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I'm a Mac user and proud of it!

The popularity of the Mac, or I should say Apple products, since 2004, has increased due to the iPod craze, OSX, and the Intel chip kept it going; the iPhone, and the iPad — There are ten times as many people using Apple products than there was since 2004. … This is a good and bad thing.

The GOOD thing is that there is no shortage, nor will there be for sometime, of products for the Mac. Scanners, Printers, Backpacks, Hard Drives, Accessories, Software, Games, and so forth.

The BAD thing is that there is no shortage, nor will there be for sometime, of products for the Mac. OH THE IRONY!
Yes, now us Mac Users have to tread through the list of thousands upon thousands of items, and find what we think is the best one for us just like windows users have had to do for many years before.  Downloading, installing, trying it out, deleting it — this task is much easier on a Mac, I know I run both — We now have the over indulgence of software to choose from, and finding the tight, clean, and very stable version of a particular genre is a more time consuming and daunting a task, especially for those that have no idea what they really need.

My biggest peeve is that there are too many renditions of a particular task, such as system maintenance that helps the common user to use unix commands.  How many do we really need that do the same thing?  Some are free and others you pay.  They just look different.

Speaking about looks. There are so many programmers now, both young and old, that have come from the unix and windows world that they have no idea how to make a Mac looking application. Their apps are probably really good, but I will not use them if they are blocky and square looking.

The following not exhaustive list is of NOTEWORTHY websites, products, and applications that we use on our Macs.

News and Information

Mac Maps

Geography, Maps, and Apple Macintosh Computers.

October 12, 2004


Mac UpdateMacUpdate

Better than Version Tracker. No Windows.

May 6, 2005

Desktop Pictures, Icons, and more

Mac UpdateResExcellence

January 1, 2014 - Is now back online!!!
A plethora of Mac related items.

May 7, 2005



Red Light Runner

Collectables, rare, out-of-print Apple and Mac related logo items This place is CRAZY COOL!

May 7, 2005

Xtreme Mac

Accessories for iPod and other Mac devices.

January 20, 2004


A list of Out of date software we used to use.

Disk & System Tools

In my "tools" folder as an addition to my installed tools for System, Hard Drive, and File managing

Data Rescue 3 by Prosoft Engineering, Inc.

Used it to save Kyriè's files
3.2.2 - July 31, 2013 • 3.2.1 (paid)

July 31, 2013

DiskAid by DigiDNA

Used for adding files to iPhones and iPads
6.7.6: July 16, 2014 • 6.3.2: July 31, 2013 • 6.3

July 31, 2013

EasyFind by Devon Technologies

Another file finder with many prefs to find that one file
4.9.2: November 12, 2013 • 4.9.1: July 31, 2013 • 4.9

July 31, 2013

Find Any File by Thomas Tempelmann

A MUST HAVE for anyone who searches their computer for files
1.8.7 - October 4, 2013 • 1.8.6 - July 31, 2013 • 1.5.4 - January 3, 2010

January 3, 2010

green starFinder File Sizes

This program shows the size of all files and folders selected in the front most finder window.  Pretty cool when it worked: does not work for 10.7.x up.

March 2008

FreeDMG by Kelley Computing

FreeDMG is a utility which allows you to create DMGs (disk images) with very little fuss.
0.5.9b - July 31, 2013 • 0.5.7b - September 9, 2013 • 0.5.4b - January 14, 2007

January 14, 2007

dark red starHide Folders by Altomac

A convenient and easy way to Hide Folders from prying eyes
6.1 - May 15, 2010

May 15, 2010

iTerm 2 by George Nachman

A full featured terminal emulation program written for OS X using Cocoa - November 24, 2013

July 31, 2013


Monolingual is a program for removing unnecessary language resources from Mac OS X, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space. I saved over 1.2 gig of space

December 22, 2009

OnyX by Titanium Software

OnyX is a maintenance, optimization, and personalization utility for Mac OS X.
2.4.8 - November 20, 2012 (OS 10.7.x)
2.0.6 - January 3, 2010 (OS 10.5.x)
1.7.8 - Tiger: February 14, 2007 • 1.8.5 - July 14, 2008

July 28, 2008

Pref Setter by Night Productions

Easy preference editing
2.0 - July 31, 2013

July 31, 2013

Techtool Pro by Micro Mat

Use TechTool Pro to keep your Macintosh running smoothly.
5.0.7 January 2010

January 2010

Toast 6.1.1 by Roxio

Disk burning software I really do not use, but I have it.
March 13, 2005 - v 6 Doug Young

January 14, 2007

The Unarchiver by Dag Âgren

The Unarchiver is a much more capable replacement for "Archive Utility.app" — the built-in archive unpacker program on Mac OS X — and is designed to handle many more formats and to better fit in with the design of the Finder.
3.9.1 - January 19, 2014 • 3.8 - July 31, 2013 • 2.7.1 - December 29, 2011

December 29, 2011

UnRarX by Eugene Roshal

UnRarX is a Mac OS X Cocoa application that allows you to expand rar archives and restore corrupted or missing archives using par2.
2.2 - December 29, 2011

December 29, 2011

Image Editors

Still and moving picture editing applications.

Discus 4.03

We now print directly onto DVD's and CD's with this application and the new Epson r220 printer.

January 14, 2007

Flip4Mac WMV Player Pro

Convert those pesky little .wmv files into any other form I choose.
December 15,2012 -
December 29,2011 - • August 2007 -

August 2007

Gimp - GNU Image Manipulation Program

Free for tasks as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. Line Photoshop, but Free.
2.8.4 - February 2, 2013

July 2013


HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.

September 5, 2016

ruby starblue star Graphic ConverterLemke Software GraphicConverter 5.9.5

5.9.4 - February 15, 2007
5.9.1 - October 5, 2006
5.8 - February 15, 2006
I have used since August 1997 started with v2.9.1 • $35.00

February 20, 2007

Star greenMiro Video Converter

A beautiful, simple way to convert almost any video to MP4, WebM (vp8), Ogg Theora, or for Android, iPhone, and iPad. Batch conversion, custom sizing, and more! AND 100% Free and open-source.
3.0 - December 5, 2012

September 2013


Browsers, Chat, FTP, RSS, and more.


see an almost up-to-date complete list of mac browsers

Google Chrome

Use it as my main browser now, lots of apps, extensions, and usability
AdBlock AdBlock · Developer Site
AdBlock for Youtube AdBlock for Youtube
AMP Validator AMP Validator · Developer Site
Blur Blur · Developer Site
BuiltWith BuiltWith · Developer Site
Check My Links Check My Links · Developer Site
BEST Star Peach Checker Plus for Gmail Checker Plus for Gmail™ · Get desktop notifications, read, listen or delete emails without opening Gmail or Inbox by Gmail & easily manage multiple accounts. · Developer Site
Clipboard History 2 Clipboard History 2
DuckDuckGo DuckDuckGo Alternate Search · Developer Site
DuckDuckGo DuckDuckGo for Chrome · Developer Site
Emmet Re:view Emmet Re:view · Developer Site
Flash Video Downloader Flash Video Downloader · Developer Site
BEST Star green Flashcontrol Flashcontrol
forcastfox Forecastfox (fix version) ·Developer Site
Form Editor Form Editor · Developer Site
BEST Star green Ghostery Ghostery · Developer Site
google-debugger Google Analytics Debugger· Developer Site
Google Analytics Opt-out Add-on Google Analytics Opt-out Add-on
grammarly Grammarly for Chrome
BEST Star green lastpass LastPass · Developer Site
Live css mod Live CSS Mod · Developer Site
no follow NoFollow · Developer Site
Page Analytics (by Google) Page Analytics (by Google) · Developer Site
page ruler Page Ruler · Developer Site
Scan WP - Detect Wordpress Themes and Plugins · Developer Site
session buddy Session Buddy
Weather Utime · Developer Site
Weather Weather · Developer Site
Web Developer Web Developer · Developer Site
Web Developer WordPress Theme and Plugins Detector
WOT  Web of trustWOT Web of Trust · Developer Site

update: September 5, 2016

Mozilla Firefox

Add plugins for various things (weather on the bottom, tab control)
Add themes — new buttons and colors like
AdBlockPlus Adblock Plus 2.6.11 [september 30, 2015] - home
BuiltWith · Developer Site
DuckDuckGo DuckDuckGo Plus · Developer Site
Flagfox FlagFox · Developer Site
Flash and Video Downloader Flash and Video Download 1.76 [october 12, 2015] - home
Flash Video Downloader - Yotube HD Downloawd [4K] · Developer Site
Flash Block Flashblock · Developer Site
forcastfox Forecastfox (fixed version) · Developer Site
forcastfox FoxClocks · Developer Site
Ghostery Ghostery · Developer Site
lastpass LastPass · Developer Site
no script NoScript · Developer Site
personas Personas Plus
SQlite Manager SQLite Manager · Developer Site
Tab Mix Plus Tab Mix Plus · Developer Site
Web Developer Web Developer · Developer Site
WOT  Web of trustWeb of Trust · Developer Site


Yes I use Safari, it is reliable and I understand how to fix it, for the most part.
Safari also has plugins, but Apple calls them, EXTENSIONS, and you can get them at the Safari Extensions Gallary, or go into preferences in Safari and click the Extensions icon extensions and click Get Extensions (takes you to the same place), unfortunatly, Apple's website does a poor job at searching extensions.
WOT · DoNotTrackMe · DuckDuckGoBar · PlugIn Customs · AdBlock · FireBug Lite for Safari · BuiltWith · DuckDuckGo for Safari · Sessions

April 10, 2009


Collecting email from the web.

BEST Star greenThunderbird

I use it for 99% of my email use since it is has more features and plugins than Apple Mail.
Add plugins for various things (weather on the bottom, tab control)
Add themes — new buttons and colors like:
Display Contact Photo
Folder Pane View Switcher
FoxClocks Foxclocks.org
Mailbox Alert Jelte Jansen creator
Manually Sort Folders on GitHub
Theme Font & Size Changer Baris Derin creator
ToneQuilla home page

December 21, 2009
updated: September 5, 2016

File Sharing

File Sharing and online storage


Dropbox is a home for all your photos, docs, videos, and files. Anything you add to Dropbox will automatically show up on all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website — so you can access your stuff from anywhere.

November 7, 2012


File Transfer Protocol: upload files to a server and vice versa.


Libre FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3 & OpenStack Swift browser for Mac and Windows.

December 29, 2011


the free FTP solution OPEN SOURCE

December 29, 2011



MAMP Macintosh, Apache, Mysql, and PHP [Soundforge.net]

With just a few mouse-clicks, you can install Apache, PHP and MySQL for Mac OS X!

December 22, 2009

Text Editors

Word Processors, Journals, and Screen Play writing

BBEditBBEdit by BareBones

A great little text editor; packed with features. Finally bought it, no more demos
• Apple Education Store • $109—they have an update that I am ready to get, but no need right now to spend money.

September 30, 2003

Final Draft 8

The one screenwriting app I use. I have tried the others and this one works for me. Avoid the others, they are filled with too much fluff.

May 5, 2005

CombinePDFs by MonkeyBread Software

Was looking to combine pdf files and here it is. Not thrilled it is in RealBasic, but hey, it works

January 14, 2007

reunion Reunion by LeisterPro

Reunion is a genealogy software — a “family tree program” — for the Mac. Forget the others!! There is an upgrade to version 9 which is really nice.

added: Novemeber 12, 2003

Microsoft Office 2008

Yes, I know, the only thing MS on my Macs, but using iWork much more.

added: October 17, 2007 & April 2008
updated: November 26, 2012


Little applications that run via Dashboard most of which use the internet

Widgets home

Although they are used via DASHBOARD, we still call them widgets
Only used with 10.4 and up.

added: March 15, 2006

Aviation Weather · Widget home

Aria is a pilot, so I am curious about what he does in the air and the weather he does, or does not, fly in.

Janaury 22, 2014

espnESPN:  Scores & News

The version I have is an older one, they no longer have on their site, nor can it be found on Apples Widget site, so you can download it here.

added: November 26, 2012

Guitar Chords

Amazing little widget that shows you fingering all chords on the guitar with sound.

added: December 9, 2009

Mighty Monitor 5

MightyMonitor 5 is a dashboard widget for Mac OS X that shows you the battery status of Apple Bluetooth wireless devices, including the Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, and brushed aluminum wireless keyboard. The widget changes color to warn of low batteries - with a low status warning at less than 25% remaining, and alert with less than 10% remaining.

added: February 8, 2015

Piano Chords by Mekentosj

Amazing little widget that shows you fingering all chords on the piano with sound.

added: December 9, 2009


If you need to know the traffic for a few areas in California.

added: December 9, 2009

Sports Fan

Great little multi-sport tool for scores and standings.

added: December 9, 2009

radar in motionRadar in Motion

Weather radar map from WeatherChannel feed.

added: January 17, 2007

comicsKiller Widgets:  Say Cheese

Comics strips from the paper.
A really cool widget that allows you to copy the image to the clipboard.

added: December 9, 2009

Starry Night

The Starry Night widget shows you the night (and daytime) sky from anywhere on Earth, for any date and time.

added: December 9, 2009


View in near-realtime all of the recent earthquake events on this planet.

The information presented is from the near-realtime Earthquake Bulletin service provided by the National Earthquake Information Service (NEIS) of the U.S. Geological Survey.

added: March 1, 2010

Triple Yacht-C

Triple Yacht-COriginal name is Triple Yahtzee, but the creator had to take it off for downloads until he changed the name, but he still has not since October 18th, 2007.
Probably not a good idea but you can download it here or from MacUpdate.

added: December 9, 2009

Weather Bug:  Local Weather

Local weather and more accurate than anything else we have used.  Problem is it has a windows look and feel and programmed by windows people, but I like the accuracy.

added: May 3, 2006

YahooRealTimetrafficYahoo!  Real Time Traffic

View "Real Time Traffic" news for accidents, road closures, driving conditions, and construction in a 40 mile radius in your area.
Still works on 10.5.8

added: December 9, 2009