21 Essential Free Applications For Your MacJuly 21st, 2008
There are many quality free applications on Mac OS X that Mac users use them on a daily basis. List here are what we considered the 21 essential free downloads for the Mac, chosen from a variety of application category. We provide the URL link to the software, making this checklist handy for your new Mac or when you are doing a clean install of Mac OS X.
Connect to multiple instant messaging platforms with one software. Supports AIM, MSN Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, iChat, MySpace IM etc.
Software that removes extra preference and config files when uninstalling app. The ‘uninstaller’ for Mac OS X. Apple does not make one.
A popular open source audio editor.
A highly regarded IRC chat client. Available for iPhone and iPod touch as well.
FTP and SFTP client. One alternative to Cyberduck is FileZilla.
A must-have browser for some. Apple Safari is fine for many others.
Plug-in for QuickTime to enable the playback of WMV/WMA files.
8. Google Earth
Explore and zoom in to view satellite pictures of beautiful planet earth.
System wide notification system that is used by many applications such as Adium and NetNewsWire.
Convert DVD to MPEG-4 video file. Presets available to output to iPhone, iPod, PS3 and AppleTV.
CD ripper and audio format converter that support much more audio formats than iTunes such as Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, and Monkey Audio.
The best open source Office suite for the Mac. Based on OpenOffice.org.
Popular and fast RSS reader. Version available for iPhone and iPod touch.
Must have plug-in for QuickTime in order to play a wider range of audio/video codecs.
A popular extensible application launcher to increase your productivity.
Tetris on your Mac. Try out Klondike Forever if you miss Solitaire.
The best internet calling software, with the best video chat on the Mac.
Powerful general purpose text editor. Use it in place when your need is more than TextEdit.
A light-weight bit torrent client. An alternative is the program Azureus.
20. The Unarchiver
Universal unarchiver for ZIP, RAR, TAR, 7-ZIP etc. UnRarX is an alternative if you deal mainly with RAR files.
VLC media player that supports large number of multimedia formats including MPEG, MP4, 3GP, DIVX, WMV, MKV, FLV (Flash eg YouTube), OGG, FLAC etc. Use VLC along with QuickTime+Perian+Flip4Mac for all your multimedia playback need.