Originally posted 2010-07-06 11:28:00.
We bought out 21.5” Apple iMac earlier this year and couldn’t be happier with it. As an avid lover of free software, I have been slowly accumulating free apps for various stuff for Mac OS X.
I was going to write a list of apps I use and was surprised when I came across this Lifehacker collection of Free Mac OS X apps. A lot of the apps I am using are in this list.
So here is a combined list of free Mac OS X Software
- QuickSilver – a Launchy like application launcher app that provides easy access to apps, files, iTunes, etc.
- Bean – Free alternative to editing Microsoft Word files. Open Office is a much more robust solution depending on your needs.
- Notational Velocity – Fast and free note taking app with search, tags, etc.
- TextWrangler – An easy to use and capable code editor
- Gruml – A free full featured Google Reader desktop client for Mac
- Firefox/Chrome – Very capable alternatives to Safari browser.
- Adium – A multi protocol instant messenger app (not so good with audio/video chat)
- CyberDuck – Client to upload/download files via FTP/SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3 and Google Docs
- Fluid – Create desktop-like apps for web apps complete witg Growl-notifications, Dock badges, etc.
- uTorrent/Transmission – Bit torrent clients
- Burn – A nice alternative to OS X’s built-in burning capabilities.
- The Unarchiver – Another nice alternative to to the built-in utility.
- Growl - Notification utlity that is beautiful as well as integrates with most applications
- Dropbox – One of the best file multi-OS sync utility with a generous referral program that can increase your free 2GB account.
- TrashMe – if you want to really clean up after deleting an app, TrashMe is your best friend.
- WineBottler – Drop any windows .exe file to install and run on Mac.
- VLC Player – Plays any media format you can throw at it. A must have.
- SeaShore – A lightweight photo editor for simpler tasks
- Picasa – If you don’t like iPhoto, Picasa is a great free alternative from Google
- Handbrake – One of the best video converter apps to make your media files compatible for various devices.
- Pinta – A multi-os photo editor with layer editing capabilities
Do you have a few free apps of your own, share it in the comments.
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