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This is a list i’ve compiled from many other lists on the Internet of what I feel are the to 10 Free Mac Apps any new Mac owner should be installing.
Evernote syncs notes and rich text documents to other Macs, iPhones, PC’s, iPads, and just about anything else, letting you keep crucial documents and data with you everywhere you go. This is perfect for managing notes and to-do lists, and it also functions wonderfully as a cross-platform clipboard that is accessible from anywhere. Evernote is quite simply one of the most useful Mac apps to exist and it’s pretty remarkable that it’s free. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or Android device too, don’t forget to get the mobile version of the app as well so you can access all of your data on the go as well.
Chrome is simply the best web browser for OS X, and any other platform for that matter. Sure, Safari is very fast, but once you open a handful of tabs Safari starts slowing down quick – you won’t experience that with Chrome. Chrome is fast, memory efficient, has simple Click-To-Pluginsupport, includes a built-in sandboxed Flash plugin (meaning if Flash crashes, your browser won’t go down with it), it syncs with Chrome on other devices, and it has a gigantic third party plug-in library to add even more features to it.
Unarchiver will open and extract virtually any archive format you can imagine or come across. Zip, rar, gzip, tar, bz2, exe, sit, 7zip, you name it, it’ll open it. With Unarchiver installed, you’ll never download something and be unable to decompress it again, making it quite simply one of the most useful little apps that you can have installed on any Mac.
At it’s core, Cyberduck is an FTP/SFTP app, but it can also connect to Amazon S3 buckets, WebDAV, and Google Drive, making it an excellent app for transferring files to remote servers of any type. Sure, OS X includes a simple built-in FTP client, but CyberDuck supports bookmarking, has as download manager, and is simply better. Cyberduck is $23 on the App Store, but guess what? You can still download it for free from the developers website. It’s a great app, don’t miss it.
Skype is a VOIP (Voice Over IP) client that lets you make phone calls and video calls from your Mac, and other than being widely used across the tech world, it’s invaluable for when your smartphone battery dies or you misplace your iPhone. It’s always free to call other Skype users, and using it to call any phone number – whether local or long distance – is generally much cheaper than any cell phone plan you can find. Skype has been around forever but that doesn’t diminish it’s usefulness a single bit, grab it and sign up for an account if you don’t have one yet, it’s too useful not to.
While the choice would be on my home Mac to use PathFinder on my work device I can’t do without the tabs and Xtrafinder adds the Windows functionality I need for Free. Offering Tabs, Dual Pane browsing, Full Path copying among its features it makes the Apple finder a far more useful system.
OnyX is a multifunctional utility for Mac OS X. It allows you to verify the startup disk and the structure of its System files, to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, to configure the hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, Spotlight, and of some of Apple’s own applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome and more.
Apple’s spotlight is an incredible app finder built into the OS however is tucked away there in the corner, Alfred builds on that functionality and provides you with an app launcher and search utility in its most basic of forms. Assigning a keystroke brings the launcher up on the screen and start typing to find items on the PC. When used with the powerpack the launcher can plug into searches with Amazon and Wikipedia to mention just a few external sites.
Converting video files to work across all devices used to be a complete pain, what sizes, codecs, containers do you use? Miro video convertor is designed to transcode video across multiple platforms quickly and easily. Rather than the more technical Handbrake interface the Miro app is more consumer friendly and has all the necessary codecs built in to do the predefined transcoding.
While Facebook may be the new IM there are still many friends and colleagues all over the internet on many different IM clients so having an IM client which speaks many systems is only ever a good thing. Adium attaches to Facebook Chat, MSN, Yahoo, Aol and several other systems. It is also heavily customisable and you can have your own Icon’s look and feel, notifications and sounds from Adium’s download portal.