Two short lists of my most used Mac applications, in no particular running order.
Four applications so shiny and useful I’ve parted company with money.
1. [Coda](http://www.panic.com/coda/) — an integrated website development tool, second to none. 1. [WriteRoom](http://hogbaysoftware.com/products/writeroom) — a full-screen text editor I use to write all my weblog posts. 1. [Transmit](http://www.panic.com/transmit/) — a top-quality FTP client. 1. [Hazel](http://www.noodlesoft.com/hazel.php) — a small personal assistant I use to do chores, such as keeping the mac mini’s iTunes synchronised with the laptop’s. I’ve bought copies of this for both my macs.
Both Coda and Transmit are from Panic, who really do make rather good software.
Six programs both indispensable and priceless.
1. [VLC](http://www.videolan.org/vlc/) — essential, all conquering media player. 1. [Adium](http://www.adiumx.com/) — multi-protocol chat client. 1. [AppFresh](http://metaquark.de/appfresh/) — checks for updates to you applications, though not so well as apt. (still beta) 1. [Transmission](http://transmission.m0k.org/) — the best Bittorrent client I’ve used. Small, focused and oddly pleasing. 1. [Sound Fly](http://abyssoft.com/software/soundfly/) — forward audio from one mac to another; a minority use-case, but solves the problem almost perfectly. 1. [Thunderbird](http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird/) — a better email client, quite simply.