOak. It's Dropbox without the security concerns. Clients for Mac, and Win, Linux, Android, iOS.
 
SourceTree is an amazing free GIT client.
 
i need Evernote but in a chip inside my brain.
 
Is there 1 installer for all kind of messenging services for window?
 
the only thing i don't understand is why does one need "caffeine". can't you just set both "computer sleep" and "display sleep" to never in "Energy Saver" in System Preferences if you really don't want them to go to sleep?
 
Alfred! Or Quicksilver if you must, but I've come to prefer Alfred. 
 
Nice list, but I can live without all of them for some strange reason...
 
Marco Polo. Automatically figures out where I am (work, home, etc.) and changes settings and starts programs as appropriate...enable/disable proxy, mute/unmute volume, change default printer, start work email and dev tools or home email and iTunes, etc. 
 
Springpad! Not really OSX, but I like it much better than Evernote. (Android, iOS, Web plus browser plugins)
 
1.Flipboard
2. CloudOn -create and edit Word/PPT/ Excel & syncs with Dropbox
3.GoToMeeting and Join.me - screen sharing.

What is the best application to run Windows on Mac? Parallels... VirtualBox...?
 
i'm fed up with chrome.
it crashes atleast 10 times a day.
back to mozilla..
 
JumpCut (seriously underrated/underlisted)
 
Blimey! You lot are even more Geeky than me! Haven't heard of most of your choices! This Gran likes the following,
1. Chrome
2. Windows Live Mail
3. Windows Live Writer
4. Chrome
5. Picasa
6. Snag It (only the 9 version, not keen on the 10)
7. Zune
 
All commercial. I'd rather stick with linux and opensource thanks
 
I tell you what app I can live without! Lion server and every update it has had. Take my advice and give it another year to debug :@
JR Era
 
Very nice list... Thanks.
 
Does this mean, that if we take one of them away from you, you'll die?
 
Microsoft Office for Mac!
 
PS: also prefer SprindPadit.com over Evernote =)
 
Droid X rooted running Liberty 3.0....... FTW
 
1 thing I can't use pc/mac without:
Linux
 
Thanks Kevin!
Here's a few more great apps - all FREE!


Appointments -Appointments is an application designed to keep record of customers, contact persons and important events related to them. http://netmedia.fr.pl/osx/Appointments.html

AppCleaner - AppCleaner is a small application which allows you to thoroughly uninstall unwanted apps. Installing an application distributes many files throughout your System using space of your Hard Drive unnecessarily. AppCleaner finds all these small files and safely deletes them. http://www.freemacsoft.net/AppCleaner/

Bean - Bean is a small, easy-to-use word processor. http://www.bean-osx.com/Bean.html

Caffeine - Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menu bar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Click it again to go back. Hold down the Command key while clicking to show the menu. http://lightheadsw.com/caffeine/

Carbon Copy Cloner - Carbon Copy Cloner features an interface designed to make the cloning and backup procedure very intuitive. In addition to general backup, CCC can also clone one hard drive to another, copying every single block or file to create an exact replica of your source hard drive. CCC’s block-level copy offers the absolute best fidelity in the industry. http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html

EverSave - EverSave is a clever tool which allows you to save all of your documents – if possible – in a specific time interval or by changing the front most application. This means no more data loss if applications crash. http://www.tool-forcesw.com/eversave/

Monolingual - Monolingual is a utility that removes unwanted languages from OS X, and in doing to can recover disk space you never knew you had. By removing those unwanted languages, you can seriously save sever hundred MBs of space. http://monolingual.sourceforge.net/

MacLoc - MacLoc is the perfect solution for a busy work environment as well as at home where wandering hands can create a bothersome reduction in productivity. This simple application activates the Fast User Switching feature built-in to Mac OS X. After clicking on MacLoc, it will appear that you’ve logged out; however upon entering your username and password, all open documents and applications will be right where you left them. http://ourapples.com/downloads/macloc

SketchBox - SketchBox is a new and multifunctional yet uncluttered Sticky Notes Manager for your Mac Desktop. You can enter text or make drawings and set individual reminders for each sticky to use them as a visual alarm clock. http://www.omz-software.de/sketchbox/

SnapNDrag - SnapNDrag lets you take a screenshot by just clicking a button and dragging the resulting screenshot. If you want to email a screenshot, you would drag the screenshot from SnapNDrag to the Mail application. http://www.yellowmug.com/snapndrag/

Vienna - Vienna is a freeware, open source RSS/Atom newsreader for the Mac OS X operating system. It provides features comparable to commercial newsreaders, but both it and the source code are freely available for download. http://vienna-rss.sourceforge.net/vienna2.php
 
Kevin, you left out my favorite...'Alfred'
 
Alfred is spotlight search on steroids! It is a must have!
 
1. Evernote
2. Chromium (not Chrome, for Licence Reasons)
3. Caffeine
4. QuickCal
5. TextMate
6. TexShop
7. Coda
8. Filezilla
9. Subversion, Github
10. MacGPG
11. VMWare Fusion
12. iWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) inkl. iPhone/iPad Apps
13. iCloud

but most i need Terminal and Applescript Editor

 
Evernote and Dropbox are an amazing combination. I've been using them to study Japanese. I make a note with a lesson in Evernote and include a link to a video or audio file held within Dropbox for a quick study on the go. Nothing beats it.
 
Can someone recommend music player for mac os x. I know we have itunes but I need something closer to foobar2000/amarok/banshee .
 
Macports, Fink and Homebrew. TextExpander. VirtualBox, GitX, XLD and iTerm2.
 
JellyfiSSH for ssh/Telnet bookmarks. Search the Mac AppStore.
 
I realize your list was for Mac OS X, but to throw in my two cents on Backblaze for Windows 7 (or even XP)... I give it two thumbs down. The installer was problematic.
B Foust
 
Fantastical is a min-calendar interface. It pops up, lets you enter new appointments using a text description, and goes away again.

This is a great list, but I'd definitely have AlredApp near the top.
http://vimeo.com/23963046
 
Thank's Kevin! Backblaze looks like everything I want from a backup software! Been using Carbonite for a year now I'm eager to switch.
 
My swiss army knife:
HyperDock - http://hyperdock.bahoom.com/
iStat Menus 3 - http://bjango.com/mac/istatmenus/
Flashfrozen - http://flashfrozen.net/
f.lux - http://stereopsis.com/flux/
Moom - http://manytricks.com/moom/
Alarm Clock 2 - http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/20597/alarm-clock
Jumpcut - http://jumpcut.sourceforge.net/
LastPass - https://lastpass.com/
LineIn - http://rogueamoeba.com/freebies/ (to get my Air's audio out of my iMac's speakers)
TrueCrypt - http://www.truecrypt.org/
Disk Inventory X - http://www.derlien.com/ (great when you need to free up space from your disk)
... plus Chrome, Caffeine and Dropbox out of those you listed.

For work (programming):
Espresso - http://macrabbit.com/espresso/
Cyberduck - http://cyberduck.ch/
Sequel Pro - http://www.sequelpro.com/
Smultron - http://www.peterborgapps.com/smultron/

I accidentally closed this tab when I was writing the first time. Jumpcut saved my day. It kept a list of all the links I had copied ;-)
 
Mac apps you can't live without? Hmm...will you (Kevin) HAVE to live without any of them now that you're at Google?
 
Why? You're not allowed to use a computer when your at google? You don't think like half the staff uses Apple computers there? I do.
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