Thought it would be handy for any OS X users, both new and old, to compile a list of essential programs, sites and guides. Please feel free to add more to the thread and we can organise them into the first post !
Firefox - www.getfirefox.com
The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox 3 sets the pace with dozens of new features, including the smart location bar, one-click bookmarking and blindingly fast performance.
Firefox for Intel Macs - http://www.beatnikpad.com/archives/2008/10/05/firefox
Optimized for Intel Macs, this version of FF or Minefield as it has been named by its author.
Opera - www.opera.com
Opera is the only Web browser that comes complete with everything you need to be productive, safe and fast online.
Camino - http://caminobrowser.org/
Camino is a Mac OS X-native browser built on Mozilla’s Gecko rendering engine.
Adium - www.adiumx.com
Adium is a free instant messaging application for Mac OS X that can connect to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more
MSN:Mac - http://www.microsoft.com/Mac/product...r/default.mspx
Built for corporate Mac users on Office Communications Server 2007, Messenger for Mac 7 gives co-workers new ways to communicate easily with each other in different locations or time zones. Additionally, personal users will find a few improvements for managing their contact lists.
Transmission - www.transmissionbt.com/
Transmission is designed from the ground up to balance power with simplicity. We've set initial preferences so things "Just Work", while advanced features like watch directories, bad peer blocking, and the web interface can be configured with just a few clicks. When Ubuntu chose Transmission as its default BitTorrent client, one of the most-cited reasons was its easy learning curve.
Tomato Torrent - http://sarwat.net/bittorrent/
A Macintosh BitTorrent client.
Vuse - www.azureus.sourceforge.net
Formerly known as Azureus. Same frog, new name. Find torrents fast.
Peer Guardian - http://phoenixlabs.org/pg2/
PeerGuardian 2 is Phoenix Labs’ premier IP blocker for OS X. PeerGuardian 2 integrates support for multiple lists, list editing, automatic updates, and blocking all of IPv4 (TCP, UDP, ICMP, etc), making it the safest and easiest way to protect your privacy on P2P.
Fetch - http://fetchsoftworks.com/
Fetch is an easy-to-use, full-featured FTP and SFTP client for the Apple Macintosh.
Cyberduck - http://www.apple.com/downloads/macos...cyberduck.html
A open source product licensed under the GPL and free to use. Donations are welcome to help advance development in the future. Thanks to contributors, Cyberduck is available in English, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Slovak, Spanish, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Russian, Swedish, Danish, Polish, Indonesian, Catalan, Welsh, Thai, Turkish, and Hebrew.
Colloquy - http://colloquy.info/
An IRC client for Macintosh OS X. Contains screenshots, documentation, support and download area.
X-Chat Aqua - http://sourceforge.net/projects/xchataqua/
X-Chat Aqua is X-Chat with an Aqua interface for MacOS X
VLC Player - http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
VLC media player - the cross-platform media player and streaming server
Quicktime Pro - http://www.apple.com/quicktime/pro/
Available for Mac OS X and Windows, QuickTime 7 Pro offers a perfect solution for anyone who enjoys watching, recording, creating or sharing high-quality multimedia.
Perian - www.perian.org
Perian is a free, open source, QuickTime component that supports many popular media types, including AVI, DivX, and XviD.
DivX - http://www.divx.com/divx/mac/
DivX offers a free Apple Macintosh compatible media player.
Apple - http://www.apple.com/store/ (Regional)
RAM - www.crucial.com
Parallels - http://www.parallels.com/
Run Windows, Linux and more side-by-side on Mac OS X without rebooting.
VMware Fusion - http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/
Seamlessly run your favorite Windows applications and devices, on any Intel-based Mac. Built from the ground up for the Mac, VMware Fusion is the easiest way to switch to Mac—letting you bring all of your Windows applications with you, making the most of your Windows software investment, while providing the perfect safety blanket for the switch.
Windows Vista - http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...a/default.aspx
Windows Vista contains many changes and new features, including an updated graphical user interface and visual style dubbed Windows Aero, improved searching features, new multimedia creation tools such as Windows DVD Maker, and redesigned networking, audio, print, and display sub-systems. Vista also aims to increase the level of communication between machines on a home network, using peer-to-peer technology to simplify sharing files and digital media between computers and devices. Windows Vista includes version 3.0 of the .NET Framework, which aims to make it significantly easier for software developers to write applications than with the traditional Windows API.
SMC Fan Control - http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/23049
smcFanControl lets the user set the minimum speed of the build in fans. So you can increase your minimum fan speed to make your Intel Mac run cooler. However in order not to damage your machines smcFanControl doesn't let you set a minimum speed to a value below Apple's defaults
Little Snitch - http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/download.html
A firewall protects your computer against unwanted guests from the Internet. But who protects your private data from being sent out? Little Snitch does!
Quiksilver - http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Utiliti...cksilver.shtml
[i]A viable alternative to Spotlight
Smultron - http://tuppis.com/smultron/
A Free powerful text editor for OS X 10.5
Labtick - http://labtick.proculo.de/
For MBP users, a program to control the keyboards backlight
Awaken - http://embraceware.com/software/awaken/
A clock-alarm for your OS X system.
UnRARX - http://www.unrarx.com
UnRarX is a Mac OS X Cocoa application that allows you to expand rar archives and restore corrupted or missing archives using par2.
Senuti - http://fadingred.org/senuti/
Unlock your iPod with Senuti, a simple application that allows you to transfer songs from your iPod to your computer
Handbrake - http://handbrake.fr/
An Opensource DVD to MPEG4 converter
Mac the Ripper - http://www.mactheripper.org
MacTheRipper is a free DVD ripper (extractor) for Mac OS X. It can extract commercial DVD movies to your hard drive, minus all the copy protections and region controls put in place by DVD publishers.
iAlertU - http://www.slappingturtle.com/home/
iAlertU is an machine protection program, basically you "arm" the system by using the mini remote supplied with a lot of apples computers and it makes plipping noises just like a car alarm. then if anyone comes an tampers with your machine while your gone, and alarm sounds, the screen flashes and the in built iSight (on newer macs only) takes a snap shot of them and then emails it to you!
Textmate - http://macromates.com/
TextMate brings Apple's approach to operating systems into the world of text editors. By bridging UNIX underpinnings and GUI, TextMate cherry-picks the best of both worlds to the benefit of expert scripters and novice users alike.
OnyX - http://www.titanium.free.fr/pgs/english.html
It allows you to run misc tasks of system maintenance, to configure some hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, Dashboard, Exposé, Safari, Login window and of some of Apple's own applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, to see the detailed info of your configuration, to preview various logs and CrashReporter-reports, to check the Preferences files and more.
iStatPro - http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashb.../istatpro.html
Gmail Notifier - http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashb...mailinbox.html