The apps that will let you get the best out of your Apple Mac computer.
Step 1: VLC Media Player
The definitive freeware media player. This app fills all the holes where Quicktime's lack of essential codecs limits its compatibilty with some audio and video files. Supports DivX, MP3, AVI and most other formats. To download copy and paste the URL below into your address bar:
Step 2: Firefox Browser
The fastest browser out there? Maybe, maybe not but it sure beats Apple's default browser Safari. Faster, customizable and extendable through the use of 'Add-ons' and available free of charge. As Firefox is open source many splinter browsers have been built on its basic structure. One such browser is Flock which aims to make the use of social networking sites easier and more enjoyable, well worth a look for keen Youtubers or Facebook/MySpace etc users.
Download URL(Flock): http://www.download.com/Flock-Browser/3000-2143_4-10799113.html?tag=lst-5&cdlPid=10867915
Step 3: Limewire
The most publicised P2P client out there and not for no reason. It offers a staggering wealth of media free to download as well as the option to pay a one off fee for the Pro version that includes seriously rapid search and download times.
Download URL: http://www.download.com/LimeWire/3000-2179_4-10060774.html?tag=lst-2&cdlPid=10857786
Step 4: VMWare Fusion
This app, although not free, is one of the single most useful apps for the Mac. It is a long standing problem with Macs that developers do not always take the time to port apps to Mac due to its small(relative to Windows) user community. This app allows you to boot Windows into a 'Virtual Machine" and launch it from your dock to run any Windows app at very near native speeds.
Official Site URL: http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/
Step 5: N
For a little light entertainment you can't beat N. It is a physics based platformer created by Metanet Software. As well as the main game experience, players can try the Ned level editor to create their own N levels. A solid user community exists which allows access to user created levels and forum discussion.
Download URL: http://www.harveycartel.org/metanet/downloads.html