Windows + Linux guy, switching to OSX

I have recently switched to Mac full-time, coming from a Windows/Linux background.

Here are some general (easy to install/use) applications you might find useful.  (advanced notice might come out in a bit)

Jing – free / can pay for extra features (multi-platform)

  • Take Screenshots: Capture an image of what you see on your computer screen
  • Record Screencasts: Record up to 5 minutes of onscreen video + audio
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Alfred – free / can pay for extra features
  • Increase your productivity
    by launching apps with shortcuts
  • Instant access to
    web searches, bookmarks
    & more
  • Browse and play music from your
    iTunes library
  • Perform actions
    =96 copy, move & email files & folders
  • Ward off RSI
    =96 skip using the mouse with easy shortcuts
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note: I paid for the “powerpack” upgrade for things like global hotkeys.
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SoundSource – free

SoundSource is a tiny application for Mac OS X enabling you to switch your audio input and output sources with a single click, and even adjust their volume settings.

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Growl – $1.99
(Excellent System/Application Notifications)
Skype’s internal notifications are annoying and worthless, upgrading to Growl and setting it as your notification system for skype will allow you to never miss a Skype message.
(now that I’ve made that statement, I’d better be more quickly
responsive, eh?)
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(Yes, even though I’m cheap, I paid for it and happy I did)
Caffeine – free
(great for presentations, watching a meeting, etc)

Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menu bar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Click it again to go back.

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Adium – free
Great multi-support IM client… covers just about everything but skype :(
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Synergy – free (multi-platform)
This one only barely makes the “easy” list… but if you have multiple computers+monitors sitting side-by-side, you can use this application to share a keyboard and mouse across them.
If this sounds good to you, read up on it and we might be able to help you set it up… if not, ignore this one.
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