Best Free OSX Applications – Must Have Mac Programs

Published Friday, December 12, 2008 5:23 PM

Here is my list of the best free programs that I have found for the Mac OSX. These programs are awesome and you should get everyone of them. Okay on with the show. 

 

Adium – Great little application that’s a multi-client instant message software. The skins are customizable and it works with all your IM names and accounts. One of the cons of the software is that you can’t use any video or sound features like some other IM programs. I think it’s a great program however and I can’t live without it.

Website: http://www.adiumx.com/


Skype – Skype is what I use to videoconference and audio chat with my friends. The Video chat features work a lot better than ichats. I have been really pleased that I have been able to connect with people and video chat with them when I havn’t been successful with ichat.

website:  http://www.skype.com/download/skype/macosx/


VLC Player – This is a great media player that works well and will play just about any media file. It is really powerful and is worth the download. It will allow you to watch your videos in full screen unlike quicktime unless you have the pro edition. VLC will play more media types then quicktime too.

Website: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html

Cyberduck
– FTP program that will manage your FTP connections. I like this application because it’s simple and easy to use and it’s free.

Website: http://cyberduck.ch/


Chicken of VNC – VNC program that allows you to remotely login and control your computer remotely. It’s a very light program that doesn’t have that many features but hey it works and it’s free.

Website: http://sourceforge.net/projects/cotvnc/

AppZapper – This program will ensure that all the files associated with a program gets deleted when you delete the program. All you have to do is drag the application into the window and Zap it takes care of the whole family if you know what I mean.

Website: http://www.appzapper.com/

Update: I just found out that Appzapper is no long free that it's like $12 and the download able version only lets you zap 5 programs and then it stops working.


FireFox – Best browser is the universe get it love it. NOW!

Website: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/

Perian – Plugin that gives Quicktime the muscle to play many more kinds of video. Like that of the fallowing.
    • MS-MPEG4 v1 & v2
    • DivX
    • 3ivx
    • H.264
    • Flash Video
    • Flash Screen Video
    • VP6
    • H263I
    • VP3
    • HuffYUV
    • ffvhuff
    • MPEG-1 & 2 Video (in supported formats)
    • Fraps (up to v4)
    • Windows Media Audio v1 & v2
    • Flash ADPCM
    • Xiph Vorbis (in Matroska)
    • MPEG Layer I and II audio
    • DTS Coherent Acoustics audio
    • Snow wavelet video
    • DosBox video
    • Nellymoser ASAO audio

Website: http://www.perian.org/


TubeTV – Lets you extract and convert the videos on YouTube to Mpg, M4V or whatever you want. Great tool if you want to download the videos from YouTube.

Website: http://www.chimoosoft.com/products/tubetv/

Senuti – This great little application lets you copy music of an iPod. Its great because you don’t have to sync the device with the computer. Just plug it in and let senuti’s itunes like environment do the work. It use to be free but now its $18 bucks or a 30 free trial.

Website: http://www.fadingred.com/senuti/

 


Text Wrangler – For people that develop websites and need to store and manipulate code its great to have an application that can color-code the code for you. It will do this for many languages which is useful.  

Website: http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/

Tinker Tool – This tool will allow you to activate options that are built into OSX but have no controls for changing them. For example it allows you to show hidden files. Check this program out it’s awesome.

Website: http://www.bresink.de/osx/TinkerTool.html

Handbrake - Lets you turn a DVD movie into a video file like .Mov or .M4V. The program has presets for iphone and apple tv and other devices. Awesome application.

Website: http://handbrake.fr/

 

MactheRipper  - This program lets you " backup your dvd collection" to your computer. It allows you to rip DVDs and which them allows you to burn them to another disk.

 

website: http://www.mactheripper.org/

OpenOffice - Open office is a open source office pack kind of like Microsoft's office suite but it's free and you can get it for mac at this website.

 Wedsite:  http://www.openoffice.org/

Azureus - Azureus is a bit torrent if you want to be bad and download all your illigal music and movies this program will get it done for you. Of course there are a lot of legal materal on bit torrents as well so it's worth having even if you don't want to download illigal things. 

wedsite:http://azureus.sourceforge.net/

 

 

If you think I left an application out that you think should be on the list leave me a comment and let me know about it.

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