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My Essential Mac Freeware
Posted on Jan 18, 2011 - 3:13 PM
Software
Steve's list of essential mac freeware
all of this stuff definitely runs on Snow Leopard (10.7) and *should* run on Lion (10.8). Let me know if you find something that doesn't!

    system tools and utilities

    essentials:
    • Growl (popup notifications from apps):
    • Google Notifier (Google mail and calendar alerts)
    • DropCopy (local network file copy to other mac users) - I still like this, but haven't had another Lion user to test AirDrop with...
    • Grand Perspective (where *did* all my disk space go?)
    • AppCleaner (application remover)
    • DropBox (Cloud storage that syncs files on your computer)

    geeky stuff:
    • xMod (tweak hidden system prefs)
    • Warp (move between spaces with mouse)
    • iStumbler (wireless discovery tool)
    • iTerm (a nice terminal replacement)
    • iTerm2 (a better nice terminal replacement)
    • Name Mangler (bulk file renamer)

    quicklook plugins:

    communication

    essential:
    • Adium (multiple IM service client - similar to iChat)
    • Skype (internet calling, requires free account)

    geeky stuff:

    graphics

    • GIMP (graphics program a la Photoshop)
    • Seashore (mac-native alternative to the GIMP)
    • Inkscape (open source vector graphics editor)
    • Skitch (quick image editing and sharing)

    office

    • Google Docs (free web browser/cloud-based office suite)
    • LibreOffice (an off-shoot of OpenOffice - use this instead of OO!)

    development (all geeky)

    programming:
    web development (browser addons):

    multimedia

    • VLC (multi-format player)
    • Plex (media center)
    • Handbrake (DVD to MPEG-4 converter)
    • MactheRipper (another DVD extractor)
    • Burn (audio/video/data CD/DVD extractor and burner)
    • Audacity (audio editor)
    • Picasa (Photo editing and organising software from Google - an alternative to iPhoto)

    geeky:
    • Soundflower (Inter-application Audio Routing Utility)

    games

    • Quinn (Tetris)
    • Stella (Atari 2600 VCS Emulator)
    • VICE (Commodore 8-bit computer emulator)

    toys

    • MacSaber (turn your mac laptop into a lightsaber)
    • SeisMac (monitor seismic activity on your laptop)
Sites
Project Gutenberg

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What Steve's
Currently Reading


Peripheral, The
by William Gibson

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What Michelle's
Currently Reading


Worlds of Exile and Illusion
by Ursula K. Le Guin

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