Best Free Mac Software

Seeing as my fellow blogger Fred just made the switch to OS X, I thought I’d help him and other switchers out by posting a quick list of must have applications for OS X.

[ Internet ]
Firefox – Need I say anything else? My browser of choice no matter what OS you’re running.
Aduim – A feature rich Instant Messaging client, with a broad range of supported clients makes this a must have.
Tomato – A simple, easy to use BitTorrent client. I’m using it until the OS X version of uTorrent comes out
Cyberduck – A departure from the normal two paned view you might be used to in FTP programs, but still a robust program with support for FTP (File Transfer Protocol), FTP/TLS (FTP secured over SSL/TLS) and SFTP

[ Multimedia ]
VLC Player – Fast, stable and wide ranging codec support makes VLC a fantastic all around media player
Flip4Mac – Adds support for playing WMV files in QuickTime
LiquidCD – Excellent alternative to the native disc burning in OS X
Handbrake – It may not offer the widest range of options when ripping a DVD, but it’s straight forward and produces high quality rips with no hassle.

[ Misc ]
smcFanControl 2.1 – A must have for managing the fan speeds on your Macbook / Macbook Pro
Cashbox – Simple and easy to use software to keep track of your finances
Growl – Growl is a notification system for Mac OS X: it allows applications that support Growl to send you notifications.

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Aaron Nelsen

is the webmaster and senior technology editor. He's a career geek, coffee enthusiast, Apple fanboy, and accomplished barista pimp.

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