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My Mac Software

Cool Products - by - July 10, 2008 - 20:39 Etc/GMT+5 - 5 Comments

I switched to a MacBook Pro about 18 months ago and love it. I often have people tell me there is no way they could switch because not enough software is available for the Mac. I also have other people ask me what software I use. So here is a quick rundown of what I have on my mac that I use on a regular basis:

VERY COOL password vault for mac (been using it for over a year): 1Password – http://agilewebsolutions.com/products/1Password

Google sketchup is available for mac: http://sketchup.google.com

Quickbooks is available for mac (been using it for a while now for tracking my business expenses and invoicing): http://quickbooks.intuit.com/

I switched to photoshop CS3 on mac: adobe.com

instead of illustrator, I use inkscape : http://www.inkscape.org/ (free)

A cheap package of photo tools: http://www.yellowmug.com/bundle/

If you don’t use TIMEMACHINE (bundled with OS X) START! This am Amy’s email was GONE…. figured out which file, popped open time machine, went to 11:00 last night and restored that file. VERY COOL, and makes me feel a lot better about traveling with my laptop.

For ripping DVDs and dumping them to my apple TV or iPod, I use Mac the Ripper and HANDBRAKE (http://handbrake.fr/ and http://www.mactheripper.org/ )

I have ffmpegx to do most of my media file transcoding

OnyX is a requirement to keep the system running smoothly: http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/11582

If you want to make your mac more secure and better manage your firewall, check our waterroof: http://www.hanynet.com/waterroof/

Then there are all the great apple apps: iWork08 suite, iPhoto, iWeb, mail, Safari, iTunes, Final Cut Studio, etc.

That is probably the majority of “extras” I am currently using. Of course I have a gazzillion other things installed, probably why my machine can get SO SLOW at times…. still better than my windoze machine.

there are a few applications I want to add soon – to keep me out of windows even more:

the cad solution I am thinking about switching to: vectorworks (http://www.nemetschek.net)

the visio “like” software for mac (free trial): OmniGraph (http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnigraffle/)


  1. Jana says:

    I want to design t-shirts to upload to cafe press in png but I can’t find an easy to use, relatively inexpensive software program for Mac. What do you suggest?

    We downloaded gimp but it’s way to technical and hard to understand.

  2. Media Arts Dad says:

    do you need software for drawing or photo editing?

    We have been looking for a good free photo editing software – there are a lot out there, but so far I have not found anything that works the way I do or my wife does. Seashore is probably the best, as it makes GIMP a little more user friendly for the non-professional. http://seashore.sourceforge.net/

    For drawing / sketching, check out inkscape, mentioned in the article.

  3. Jana says:

    Thanks-we will check it out!

  4. VectorJess says:

    Hey, did you ever get VectorWorks? Like it? (I’m a biased commenter, if you click on my name.)

  5. Media Arts Dad says:

    No, I haven’t had time to think lately, but that is good because it means I have the money and projects to do it now!

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