This is a subjective list of cool software for OS X compiled by these two criteria:
- First: It’s software I can recommend
- Second: It’s not very popular (with exceptions), so you might find some new stuff here.
Most software is donationware/freeware, if not noted otherwise. The prices might be different according to your country.
Hex editor which handles very large files, with good search function.
Okay, this is probably popular – but nevertheless so good that I have to mention it: A password storage which works with Safari, Firefox, Chrome (in beta) – it stores passwords, automatically fills in logins, creates passwords and can be easily synced via Dropbox.
If you know osx.iusethis.com, then you already should use this software. If not: This app finds your installed applications and searches automatically for updates (using Apple Software Update and osx.iusethis.com).
Disk space checker: Very fast, detect duplicates and – very cool – lets you compare your hard disk usage agains a saved baseline.
Devonthink Pro ($75)
Best document management/note taking/information database tool ever. Extremely fast and intelligent search, handles all file formats imaginable, great OSX integration and thousand other features.
Nice and fast file system find with boolean operators, filename and contents search – if spotlight is not sufficient.
Convert movies, download flash videos – all with a very cool one-click interface.
Syncs Facebook contacts with OSX address book, including pictures – nice.
Syncs your facebook events to iCal. Works flawlessly.
Adds Facebook notifications to the menu bar, stable and good.
Filesystem observer – tracks all changed/created/deleted files on system level, for example to look what a software installation/update does. Nice graphical representation.
Rule-based tool to automatically keep files organized, integrated Application uninstaller, deletes duplicate downloads. Very powerful and saves lots of time.
CHM-Reader, the best one I found so far. FYI: CHM is a proprietary Microsoft format for online help files.
Image optimizer – compressing JPEG, PNG and GIF using a variety of optimisation tools, very nice to process your images before uploading them to a webserver. Often amazing results – saves usually 5-20% space.
Broken Link checker for websites with a good interface. And now can also create XML Sitemaps (for Google etc.)
A good GUI frontend for MacPorts.
Movie editor – looks strange at the first look, but is extremely capable and fast.
Website downloader/offline reader with lots of useful settings for different occasions.
That’s it for this post. I plan to extend this list in the near future. And you are invited to tell me if the one or other recommendation was helpful – or not…