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Recommended Mac Software


Active Member
Please post your recommended software with a link and short description, if possible include the price information or if it's open source, etc.

This thread will be a sticky and this opening post will be updated with the recommendations!



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iWork - £69
Vuze/Transmission - Free!
Tweetie - Free! or $19.99
Coda - $60 but trial version available
Adium - Free!
Aperture - £126
Firefox - Free!
Caffeine - Free!
Flip4Mac - Free!
Cyberduck - Free!
Final Cut Studio - £799

That's all my software on my MBP 15" (except CS3)

Apple provide a lot of amazing software with it, so i use most of that.


Staff member
charles said:
is there much between premiere pro and final cut?
doesn't final cut have all of the tools needed for editting up until disc production.
Premiere needs encore (and maybe after effects depending on requirements)

The overall costs work out about the same though.

I'd have thought that most people could get away with final cut express or imovie unless you go heavily into the video side of design.


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Transmission - BitTorrent client - Free
Adium - IM client for several different protocols - Free
Cyberduck - (S)FTP browser - Free
LittleSnapper - Organize your inspiration library
Coda / Textmate / Espresso / CSSEdit - Code editors
VLC Player - Media player, supports pretty much all extensions - Free
Bodega - Self-updating application library - Free
AppZapper - Removes unwanted applications completely
NetNewsWire - Excellent feed reader with adjustable styles - Free
Pic2Icon - Turns image files into icons - Free
MAMP - Run a local server - Free
ScreenFlow - Excellent screen recording application
Bowtie - Widget-like iTunes controller - Free

That should get you started :up:


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I'd have thought that most people could get away with final cut express or imovie unless you go heavily into the video side of design.
yeah defo but i have it for example to just have the skill.

reason i got apple's OneToOne... becuase i get the app free, why not develop the skills?


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well if you can get it for free or cheap then obviously you go for the better option, not all of us have the same offers that you get :p
I recommend anything that is open source, please donate!

Lightroom over Aperture
Photoshop over anything
Illustrator over Corel Draw
Indesign over Quirk Express

other little goodies are:
A better finder re-namer
istat menus
Transmit (FTP)
and anything that adds good functions to productivity and workflow such as free presets, and software plugins and scripts (nothing better than getting photoshop to run an action and save in 2 other formats at 2 sizes and 2 colour profiles, on 2000 images - all by it's self!!!