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"The best applications for Mac" list updated

updated 10:55 am EDT, Mon March 12, 2007

"Best" apps for Mac list

A Windows expert who switched to a Mac in 2005 has updated his list of "the best applications" for Mac. Dubbed the A-List of Mac Software, Computerworld's Scot Finnie recently evaluated browsing options, screen capture applications, antivirus software, HTML editors, and corporate as well as personal email clients. Applications that made the latest A-List include Safari as the current top browser, SnapNDrag representing screenshot utilities, VirusBarrier X4 for antivirus software, Taco HTML to fill the gap until a better HTML editor surfaces, Lotus Notes 7.0.2 for corporate email needs, and Eudora for personal email management. Software currently under consideration to make the A-List includes Quicksilver, Path Finder, Adium, Apple Mail, NetNewsWire, OmniWeb, Camino, Shiira, Saft, Pagespinner, and Norton AntiVirus 10.0 for Mac.

by MacNN Staff



  1. fishtech

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What a list

    Eudora? Lotus Notes? Antivirus software (esp Norton)?

    What is this guy on? These would be on my list of things to keep off my mac.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What a monkey. I think you can still find Eudora and Lotus Notes in some museum next to the do-do birds!

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    applications for mac?

    Shouldn't it read ...applications for a ten year old Mac...?

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Expert" on best Mac apps

    So this guy, who has been using Macs for less than two years, is qualified to choose which Mac applications, out of thousands and thousands, belong on an "A" list?

  1. gskibum3

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I've been using Eudora for over 10 years. I've been using the same Eudora database with all the new Macs and OS upgrades I've been through over the years. Never lost a single message. I've also never had a single bit of trouble, except for some issues with the OS X beta version of Eudora in the early days of OS X.

    I gave Mail a go for a month last summer and hated it.

    As far as Entourage goes, I can't stand the database maintenance that goes with it, and the way the databases break when they reach a certain size. Those databases are evil!

    I do have two gripes about Eudora. I can't type in foreign languages and it truncates long file names with attachments. But otherwise I'm extremely happy with it and can't find a replacement.

    Hopefully the Open Source version of Eudora corrects these problems.

    Otherwise Mail has a long way to go before it approaches the features of Eudora.

    The idiot does need to get over the virus protection though. Once again, we hear "sooner or later"...

    ... but fails to grasp that later has come and gone. "Sooner or later" is getting tiresome to hear. People write malware for Windows because it's sooooooooo easy to do, on top of the pay-off from the installed user base.

    As far as the new version of Lotus Notes, I defer comment to somebody who has actually used it.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Read his articles, folks!

    Lotus Notes and Eudora have very good reasons to be on HIS PERSONAL A-List of Mac software. This is how he is calling it; his personal list; not the ultimate, undisputable, final list of best Mac software in the world.

    Lotus Notes 7 is finally on par with Windows. I've been waiting for this for 7 years. Using 6.5 was really a hassle (crashed often on PPC; never came as UB). Now, it is Universal Binary, has the same feature set as Win version and answers prayers of scores of us who fought hard to convince blockheaded IT managers to buy us Macs in their little Windows world.

    Eudora is the ONLY mail app (Win or Mac) that has smart filtering of OUTGOING mail. Our Apple Mail can kind-of fake it, but not quite. He did say, though, that he is seriously considering switching to mail later this summer, with hope that Leopard brings this particular feature to the Mail. He probably would have, but Mail can't import Windows Eudora files.

    [Personally, for me, Eudora is a non-starter, not working with non-English character sets; it's 21st century, folks!! Even my Sony Ericsson phone supports Unicode!]

    In the end, this is really sad. We get a Windows guy, writing for years for Computerworld, with his newsletter reaching thousand of subscribers, to switch to Mac for 3 months; love it so much that he's choosing Mac as his home and work computer, writes about it in Computerworld (and loses about 300 subscribers because of that); then a bunch of overzealous Mac-heads bashes him for supposedly claiming authority. We really, really need to read these articles before opinionating here (a made-up verb, but at this point, I don't care...)

  1. Javizun

    Joined: Dec 1969


    dont hate

    my top 10 a list

    photoshop lightroom safafri itunes ical mail remote desktop adium aperture microsoft office

  1. gskibum3

    Joined: Dec 1969



    In my early morning haze I thought your subject said "To Date", then I saw Microsoft Office and iCal! Oops. Then I started to wonder if I could come up with 10 favorites - maybe not I imagined! But I can come up with a Don't Hate list! :)

    Eudora, Photoshop, Lightroom, Remote Desktop, MonacoPROFILER, ProofMaster, Dragon Burn, iTunes, ...this is getting hard... Now Up To Date & Contact, ... Preview!

    Whew! Barely made it! :)

  1. tedgrigg

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mainly agree

    I have tested all available email applications out there at least once in the last two years. Mosty recently Entourage and Mail with their single --- and vulnerable database system. With over 20,000 emails a year to manage and filter, Eudora is the most nimble, with lightning speed searches and advanced filtering. It is weak in html rendering, but it remains the leader for high volume email users IMO.

    VirusBarrier is also superior to Norton Antivirus. It does not slow sown the machine like Norton and is very stable. Good choices on these.

  1. fishtech

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You must be a POP user. Eudora's IMAP implementation is truly horrible.

    Plus, there is no threading, each mail folder stored in a single large, corruptible directory (what version of Mail did you try... Since 10.3.x messages are stored as individual files, not a database).

    Plus support from qualcom on their site is horrble.

    And what's with a Eudora folder in your Docs folder? Why can't it just be in Library?

    he only thing it has going for it is filtering outgoing, but Mail can filter outgoing messages with a small AppleScript tweak.

    I used Eudora 10 years ago when it was a cool MTA, before Qualcom bought, then abandoned it. I was forced back into using it a year ago and it was truly not a pleasant experience.

    I can't think of a single reason that it should be on a list of Great Apps for the Mac, especially since it is no longer being developed.

    And I'm not being overzealous... I truly cringe when I think of ingnorant newbies/switchers going out and purchasing that list of apps on that article's recommendation.


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