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Maker Name Type Purpose
AOL Netscape internet web browser
Adobe Acrobat publishing creates pdf files (portable document format)
Adobe Acrobat Reader display helper displays pdf files
Adobe Golive web web site design & upload (webDAV or ftp)
Adobe Illustrator drawing/painting vector graphic drawings: diagrams, lines, curves (not suited for photos)
Adobe ImageReady publishing treatment of images before publishing on the web
Adobe Indesign publishing page layout, mainly for printing
Adobe PhotoShop drawing/painting pixel graphics: photos (not suited for diagrams)
Apple Address Book organization for addresses and phone numbers of people.  Is also used by Mail.
Apple AppleScript programming for making different applications work together on repetitive tasks.
Apple Calculator calculations desktop calculator, also has menu for currency conversion (rates updated through the internet)
Apple DVD player display helper for looking at DVDs on the screen. Note that it is set to zone 2 and this can be changed only 5 times!
Apple Finder System displays your file system and allows you to create folders and move/copy files
Apple Font Book utility used to organize your fonts into visible and invisible sets.
Apple Grab authoring for capturing the screen or parts of it as an image.
Apple iCal organization agenda with sharing of agendas over the network (see also Now Up to Date)
Apple iChat internet instant messaging with other iChat users.  You need an AOL account for this.
Apple iMovie audio/video digital movie editing tool
Apple Internet Connect internet for connecting over your modem; not needed for Ethernet
Apple iPhoto personal organizes your digital photos
Apple iTunes personal digital music organizing tool; also converts to mp3, plays CDs and internet radio
Apple Keychain access interface organizes your user/password pairs and uses them automatically in certain circumstances.
Apple Mail internet e-mail tool
Apple Netinfo manager utility organizes the base level of the operating system. DO NOT use this!
Apple Preview display helper used by the Finder to display document types that have no obvious creator.  Also used for pdf files, but you should use Acrobat instead.
Apple Printer setup utility utility for making the list of your preferred printers, seeing the queues of printing documents, etc.
Apple QuickTime display helper displays movies, streaming video, photos, panoramas, ...
Apple Remote Desktop utility for looking at the screen of other Macs through the network.  Useful in collaborations.  See also Timbuktu
Apple Safari internet web browser
Apple Stickies organization Yellow stickies.  A "disorganization" tool...
Apple System Preferences utility for adapting the system's behaviour to your personal preferences.
Apple System Profiler utility tells you all about your Mac:  installed hardware, characteristics of the machine, ...
Apple Terminal interface for accessing the full power of Unix.
Apple X11 internet X11 server for looking at other computers through OSX windows using the X protocol.
Bare Bones BBEdit text editing a powerful plain text editing tool.  Not for beginners.
CAERE OmniPage audio/video/scanning Optical Character Recognition for scanned text documents.
FileMaker FileMaker data base for all kinds of lists and data bases.  Can show many different views on the same data.
gnu emacs text editing editor and more popular with Unix programmers.
Leighton Paul HourWorld interface time organizer: shows time in different time zones
Microsoft Entourage internet e-mail etc.
Microsoft Excel spreadsheet spreadsheet
Microsoft Explorer internet web browser
Microsoft PowerPoint presentation for making "slide shows".  Limited to one level.
Microsoft Virtual PC system emulates an Intel Pentium processor, on top of which you can install Windows so you can look at documents for which there is no Mac application.
Microsoft Windows Media Player display helper for displaying content in Windows proprietary formats
Microsoft Word text processing word processor with some style capabilities.
Mozilla Mozilla Firebird internet web browser
Netopia Timbuktu utility for looking at screens of other machines (including Windows) across the network. (see also Remote Desktop)
Opera Opera internet web browser
Power On Now Up to Date organization agenda with sharing of agendas over the network (see also iCal)
Qualcomm Eudora internet e-mail
Roxio Toast utility for burning CDs and DVDs
Trans-Tex Tex-Edit Plus text editing plain text editor
Wacom Wacom Tablet peripheral for tuning a Wacom graphics tablet
x GhostView display helper display PostScript files, mainly as they come out of LaTeX or TeX
x Image Capture authoring picture capture and import
x LaTeX text editing for maths and physics
x PopChar interface shows character palette, useful for inserting special characters. Sits in a corner of the menu bar
x TeX text editing typesetting system
x TinkerTool interface allows changing OS X interface settings that System Preferences hides from you
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