As a new Mac owner, I had a lot of catching up to do when it comes to figuring out what applications will best suit my needs. Some are easy to figure out – the Adobe Creative Suite CS4 Master Collection, Microsoft Office 2008 Mac, iLife ’09 and iWork 09 were early acquisitions.

But then it came down to the nitty gritty. The little daily-use apps that help workflow, help me remember things, and generally get stuff done. So I turned to my friend Mike Tighe, a web developer in Calgary who I met when we were both working at Critical Mass. He’s a wealth of information and he didn’t disappoint when I asked him what applications I should download for my shiny new Mac. So without further ado, I give you Mike’s list of the best, the brightest, the all-time must-have Mac apps.

I have to say that I’ve not tried all of these apps just yet but the ones I have started using have been really useful. Below, I’ve added a few of my own favourite apps that weren’t in Mike’s list.

I couldn’t imagine really needing much more software than that … but if you guys can think of anything essential that I’m missing here, by all means, comment away. And by the way, thanks Mike!