Software is hard. Support a small (or not so small) developer

My siblings and I have differing opinions on whether or not one should pay for software. Having racked my brain for hours tracking down small bugs in perl/php/shell programs (more often than not the result of a single misplaced character), I can appreciate the effort that goes into making polished applications. Plus, our friendly local rocket scientist probably wouldn't appreciate piracy of other's work (unless it was from Sony of course).

Anyway, I've been on a software buying-spree of sorts lately, picking up some [w:OS X] apps that I use just about every day.

[img_assist|nid=196|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=86] Parallels Oh, sacrilege. Running Windoze on a shiny new Mac. I hate to do it, but there are a couple of apps that just refuse to run correctly on my system of choice. So Parallels lets me run XP alongside OS X on my MacBook. With the latest beta, it even lets you view Mac and Windows applications together, shares the doc, and lets you drag and drop, as well as cut and paste between systems. VMware has also released a beta of its own virtualization software for Intel Macs, but it's not quite as feature-rich as Parallels at this point. We run a lot of our servers on VMware at work, so it'll be interesting to see how their product develops, but for now, I fully endorse Parallels for mac. At $80, there's no excuse to buy a Dell anymore.

[img_assist|nid=197|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=92] TextMate My new favorite text editor. Features great syntax highlighting out of the box, lots of handy [w:vi] like key commands, autocompletion, a tabbed interface, etc. etc. etc. 39 euro. I don't know what that is in 'merican money, but it's well worth it.

[img_assist|nid=198|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=93] Transmit I stopped using [google:NcFTP] when I found out about Transmit and TextMate. Transmit lets you access servers via FTP and SFTP as if they were local, so I can use my favorite text editor instead of slogging through [w:vi] or [w:emacs] on one of the annonyingly underconfigured servers at work. $29.

[img_assist|nid=199|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=89] OmniGraffle Like [w:Visio], only it doesn't suck. Makes it easy to diagram databases, workflows, org charts, etc. With shiny buttons and automatic drop shadows, of course. One of the pricier apps on my list at $80-$140, but an invaluable tool for planning software and networks, and giving presentations.

[img_assist|nid=200|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=92] OmniPlan A new application, also from OmniGroup. I haven't had much hands on time with this yet, but it promises compatibility with Microsoft Project, and makes shiny [w:Gantt] charts. I was sold. $150.

[img_assist|nid=201|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=92|height=100] Pages and Keynote AKA iWork. Ok, Apple is a multibillion dollar corporation, not a small developer. And Steve Jobs is an egomaniac that would probably eat kittens, if not for his fervent veganism. But for $86 (tax included) you get a fantastic word processor and presentation program that kick the living shit out of MS Word and Powerpoint. Plus, MS Word and Powerpoint cost at least $129 each purchased separately. And they're made by Microsoft.


mmmm geeky is RIGHT.

hey....home come YOUR site isn't "all f*cked up" like mine???? said "apps."