Personal Favorite Applications &
Accessories for Macintosh
Listed below are some of the applications that I have found
particularly useful to me on the Mac. The descriptions are intentionally
short. I have provided links, some to a page where I have provided a more
complete description (LINK TO MY PAGE), some to the vendor's web page.
- Abbyy FineReader
Express OCR program
I have replaced ReadIris Pro with this fine program. The user interface
is a joy to use, and the conversion results are nearly flawless.
Photoshop Elements 6.0
Photo editing package, less sophisticated than PhotoShop, but much cheaper.
- Avery DesignPro
Good label creation program from the popular label maker
A very easy to use database that is nicely integrated with iPhoto, iCal,
Address Book. It has been discontinued.
- ChronoSync LINK
TO MY PAGE
Like FileSync on Windows PC Nov 26, 2006
Excellent website development package.
Use for on-line backup and file sharing.
Highly rated program for capturing and saving what is on the screen.
- EyeTV 250 Plus by Elgato LINK
TO MY PAGE
Use your Mac to watch TV, record TV shows, convert VHS to DVD, and more
- Google Earth
Take a virtual flight over the earth, zoom in on locations of interest.
Convert DVD to video file
Photo restoration software. Easily remove unwanted portions of an image
- power lines, etc. Works wonderfully.
- iLife '08, 09
These tools just keep getting easier to use
'08, 09 - Pages, Numbers, Keynote
Great set of utilities. Numbers is a real paradigm shift in spreadsheets.
After iWork '09, new versions of the programs were introduced. These omitted
some of the very usevul features of the earlier versions. I keep both
iWork '09 and the later Numbers, Pages and Keynote active.
This encryption software comes with the LaCie PetiteKey USB solid state
disk, to be carried on a key ring.
This password management program is helpful when you want to use secure
passwords. I stopped using it in favor of Apple's Keychain.
- MacSpeech Dictate
After a short training session, this package of software and microphone
translates your voice into text and commands very accurately.
- Omni Outliner LINK
TO MY PAGE
Very powerful outliner - if you aren't using one, maybe you should be.
Learn more by clicking the link.
- OpenOffice.org LINK
TO MY PAGE
Powerful scripting language, ideally suited for text
A free alternative to Microsoft Office - file read/write compatibility
Photo editing application, seems simpler to use than Adobe Photoshop Elements
- Retrospect Express
BackUp LINK TO MY PAGE
Good backup software - packaged with many external hard drives. I now
use Apple's Time Machine instead.
Genealogy program - the highest reated one for the Mac when I was looking.
Probably not as good as Family Tree Maker which runs only on Windows.
A reasonable substitute for Quicken. Will import Quicken files from Windows,
which I have not been able to do with Quicken for Mac.
Easily create 3D drawings - frniture, buildings, etc. Takes some learning,
but is then very productive.
- SoHo Notes LINK
TO MY PAGE
Replaces StickyBrain $40
Photo slide copier -- attaches to threaded lens of digital
camera and holds slides in position to photograph them. This is a fast
way to copy slides (~4/minute) with the resolution of the digital camera.
Fast and with good results. My model is SP-A52 Universal Professional
Store frequently text strings, automatically paste them into documents
via keyboard string or clickable list
Very powerful, free text editor. Many, many features not found in programs
Easy way to analyze the contents of your disks to see where the space
is going. Has tools for deleting unwanted files.
- Witopia Personal VPN
virtual private network
VPN to protect wireless communication
Create DVDs - any format - from home made videos.
My absolute favorite books for
learning about software I plan to use is the "Missing Manual"
series from O'Reilly. In particular, David Pogue's Missing Manual for
every version of the Mac operating system (beginning with Tiger) has been
a must read for me each time I do an OS upgrade. I have literally read
each volume cover-to-cover - usually before installing the upgrade. Much
of each book is carried forward from the previous version, but there is
so much to know that I invariably re-learn enough to find it worthwhile.
I also have and have read the Missing Manual for
Dreamweaver - much better than Adobe's on-line Help.
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