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What are the essential freeware programs that must be installed on a Mac?
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Mar 29, 2006, 11:30 PM
 
If you had to list some essential freeware programs that must be on a mac, what would they be?
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Mar 29, 2006, 11:36 PM
 
Skype. Actually, it's about the only freeware app I use.
     
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Mar 29, 2006, 11:57 PM
 
Originally Posted by Railroader
Skype. Actually, it's about the only freeware app I use.
Not exactly essential, but useful nonetheless (if you have Skype friends or want to use the phone service).

Adium, VLC, SubEthaEdit
search for those on macupdate.com
     
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Mar 29, 2006, 11:59 PM
 
Adium, VLC, Cyberduck, pic2icon, nice player, handbrake, iconCM
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 12:00 AM
 
Oh. Azureus. If you're into BitTorrent. Quite sluggish and proc/mem. intensive, but... it's probably the best.
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 12:19 AM
 
Onyx.
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 12:23 AM
 
We have a ban-evader in our midsts.
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 12:41 AM
 
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Mar 30, 2006, 12:45 AM
 
Thank you.
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 12:45 AM
 
Flip4Mac

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Mar 30, 2006, 02:56 AM
 
Originally Posted by ambush
Oh. Azureus. If you're into BitTorrent. Quite sluggish and proc/mem. intensive, but... it's probably the best.
Really? I recommend Transmission, its an excellent ub bittorrent client that barely uses any processor and shows download/upload speeds on the dock.
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Mar 30, 2006, 04:29 AM
 
In order:

Quicksilver, Adium, Cyberduck, SuperSuper!, Growl, VLC, VoodooPad
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Mar 30, 2006, 04:36 AM
 
Meteorologist, ClamAV, MenuMeters, Google Earth, Alarm Clock, Butler
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Mar 30, 2006, 05:02 AM
 
I'll bite. This thread will generate obviously subjective responses, but here is my list of the most important freewares to have on a standard OS X install:

CLIX
X Resource Graph
AppleJack (a convenient script if you have to administer multiple boxes and want to run the autopilot)
VLC (to fill in the gaps from DiVX, Flip4Mac, ad nauseam)
clamav (either via Fink or DP)/ClamXav (OS X bundle)
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 06:33 AM
 
Camino, CamiTools, Flip4Mac, MenuCalendarClock iCal (there's a free version), Onyx, Proteus or Adium, VLC or MPlayer, Stuffit Expander, ClearDock.
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 07:48 AM
 
VLC, Chmox, Firefox, PHP Function Index, TextWrangler
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Mar 30, 2006, 08:10 AM
 
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Mar 30, 2006, 08:45 AM
 
Originally Posted by dndog
Really? I recommend Transmission, its an excellent ub bittorrent client that barely uses any processor and shows download/upload speeds on the dock.
But doesn't support giving each torrent specific ratios. I'll use it when it does.
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 09:15 AM
 
Does Transmission allow you to download only parts of a torrent?
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 09:19 AM
 
You didn't say which OS (i know, just being a jerk).

But Fetch and MacTelnet were the best. I believe MacTelnet is now updated for OSX though.
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 10:06 AM
 
Originally Posted by dndog
Really? I recommend Transmission, its an excellent ub bittorrent client that barely uses any processor and shows download/upload speeds on the dock.
It's missing UPnP support and it crashes often for me
But definitely has more potential... kinda like the mac-lite-equivalent of uTorrent.
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 11:21 AM
 
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Mar 30, 2006, 11:28 AM
 
Originally Posted by Lateralus
Thwack!
Don't you mean...
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 11:58 AM
 
quicksilver, voodoopad, subethaedit, vlc, quicktime plugins, colloquy
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 12:45 PM
 
Originally Posted by Lateralus
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Looks like we have a new "Ca$h".
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 02:18 PM
 
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Mar 30, 2006, 02:43 PM
 
Originally Posted by UNTeMac
Meteorologist, ClamAV, MenuMeters, Google Earth, Alarm Clock, Butler
People still use Meteo? Brings a tear to my eyes.
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 02:50 PM
 
Adium, Quicksilver, Firefox

Those are three I use every day.
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Mar 30, 2006, 02:56 PM
 
Originally Posted by SpaceMonkey
Flip4Mac
I would like to use that program, but it never seems to function correctly.


Anyhow, Onyx is a nice app.
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 03:14 PM
 
I prefer this 8-page thread within the "Applications" forum...



http://forums.macnn.com/showthread.php?t=166751
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 03:57 PM
 
Originally Posted by epluth
I would like to use that program, but it never seems to function correctly.


Anyhow, Onyx is a nice app.
Isn't Onyx just another one of those "do a lot of mostly useless 'maintenance' things" apps?

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Mar 30, 2006, 04:27 PM
 
PDF Plugin. Do not install Adobe Acrobat if you can help it.
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 06:35 PM
 
Originally Posted by ambush
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uh... no. I have zero desire. Thanks anyway stalker.
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 07:52 PM
 
Originally Posted by Railroader
uh... no. I have zero desire. Thanks anyway stalker.
But it'd be your new job.
     
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Mar 30, 2006, 08:17 PM
 
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Mar 30, 2006, 08:26 PM
 
Adium, Tomato Torrent, VLC

and of course Safari, iTunes, & Mail

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Originally Posted by ambush
But it'd be your new job.
Did you get beat up a lot when you were a kid?

Recently?
     
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Mar 31, 2006, 01:38 AM
 
APM Tuner X (don't think it can be found for DL any longer.

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Mar 31, 2006, 01:40 AM
 
VLC and Adium.

That about covers the *essentials*.
     
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Mar 31, 2006, 02:25 AM
 
Originally Posted by Railroader
uh... no. I have zero desire. Thanks anyway stalker.
Man you are some piece of work.

I feel for your old lady.

See if she hangs onto a birdhouse maker.
     
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Mar 31, 2006, 02:32 AM
 
Originally Posted by SpaceMonkey
Flip4Mac
Stay away from this piece of sheit!

If you have installed it...do a search and remove everything!
     
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Mar 31, 2006, 02:41 AM
 
Originally Posted by RollingRollingRolling
Stay away from this piece of sheit!

If you have installed it...do a search and remove everything!
why?
     
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Chicken of the VNC
     
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Mar 31, 2006, 02:59 AM
 
Originally Posted by greenamp
why?
He encountered a fatal user error.

I blame the problem between the keyboard and the chair.
     
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Mar 31, 2006, 10:31 AM
 
Originally Posted by RollingRollingRolling
Man you are some piece of work.

I feel for your old lady.

See if she hangs onto a birdhouse maker.
More bitter and jealous posting I see from our current ban evader.
     
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Mar 31, 2006, 10:40 AM
 
Railroader, I know he's in the wrong here, but you cropping up and calling him a ban-evader in every thread is just as annoying as he is.
     
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Originally Posted by Dakar
Railroader, I know he's in the wrong here, but you cropping up and calling him a ban-evader in every thread is just as annoying as he is.
It brings it to the mods attention. Sometimes they don't check their PMs and the "report abuse" button is useless.
     
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Originally Posted by Railroader
It brings it to the mods attention. Sometimes they don't check their PMs and the "report abuse" button is useless.
I'm going to tell!

I'm going to tell!

Ban evader! ban evader!

You are the reason I was banned. They couldn't stand your whining anymore.

What a crying birdhouse maker.

I'd probably wouldn't come around because after awhile one gets bored with the topics here, but as long as you come around, Ill be around.
     
 
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