Free Mac Software

Below is a list of freely available software that I would recommend for all Mac users.

Must Haves

  • Alfred – If you install nothing else, install this.  Alfred makes it easy for typers to find applications, folders, etc.
Utilities
  • f.lux – Save your eyes at night
  • OmniDiskSweeper – A simple utility to find where you’re using all your disk space.
  • SuperDuper! – A great disk cloning utility.  The free version is quite useable for the occasional backup.  You’ll want to purchase the full version if you’re going to use it heavily.
  • TechTool Delux
  • Tunnelblick – Great open source VPN client for OSX.  Unobtrusive and very functional.
  • coconutBattery – Found out the health of your battery
  • The Unarchiver – Great add-on to support additional compression formats (rar, etc.)
  • iOS Backup Extractor – Simple utility to get all your files (like voicemails) out of your iTunes backup
Graphics
  • Gimp – A great free image editor
  • Seashore – Seashore takes core parts of the Gimp and brings it into OSX’s native look and feel.  Note that while quite useable, it’s not as complete as the Gimp.
  • Skitch – A Simple photo annotation utility.  Create arrows, fun doodles, etc.
Productivity
  • Evernote – A great way to sync notes, images, etc. between all your devices
  • OmniDazzle – A simple utility to highlight certain areas of the screen.  Great for presentations or just entertainment.
Finance
  • GnuCash – Relatively simple open source finance tracking application.  The only personal finance tool I’ve seen (free or commercial) that really makes use of double-entry accounting.
Media
  • VLC – While Quicktime Player is quite nice, sometimes you it doesn’t understand some files.  VLC is usually the answer.
Medical
  • OsiriX – If you’ve got digital XRays or MRIs, this free utility will let you view it

Miscellaneous

  • Google Earth – Take of a virtual tour of the big blue dirt ball
  • uTorrent – A tiny, no-nonsense bit torrent client

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