I’m neither an expert nor trying to be; but since many people asked me about softwares/applications that they should have in their Mac, so I think it’s a good idea to have a list of some useful applications.
1. Adium (free)
Adium is a free instant messaging application for Mac OS X that can connect to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more. There is an Xtra a.k.a. plugin that you can customize its appearance, sound, etc.. it’s pretty cool.
2. Camino (free)
I know that Safari is nice, has a RSS reader and everything but I think that Camino is Awesome. It’s fast. I also use Camitools for its appearance and profile.
The Camino Project has worked to create a browser that is as functional and elegant as the computers it runs on. The Camino web browser is powerful, secure, and ready to meet the needs of all users while remaining simple and elegant in its design.
3. Stuffit Expander (free)
The Stuffit Expander is a decompress software for .sit .rar .zip .tgz and a lot more. You also can get the Deluxe version for more tools (compress, secure delete, ..) for $79.99
4. Flip4Mac (free)
Flip4Mac play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) in QuickTime Player and view Windows Media content on the Internet using a web browser.
5.OmniGraffle (not free)
Don’t say it is MS Visio, because it is ten times better than that!
It’s free and open-source text editor. I know that Mac OS X come with the TextEditor application. But I like Smultron because of the function that it’s easy to use and just works. I always use it to edit the PHP code.
7. MS Office (MS Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Entourage a.k.a. Outlook) (Not free, ofcourse)
It’s a must, right?
If you have an external harddrive. This software is work for you. It can backup your home folder, applications pref, you name it.
Have many desktops in one display and can switch between them, that is what it does. I have one desktop for coding and another for display. Very useful.
10. Cyberduck is a free FTP program. If you don’t know what FTP is, just ignore this software.
11. VLC (free) is very nice media player for MPEG, DivX, etc.. You should have it handy.
12. Colloguy is a free IRC client.
13. Butler (free)
Butler makes it easier for you to perform a wide variety of potentially recurring tasks. Just arrange these tasks in Butler’s fully customizable configuration and assign one or more triggers to a task.
I always use it as a dictionary search engine from the web and as an application lancher.
14. iWorks (not free but not expensive)
Page and Keynote are cool, I use it as my presentation and I got a very good feedback.
15. iStumber is a free wireless discovery tool.
There are some other cool apps like OnyX, MacTheRipper (for DVD-movie backup), Toast Titanium (for DVD, CD, burning), iAlertU (very cool! see my video here), AppZapper (not free but it’s let you completely uninstall any application), and Skype (you know what it is :)).
Update: Yes, The MS Word sucks on the Intel Mac. From my experence, it is slow and crash. Fortunately, I did save the file a minute before it crash :).