A Mac Software List

After switching to the Mac, I had to find software that would help me do stuff I like doing.  So far, the following are the software I’ve tried and that survived in my Applications folder.

VMWare Fusion – Since I switched from Windows, there are still a handful of apps I use on Windows. I also use it for browser testing (specially IE6). It’s the first OS X app I paid for and I think it’s worth it with all the things I am able to do with it around.

TextMate – Now my primary text editor. The bundles just make it easy for me to code in just about any language I need to code on. I’m still discovering a lot of things about it but so far it has helped me to code faster and keep my code cleaner and more organized. There’s also a certain magic I feel when I’m writing code on it.

Transmit – I tried FileZilla since it was my main FTP program in Windows, but it just didn’t feel right on OS X, so I tried Transmit and it fell just right into place. After learning new and adding custom keyboard shortcuts it fits perfectly with how I work. I especially like being able to edit stuff on the server seamlessly.

Yojimbo – Currently it serves as my password repository. Hopefully I’ll use it more as a repository of other things that I need to take down.

DestroyTwitter and Tweetie – After trying out a host of desktop Twitter clients (like EventBox, TweetDeck, Twhirl, Nambu, etc.), I’ve settled with the two. I use DestroyTwitter if I want to keep Twitter less intrusive (i.e. when I’m in The Zone). I use Tweetie when I’m actively exploring the Twitterverse.

Skitch and Grabup – For the times I need to send a quick screenshot in order to explain things, I use Grabup. If I need a more elaborate screenshot, I use Skitch.

Adium –  I’m using several IM services and their respective apps just eat up a lot of memory so I use Adium most of the time. Reminds me a lot of Trillian.

Fluid – I use it to make Google Reader, Gmail and other web apps as separate apps on the desktop.

NetNewsWire – Although I’m still using Google Reader, I’ve been using NetNewsWire mostly to follow developers and tech blogs. I like that the fonts can be changed without messing up the list. I’m not sure if it’s doable in Google Reader but I just found it easier to do on NetNewsWire. A plus is it syncs very well with the iPod Touch app.

MAMP – Previously, I was using the default Apache install for local development and testing. However, there was suddenly a need for me to use GD on one project and since I didn’t want to mess up with the default install I just decided to use MAMP even if starting it up requires a password and it uses a non-default MySQL socket.

Sequel Pro – GUI for MySQL. For times, I don’t want to use PHPMyAdmin or SQLBuddy to interact with MySQL databases.

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