Besides Scrivener which is by far the best “Golden Nugget” around, I am curious as to what your “Golden Nugget” is.
By saying Golden Nugget I mean that little application that is a must have in your inventory. The one where if you were doing a fresh install of the OS this would be your first little application that you have to have on y our computer.
I have lots of software ‘toys’ that I enjoy, but the ones I first put on a writing laptop, for instance, are Scrivener, WriteRoom, and Adobe Acrobat (for my research). I also set up my peripherals: scanners, printers, etc.
When I recently set up my Eee PC, first thing I did was set up my wireless, then I put JDarkRoom on it (since I can’t use Scrivener or WriteRoom) and kind of set up Open Office (it’s ok, but not great). I had trouble connecting to my printer (that’s on an Airport Express) so that I put off until a couple of days ago, after doing some research. This time I figured it out in just a minute, so now all is set up the way I want it.
Oh, yeah, I should probably mention my love/hate relationship with Solitaire, a program I remove and put back more times than I care to admit.
You’ll probably think I’m an utter geek for this, but if I get a new computer that doesn’t have vim installed, I install it myself as soon as I have a net connection. Luckily, OS X is based on FreeBSD, and includes vim by default. When I’m given a new Windows box at work, however, or if I have to use a disk image to reset my PC to its “factory default” state, Vim is the first app I install. For people who aren’t into Unix, vim is based on vi, an ancient text editor written by Bill Joy in 1976. I learned it in college (along with Unix), and have come to regard any computer that doesn’t have it as crippled.
Vim rocks. I have registered TextMate too (for which I wrote a python/py.test plugin). MacVim seems to be an amazing piece of work. If you haven’t tried it you should. It’s not 100% yet but it’s a very very very good application and quite Mac like.
LaunchBar and, to a lesser extent, PathFinder are my must-haves.
The list of stuff that I install immediately after installing a clean OS and use regularly is a bit longer, but those are the two that I’d miss the most (as in try to use them without thinking about it before I remembered they weren’t there).
I’ve started using VooDooPad and I must adjust I’m finding it both insanely powerful and very flexible. I’m using it to help me world-build and it looks like it could easily replace my current toolkit (mediawiki).
I’m only using the lite version at present but will probably end up going pro so I can categorise my content and use the webserver.