Run Windows on Mac OS X with no reboot!“What are the most important Mac apps of all time? This is my list of 28 Mac apps of historical and popular notoriety,” Ron McElfresh writes for Mac360. “Part #1 lists the top 14 apps from Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe. Part #2 lists the top 14 apps from 3rd party app developers who have helped make the Mac what it is today.”

“The first difficulty in creating such a list is knowing what doesn’t belong and why,” McElfresh writes. “The second difficulty in creating an all Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe list is prioritizing—which apps had or have the greatest impact. Frankly, prioritizing was the most difficult of the two tasks.”

The top 14 apps from Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe:
14 – Final Cut Pro
13 – Fireworks and Dreamweaver
12 – Filemaker Pro
11 – Terminal
10 – iPhoto
9 – Illustrator
8 – QuickTime
7 – Safari
6 – Flash
5 – PageMaker
4 – Microsoft Word
3 – Microsoft Excel
2 – Photoshop
1 – iTunes

Explanations here.

The top 14 apps not from Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe:
14 – Transmission
13 – 1Password
12 – NetNewsWire
11 – Stuffit
10 – Handbrake
9 – Transmit
8 – Skype
7 – BBEdit
6 – Firefox
5 – SuperDuper! & Carbon Copy Cloner
4 – Quicken
3 – WebKit
2 – Flip4Mac
1 – Parallels, VMware Fusion, & Boot Camp

Explanations here.

MacDailyNews Take: Eudora, Netscape Navigator, GraphicConverter… It’s tough to make a list like this, but Flip4Mac at #2? Wha?