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FREE / OPEN SOFTWARE FOR MAC OSX
This site has been made on a Mac.
There are a great many many websites where you can find
free and / or open source software for the system.
Three of the best are :
site (of course!), Macupdate, Sourceforge
, and Opensourcemac.
The following list of
software (with clickable links to the relevant sites) only gives a
small idea of the available range.
Click on the names and / or the
Remember : all this is free. but you may wish to make a donation
here and there, to express your appreciation. It helps to keep the open / free spirit alive.
Firefox is the best known open source browser
Chrome is fast and increasingly popular
SeaMonkey: has its own email client and html editing
programme for building web pages and
websites. I used it to make this site.
Opera is another browser that also has an email client
my favourite email client. Includes a newseader and RSS
No longer developed, but the team that created it still publishes regular updates.
An alternative is Postbox. This, however, is not free ( but cheap ).
And remember: the browsers Seamonkey and Opera have their own email client programmes.
3) Image editing
The GIMP (Gnu image manipulation
programme) : impressive. Some consider it a free
/ open alternative to
Seashore has fewer features, but it's lighter and quite adequate for most basic photo/image editing tasks
tricks also allows several editing jobs, and
artistic effects. Worth checking out - after all, it's free !
: free and does "Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base". Used to be Open Office.
Try it before buying Microsoft Office for Mac !
a lighter version of Open Office / Libre Office. For Mac only.
Cyberduck is excellent. Simple to use.
Opens your remotely stored website files in a
window. You just drag and drop.
Filezilla is free, easy to use, and robust.
6) Website building / html editors :
Kompozer: ( formerly NVU ). Very powerful and robust. I used it to build this site.
See also (as mentioned
above): Sea Monkey.
but it works ! I used it
to make this site.
7) Audio / audio editing :
Audacity: a "free, open source software
for recording and editing sounds".
VLC : will read most video
(and audio ) formats, including flash (flv). A possible
to the "pro" (and non-free) version of Apple's Quicktime
Calendars / diaries:
features galore. An alternative to iCal.
12) RSS aggregators :
Netnewswire: Excellent. My favourite, and
(apparently) one of the most popular. I'm not surprised.
open source, nice clean interface.
RssOwl is open source,
multiplatform, clear and easy to use.
Does all the maintenance tasks, and more (system tweaks etc).
A "must-have". It could save you a LOT of anguish. To find out
why, click the link. But ( writing this in
2013 ) Appleajck isn't yet compatible with Lion or Mountain
When you download and open applications, the Mac generates a lot
of files, most of which
you'll never see. When you delete an application by dragging it to the trash ( if you're installing an update, for instance ),
it's easy to forget this, and all these associated files can remain on your hard disk, cluttering it up, and slowing down your Mac.
Appcleaner takes care of that: when you want to delete an
application, it finds the associated files and shows them as a
list, giving you the opportunity to trash them. This avoids any accidental deletion of files you may
want to keep - you
stay in control.
ClamXav: There are no viruses for Mac, some say. Well, there are, but very few. But it's
scanning your system from time to time, just
to be sure, and monitoring it. ClamXav will do just that.
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