One thing doing a clean install of your operating system does is remind you of which bits of software are most essential – the ones you can’t go long without missing.
Here’s the order in which I re-populated my Mac’s application folder:
- Starcraft II – the game that prompted the whole process
- iPhoto – for storage of digital ‘negatives’
- Quicksilver – application launcher and superior alternative to Spotlight
- TextMate – excellent text editor and coding tool
- Firefox – better than Safari, especially with AdBlock
- Skype – to keep in touch with phoneless friends
I will make note of when I install other vital apps, like Fetch (FTP program) and the indispensable Photoshop.
One distinctly nice thing about Mac OS is that, because I used Time Machine to backup and restore my user profiles, all my application preferences were preserved.