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.