What software couldn't you live without for OS X?

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So, after many years of deliberating. I finally took the plunge of ordering a Macbook 15" Retina.

So, my question to you all is what software could you not live without? Whether you're a web developer or just a 'no frills' mac user.

I'm looking for software for everything from a wamp stack (which I really need!) to anything to increase my productivity.

Looking forward to any suggestions!

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frz replied on at Permalink Reply
People like coda, text wrangler is nice too

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Job replied on at Permalink Reply
Glad to see Coda being recomended. I bought that last night, it killed me inside a little!

Haven't used it massively, but from what I've seen it looks very nice :-)
VidalThemes replied on at Permalink Reply
Personal faves

Main editor: Sublime text 3

Atext, it's like text expander but a fraction of the price, couldn't live without text expansion now. (App Store)

Transmit 4 for FTP

Evernote, has a nice desktop app

Duo: twin window development browser for responsive design testing. (App Store)

Sketch: nice vector drawing app (App Store)

Pixelmator: nice graphics app, lot lot cheaper than Photoshop and arguably performs better.

MAMP: local server without messing with apache php MySQL yourself. MAMP seems to divide a bit some love it, some hate it.

Wunderlist: to do app, couldn't live without now (App Store)

codekit: sweet app for compiling sass less coffee script among others.

Quick cast : nice for doing short screencasts for clients, sometimes easier than explaining in an email, it uploads to their site and spits out a URL to send, very handy

Virtualbox: with IE vm's for testing in IE
Phallanx replied on at Permalink Reply
RadiantWeb replied on at Permalink Reply
Coda rocks.

I also like the gitHub app and BugHub. (not really a console guy myself....for SHAME!!)

mampPro 3 is fantastic

And I really like LittleSnapper for screen grabs because you can get full height in one grab. very nice.

SublimeText 2 is great....especially for saas. But Coda can do that too.

And I love love love Sketch. But only because I loath Adobe as a company! :-P

Steevb replied on at Permalink Reply
Adobe Fireworks(images)
Adobe After effects(animation)
Adobe Illustrator(print - pdf's)
Aptana(free text editor)
Coda(everthing - must have)
Mamp(local server)
OpenOffice(helps working with windows sh**)
PhotoScape X(free image editor)
TotalValidator(free code validator)
VMware Fusion(run windows on mac)
Xamp(local server)
iTunes(music helps with sanity)

BTW: I use two mac mini's and four 24inch monitors, bliss!
mesuva replied on at Permalink Reply
Winning decision in my books!

I'll add a few more apps that I use regularly.

- Espresso: it's similar to Coda, I just find it fits my workflow better, but Coda is great too. Keen an eye on Brackets as an editor too.
- Sequel Pro: mysql app, very good
- ImageOptim: for image optimising, especially important for pngs
- svgo-gui: sits next to ImageOptim on my dock, for SVG optimising
- Paparazzi: takes shots of websites
- YemuZip: a handy zip app, that doesn't include the hidden mac files/folders
- ColorSnapper: a quick colour picker app that lives in the top bar
- LittleIpsum: also in the top bar, generates Lorem Ipsum
- SiteSucker: downloads static snapshots of a website
- I've recently added CodeBox into the mix for code snippets
- If you install Xcode, you can pretty easily set up a stand-along iOS Simulator which can be very handy. I just have an icon in the dock to launch it. It can swap between different iPhones and iPads very easily.

I personally can't live without 1Password for password management and syncing, but macs do have keychain and there are other apps around.

A lot of people hate iTunes but that's because their experience of it is under Windows. On a mac iTunes is awesome. There's even a Skype setting that pauses what is playing when a call comes in and unpauses after a call. It's just great for managing large libraries.

I'm also now a big fan of Hype 2 for 'html5' animations/interactions and Screenflow for screen recordings (a bit pricey, but very good).

As a developer, make sure you explore what Automator can do. When you need it to quickly rename or process some files, it's a big time saver and often underrated.

I'll also back up the recommendations for MAMP, Codekit, Virtualbox, Pixelmator and Transmit 4. I can't live without Illustrator, but I rarely open Photoshop due to Pixelmator.
Job replied on at Permalink Reply
Thanks for all the suggestions thus far!

Currently looking at MAMP and I'm curious about a few things. Is the pro version worth it? (£39 for license - unsure if the license is lifetime or yearly).

It certainly looks very nice. But, does the free version do the job?
Steevb replied on at Permalink Reply
I've always used the free version, keep meaning to go Pro, just never got around to it.

The license will probably be for life of version. Upgrade would be discounted.
justrj replied on at Permalink Reply
He's right, the pro vs is for the life of the version. I actually prefer the pro version, but I used the free version for a few years before I paid for the pro version
A3020 replied on at Permalink Reply
Sequel Pro
justrj replied on at Permalink Reply
Local Server Environment: MAMP:http://www.mamp.info/en/
Editor: Sublime Text 3 (switch from MacRabbit Espresso which is also a good editor)
FTP: Transmit
MSecure for password/data management
Code Snippets and Text Expansion: Dash Docsets and Snippets (App Store)
Command Line: iTerm, it's like terminal on steroids, but terminal is good too.
I have both codekit and hammer installed for compiling sass, but these days I've been using libsass with grunt task running from the command line (see iTerm, multiple terminal windows in tabs)
Voila for screencasts (App Store) and Clarify for picture tutorials
Cloud.app - best sharing ever
dropbox - good app for setting up a cloud based system using sym links
Alfred App - it's worth buying the powerpack
Fantastical from flexbits
Cobook menubar address book
Project Management: Trello
Time Management - I use a combonation of tic toc (App Store), Timebar (App Store) and Task Paper (App Store).
Adobe Alternatives:
- Illustrator: Bohemian Coding Sketch (App Store)
- Photoshop: Pixelmator (App Store)
- InDesign: SwiftPublisher, or Pages (App Store)
Other Design Centric Apps:
- Pochade and hex (App Store) and Screen Ruler (App Store)
- iConvert icons for favicons and folder icons
mesuva replied on at Permalink Reply
Clarify looks fantastic, cheers for this.
justrj replied on at Permalink Reply
No cheers to you - that multi page select thing may have just saved my month.
jbx replied on at Permalink Reply
Just thought I'd add mine as they seem to be completely different from most!

I move between systems a lot, so I place a high value on apps that are available on all OS's:

IDE: Netbeans
MAMP Stack: Zend Server
FTP / SFTP: FileZilla
Toons: Google Music (a good music player really is an important dev tool!)
Chat: Skype / Hangouts
Images: Adobe Creative Cloud (Would love to not have to own this. It's also what convinced me to go Mac instead of Fedora)

Zend Server is much underrated. I love it - even just the free community edition. Coupled with X-Debug and Netbeans, it's fantastic.

justrj replied on at Permalink Reply
Hey jbx, re: creative cloud, have you tried Bohemian Coding Sketch(illustrator), Acorn(photoshop), Pixelmator(photoshop), Tumult Hype(flash),sribus(indesign),swiftpublisher(indesign), and/or GIMP(open sourced photoshop)? The barrier to entry is cheaper (gimp is free when last I checked and the most feature packed), they all feel more "mac-y".

I didn't even think of those last two:

Toons: spotify
and chat: flowdock and google hangouts.
RadiantWeb replied on at Permalink Reply
Sketch is totally worth the $$.

I've seen a few Transmit fans here, just an fyi, Coda 2 has transmit built in now.

justrj replied on at Permalink Reply
You know, I could not get into coda, but transmit is dead sexy, and super fast. Sublime actually has a ftp/sftp package(http://wbond.net/sublime_packages/sftp) that I have yet to try bc I'm honestly happy with transmit for the now.
drbiskit replied on at Permalink Reply
Try 'Houdini' - Really useful little free app for toggling Macs hidden files on/off:

Also +1 for Text Wrangler - Have used it every day for about 10 yrs now for snippets, 'plain' text editing, etc. Fantastically useful little app.
justrj replied on at Permalink Reply
oh nice...I will now force AppleShowAllFiles from my brain
sk01 replied on at Permalink Reply
"SourceTree" for git-management:http://www.sourcetreeapp.com/
Mozillio replied on at Permalink Reply
Great feedback/suggestions all -

Must Have DevTools for OS X
iKey - Easy, Powerful Automation for OS X (luv custom menus for snips)
Knime - Database Management, Analytic Mining & Beyond
iPack - Zip Tool Great for Working w/jar files
Knox - Data Encryption By AgileBits (makers of 1Password)

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A3020 replied on at Permalink Reply
What's with the bit.ly links?
carlremy replied on at Permalink Reply
Editors (in order of most-used)
SublimeText (also use on Windows)

Coda is nice enough, but my version is old and I am not inclined to upgrade.
I like SublimeText because I can also use it on other platforms.
I use BBedit the most because it has been around longest and I am used to it. TextWrangler as well (since it was BBEdit Lite).

I use MAMP, but not Pro.
I use VirtualBox for VMs mostly, even though I have a Parallels license, which I mostly use to run Windows7.

Terminal, of course gets a lot of face time.

For pixel-pushing, if I don't have a copy of Adobe's tools handy, I have Pixelmator. It's OK for small tasks. Luckily I no longer do much of that.

Sequel Pro is nice, and free.
If you want to pay for a SQL app, Navicat is good, but I haven't used that in a while.

Transmit is great, I also use MacFUSE or whatever it's called nowadays.
carlremy replied on at Permalink Reply
Another thing I like is Mou for the occasional need to edit Markdown.