I realized that as a blogger, I was failing. It was sad really. More than six months of posting and I have failed to include my list of must-have software for MacBook owners.
Okay, well they're must have software for anyone running the MacOS.
I'm going to avoid the obvious (and expensive) like Photoshop, Microsoft Office, etc. I think they should be on your mac, especially if you live in a cross-platform environment but they're kind of obvious.
I'll try to stick with free or low cost.
So, in no particular order (and with my limited descriptions):
iDrive - on-line back-up service
1Password - save all your passwords
HideFolders - password protected hidden folders
Hotspot Shield - VPN for those of us without a business VPN
Little Snitch - stop software calling home.
MacScan - scan for spyware
MacCleanse - clean your tracks
SuperDuper - back-up software, allows you to make a bootable back-up
AppFresh - check if there are updates of your installed software
AppZapper - get rid of old software and all the junk they leave behind
QuickSilver - at it's most basic, it's a program launcher but this, you have to see for yourself
Growl - notifier with tie-in to many other programs
PopChar - find out how to make a £ or a ¾ when you need to
MacPAR Deluxe - great unstuffer
SteerMouse - control your multi-button non-Apple mouse
Firefox with Foxmarks - Web browser and bookmark synchronizer
Adium - communication software
Skype - different communication software
uTorrent - for torrents
Limewire - P2P
Handbrake - DVD Ripper
Region X - Reset your DVD players region
Visual Hub (RIP) - Convert video format
Audacity - convert audio format
AudialHub (RIP) - convert audio format
Graphic Converter X - convert image format
Oh, and for anyone who took offense to my choice of photo to illustrate today's post; IT'S JUST A JOKE (kind of like the last President's effectiveness ;oP ).
Edit (7.1.11): Update to this list is available.