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Mac Tricks and Tips recently came out with a list of the Top 100 Essential Mac Applications, so I think I’ll list my own essential apps (but not 100, sheesh!) that I use as Geek in Charge at CurrentMarketing.

  1. Komodo Edit : If I’m not using vi as my text editor, I’m using this app. I could use any old plain text editor, but I’m addicted to syntax highlighting for code and hate working without it.
  2. Fetch : I think the list from Mac Tricks and Tips is wrong about Cyberduck. I’ve had nothing but issues with it, and that’s why I love Fetch as my FTP client.
  3. Parallels : When needing to check a site across multiple browsers and multiple platforms, Parallels sure beats the pants off of a desk full of hardware. Gone are the days of 3-4 computers on or around my desk. Well, working ones that is — I have a graveyard of dead towers behind me right now.
  4. Spaces : Every Leopard install already has this, but if you don’t have it enabled you should! I simply couldn’t work as effeciently without it. I normally have my editors, terminals, Parallels, Photoshop, iTunes and numerous browsers all open at the same time. Without Spaces, I’d go mad (even before Leopard I used 3rd party apps to perform similar desktop magic).
  5. iTunes : Okay, so this is a given. Every Mac-head out there has this favorite app, but as a developer it is very important to my work. How else could I stand banging out line after line of code if I couldn’t fire up iTunes and listen to Green Day, Miles Davis, Led Zeppelin and Lady Sovereign (or a mix thereof) to blast in the background?

Well, those are the applications I wouldn’t want to function without daily on my Mac. Now I’m going to go check out a lot of the apps mentioned in the Top 100. Which, by the way, is only a Top 99 — Wallsaver is listed twice (47 and 58). It must be that good!

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Rob Womack

If there’s anyone who can honestly say, “Been there, done that,” it’s Rob. After traveling the world for seven years in his 20’s, Rob went to LA and started working in film production. Then it was off to New York, where he learned how to program, which eventually brought him back home to Louisville to build websites. At Current360, Rob heads up our in-house production studio, creating all things digital for our clients — videos, commercials, radio spots, and a lot more. 

When he’s at home, Rob likes to create things like homemade kombucha and music.