With SSD hard drives still being expensive, size (or lack thereof) is an issue for some Mac users. Others struggle with keeping their disks clean and folders tidy. CCleaner is for both types. The free helper takes care of caches, unused language packages, cookies and other junk piling up on your drive. After analysing the disk, CCleaner shows you what could go to teh trash and how much space you would gain. There are plenty of options for the user to play with. Try it out and see for yourself!
Category Archives: Free Mac Software
Ladies & Gentlemen… here comes another awesome tool to convert video and audio files into different formats. What’s the point you ask? Usability! Adapter is self explanatory and comes with many useful presets for Apple devices, tablets et cetera. If you feel you need more advanced options over codecs and stuff go for Handbrake or MPEG streamclip. All of these 3 great media converters for (Mac) OS X are free!
Dropbox offers a simple way to exchange files between Macs, PCs and iPhones/iPads, store files in the cloud or back things up. BoxCryptor adds one great feature by offering you a secure, i.e. encrypted folder (well, volume actually) in your Dropbox. There’s a limited free application for Mac, PC and iOS if you use the service for private purposes only. BoxCryptor helps you to create a volume in your Dropbox (looks like a regular folder), set a password and then secures your files with an AES-256 encryption. That way only you can access the volume. This might be handy for storing private documents like a copy of your passport and other travel documents while circling the globe.
Many applications for OS X are available in different languages. You can change your system language, including all program languages via System Preferences –> Language & Text (requires a user log-out). Language Switcher, however, can change the language of any single application of your choice (if the software comes in different languages, of course). Simply select the program and choose from the available languages. Language Switcher will restart the app in the desired language and lets you specify a default setting too.
The GNU Image Manipulation Program (Gimp 2.8) is a free alternative to the likes of Photoshop and GraphicConverter. Finally Mac users can run this full-fledged photo editor as a NATIVE application under OS X. No need for the annoying X11 Window System anymore. Thx guys! Need more details? Dig right in!
Users of Apple’s Wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse or Trackpad might find this free piece of code useful for monitoring the battery level of said devices via a Dashboard widget. Mighty Monitor does just that – and does it well! Hitting the Dashboard key on your keyboard is much faster than going through System Preferences –> Mouse etc. only to check the battery life of your Apple bluetooth devices, right?
Haven’t heard of Dropbox? It’s a free online storage. Something like Apple’s iCloud. The cool thing – apart from that lots of people use it already and it’s easy to set up – you can also use it to exchange files between your Mac and iOS device quickly. Just get the app for you iPhone (or iPad) and install the thing on your Mac too. The rest is simple drag-and-drop business and it goes both ways of course.
Just in case you have been thinking about cultivating your DJ skills – Mixxx (not, it’s not porn) might be the right tool
for the right price. The (free) DJ software offers pretty much everything to start with: iTunes integration, BPM detection and syncing, support for various audio formats (MP3, M4A/AAC, OGG, FLAC), plus Mixx plays nice with more than 30 DJ controllers.
Interested in transferring your DVD collection to a Mac for easier access and nicer presentation? The open source project – Plex – is the place too start. The free software effortlessly manages your movie library and streams your flicks not only on your home network to other Macs, but to the iPhone and iPad too (there’s an app for that, you know). You can also set up secure film streaming via the Internet. One way to move all your DVDs to your Mac while ensuring flawless streaming and picture quality is MakeMKV. There are many options for ripping and encoding DVDs, however, Plex, the MKV video format (and a Mac Mini) make a great team as a media center!
Always dreamed of being able to touch type? Tipp10 is a free software for Mac OS X to help you get your typing skills going. It is pretty straight forward and comes with lots of exercises and training sessions. Just download the damn thing and get to work!
The guys over at Automatic Duck are giving away their Import- and Export-Tools for Avid, Final Cut and Adobe After Effects for free! Pro Import AE imports timelines from Avid, FCP 7 into After Effects. Pro Export FCP exports AFF files from Final Cut Pro 7 and FCP X to Avid. Pro Import FCP on the other hand imports OMF and AFFcompositions from Avid to Final Cut Pro 7. Well, check it out the details for yourself… Automatic Duck will stop supporting the tools, that’s why you can download them for free now.
Dude, whatever you download is your own business, but the best software to get the job done on a Mac is
probably Transmission. It’s a neat tool using little resources (CPU & memory), offering remote (web) access and full encryption. This BitTorrent client is an open source project and comes with most features you might need.
Did you know Mozilla offers 3 different Firefox versions? Release candidates, beta versions and a developer builds, called Aurora. If you’re not the adventurous type and frequent updates are a nuisance to you, download the release candidate. If you have the urge to try the latest, go with the beta channel. Aurora is for people who want to join the rocky developer front. You can check your Firefox version via “About Firefox” from the menu bar.
Apple introduced simplified file sharing with Mac OS X Lion, calling the feature AirDrop. However, if you’re not into Lion or your Mac isn’t supported and you don’t want to fiddle around to activate it anyway, get DropCopy! It does more or less the same thing as AirDrop offering even more transfer options and settings. There’s a free version for up to 3 Macs on a local network and a paid version ($25) if you want to connect more machines.