Here I keep a running directory of software for Mac OS X that I have found especially useful. Many of these cannot be found in the Mac App Store. Unless I indicate otherwise, everything here is free.
- BibDesk is a graphical bibliography manager that serves as an easy interface for BibTeX.
- MarsEdit costs money, but is the essential toolkit for serious bloggers who know better than to write and manage content in unreliable web-browser interfaces.
- Scrivener, which also costs money, takes the principles of integrated development environments for computer programmers and applies them to large-scale writing projects. Never use a clunky word processor again.
- Sidenote is a retractable notepad that pops in and out of the side of your screen, and the perfect tool for jotting down bits and pieces of text in an organized manner.
- TeXShop is a tidy graphical front-end for all your LaTeX typesetting needs.
- Adium is the only instant messaging program you will ever need.
- ClickToFlash is a Safari extension that selectively blocks Flash elements on websites unless you choose to activate them yourself.
- Fugu is a lightweight FTP/SFTP client, perfect for those who only do occasional file transfers and don’t feel like paying for Transmit. It has not been updated in some time, but it works.
- GlimmerBlocker is a highly flexible ad-blocker that can also be configured to disable intrusive website enhancements and scripts.
- Keywurl is an indispensable Safari plug-in if you prefer Safari to Firefox, but can’t live without Firefox’s keyword search feature.
- Freedom cuts you off from the Internet for up to eight hours at a time.
- iStat is a system-monitoring widget available in lightweight and advanced flavours.
- OnyX is a utility for advanced system maintenance and tweaking hidden settings.
- Quicksilver is a cross between a program launcher and a magician.
- smcFanControl adds an indicator to the menubar that monitors your computer’s core temperature and fans, and also allows you to manually boost your fan speed for quick cooling.
- The Unarchiver unpacks and decompresses files in virtually any format you throw at it.
- DarwiinRemote is more or less comatose as far as development is concerned, but remains the most efficient way to link a Wii remote to the Mac.
- Quackle is the best AI and game analysis tool for serious Scrabble players.
- Sigma Chess is an excellent chess program with extensive tools for study and analysis, and is not too intimidating for amateurs. There is a commercial version for serious experts, but the free version will be more than sufficient for most players.
- Zyzzyva is the preeminent Scrabble tool for word study as well as the tournament-standard software for dictionary lookups.