25 Free Mac Apps That Will Boost Your Productivity

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There are many applications that can help you work faster and efficiently. Though, not many applications come cheap. For this post we tried to digg deep to find the best selection of free and/or open source Mac applications that will help you be a more efficient designer. We’re covering from application launchers, GTD (Getting Things Done) to design utilities that can help you focus on what’s important: create.

1. aLunch

aLunch661 is a very lightweight but powerful application that does what it is supposed to do and nothing more: a handy launcher that runs from within the menu bar. The application was written back in 2007, and two years later it still proves to be a strong contender.

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aLunch helps you get all your apps organized and get an uncluttered dock. You can customize a hot key combination so a launcher window shows and let’s you choose either a Launcher window or go to the Launcher Menu. You can use this application with a Mac running OSX 10.4 or higher. If you have an earlier OS X such as 10.3, you need to update to version 10.3.9 to use an earlier version of the application.

2. Adobe Kuler

Adobe’s Creative Suite 4 applications – Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Fireworks and Flash – have an Extension panel that connects directly to Kuler673, the web-hosted application for generating color themes. Not many designers take advantage of a powerful tool like this one. Logging into Kuler.com with your Adobe ID, you can create color swatches themes from a color, share, rate and search the community color schemes, and upload or use a Flickr image to extract color themes so you can download them as an Adobe Swatch Exchange file that’s compatible with Adobe applications.

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But you can also access the Kuler site from its own standalone application to get more flexibility. Also there is a Dashboard widget to help you browse through your color schemes and the communities. To install Kuler Desktop you need to have Mac OS X 10.4.11 or Mac OS X 10.5.4 and up, with Adobe Air5 and Flash Player6 installed.

3. Name Changer

Name Changer687 is a very straightforward and simple tool that will help you rename batches of files without the hassle of Automator or Photoshop batch change – the latter can get a little too technical for some users.

Name Changer8

This application saves you the time of naming each file manually. Name Changer gives you a wide variety of options that go from select text replacement to fully customizable text replacement. Designed for OSX 10.5, NameChanger is a Universal Binary, so it runs on both Intel and PowerPC macs. If you have a OSX 10.3 or 10.4 Mac, there’s a version that you can use too, so those Macs with earlier OS can still use the application.

4. YemuZip

YemuZip699 is a more powerful Zip-archive application that with a simple drag and drop interface, makes creating zip files an easy task. YemuZip lets you choose between a PC-compatible format and a Mac format that preserve all the Mac-specific metadata.

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The tool lets you choose the destination of your zip file (same as source, Desktop or Documents) and can attach the file to an email message for easy sending. Runs on OS X 10.4 or later and it is an Universal Binary.

5. Dateline

A subtle replacement for having the date shown on the Menu bar, Dateline7011 gives you a linear calendar on your desktop within a transparent window. One very useful feature is that it has direct access to iCal when double clicking on a day.

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The background and text colors are fully customizable along with transparency to make it blend seamlessly with your current desktop. This application requires Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.

6. DropBox

DropBox13 is by far the easiest way to share files if you are on a low budget and do not want to be bothered with server side issues when sharing files with clients. Since it’s an application that runs in the background, you can leave it running and it does the file updates on the machines seamlessly. You have a 2GB limit for the free accounts, 50GB for the Pro account at $99.00 per year or a 100GB for the Premium account at US$199 per year.

Another useful aspect of this app is that you can sign in and access your files from any browser, not necessarily from your Mac. The file sharing is done over SSL and encrypted with AES-256 before storage, so they are safe. From the visual side, a blue sync mark shows when the files are syncing and a green check mark appears when it’s done. What’s best, it’s that it’s not just for Mac, it’s compatible with Windows and Linux.

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Every time you update a file, Dropbox transfers what was updated from the original uploaded file, so working with large Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign documents is a breeze. If you need to share files with users that don’t have Dropbox, you can use your Public folder and all the files in that folder will be given a unique link so you can send that for a direct download. And if you accidentally delete a file, you can “undelete it” from the web interface. Overall, it’s a time saving application when you want a fast way to share files with clients or co-workers.

7. Quicksilver

Quicksilver7215 is a powerful application launcher, an application that will create catalogs of your frequently used apps, folders and documents. What’s interesting is that the search grows and adapts from what you do everyday. One very useful feature, If you have all your contacts in Address Book is that you can search within Quicksilver the contact name and when you hit enter on the telephone number, it shows on big type over the screen, so it’s a quick way of looking at a phone number without launching Address Book itself. An alternative: Namely16.

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You can enhance Quicksilver with plugins to do more powerful things, like uploading files using applications as Transmit7318, Queue albums on iTunes19, emailing files or even moving the file’s location without doing it from the Finder. To run Quicksilver, you need a Mac with OS X 10.4 or higher.

8. iClockr

This is a small application that tracks your work time. You can set up different projects, and tasks for each project, and associate them to a client. The concept around iClockr7520 is to have actions timed, for that you create tasks to be timed and those tasks add up to create a project. Each task is timed with a stopwatch, even the application’s dock icon changes to a stopwatch.

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You can edit the task durations for better and more exact timing. iClockr also offers two modes to manage your times: Flat Rate or Range based. You can match each project with customers (within the application’s Preferences pane). iClockr is a Mac Universal application that runs on Leopard only.

9. Caffeine

When video chatting or having a voice-only-call with a client, Caffeine7622 has proved its place on Macs. Caffeine prevents your mac of going to sleep, dimming the screen and avoids the screen savers to start.

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To get to the application’s preferences, hold down the Command key while clicking to show the menu. Lightheads’ website doesn’t specify if Caffeine works with other OS versions different than Leopard.

10. iTool

iTool7724 is a free application that offers a complete system maintenance and cleaning. It has a friendly user interface that guides you to complete the needed maitenance task.

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Also, hidden on the Application menu (not found on the application’s main window), you can reach other options to tweak the look of the Dock (2D or 3D) or the Finder among others. This application is Leopard only.

11. The Unarchiver

For those short on budget, there’s a very light and powerfull free app called The Unarchiver7826. It allows you to extract many more file formats besides the .zip, such as .tar-gzip, .tar-bzip2, .rar, 7-zip, .lhA and stuffIt. Also it better handles filenames from foreign character sets, created with non-English versions of other operating systems.

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The installation is very simple: copy the applications into your Applications folder and start using the application. The Unarchiver requires Mac OS X 10.3.9.

12. Paparazzi!

Paparazzi!7928 is a small utility for Mac OS X that makes screenshots of web-pages. Paparazzi! allows you to define minimum size and capture size, so you can capture the best screenshot according to your needs. You can choose between saving the resulting picture as .jpeg, .pdf, .png or .tiff, also adding a thumbnail and thumbnail icon. Its current version, 0.4.3 works on Mac OS X 10.3 or later, and their 0.5 beta is Leopard only.

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13. AllBookmarks

AllBookmarks8030 is a small menu bar item that provides you with a quick access to your browser’s bookmarks. It grabs Safari, Firefox and Flock bookmarks and also gives you access to 1Password31 1Click bookmarks so you can navigate, fill a form and submit it with ease. The tool is a Universal Binary application which means that it works on Intel or PowerPC Macs, running OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).

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14. DockSpaces

DockSpaces33 is a small application that allows you to have up to 10 different docks, and swap them from the menu bar. You can also link a Dock with a Leopard’s Spaces34 so you can redefine your productivity. With Growl notification, you know which dock you are using. You can change the configuration for each dock for a more personalized usage. This application is a Universal Binary and Leopard only.

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15. TaskMate

TaskMate8136 is a very simple and light task management application. Create a task, check it off when completed and it disappears from your list. The completed tasks are visible on the sidebar that you can toggle on and off. TaskMate runs on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and it is a Universal Binary Application.

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16. Symbol Caddy

The Symbol Caddy Dashboard widget38 keeps a bunch of common special characters at your fingertips. Keyboard mode copies the special character and HTML mode copies the HTML entity code. Mac OS X 10.5.0 or higher is required. CharacterPal39 does the same and is also freeware.

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17. iZoom

iZoom8341 is a simple application designed to allow you to easily resize and crop your photos for optimized display on your iPod photo, on the web, or in email messages to friends. Built using Java, iZoom is available for Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows. Currently, JPEG is the only supported image format.

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18. JumpCut

Jumpcut43 is an application that provides “clipboard buffering” — that is, access to text that you’ve cut or copied, even if you’ve subsequently cut or copied something else. The goal of Jumpcut’s interface is to provide quick, natural, intuitive access to your clipboard’s history. The application is available as a Universal Binary that requires OS X 10.3.9 or later. Users running earlier versions of OS X should try Jumpcut 0.54, which should work with OS X 10.1 and later. Source code is also available. Jumpcut is open sourced under the MIT License.

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19. Name Mangler

Name Mangler8546 is a batch file renamer that supports all common renaming tasks: Find and Replace (including support for regular expressions); Number Sequentially; Change Case; Set Extension; Add Prefix/Suffix; Remove/Insert Characters. You can combine all of these using the Advanced renaming mode, which even comes with some extra features, such as conditional statements, nested counters etc. Name Mangler 2.0 runs natively on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later.

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20. CyberDuck

Cyberduck48 is an open source FTP, SFTP-client and also a WebDAV, Mosso Cloud Files and Amazon S3 browser for the Mac. It features an easy to use interface with quickly accessible bookmarks. The outline view of the browser allows to browse large folder structures efficiently and you can quickly preview files with Quick Look. To edit files, a seamless integration with several external editors makes it easy to change content quickly. An alternative: Filezilla49.

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21. TextWrangler

TextWrangler8751 is the powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator’s tool. Essentially, it is a free version of BBEdit (see below). It offers a broad range of support for different programming languages, and fantastic find and replace functionality. A reliable and powerful tool, especially considering its freeware status. (via appstorm.net52). Requires: Mac OS X 10.4 or later. Alternatives: eMacs53, Smultron54, TextEdit (native Mac-app).

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22. Growl

Growl8857 is a notification system for Mac OS X: it allows applications that support Growl to send you notifications. Growl offers you complete control over which notifications are shown and how they are displayed. You will not receive any notifications that you do not want, because you can easily turn notifications (specific ones or all of them) off. Growl requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

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23. Gmail Notifr

Gmail Notifr8959 sends you notifications about the received e-mails and other events in your Google account. It supports multiple accounts, checks mail at a specified interval, has Growl and sound notifications and has no background daemon processes installed as Google’s official notifier. Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5+ (Leopard).

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24. MAMP

MAMP9061 installs a local server environment in a matter of seconds on your Mac OS X computer, be it PowerBook or iMac. MAMP will not compromise any existing Apache installation already running with your OS X. You can install Apache, PHP and MySQL without starting a script or having to change any configuration files.

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25. And so many more!

Our friends from Appstorm.net have recently published The Ultimate Mac Setup For Web Designers: 60 Apps63 and 60 Open Source and Free Mac Apps64 which cover dozens of extremely useful and powerful applications that you can download and use for free. You can also check out the list of open source Mac applications on OpenSourceMac.org65.

We missed some really cool open source Mac-application? Please let us know in the comments to this post!

Reference Links

All the links mentioned in the article.

  • aLunch661
    A very handy launcher that runs from your Mac’s menu bar.
  • Kuler673
    Color themes generator.
  • Name Changer687
    A powerful batch name changer.
  • YemuZip699
    Creating Zip files has never been so easy.
  • Dateline7011
    Linear calendar for your desktop.
  • DropBox71
    Online file sharing system.
  • Quicksilver7215
    Adaptive appliction launcher.
  • Transmit7318
    Powerful FTP client software.
  • iTunes74
    Digital media player from Apple.
  • iClockr7520
    Timing application for multiple projects.
  • Caffeine7622
    Keep your mac from sleep.
  • iTool7724
    Complete System Maintenance, cleaning and customizing the look of Leopard.
  • The Unarchiver7826
    Unarchive with power.
  • Paparazzi!7928
    Grab stunning screenshots of webpages.
  • AllBookmarks8030
    Bookmarks from your menu bar.
  • TaskMate8136
    Task management made easy with a OS X feel.
  • Symbol Caddy82
    Keeps a bunch of common special characters at your fingertips.
  • iZoom8341
    Allows you to easily resize and crop your photos for optimized display.
  • JumpCut84
    Provides “clipboard buffering” – access to text that you’ve cut or copied, even if you’ve subsequently cut or copied something else.
  • Name Mangler8546
    A batch file renamer that supports all common renaming tasks.
  • CyberDuck86
    An open source FTP, SFTP-client.
  • TextWrangler8751
    The powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator’s tool.
  • Growl8857
    A notification system for Mac OS X.
  • Gmail Notifr8959
    Sends you notifications about the received e-mails and other events in your Google account.
  • MAMP9061
    Installs a local server environment in a matter of seconds on your Mac OS X computer.

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://mactips-lib.net/m/software/alunch/en/main.html
  2. 2 http://mactips-lib.net/m/software/alunch/en/main.html
  3. 3 http://kuler.adobe.com
  4. 4 http://kuler.adobe.com
  5. 5 www.adobe.com/products/air
  6. 6 get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
  7. 7 http://www.mrrsoftware.com/MRRSoftware/NameChanger.html
  8. 8 http://www.mrrsoftware.com/MRRSoftware/NameChanger.html
  9. 9 http://www.yellowmug.com/yemuzip/
  10. 10 http://www.yellowmug.com/yemuzip/
  11. 11 http://www.machinecodex.com/dateline/index.php
  12. 12 http://www.machinecodex.com/dateline/index.php
  13. 13 http://www.getdropbox.com/
  14. 14 http://www.getdropbox.com
  15. 15 http://www.blacktree.com/
  16. 16 http://amarsagoo.info/namely/
  17. 17 http://www.blacktree.com/
  18. 18 http://www.panic.com/transmit/
  19. 19 http://www.apple.com/iTunes
  20. 20 http://www.kedisoft.com/iclockr/
  21. 21 http://www.kedisoft.com/iclockr/
  22. 22 http://lightheadsw.com/caffeine/
  23. 23 http://lightheadsw.com/caffeine/
  24. 24 http://italianapple.wordpress.com/itool/
  25. 25 http://italianapple.wordpress.com/itool/
  26. 26 http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver.html
  27. 27 http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver.html
  28. 28 http://derailer.org/paparazzi/
  29. 29 http://derailer.org/paparazzi/
  30. 30 http://agilewebsolutions.com/products/AllBookmarks
  31. 31 http://agilewebsolutions.com/products/1Password
  32. 32 http://agilewebsolutions.com/products/AllBookmarks
  33. 33 http://www.nscoding.co.uk/
  34. 34 http://www.apple.com/macosx/what-is-macosx/apps-and-utilities.html#spaces
  35. 35 http://www.nscoding.co.uk/
  36. 36 http://gettaskmate.com/
  37. 37 http://gettaskmate.com/
  38. 38 http://www.doubleforte.net/widgets/symbol-caddy/
  39. 39 http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/reference/characterpal.html
  40. 40 http://www.doubleforte.net/widgets/symbol-caddy/
  41. 41 http://izoom.us/
  42. 42 http://izoom.us/
  43. 43 http://jumpcut.sourceforge.net/
  44. 44 http://jumpcut.sourceforge.net/
  45. 45 http://derekallard.com/blog/post/codeigniter-textmate-bundle-and-other-stuff-thats-saving-me-time/
  46. 46 http://www.manytricks.com/namemangler/
  47. 47 http://www.manytricks.com/namemangler/
  48. 48 http://cyberduck.ch/
  49. 49 http://filezilla-project.org/
  50. 50 http://cyberduck.ch/
  51. 51 http://www.barebones.com/products/TextWrangler/
  52. 52 http://mac.appstorm.net/roundups/office-roundups/top-10-mac-text-editors/
  53. 53 http://homepage.mac.com/zenitani/emacs-e.html
  54. 54 http://www.tuppis.com/smultron/
  55. 55 http://cyberduck.ch/
  56. 56 http://macradar.ru/software/texteditors/
  57. 57 http://growl.info/
  58. 58 http://growl.info/
  59. 59 http://ashchan.com/projects/gmail-notifr
  60. 60 http://ashchan.com/projects/gmail-notifr
  61. 61 http://www.mamp.info/en/mamp/index.html
  62. 62 http://www.mamp.info/en/mamp/index.html
  63. 63 http://mac.appstorm.net/roundups/web-dev/the-ultimate-mac-setup-for-web-designers-60-apps/
  64. 64 http://mac.appstorm.net/general/60-open-source-and-free-mac-apps/
  65. 65 http://www.opensourcemac.org/
  66. 66 http://mactips-lib.net/m/software/alunch/en/main.html
  67. 67 http://kuler.adobe.com
  68. 68 http://www.mrrsoftware.com/MRRSoftware/NameChanger.html
  69. 69 http://www.yellowmug.com/yemuzip/
  70. 70 http://www.machinecodex.com/dateline/index.php
  71. 71 http://www.getdropbox.com
  72. 72 http://www.blacktree.com/
  73. 73 http://www.panic.com/transmit/
  74. 74 http://www.apple.com/itunes/
  75. 75 http://www.kedisoft.com/iclockr/
  76. 76 http://lightheadsw.com/caffeine/
  77. 77 http://italianapple.wordpress.com/itool/
  78. 78 http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver.html
  79. 79 http://derailer.org/paparazzi/
  80. 80 http://agilewebsolutions.com/products/AllBookmarks
  81. 81 http://gettaskmate.com/
  82. 82 http://www.doubleforte.net/widgets/symbol-caddy/
  83. 83 http://izoom.us/
  84. 84 http://jumpcut.sourceforge.net/
  85. 85 http://www.manytricks.com/namemangler/
  86. 86 http://cyberduck.ch/
  87. 87 http://www.barebones.com/products/TextWrangler/
  88. 88 http://growl.info/
  89. 89 http://ashchan.com/projects/gmail-notifr
  90. 90 http://www.mamp.info/en/mamp/index.html

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  1. 1

    Thanks a bunch! :) AppCleaner is a nice tool, too.

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  2. 2

    WoW! Cool list. Thanks a lot.

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  3. 3

    Thanks!! I’ll give it a try to iClockr.

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  4. 4

    bad research or title.
    you should really check the information you get from twitter.

    some apps are not opensource!

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  5. 5

    Quicksilver is my personal favourite!

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    Daniel Schroeder

    July 5, 2009 8:16 am

    What a nice collection. There are few tools which will boost my productivity by 500%!
    Thanks dude!

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    Thx Smashing :)

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    Bruno Casarini Grillo

    July 5, 2009 8:22 am

    iZoom is quite nice, but it´s been dead for some years and it’s not an universal binary yet!

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  9. 9

    Since when has GTD stood for “Got To Do”? I’m sure it’s “Getting Things Done”, right? Or have I really been alive all these years and thinking the wrong thing? Tell me that’s not the case.

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    Zachary Spencer

    July 5, 2009 8:45 am

    So….. since when did “Open Source” Translate into “Closed source, trialware applications?”

    Because I’m pretty sure only 5 (or less) of those are actually open source…

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    Simon Harlinghausen

    July 5, 2009 9:05 am

    Genius collection.
    Especially the link list at
    the end of this article.

    Stay tuned …

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  12. 12

    Nice roundup. Although there are even better freeware alternatives to these.

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    Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    July 5, 2009 9:09 am

    Excellent list, nice to see I was already using a few of them. I got the website screenshot maker one added to my systems too now.

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    Jonathan Sterling

    July 5, 2009 9:10 am

    As far as I know, the following apps are in fact NOT open source:
    - aLunch
    - Adobe Kuler
    - NameChanger
    - YemuZip
    - Dropbox
    - iClockr
    - Caffeine
    - iTool
    - Paparazzi
    - AllBookmarks
    - TaskMate
    - SymbolCaddy
    - iZoom
    - Name Mangler
    - TextWrangler

    In fact, the only apps on this list that are truly open source are:
    - DateLine
    - Quicksilver
    - The Unarchiver
    - Jumpcut
    - Cyberduck
    - Growl
    - Gmail Notifr

    The majority of the apps on this list were just freeware. Freeware != Open Source. I would have expected a lot better from Smashing Magazine. This article should either be corrected or removed.

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      dumb ass – read the article one more time…..the article is about free apps not open source apps, moron.

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        With how many people are complaining about that distinction, I am going to assume the title once read open source before being corrected… Especially since the URL to this page indeed is “http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/05/25-open-source-mac-apps-that-will-boost-your-productivity/” so the Title once read 25 Open Source Mac Apps that will Boost your Productivity…

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    I agree quite strongly with those insisting on a distinction between the terms “open source” and “freeware”. I notice that this is mainly en error in creating the title of this post, but I believe that the distinction needs to be vigorously and always enforced. The issue is not that one is inherently better or preferable in any way, but the developers’ methods and decisions must be respected in this regard.

    I would also encourage people who are interested in app launchers to investigate ABC Launch :) I love this app!

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    I also thought dropbox was closed source…

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  17. 19

    I just wanted to drop a line saying that I’ll unsubscribe from the RSS now. I know research is hard, but there’s a great way to make it easy: write about something you know a lot about. It often appears Smashing doesn’t, and reading articles with bad research is a big waste of my time.

    I don’t mean to be a drama queen over unsubscribing – I just wanted to let you know that you have a quality problem, and you should fix it.

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    mamp ftw!

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    I have an error with this post by rss:
    “XML Parsing Error: not well-formed
    Location: file:///
    Line Number 119, Column 12:DockSpaces….”

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    You could have included Remember The Task, is a tiny Remember The Milk client that keeps ToDo lists on fingertips: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/marketplace/index.cfm?event=marketplace.offering&marketplaceid=1&offeringid=10052

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    Diogo Iglésias

    July 5, 2009 11:04 am

    Great list! I wish i had a mac :(
    Can someone do a similar list for Windows?

    Thanks

    (SM) A similar list for Windows is already being prepared ;-)

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  22. 24

    Thanks, this is an awesome list!

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  23. 25

    Skitch, for doing screen captures and marking them up, has always been one of my favorite freebies

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    There are couple of other apps I think should be in this list….
    1. XAMPP – Apache, PHP, MySql and FTP all in one install
    2. Axiety – Task management

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    In item No 7 you mention Namely. If you are running Leopard, you will find that Spotlight does the same thing.

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    I like LaunchBar over Quicksilver. Doesn’t crash/quit unexpectedly like Quicksilver sometimes does. But it isn’t free.

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    Nice list. I use quite a few, but why isn’t Spotlight talked about more when it comes to app launching!

    I use spotlight all the time to app launch. Simply type the spotlight shortcut Command-Space then start typing the name of a app and just press enter. the first thing that comes up on the spotlight list is Apps.

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  28. 31

    Here here for Skitch, interesting that you didn’t mention it for screenshots.

    Also a huge fan of Dropbox, you can do some real interesting stuff to manage passwords across multiple computers with it. Very handy.

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  29. 32

    Thanks, Great post! more things to fill my mac with.

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    Moritz Hanebeck

    July 5, 2009 4:39 pm

    Instead of Jumpcut I recommend ClipMenu. The tool has an amount of settings.

    Here you get it: http://www.clipmenu.com/

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    Jared Spurbeck

    July 5, 2009 6:15 pm

    A Mac list is done, and a Windows list is on the way … so how about a Linux list? ^.^

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  32. 35

    Great article, more productivity for my job, thanks!

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  33. 36

    What about Butler from Peter Maurer, now Many Tricks. It’s the original one trick pony that does the job of at least two of the apps listed here(app launcher, clipboard history) and a bunch more.

    Also, Handbrake Handbrake, a truly open source video transcoder.

    Fluid Fluid for setting up site specific browsers – great for having Google Docs, Gmail, Facebook, etc. in their own browser/application.

    And those are just a few freebies that I use regularly.

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  34. 37

    It’s a shame the author doesn’t know the difference between “its” and “it’s.”

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  35. 38

    I second a Linux list, please don’t forget about us. Our numbers are growing and we contribute more than our share to open-source projects =)

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    Tejendra Shandilya

    July 5, 2009 7:34 pm

    :)

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    @Brian
    Spotlight ain’t in the list, because you already have it on your machine. ;)

    And where is XAMPP on these type of free lists?

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    Erik Kubitschek

    July 5, 2009 8:53 pm

    Okay, I know that about six out of ten of us are Mac users but I (and about 4/10 of us) are not. Do you really want to exclude that many of your visitors?

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    WOW! NameChanger is absolutely brilliant!

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  40. 43

    This guy totally robbed my Applications folder.

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    ABC Launch works the way using Spotlight does, but is much quicker, with less “hunting” since it only searches the directories you program it to look for apps in. It really is sweet. I promise :) I do agree that being able to launch apps using only a few keyboard strokes, without touching the mouse, is a real speed boost. The advantage this has over some other keyboard launchers is that you don’t have to assign and remember a lot of keystroke combinations, just the shortcut to start the search and some part of the application’s name. ABC Launch doesn’t require you to start at the beginning, either; it will match any part of the string. Did I say it’s sweet? That I love this app? = :D

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    Michael Murdock

    July 5, 2009 11:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing these. I could care less whether or not they’re ‘truly open source’ and as far as removing an article for such things…don’t waste your time. Sharing free resources is something that’s always made the computer industry great. Whether someone built them using Open Source or not is not a big deal. Free is Free and it’s alright by me.

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    Henrik Kjelsberg

    July 5, 2009 11:05 pm

    I don´t like your list. It clutters up an uncluttered Os!
    aLaunch & jumpcut – Use spotlight or perhaps quicksilver. ( Way faster! )
    NameMangler & NameChanger – Creating an automator task in your contextmenu can be done in 20 minutes without any experience with automator.
    Dockspaces – Because you have clutter, right?
    Taskmate, really? iCal todo´s and perhaps a dashboard-widget is more like it.
    And last, Mamp. Apache and php is already installed in leopard. Install mysql from binaries on their site and you are good to go.

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  44. 47

    Great list of applications! Thanks!

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  45. 48

    Great list, but please, please, please get the title correct. Freeware does not, and will never, equal Open Source. Dugg for content, not accuracy.

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  46. 49

    Great list. Though it’s not free, i’d like to recommend “LaunchBar” here. There’s no free app out there saving me as much time as this one. It’s just brilliant.

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  47. 50

    Great list, thanks. I have a related question: Some time ago I had a little app that would let me do batch downloads. I used to grab all MacBreak Weekly podcasts from the Cachefly server. I just had to enter the URL/folder and it would start downloading. Any hints or tips?

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  48. 51

    hi guys,
    I am looking for color picker for mac os, which one do you use? I havent found easy to use picker. Can you help me?

    Thanks

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    @andy
    I found one in my applications/utilities folder. It’s called DigitalColor Meter.app

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  50. 53

    Great Collection…

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  51. 54

    You did it…again! Great list! Thank you SM!

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  52. 55

    I’m always looking for lightweight and productive apps for my Mac, however I’d like to suggest CleanArchiver for creating zip files. Its super lightweight and allows you to customize your zip file a little more than YemuZip does.

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  53. 56

    Great list, I am using a few already but iTool is no longer available from the source you have linked too. The developer has taken it down :(

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    @ 43.

    “Michael Murdock, CEO

    Stop spamming your crappy services, do not advertise!

    With a site and talent at such a low level you would probably do better by not directing people to your nonsense.

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  55. 58

    Quicksilver should be #1 and the rest of the list should be filed under “Not really that good but we have a list to compile or we won’t get on the front page of Digg dammit!”

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    John Fishlock, Helicopter pilot

    July 6, 2009 8:36 am

    Shame itool is not available anymore, it looks like a great tool.

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    Pishabh Badmaash

    July 6, 2009 9:55 am

    God Blass!

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    I love SnapNDrag for screenshots. It lets you do window, selection, or screen. It keeps a list of all the screenshots — open them in Preview and tweak then save them or discard them. Super easy and free! I use it multiple times a week to save clippings of great UIs and experiences throughout the web.

    http://www.yellowmug.com/snapndrag/

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    Plus points to Smashing Mag for correcting the title. As for those who feel there’s no distinction between ‘Open Source’ and ‘free software’ you could not be more mistaken. There are any number of legal, patent, copyright, and fair use issues involved at levels much deeper than simplistic ‘I can download and use it for free..’ attitudes.

    Open Source

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  60. 63

    Dockspaces is not on the last list ;-)
    Anyway, great list, thanks.
    jopicar,

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  61. 64

    Great list, there was a bunch I haden’t heard of :)

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    For a color picker, I like Contrast-A Contrast-A, a freeware product from Adobe AIR Marketplace. It has the added advantage of selecting color pairs that have enough contrast to pass accessibility guidelines, which means that using one as foreground and the other as background produces text that almost anyone can read easily. (It even shows you what it would look like to people with colorblindness.)

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    Cool, Kuler is really good! I’ve been struggling to find a good colour scheme for my new site and it really helps.

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    Diogo Iglésias

    July 8, 2009 2:42 pm

    Great! I can’t wait for that Windows list.

    Thanks

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  65. 68

    Thanks, I picked up several new apps from this.

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    wow!…. #*$% thanks….

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    Paparazzi! 0.5b is actually Tiger+

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    Brian was right with his comment that Spotlight should be mentioned when talking about application launchers, just as Text Edit was mentioned when talking about Text Wrangler. He wasn’t saying it should have it’s own paragraph Kevinn!

    For those of you going on about Skitch, yeah it’s cool, but it’s in Beta, NOT freeware or donationware.

    @13 Adrian, if you think there are so much better options, they why the heck would you not mention any?? Just a poor attempt to look clever?

    Got a couple from the list myself. Great! DockSpaces might actually get me to believe Spaces is actually worth something. It sure as heck does me no good right now.

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    I apologize for being negative but I really didn’t find this list all that useful. While some of these “could” be useful if you need something specific… most of them are just robust apps that IMO would just clutter my system.

    However, good job on finding unique apps that not a lot of people post on.

    props for mentioning quicksilver. Basically the best mac app ever. people, if you don’t use quicksilver yet… download it.

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    Quite a few I have been already using but in this article I have found something in addition to what I have now. iClockr is one of the things I will try with my photo sessions.

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    Good post! I love “Symbol Caddy”!

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    nice list. and while we’re being more productive….Dejal’s Time Out is a beautifully designed free mac program that reminds you to take a break and rest your eyes:
    http://www.dejal.com/timeout/

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    You should have included Hex Color Picker – http://wafflesoftware.net/hexpicker
    It’s very, very useful, as OS X’s default color picker doesn’t support choosing colours based on their hex value.

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    You thankfully pointed out the fundamental tools of my daily workflow; without Namely and Name Mangler, I’d be completely unproductive. In fact, I have removed everything from my dock (except for running programs), and use nothing but Namely to launch apps. If you want clutter and bloat, grab Quicksilver. If you want lightweight, speedy, and “always there but not in the way,” choose Namely.

    As for Name Mangler, the built-in grammar makes it more valuable than every other comparable utility. Despite being a terminal whiz, I still prefer to use Name Mangler instead of find, sed, and mv.

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    I don’t know what I would do without DropBox. I took a number of frre apps and created a list of here http://tinyurl.com/freemacapps

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  76. 79

    Thanks for putting this list together.
    Really good one. Good job.

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    Wow, this is a really reference for Free Mac apps, I already downloaded some, and I love them. Thanks!

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  78. 81

    Kuler is not only a Mac application but works on a PC as well.

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  79. 82

    Great, thanks, very helpful. will be good for South Africans

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  80. 83

    Don’t forget Blender (3D) Software (opensource)
    http://www.blender.org!

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  81. 84

    Emacs is not spelled “eMacs”, and the original Emacs has nothing to do with apple. Not everything is apple-centric. You’re probably going to anger any linux/unix guru that comes across this page.

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  82. 85

    Great App. Thank you.

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    I’ve noticed a bunch of people who are complaining that the title, at one point in time, mentioned open source apps while the content featured links to apps that were not open source. Why this outrages anyone is beyond me, the only good thing about open source apps is that they’re free anyways. Who cares if they’re labeled open source or not? Does it make them less usable and functional because Smashing Mag called them “open source” when they really weren’t? Of course not.

    Use the apps, or don’t. The methods by which an app is developed is unimportant if the app is good, functional, and useful for somebody.

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    glad i luv this web.

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  85. 88

    I only have 3 days using Snow Leopard, and this list is very useful, thanks a lot!

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  86. 89

    The Things app would be intersting to have since i’m very disorganized =/
    The thing is that i don’t have a mac…
    any software with an acceptable interface that can reach the Things app for mac?

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    osxstation.com

    June 4, 2010 9:29 pm

    Awesome, don’t forget to check another mac apps here http://osxstation.com

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    Technology Details

    July 6, 2010 12:29 pm

    wow…
    tats great n cool….
    Technology Details
    *******
    john

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  90. 93

    The Things app would be intersting to have since i’m very disorganized juan

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  91. 94

    Excellent list, nice to see I was already using a few of them. I got the website screenshot maker one added to my systems too now.

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  92. 95

    I’m new to mac – this is a very good list thank you for sharing. this site has also helped me as a mac newbie with free mac software: http://www.free-open-source.com. Smashing mag is very very good – keep up the good work

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  93. 96

    Great list of apps. I love Kuler and use it all the time.

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    Hi All,

    I found 201 mac apps in mebaze. It’s really good just take a look (http://mebaze.com/freebies/201-most-essential-mac-apps).

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  95. 98

    Cool stuff, thx for release. Are they free? I have found some of them on filetram.

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  96. 99

    FOund this list just at the right time.
    Hopefully with this list I can get my disorganised act together.

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    DateLine is no longer free, and should therefore be removed from this list.

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  98. 101

    DateLine is not a free app!

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  99. 102

    Next time you do a list you should include “ixPaste”. That certainly boosted my productivity

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    JSCAPE’s AnyClient is another good FTP client that is Mac compatible. Platform independent and supports FTP, FTPS, SFTP and Amazon S3. Check it out at http://www.anyclient.com

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