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  • It’s worth mentioning that Snow Leopard natively lets you show the full date and time in the menu bar now. iStat Menus does much more than that, though, so it doesn’t detract from it’s value.

    • thanks for the tip! I rather use native settings than installing iStat menus just for that!

    • Hey, Chris and Jeroen!

      Yes, thank goodness Apple realized that having a full time and date in the menubar is very useful!

      And ever since I’ve upgraded to 10.6, I haven’t been using iStat Menus to display that info but now, I use Snow Leopard’s default time and date options.

      I still, however, use iStat Menus to track network usage.

  • At the moment Sticky Windows is not compatible with Snow Leopard.

    • Unfortunately, no, it’s not.

      But keep in mind there are still far more Leopard users who are yet to upgrade to Snow Leopard.

    • No, it’s not, but keep in mind the number of Leopard users who are still yet to upgrade to Snow Leopard.

  • The price for TextExpander is wrong. It’s $29.95.

  • Sidenote can sometimes be a bit buggy. So, I switched to Scribblet.

  • I feel that this list is setup in a jiffy. Without alot of reviewing and deeper investigation of the software. Subjective texts like ‘This is truly a revolutionary software’ doesn’t cut it either. I think most of these apps aren’t considerable installing worthy (except for Juncut).

    • I wouldn’t say that was the case, really! 8 of these are the apps which are really installed on my MacBook and run on boot. I would run Sticky Windows and Sapiens automatically also if I had a MacBook Pro or something with more power, ;).

      This is a roundup article, we only provide an overview and summary of the apps not detailed analysis of each.

      In my humble opinion, Sticky Windows has something no other apps have to offer. If one were to use that phrase to describe an account/password management app then it would be a bit exaggerated since many other apps also do the same thing.

      Of course, not every app in this list is right for everyone just like any roundup article. After all, we all tend to have personal preferences, :).

  • Love Jumpcut, good App

  • Similar to Namely, but more powerful than a locomotive: LaunchBar! Launch apps, control itunes, search your contacts all from the comfort of your keyboard. My own MercuryMover is very much inspired by LaunchBar and if i could take only one app to a desert island, i would choose LaunchBar over MercuryMover. Can you think of higher praise than that? LaunchBar is at .

  • Been using Sapiens for a long long time. But it broke with Snow Leopard and they don’t seem to care too much to fix it. Shame, I’ve had to stop recommending it to people because of the developer’s lack of response and lack of support. 5 or more emails over the weeks have gone unanswered as to when we’ll see a fix for Snow Leopard.

    Sapiens could be (and was) an amazing app. Too bad it looks like abandonware.

  • Since I upgraded to Snow Leopard, I haven’t been able get iStat Menus to run.

  • Do you have a different link for URLwell? The link from does not work.

    • I searched and found a link fir URLWell right here…

      It seems to have not been updated since 2005, but it is working on Snow Leopard.

      Enjoy :-)

    • Here is a different download link for URLWell…

      It hasn’t been in development since 2005, but it’s running on Snow Leopard just fine.

      Enjoy :-)

    • Here is an alternate link for URLWell…

      Doesn’t look like it has been under development since 2005, but it seems to work fine on Snow Leopard.

      Enjoy :-)

      • Oops! sorry about posting that 3 times, but the first 2 times never showed up for me when I posted them so I thought something had gone wrong, and I posted again. :-/

  • nice collection…

  • I recently purchased a new app launcher called Berokyo. I just saw it listed as a ‘Staff Pick’ at and immediately fell in love with it :-)

  • Using a few of the those, but I’ll look into some of the others, thanks!

  • I like Butler, it does the app launching as Namely, the clipboard stuff and a lot more :)

  • Evernote seems good as well.

  • nice but sapiens, Sticky Windows and istat not 10.6 compatible!

    • Unfortunately. Donelleschi seems to stop working on their apps.

  • I’m surprised that Quicksilver isn’t on here.

    • As author of the roundup, I felt Quicksilver was already well-known.

      Most of the roundups nowadays titled “20 Mac Apps For Beginners” or something similar incorporate Quicksilver.

      Thus, I wanted to give an alternative to Quicksilver, that is, Namely. I chose Namely because some only need an app launcher, not a clipboard viewer, etc.

  • I’m really liking the URLWell.

    • Definitely. It’s a free alternative to Shovebox.

  • textexpander is great. nice share

  • The ‘Time Out’ application functionality is already built into os X and has been since launch as far as I know.

    It’s called ‘leave’ in os X and will remind you to leave your computer to take a break.

    Open a terminal window and type ‘man leave’ to get usage instructions.

    You could probably chain this to other commands and set the output to growl or email etc if you are prepared to a little reading

  • I wanted to give an alternative to Quicksilver

  • I prefer ClipMenu instead of Jumpcut.

    • ClipMenu is great! It also supports images and has snippets feature, which can be used instead of “expanding” text.

      And it’s a donationware.

  • Open a terminal window and type ‘man leave’ to get usage instructions.!!

  • I like Butler, it does the app launching as Namely, the clipboard stuff and a lot more :)

  • thumbsup Goncalo, clipmenu is my fav too !

  • sticky windows 20 bucks? come on, I have stickies.. FREE

  • How is alfred not on this list!

  • I prefer ShoveBox instead of Sidenote. It’s a bit pricey, but it can be synced with an iPhone.

  • These applications are really useful, especially since some of them are free.

  • thanks for the tip! I rather use native settings than installing iStat menus just for that!

  • Thanks for keeping free Jumpcut as is the best tool I used till now.

  • Apple is the best but is more expensive then windows.

  • some of them have ridiculous pricing. mac app store is full of freebies, way better than whats posted in this article…

  • Hi there! I used to have a Mac with Tiger and was a huge fan of Sticky Windows app. When I got a MacBook pro with Lion I spent ages trying to remember that app. When I finally found it again I was so excited and was ready to download it again, only to find that it doesn’t work on this version. Do you know of or could you find a new app that will work!?!?!

  • Thanks for keeping free Jumpcut as is the best tool I used till now.

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