Over at Lifehacker there is an interesting conversation going on regarding what software readers have purchased this year. Paul Stamatiou and Glenn Wolsey have responded in a blog post, and I feel like that’s the best way also.
This year is perhaps the first year I have purchased software. Previously application purchases were left up to my parents or (gasp) Usenet. That’s changed a lot this year, and I’ve finally cleaned up my act (for the most part). So, without further ado, here’s the list.
My 2006 Application Purchases
- Assignment Planner – Has been invaluable in keeping track of the many assignments I receive at Penn State.
- AppZapper – I use it all of the time to cleanup applications I have been testing.
- BetterZip – It’s basically WinZip for Mac, but without the unneeded bloat. It has some handy features such as stripping the Mac resources files from created archives.
- Cha-Ching – Didn’t technically buy it, but received it in a MacHeist heist. It’s been perfect for keeping track of my personal finances.
- CSSEdit2 – Used it for my web design class and redesigning cavemonkey50.com. Wouldn’t have been able to work on websites as fast as I did without it.
- Disco – While most people will say there are better free alternatives, I still like Disco. I love the animations, and it really does make burning a million times easier.
- Flickr iPhoto Export – The most convenient way to get my photos from iPhoto into my Flickr account. A little pricey, but it seems to have been worth it.
- MacHeist Bundle – Delicious Library, FotoMagico, iClip, Newsfire, and TextMate – These are all great applications which I didn’t have before MacHeist and have worked their way into my regularly used applications.
- OmniOutliner Pro – Been using it since I got my MacBook. I take all my class notes with it, and its search function makes studying a breeze.
- Parallels – While I love my Mac, I can’t escape Windows at Penn State. I’ll occasionally need to boot up Windows to test a website in IE, or program a C++ program. For those times, Parallels has done the job exceptionally.
- Pukka – Cheap application for bookmarking to Del.icio.us.
- Synergy – I use it almost every second to control iTunes and submit my listened tracks to Last.fm.
- Transmit – No other FTP app stands a chance.
Upcoming Purchases in 2007
- Adobe CS3 Educational – I pretty much require this now with all the web work I do. Looking forward to CS3 being so much faster on an Intel Mac.
- Leopard – This is given. Though, I probably won’t install it until my next semester is over.
- Microsoft Office 2007 Education Version – If Microsoft can get Office 2007 out on Mac this year, I will be buying it.
- TextMate – I love this application so much that I’ll be buying the updated version for Leopard.
- Xtorrent – As soon as Xtorrent is publicly released, I’m buying it. It’s the only Mac torrenting app worth using.
There’s my list, now what have you bought or are planning to buy?