Everyone has their favorite applications, but these are 15 of my personal favorites that I’ve collected here because they save me time or solve a particularly unique problem. I hope you find something on this list useful.
*In the interst in saving time, I’ve collected all the links for these applications and you can find them on my personal blog here.
What Stickies should have been! An unobtrusive notepad that hides just off to the side of the screen…awaiting your mouse to release it. It slides out, allows you to drag and drop…cut and paste…just about anything. Quick…and easy.
What can I say about Snapz Pro except this is the Mercedes of screen grab applications. From grabbing small areas to taking movies of the screen…I’ve found no other screen grab app that does as much as Snapz Pro, or works as well.
Chax adds all the features to iChat that are missing. From tabbed chat windows, to searchable logs. Works with Growl.
Chicken of the VNC
A lot of people don’t realize it, but in System Preferences>Apple Remote Desktop is a checkbox for enabling VNC.
This allows you to login to your machine remotely and control the screen. I have a recycled Titanium in my house running as a server. I sometimes need to access it, but since I keep it in the basement rafters, it isn’t easily accessible. Chicken of the VNC is a great free VNC client that allows me to control the Titanium remotely in a Window.
I take a lot of Panorama shots with my digital camera. DoubleTake is a brilliant little app that lets me drag and drop the images and stitch them together with almost zero effort.
Free Ruler works as a movable screen ruler so you can easily measure any item on the screen. I use it when building web pages, programming applications, and doing graphics.
But perhaps you want to get an idea of what an 800×600 window looks like and if the work you are doing will fit inside it? SmallScreenX does just that by creating a movable box that you can place around anything on the screen to get a better idea of what another screen resolution might be looking at.
While the MPAA wants the government to believe that ripping movies is a violation of fair-use, shifting legally purchased content from one location to another for your own personal use…is a necessity.
I don’t like having a hundred of my DVDs lying about the house, so I used Mac The Ripper to quickly rip my DVDs to a hard drive, and then HandBrake to later convert them to a smaller video file. This way I can take a 7GB file and get it under a 1GB. I stream these movies to my TV/Laptop using a NAS drive. No clutter…and my movies on demand, 24/7.
I run my own server at home for personal and business use. I also use an internet provider that likes to block web ports and I don’t feel like paying through the nose for a Static IP. Using Dynamic DNS in combination with the DynDNS Updater application and a little router port forwarding magic…I’m able to keep my own server running and accessible to my clients.
This app was definitely worth what I paid for it. Instead of spending time using a web browser to work with my two queues, I just use Netflix Freak to manage my movies. I like the simplicity of dragging and dropping and reordering my queue on the fly.
Sometimes you just gotta edit a PDF file…and that’s what PDFpen does. It gives you the power to make changes to pdfs, like adding additional pages and content, or just rearranging the pages.
Every so often, my girlfriend and I like to sit in bed and watch movies. We don’t keep a TV in the bedroom, so I simply fire up VLC on my 17″ and stream them from the NAS drive.
InVisibles is a handy little Applescript that does one thing and one thing only…it turns all the invisible files on your computer visible. If you don’t know why you’d want to do this…you probably don’t need this. But a handy tool nonetheless.
Every once in awhile I need to take a peek at all the IP addresses and machine names on a network. This program scans the current subnet and returns a list within a minute. When you run a dynamic DHCP network, you often run into the need to see what’s going on, and possibly don’t have access to a router to view it’s admin logs.