What essential downloaded applications do you have on your Mac?

I’ve got a few new Mac computers I’m going to be installing programs on. I want to make sure to get all the programs I want/need on it from the start. While I will make sure to have the necessary paid Applications such as the Adobe suite and Final Cut on the machines, I also want to make sure I get the freeware/open source/shareware downloadable applications loaded from the start so I don’t have to go back and add things later. Below is the preliminary list of ‘necessities’ I’ve compiled. Check the list out and let me know what I’m missing? Just add an the app name and what it’s used for in the comment box if you could so all can see the entire list. Thanks!

  • Audacity – for audio editing
  • Audio Hijack – application that grabs audio to allow for editing
  • Chrome – web browser
  • Disk Inventory X – scans computer to show you what is gobbling up space on your hard drive
  • Dropbox – cloud file sharing application
  • Filezilla – FTP client
  • Firefox – web browser
  • Handbrake – changes FLV files to mp4 files
  • Hootsuite – social media client
  • Jing – video screen capture
  • Microsoft Silverlight – browser plugin needed for some interactive media items
  • OpenOffice – open source alternative to Microsoft office
  • Soundslides – multimedia slideshow progam
  • Skype – VOIP, make calls over the internet
  • TextWrangler – text editor
  • VLC  – open source, cross-platform multimedia player

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Aaron is in his 19th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He created The Next 26 and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on Twitter and Instragram @manfull and on Snapchat as aaronmanfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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2 thoughts on “What essential downloaded applications do you have on your Mac?

  • April 26, 2011 at 10:22 am
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    MPEG Streamclip – converts video files. FREE download

    Tweetdeck – Social Media aggregate

    Mac the Ripper – sometimes if Handbrake won’t convert the file, Ripper will

  • April 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm
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    Evom (converts YouTube video to both mp3s and other video formats)
    Planbook (digital planning software that integrates with both Mobile Me and iCal – small fee from HellmanSoft)

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