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Top 10 Mac OSX Applications 2012

     There are plenty of top 10 lists for Mac OSX however I am hoping that this will give you some good choices that you haven’t seen before. These are not only my top 10 applications for Mac OSX but also my most used and enjoyed, so I hope you find something new to enjoy!

1. Transmission BitTorrent Client – Is hands down the best BitTorrent client for OSX. Development on Transmission started in 2005 and is still being developed actively. It has native Mac, GTK+, and QT Gui clients. Transmission can also be run as a deamon (background process) so you can start downloads from anywhere by logging into your computer using a web client. It also sports Local Peer Discovery and Full Disc encryption. It’s very very resource light and should run on most computers. – Transmission BitTorrent

2. Evernote – A wonderful GTD style application that is completely cross platform. It always for simple note taking and scheduling of tasks. If you are interested in more information about Evernote and how you can use it please check out my previous application review. – Evernote

3. Reeder – Reeder is a RSS reading client for Mac OSX and one of the most beautiful applications available on the Mac App Store right now. Reeder is also available for iPhone and iPad and I would highly recommend checking any of it’s versions out. Reeder sets itself out from the competition with awesome social media integration and offline syncing. It’s easy to use and relatively cheap to pick up at $9.99 in the Mac App Store. – Reeder

4. CodeRunner – CodeRunner is a great tool for anyone interested in programming and on a Mac. It’s price makes it easy for almost any developer to get ahold of and get there feet wet in some programming. It has support for AppleScript, C, C++, Java, JavaScript (Node.js), Lua, Objective-C, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Shell, however it also allows you to write your own support in for other languages. It has a gorgeous interface that allows you to focus purely on your code without much distraction and the code is color coated for simplicity. CodeRunner allows for huge amounts of customization and is a must have for any dev. It is available for 9.99$ – CodeRunner

5. Twitter – Twitter is just my social network of choice. If all my acquaintances and friends used Twitter I would probably completely drop Facebook. If you don’t know what Twitter is somehow, it’s basically a micro-blogging service that allows you to express yourself in 140 characters. The Mac application for Twitter is a beautiful example of the social network and how it can work using a desktop client. It’s inspired many other applications in it’s interface design and best of all it’s free! – Twitter

6. Coda – Coda is a development application developed by “Panic!”, a company that has developed many beautiful applications for Mac OSX. Coda allows for far more languages to be used then CodeRunner and is also has way more integration for online syncing etc. Coda’s interface is beautiful, it allows for split screen development, simple previewing in-app, and easy CSS development. Coda really is the must have for any web-developer on OSX, it is completely competitive with Adobe’s Dreamweaver CS5 and in my opinion surpasses it in many ways, one of the most notable being it’s under half the price of Dreamweaver weighing in at only $99. – Coda

7. Google Chrome – Google Chrome is one of the most well advertised pieces of software on the Internet today. If you haven’t heard or seen Google Chrome already then go check it out! It’s really is a web browser just like any other but it has features that I believe are better then it’s competitors. Though it enables your discrete GPU on Macbook’s which drains battery unlike Apple’s Safari. – Google Chrome

8. Sparrow – I am new to using Sparrow as my default mail client. However in the little time that I have been using it I’ve fallin in love. It’s interface reminds me of the Twitter client on Mac OSX which I absolutely love. Sparrow is faster then using the default G-Mail client in my opinion and has great support for multiple accounts and G-Mail’s labeling system. Sparrow also has a very quick development cycle which means new features are being added all the time. Sparrow’s Light version is available on the Mac App Store for free, however I believe that it’s worth splurging and picking up the Pro version if you have the money. – Sparrow

9. Spotify – I previously wrote a review on Spotify and did a Youtube video. For those of you that haven’t checked those out though Spotify is a iTunes replacement that allows for unlimited free streaming of music, and if you pay for the Premium account you can also download your tracks. Spotify is completely cross-compatible and is something that I couldn’t live without! – Spotify

10. Starcraft 2 – Starcraft 2 is a game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. It is also known as the national sport of Korea. Starcraft 2 is an RTS type game that is similar to Command & Conquer. If you are interested in RTS games or are looking to start playing them Starcraft 2 is a great option for you! – Starcraft 2 

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