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Monday, 15 December 2003


Cool OS X Software roundup

Small apps that make my life much, much easier:

  1. Kung-Log — Weblog writing and management, off-line (thanks, John)
  2. Shrook — RSS reader extraordinary
  3. Address Book — Yes, it comes with the OS, but I don’t think most people appreciate just how cool this app is
  4. OmniOutliner — Great if you make lists, nifty XML output and columns capability (try this instead of Stickies)
  5. OmniGraffle — If people ever find out about this, Visio’s days are numbered
  6. Romeo — Control your mac with a Bluetooth phone (like Salling Clicker, but free)
  7. FinkCommander — GUI for controlling UNIX packages (think apt-get)
  8. iStumbler — Warchalk!
  9. Proteus — Swiss Army Chat Client
  10. DivX Doctor— Fixes common problems that prevent DivX movies from playing in Quicktime
  11. SSHKeyChain — Unobtrusive SSH-Agent in your menu bar
  12. WordService — utilities for manipulating text in any program
  13. SmartyPants — Automagically create proper HTML typography (hint: create an Applescript wrapper for it and then put it in your global scripts menu)
  14. Painter’s Picker — Apple color picker extension to take the guesswork out of colour theory

And here are the ones I’m still searching for:


caribou said:

Carbon Copy Cloner should be among the MacOSX essentials (imho)

Monday, December 15 2003 at 3:35 AM

jero said:

Oh, and you forgot LaunchBar, which is truly great.

Tuesday, December 30 2003 at 4:36 AM

Barry said:

You also might want to check out Path Finder - it can work either as a complete replacement for the Finder, or alongside. It’s totally amazing - built-in terminal, pdf viewer, text editor, etc.

Not affiliated with the company, just a happy user!

Wednesday, December 31 2003 at 10:16 AM

Robin Wood said:

I was looking for more goodies like Painter’s Picker, and I stumbled on this page.

It’s true that Painter’s Picker doesn’t give you the html code; but you can get pretty close. Just click on the Painter’s Picker color, then switch to the Color Palettes > Web Safe Color. It automatically takes you to the closest web safe equivalent, including the hex code. Not a perfect work-around, but better than nothing!

Robin Wood

Sunday, March 28 2004 at 12:03 PM

Andrew Delboy said:

QuickSilver ( is quickly becoming my program launcher of choice. Think of a run dialog for Carbon apps. Always sitting in memory ready to start the app of your choice or search a particular directory for requested information, this application eliminates the need to dock any applications in your task bar.

It has plug-ins and is very configurable to suit the most finicky of users.

Saturday, January 22 2005 at 8:14 AM

Alex Hartner said:

Take a look at AddressBook X LDAP (or the older AddressBook 4 LDAP) which allows the sharing of contact information by using a shared LDAP directory. The older version is available for free and the newer suite costs £15.00 for a site license.

The tools suite can be downloaded at

Saturday, October 28 2006 at 10:34 AM

andy said:

Hey try RCWebColorPicker for a html color code picker. To bring the color picker up make a apple script that says

choose color

Saturday, April 21 2007 at 2:31 AM