Jan
28
10 Must-Have Applications in Mac OSX
Posted by Navneet Kaushal on | No Comments

Back in January 2008, when I converted from a PC to a MacBook Pro, I decided to find out applications those were recommended for the Mac. There are many features in Mac OSX that are missing in Windows.

Let me share with you some of the applications present in my OSX doc, which are used on a daily basis and prove to be of a great help to all the Mac users and web designers.

Adobe Creative Suite

Adobe Creative Suite
This is a primary and must have requirement for all web designers. It is really difficult to get through the day without a photoshop, illustrator and flash. Fireworks is also said to be good for compressing images.

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Transmit

Transmit
It is an FTP client for Mac. You can edit remote files, synchronize, search, tabs, SSL and cover other FTP daily needs.

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Textmate

Textmate
It is another text editor, useful for back-end development. You can do code completion, syntax coloring and many more things with an ease of customizing fonts and colors in the application.

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Sequel Pro.

Sequel Pro
It gives users an interface to work with MySQL databases. Quicker and easy to operate, the application is an alternative to CocoaMySQL and works just as well & looks better.

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MAMP

MAMP
You can get Apache, MySQL and PHP running on your machine by MAMP. Just by using the application, the three services will be up and functioning causing no messing around the terminal.

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Things

Things
It is a great application for getting things done. You can set yourself project tasks and daily tasks, check them off as and when you get them done.

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CSS Edit

CSS Edit
It allows for the real time previews of the website and style. This application is really efficient, as it allows users to easily find all the styles that are being applied to certain elements.

Skitch

Skitch
By using the skitch editor, you can add notes to the image or highlighted areas of a screenshot. The application is very useful and also saves you from loading Photoshop for simple tasks.

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Paparazzi

Paparazzi
The application helps in taking full screenshots of webpages. You can only take a screenshot of the visible screen by using Cmd+Shift+3, but Paparazzi takes the whole height of the page, below the fold also and it’s thus great for showing screenshots of the web designs.

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Twitterific

Twitterific
Now you can easily interact with Twitterland through Twitterific. The application can retrieve and send tweets, and thus saves you from going to Twitter to see what’s going on.

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There are some other applications, which are worth looking at:

Firefox

It is a fantastic browser with extensions for designers like Web developer Toolbar and FireBug.

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Pixelmator

It is a cheap alternative to Photoshop.

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Lineform

It is another cheap alternative to Illustrator.

Flickr Uploader

You can easily upload photos to Flickr.

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Skype

You can do a conference call for free over the web by this application.

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