Top 10 Mac Apps I need to install for My New Mac Life

John Chow Think Different Campaign

This post was guest blogged by Mr Gary Lee, who is an Apple whore.

A couple of weeks ago, I received a message from John telling me that he was planning to buy an Apple. Of course, this came as a shocker since he has always been known as a PC advocate and well-known hater of the music company that makes computers – Apple. It was soon after he explained to me why he was buying one that I realized his evil plan was never going to work. John told me he planned to completely uninstall the OEM operating system – Leopard, in order to replace it with the Windows Vista operating system. Once he was done, he planned to parade around town and on the net his portable paradox for all to see. Unfortunately, John just didn’t realize that there are powers in this world that control and prevent these anomalies in life. Much like how the sun sets west and not east, how birds heads south instead of north and how Forrest turned left rather than right to find Lieutenant Dan, the forces of nature steered John clear of his original intentions and showed him the light that is Mac. As an admited Apple Zealot myself, the next obvious step was to open Chow’s eyes to the highly pretentious lifestyle of Mac users and to show him the the Top 10 Mac applications every blogger shouldn’t be without.

Now that John Chow has made the switch, he has also decided to start down a path that many tech-savvy people have walked these past few years. According to The Unofficial Apple Weblog, you will now see John with his nose in the air, driving a Hybrid Vehicle (most likely a Prius), listening to music he actually paid for on iTunes while sipping on a Starbucks drink that I have no idea how to spell. Instead of going to any more open houses, he will purchase a prefab eco-friendly home from which will be fully furnished by Designs Within Reach. To top it off, he will also now be using Teeth-Whitening Products to a point where they’re going to be make his grill frightenly white and begin blogging on Apartment Therapy!

John Chow Think Different Campaign

In any case, these are my top 10 applications I would suggest for our resident super blogger so that he can continue this fabulous lifestyle. The following applications are awesome programs that take full advantage of the new macbook pro and abilities of John Chow the blogger.

QuickSilver QuickSilver – No true Mac App list can be without QuickSilver. This is hands down the best applications launching device made for the mac and if learned properly, can increase your work efficiently exponentially!
Ecto Ecto – As wordpress bloggers, don’t you hate the fact that you have to be online in order to write a proper post with graphics? Some times my inspirations come at the most random times and an online connection just isn’t available. Ecto is the best offline blogging software out there that makes blogging on flights back from Vegas or at trips to dot com Pho a possibility.
Adium Adium – iChat is great for video chat and screen sharing, but when it comes down to managing ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, AIM, GChat and the hordes of other chat programs, there’s nothing like the open source goodness of Adium.
Skype Skype – I just mentioned that ichat is great for video chat and it really is, but if you have a business meeting and need to make sure you pick up every single sound and frame of your communication, then Skype is the way to go. I can see John using Skype now to do online interviews for podcasts or video podcasts (hint hint people) because the clarity at which Skype transmits is truly unrivaled in this market.
Wallsaver Wallsaver – This application is purely to showoff the awesome power of Leopard. If you want to really trick out your computer wallpaper and wow people when they come see your computer, download this program and find some great screensavers to run in the background while you work. With John’s new 30″ LCD coming, he’ll definitely want to show off the graphics power of his new mac!
ImageWell ImageWell – On one occassion, John told me how much he missed his ACDSee program from his antiquated PC, so I went out and found him this program to help with his numerous amounts of graphic projects. This will definitely make resizing photos as easy as before.
CyberDuck CyberDuck – The best open source FTP application out there. A great number of plugins which help make transfering files a breeze.
SnapzProX SnapzProX – A screen capture video recording program that every Super Blogger needs to show off the newest tricks he has up his sleeve. It might cost a lil bit, but all John has to do is include a link to a manure affiliate program and the program’s paid for.
Keynote Keynote – You know those monthly income reports that John generates for all of us to drool at. Well, get out the bath towels because when he begins to combine those numbers with the eye candy of Keynote, there’s going to be a new record number of comments under his next income report.
Spaces Spaces – One of the great gems of the Leopard operating system, Spaces really kicks butt in helping get programs and mindsets organized to get daily tasks completed in an orderly fashion. I can’t imagine how many programs John is going to open with Spaces AND his new 30″ LCD.

36 thoughts on “Top 10 Mac Apps I need to install for My New Mac Life”

  1. Hannah says:

    Cleverly written, I like the post! While not a mac user this post did give me quite a few chuckles and I’m sure many of the mac users on here will find it pretty useful!

    1. John Cow says:

      You should be a Mac user!
      To add to the list, here’s 7 more essential Mac apps 😎

      1. ViralKing says:

        Read Both, liked some from both posts, thanks Chow and Cow – And Gary 😛

        1. Gary Lee says:

          glad you liked it . . it’s such a coincidence that both cow and I posted and App article today!

      2. Syed Balkhi says:

        nah I am not a big fan of Mac either … Windows all the way :p

      3. Nice post btw John 😈

  2. John, you should check out: . It’s like a social networking site for mac apps. 🙂

  3. Paolo Gaspar says:

    I’m trying to think of other apps that have come in useful but you’re already covered Cyberduck and Adium. Everything else that comes to mind already comes with the Mac (iPhoto). I use flickr myself and find that JUploader is a nice handy tool to upload photos to flickr.

  4. ms danielle says:

    i’m sure it could’ve easily been top 100 apps according to gary’s apple-whoreness…

    1. Gary Lee says:

      you know it . . . . what’s the fun of a mac if you can’t use all the apps!

  5. Robert says:

    Since I’m not a Mac user, this list makes no sense to me! (Except for Skype.) Looks like I need to join the bandwagon.

  6. Richard says:

    I’m not sure how come John can’t completely uninstall the OEM operating system – Leopard, and replace it with the Windows Vista operating system. Anyway, here in Singapore, my friends have installed dual operating system, i.e. their computer can run on both Apple’s Leopard & Microsoft’s Windows Vista.

  7. Lincoln says:

    While on the subject, any Mac user have recommendations for the following:

    1. Podcasting

    2. Video blogging

    3. Photo blogging

    Trying to do the above three on Windows is a taxing experience to say the least, especially if you don’t know what software will best fit your needs. I’m thinking of switching over to a Mac primarily because it might make multimedia blogging so much easier.

    1. Gary Lee says:

      to be honest with you, I haven’t actually done any podcasting of any sort, but I have read that garageband is great for podcasting . . .and then John just showed us earlier this week that video podcasting is as easy as pressing a couple of buttons on iMovie . . . . photo podcasting will probably be through .mac, but that costs money

      1. Lincoln says:

        That’s what i hear, I just wish I could try it out first so I’d know for sure before sinking $2500 of money i don’t have on a Mac. 😯

        1. Paolo Gaspar says:

          I believe you can get a .mac subcription for 30 days free. The retailer that sells you the mac would probably also have a similar return policy if you’re unsatisfied with the product.

  8. I don’t use a MAC, like John used to be, I am mostly a PC person. However, I do trust John’s judgement and will have to give it a try. I have been kinda sorta wanting a Macbook Air…

    Funny post! Although I doubt John would trade in his vehicle for a Hybrid Prius.. haha

    1. Gary Lee says:

      if you’re going to get a MacBook Air, just make sure it’s the right computer for your situation . . . a lot of people are complaining about the lack of features which could easily be solved if they bought a regular Macbook!

  9. Michael Kwan says:

    Great post, Gary. I’m still a PC guy myself and I used to be anti-Apple. I don’t have an iPhone, but I do have an iPod… I guess a Macbook could be the next on the list. You can’t deny how pretty Leopard looks.

    1. Gary Lee says:

      thanks Mike! . . . . seriously, you’re a creative person . . . you should be using Mac! if anything, call Morgan to have him build one for you out of PC parts!

  10. Reginald says:

    I enjoyed the tone of your post.

    Like some of the other comments, I am not a mac user. I’m wondering, did John actually accomplish what he set out to do, install windows vista on his new mac; or did he just get distracted by the sheer wonders of the mac?

  11. Wade Shuler says:

    I was thinking about buying a laptop in the near future with profits from my site. I was leaning towards a Windows Vista based laptop, but I may at least add a few mac options to consider. I am really wanting a laptop so I can be in the living area with my family when I am working on my site. I ensure that I give family time, but it will be better having my presence. I don’t like being in the computer room when my family is home.

    Please keep up updated on your finding with your mac.

  12. Jim says:

    I like ‘spaces’ a lot, I have seen that used on a lot of laptops and thought it was really cool. Thanks for the well written reference guide / article. 😀

  13. Mary says:

    One program for the Mac I really like and that saves a lot of time is TextExpander. You can assign snippets of text (or whole paragraphs) to a keystroke combo (like “4i” for ex.). Then anytime you need a snippet that text you only type your keystroke combo and voila, the text is right there. Saves incredible amounts of time, especially when you write a lot.

  14. Pyjammez says:

    Hey guys, if the new MAC OS runs on a core2duo, does that mean i can install it on my core2duo windows system????

  15. You picked some great programs, but that’s a pretty short list nevertheless. Have a look here, I wrote up the most necessary Apple apps last year: My computer, my programs.
    Enjoy! :mrgreen:

  16. Mike Huang says:

    It may be time…

    …for me to buy a MAC 🙂


  17. Simon Lau says:

    I enjoyed reading all the stuff before the top 10 list than the list itself 😀

    1. Gary Lee says:

      thanks for the tip Simon . . . . should I have incorporated the apps into some kind of story? what could I have done to make it better?

  18. Mike Panic says:

    I tried my best to use and like Ecto, I just couldn’t. On my Macbook, I just write in WP and use the built in spell checker to fix my bad grammar.

    Not a fan of CyberDuck either, I use the Firefox add-on FireFTP, works great and I’ve never had an issue with it.

    Tried to like Quicksilver too, can’t get into it. I’ve been using and loving Sapiens instead. No need to learn funny keyboard shortcuts for anything, ever.

    1. Gary Lee says:

      Hey Mike . . . . i can understand if you don’t like ecto if you’re connected all day . . . i would say Ecto is best used when traveling or if you’d like to jot down a post real quick after something inspiring . . . quicksilver really takes a couple of weeks to get used to, but if it’s not for you . . all good . . . i’m going to check out sapiens now and maybe that can make another list in the future! 💡

  19. Still don’t have a mac.. I tried one and it was kind of slow for me.

  20. Nice post btw 🙂

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