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11 great Mac apps worth $5000. That is what’s waiting for you at the end of this post. But hey, what’s a great list without a spoiler?

The very first Mac article ever published by MakeUseOf was about Things Things - 'Getting Things Done' simplified [Mac Only] Things - 'Getting Things Done' simplified [Mac Only] Read More . That was about 2 years ago. Since then we’ve continued to serve the Mac community well, publishing over 300 articles. While reviewing apps, part of the job description is testing them out.

After we’re done, we ask ourselves the golden question, “Is this app a keeper?” That’s what this list is all about — those apps that eventually find a permanent place on our Macs to call Home. Everyone should have these installed, regardless of what you use your Mac for.

Dropbox

Everyone knows Dropbox for their amazing file-sharing service. Drag any file into the Dropbox folder and it automatically gets shared.

Sign up for a free account and you automatically get 2GB to share with your friends. Set up shared folders and anything you drop will be instantly downloaded by others.

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AppFresh

Surely you must know how it feels to load an app, just to have it inform you that it’s outdated and there’s a newer version available? Don’t we always need the latest and greatest?

AppFresh How To Automatically Update 3'rd Party Apps on Your Mac How To Automatically Update 3'rd Party Apps on Your Mac Read More is what you want. It will scan through all of your installed apps, plugins, preference panes, widgets and spew up the results in a matter of seconds. All the information you need to see will be laid out in front of you: latest version number, currently installed version, release date, release notes. It’s a geek’s all-you-can-eat buffet.

Adium

Adium is probably the most widely-used multi-protocol chat app on Macs. It’s oddly strange that it’s never been featured exclusively on MakeUseOf.

Adium supports a wide range of chat protocols from MSN to Facebook to ICQ to Gadu Gadu. If you use it, Adium supports it.

Adding to its list of features, Adium is also hugely customisable in both its theme and functionality. Check out the addons that the Adium community has to offer.

The Unarchiver

Emphasis on the “The”. This little app – that comes without a user interface – can probably unpack just about any file you throw at it. Once installed, it will replace Mac’s native unarchiving utility, BOMArchiveHelper.

To mention a few, it supports and unarchives RAR, ZIP, Tar, 7-Zip, Stuffit, CAB, MSI and even EXE files. The only format it cannot unpack is ACE. But that’s hardly a worry.

Besides being clever, The Unarchiver is also efficient. You can click on as many RAR or ZIP files for it to unpack but it will never overwork your system. Instead, it will queue the files and unpacks them individually.

Transmission

This little app is always being compared to uTorrent Transmission vs uTorrent [Mac Only] Transmission vs uTorrent [Mac Only] Read More . Why? Transmission Transmission, The Lightweight BitTorrent Client Transmission, The Lightweight BitTorrent Client Read More is fantastic BitTorrent client that was specifically designed to be integrated seamlessly on a Mac.

It’s simple and minimalistic, it’s lightweight, it’s fast and there are a lot How To Automate & Organize Torrents with Transmission [Mac] How To Automate & Organize Torrents with Transmission [Mac] Read More of cool things How To Remotely Trigger A Torrent Download Via Email [Mac] How To Remotely Trigger A Torrent Download Via Email [Mac] Read More you can do with it.

It will be a long time before I part with this trusty app.

AppCleaner

Macs have always boasted simple installation and uninstallation procedures. To install most Mac apps, all you need to do is drag it over to the Applications folder. To uninstall, drag the app to Trash. But the story doesn’t quite end there.

There will be a couple of mystery files left on your Mac. They won’t do much harm but since you’re uninstalling an app, chances are, you won’t need these files lingering on your Mac. AppCleaner solves this debacle.

Drag any file you want to uninstall into AppCleaner and it will display all the related files. Make sure that you agree and click Delete. Goodbye, remnants!

Skitch

We’ve written about Skitch Capture Edit & Share Your Screenshots With Skitch [Mac Only] Capture Edit & Share Your Screenshots With Skitch [Mac Only] Read More more than once 5 Alternative Screen Capture Tools For Your Mac 5 Alternative Screen Capture Tools For Your Mac Read More . Personally, I’ve used it for years. And there’s a good reason for that.

Skitch is one of the most basic yet impressive image editors for Mac. It is capable of saving images to JPG, PNG, PDF, BMP, TIF, GIF and SVG. That should cover most of your image-saving needs.

I mainly use Skitch for simple image manipulations like resizing, cropping, converting to other formats and annotations.

It’s quick and I love the fact that I know the output file size even before saving the file. Skitch also keeps a history of every file every edited. It may not sound like much but that’s what I love it for. I can turn the History viewer on and conveniently grab a file which I modified a week ago.

Perian & [NO LONGER WORKS] VLC

I find it awfully weird that Quicktime still doesn’t support Divx out of the box. Like every good marketing strategy — when there’s demand, there’s supply. Failing every good marketing strategy — Perian is free. Still, it’s considered the swiss-army knife of video codecs for Quicktime (why does that sound so familiar?).

I would probably be at the wrath of the Guillotine of Tech if I used the word “video” and didn’t follow it quickly with “VLC”. For years, VLC has reigned cross-platform champion as the most capable video player. Macs are no exception.

iStat Menus

Keeping with the minimalistic mindset, Apple maintains that, “The less you know, the better.” That’s why Activity Monitor is buried deep within the Utilities folder. Generally, a Mac user should focus on the task at hand and not worry about how much free memory is available.

iStat Menus makes this information easily attainable — on your menubar. At the cost of some menubar-estate, this preference pane will add vital information like CPU usage, temperature, memory usage, network activity and other goodies to the top of your screen where it’s visible at all times.

Sure, this may go against Apple’s teachings but hey, we’re geeks — we need to know everything that’s going on, all the time.

OnyX

OnyX was featured just once on MakeUseOf in the article Ten Tools To Keep Your Mac In Tip-Top Shape Ten Tools To Keep Your Mac In Tip-Top Shape Ten Tools To Keep Your Mac In Tip-Top Shape Read More . But you know what? Once is more than enough to convince anyone that OnyX is a keeper.

Think of OnyX as a strict physician. It inspects and examines your Mac for anything that might seem wonky and straightens out all the kinks.

It can also clean out old log files and performs a series of automated maintenance to keep your Mac healthy.

Teamviewer

C’mon. This app doesn’t need an introduction!

Teamviewer is one of the best zero-configuration remote-support applications that’s available. Period. And since it’s also available for Mac, why not take advantage of it?

Even if you’re not on the receiving end, having Teamviewer installed is really convenient if you are your family’s tech-support team.

Quicksilver

Highly regarded by productivists as the definitive must-have application, Quicksilver has finally won me over. Sure, its highlight may have been the Tiger-Leopard era but it still has its place in Snow Leopard.

With a couple of quick keystrokes, sending an email or transferring files can be as simple as launching an application. But don’t be fooled, it’s not a simple app launcher. It can do so much more!

It definitely takes a bit of getting used to but it’s highly rewarding once you’ve honed the skill. In fact, you may feel slightly disabled if you’re on a Mac without Quicksilver.

Bean & TextWrangler

I bunched these 2 apps together, not only because they’re both text editors or because they’re free. Rather, it’s because I simply couldn’t make up my mind.

Bean is has slightly more features, supporting Word documents. Aside from that, it also launch amazingly fast!

Bean is an alternative to using Microsoft Word on my Mac. Since I don’t work with Word documents that often, there’s no point in forking the money over to buy a copy.

I use TextWrangler for different purposes, mainly for what lacks in TextEdit — a word counter. It also supports coding and HTML, which is helpful on occasion.

Carbon Copy Cloner

With all the reports of Time Capsules crapping out after a year of use, I refused to take any chances and decided back up my data manually. Carbon Copy Cloner was such a helpful application that I just had to find a spot for it on my Mac.

With features like scheduled tasks and incremental backups, it’s almost a good as Time Machine (without the fancy interface). It allows you to make complete or selective backups of your Mac, backup to a networked Mac, backup to a disk image and even restore from one.

Using Carbon Copy Cloner means freeing yourself from the backup schedules of Time Machine and having complete control over your backups.

Burn

Not that I’m complaining but my fancy Mac does not allow me to burn DVD videos outside of iDVD. There’s just no native support outside of the iLife app suite. Want to burn a music CD but not with iTunes? Tough.

Burn is a simple application that slips right into place. In fact, it’s so simple, it’s crazy. I messed around with it a bit by dragging an AVI and told it to burn a video DVD. I thought it would produce an error of some kind because only MPG files can be used. You know what Burn returned? “Would you like me to convert it for you?” I can’t believe this app is free.

So there you go. 15 apps worth having on every Mac. Have a favourite app that’s not on the list? Share it with us in the comments.

Now on to some serious giveaway business.

MakeUseOf 11-Day Must-Have Commercial Mac Apps Giveaway

Not all apps that we feature here must be free. In fact, some of the very best apps are commercial. The amount of effort put into them really makes them shine and so developers charge a small fee (and rightly so). We’ve managed to find 11 great must-have commercial Mac apps and decided to share them with you.

Starting tomorrow, we will be offering one app to be given away daily for the next 11 days. We have an average of 15 licenses available for each individual application, so you’re well covered. The giveaways will operate almost like every other giveaway we’ve organised on MakeUseOf but with a few casual differences.

For one, we will be unlocking 1 application giveaway every day. Winners will be announced as soon as the next giveaway begins. Secondly, you have to manually enter the giveaway to be eligible to win (aside from joining our Facebook fan page, that goes without saying) — we cannot pick winners from our Facebook fan pool, not everyone has a Mac.

The rest of the rules are about the same.

So, what do we have to offer? Can you guess what they are? Click on the unlocked images to be forwarded to the app’s giveaway page.


That’s right. The first app we’re giving away is Intego’s VirusBarrier x6. A standard license is worth £48 and offers protection on 2 Macs. We’ve got 10 licenses to give away. How do you get one? Tune in tomorrow.

  1. Mike
    May 5, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    How can you leave OpenOffice off of this list?

  2. Jeemy
    May 4, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Dropbox now is also can work for ipad!
    This is really a nice and cool list! Thanks for sharing!
    I add some more, iFunia YouTube downloader for MAC(Free download YouTube video on Mac, including Snow Leopard, totally free), and more iphone, ipad, ipod apps here: http://www.ifunia.com/resource...
    there are also many free MAC resources, tips and guides on how to do.....

  3. Anonymous
    May 4, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Dropbox now is also can work for ipad!
    This is really a nice and cool list! Thanks for sharing!
    I add some more, iFunia YouTube downloader for MAC(Free download YouTube video on Mac, including Snow Leopard, totally free), and more iphone, ipad, ipod apps here: http://www.ifunia.com/resources.html
    there are also many free MAC resources, tips and guides on how to do.....

  4. Aibek
    May 2, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks Jet,

    stay tuned!

  5. Jet
    May 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    i love this site... so many goodies for Mac. keep up the good work guys! salut!

    • Aibek
      May 2, 2010 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks Jet,

      stay tuned!

  6. Johnny E.
    April 26, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Looking For A Certain App? Email me and let me know what you want and I will see what I can do for ya! johnnye1975@gmail.com Guaranteed I got what you are looking for! :)

  7. BrainTiller
    April 7, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Great Article. I think you are right. Those listed applications are must for Mac users. I am already using most of them you have listed but for remote support I use only specialized appliance from providers like RHUB since I am bit concerned about security. RHUB is a firewall-friendly and compatible with lock down security. It works on multiple platforms (mac, linux, windows) and affordable too. Anyway, thanks for the information.

  8. BrainTiller
    April 7, 2010 at 5:58 am

    Great Article. I think you are right. Those listed applications are must for Mac users. I am already using most of them you have listed but for remote support I use only specialized appliance from providers like RHUB since I am bit concerned about security. RHUB is a firewall-friendly and compatible with lock down security. It works on multiple platforms (mac, linux, windows) and affordable too. Anyway, thanks for the information.

  9. takinojp
    March 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    All good applications! I am now using some of them.

  10. Adisa
    March 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Team Viewer looks like just what the doctor ordered!

    The bulk of the rest are already installed on my machine, or handled by alternates.

    Great list!

    • Adisa
      March 16, 2010 at 1:28 pm

      Hmm... on second thought, Team Viewer seems like a vector for bad stuff.

      Their website is low on details about what sits in the middle between the host and the guest computers, so I'm a little wary about what's going on.

      They even boast that the app doesn't require administrative rights... Folks, that's not necessarily a good thing.

      I'm gonna need to know a lot more about what's happening there before I'll give up my current iChat solution.

  11. Theresa Provencio
    March 10, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Burn would be an impressive application to have. Creating an application that will allow burning Dvd's without itune's is long overdue. Backing up my files without time machine and using Carbon Copy Cloner? are you serious? sign me up! Perian and VLC, that's amazing. I really hope I win something. Good luck to everyone and may the best man win!

  12. Theresa Provencio
    March 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I just recently had to upgrade from an ibookg4 to an iMac. it would be nice to add some sweet aps to my computer to maximize my user experience. These aps are pretty sweet!

  13. ChanticoSkky
    March 8, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Have to chime in for Dropbox- what an application! What you didn't mention is that you can install this on several computers (I have a laptop for consulting, a desktop PC for "personal" stuff, a desktop PC for the office and an iMac). You put the software on each computer, and drop in a copy of anything to which you want access. I have the Dropbox iPhone app, as well, and can access the contents of all of my computers via the iPhone (or sitting any any of the afore-mentioned computers and opening up the Dropbox icon).
    Flawless. Thanks for the tips on the others- I'll check them out.

  14. Peter
    March 8, 2010 at 7:50 am

    This article and contest come at a perfect time for me, as I just bought my first Mac after 26 years of PC use. I just wish I had known about the contest from day one, rather than only finding out about it today via your email newsletter!

  15. broit
    March 7, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Great, I already use some of them since I turned over to MAC from PC, and I can only add my most favorable comments

    broit

  16. litmostki
    March 7, 2010 at 1:03 am

    And I'm bored with quicksilver
    It's sucks

  17. litmostki
    March 7, 2010 at 1:01 am

    I wish to have giveaway for all

  18. Chips
    March 6, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I note that there are no links to the developer's site in the Carbon Copy Cloner write up above. It's http://www.bombich.com/index.html . Perhaps this was an oversight rather than intentional. Kudos to Mike Bombich for his excellent app.

  19. ænon1mus
    March 6, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks!

  20. Chips
    March 6, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I note that there are no links to the developer's site in the Carbon Copy Cloner write up above. It's http://www.bombich.com/index.h... . Perhaps this was an oversight rather than intentional. Kudos to Mike Bombich for his excellent app.

  21. josh
    March 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm
  22. connectionfailure
    March 5, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Butler is pretty cool as a launcher and all-around useful utility. SoundSource is cool, and while speaking of audio, Ardour is a multitrack digital audio workstation. If you want simpler editing try Audacity.
    Tweetie is a nice Twitter client and ElectricSheep is an amazing screensaver.

  23. Bob
    March 5, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    How about Neo Office or OpenOffice?

  24. eh270
    March 5, 2010 at 9:11 am

    FWIW, 'minimalistic' is not a word. Take off the last two letters and you should be good to go.

  25. Nathaniel
    March 5, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    You forgot Witch (http://www.manytricks.com/witc... - definitely in the "must have" category as far as I'm concerned, since I can barely use a Mac without it. It allows you to switch between windows within an application using the keyboard, and does it in a very slick way.

  26. Nathaniel
    March 5, 2010 at 3:50 am

    You forgot Witch (http://www.manytricks.com/witch/) - definitely in the "must have" category as far as I'm concerned, since I can barely use a Mac without it. It allows you to switch between windows within an application using the keyboard, and does it in a very slick way.

  27. Phillip Gibb
    March 4, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    wow - some very cool apps here

  28. jack Carpenter
    March 4, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    If you like Mac Technology, check out my blog! I guarantee you will find something you like! Let me know what you think!

  29. Claudiu
    March 4, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Yummy... How it would be nice to win this...

    http://www.facebook.com/claudiu.pislaru

    Regards

  30. Claudiu
    March 5, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Yummy... How it would be nice to win this...

    http://www.facebook.com/claudi...

    Regards

  31. josh
    March 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm
  32. kelly
    March 4, 2010 at 6:28 am
  33. kelly
    March 4, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Sign me up for the drawing. http://www.facebook.com/kelly....

  34. Sam
    March 3, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Well, it's your contest and you of course have every right to set the rules. But it's a darn shame you require participation in the privacy-invading timesink that is Fakeblechh. It was bad enough when one needed to create a throw-away email account to avoid the spam-rush following so many online "give aways;" now apparently one must sink to the depths of being a public fan-boy. Pathetic, folks. Truly.

  35. ænon1mus
    March 3, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I'm sorry you feel that way. To each is own. If you don't think giveaways are worth it, then you shouldn't have to worry about joining.

  36. Kaal Dewar
    March 2, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Dropbox and Teamviewer are way cool and to be free is unbelievable! The hours I save are colossal! Get them all now!

  37. ænon1mus
    March 3, 2010 at 8:59 am

    LOL Foxes are cunning that way

  38. ænon1mus
    March 3, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Trust me, it's not. I've been using Skitch forever now.

  39. Thomas
    March 2, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Nice list
    Hope to see nice app appearing day after day ^_^

  40. Muscle Building Programs
    March 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    wow..nice list.i love skitch the most.

  41. lol
    March 2, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I thought it was funny how the transmission screenshot is careful to include a free/open-source download, but then the perian/quicktime and vlc screenshots show a downloaded version of the fantastic mr. fox [ Fanstastic.Mr.Fox.DVDRip.XviD-MOViERUSH ]

  42. Bruno Casarini
    March 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Great list and giveaway!!

  43. SM
    March 2, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Great collection. Thanks

  44. Daniel Sircar
    March 2, 2010 at 11:03 am

    As a college student and a photojournalist, I find myself often pulling long nights with coffee and my trusty laptop. When those nights happen, I also turn on my "Caffeine" app, which is one of the best apps I've ever used.

    Basically, what Caffeine does is disable your screensaver for you with a click of a button. Click on the coffee cup icon at the top of your screen, and it fills with coffee and your screen will stay on so you can read for a while, reference your screen and not have to worry about moving the mouse to keep it going.

    This is also nice when you're watching movies or showing somebody pictures. Only downside is that having your screensaver off can drain the battery faster, but it's worth it.

    • Jordan Munson
      March 2, 2010 at 11:29 am

      I came here to also write about Caffeine, but you beat me to it! It's a fantastic app! It's great for me, since I have an iMac and do not need to worry about battery life. Always going into System Prefs was a pain in the neck, BUT NO MORE!

  45. Emily Stemmerich
    March 2, 2010 at 10:05 am

    So how do we get in on the giveaway? I don't see anything about it yet.

  46. David Redekop
    March 2, 2010 at 9:08 am

    I'm surprised Skype didn't make the list! Macs have the best built-in webcams on the market which makes Skype - Video in particular - a MUST have in my [mac]books! :)

  47. Joshua McNeese
    March 2, 2010 at 8:44 am

    hrm... so how does one apply for the giveaway? the article only says that it won't be selected from the pool of FB fans.

  48. Sean
    March 2, 2010 at 7:09 am

    How could you forget NeoOffice?

    http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php

  49. Flowers
    March 2, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Great list! Thanks!

  50. Sean
    March 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    How could you forget NeoOffice?

    http://www.neooffice.org/neoja...

  51. Nadabi
    March 2, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Hi there, thanks for a great list! I thought I had a good idea of the free apps out there for Mac but I still found a couple I didn't have!

    Anyway, sorry to ask again but I'd love to enter the giveaway but not sure how as I haven't entered one before - how exactly do I do this? Am a FB fan but can't find entrance info from there either.

  52. Eric Chastain
    March 2, 2010 at 6:03 am

    This may be a little out of place on your list, but to manage my cron jobs I use an application called cronnix. Its simple, its free, and does a good job of making cron even simpler to maintain. http://code.google.com/p/cronnix/

  53. Will
    March 2, 2010 at 6:01 am

    Cyberduck is a great, free ftp client that works in a very transparent manner.

    Tinkertool is a great app for modifying hidden system preferences (similar in function to TweakUI on Windows).

    OmniDiskSweeper used to be a commercial app, but is now free. It's very handy when you're trying to clean up space on your hard disk and need to see where the big disk space hogs are.

  54. Ken Williams
    March 2, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Maybe I'm being dense, but I couldn't actually find a download link for the Skitch application. Is it required to sign up for their web services too?

  55. Nancy
    March 2, 2010 at 5:09 am

    You forgot Ommwriter! One the best clean interfaces for a texteditor. Byebye Word ;)

    http://www.ommwriter.com/

  56. Mia Lucero
    March 2, 2010 at 5:06 am

    I just got my new 13" Macbook Pro and I wanted to say thanks for this great list of free apps! I love my new Mac!

  57. Eric Chastain
    March 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    This may be a little out of place on your list, but to manage my cron jobs I use an application called cronnix. Its simple, its free, and does a good job of making cron even simpler to maintain. http://code.google.com/p/cronn...

  58. tabasco
    March 2, 2010 at 4:53 am

    i use quite a few of these. i also use an app called atMonitor to replace the somewhat lacking built-in activity monitor on OS X.

  59. ænon1mus
    March 2, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Oh yeah, Skitch works only with a subscription but it also provides web-sharing with your online account.

  60. Nancy
    March 2, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    You forgot Ommwriter! One the best clean interfaces for a texteditor. Byebye Word ;)

    http://www.ommwriter.com/

  61. MPAA
    March 2, 2010 at 2:23 am

    mrush-mrfox.avi ?

    MPAA is coming for you in 3...2...1...

  62. nsmgr8
    March 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Where and how to enter for the giveaway?

  63. Gary_S
    March 1, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    As a long time Mac user I recognise just about all of the icons behind your giveaway and would love to enter Day 5 & Day 7 - I have most of the other apps - do I have to follow you on Facebook to enter? I don't do Facebook I'm afraid, never will, I do however follow you on Twitter, will that be a good enough requirement?

  64. Ruest
    March 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I´d use Bodega instead of AppFresh. It is free. http://appbodega.com/

  65. Lawrence Lampron
    March 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    All are outstanding

  66. Ruest
    March 2, 2010 at 2:12 am

    I´d use Bodega instead of AppFresh. It is free. http://appbodega.com/

  67. Carol
    March 1, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I am not a computer geek by any means. I tried a Mac on the advice of someone I trusted. I guess once you use Mac you never go back is quite right in my case. I've discovered that I am getting into computers a little more then I thought. Looking around for the must have things for Mac and seeing what Mr Fox displayed, I am getting reeled in for sure.

  68. Nancy
    March 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Ooh, would LOVE to win VirusBarrier!

    A free app I absolutely love is one of the most simple: Caffeine.

    From Lighthead Software :
    Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menu bar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Click it again to go back.

    Get it here:
    http://download.cnet.com/Caffeine/3000-2094_4-140937.html

  69. Robert M
    March 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Bravo for including Team Viewer and displaying Fantastic Mr. Fox. One of the most charming movies I've seen in a good while.

  70. Nancy
    March 2, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Ooh, would LOVE to win VirusBarrier!

    A free app I absolutely love is one of the most simple: Caffeine.

    From Lighthead Software :
    Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menu bar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Click it again to go back.

    Get it here:
    http://download.cnet.com/Caffe...

  71. A2f
    March 1, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    nice list, i would also recommend AppTrap instead of AppCleaner

  72. Jess
    March 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    You could also use sumopaint.com. It is amazingly powerful and runs completely in your browser. And it's totally free.

  73. Allison
    March 1, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Sounds like a great giveaway. I too am brand new to the Mac and I LOVE it! I learn more everyday. Your list of apps here sounds like a good place to start! Thanks again MUO!

  74. ænon1mus
    March 1, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Andrew, you're right! I meant to say Time Capsule. Thanks for correcting me.

  75. Andrew
    March 1, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I'm pretty sure it's Apple's Time Capsule (hardware) that's dying after a year. Time Machine (software) paired with any old external hard drive hasn't had the same problems.

  76. Nhan Nguyen
    March 1, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Killer list, Jackson! I'm installing several right now!

  77. J.
    March 1, 2010 at 8:32 am

    This is an awesome list!
    I'm just learning my way around my MAC, and praying for the day I can say GOODBYE PC!!!

    So ... how do we enter?

    • Mike
      March 12, 2010 at 8:27 pm

      I switched over myself about 2 years ago from windows to mac. If you need any help or advice just shoot me an email and i can remote in via teamviewer and help you

      • Vijay Mehta
        March 20, 2010 at 9:48 am

        Dear Mike,
        I bought my first laptop "Mac Book" because I wanted the taste of MAC operating system.It is nice, but it does not recognize my video camera which is Panasonic, I can not use my Air-video-2000 because I do not have the supporting software. There are many electronic gadgets which runs only on windows. I am somewhat disappointed with this. Can you suggest some way to resolve this.
        Vijay

  78. J.L. "J7" Gatewood StarrWulfe
    March 1, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Didn't know there was so much to be had in the mac community that was free! I'm bookmarking and downloading the files listed here-- Burn, Skitch, and Adium are at the top of my list!

  79. Jonathan Bennett
    March 1, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Awesome list. I've been looking for a good free app for image editing and it looks like Skitch will do the trick.

    • Jess
      March 1, 2010 at 1:17 pm

      You could also use sumopaint.com. It is amazingly powerful and runs completely in your browser. And it's totally free.

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