By AN Jay on November 7, 2008

15 Free Tools For Mac OS X You Should Bookmark

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Today, we are going to write first post of its kind at SmashingApps. This is the post where we are listing out few great free tools for Mac Operating System, this is an exclusive post for our those readers who are the Mac users. But our other readers will also enjoy this post. Don’t forget to bookmark this post for your future reference as it has few most useful and free application that will be helpful for you when you are on your Mac system. This is absolutely a great list of 15 Free Tools For Mac OS X You Should Bookmark.

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Xe-IMG Image Editor

Xe-IMG Image Editor

Xe-IMG Image Editor is a standalone image editor for your Mac. It supports the following images formtats: PNG, JPG, BMP, GIF and SWF. Xe-IMG Image Editor allows yoy to edit photos, add effects, ,filters mask and after you’re finished you can save files as JPG, PNG, BMP etc.

Skim

Skim

Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file.

SuperDuper

SuperDuper

SuperDuper is the wildly acclaimed program that makes recovery painless, because it makes creating a fully bootable backup painless. Its incredibly clear, friendly interface is understandable, easy to use, and SuperDuper’s built-in scheduler makes it trivial to back up automatically.

The Unarchiver

The Unarchiver

The Unarchiver is a much more capable replacement for BOMArchiveHelper.app, the built-in archive unpacker program in Mac OS X. The Unarchiver is designed to handle many more formats than BOMArchiveHelper, and to better fit in with the design of the Finder.

Burn

Burn

With Burn you can burn five different kind of disks. With Burn you can burn Audio CDs and MP3 disks. With Burn you can burn three kind of images. Normal disk images, cue/bin images and toc images. And copy data disks.

Xee

Xee

Xee is useful as a more powerful replacement for Preview, or most any other image viewer available on Mac OS X. It is very fast, and uses less memory than most other image viewing tools.

Bean

Bean

Bean is a small, easy-to-use word processor or more precisely, a rich text editor, designed to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable.

Perian

Perian

Perian is the Swiss Army Knife for QuickTime, any OS X application that uses QuickTime can now use all the other common media types like DivX, XviD, mpeg4, AC3 audio and more.

RSSOwl

RSSOwl

Applications that collect data from RSS-compliant sites are called RSS readers or “aggregators.” RSSOwl is such an application. RSSOwl lets you gather, organize, update, and store information from any compliant source in a convenient, easy to use interface, save selected information in various formats for offline viewing and sharing, and much more.

Desktop Manager 

Desktop Manager

Desktop Manager is my own pet project to implement a (hopefully) easy to use virtual desktop manager for OS X. It will be useful to others. Simply run the app and a pager should appear in the status bar and on the desktop.

TwitterPod

TwitterPod

TwitterPod is Twitter client for Mac OS X. TwitterPod adoption of Core Data. So TwitterPod can store logs to database and search Twitter logs quickly like Mail.app.

Backboard

Backboard

Backpack is perfect for collecting notes and tasks. But I missed a dashboard-like overview over my tasks, reminders and calendar events and the possibility to edit and search them a bit more Mac-like

MindNode

MindNode

MindNode is an elegant and simple-to-use mindmapping application for the Macintosh. It was created with the user in mind and features a very simple and intuitive user interface that lets the user focus on expressing and developing ideas. Nearly no time is required to learn the interface.

Text2iPod

Text2iPod

Text2iPod X is a very easy Drag&Drop application that can make any text file viewable on an iPod without text size limitation! In version 1.1, the 32kb implementation limit has been resolved.

Deeper

Deeper

Deeper is a personalization utility for Mac OS X. Deeper allows you to enable and disable the hidden functions of Finder, Dock, Dashboard, Exposé, Safari, Login window and many Apple’s applications





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Comments

Superduper was mentioned, this was my preferred choice when using Tiger and never let me down, however when I upgraded to Leopard it took so long for Superduper to get updated for Leopard I had to find a replacement which was Carbon Copy Cloner again works a treat and is free.

the quality of this article is very low. low resolution photos, misspellings, and weird crudely built programs galore

The screenshot of The Unarchiver is actually Cyberduck, which is odd because CyberDuck isn’t even mentioned in the article.

Great tools. Thanks you very much !

Great article, outlined some good tools
Perian should be at the top though.
Maybe its just me but it seems like all the macintosh archiving utilities have really crappy icons for their associated files.
Im just used to the winrar logo on all my archived files though.

The screenshot of The Unarchiver is actually Cyberduck, which is odd because CyberDuck isn’t even mentioned in the article.

Text2iPod is also Journler (http://journler.com/)… One of the worst articles I have ever read.

Obviously this guy has never bother to learn how to use Preview. You can save a lot of space in your hard drive by not installing applications that replicate Apple’s own apps, as they will never work better than the originals.

Check a tutorial on how to use Preview and trip over…mate.

This is incredibly sloppy. The Text2iPod screenshot is actually a picture of Journler. (I see from the other comments that someone else has already mentioned this). The description of Desktop Manager is pulled straight from the app’s website, making it sound like it’s *your* pet project rather than *his* pet project — and heaven only knows what its accompanying screenshot is depicting. Not to mention that Spaces has supplanted a lot, though not all, of DM’s functionality in Leopard.

As someone else also mentioned, the Unarchiver screenshot is in fact Cyberduck.

From a subjective standpoint, RSSOwl doesn’t hold a candle to Vienna. It’s clunky Java and hasn’t been updated in a year. It’s like you took the first free RSS client you could find.

And, finally, a lot of these screenshots are from Puma- or Jaguar-era OS X. Things have come a long way in, uh, six years.

Tell you what: You should have saved your first post on Mac OS apps until someone with a modicum of competence could write it.

Wow, I did not realize there were so many cool apps around for MAC. I am impressed. Maybe it is time to make the swith!

Jess
http://www.anolite.echoz.com

The screenshot of The Unarchiver is actually Cyberduck, which is odd because CyberDuck isn’t even mentioned in the article.
Here we go!!

Okay, this is the worst article in Smashingapps. The author is definitely don’t know a thing about Mac application.

Carbon Copy Cloner is much better and its free!!!! bombich.com

Cyberduck != The Unarchiver

RSSOwl is a good tool.

WTF? is this blog run by robots? even spammmed comments are automatically approved ? what’s with the long lorem impsum ???
Ok… this is lame.

What a great collection of Mac tools!
Its cool to have some tips.
Good work.

thanks from tony

Seriously, this list was really bad. There are better choices for each kind of app out there

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Super Duper does everything except what I want it to. Author might have mentioned the difference between the free and not free functions. Not sure why Little Snitch says Super Duper must phone home every few minutes. Well, nothing lost except 20 minutes of my time.

I read about “must have” Mac applications every week. I have to wonder if there are kickbacks involved, as I’ve rarely found a useful app from such lists.

Someone should put LV out of our misery.

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This article was a waste of my time, I wouldnt use a single app from there, all crap!

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Great list. But Super Duper isn’t free. I prefer Carbon Copy Cloner anyway because it can backup over a network.

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You forgot about MacKeeper.
I’m not sure it is free, but at least it has Free trial and the software is very powerful.

I.e. it has my favourite photo recovery mac tool.

The link for TwitterPod seems to be dead.

I used Stellar Drive Tool Box instead of one-on-one Mac tools which has almost every utility for Mac optimization like Partitioning,cloning,formatting,Deleting,Creating partition,Scanning system everything which you want just in one pack….

Similar to above mention there is also Photo recovery software I would like to share which apple site Mac Photo Recovery instantly without acquiring any technical knowledge.
http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/system_disk_utilities/photorecoveryfordigitalmedia.html

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