Tag Archives: Freeware

NeoOffice, OpenOffice, Bean

Mac users have a growing number of decent (free) Office Suites available to them. With OpenOffice and NeoOffice being the most powerful and feature rich solutions. But there are other, smaller writing tools like Bean. They all support the latest Microsoft Office file formats (like .docx). In the end you have to check them out yourself to find out which one you like the most.

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Great Converter: MPEG Streamclip

Here comes another video converter which handles most  video  formats out there. Between HandBrake, Flv Crunch and ReduxEncoder, this is probably the most versatile of them all. MPEG Streamclip deals with MPEG, VOB, PS, M2P, MOD, VRO, DAT, MOV, DV, AVI, MP4, TS, M2T, MMV, REC, VID, AVR, M2V, M1V, MPV, AIFF, M1A, MP2, MPA, AC3 and MKV. DivX and WMV are supported through plug-ins. This great player, editor, encoder and converter is free.

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As the name implies, this program keeps track of all computers Apple builds. Mactracker includes detailed information on many sorts of things: Processors, components, year built and expansion slots. Useful if you need to find out which type of RAM and how much you can fit in your machine. Or which graphics cards are supported, in case you want to upgrade it. All that information comes free and you can have it in an iPhone app as well!

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Run Windows in a VirtualBox

Mac users looking to run Windows or Linux on their Mac have several commercial options. There is also Boot Camp, Apple’s own (free) solution. VirtualBox however is a great open source alternative. You can run most major versions of Windows in a program window just like any other application and it’s fast. The software supports shared folders to exchange files between Mac OS X and Windows. Instead of shutting down Windows you have the option of saving the current state, which reduces start up and shut down times. It’s easy to set up, just make sure you install the guest additions/extension pack.

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Growl – know what’s going on

The ultimate notification utility for your Mac. Growl can be annoying if not configured properly, but is quite useful if you tell it exactly what to do and when. Growl uses bezels (customisable pop up bubbles) to let you know all sorts of things. For example who that e-mail is from so you don’t have to check your e-mail program all the time or when your ftp upload is ready. There is hardly anything on your system you can’t get Growl to tell you about. If you think you need this, check it out – it’s open source.

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Easy Websites with KompoZer

Weird name, but helpful software. KompoZer is an easy option if you want to create a simple web site but have no knowledge of HTML etc. With an interface similar to a text editor you can design a page with a few clicks, insert pictures and upload your results to a web server. You probably won’t win a design award, but for some projects it might do the job. It’s free!

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A Bean for writing

There are many word processing tools for Mac users out there. Microsoft Word, NeoOffice and Open Office being the most prominent. But if you are looking for a small, lightweight writing solution Bean might just do it for you. It’s simple open source and handles Word (doc and docx), the rtf-format and .odt. So you are covered regarding different file formats. The novel you have to write yourself.

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