Essential Apps


VLC Media Player

VLC

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It will play almost any kind of video file you throw at it – handy when iTunes or Quicktime Player give you issues!

Price: Free

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The Unarchiver

The Unarchiver

The Unarchiver is a small and easy to use program that can unarchive many different kinds of archive files. It will open common formats such as Zip, RAR, 7-zip, Tar, Gzip and Bzip2. It will also open many older formats, such as StuffIt, DiskDoubler, LZH, ARJ and ARC. It will even open other kinds of files, like ISO and BIN disc images, some Windows .EXE installers. The list is actually much longer – see the program homepage for the full list.

The Unarchiver also tries to detect and correctly handle the filename encoding in the archives it opens, allowing you to open files from every part of the world without getting garbled filenames.

The Unarchiver aims to be the only unarchiving program you will ever need, and to stay out of your way.

Price: Free

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CommandQ

CommandQ

Have you ever accidentally hit ⌘Q and quit an app when you really meant to press ⌘W to close a window? CommandQ stops apps from quitting unless you hold down ⌘Q for a short delay. This gives you time to catch your mistake and let go before the app quits. Simple. Effective. Awesome.

Price: $9.99

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Amphetamine

Amphetamine

Amphetamine is a little app that lives in your menu bar. With Amphetamine, you can effortlessly override your energy saver settings and keep your Mac awake.

Features:
– Keep your Mac (and optionally its display and drives) awake
– Choose from numerous activation time presets, or enter your own
– Activate/deactivate with a single click in the menu bar
– Use global hotkeys for activation/deactivation
– Allow/prevent screen saver
– and more

Price: Free

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Flycut Clipboard Manager

Flycut Clipboard Manager

Every time you copy text, Flycut stores it in history. Later you can past it using Shift-Command-V even if you have something different in your current clipboard. You can change hotkey and other settings in preferences.

Price: Free

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