By AN Jay on January 6, 2009

21 Free Apps For Mac OS X That Are Absolutely Useful

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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 21 Free Apps For Mac OS X That Are Absolutely Useful.

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Name Mangler

Name Mangler

Name Mangler is a batch file renamer that supports all common renaming tasks: Find and Replace (including support for regular expressions); Number Sequentially; Change Case; Set Extension; Add Prefix/Suffix; Remove/Insert Characters.

Backdrop

Backdrop

Backdrop is a simple utility to fill your screen with a giant blank window. Fill the window with a solid color or a custom image, your choice.

Service Scrubber

Service Scrubber

With Service Scrubber, you can restructure the services menu, change service keyboard shortcuts, disable and re-enable services.

iClockr

iClockr

iClockr is focused to show you a simple way to track your time.

EverSave

EverSave

EverSave is a clever tool which allows you to save all of your documents – if possible – in a specific time interval or by changing the frontmost application.

SyncMate

SyncMate

SyncMate FREE Edition is a perfect solution for information management. It is easy-to-use synchronizer for Mac and Pocket PC, that will help you keep all your documents, text messages, contacts, calendar entries and events and other stuff well organized.

Paparazzi

Paparazzi

Paparazzi is a small utility for Mac OS X that makes screenshots of webpages. This will help you to temporary access to the WebView for username/password info, so capture of pages behind a required login is now possible.

AppFresh

AppFresh

AppFresh helps you to keep all applications, widgets, preference panes and application plugins installed on your Mac up to date. All from one place, easy to use and fully integrated into Mac OS X.

NetNewsWire

NetNewsWire

NetNewsWire has a familiar three-paned interface and can fetch and display news from thousands of different websites and weblogs.

Pref Setter

Pref Setter

Pref Setter is an application used to edit plist (Property LIST) files, geared towards viewing / editing Mac OS X’s preference files. Very useful for setting those “hidden” preference settings that aren’t available directly in an application.

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.

OnyX

OnyX

OnyX allows you to verify the Startup Disk and the structure of its System files, run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, onfigure some hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, QuickTime, Safari, Mail, iTunes, Login window, Spotlight, and many of Apple’s applications.

Witch

Witch

Witch lets you access all of your windows by pressing a shortcut and choosing from a clearly arranged list of window titles.

Cyberduck

Cyberduck

Cyberduck is an open source FTP, SFTP, WebDAV and Amazon S3 browser for the Mac. It features an easy to use interface that allows to toggle between bookmarks and the browser outline view.

Syrinx

Syrinx

Syrinx is a fully customizable twitter client designed for Leopard.  Syrinx is built from two ideals efficient workflow and customization.

Visual NetTools

Visual NetTools

Visual NetTools is a set of network scanning, security, and administrator tools for Apple Mac useful in diagnosing networks and monitoring your computer’s network connections.

Deeper

Deeper

Deeper allows you to enable and disable the hidden functions of Finder, Dock, Dashboard, Safari, Login window and many Apple’s applications.

Burn

Burn

Namely

Namely

Namely is possibly the fastest way to open applications. And unlike some other launchers, it doesn’t require any learning.

Punakea

Punakea

Punakea is a little app trying to help you cope with the day-to-day struggle of managing your files. Designed to complement Spotlight, it allows you to tag your files and bookmarks.





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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?

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

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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

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Cool list of useful applications thanks.

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

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

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

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

Nice. Great list…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nice post.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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butler and Virtue desktop manager are the first things I install

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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).

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

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

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he Parrots top all for me. Very nice

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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Wonderful list of useful applications. Thanks.

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