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PabloTX Jul 1, 2003 01:38 PM
Your top 5 (or so) freeware/shareware apps for OS X?
What are some of your favorite free/cheap shareware programs, and what are they?

(In no particular order)

1) Transmit - ftp
2) Mac Stumbler - presence/singal/strength of wireless networks
3) ClearDock - removes translucent background from the Dock
4) Camino - browser
5) VLC - media player
OptimusG4 Jul 1, 2003 01:48 PM
Sharky K. Jul 1, 2003 01:51 PM
- CSSEdit
- Salling Clicker
- Safari, Mail, Address Book, iCal, iChat etc...
- Hydra
- Mellel
- R-name
Sarc Jul 1, 2003 02:11 PM
osXigen (ftp)
Nonsuch Jul 1, 2003 02:20 PM
Meteorologist (when it works)
Default Folder (to be obviated by Panther)
cpac Jul 1, 2003 02:22 PM
in no particular order:

(1) iApps
(2) OmniApps (I love OmniWeb, depend on OmniOutliner, and think OmniGraffle is a deal for what it does - plus OmniDictionary (free!) is extremely convenient)
(3) iConquer - great risk game - first game I've seen that looks like it was built for OS X - rendezvous & internet networking, plugins, GORGEOUS maps, etc.
(4) Acquisition - for all your gnutella needs, SO much better than limewire
(5) Meteorologist - free menu bar weather - most customizable I've seen
vmpaul Jul 1, 2003 02:27 PM
LaunchBar and

Did I mention LaunchBar?
hyperizer Jul 1, 2003 02:53 PM
  • Carbon Copy Cloner
  • Proteus
  • NetNewsWire Lite
  • GraphicConverter
  • Transmit
boyracer Jul 1, 2003 03:03 PM
1. StickyBrain
2. Camino Knight / CaminIcon
3. Disk Tracker
4. Sound Studio
5. NoteTaker
engaged Jul 1, 2003 03:12 PM
Not in any specific order:

Curator (Shame that Caffeine Software are no more!)
mdc Jul 1, 2003 03:18 PM
no order

ichat av
vault86 Jul 1, 2003 03:19 PM
1.) transparent dock-customize alot of things about the dock

2.) VLC

3.) DVDBackup-backs up DVDs

4.) Fetch-FTP app

5.) AACelerator-converts to AAC in quicktime much faster than it would be manually
poulh Jul 1, 2003 03:26 PM
msft remote desktop (faster then virt pc)
Judge_Fire Jul 1, 2003 03:39 PM
LaunchBar! - the only way to fly in Mac OS X

MyMind - a small outliner + map, which I use for my to-do list

Clutter - a more traditional way to view my music

WindowShade X - while waiting for Exposé

FotoWire - iPhoto won't give me prints in Europe, but I don't care; FotoWire beats it anyway

And FocusLayer, which I sparked here at the dev forum, but which now appears to be siteless :(

There are tons. These are of the more functional kind :)

Sage Jul 1, 2003 05:00 PM
In no particular order (because I don't feel like thinking about it):

1. iApps, plus Safari
2. ThemeChanger
3. ThemePark
4. Snard
5. Cocktail
chris v Jul 1, 2003 05:19 PM
Fruit Menu
Show Desktop
Sound Studio

I also get some use out of
Windowshade X
Default Folder
Captain FTP
Desktop Calendar
Little Secrets
Weather Pop

gralem Jul 1, 2003 05:29 PM
1) OpenOffice 1.0.3 (by far my #1)
2) VLC
3) Fugu
4) Konfabulator
5) Safari (not sure if it should count, but it is based on open source software)

[many of these will be replaced by panther out of the box]

waffffffle Jul 1, 2003 05:32 PM
The four applications that I use most often on my Mac happen to all be freeware (sort of):

1. Adium
2. Safari
4. iTunes
[APi]TheMan Jul 1, 2003 05:54 PM
In no particular order:

1. VLC
2. Adium
3. MenuMeters (since NetMonitor is shareware now :mad:)
5. BitTorrent (Amazing technology. :D)
6. Spy (the CPU monitor. mmmmua!)
smeger Jul 1, 2003 05:56 PM
In no particular order:
  • LaunchBar (I actually have a broken spacebar because I use it so much)
  • DragThing (although I'm only using it to show running programs right now)
  • PTH menubar extras - PTHClock, PTHITunesNotifier, and PTHCPUMonitor
  • Camino - I can't live without keyword bookmarks and type-ahead-find and Safari ain't got 'em.
  • Cocoa Browser - indispensable while coding
  • MathRPN - excellent RPN scientific calculator
  • VLC - ugliest interface in the world, but an excellent program
The DJ Jul 1, 2003 07:55 PM
1: VLC (i may be a bit biased in this ;) )
2: Fugu (we lost from them at the Design Awards, and i have to say it is GOOD
3: Stuffit Expander (why are so many ppl taking this baby for granted)
4: Seti@home (run it all the time)
5: (even though it f#cked up my custom build environment i keep for VLC by installing it's own version of dlcompat )
badtz Jul 1, 2003 10:14 PM

Microsoft Word (yes, you read that correctly!)


Page Sender


mark9939 Jul 1, 2003 11:09 PM
Menu Meters
Keyboard Maestro

Good stuff... all free except Acq and Liberty.
lavar78 Jul 2, 2003 12:19 AM
In order:

1. LaunchBar (easily the best)
2. Keyboard Maestro (hotkeys)
3. Meteorologist
4. PTHPasteboard (multiple clipboards)
5. BookIt (bookmark manager)
6. Amadeus II (sound editor)
7. Huevos (internet search tool)
8. iPhoto Library Manager
9. VLC
VValdo Jul 2, 2003 03:35 AM
This thread is great!
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I just discovered MenuMeters, after two years or so of using LoadInDock.... how terrific.

Here are my tops... excluding free iSoftware and BSD stuff that comes with OS X...

Meteorologist -- FREE - see the weather without having to look out the window! -- FREE - Microsoft Office compatibility without Microsoft Office prices.
VLC -- FREE - View .avis and .wma without putting MS software on your nice Mac.
Camino/Phoenix/Mozilla/Safari -- FREE - four great browsers using two great open source rendering engines.
BBEdit Lite -- FREE - there are some nice text editors you can run from the shell, but BBEdit Lite works great for me.
gimp-print -- FREE - The best printer drivers in dah known universe.
iTerm -- FREE - Like Tabbed browsing? Try a tabbed terminal!
The GIMP graphics editor -- FREE - A free, X11-based photoshop-like program. Not as good as the Adobe program, but works great for my simple needs.
Fink and the Fink Commander-- FREE - A great way to download, install, and maintain even more free Unix applications. Fink Commander is a cocoa front-end for Fink.

I could go on...

All the above programs can be download and used fully at no cost and without expiration.

andreas_g4 Jul 2, 2003 07:25 AM
iApps/Safari/Mail etc.
KDX Client
Carbon Copy Cloner
Sound Studio
wallinbl Jul 2, 2003 08:01 AM
MS RDP Client
MojoRising022 Jul 2, 2003 09:22 AM
In no order (all freebies):

1) VLC
2) StreamRipper X
3) Open Office
4) MacTracker
5) Hydra
cpac Jul 2, 2003 09:55 AM
Originally posted by badtz:
Microsoft Word (yes, you read that correctly!)
Word is neither freeware or shareware.

Instead it's "monopoly-priced-ware"
MacGorilla Jul 2, 2003 11:27 AM
LaunchBar, hands down the most useful app ever made for Mac OS X.

Along with...
Watson and VLC
lavar78 Jul 2, 2003 12:23 PM
Originally posted by MacGorilla:
LaunchBar, hands down the most useful app ever made for Mac OS X
... or any OS IMO.
ranga Jul 2, 2003 02:03 PM
My favorite freeware/shareware apps are:

1. VLC - To watch Anime!
2. Rbrowser Lite - Sometimes I'm too lazy to use the terminal
3. Zterm - To debug crashed systems via serial console
4. SparkME - To edit MP3s
5. Mozilla - For those crappy sites that don't load in Safari
6. TinkerTool - To turn on some nice hidden features in OS X.

spiky_dog Jul 2, 2003 02:54 PM
launchbar, of course, but asm is definitely the runner up.
Brien Jul 2, 2003 02:59 PM
Menu Master
WindowShade X
keston Jul 2, 2003 03:08 PM
1. Launchbar :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: - This app is now part of my being. I cant imagine NOT using it now :eek: .
2. Fruitmenu - Alot of useful organization and functions. The contexual menu is also very handy.
3. Menumeters - Some good info at a glance.
4. Acquisition - I can still find what i want with this.
5. Proteus - Very well done all in one messenger client.

Other than those, also Apple's Software (Safari, Mail, iCal, iTunes, iSync) and my .mac services.
Jerommeke Jul 2, 2003 03:09 PM
1. Proteus
2. Synergy
3. Fruit Menu
4. Drag Thing
5. Meteorologist
suthercd Jul 2, 2003 03:54 PM
Interesting to see what different people have as combos.

1. iKey
2. VLC
3. Fugu
4. Watson
5. TigerLaunch

Alex00087 Jul 2, 2003 06:57 PM
1. MacJournal -- Beautiful Cocoa Journal app to record your thoughts and feelings.
2. Acquisition -- That mldonkey/kazaa fasttrack thing is still too complicated to set up, you can still get lots on acquisition.
3. iFlash -- Makes flashcards to help you cram for an exam the next day.
4. VLC -- again.
5. RealOne Player -- There are so many real player files out there.
MacGorilla Jul 2, 2003 07:17 PM
Originally posted by Alex00087:
1. MacJournal -- Beautiful Cocoa Journal app to record your thoughts and feelings.
2. Acquisition -- That mldonkey/kazaa fasttrack thing is still too complicated to set up, you can still get lots on acquisition.
3. iFlash -- Makes flashcards to help you cram for an exam the next day.
4. VLC -- again.
5. RealOne Player -- There are so many real player files out there.
Have you tried mlMac? It makes setting up mldonkey/kazaa effortless.
bighill Jul 2, 2003 07:28 PM
1. launchbar

2. CiphSafe (password manager that is FREE. love free)

3. Weatherpop (gave up on meteo, it stops working too much)

4. cee pee you

5. Fruitmenu
DamnDJ Jul 2, 2003 08:15 PM
Without tanting my answers by reading other responses, here are my essentials that I download (not ones that come with the machine / Apple Apps)

1. Transmit
2. Snak
3. iJournal (heh)
4. Thoth
5. iView
nobodybutme Jul 2, 2003 10:01 PM
1. Camino
2. JEdit
3. Poseidon for UML
4. Launchbar
5. Graphic Converter
Ludovic Hirlimann Jul 3, 2003 03:17 AM
Re: Your top 5 (or so) freeware/shareware apps for OS X?
1) Camino.
2) MacSoup - Best News reader.
entrox Jul 3, 2003 07:50 AM
1) OmniWeb
2) All kind of emus

OmniWeb is the best browser in my opinion (especially after they fixed some of the most annoying bugs in sp37) and is the only shareware application I've paid for. I'm eagerly awaiting OW 5.0 :)
PabloTX Oct 31, 2003 03:08 PM
After using the Mac for a while longer, I'd have to take Camino and Macstumbler out and replace them with LaunchBar and NetNewswire Lite.
:dragonflypro: Oct 31, 2003 03:40 PM
Nothing more so than LaunchBar particular order

SubEthaEdit (hydra)
Peter Oct 31, 2003 05:10 PM
  • Transmit - FTP Client
  • Crikey - IRC Client
  • Comictastic - Comic Book Viewer
  • Proteus - Instant Messenger
  • Pixadex - Icon Organiser
  • Poisoned - p2p
(no order)
Cadaver Oct 31, 2003 08:35 PM
(no order)

• MenuMeters
• Camino
• Watson
• Transmit
• GraphicConverter
• Microsoft Remote Desktop
• iRad (medical DICOM image viewer)
• Folder Icon (makes, as you guessed, custom folder icons)
• DNSupdate (forwards my DHCP IP address to
OwlBoy Oct 31, 2003 09:56 PM
DivX (from

clarkgoble Oct 31, 2003 10:23 PM
Re: Your top 5 (or so) freeware/shareware apps for OS X?
My top 6:

VLC -- best movie player. I only wish he'd give us the interface he mocked up in the theme forum here!

iKey -- pretty good macro program. Annoying icon in the menubar but that's easy enough to change.

MS RDC -- remotely control a PC. It's free and works great -- better than Virtual PC.

MacPar Deluxe -- split or join compressed files into numerous small files. I watch HDTV feeds of Smallville, Alias, and 24 that way. (Along with newsgrab to grab the files executed every 3 hours in a cronfile)

Pic2Icon -- thumbnails of pictures. Most excellent.

Yadal -- best application launcher by far. Right click on it's icon in the dock and you can launch files. Far faster than dragging a folder to the dock.
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