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Perhaps some people building osx86 machines from scratch are new to OS X in general. I thought I would share some of my favorite software to get you productive in your new desktop. Please share as well!

1. Fluid - http://fluidapp.com - This one allows creating SSBs (Single Site Browsers) for your common webapps. It supports scripts that can update dock badges and generate growl messages. Which brings me to #2

2. Growl - http://growl.info - This gives nice system notifications supported by lots of software, configurable. Basically belongs on every mac.

3. Google Quick Search Box, Launchbar, or Quicksilver - Quick launch apps. My preference is QSB since it is free, Launchbar is quite nice as well, but is a bit pricey. Quicksilver used to be the gold standard, but has been buggy when trying it lately under SL.

4. Picasa - http://picasa.google.com - Prefer it over iPhoto by a large margin.

5. Perian - http://perian.org - adds support to quicktime for all those unusual codecs.

6. Movist - http://code.google.com/p/movist/ - This is great movie player for when quicktime does not cut it. Uses FFMPEG so it handles pretty much the same stuff as perian, but has more features than the default quicktime player.

7. Evernote - http://evernote.com - Captures snippets of text, images, web page fragments, great universal search, text recognition from images, syncs with mobile devices. Many more features

8. Boxee - http://boxee.tv - This is the best media center application in my testing. I have tested most of them. The new version is awesome.

9. Adium - http://adium.im - Great multi-protocol IM application. Try it if you find iChat lacking.

10. Sizeup - http://www.irradiatedsoftware.com/sizeup/ - This one is a bit esoteric but I really appreciate its utility. Allows manipulating windows with hotkeys. Really useful with you nice new multi monitor box.
 
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Great list! There are a few here I haven't tried! Got to add a few of my personal favs to this list:

VLC- Swiss Army Knife of Audio/Video players.
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Transmission- Bit t*****t Client for Mac
http://www.transmissionbt.com/

Textmate- Text/Code Editor Extraordinaire
http://macromates.com/

Cyberduck- FTP/SSH Client
http://cyberduck.ch/

XLD- Audio Encoder/Decoder
http://tmkk.hp.infoseek.co.jp/xld/index_e.html

Onyx- Multifunctional OS X Disk Utility- clean caches, permissions, repair disks, etc...
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/11582

XSlimmer- Remove foreign languages, PowerPC code from Apps- gain GBs of Disk space!
http://www.xslimmer.com/
 
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Those are great suggestions as well Tony. Cyberduck looks like it could be great. There is a site out there that helps discover software that people use and the can comment on it.

http://iusethis.com

It seems to be quite active, better organized than macupdate.com and not spammy and annoying like download.com or the windows software sites. Check it out. Also has iPhone and Windows sections.
 
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Hi Guy's

Here one that I find useful

Secrets
A database of hidden settings for Mac OS X

http://secrets.blacktree.com/

Examples :

Allows Time Machine to backup to network volumes :)

Dock Appearance set 2D black

File type for screen captures

Login window desktop picture

etc...
 

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Here's the applications I use on my Mac. I'm an application user, not a programmer, and my applications reflect my use of Macs over the years. I've posted my recommended Open Software & Freeware on this thread.

1Password and Dropbox - These two applications are go hand-in-hand. 1Password superbly manages your on-line passwords with both a standalone program and interfaces to all known web broswers including that Windows one. :eek: 1Password also helps you generate strong passwords. With Dropbox, which is a cloud-like shared folder with up to 2GB of data for free, 1Password can be sync'd across multiple computers and OS. I have the Family version which allows my wife and I to use our unique 1Password data across all our Macs. This is a must have, super utility in this privacy conscience InterNet.

Firefox - I don't use Safari. I've been using Mozilla's Firefox since the early beta days. (My original browser was Mosaic from the U of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications - remember Mark Andreessen, et al, from those days in the early 90s? No?! Oh, well...) Then, when the Mosaic crew moved to develop Netscape, I used it until it's bloat caused me to look at Firefox. Firefox's ability to have third party add-ons has allowed excellent privacy protection extensions. BetterPrivacy, Beef Taco and NoScript extensions keep the data snatchers at bay. There are many more and YMMV. I use Right-Click-Link, Tab Mix Plus and Adblock Plus to name a few that make browsing easier.

Little Snitch - Speaking of privacy, I've learned to distrust PC computer OS's chattiness in reporting home. Little Snitch keeps Mac OS X add-ons and applications honest by reporting who's reporting back to the mother ship. You need this on your Hackintosh. Well, worth the $30 for the single use license. (A Family License for five computers is available for $60.)

Xmarks - Keeps my browser bookmarks sync'd to all my Macs and Windows 7 using VMware's Fusion. It supports most of the known world's browsers. Xmarks is a free service, but will probably go fee for service. Xmarks was going to close down, but an upwelling of users have pledged to pay $10/yr if they stay open. Current version lets you use your own server. Highly recommended.

ThunderBird - My go to email program by Mozilla. I don't use Apple's Mail nor Microsofts Entourage. I started using Eudora in the early 90s but switched to T-Bird a couple of years ago when it looked like development of Eudora was ending. T-Bird handles multiple email accounts and can be an RSS reader, too.

Vienna - My favorite RSS news reader. I've tried them all, but keep coming back to Vienna. It's also freeware. Try it - you'll love it.

Office 2008 - Have to have this if you gotta interface with others for your cross platform correspondence (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Since I'm retired, I'm not going to get Office 2011. Instead I'll depend upon Open Office variants and...

iWorks - Pages, Numbers and Keynote are Apple's answer to Microsoft's Word, Excel and PowerPoint, respectively. Some file compatibility between the two suites. I get the Family Pack for my Macs from either Amazon or eBay.

Bean - A VG small, easy-to-use word processor that takes off from where Apple's TextEdit left off. Bean is not a replacement for Word or Pages (see below), but it's my go to word processor when I don't want the bloat of Word.

iLife 09/11 - Although the iLife suite comes with new Macs, you need to buy the next years' releases. Well worth the money for iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb and GarageBand. Again, I get the Family Pack for iLife. Since I'm a closet guitar player, I'm into GarageBand in a big way. If you get into GarageBand to record your performances, check out the band Bullets and Bones site for GarageBand tips and tutorials.

JBidwatcher - For keeping track of my eBay buys. This donation-ware Java application lets me bid and/or snipe. It a gem.

AppZapper and AppTrap - When you delete an application, changes are you want to delete allow the preference, com.xxx.plst and other files associated with the app. These two applications do that. AppZapper is a standalone application while AppTrap is a both a program and Preference Pane.

Flip4Mac WMV - A free Preference Pane that allows Quicktime to play .wmv files. It's a Apple vs Microsoft thing. Flip4Mac is such a handy addition to your Mac that Microsoft bought it. :D

Side Note - A handy little program that hides on the left or right edge of your screen and acts like a multiple page notepad or stickies. It's a best kept secret in the Mac world. Link. Unfortunately, this great program doesn't work in Lion since it's a an universal binary application, and the author isn't planning to update it.

I also use the previously mentioned Carbon Copy Cloner (and SuperDuper), Onxy, Transmission (can't talk about the neatness of it on this forum), Handbrake nightly builds, Evernote, Perian, Growl, VLC and Cyberduck.

OK. That's enough for now. I've got more to share, but I've spent enough time listing the above neat and useful programs. I'm hungry. :D Check these applications out.
 
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Looks like I've got a few new programs to download and test out! There's quite a few programs there that I've never even heard about before. I do use Growl though, that app is awesome!

Great lists guys!
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Very great list. I'm going to be trying out Fluid, Growl, Cyberduck.

I have to recommend...

HandBrake - Open source video transcoder.
Perfect for converting your movies to apple-friendly formats, and a must-have if you have an AppleTV. If you have a new AppleTV, don't use the old AppleTV preset, just use "High Profile".
 
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I can't live without Quicksilver :)

Also Screenflow(on screen video recording)
 
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I got MacJournal in the most recent MacHeist bundle...I love it.

http://www.marinersoftware.com/products/macjournal/

You can use it as a diary/journal, but I use it for notes, ideas and random text files.

The great thing is that you don't have to save anything...it automatically saves the entire journal, which takes the hassle out of saving and naming individual text documents. Just open it up and slap your idea in and forget about it, knowing that the program takes care of filing it away :)

Also, if you've an iPhone or an iPod Touch, MobileMousePro is fantastic as a remote control for your Mac over WiFi

http://www.mobilemouse.com/

(I tried it on Windohs and I had no end of configuration problems and gave up...on Mac, it is so slick)
 
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I use these applications pretty much everyday, and I don't know how I could function without them.

Caffeine: Controls when OS X goes to sleep
Chax: Gives iChat tons of options, and controls
DVD Player (Apple): Hands down the best DVD playing software on any platform
iStats: Monitor your system at a glance
Keyboard Shortcuts: Okay, I know that this isn't a stand along application, but I use this feature of OS X everyday, and much more productive with it.
Mac DVDRipper Pro: Yes, I buy retail DVDs. I use this application to rip DVDs to my MacBook Pro so that I can get better battery life on the airplane
Migration Assistant: Makes moving from one Mac to another painless
NetNewsWire: Why spend time checking web sites for updates when this RSS reader does all of the work for me.
Quicksilver: Hands down, my number one favorite application. I would be so lost without this.
Remote Desktop Connection: Let's me remote control my PCs without leaving OS X
RightZoom: Gives the proper function to the green button on the title bar of any window. Very useful when using Google Maps.
Timer Utility: An excellent countdown, stop watch and time recorder. I use this everyday when I do my exercises
TimeTracker: Shows me which files Time Machine has backed up, the down side to this application is that it only works after Time Machine has been run
xVideoServiceThief: The best Youtube downloader
Witch: Switchs between windows not just applications. A little high for this application, but very useful.
 
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