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Open Source Software. Mac Freeware. One of the great things about having a Mac is being able to utilize the amazing amount of good freeware available.

Mac Freeware

Here are some free applications for you to try. I’ve listed my ten favorite freeware applications at the top followed by some very nice honorable mentions. Click on any of the application titles to visit the developer’s website. Be sure to check back for additions to this list and if you know of a good mac freeware application that I have overlooked leave me a comment or delicious me the link via for:franklindavis . The Ten Best Evernote: I’ve come to rely on Evernote more and more recently. Firefox: While Apple continues to improve its built in web browser Safari, Firefox is still the clear leader in open source browsing. Adium: Adium is the ultimate instant messaging application for Mac OS X! TextWrangler: Textwrangler is by far the leader in text editing. VLC: VLC media player is the swiss army knife of video playback. Cyberduck: Great little FTP client — and it’s free!

15 Freeware Apps. Below are 15 essential free applications for OS X.

15 Freeware Apps

Keep these apps handy on a CD or DVD for the next time you do a clean install—they’re that good. Where possible, we’ve checked for Leopard compliance. For more resources, make sure to check out the Mac shareware category. This single key launch application creates a catalog of frequently performed searches and tasks. Assign shortcut keys to frequently performed actions and frequently opened files, folders and applications. Some users even report that it works faster than Spotlight. iChat is a great way for Mac users to use AIM, but iChat gets a little hairier to use with Google Talk, MSN Messenger or other chat networks. Plenty of thoughtless, backward media creators still build their content in Windows-only formats like WMV and WMA. If you ever do any coding of any kind, check out TextWrangler.

The open source app Gimp allows both single image retouching a la Photoshop and batch image processing a la Photoshop Elements. General Software. There are a ton of websites out there that use Java and I recently ran into an issue where an applet would not load while I was using Chrome on OS X Lion.

General Software

I tried it on Safari and it didn’t work either! The same Java plugin was working a few days earlier and never […] So if you’ve just made the switch to Mac, you are likely enjoying the freedom and versatility that is offered by the Magic Trackpad. The gesture support for the trackpad makes navigating through OS X very fast and simple. However, you can also use the keyboard in combination with shortcuts to make Mac browsing even […] I recently stumbled upon an AppStore app titled Pocket Doorbell that has a rather unique, but simple function. QR codes are becoming increasingly popular as more and more people are buying and using smartphones. Here’s a simple post for newcomers to the iPhone or iPad family. Apple’s range of portable video media devices has expanded massively over the last few years. 25 Free Mac Apps That Will Boost Your Productivity - Smashing Magazine. Advertisement There are many applications that can help you work faster and efficiently.

25 Free Mac Apps That Will Boost Your Productivity - Smashing Magazine

Though, not many applications come cheap. For this post we tried to digg deep to find the best selection of free and/or open source Mac applications that will help you be a more efficient designer. We’re covering from application launchers, GTD (Getting Things Done) to design utilities that can help you focus on what’s important: create. 1. aLunch aLunch1 is a very lightweight but powerful application that does what it is supposed to do and nothing more: a handy launcher that runs from within the menu bar. aLunch helps you get all your apps organized and get an uncluttered dock. 2. Adobe’s Creative Suite 4 applications – Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Fireworks and Flash – have an Extension panel that connects directly to Kuler2, the web-hosted application for generating color themes. But you can also access the Kuler site from its own standalone application to get more flexibility. 3. 40 Apps Mac.