Best Free Software for Mac OS X
Linotype FontExplorer X – Let’s get this right off the bat. I am a font nerd. I love fonts. I have lots of them. I know more about them than you. And I am telling you that you should use this program to manage your fonts because it is awesome.
Adium – Adium is a free IM program for Mac that can connect to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and others. It’s skinnable, pluggable, and has an adorable duck. Need I say more?
Google Earth – It’s amazingly addicting, but also useful. I recently planned an entire trip to Vancouver, BC using only Google Earth.
NeoOffice Aqua – It’s still in Beta phase, but dammit, it’s good enough. I officially have zero Micro$oft applications on my computer, and NeoOffice Aqua is now at the point that I feel no shame in using it.
The Unarchiver – OS X’s built in zip utility is ok, Stuffit Express is fine, but the Unarchiver is best. It will open a ton of different compressed files, and integrates nicely with the OS.
Unison – Usenet is totally oldskool, but it doesn’t have to feel like it. Unison makes an attractive solution to browsing Usenet newsgroups and makes a great tool for downloading information. It will automatically group .PAR files together and assemble them together for your downloading pleasure.
Transmission – The most simple and direct BitTorrent client for OS X. Want a fast download without having to think about it? Transmission is for you.
Handbrake – From the same programmer as Transmission comes this great utility for ripping your DVDs to MPEG format for viewing on your iPod. My art history uses this to rip sections of movies to show to our class on the big projector. Make backups of your favorite movies simply and cleanly.
Text Wrangler – Who needs Dreamweaver? Buy yourself a copy of Head First Html with CSS and XHTML, download Text Wrangler, and soon you’ll be on your way to your blackbelt in webmastery.