I thought it was about time I recommended some more software. And given that there are so many lists out there with “10 apps you must have!”, I decided to recommend 10 apps that might not be on all of these existing lists. You won’t find Transmit here. And neither will you find Disco. I hope you will find at least one that you will give a try though. These are all apps that I keep around. Some I run 24/7, others I only use every once in a while.

AppFresh will search for updates for all your installed software, and even download it for you. It’s still in beta, but so far it seems to do a pretty good job.
Crowded desktop? I know mine is with its nearly 600 files and folders. DeskShade hides all that clutter, letting you enjoy nothing but a clean desktop. How? By overlaying the desktop picture on top of the icons. Yes, no files will be moved.
And while you are at it, how about a nice new desktop picture? Desktoptopia changes your wallpaper at a set interval, and downloads new ones from the world wide web. Only the best of the best pictures will be included in the database, so none of that crap you find on your average wallpaper site.
Disk Speed Bench X
Ever had the feeling that one of your disks might not give you advertised speed? Disk Speed Bench X will not only be great for showing off that new internal SATA disk, but is also great for comparing speeds on an external disk if you have more than one interface (USB2 and FW for instance). And if you have a feeling your external disk is slower than it should be, you can find out if it in fact is.
DVD Capture
Apple’s pesky DVD Player software won’t let you grab a screenshot? Of course you could just use the awesome VLC player – or you could use DVD Capture.
iNet Stream Archiver
Still my favorite for recording web radio. Splits up into separate files and tags them.
Menu bar extra that submits your iTunes tracks to last.fm.
MPEG Streamclip
Simple app for cropping and cutting up a video file and saving it to a number of various formats. As opposed to QuickTime Pro, MPEG Streamclip can work with MPEG video (duh).
Merge 2 or more pdf files into one.
Startup Sound
Remove that pesky orchestra that plays every time you boot your Mac.

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