Dave Dash

How do I... on a Mac? A software solution guide for OS X

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I've been doing web development as well as other "computer stuff" with Powerbooks for four years. I'm currently in a happy place where I've got a nice set of tools with which I can use to accomplish many tasks.

This guide was inspired by this Firefox Extension guide. This guide covers how I tackle tasks in OS X and how I've seen others tackle tasks. I plan to regularly update this piece (software guides can get stale fast) and will incorporate suggestions left in the comments.

Hopefully people who are wondering about making the switch from Linux or whatever to OS X will find this guide as reassuring and helpful. There's quite a bit more out there than what I have listed, but if I attempted to list every option, I'd never be able to finish this guide.

Internet: How do I...

Programming: How do I...

Multimedia: How do I...

For the most part, Apple's iLife can take care of your multimedia needs. Playing video is the exception (in this guide), since there are so many formats available, Quicktime only can support a small subset of these. For the non-Apple user, this section a useful overview of just what can be done fairly easily with a Mac.

Productivity: How do I...

Conclusion

There's a lot of software I'm sure I missed. But my intent here was to cover a healthy slew of applications that I used myself to get various tasks completed. I'd like to hear about your favorites and what you think works best on your Mac.