Ann and I like Macs because they are simple, elegant, low-maintenance productivity tools. One of our clients switched to Mac, recently, and asked for advice on productivity. Here are my thoughts, current as of 2006-2-21.
Applications: All apps can be found through www.versiontracker.com
Operating system β use Panther, Mac OS X 10.3.9 if you can. Tiger 10.4 has more quirks just yet.
Cocktail β run monthly.
DiskWarrior 3 β run monthly.
SuperDuper β create a clone backup of your hard drive on inexpensive external drives
Iclock β menubar clock.
Default Folder X β recent file and folder manager. Priceless.
LaunchBar – super-intuitive file and application launching.
Norton Antivirus – adequate AV protection
QuickBooks Pro Mac
Office 2004 β for e-mail, contacts and calendar, Entourage is adequate for most.
Omnigraffle Pro β for diagrams. Think VISIO for Mac.
Now Up-To-Date and Contact β if Entourage doesnβt cut it for you, this is the next best thing.
Acrobat Professional β when you need to do more advanced things with PDFβs
Adobe Photoshop Elements β manipulating graphics.
Either Palm desktop 4.2.1.d or TheMissingSync β synchronize your contact and calendar to your smartphone or PDA.
Qumana.com – blog editor
Remote Desktop Connection for Windows β control remote PCβs.
Timbuktu Pro β the granddaddy of all cross-platform sharing applications.
Adium β manage multiple chat clients.
Websites for info:
www.missingmanual.com – the missing manual series is the best way to be a master of your computer and its applications.
www.macintouch.com – news for Macs
www.macfixit.com – troubleshooting for Macs
So there you go. A recipe for productive stability on a Mac.