Inspired by a series of posts on TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog), here is a short series on my three favourite Apple applications. First up, three system utilities that expand the functionality of Tiger.
Quicksilver is the most used app on my computer. It functions as a quick launch utility like Butler and Launchbar, but a swag of plug-ins allows it to be expanded to much, much more. Quicksilver currently provides my iTunes notifications, a base for web and dictionary searches, a shortcut to my contacts and more.
For example, it could notify me every time an email arrives, either through its own notification system, or by communicating with Growl. I tried this for a week, but it drove me made, so I turned it off. It could do even more no doubt if I took the trouble to work out all its features.
Like many Quicksilver users, I wondered if the arrival of Spotlight would make Quicksilver less useful. But it hasn’t. I find that while Spotlight helps to find things quicker and to find things like text embedded in PDFs that Quicksilver can’t, Quicksilver allows to do much more with the things that it finds. This richer list of actions that can be applied to objects makes Quicksilver my first stop still.
D?É¬©j?É¬† Vu (or something like it – iSynk, Retrospect, etc) should be in everyone’s armoury. If you are like me, the advantages of a backup application that you can set, schedule and forget will save your life many times over when something goes wrong.
I like the clarity of the app’s GUI, its ability to make incremental backups and I like the fact that the developer offers a 10% discount for academic site licences.
Cocktail is the pick of the maintenance utilities. It seems to have all the features that I need from Cron jobs to disk management utilities, cache-flushing abilities, interface settings and the option of displaying hidden files, all in one handy app.
- A fistful of Quicksilver tutorials
- More 10.4.3 goodness for Apple Mail users
- More butt-kicking: Entourage over Mail.app
- Stop Spotlight jumping the gun
- Retro-Quicksilver: Get the old icon back
Tags: cocktail, deja vu, essential apps, not apple mail, quicksilver