For Mac Eyes Only – "Return of Essential Apps"

Episode #146

This week on For Mac Eyes Only: Essential Apps 2009!, 10.6.2 Released, Blacksn0w, 80’s Retro Doom, Redefining Malware?, iPhones at the Shack, Upgrade Apple TV NOW (says Apple), Beatles Again?, iPhone Hybrid in 2010?, WarMouse’s Mutated Rodent, Barry’s Best of Blog World Expo, Web Travels with Dan, Jason’s MacBook Podcast Tip, Making Room for Boot Camp, Archiving Contacts from Address Book.

Essential Mac Apps for New Mac Users 2009: This year’s list was selected by you, the listener. From individual votes sent in, I compiled the most popular apps nominated to create the ultimate selection of apps everyone should consider loading on their new Mac.

This Year’s List:
10) Evernote
9) Growl
8) / NeoOffice
7) HandBrake
6) CyberDuck
5) VMware Fusion / Parallels Desktop
4) 1Password
3) Adium
2) SuperDuper!
1) Flip4Mac WMV Player / Perian / VLC

Honorable Mentions This Year:
> Dropbox
> PathFinder
> Xmarks
> TrueCrypt
> Caffeine
> GrandPerspective

Mike’s Pick for Essential Apps 2009
10) VMware Fusion
9) CyberDuck
8) HandBrake
7) Dropbox
6) Growl
5) Flip4Mac and Perian
3) Mozilla Firefox
2) Adium
1) SuperDuper! / Time Machine

A Look Back:
> Essential Apps 2008
> Essential Apps 2007
> Essential Apps 2006

> UPDATE: OS X 10.6.2
> UPDATE: Security Update 2009-006
> Blacksn0w Unlocks the iPhone 3Gs
> Jailbroken iPhone’s First Worm
> Lose/Lose and Redefining Malware
> Apple’s New Reserve and Pick-up
> Radio Shack will Carry iPhone
> Atom Support Officially Yanked from OS X
> UPDATE: Flickr’s App Garden
> UPDATE: Apple TV 3.0.1
> UPDATE: Parallels Desktop 5
> UPDATE: Wireless Keyboard Update
> RUMOR: AT&T to Launch $99 iPhone 3Gs?
> RUMOR: Beatles on iTunes … Again?
> RUMOR: UMTS/CDMA Hybrid iPhone in 2010?
> FUN NEWS: 18-button OpenOffice Mouse

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Barry’s Best of Blog World Expo 2009
> Smile On My Mac
> TextExpander Touch
> Jean on Twitter
> Blog World Expo

Web Travels With Dan:
> Experience Project
> Dan’s FMEO Facebook Group

Jason’s MacBook Podcast Tip: Setting file associations in OS X.

Listener E-mails:

Question: Brian’s Boot Camp partition woes.

Question: Jerry’s looking for a way to archive old contacts from Address Book.

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Running Time: 57:12


  1. Totally agree on the visualization and office talk. I'm still using Fusion 2 but plan to update soon for better Windows 7 compatibility. Most of my office work was done with Apple's iWork lately for personal use. But I also find myself use MS Word for school papers more and more again mostly just for compatibility reasons with my professors.

  2. Mike, ESC!Cast Network says

    Yep, agree on iWork's compatibility exporting DOC files. It's very, very good, but not … quite as good as OpenOffice's — esp. if you need to trade files with Windows users.