I need to edit web pages and manage servers so I began looking for something a bit more productive than terminal.
I took the trial of BBEdit and decided to purchase it. TextMate was another possiblilty, but I liked the built-in ftp client the BBEdit has so I went with it for now. I may change in the future, although the TextMate forums indicated ftp client functionality was a top-requested update and it is still not available.
I need to log in and manage a server farm running a mix of RedHat and Ubuntu Linux, I chose iTerm for that. I still need to get the correct code for the delete/backspace key, but other than that annoyance it works quite well. Keeping connection information as favorites saves time as well.
I chose Transmit as my ftp program, I am used to the my-files-on-the-left and the server-files-on-the-right layout. I don’t like that it wants to choose ascii or binary based on the file extension as that is not always the proper choice, but I have added a few extensions through preferences and it seems to be working fine.
I use the Adobe reader a lot, Preview works fine too.
I use Openoffice.org v2 and have no need for any microsoft office programs. I have found only one problem with OO.org v2, and that has to do with updating and saving files in an encrypted sparseimage file. It hangs 100% of the time. Moving the file out of the sparseimage file is all that’s required. It is a nuisance but I want to ensure security of certain files at all times and the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.