Software Reviews

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Useful Review Sites

Internet Browsers

  • Every Mac User should have at least 2 browsers on their machine.
  • If you have trouble using a website with one, you can easily switch to the other.
  • If you would like to test the browser you use to determine how well follows the applicable specifications. Try Acid3 Test. wikipedia:Acid3
  • If you would like to merge the bookmarks between your various browsers. Try Bookdog.

Camino

Mozilla Browser created especially for the Mac

Firefox

Mozilla Browser found on virtually every platform

Flock

Browser Leaning toward the social environment.

Opera

Perhaps the most Spec compliant Browser.

Safari

Apple Web Browser

Seamonkey

Fills the same space as the old Netscape Communicator. Combine Browser, eMail client and more.

Web Kit

Overnight test builds for a possible future Safari. Should only be used by people willing to deal with the possible problems of alpha/beta level software.

Fluid

An Application that builds a browser for a single site. (Requires at least 10.5 Leopard)

FTP and SFTP clients

CyberDuck

DonationWare

Fugu

Databases

Bento

Consumer level database package (Requires Leopard, 10.5 or greater)

Filemaker

Pro level Database Application. (Our Club Database uses this.)

iData

MySQL

Open Source Enterprise level Application

Mail Clients

Apple Mail

Apple's built in eMail Client.

Microsoft Entourage

Part of MS Office.

Eudora

Grand Daddy of all today's eMail Clients. Website

Mozilla Thunderbird

Thunderbird Website.

Movie/Video Tools

Handbrake

Convert your DVD for use in iTunes, iPhone and iPods.

iDVD - iLife

iMovie - iLife

iMovie HD - iLife

Mac the Ripper

Backup your DVD's on to your Hard Drive.

Video Hub

Converts Video from 1 format/codec to another.

Movie/Video Players/Libraries

DVD Player

Apple DVD Player

Hulu

Web based Video Streaming Service

iTunes

Joost

Application Based Video Streaming Service

Miro

Plays/Downloads podcasts/Video

MPlayer

Open Source

VLC - Video Lan Client

Open Source - Plays Videos and DVD's of most types (Codecs)

Music

Garage Band - iLife

My Guitar Review

iTunes

Office Applications

Apple Works

The Great Package that never dies.

iWork

MS Office

Neo Office

Open Source MS Office Replacement written in Java. Derived from Open Office, but with a Mac interface.

Open Office - X11

X11 Open Source MS Office Replacement

Ragtime

Commercial package in a world dominated by Microsoft. Had a excellent reputation for Mac and Windows. Update to Leopard seems slower...lj

Office Applications/Word Processing

Other

Photography

Acorn

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop Elements

Adobe Lightroom

Aperture

iPhoto plus, with a professional bent.

Gimp - X11

Open Source

Graphic Converter

Been on the Mac since they invented color ;-)

ImageMagick

Command line/ batch processor of pictures.

ImageMagick® is a software suite to create, edit, and compose bitmap images. It can read, convert and write images in a variety of formats (over 100) including DPX, EXR, GIF, JPEG, JPEG-2000, PDF, PhotoCD, PNG, Postscript, SVG, and TIFF. Use ImageMagick to translate, flip, mirror, rotate, scale, shear and transform images, adjust image colors, apply various special effects, or draw text, lines, polygons, ellipses and Bézier curves.

iPhoto - iLife

Pixelmator

Vector Graphics

Adobe Illustrator

Blender - X11

Open Source 3D Package

Inkscape - X11

Open Source

Vector Designer

Utilities

Eudora Mailbox Cleaner

Transition from Eudora to Mail.app or Thunderbird

Quicksilver

Worlds greatest little productivity tool

SpamSieve

Make Spam Problems a thing of the past.