10 Most Used Mac Apps

Wakoopa has shut down. All links to it have been removed.

During the ramp-up to Leopard I’ve been reviewing the apps I use and why. So I headed out to my Wakoopa profile to see what it says I use the most.

These are the top 10 apps based on how much I use them according to Wakoopa.

1. Firefox 2.0.0.x – Used almost 10 times more than the second place app and about 15% of the time my PC is turned on. What Wakoopa doesn’t catch is that I run apps in the browser – Google Reader and the WordPress Admin panel are big hits. Until recently, so was email. If I’m sitting at my PC Firefox is almost always open. Even though I’m on a Mac I use Firefox over Safari. What keeps me in Firefox are Greasemonkey scripts, Google Browser Sync and a few other add-ons.

2. iTunes – iTunes is playing music now. If I’m at my PC then iTunes is probably playing music or a podcast along with an occasional video. The smart playlist feature of iTunes lets me keep my playlists constantly fresh. Many of my playlist are set to cycle through the least recently played songs that meet the criteria. I’m really looking for iTunes to be a entertainment hub for me, although it’s not there yet.

3. iPhoto – I was surprised to see this so high on the list. I like iPhoto but I didn’t realize I was in it so much. I do use it as an image organizer. I don’t use it very much as a photo editor. Just some cropping and simple color adjustments.

4. Path Finder – This is my finder replacement and falls into the category of “must have”. I’d have expected this to be above iPhoto although while I’m in it a lot it’s usually just for quick hits. Path Finder is always running on my Mac and that’s reflected in the background tasks time shown by Wakoopa.

5. Adobe Lightroom – I’m still on the evaluation version of this software so I was surprised to see it here with so much use. I’ve been playing around with it and the time adds up. I really like it. It’s easy to use and integrates well with the way I work and think. No built in iPhoto or Flikr export function but both were easily accomplished by creating an export action. Still, when comparing it to Aperture it’s more a matter of personal taste as to which is “better”. In my case I already own Aperture so I may be hard pressed to justify the Lightroom purchase. One benefit of Adobe in general is their RAW image support. Adobe supports my Panasonic camera’s RAW format while Aperture (and OS X) do not. If Leopard or OS X 10.4.11 don’t support my camera I may have my purchase justification.

6. Apple Aperture – Digital Photo management software comparable to Adobe LightRoom. The difference is I own this software. Personally I found Aperture a bit harder to wrap my head around but until I used Adobe LightRoom I thought Aperture was just fine. The real downside is that Aperture gets its RAW file support from OS X and Apple is sometimes slow to update support. The still don’t support my Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8.

7. Safari – (No link as Apple is promoting the Safari 3 beta on the Safari page and it’s not what I use) Not completely surprised to see this on the list. I pretty much live in Firefox but use Safari occasionally. I have this need to always use Safari when I go to microsoft.com.
Preview – Preview comes with OS X and when I first started using it I thought it was the word’s greatest app. It reads any image format I care about. It reads PDFs. It loads fast. It can do minor image editing (cropping and some color adjustment). I recently came across Xee which is like Preview on steroids but Preview will always have a place in my heart since it was an unexpected pleasure.

8. CSS Edit – I’ve been using this about a week and it’s already climbed into the top 10. As the name implies, it’s a CSS Style Sheet editor. Since I’m trying to teach myself CSS it will see a lot of use for the next month or two.

9. Jungle Disk – This one made the top 10 because I was testing it for the past month. I like i, but it wasn’t for me. I’ll keep checking on them as they add features. Even though I don’t use it I’d recommend checking it out if you want to do some online backups or file storage.

10. Yojimbo – (Ok, I said top 10 and this is 11, but Jungle Disk is dropping and this is rising and will soon overtake Jungle Disk and I can’t count.) Yojimbo is an information organizer for OS X. There’s a lot of competition in this space but Yojimbo seemed to be just want I wanted. I installed the demo and was using it productively within minutes, which I couldn’t saw for the other demos There’s a Quicksilver plug-in for Yojimbo. Plus, it integrates well with OS X so I can just send a PDF of anything to Yojimbo by printing directly to Yojimbo.

The list was based strictly on the time used according to Wakoopa (which seems accurate). But there are some apps missing that would be worth mentioning. So tomorrow I’ll post about my 10 Favorite Macs Apps (that I don’t use enough).

What apps do you use the most?

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