Mac Apps I use

Mac apps are known for beautiful graphical user interfaces and good human-computer-interaction design. Some, however, are still better than their competitors, at least from my point of view.

Here are a list of apps I use often that are highly recommended.

Adium

Instant messaging.

MSN, QQ, Google talk, Facebook, twitter, etc.

Supports encryption.

I use this for texting. Video chats? Go for Skype.

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AppFresh

Find updates of installed applications and let you download/install these updates with a single click.

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Carbon Copy Cloner

Incremental backup. Using rsync as backend. Fast and stable.

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Cyberduck

FTP client. I tried Transmit and ForkLift and finally chose this one.

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Dropbox

This is fabulous. Best online storage / syncing / sharing tool I have ever used.

Automatically syncs everything in the Dropbox folder.

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Evernote

Sync your notebook among devices. Access them as long as you have an internet connection.

I use Evernote for Windows, Mac, iPhone/iPad and Blackberry.

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Screenflow

The built-in screen shot is very powerful, but video capture is missing before QuickTime X came into being. Screenflow is a powerful screen recorder and its video editor is really handy. BTW, the recorded data takes little space compared to tools like Fraps on Windows.

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Skim

PDF reader. Faster than Adobe Reader. Very useful notes feature which does not alter the content of the original file. A good tool for reading papers.

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Things

GTD tool. Syncs with iCal and iPhone client.

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Versions

Award winning Subversion client. As DVCS is more popular these days, try MacHG and Gitbox, though I find CLI faster and more stable than GUI tools.

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Welly

Terminal app I use for BBS.

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