Great idea for an experiment over at the Brooks Review, asking us in what order we’d purchase the apps we already use if we had to start over from scratch. I’m more than happy to oblige with mine:
1. Mobile Me (Technically a service, but it’s the first thing I arrange on every new computer and iOS device I purchase and I use it each day.)
2. Mars Edit
4. Windows 7 (I use it , with bootcamp, like I would an app)
5. Adobe LIghtroom
6. Photomatix Pro
8. BB Edit
9. iWork (1.iWork 2.Keynote 3.Numbers)
10. Disk Warrior
11. Daisy Disk
Also, honorary mention to both Transmission and Handbrake. Althought technically free, they would be right up there at the top of the list.
Fun, simple little thought experiement, you should give it a try.