In the last week, I’ve found several programs and utilities that are proving indispensable for my new computer:
- Eudora Mailbox Cleaner — Transferred my e-mails from my Windows copy of Thunderbird to Apple Mail.
- Feisar iSync plugin — I bought the Sony Ericsson W300i plugin to sync my new cell phone’s address book with my Mac using Bluetooth. (iSync doesn’t include a profile for the W300i.) This beats the pants off of using a USB cord.
- USB Overdrive — Allows me to program the buttons of my Logitech MediaPlay Cordless Mouse so that they actually work properly. (Logitech doesn’t make any Mac drivers.)
- SizzlingKeys — Allows universal keyboard shortcuts for iTunes. In combination with USB Overdrive, now I can get my mouse buttons to properly control iTunes, no matter what program I’m using — I simply assign the mouse buttons to these shortcuts. SizzlingKeys also pops up a transparent notice whenever a new track comes on, which is pretty snazzy looking.
- Mail Act-On — I was seriously debating whether to dump Apple’s Mail program since it doesn’t allow me to write HTML e-mails (with bulleted lists, etc.) and has been involved in the suspicious disappearance of some of my e-mails. However, this utility is really sweet and has probably tipped the scales in Mail’s favor. It allows me to hit a hotkey [`], then any other key to which I have assigned a rule. For example, I hit [`] and then [k] to move a selected message to the “KSBC” folder. This is a godsend for when I need to use the trackpad and struggle to drag e-mails to the right folder.
- Mail.appetizer — Displays pop-up notifications when new e-mails arrive. The nice thing is that it shows a picture of the sender, too, if I’ve put one in my address book.
- Firefox — Duh! Windows users should have this browser installed, too! Apple’s Safari browser is too bare-bones…though it does have the advantage of handling PDF files in-browser, which Firefox can’t do on Intel Macs….
Just thought you’d like to know!