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Top Paid Apps for Mac OS X Users

I’ve compiled the list of top paid apps out there for Mac users. Most of the apps are Tiger and Leopard compatible. I tried my best to list out ‘all the best apps’ but couldn’t avoid missing some. So feel free to list ’em in the comment section below.
For those who looking for great, free Mac apps, be sure to take a look at OpenSourceMac
Last updated: May 30th 2010. LaunchBar, TimeBoxed, Fontcase, Little Snitch, BusyCal added to the list.

Productivity

things for mac

Things

A beautiful task manager from Cultured Code. Let you organize your to-dos with tag, recurring supported within Projects and custom Areas of Responsibility. Also has an iPhone app with syncing. Syncing in the cloud is on the way.

omnifocus

OmniFocus

An awesome product from OmniGroup, OmniFocus is designed to quickly capture your thoughts and allow you to store, manage, and process them into actionable to-do items. In comparison with Things, I can’t say which one is superior.

the hit list for mac

The Hit List

Forget what you need to do with confidence. The Hit List is a simple, yet sophisticated application to manage the daily chaos of your modern life. Based on the simple concept of making lists, The Hit List lets you plan, forget, then act when the time is right.

1password for mac

1Password

1Password can create strong, unique passwords for you, remember them, and restore them, all directly in your web browser.

timeboxed for mac

TimeBoxed

TimeBoxed is a timer application, for Mac OS X with Growl supported. The first timer that helps you focus on what matters to you

launchbar for mac

LaunchBar

LaunchBar is a smart and powerful, keyboard driven productivity utility that provides instant access to your applications, documents, contacts and calendars, bookmarks and history, to your iTunes and iPhoto library, to search engines and so much more – just by typing short abbreviations.
Alternative open-source app: Quicksilver

Email Clients

postbox email client

Postbox

Powered by an ultra-fast email engine and a sharp-looking, intuitive interface, Postbox will help you focus, save time, and get more done. You can save $10 when buying via my referral link.

Mailplane email client

Mailplane

Get Gmail out of the browser tab and start saving time. Mailplane supports many features such as drag and drop attachments, multiple Gmail accounts, link Gmail conversation with Mac documents, etc…

Calendar

busycal app

BusyCal

BusyCal is a desktop calendar that provides seamless calendar sharing and enhanced productivity tools for workgroups and individuals.

Twitter Clients

tweetie for mac

Tweetie

“Tweetie’s interface is so clean you would think it came straight out of Apple headquarters.” via Wired.
Free app is available with ad-supported..

twitterific for mac

Twitterific

A Twitter client from Potion Factory with slick interface.
Free app is available with ad-supported.

Office Suite

numbers for mac

Apple iWork

Documents, Speedsheets, Presentations. The Mac way. Compatible with Microsoft Office documents.

ms office for mac

Microsoft Office for Mac

Bring the most popular office suite in the world to Mac.

Desktop Blog Editors

blogo for mac

Blogo

With a simple, intuitive interface and support for WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, Typo, Drupal, Joomla, and Expression Engine, Blogo is the best way to maintain your blog and spread the word with Twitter, Ping.fm and other supported services. Its UI is remarkable. Blogo is my blog editor of choice.

marsedit for mac

MarsEdit

Compatible with many different blogging systems, WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, for example. One of the best blog editor out there.

Development Tools

coda for mac

Coda

The one-window web development tool from Panic. Featuring built-in text editor, file transfer, svn, CSS, terminal, etc…

cssedit for mac

CSSEdit

Winner of Apple Design Award 2007 for Best Developer Tool. Best CSS editor out there.

textmate for mac

TextMate

The missing editor for Mac OS X. A must-have app for developers. Alternative: TextWrangler (open-source)

espresso for mac

Espresso

Another awesome app from MacRabbit – the creator of CSSEdit. A all-in-one app to create, preview and publish your website.

FTP Client

transmit for mac

Transmit

The best FTP client around. Featuring everything you expect from a FTP Client: FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, synchronization and more. You can also try the open-source FTP client Cyberduck, which is comparable to Transmit.

Utilities

little snapper for mac

Little Snapper

A great tool to capture your desktop, webpages with built-in vector-based annotation tools for editing. You can easily share your snaps with friends via Flickr, FTP, SFTP.

textexpander for mac

TextExpander

TextExpander saves you countless keystrokes with customized abbreviations for your frequently-used text strings and images.

speed download for mac

Speed Download

An ultimate download manager + accelerator for Mac OS X. Speed Download is great alternative for those who miss Internet Download Manager on Windows

istat menus for mac

iStat Menus

iStat Menus puts a collection of live-updated status icons in your menubar that help you keep track of what your system is up to and how its resources are being allocated.

candybar for mac

CandyBar

A great app for changing system icons as well as managing your icons, with a smooth, unified interface.

fontcase for mac

Fontcase

Fontcase is a font management application that provides an elegant and powerful workflow to help you organize the fonts you have installed on your system.

Security Tools

little snitch for mac

Little Snitch

A firewall protects your computer against unwanted guests from the Internet. But who protects your private data from being sent out? Little Snitch does!!

More on iPhone Apps Worth Checking Out

Back in April, i wrote a blog post about my iTouch home screen. Today, i would like to share with you guys some more apps i found which are (i think) worth checking out.

# TaskPaper ($4.99): another brilliant app from author of WriteRoom – Jesse Grosjean. TaskPaper is something mix of Things and WriteRoom. Not really a GTD app but much more powerful than a note app. Read the review on Smoking Apples and you’ll know what TaskPaper is capable of.

# Textie (Free with ads): great app from atebits – the creator of Tweetie (purchased by Twitter Inc. and changed its name to Twitter for iPhone). A great solution for free texting with your friends.

# Soosiz ($1.99): A 2D platformer Mario-styled game. Note: you might get dizzy a bit at first ;)

More games? Check out Flight Control, Cliffed. Be careful, they are hightly addictive.

My must-have apps for iPhone/iPod Touch

# Mail, Mobie Safari, Music: built-in Apple stuff that i can’t afford to slide to next screen. I have to confess i rarely use iPod Spotlight so i must rely on first page to access my frequently used apps.
# Tweetie 2 ($2.99) : An awesome Twitter client from atebits.
# Things ($9.99): A beautiful, simple todo list. Things offers yet simplicity and ease-of-use with powerful features. Sync wirelessly with desktop version of Things. A little bit pricey though.
# Reeder ($2.99): The best Google Reader app i found on Apps Store.
# Facebook, Yahoo Messenger (free) : I use Facebook and Yahoo Messenger to stay connected with my friends. Both apps come with Push supported.
# Ninjawords ($1.99) : A well-designed dictionary app, recommended by John Grubber
# WriteRoom ($4.99) : a distraction free writing environment with clean interface and notes free sync feature via SimpleText.ws
# Stanza (free) : An awesome ebooks reader.
# tumblr gear (free) : because official Tumblr app suck.
# Momento ($2.99) : An secret diary with password protection. Momento connects with popular social networking services like Twitter, Facebook, etc… and display your online activity as part of your diary.
# Moneybook ($2.99) : A great app to manage your monthly budget.
# Outside ($2.99) : Great interface of ideal looking outside the window to check weather.

Things i love about Google Chrome

#1 : Startup time

I gotta say it’s freaking fast. It takes me less than 1 seconds for a cold startup. Isn’t that awesome?
My PC’s spec is pretty low with Pentium D and 2 GB memory.

#2 : Minimalist interface

Take a look at IE

The picture above was just for fun hehe. But even though, without those toolbars, Chrome interface offers much more space compare with other browser.

#3 : New Tab

This feature is first introduced in Opera and later, imported to Firefox with Speed Dial addon.

#4 : Better menu arrangement

This is what i’m talking about. “Open Link in New Tab” is above “in New Window”. Since i usually open link in new tab rather than new window, i usually mis-click it on Firefox.

#5 : Inspect Element Feature

I can say, it’s almost as good as Firebug on Firefox. Plus with the “mac-ish” interface, i really love this feature.

# 6: Extensions

Yeah, without extensions, there’s no way i would make a complete switch from Firefox to Chrome. At the moment, Chrome’s extensions gallery is in limited beta and only available for the developers. But once it’s out, Chrome will be a big challenger in the browsers war.

Chrome Extensions Gallery

JDownloader – A Decent Download Accelerator for Ubuntu

Ubuntu is obviously lack of a good download accelerator + manager. I have tried so many download accelerators, some provide promising download speed but lack of a good GUI for management (Axel), some well-integrated with GNOME but lack of features (Gwget), etc…

So far, i have found JDownloader is the best available among them.

JDownloader is open source, platform independent and written completely in Java. It simplifies downloading files from One-Click-Hosters like Rapidshare.com or Megaupload.com – not only for users with a premium account but also for users who don’t pay

Let’s see what JDownloader offers us:

– Platform independent.  ( JDownloader is written in Java so make sure you have JRE installed )

– Download acceleration with multiple connections

– Automated downloads from Rapidshare, Megaupload and more ..

– Powerful OCR ( Anti-CAPTCHA )

– Support themes.

– Many additonal plugins and modules. And so many more features.

– JDownloader is well-integrated with Firefox through Flashgot. But if you’re using another web browser like Chromium, you can turn on Clipboard monitoring feature. This feature will monitor your clipboard and automatically imports the links in clipboard.

– JDownloader has a powerful OCR which means, you no longer have to enter CAPTCHA. JDownloader will do it all for you.

– You also can add your premium account if you have one.

– The only problem seems to be the startup time. Java makes JDownloader platform independent but also make the startup time “sluggish”. But if it ain’t problem, JDownloader is really worth-trying.

JDownloader Homepage

Review 2012

Mới đi coi bộ film 2012 tối qua. Viết 1 tí cảm nhận nào =D

– Computer-generated animation khá đẹp. Các cảnh “collapse”, mặt đất lúc đang bị shifted khá đep. Riêng cái này, có thể nói là đáng để ra rạp mà coi.

– Film quá ảo. Có quá nhiều cảnh “narrow escape”: ví dụ như lúc máy bay cất cánh ngay trước lúc runaway collapse hay lái xe xuyên qua tòa nhà ngay trong lúc nó đang xụp xuống. Một hoặc hai cảnh thì có thể ok, nhưng điều này lặp đi lặp lại mấy lần. sigh**

– Bộ film muốn nói lên tình cảm gia đình. Ok, nhưng tội nghiệp nhân vật bố dượng quá, Gordon thì phải. Anh ta chết, đơn giản chỉ vì anh ta ko phải là 1 thành viên gia đình thực sự. Lái máy bay cho đã, trong khi phía sau, anh chàng Jackson đang ôm vợ con mình. lol

– Nhìn chung chưa thấy cảnh nào mà cảm xúc lên cao trào cho lắm. Ending đúng là chuối hột. Mình tưởng bà con lên spaceship bay lên cơ. Cái ship kia chả thấy khác gì mấy cái bt. Chỉ là khả năng chịu va chạm cao và chứa đc nhiều người. Hết.

Bộ film đáng để ra rạp coi nếu bạn thích coi mấy cảnh hiệu ứng CG. Nếu hỏi tớ thì tớ ko recommend đi coi đâu =P

iTunes 9: Secrets and Features

iTunes 9 had been released with lots of new features:

  • New GUI for iTunes and iTunes Store
  • Genius and Genius Mixes Feature
  • Wish list is now replacing shopping cart
  • Facebook and Twitter Integration ; )
  • iTunes LP and iTunes Extras
  • Home Sharing
  • Smart Playlist
  • Improved Syncing

Honestly, i don’ t like the new color scheme of iTunes 9. I prefer the color scheme of iTunes 8. But other features: Syncing, Genius Mixes are really amazing ; ). Also, iTunes 9 is running much smoother compared with the previous version. No more “sluggishness” … HELL YEAH : )