Essential Mac Software

On Sep 29, 2006, at 9:52 AM, Bala P. wrote:

I have a PowerBook G4 on PowerPC. I use Telechart 2005 for trading.
This is installed on the Windows XP of the virtual PC. What is the
alternative for Intel based Macs?

BootCamp [1] if you are willing to reboot, or Parallels [2] if you
want virtualisation. I use parallels to run a couple of windows
installs (for different versions of IE) and linux.

There is apparently going to be a vmware release for the mac too, but
I’ve no idea when that’s coming.

James.

1: http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp/
2: http://www.parallels.com/en/products/desktop/


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+1 Textmate
+1 Transmit
+1 iTerm (be sure to be the latest Universal one. Very fast plus tabs)
+1 Parallels for IE testing (there is an OS WINE project to get the
various IEs running within OSX but I haven’t been able to get it up and
running yet).
+1 X11 on developer tools (required for OpenOffice and the WINE stuff)
+1 OmniGraffle and Outliner
+1 YourSQL (make sure you get the MySQL 5 compatible version if needed)
but I only use MySQL through Rails apps, so I rely on Rails for most
functionality and only peek in to check on changes.
+1 VirtueDesktops Great desktop manager with cool effects.

There are also some Dashboard widgets for Ruby and Rails. It’s worth
having those available. I also have many Ruby and/or Rails books in PDF
form so I can quickly search them and copy code. Great for working
while traveling or limited net access. Also, Apple’s Preview flies for
PDF viewing.

I have not seen a must have mail or svn client yet. There are options,
but not seem really great. I will look into Thunderbird again but
recall its interface was a little clunky. I tend to use the web for
accessing emails and Apple’s Mail to archive them. Anyone use the
BareBones mail client and like it?

Bill

blinking bear wrote:

Just put an order in for a new mac. I’m coming from windows so I’d be
interested in knowing what software you guys recommend. Here’s the
essential software I use on windows for comparison. So far TextMate is
on
my must buy list.

Rails Editor: RadRails
FTP: FileZilla
Actionscript Editor: FlashDevelop
CVS/CVN: TortoiseCVS/SVN
Diff Tool: WinMerge

Rails Editor: TextMate
Subversion: TextMate!
Actionscript Editor: I don’t use Actionscript, but you might try …
TextMate? :smiley:
Diff Tool: TextWrangler
[http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/] (sorry TextMate, this
is one area where you haven’t yet caught up)
FTP: I’ve heard Transmit is the best, but I use CyberDuck
[http://cyberduck.ch/] because I’m cheap :wink:

Other applications I consider essential for Rails development, or for
Mac use in general (I use all of these myself):
Launcher: DragThing [http://www.dragthing.com] The first program I
install on a new Mac, every time
Web Browser: I prefer Safari with the Saft
[http://haoli.dnsalias.com/Saft/] extension, but everyone has their own
favorite. I’ve heard Firefox [http://www.getfirefox.com], Camino
[http://www.caminobrowser.org/], Opera [http://www.opera.com/], and
Shiira [http://hmdt-web.net/shiira/en] all highly recommended by various
people.
Web Testing: Firefox with FireBug
[http://www.joehewitt.com/software/firebug/] and Web D.
[http://chrispederick.com/work/webdeveloper/]
More Web Testing: to make sure your site looks okay in IE6 (if you don’t
have a separate PC): Parallels Desktop virtualization software
[http://www.parallels.com/]
Terminal: Terminal (you might give iTerm a try, but I found it to be
incompatible with the text editor “nano”, which I use frequently)
File Manager: Path Finder [http://www.cocoatech.com/]. The Finder, but
tabbed! Also has advanced preview and info windows, a “drop stack” to
collect files you want to do something with, drawers for current
processes and recent folders, and dozens of thing I haven’t even gotten
around to using yet. Basically just a much, much more capable Finder.
E-Mail Client: Personally, I find that Mail for work mail and GMail for
personal mail works well for me
AIM Client: Adium [http://www.adiumx.com/]

Yes, I know all of this. But the point I’m making is I will have to PAY
for the UB in CS3. Which will be around another 500-1k. Which kinda
stinks since I just bought CS2 and Studio not even a month ago.

Thanks,
phill

blinking bear wrote:

Just put an order in for a new mac. I’m coming from windows so I’d be
interested in knowing what software you guys recommend. Here’s the
essential software I use on windows for comparison. So far TextMate is
on
my must buy list.

Rails Editor: RadRails
FTP: FileZilla
Actionscript Editor: FlashDevelop
CVS/CVN: TortoiseCVS/SVN
Diff Tool: WinMerge

Are you planning on using WinMerge via Parallels? It’s pretty clunky
that way. I love it better than any current merge tool for Mac, so I
keep a networked Win XP PC next to my mac to do the merging with
WinMerge. I am also about 1/2 way done with a Cocoa replacement for
WinMerge that mimics its layout and methodology. If you have found a
better way to run WinMerge on a Mac besides Parallels, then PLEASE let
me know!!

On Oct 12, 2006, at 7:39 AM, jeremieweldin wrote:

Actionscript Editor: FlashDevelop
CVS/CVN: TortoiseCVS/SVN
Diff Tool: WinMerge

Are you planning on using WinMerge via Parallels? It’s pretty clunky
that way. I love it better than any current merge tool for Mac, so I
keep a networked Win XP PC next to my mac to do the merging with
WinMerge. I am also about 1/2 way done with a Cocoa replacement for
WinMerge that mimics its layout and methodology. If you have found a
better way to run WinMerge on a Mac besides Parallels, then PLEASE let

Have you looked at FileMerge from the Apple Developer Tools?


Craig B.

AIM: kreiggers

On 9/28/06, blinking bear [email protected] wrote:

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A list Dion & Ben of ajaxian have put together, with some help from me
and teammembers:

http://dion.tadalist.com/lists/public/215561

  • Rob


http://www.robsanheim.com
http://www.seekingalpha.com
http://www.ajaxian.com

my list:
RoR: Eclipse and RADRails

On Thu, Oct 12, 2006 at 09:17:04PM -0700, Craig B. wrote:
[…]
} > Are you planning on using WinMerge via Parallels? It’s pretty
clunky
} > that way. I love it better than any current merge tool for Mac, so
I
} > keep a networked Win XP PC next to my mac to do the merging with
} > WinMerge. I am also about 1/2 way done with a Cocoa replacement for
} > WinMerge that mimics its layout and methodology. If you have found
a
} > better way to run WinMerge on a Mac besides Parallels, then PLEASE
let
}
} Have you looked at FileMerge from the Apple Developer Tools?

The best file merging tool I have ever used is actually gvim -d (a.k.a.
gvimdiff). It lets me edit two files, side-by-side, with a live
syntax-colored diff in my favorite editor. I can move text from one side
to
the other trivially, and see character-by-character differences (e.g.
lines
that are almost the same except for a word or two will show exactly
where
in the line they differ). Even better, it’s available on all major
platforms (*nix, Mac, Windows), so I don’t have to give it up or run
another OS in emulation if I’m on a platform I don’t usually use.

} Craig B.
–Greg

Why don’t you just use Locomotive and TextMate? I’ve found it’s
everything
I need so far. For MySQL access, I can get everything using Terminal.

On 10/22/06, Jose P. [email protected] wrote:


Chris S.
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