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21 Free Apps For Mac OS X That Are Absolutely Useful

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  1. Shevonne says:

    I currently use Cyberduck, but iClock and Paparazzi sound promising. I wonder what is the difference between the current Mac screenshot function and Paparazzi is though? Is it more like PC’s SnagIt?

  2. Mark says:

    Some great apps here. Couple of new ones I’ll be testing out.

  3. John Davis says:

    wOW, TRULY AMAZING INDEED!

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  4. mark says:

    @shevonne
    I think Paparazzi takes a picture of the whole page, not just what’s viewable on the screen at the time. if you used the built in screen cap util, all you’d get is the visible part of the page, you’d have to scroll down and take another picture to get it all (not sure if SnagIt works the same way).

    actually it made the pick of the week at macosxhints:

    http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20060712064929281

  5. Cool list of useful applications thanks.

  6. Todd says:

    I couldn’t live without OnyX and ServiceScrubber! Two very useful utilities.

  7. Torley says:

    Elegant compilation! Thanks for sharing this. For taking screenshots of webpages, I generally like the Firefox add-on called Abduction. Alas, it chokes on really big pages, so LittleSnapper and Skitch have been coming in handy.

    Does anyone know an app that does what Sizer does on Windows? That is, it allows a window to be resized to specific (pixel) dimensions? And it shows a window’s dimensions live as you grab the resize handle and move it around? I haven’t found anything like this for Mac yet, but it seems like it’d be terribly useful. BIG thanks if you can help me! =D

  8. Ellen says:

    You left out my favorite – SnapNDrag. I use it to take screenshots of documents to paste into presentations.

  9. I use Paparazzi tons and love it. To each his own.

  10. Tan The Man says:

    Nice. Great list…

  11. Doug says:

    this is by far the most useless list i have come across…and the article is also very poorly written

  12. mortgage says:

    Very nice list, only application I was using off this list was Cyberduck and I like it a lot. Going to try out some of these apps you mentioned, I am new to mac so this was a nice post. Thanks

  13. iClockr is awesome, it definitely helped be become more productive.

  14. Brian says:

    Thanks to your color-scheme, I can’t read your fucking text. I’m only mildly colorblind too. Way to go.

  15. Colin says:

    Awesome list! i’m a big fluidtunes fan so i’d probably throw that in as well.

  16. Andrew says:

    What no quicksilver???? thats the best mac app I have found to date! http://www.blacktree.com/

  17. Timothy says:

    Nice post.

    But it appears that you have been comment spammed (scammed?).

  18. Rob Young says:

    iSyncit is a useful little application to sync your devices over bluetooth without having to launch iSync and enable bluetooth etc. – http://digitalpardoe.co.uk/software/show/1

  19. Andrew says:

    Personally I prefer Skitch for screen shots. It also does an excellent job cropping specific sections of pages. Yes, it’s free.

    http://plasq.com/skitch

  20. Jeremy says:

    just fyi: this page is very buggy/hard to read in chrome. some useful apps here, but a lot of them seem like they don’t add a whole lot of value for having an entire app just for that function. worth reading though.

  21. This is really good! I found at least 3 new apps that I’m installing as we speak

  22. Dorian says:

    I agree with Andrew, no quicksilver?!
    Secondly, Witch isn’t free or open source.

  23. stib says:

    butler and Virtue desktop manager are the first things I install

  24. bizimle says:

    I think Paparazzi takes a picture of the whole page, not just what’s viewable on the screen at the time. if you used the built in screen cap util, all you’d get is the visible part of the page, you’d have to scroll down and take another picture to get it all (not sure if SnagIt works the same way).

  25. Lost Guy says:

    mangler looks super useful. I hate having to rename lots of files

  26. Emrah Omuris says:

    I really can’t believe you left Adium out of this list.

  27. rent a car says:

    he Parrots top all for me. Very nice

  28. JP says:

    Are you REALLY going to leave out Quicksilver? Your comment about Namely that “it doesn’t require any learning” not only shows your dislike towards QS, but it would also get your knuckle’s slapped with a metal ruler by my 4rd grade English teacher.

    I’m sorry that you weren’t able to master Quicksilver’s complicated “press two buttons at the same time” command.

    NetNewsWire is pretty good though. In the future you should stick to top 10 lists.

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  30. Wonderful list of useful applications. Thanks.

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  33. Great post, these are really cool mac apps!!
    Thanks for sharing!

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