Freeware and Shareware for the Mac

A few days ago, I mentioned that I reinstalled all of my favorite mac applications. Here is a list of most of them. I’ve included links to the developer sites, whether the program is a Universal Binary (UB) or Power PC (PPC) and how much it costs as of today. I hope people find it useful.

AppZapper (UB; $12.95)— The best uninstaller for the Mac
Bookit (PPC; $12)— Isn’t it annoying having more than one browser? Bookit will sync all of your bookmarks between your browsers.
Booxter (UB; $19.99)— A great way to inventory all of your books. It has some nice features and is pretty cheap.
Carbon Copy Cloner (PPC only; Free/Donation)— Does one thing really well. It makes copies of hard-drives
ChronoSync (UB; $30)— The easiest way to backup on the Mac. A least until Time Machine comes out.
Coverflow (UB; Free/Donation) — A much more appealing interface than iTunes
Curio (UB; $39-$129)– Cool scrapbook like program. If you have a tablet then it is even better. You can paste a clip anywhere on the page and scribble notes everywhere. It’s a little expensive though.
DEVONagent (UB; $49.95)— A seriously powerful internet search tool
DEVONthink Pro (UB; $79.95)— I live in this program. It’s a notebook. It’s a web browser. It’s a smart database with a great AI. I keep all of my notes, code snippets, PDF’s and web archives in DTP. It’s one of those programs, that the more you use it, the more you can’t work without it. As a side note, you can get both DevonAgent and Devonthink together for a reduced price of $99.95.
DVD Imager (UB; Free)— Converts a ripped VIDEO_TS (see MacTheRipper) folder to a disk image. An excellent way to make your own DVD’s. What’s even cooler is that the author Laine Lee includes the sources code. It looks like it is mostly Applescript driven.
Ecto (UB; $17.95)— Blog editing software. I’m using right now. I’ve only used it for a few days, but I’m liking it. It might even be worth the $17.95 price tag. An easy to use interface with integration with iPhoto, iTunes and Amazon.
Google Earth (UB; Free)— The only way to waste time and not feel too guilty. It’s educational right?
Growl (UB?; Free)— A superb notification system for the Mac. It’s customizable and is supported by many applications.
HandBrake (UB; Free)— A nice app to convert DVD’s to other formats like those used on computers and portable video devices.
iBank (UB; $39.99)— Superb personal finance software. It’s pretty streamlined and easy to use. It’s not as feature packed as
iClip (UB; $19.95)— A nifty little clipboard manager. It has a nice interface and holds visual representations of the various clippings.
kip (UB; Free now by $49 later)— A fantastic way to keep your PDF files. The program stores PDF files and automatically uses the embedded text to create common tags for the documents. I print all of my internet related receipts to PDF files directly to kip (it is now called Yep for legal reasons). While it is free now, the developers warn that it will be $49 starting in September. Kind of a high price point. I’m not sure if I will be moving to the pay version or sticking with the free one.
Knox (UB; $29.95)— I used to store all of my bank statements, receipts, Tax returns and such right in my documents folder on my Powerbook. Then I read a story about a stolen iMac that scared the crap out of me. What if my laptop was stolen? Sure, I could replace the hardware and software, but someone would have ALL of my personal info. Then I found Knox. It creates an encrypted disk image that can grow and shrink as necessary. Just type your password and it opens right up. It also has Spotlight support for searching the disks when not mounted. I feel much better now.
MacTheRipper (PPC; Free) Rip those DVD’s! Creates VIDEO_TS folders with the appropriate VOB files. It’s not a great substitute for PC applications but it works.
OmniWeb (UB; $29.95)— An alternative browser to Safari. Somehow, the Omni group has managed to make a browser that is faster than Safari, but using the Webkit. It also has visual tabs with thumbnails and some really sweet ad and site filtering
OnyX (UB; Free)— Efficient system maintenance tool. This one does about everything. It cleans the caches and temp files. It does the daily, weekly and monthly maintenance scripts. I especially used this a lot with my Powerbook since. If you’re not aware, your computer must be on 24/7 for the maintenance scripts to be run by the system. Onyx lets you run them when you feel like it.
Path Finder (UB; $34.95)— A finder replacement that has some cool features. You can move files, Zip and un-Zip archives and view PDF and images directly. I bought a copy with Knox and saved some money.
Quicksilver (UB; Free)— This is one of those applications that I can not believe is not part of the OS (the next incarnation of Spotlight will have some of Quicksilver’s launching features). It is far more than a launcher. It has a huge number of plugins that allows it to integrate with services such as Mail, iTunes,, etc. You can also specify your own triggers kind of like quick keys. Not to mention, it has a terrific unobtrusive interface. It really has to be seen to be believed. There are several good resources to get a new user up and running with QS. Andrew’s Mac Tips, and 43 Folders have excellent tutorials.
RadioLover (UB; $15)— A little app for those that listen to internet radio a lot and hate the iTunes interface. Consider it an organizer for internet radio.
Service Scrubber (UB; Free/Donate)— Removes some of the less useful items in the services menu. I found if you trim down the services menu, it actually becomes valuable.
SuperDuper (UB; $27.95)— A nice way to make bootable copies of your hard disk.
Vienna (UB; Free)— The RSS reader I mentioned in a previous post. Straight forward and minimalistic. Also has Growl support to let you know when new articles arrive. Great development cycles for a free application.
VLC (Intel or PPC; Free)— The swiss army knife of video players. Can also play videos from a server.

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6 Responses to Freeware and Shareware for the Mac

  1. Miro says:

    Thanks for the list. I am new to Mac platform, and am little bit overwhelmed with the huge amount of software available.

    I am also considering DevonthinkPro, but was not sure whether OmniOutliner Pro would not be enough. What is your experience with OOPro ?



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  3. macgiver says:

    I’m glad you liked the list and welcome to the world of Macintosh. I don’t have much experience with Omni Outliner. The Omni group makes great software so I’m sure it’s the best of its kind. However, there is no comparison with Devonthink Pro. It is FAR more than an outliner. Consider it more of a personal database with a great AI for organizing and find info. Of course it can also be used as great outliner program too. I would donwload the trial versions of each and take them for a spin. I am sold on Devonthink Pro though. Good luck.

  4. […] I think every long time Mac user is friends with Quicksilver. In fact I list it as one of my favorite Freeware apps. I find it difficult to use a Mac that doesn’t have it installed. The claculator plugin for Quicksilver is extremely useful. To install it, go to the preferences for QS and check the box next to “Calculator Module” […]

  5. Wanted to thank you for the post and also with you a happy new year. I am trying to get more involved with some projects online but darn work keeps getting in the way hahaha. Happy New year!

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