This is just a list of the software that I install on any Mac that I’m working on, Avids included.
- Alfred: easy keyboard-based application and macro access. I used to use Quicksilver but development on it stalled
- Growl: provides nice, discreet notifications for software running in the background (email checkers, FTP clients, my [intlink id=”35″ type=”post”]Automator backup script[/intlink])
- jEdit: full-featured free text editor, since TextEdit is a joke. jEdit also supports regular expression search/replace, which has saved me countless hours over the years. bbEdit, TextMate, or similar are also good options.
- Chrome : I like Chrome for my browser, but FYI Avid’s manual doesn’t work in it, so sometimes I have to open Safari.
- Quicktime Pro : Probably being phased out, but still useful if you have the choice.
- DVD Studio Pro: Easy and full-featured DVD creation, but not available for purchase any longer. Hope you bought Final Cut Studio before FCPX came out.
- Name Mangler, or similar file renaming software. This lets you rename a batch of files according to [intlink id=”171″ type=”post”]regular expressions[/intlink], numeric sequences, and other conditions.
- Dropbox : Great for putting your Avid project into if you’re a one-man show. On bigger shows with multiple Editorial locations I use it to pass individual bins back and forth between myself and other assistant editors