There are some applications that I just can’t live without.
A week or so ago, I performed a complete re-install of my main working computer. Part of the process included going through my Applications folder and trashing every app that I just didn’t need, cutting it down to the bare minimum. As it turned out, I only ended up keeping half of all my existing apps in the new set-up.
And another thing was finding out what apps I have to have around, because without them my Mac feels like it’s missing something. Here they are:
- Quicksilver; A Mac without Quicksilver feels odd and alien. When I hit Command+Space on a Quicksilver-less Mac and see the Spotlight search bar appear, I twitch in consternation and immediately start launching a browser, so that I can get QS installed before it happens again.
- Jumpcut; The clipboard on my machine gets used a great deal. Jumpcut does a perfect job of watching over it for me, and remembering what’s been put there for future use. I like how it stays out of my way until I need it.
- Camino; I’ve tried pretty much every browser that’s going, but Camino is always the one I come back to. Like Macs generally, it Just Works.
- Tweak Freak; One of many similar tweaking apps, I find this a quick way to get the Finder and the Dock behaving how I want them to. In the Dock’s case, that means staying unobtrusive and out of my sight…
- Notational Velocity; Nothing’s faster for storage of text notes. NV is my address book.
And that’s about it. A brand-new Mac, plus those five additions, becomes a usable workspace for me. Of course I don’t just stop there; after getting them installed, I add NetNewsWire, TextMate, Chicken of the VNC, TextWrangler, Colloquy, MS Office, Flickr Uploader, SuperDuper, and WriteRoom. But those initial five downloads are as much a part of setting up a new Mac as creating a user account and selecting a default wireless network.
What apps can’t you live without?