It’s been a while since I’ve shared any of my deep, dark ruminations here, so I figured it was time to throw together my own list of the 10 Mac apps I can’t live without. Here goes…

  1. GyazMail: Hands down the very best email client for OS X. While it still lacks a few features such as digital signatures & the ability to compose messages in rich text, it’s the fastest, most configurable, and cleanest email client I’ve tried. Believe me, I’ve tried them all.
  2. SpamSieve: Tightly integrated with GyazMail (and other clients), SpamSieve does a bang up job of dealing with those little blue pill emails and overseas lottery notifications. I can’t even fathom having to manage the slew of garbage that drops in my inbox everyday without this app. One of the biggest time-saving software purchases I’ve made.
  3. NetNewsWire: My connection to the outside world. I don’t even bother turning on the liberal broadcast news when I get home anymore. I’ve already had my dose via RSS. Oh, and I get plenty of Mac (and iPhone) news this way too.
  4. Quicksilver: Yes, it’s on everyone else’s list, so it may as well be on mine. If you use it, you already know why I love it. If you don’t (what!?!), then you don’t know what you’re missing. I stopped using a licensed version of LaunchBar in favor of Quicksilver. Yes, it’s that friggin’ good (remember, I’m cheap frugal).
  5. ecto: Far and away the most elegant blogging app for the Mac, I’ve been a user since it was “Kung Log”. While it can be a little intimidating for new users, there’s a lot of power under the hood once you harness it. I’m really looking forward to version 3 once Adrian is ready to release it (hint, hint there Ado).
  6. TextMate: I used to use TextWrangler for all of my plain text editing — until the day I got my hands on TextMate. This application has everything I need in a text editor and more, except for a built in ftp client – which is the one thing I miss from TextWrangler. But since TextMate integrates so well with Transmit, it’s barely noticeable. I live in this app every day.
  7. Transmit: Speaking of which… The most super-awesome ftp client in the world. Makes transferring my files between development and production servers as simple as drag & drop from one tab to the other. Besides, it’s from Panic Software, so you know it’s got to be good.
  8. SuperDuper!: For back ups and clones, there’s no competition here. It does what it’s supposed to do easily, with power-user power to spare. Absolutely the best way to back up entire drives and user folders to Firewire.
  9. iGTD: The newest addition to my stable of must-haves. I’ve tried for years to get my to do list organized. This little bugger has finally done it. Thanks to .Mac syncing, I’ve always got what I need to get done right there. No more forgetting — well, maybe. Sometimes I mistake procrastination for forgetting…
  10. Yasu: Naturally, the list wouldn’t be complete without my own application, right? All kidding and bias aside, Yasu is STILL easier to use than Cocktail, Onyx or Tiger Cache Cleaner. Sure, those other three give you extra toys to play with to give you that warm fuzzy geek feeling, but Yasu simply gets the tasks that need to be done, done. A true “GTD” utility app if ever there was one.

So there you have it. My list. Love it or leave it. Sure, there are several other commercial & Apple apps I use all the time, but these are (to me) some of the more outstanding offerings from indie developers that help keep the Mac universe from collapsing in on itself.

Kudos to all those who code the products in my list for their dedication to keeping the spirit of freeware & shareware alive. What Mac apps would you give your eye teeth, first born, or iPhone to keep?