Recently Derek Jones shared a little addon for Textmate with me called ProjectPlus. I love it, and now I wonder how I was getting along without it. This isn’t the first time someone has shared a little utility or app with me that I’ve found indispensable.
So here’s my list of lesser known apps that I use on a regular basis. I won’t re-list any that I mentioned in CodeIgniter textmate bundle and other stuff that’s saving me time, but I am in fact still using Jumpcut, USB Overdrive, Caffeine and AppDelete (which I “bought” by donating money towards).
There are a few new stars that I can’t get along without anymore, and a few “old faithfuls” that really deserve mention. While I’ve listed prices for most of these, I should note that some of them can be found in software bundles, or even as free downloads. I got shovebox and 1password this way; with ExpanDrive I “friended” them on Facebook and got it for something like half price (don’t entirely remember).
ShoveBox is now a “what did I do without it” app for me. It sits in my menu bar, staying handy for me at all times. I’ve never tried Yojimbo but I’ve heard great things about it, but ShoveBox does it all for me. If you’ve ever used .txt files or Dashboard stickies to take quick notes… then ShoveBox is for you. Try it out free ($25 to keep).
Next up, 1Password. Flippin’ brilliant password management. Use it, love it, generate (and remember) passwords like “roig-ox-thud-i-orr-i” with ease! $40, and well worth it.
Fairmount for DVD decryption. Free and open source.
ExpanDrive is what Mac’s remote drives should have been. Nuff said.
Also noteworthy is Chax which adds a bunch of really handy features into iChat. Yes I prefer iChat to Adium, please keep your hate mail to yourself….
What are your “can’t live without” apps?