I know that a high proportion of my readers (both of you!) are Mac users. I haven’t really kept up with what’s going on in the software world lately, but I’m always curious. With that in mind, what cool software have you found lately? What interesting tools will help me manage my email or perform some important function I don’t do often enough (like backups for instance)? Any suggestions?
A .Mac subscription is surprisingly useful for things like iSync, and the Backup 2.0 software, plus they do tend to give away neat freebie software from time to time. If for some horrible reason your Mac dies you at least don’t have to worry about all your bookmarks and prefs vanishing; you can backup to your iDisk or to CDs/DVD-Rs, and sync your prefs/bookmarks via the Internet.
And you never think it’s useful until the unthinkable happens!
Other than that — Mozilla Thunderbird, cos it’s the only email client I know of (correct me if I’m wrong) that allows you to do proper HTML email composition. And it has an rss reader.
As a musician I’ve found GarageBand (part of iLife 04) surprisingly useful, and I have a full-blown recording app, Logic…
A non-Mac-specific useful thing has proven to be the Griffin iTalk voice recorder add-on for newer iPods. We do a lot of client interviews and record our sessions quite unobtrusively with it.
I’ve actually never even considered a .Mac subscription before. I guess I should go and take a look. As far as Thunderbird goes, I’ve become pretty partial to Apple Mail ever since I ditched Entourage, which I liked well enough as well. I don’t ever include HTML in emails though – I’m just old-skool enough to consider email a pure text format.
I’ve been looking for an excuse to get an iTalk for sure – but right now it’s not a priority.
Kate M. says