I wish we lived in a world where encryption wasnt necessary. But times being what they are, you can never be too careful. For encrypting email, instant messaging, and disks, PGP Desktop is quick, easy, and very secure.
#22: Logic Express
My audio recording needs fall between the capabilities of GarageBand (easy-to-use and pretty but somewhat limited) and Logic Pro (awfully pricey at $999 and overkill for my modest projects). I like the fact that I can use audio plug-ins designed for Logic Pro and tweak every aspect of a recording to my hearts content. I can feel, and work, like a pro without breaking the bank.
A free app that lets you talk to anyone else in the world for free. Whats not to like? Even Skypes video capabilities outshine iChats in some respects. But the killer feature for me is the extra-cost (but cheap) SkypeIn (to get a real number people can call you at from regular phones) and SkypeOut (so you can call conventional phones from Skype).
Everyone, but everyone, should have a good disk-repair tool. And, sorry, but far too often Disk Utility just doesnt cut it. DiskWarrior is indisputably the best at what it does, and its my top recommendation among disk utilities.
This little gem of an application, formerly known as Democracy Player, can download video from lots of free, legitimate sources (YouTube, even) using a built-in BitTorrent engine. The range of choices you can access is phenomenal, and Miro can also play virtually any video format you throw at it.
Transferring files with FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, and similar protocols can be a rather dull, unexciting task, but Transmit makes it wonderfully smooth. If youre managing a remote Web site, especially, youll appreciate Transmits clear, clever interface and its wealth of convenience features.
#27: SnapzPro X
Price: $29; with movie capture, $69
Not everyone needs to take screen captures beyond what a simple Command-Shift-3 will give you. But for those who do, SnapzPro X is unrivaled in its flexibility. The higher-cost version can even do live captures of your screen with voiceovers, for easy, professional-looking screencasts.
#28: Timbuktu Pro
Price: $95; Twin-pack, $180
I do wish Timbuktu Pro were a bit less expensive, yes. But despite all the open-source, VNC-based alternatives, Timbuktu still stands out as the most powerful and flexible way to see or control another computer over the Internet.
Price: $79 for iLife '08, which also includes iMovie, GarageBand, iWeb, and iDVD
With the photographs we all generate by the thousands using our digital cameras and camera phones, iPhoto is an essential part of any Mac users toolkit. Sure, its not the most powerful app for image editing, but for basic cataloging, sorting, sharing, and printing, its a marvel.
#30: Hotspot Shield
Two words: free VPN. If you ever connect to a public Wi-Fi network, you need this. Sure, you could pay lots of money to subscribe to a fancy commercial service, but Hotspot Shield gets the job done effectivelyat a price you cant beat.