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john eden
18-01-2006, 11:26 AM
Got me a swinging new Imac with OSX, which I am still figuring out, having been using 9.2.2 (which is shite) for too long.

Got open office (http://www.openoffice.org/) on the go but I'd also be keen to get hold of some decent shareware for the following:

1) Basic HTML editing - nothing special, I used to use Dreamweaver 2 and barely touched on the functionality of that. Essentially just tables, text and graphics I think. Be good if it had a built in ftp facility too.

2) Mp3 editing - i.e. chopping up long tracks, or sticking short tracks together.

And indeed anything else which people think is essential. I don't mind paying the odd tenner here or there if it's good.

droid
18-01-2006, 11:29 AM
Cant recommend much as all my MAC software is either bought or burnt. I go here (http://www.versiontracker.com/) when Im after something specific in a hurry though...

hint
18-01-2006, 12:18 PM
Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net) = free audio recorder / editor

martin
18-01-2006, 01:09 PM
Is that the new super-powered iMac with all that iLife06 stuff?

john eden
18-01-2006, 01:15 PM
No, cos I bought it about a week beforehand, like a twat.

Not that I care, really. It will do what I want it to do and is massively better than the old one.

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Thanks, hint and Droid! Will check the links at home later.

nomos
18-01-2006, 01:52 PM
Since getting my Mini I've been loading it up with nicely made little freeware apps. There's a lot out there for OS X now...

Audion (http://www.panic.com/audion/)
Mp3 player/editor. Now free.

Taco (http://www.tacosw.com/)
Free HTML editor

Image Well (http://www.xtralean.com/IWOverview.html)
Tiny image editor for basic stuff like cropping. Built in FTP.

Flip4Mac (http://www.flip4mac.com/)
Recently devoured by Microsoft. Play and save Windows Media files in Quicktime.

VoodooPad (http://flyingmeat.com/voodoopad/)
A little Wiki system for your desktop. Sketch out ideas, etc.

Cyberduck (http://cyberduck.ch/)
Free FTP client. I haven't tried this one but it looks nice.

nomos
18-01-2006, 01:53 PM
Oh and http://www.pimpmysafari.com/ for ways to extend Safari like you would Firefox :)

martin
18-01-2006, 02:53 PM
No, cos I bought it about a week beforehand, like a twat.

Not that I care, really. It will do what I want it to do and is massively better than the old one.

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How much was it?

Rambler
18-01-2006, 02:54 PM
Nice thread!

Got me a new iBook coming soon, so keep 'em coming...

john eden
18-01-2006, 03:04 PM
How much was it?

About £1200 or so but I stuck a big hard drive and some extra RAM in it.

Money via dead relative. I got my first Mac (a IICX (http://www.landsnail.com/apple/local/design/mac2cx.html)) when my auntie went off to be a nun and divested herself of all her worldly goods.

martin
18-01-2006, 03:08 PM
John - I never knew. I too have a distant relative who became a nun, and if I'd known you too shared this stigma, I'd have been a lot more tactful in my dealings with you.

Asking cos I need a 'puta pronto, and was thinking of hitting the Mac shop in Regent St. Had an iMac I got for £300 (the blue weird shaped screen) in 2002 after it 'fell off' something, but it exploded recently.

nomos
18-01-2006, 03:23 PM
I would unreservedly recommend the Mini if you're on a tightish budget or don't want a built-in screen. I got the stealth-upgraded version with 64Mb RAM and 1.5 Ghz processor and it's a nice step up from my TiBook (also an an inheritance splurge) at about a fifth of the price.

martin
18-01-2006, 03:36 PM
I would unreservedly recommend the Mini if you're on a tightish budget or don't want a built-in screen. I got the stealth-upgraded version with 64Mb RAM and 1.5 Ghz processor and it's a nice step up from my TiBook (also an an inheritance splurge) at about a fifth of the price.

You'll have to excuse me cos I'm quite thick when it comes to tech stuff. What can you do with this? Can you gon online easily / download stuff off Soulseek / mix and make tracks / install Quark and Photoshop stuff on a Mini?

john eden
18-01-2006, 03:36 PM
Oh aye. She was one of my more likeable relatives an all, I was a bit gutted. Apparently the vicar came round one day and said something along the lines of "oh well xxxx, it doesn't look like you'll ever find a husband, have you thought about becoming a nun?"

So she ended up in a c of e closed order, which is pretty obscure really.

Yeah I had one of them blue imacs as well (gasp! parallel lives or what? :eek: ). Pretty good until all the operating systems changed and I got left behind...

john eden
18-01-2006, 03:40 PM
Oh yeah and the mac shop in Regents Street is best avoided. Seriously it's like some mutual masturbation warehouse for apple devotees stroking ipods. And big queues.

I got mine off the apple website, but I've done alright in that big shop on Tottenham Court Road near Hanway Street before as well.

martin
18-01-2006, 03:45 PM
near Hanway Street

Jesus. Week of the living coincidences.

Sadly my 2nd cousin retarded became a Catholic nun, I think it was just so she could beat boys. The £1,200 sounds great, but is way out of my price range at the moment. Still, will check out the TCR store - thanks for recommendation.

nomos
18-01-2006, 03:48 PM
You'll have to excuse me cos I'm quite thick when it comes to tech stuff. What can you do with this? Can you gon online easily / download stuff off Soulseek / mix and make tracks / install Quark and Photoshop stuff on a Mini?
It's great actually. More than ample for online stuff, downloading, word processing. I've also been running photoshop and a lot of audio production software on it without any hitches. plus it's about as big as a small stack of CDs. I got 1 Gb of RAM which seems to go a long way.

martin
18-01-2006, 03:54 PM
It's great actually. More than ample for online stuff, downloading, word processing. I've also been running photoshop and a lot of audio production software on it without any hitches. plus it's about as big as a small stack of CDs. I got 1 Gb of RAM which seems to go a long way.

Cheers, will check it out!

h-crimm
18-01-2006, 09:37 PM
the best way to get a really cheap computer at the moment has to be linux on the old x-box.

it has ethernet, dvd player, usb for keyboard and mouse, 10GB harddrive and i expect with every kid upgrading to 360s theyre for sale very cheaply. you can even send away and have some one else install it for you for free for the joy of ripping off MS.

http://www.xbox-linux.org/wiki/Main_Page

droid
19-01-2006, 10:56 AM
In currently drooling over the shiny new metal G5 I just got in work... over 6gigs of processors in the thing!

joanofarctan
27-01-2006, 11:34 PM
Don't think any of these have been mentioned yet:

[ Adium (http://www.adiumx.com/) ] - IM client (msn/aim/jabber/etc)
[ Quicksilver (http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/) ] - Productivity zen
[ Textwrangler (http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/index.shtml) ] - Freeware text editor from BBEDIT.
[ Omnioutliner (http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnioutliner/) ] - Not free, but if you get a demo version i can pretty much guarantee you won't be able to live without it (not the professional edition, which is crap).

Use Fink (http://fink.sourceforge.net/) for unix/linux ports. You can install the X11 (http://www.xfree86.org/) windowing system and run any apps that leverage that. That's a lot of apps. OSXGNU (http://www.osxgnu.org/) has the most complete listing of free open source software for OS X.

Welcome to the platform.

nomos
27-01-2006, 11:39 PM
now i'm drooling. thanks joan. these look great.

joanofarctan
28-01-2006, 11:55 AM
i missed some other Cocoa apps out:

[ NetNewsWire Lite (http://ranchero.com/netnewswire/) ] - This is the best desktop RSS reader on any platform. Simple, powerful. Lite version is free.
[ Transmit (http://www.panic.com/transmit/) ] - This is an FTP client. It's good. It's not free.

Cocoa apps are built specifically for OS X. They're the ones with the nicest interfaces.

fldsfslmn
29-01-2006, 07:58 AM
I will second the recommendation for Cyberduck. As far as I can tell, Cyberduck (http://cyberduck.ch/) is just as good as Transmit, only it's totally open source.

I have not used Tofu (http://homepage.mac.com/asagoo/tofu/index.html) as much as I thought I would, but I still recommend it. It's simple software that re-formats text in readable columns. Hard to explain it any betterósince that's really all it doesóbut when reading long articles on the Internet, Tofu can really help.

I would say that VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/) is the best video player for Mac OS X.

adruu
30-01-2006, 02:57 PM
inkscape runs off of x11, and if you've never touched illustrator before, it is a wonderful vector graphics program..

thanks for that malcomx box to linux link though...very amazing potential there...

geto.blast
30-01-2006, 04:59 PM
http://www.garagecube.com/modul8/ Modul8 is awesome for visuals manipulations.

john eden
14-02-2006, 06:39 PM
NetNewswire Lite, Cyberduck and Taco are running tings over here now.

Thanks for your help with this people, much appreciated.

adruu
16-02-2006, 08:35 PM
just ripped this off of demonoid...

Communication
Adium (http://www.adiumx.com/) - multi protocol instant messenger, open source. Very customizable.
Cocoalicious (http://www.scifihifi.com/cocoalicious/) - desktop Del.icio.us client.
Colloquy (http://www.colloquy.info/) - basic open source IRC client
Fire (http://fire.sourceforge.net/) - multi protocol instant messenger, open source. Simpler than Adium but also less customizable.
iChat Streaming Icon (http://ichat.pardeike.net/) - replace your iChat picture with an animation or stream from your webcam
Macirssi (http://www.g1m0.se/macirssi/) - advanced IRC client, requires command line configuration
Mercury Messenger (http://www.mercury.to/) - MSN client
Proteus (http://www.defaultware.com/proteus/) - multi protocol instant messenger.
XChat Aqua (http://xchataqua.sourceforge.net/) - intermediate IRC client, port of X11 application
Miraclesight (http://www.freemacware.com/miraclesight/)-screensaver integrated with iSight
MenuShade & PSP Ware (http://www.nullriver.com/index/products) a easy on the eye @ night time & PSP Sync utility
Snak (http://www.snak.com/) IRC 4 Mac
Postfix Enabler (http://www.cutedgesystems.com/software/PostfixEnabler/) Set up a roving SMTP server + more. Send mail wherever you are with your favorite mail application. Essential for travelers and other laptop users who don't want to use webmails.

Games
http://mac.the-underdogs.org/abandonware,Anybody remember Sim Life, the Secret of Monkey Island? Mac Garden has it all.
SNES9X (http://www.snes9x.com/) - SNES emulator
Star Control 2 (http://sc2.sourceforge.net/) - really old game, open source
PCSX (http://pcsx.gpost.dk/download.php) PSX emulation 4 mac
MacMAME (http://www.macmame.org/) Multi Arcade Emulation
GamePadCompanion (http://www.carvware.com/gamepadcompanion.html) Sync up that Game console pad to your Mac

Graphics
Blender 3D (http://blender3d.com/) - open source 3D modeling
freePhotoConverter (http://www.raggers.net/pathos/freephotoconverter.php) - converts, shrinks, rotates photos.
Iconverter (http://www.students.niu.edu/~z110241/index.html) - Icon format manipulation tool with batch processing.
FontexploererX (http://www.linotype.com/fontexplorerX)
HB Image Processor (http://www.hogbaysoftware.com/products/hog_bay_image_processor.php) - to crop/resize a image

Interface Mods
A-Dock (http://jerome.foucher.free.fr/ADockX/ADockX.html) - displays the currently open applications in a Dock look-alike.
Desktop Manager (http://desktopmanager.berlios.de/) - use multiple desktops and switch between them.
MenuMeters (http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/) - displays cpu, memory and hdd use as well as network throughput in menubar
PathFinder (http://www.cocoatech.com/pf.php) - Finder, on steroids
Quartz Desktop (http://www.fourminutemilesoftware.com/quartzdesktop/) - make Quartz 3D compositions your desktop
QuickSilver (http://www.blacktree.com/quicksilver/) - like Apple's Spotlight, only faster and more adaptable
SMARTReporter (http://homepage.mac.com/julianmayer/) - simple menu indicator to report a disk's SMART status
Visage (http://keakaj.com/visage.htm) - run a screensaver as a desktop background, change login background and customize various system messages
XMenu (http://www.devon-technologies.com/products/freeware/applications.php) - customizable application menu for the menubar
TransparantDock (http://www.freerangemac.com/) Pimp your Dock
Themepark (http://www.geekspiff.com/software/themepark/) Free GUI designer for OSX

Internet
AcidSearch (http://www.pozytron.com/?acidsearch) - add all kinds of searches to your Google box in Safari. Incredibly customizable.
Cyberduck (http://cyberduck.ch/) - open source FTP/SFTP app
DownloadComment (http://www.ecamm.com/mac/free/) - puts the URL of all Safari downloads into the Finder comments field.
FTPeel (http://freshsqueeze.com/products/ftpeel/) - FTP client
GmailStatus (http://homepage.mac.com/carsten.guenther/GmailStatus/) - displays your new Gmail messages in the menubar
Little Snitch (http://obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html) - selectively block applications from accessing the internet to keep them from phoning home
Sogudi (http://www.atamadison.com/w/kitzkikz.php?page=Sogudi) - Safari add-on allowing use of short cuts and reads Unix manual pages.
XyleScope (http://www.culturedcode.com/xyle/) CSS Tool/Browser
BBEdit (http://www.barebones.com/products/bbedit/index.shtml) Pro featured Web Design Text editor

Music/Media
Barquee (http://www.fourminutemilesoftware.com/barquee/) - menu bar iTunes controller/display
ByteController (http://www.brainbyte.info/) - control iTunes from the menu bar or with shortcut keys
DockArt (http://homepage.mac.com/gweston/dockart/) - replaces the iTunes Dock icon with album art for the playing track
Fetch (http://www.fetchsoftworks.com/) - FTP app
iPodRip (http://www.thelittleappfactory.com/application.php?app=iPodRip) - supports recovering songs and playlists from an iPod,playback of audio files and much more
JHymn (http://hymn-project.org/) - decrypt AAC files from the iTunes Music Store without loss of audio quality.
MacTheRipper (http://www.ripdifferent.com/~mtr/) - freeware DVD ripper
Pod Manager (http://podmanager.brunoblondeau.com/) - extract songs from your iPod
VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/) - multi format media player, supports virtually every codec you'll ever come across
MP3Trimmer (http://www.deepniner.net/mp3trimmer/)
Adium iTunes Controller (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/23449&vid=219039&mode=info)-control itunes from adium
http://www.smartelectronix.com/~destroyfx/audiounits.html
Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/) Free well spec'd audio editor
Radiolover (http://www.bitcartel.com/radiolover/) Automated Stream recorder
Our Tunes (http://ourtunes.sourceforge.net/) Browse and download from other people's iTunes Music Shares
Ffmpegx (http://homepage.mac.com/major4/) Graphic user interface designed to easily operate more than 20 powerful Unix open-source video and audio processing tools
Jalbum (http://jalbum.net/) Cross-platform Java based web album creatorMidi Monitor (http://www.snoize.com/MIDIMonitor/) Displays MIDI signals
SysEx Librarian (http://www.snoize.com/SysExLibrarian/) Communicate with MIDI devices using System Exclusive messages
Pd (http://www-crca.ucsd.edu/~msp/software.html) Pd (aka Pure Data) is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing
Supercollider (http://supercollider.sourceforge.net/) Realtime sound synthesis server
Soundflower (http://www.cycling74.com/products/soundflower.html) System extension that allows applications to pass audio to other applications

Utilities
BurnAgain (http://freeridecoding.net/en/03BURNAGAIN) - burn recordable media multiple times
DS_Store Cleaner (http://www.redroomdevelopment.com/products/ds_store_cleaner/) - cleans DS_Store files from your computer.
MT-NewsWatcher (http://www.smfr.org/mtnw/) - Usenet news client
Pacifist (http://www.charlessoft.com/) - lets you see inside package files and verify existing installations.
RAR Expander (http://rarexpander.sourceforge.net/) - a nice rar expanding app made with the WinRAR library
Stuffit Deluxe (http://www.stuffit.com/mac/deluxe/) - work with all manner of archive formats, use this link (http://www.stuffit.com/mac/deluxe/dlvalid.html) to download.
ToastMount (http://toastmount.sourceforge.net/) - mount disk images with a doubleclick
Deloalizer (http://macupdate.com/info.php/id/9281)-frees up disk space by deleting files that contain data on other languages
Carbon Copy cloner (http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html) - Free Backup/Bootdisk cloner
OSX Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail/index.html) Swis army knife for Mac
Bwana (http://www.bruji.com/bwana/) View Command Line Manuals in you browser
Bzip2 (http://bzip2.darwinports.com/) Bzip2 compression library and tools. Bzip2 is a freely available high-quality data compressor

NeoOffice/J (http://www.planamesa.com/neojava/en/index.php) - a open-source option to using MS Office with word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing programs.

Rambler
17-02-2006, 12:33 PM
Downloaded a bunch of this stuff last night. VoodooPad already rules - that's one handy little app for someone as disorganised as me...

Tweak Head
17-02-2006, 01:49 PM
Did anyone mention Audio Hijack (http://www.rogueamoeba.com/audiohijack/)? Nice little app for grabbing audio from any application, including iTunes, on your Mac. In the demo version the files degrade but you can just throw them into ReCycle or some other program and save them there. Or buy the full version of course, which is only $16.

For writers, try Ulysses (http://www.blue-tec.com/ulysses/).



Oh yeah and the mac shop in Regents Street is best avoided. Seriously it's like some mutual masturbation warehouse for apple devotees stroking ipods. And big queues.

John you are right the Apple Store in Regent Street sucks. Every single computer in there is being used by some student type or tourist checking their e-mail. So if you actually want to go in there and try out a Mac, forget it.

Tweak Head
17-02-2006, 01:53 PM
... but don't install this: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4723390.stm

nomos
17-02-2006, 03:27 PM
The Mac-only Camino (http://www.caminobrowser.org/) browser has just been released. There's a Wired review here (http://www.hotwired.com/webmonkey/06/07/index4a.html) and it sounds mostly good. I'm not sure I'm ready to give up Safari + Saft quite yet, but I'll check it out.