Open Source and FREE Must Have Mac Applications
Okay so I already covered some cool Mac Applications that I use and like but some of you wanted some cheaper alternatives... meaning FREE or Open Source. So here's a compiled list of some really great Mac Free / Open Source software to check out. All 25 of them! If you know of any other great one's feel free to comment here!
Vienna The folks who brought us one of the best freeware newsreader for the mac have just launched version 2! Vienna allows you to subscribe to Atom/RSS news feeds and podcasts using a simple interface with everyones featured flavor of the moment: tabbed browsing. There's also blogging integration, three separate reading layouts and a lot more! Download Vienna here.
FireFox 2 Probably the best all around browser. Some might disagree but I really do like FireFox 2! So many cool features like reopening your windows to where you left off and a slew of plugins to extend it. Get FireFox 2 now!
Shiira Shiira is a web browser written in Cocoa. Since this is the same rendering engine used by Safari, HTML content rendered by Shiira will look the same as in Apple's own browser. The goal of the Shiira Project is to create a browser that is better and more useful than Safari. This browser is pretty nifty if you like eyecandy! It features exposé windowing, Page Dock, a shelf and other unique browser features. Get Shiira here.
Cyberduck Cyberduck is an open source FTP and SFTP (SSH Secure File Transfer) browser that is constantly being updated and refined by it's author David V. Kocher. It's really come a long way since I first started using it. Universal Binary. Download Cyberduck here.
iTerm If you're tired of Apple's Terminal or just want more flexibility such as tabbed windows, and transparent windows look no further. iTerm is a full featured terminal emulation program written for OS X using Cocoa with complete VT100 emulation. Download iTerm here.
Transmission is a free, lightweight BitTorrent client. It features a simple, intuitive interface on top on an efficient, cross-platform back-end.
Get Transmission here.
Adium is a free instant messaging application for Mac OS X that can connect to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more.
Get Adium here.
This is a one trick pony but sometimes thats just the thing you need. For those of you who have migrated away from iCal and over to Google Calendar this might be just what you need. GCal is a Google Calendar Client that ONLY displays the Google Calendar and nothing else.
Get GCal here.
Google Notifier for Mac
The Google Notifier is an application that shows you alerts in your menu bar, so you can see when you have new Gmail messages or upcoming Google Calendar events without having to open a web browser. I use this everyday since I want an audible sound when new mail hits my Gmail account or if an event is about to take place in my Google Calendar. Also good if you have 2 Gmail accounts.
Get Google Notifier for Mac here.
Google Reader Notifier This is software that displays the unread items of your Google Reader account. Has Growl Support! Google Reader Notifier
This is probably the first thing app you should download if you need a little more than just burning discs on your mac. Burn does data, audio, video, http://macnewsblog.com/images, cue/bin, and toc. And that bright Red icon is really pretty!
Get Burn here.
LiquidCD LiquidCD is a freeware for burning CDs and DVDs built for Mac OS X. It also does data backup and allows you to make picture discs. Get LiquidCD here.
Graphics and Design
Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X. If you can't afford to get Illustrator, why not give this app a try?
Get InkScape here.
Gimpshop is a Gimp modification that features menu layouts and naming conventions similar to those in Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop users should feel right at home using Gimpshop. Whats more, GimpShop has a kooky looking dog icon and it's Open Source.
Get GimpShop here.
Linotype FontExplorer X This is so good I can't believe it's free! FontExplorer X is a font management software that allows you to group your fonts and add them as you need them. It also has a type previewer as well as many other utilities for those of you in graphics/design. Download FontExplorer X here.
For Your iPod
This app will get the tunes out of your iPod for you.
Get YamiPod here.
Senuti is a simple application for transfering songs from your iPod back to your computer. It also allows you to copy your playlists and play music from the interface.
Get Senuti here.
Allows you to mount your iPod like a disk on your Mac's desktop and copy things from and to it.
Get iPodDisk here.
Audio and Video Stuff
Windows Media® Components for QuickTime, by Flip4Mac™
This will allow you to play .wmv and .wma right in your browser. I'm glad it's free because I don't want to give Microsoft a dime.
Get Flip4Mac Windows Media Components
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. Whew!
Get VLC here.
MPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems (see the documentation). It plays most MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files, supported by many native, XAnim, and Win32 DLL codecs. You can watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5 and even WMV movies. Yeah mon!
Get mPlayer here.
I had a problem with some FLAC audio files someone gave me. Nothing could play these files until I found Max. Max converts audio into 20 formats including: MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, Apple Lossless, Monkey's Audio, WavPack, Speex, AIFF, and WAVE.
Get Max here.
Democracy Think of this app as an RSS feed reader for videos. Theres a directory of video and a great player on top of that. Get Democracy here.
Paparazzi Paparazzi! is a small utility for Mac OS X that makes screenshots of webpages.Big deal you say? Well what if you want a screenshot of the entire webpage and not just what you can see on your screen? Paparazzi does the job! Get Paparazzi here.
Minuteur Minuteur is an egg timer and a stopwatch. The intention was to have a timer which is simple and immediate in use. You'll be surprised how many uses you'll get out of this app. I use it to time my laundry. Get Minuteur here.
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