Top 40 Most Useful, Free Mac OS X Softwares

Here are a list of 40 freewares that I dug up from all around the web, tested and reviewed. All that are listed here are pretty useful if you ask me. Each of the listed are free to download and use. If you see something you like, just download it and try it out yourself.

  1. Apple Boot Camp
  2. Boot Camp is a new technology that lets you install and run Windows on your Mac. If you have an Intel-based Mac computer and would like to try Boot Camp, you can download the public beta today.

  3. AppleJack
  4. AppleJack is a user friendly troubleshooting assistant for Mac OS X. With AppleJack you can troubleshoot a computer even if you can’t load the GUI, or don’t have a startup CD handy. AppleJack runs in Single User Mode and is menu-based for ease of use.

  5. Burn
  6. Burn is an application to burn most common disks: data disks, audio disks (mp3, audio cd), video disks (VCD, SVCD, DVD-Video, DivX), images and disk copy.

  7. Butler
  8. Designed to make it easier for users to perform different potentially recurring tasks. Customize and assign triggers to a task. Butler is very flexible and feature rich in terms of triggers and tasks. Start using it and discover the features one day at a time.

  9. Chicken of the VNC
  10. A fast, lightweight Virtual Network Computer (VNC) client for Mac OSX that allows you to display and interact with a remote computer screen. In other words, you can use Chicken of the VNC to interact with a remote computer as though it’s right next to you.

  11. Carbon Copy Cloner
  12. Easy-to-use backup/cloning utility. Other features include synchronization, scheduled tasks, creating disk images on the fly, and creating NetBoot and Apple Software Restore-prepared image sets from fully customized installations of Mac OS X.

  13. ClamXav
  14. ClamXav is a free virus checker for Mac OS X. It uses the tried, tested and very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end.

  15. Cyberduck FTP
  16. Cyberduck is a graphical open source FTP and SFTP client for Mac OS X licensed under the GPL. It supports FTP/TLS (FTP secured over SSL/TLS), using AUTH TLS as well as uploading and downloading by drag and drop and is able to synchronize files and directories. In addition, it is also able to open some files in external text editors. Cyberduck includes a bookmark manager and supports the Mac OS X Keychain and Bonjour networking.

  17. Desktop Manager
  18. Virtual desktop manager for the Mac OS X. You can have any number of named virtual ‘screens’ (up to available memory) to arrange your programs on.

  19. FinderPop
  20. A classic Mac utility, now a prefpane for OS X. FinderPop is a Universal Preference pane that extends OS X’s contextual menus using a FinderPop Items folder much as the Apple Menu Items folder used to do for the Apple menu.

  21. iGetter
  22. iGetter is Safari’s download manager replacement. Doesn’t take up too much resources and is easy to use. It greatly improves your download speed by using segmented downloading. You can also schedule downloads for low traffic periods, auto resume broken downloads, shut down on completion, etc.

  23. ImageWell
  24. ImageWell is the easy way to edit, rotate, crop, and resize your image and upload it to your iDisk (.mac account), FTP server, or WebDAV server. No need to launch multiple applications to add text, labels, thought clouds, talking balloons, drop shadows, watermarks, and shapes.

  25. iWebMore
  26. This lets you easily and quickly add features to sites created in iWeb that would be difficult to add without this utility. This is the dig for the iWeb developer. Embed HTML in your iWeb pages and finally have those flash animations, applets and google ads on the website.

  27. iWillQuit
  28. This is sure to save your laptops hard drive. If you have a network in your house, schedule it to download files at night so as to not slow down others using the network or to keep your VOIP working without delay. Apple’s scheduler will not shut down/sleep while there is an internet radio stream, but iWillQuit does. iWillQuit works just as it said it does, shuts down, sleeps, etc.

  29. Linotype FontExplorer X
  30. Font sorting, font shopping and font discovery are now more fun than ever. FontExplorer X gives computer users all the font functions they could need, and lets them decide how deeply they wish to dive into various font themes.

  31. MainMenu
  32. MainMenu will run all the various tools and scripts and system maintenance routines to keep your Mac running smoothly right from your menu bar. It will rebuild your Spotlight library for faster searching, repair permissions, clean caches to improve application performance, etc.

  33. Max
  34. Max is an application for creating high-quality audio files in various formats, from compact discs or files. Look nowhere else to meet your needs in handling a wide range of codecs and other audio tools. Sbooth, the developer, is the leader of a community that cares deeply about high-quality audio on the Mac, and he has forums that are a key site for knowledge about Mac audio.

  35. MenuMeters
  36. MenuMeters is a set of CPU, memory, disk, and network monitoring tools for Mac OS X.

  37. Namely
  38. A very good application launcher that is really easy to use, doesn’t need much resources, and doesn’t get in the way when you don’t need it, which is nice. Namely is actually faster than Spotlight in application launching and you can choose your favourite aqualicious color too so it matches the Spotlight menu or your desktop very nicely.

  39. OnyX
  40. It allows you to run misc tasks of system maintenance, to configure some hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, Dashboard, Exposé, Safari, Login window and of some of Apple’s own applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, to see the detailed info of your configuration, to preview various logs and CrashReporter-reports, to check the Preferences files and more.

  41. Perian
  42. With Perian, 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, etc.

  43. PTHPasteboard
  44. PTHPasteboard is one of those applications which expands the functionality of copy and paste. It does this by allowing you to copy many things without having to paste them straight away; making good use of multiple ‘pasteboards’ which store everything you copy. Using this application means you never have to worry about losing anything you’ve copied ever again!

  45. Service Scrubber
  46. Wouldn’t the services menu be much more useful if it weren’t overcrowded by services you never even thought of using? With Service Scrubber, you can restructure the services menu, change service keyboard shortcuts or disable services. It also lets you deactivate, activate, reorder, rename and redefine the keyboard shortcuts for all the entries in the services menu. It does this in a way that is pretty much foolproof so you can always revert.

  47. SharePoints
  48. SharePoints is an application or a preference pane that makes it easy to add and delete share points like in the old Finder. In Mac OS X, by default, you are limited to sharing only what is in your public folder in your home directory. This program makes it easy to share any folder. In addition SharePoints also brings back users and groups management to Mac OS X as well as easy configuration of AppleFileServer (AFS) and Samba (SMB) Server properties.

  49. Sizzling Keys
  50. Sizzling keys allows you to control iTunes with keyboard shortcuts from any application. Pause, adjust the volume or skip a track without leaving the current application. Far more efficient than using iTunes itself. As well, one is generally using a lot more keyboard shortcuts when on the go anyhow.

  51. Skim
  52. Incredible great software for PDF reading. The new version is almost perfect certainly in the field of full screen reading and presentation. Easier to use as a viewer than Adobe Reader. The ability to attach notes is an added bonus.

  53. SlimBatteryMonitor
  54. This application is excellent! It cuts the menubar space by half and is easily customizable. For example, you can easily change the color of the icon outline from black to blue. It is suggested to move the application from the desktop into the Applications folder before installing.

  55. SMARTReporter
  56. SMARTReporter is an application that can warn you of some ATA hard disk failures before they actually happen! It does so by periodically polling the S.M.A.R.T.-status of your hard disk. S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a technology built into most modern hard disks that acts as an “early warning system” for pending drive problems.

  57. smcFanControl
  58. Keep your MacBook about 15 °C cooler than when it isn’t running. When the CPU is taxed, Apple’s controls take over and the fan speed increases according to Apple guidelines, but when it is running normally, you can set the fan at a faster speed to keep your system cool. A great little program that is very unobtrusive, easy to turn on and off at will.

  59. Springy (StuffIt replacement)
  60. Springy archiving and compressing application let you do all your work with archives and compressed files using a graphical interface similar to Finder. Features include browsing files in archives in all three view types (as icons, as list, as columns), extracting all or particular files or folders from archives, modifying archives (add, delete, replace, rename files or folders in archives), full drag & drop support, working with encrypted and password protected files, support for HFS/HFS+ metadata and resource forks, compressing and decompressing files and many more. Dragan Milic, the developer, is pretty responsive. Just leave your issues and you will get addressed in a short time.

  61. SuperDuper!
  62. Exactly duplicate your hard drive. The clone is even bootable. The interface explains clearly what’s going to happen so that you can be sure that you are doing what you want to do. Runs both on Intel and Power PC Macs! Taking into account its clear interface, excellent functionality, and informative documentation, I consider SuperDuper! to be a must-have utility for Mac OS X.

  63. TextWrangler2
  64. TextWrangler 2.0’s text-handling operations are swift and precise. The ‘Text’ menu holds an array of time-saving commands. This version of TextWrangler is a boon to coders and system administrators. It gives you direct integration with the Unix scripting environments of Perl, Python, and shell scripts. This version has improved syntax coloring for a plethora of structured languages and file formats. The program also now sports a powerful AppleScript dictionary.

  65. TinkerTool
  66. TinkerTool is an application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into Mac OS X. This allows to activate hidden features in the operating system and in some of the applications delivered with the system.

  67. Transmission
  68. A lightweight yet powerful BitTorrent client whose simple, intuitive interface is designed to integrate tightly with whatever computing environment you choose to use. Transmission strikes a balance between providing useful functionality without feature bloat. Furthermore, it is free for anyone to use or modify.

  69. Unarchiver
  70. The Unarchiver is a replacement for, the small application that handles archives by default in OS X. However, unlike the default archive helper, this program has a very impressive list of supported formats that it can work with. These formats range from very common ones, to some of the most obscure.

  71. UNO
  72. UNO is a theme that brings the sunken unified toolbar/titlebar look & feel to every single window on your system (metal or aqua, and already unified windows as well).

  73. Vienna
  74. Vienna is a freeware, open source RSS/Atom newsreader for the Mac OS X operating system. It provides features comparable to commercial newsreaders, but both it and the source code are freely available for download.

  75. VLC Media Player
  76. VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, etc) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

  77. WhatRoute
  78. WhatRoute is designed to find the names of all the routers an IP packet passes through on its way from your Macintosh to a destination host. It also measures the round-trip time from your Mac to the router, thus enabling you to determine slow links or hops in the Internet. WhatRoute can also find dead links, such as routers that don’t respond.

  79. Yahoo Messenger
  80. The ONLY Mac messenger at the time of writing that can consistently do video chats with people who aren’t using Macs. iChat and AIM seems to be very fickle with cams. Plus, since YIM and MSN now interact happily, it’s easy to cam for anyone on your MSN or YIM lists.

Online Web Based Desktops Are Taking Over And These 15 WebOS Are In The Running To Do So

Some call it webtops, some call it WebOS. The purpose; to mimic the look, feel and functionality of a local computer contained within a web browser, fully accessible from any Internet-connected device. They are great because :

  • you are always using the latest software
  • you skip the necessary need to install updates or patches
  • their hardware requirements are at a minimum
  • https will safe guard your data from external interceptions
  • No risk of getting laptop stolen

Below are 10 of the most notable web desktops of the moment.

  1. AjaxWindows
  2. You can synchronize your desktop environment to be easily with AjaxWindows’ wizard. Most of the applications found in the online desktop are from Ajax13, the creators of AjaxWindows. It is deadly similar to Windows, which makes it pretty easy for existing Windows users to navigate around. It is stable (though laggy when you open too many applications) and includes the synchronization feature which no one else has at the moment of writing. Some of the basic applications are :

    • Word processor
    • Drawing and presentation tools
    • Spreadsheet
    • Media player
    • Address book
    • Instant messenger
    • Desktop widgets

  3. Desktop On Demand
  4. It uses Java and NX technology as it’s core engine. It’s free and it’s currently in it’s Beta stages. The GUI is more of a mixture of Linux and Windows. An account provides 1GB of remote storage space, with the option of buying additional space in increments of 1GB weekly. Main features at the time of writing are :

    • Web browser – Epiphany
    • Full featured email client – Evolution
    • Microsoft Office™ compatible word processor – AbiWord
    • Multi-protocol IM – GAIM
    • Media player – VLC
    • Photo editor – GIMP
    • Password manager – Revelation
    • Desktop searching – Meta Tracker
    • Download manager – gwget

  5. DesktopTwo
  6. With more than 160, 000 active users since launching back in August 2006, DesktopTwo was built on PHP that enables it to drag and drop files. It’s free and open source. GUI is a mixture of Windows and Macinstosh. Some of the features available are :

    • 1GB hard drive
    • Email client
    • Address book
    • Website editor
    • Blog enabled for blinkinblog or myblogtwo
    • Instant messaging
    • MP3 player
    • OpenOffice
    • Message boards
    • RSS reader
    • My SitesTwo (site bookmarking and sharing)
    • DesktopTwo live chat

  7. Exo Portal
  8. Exo Portal WebOS uses a 100% AJAX based interface resembling a desktop-like GUI and a Java backend to simulate a true WebOS that fits the Enterprise needs. Several mentionable features include :

    • Widgets – Where administrators can provide small web components to notify users on the IT and business system states.
    • Drag and Drop – Where anyone (according to the company policies) can easily add new applications into their page or into the pages of the group they have the responsibility on.
    • Skins – where user can swap from custom corporate skins to classic eXo ones
    • Easy to use wizards – Creation processes have been simplified thanks to wizards that takes the user by the hand to help him create new pages

  9. EyeOS
  10. EyeOS is an open source web operating system that is powered by AJAX. It is free and has the ability to develop new applications with the eyeOS toolkit. GUI is more Macintosh than others. eyeOS’s base applications include :

    • editLink – Utility to edit system links
    • eyeCalc – Widget, Basic Calculator
    • eyeCalendar – Calendar Application
    • eyeChess – Chess Game
    • eyeContacts – Contacts Management Application
    • eyeDocs – Word Processor, provides the ability of saving Word-compatible documents
    • eyeFiles – File management tool. Includes many plugins for managing the files, such as Upload, Download, Download as Zip file, Copy, Paste, etc.
    • eyeGroups – User Groups management tool
    • eyeInstaller – Application to install eyePackages, individual packages for the system
    • eyeMp3 – Mp3 player
    • eyeNav – Integrated Web Browser
    • eyeNotes – Text editor
    • eyeProcess – Process Management application
    • eyeRSS – Feed reader
    • eyeSoft – Ports-based system, which comes by default with the official eyeOS repository
    • eyeTrash – Recycle bin
    • eyeZip – Utility to uncompress zip files that have been uploaded to the system

  11. G.HO.ST
  12. It’s core engine is Flash and it is a lot like Windows. A lot. A basic account gets 3GB free. Key features include :

    • Integration with third-party web applications (Google Docs, ThinkFree, Meebo, Zoho)
    • Mail/calendar/contacts programs
    • Links to other internet resources (My Items)
    • Desktop widgets (RSS reader, clock, weather)
    • Multiple language support

  13. Glide
  14. Transmedia’s self proclaimed ‘first online OS’, Glide OS 2.0 lives in a collaborative ecosystem that is free for up to 2GB. Glide comes in 4 platforms, Glide Next, Glide Mobile, Glide Business and Glide Campus. Glide, which uses Flash, allows you to invite others to view and collaborate on presentations over email, IM or from the address book. Notable features :

    • Glide Presenter – upload multiple images or audio/video files, stream large media files within presentations, save and serve presentations on any Windows, Mac or Linux machine, save presentations in Powerpoint or PDF.
    • Glide Write – advanced document formatting and templates as well as the ability to post Glide Write documents not only to Glide Blogs but also to major third-party blogging services.
    • Glide Spreadsheet – support powerful spreadsheet functions including advanced formulas and macros.
    • Glide Online Photo Editor & Print Shop – over 75 filters, effects, and photo manipulation tools for online photo editing.
    • Glide Mobile – support for the Motorola Q, Rim BlackBerry 8700c/g, T-Mobile SDA, Palm Treo 700p, Palm Treo 650, Samsung SPH-I730, O2 Xda IIs, Blackberry 7100 Series, Nokia S60/90, Sony Ericsson P900, HP iPAQ h6315, Kyocera 7135, Audiovox SMT560, Audiovox PPC 6600 Pocket PC, Motorola MPx220, Motorola V276 and the Motorola E815 EV-DO in addition to the already supported Palm Treo 700w, Sony Ericsson W600i and Motorola RAZR V3.

  15. Goowy
  16. They thought it was funny and easier to remember, so they called it Goowy. In addition to that, Goowy sounds like GUI for graphical user interface, an area that Goowy strives to make a difference with it’s vibrancy and interactiveness. Allyou need is a flash enabled browser. Key features include :

    • An instant messenger
    • A powerful e-mail client
    • Contacts & calendar applications
    • Customized news feeds
    • Rss
    • Minis (tiny specialized application providing easy access to frequently used functions)
    • File storing capabilities
    • File sharing
    • Some fun games to relax

  17. oDesktop
  18. oDesktop comes with the ability to install the entire application on your own webhost, to make use of your hosting space. That is one feature that makes this application unique. The interface looks cool and simple enough to use. Product features include :

    • oDrive – to safely upload and access files quickly and easily
    • oPhoto – photo album application
    • oMusic – upload, share, play and listen to mp3 songs directly
    • oNetwork – to allow different web hosts to network or collaborate with all other oDesktop users.
    • oEmail – a full functional email client
    • oNews – news and RSS aggregator.
    • oGames – during times of boredom and stress.

  19. Online Operating System
  20. When comparing OOS to other webtops like YouSO or EyeOS it sticks in the eye that OOS seems to offer more functionality. Additionally the usability is quite good since it looks very similar to Windows. The site gives you 1 GB of space and your own domain name and address ( After registering, OOS will give you a file manager, a system control panel, and utility programs like a text editor, image viewer, games, etc.

  21. Purefect
  22. Made out of AJAX and PHP, Purefect is free and it gives users a Windows + Macinstosh like feel. Key features are :

    • Web-based IDE
    • Instant messenger
    • File explorer
    • Error console
    • Address book
    • Display settings
    • Multiuser capabilities

  23. Xcerion XIOS
  24. This internet OS is XML based and is currently in closed Beta, meaning that you’d have to get manual approval when you apply for a Beta account. The XML is actually an abstraction layer that sits atop a true operating system like Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows, just as does Transmedia’s Flash-based Glide Next media sharing environment.

    XIOS provides a substantial advantage over current Internet-based applications because XIOS handles server communications more efficiently and it makes better use of local computing power, rather than relying on servers in the cloud for heavy number crunching. The result is fewer client-server transactions, better use of bandwidth, and faster response time for the user.

    Because XIOS was built from the ground up, it includes an answer to two of the most distressing computing issues today: collaboration and keeping files backed up and synchronized across multiple machines and operating systems. Its transaction engine can mirror local files in the cloud and distribute them to others, allowing users to collaborate on the same XML document. An IM chat client could be created with a mere dozen lines of code because the process of communicating was simply mirroring the text input entered into two XML documents in different places, a functionality built-into the system.

  25. Xindesk
  26. Xindesk uses AJAX and is a lot like Windows. It is free but users by invitation only. Features include :

    • File manager
    • Internet browser
    • Stickies
    • RSS support
    • A free Xinmail account
    • Support for 3rd party POP and IMAP4 accounts
    • MS office support applications
    • Address book
    • Photo viewer
    • IM with Jabber, AOL, MSN support
    • Ability to share any type of file

  27. YouOS
  28. Ranked 7th in PC World’s ’20 Most Innovative Products of 2006′, the free YouOS was first started in late December 2005 as an experimental, collaborative web operating system. Over 755 applications have been created using WebShaka’s (YouOS producer) own API since then. Notable applications include :

    • FlickRSS – thumbnail flickr browser
    • YouBrowser – web browser
    • YouBuddy – buddy list application
    • YouChat – local IRC application
    • YouEditor – rich text editor
    • YouFeeds – feed aggregator
    • YouFiles – file manager
    • YouFS Uploader – file upload application (uses Java)
    • YouNES – NES emulator
    • YouNiversalChat – universally translated chat room
    • YouProc – processes manager
    • YouShell – command line interpreter
    • YouSticky – persistent sticky notes
    • WhereWolf – web browser

  29. ZimDesk
  30. Contains a comprehensive list of ‘on demand’ web applications for work and entertainment. They are :

    • Zimwrite – word Processor, provides the ability of saving Word-compatible documents
    • Zimsheet – spread Sheet, provides the ability of loading and saving Excel-compatible documents
    • Zimmail – pOP3 based email system
    • Zimcalc – full Scientific Calculator
    • Zimreader – rSS Reader with favorites and feed management
    • Zimnav – integrated Web Browser with favorites and useful links selection
    • ZimIM – web messenger with access to the MSN, Yahoo, Gtalk, AIM (AOL), Gadu-Gadu, ICQ, IRC, and XMPP networks
    • Zimearth – map application with access to Google, Yahoo and MSN maps.
    • Zimradio – listen to some of the best streaming Internet radio stations.
    • Zimmusic – upload and listen to your own MP3’s no matter where you are.
    • Zimvideo – upload and share your video clips.
    • ZimTV – watch streaming web TV from around the World.
    • Zimcommunity – complete social networking system. completely inter grated into the desktop.
    • Zimforum – forum, allows any zimdesk user to create there own group.
    • Zimblog – complete blogging system available directly from the desktop and viewable by all users
    • Zimdrive – file explorer and file management application

29 Of The Most Wicked Tux The Linux Penguin Images

Tux the penguin. The official mascot for Linux. It was originally drawn by Larry Ewing but later branched out into different designs by many different people. Below are 32 of the coolest images of Tux pictures mostly as either a bully or a tattoo on hot mamas. Some of the tux images below would make a great wallpaper. =)

  1. Confused
  2. See No evil, hear no evil, speak no evil
  3. Tux Wars
  4. Violent Tux
  5. Thirsty Tux
  6. Tux The Gangster
  7. Tux On The Tummy
  8. Tux On The Heart
  9. Tux On Hips
  10. Partially Hidden Tux
  11. Tux On Santa Rina
  12. Shoulder Tux
  13. Spaghetti Strap Tux 2
  14. Tux In Kill Bill
  15. Tux At The Privates
  16. Cute Tux Triplets
  17. Tux Quadruplets
  18. Think Tux
  19. Jumping Tux
  20. Tux In School
  21. Urinating Tux
  22. Tux In The Matrix
  23. Baby Tux
  24. Tux In Shoes
  25. Tux Sleeping
  26. Ninja Tux
  27. Tux The Apple
  28. Tux Infected
  29. DJ Tux