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Useful Freeware
Mac & Windows applications to help you
increase productivity, do cool things, have fun
Free web services
Harness the cloud!
Dropbox
http://getdropbox.com/
Online storage service
Clients for Mac, Windows, Linux
Synchronization & sharing
2GB free, ...
Evernote
http://evernote.com/
Information (notes) capture tool
Clients for Windows, Mac OS X,
iPhone, Windows Mobile
40MB/...
NewsGator
http://newsgator.com/
Online RSS catching service
Clients for Windows (FeedDemon), Mac
& iPhone (NetNewsWire), W...
Freeware for Mac & Windows
Open-source or free programs you shouldn’t be
without
7-Zip
http://7-zip.org/
Archiving & unzip for Windows
with command line versions
available for many other OSes
including M...
Adium
http://adiumx.com/
Multi-protocol IM app for Mac
Extendable through plugins,
styles, scripts, sounds, and
more
Windo...
Audacity
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Multi-track audio editing
Save to WAV, MP3, and more
Cross-platform (Windows, Li...
AVG Free
http://free.avg.com/
Resident anti-virus for Windows
Wildly popular: over 125 million
downloads (Download.com)
Al...
Burn
http://burn-osx.sourcefoge.net/
CD/DVD burning tool for Mac
Simple interface with support for
data, audio, video, and...
Chax
http://chax.ksuther.net/
Add-on for Apple’s iChat
Adds tons of functionality
(combined contact list, Growl
notificatio...
Cyberduck
http://cyberduck.ch/
Full-function FTP client for Mac
Great for web development, file
storage, etc.
Supports FTP,...
Firefox
(and addons)
http://getfirefox.com/
Available for Windows, Mac,
Linux, and more
Open-source web browser
Highly exte...
Firefox
(with FireFTP)
http://getfirefox.com/
Install the FireFTP addon and
you’ll get a fully-functional FTP
client.
Firefox
(with ChatZilla)
http://getfirefox.com/
Install the ChatZilla addon and
you’ll get a fully-functional
Internet Rela...
Firefox
(with DownThemAll!)
http://getfirefox.com/
Install the DownThemAll! addon
and you’ll get a blazing-fast
download ma...
Firefox
(with CoolIris)
http://getfirefox.com/
Install CoolIris for Firefox and
you’ll get a 3D web gallery that
can be use...
Firefox
(with many more Add-ons)
http://getfirefox.com/
Check out the Mozilla Add-Ins
directory from the Tools menu
and you...
Flip4Mac
WMV
http://flip4mac.com/wmv_download.htm
QuickTime extension for Mac
Allows QuickTime to play
unprotected Windows ...
Fluid
http://fluidapp.com/
Website app generator for Mac
Spin-off websites into their own
applications
Great for sites that...
Glary
Utilities
http://glaryutilities.com/
Windows maintenance tools
Multiple functions, one-click
usability
Pro version a...
Growl
http://growl.info/
Notification system for Mac
Get floating notices when stuff
happens
Many Mac apps support Growl
not...
InfraRecorder
http://infrarecorder.org/
CD/DVD burning for Windows
Burns most types of CDs &
DVDs as well as image formats...
K-Lite
Codec Pack
http://codecguide.com/
Mega-bundle of free Windows
media codecs
Codecs allow you to play certain
video/a...
KeePass
http://keepass.info/
Open-source password manager
for Windows (with other OSes
unofficially supported)
Keep all you...
Launchy
http://launchy.net/
Application launcher for Windows
Pull up programs, documents,
and more with the flick of a
keys...
MindNode
http://mindnode.com/
Simple brainstorming / mind-
mapping software for Mac
Great for planning projects or
sketchi...
Notepad++
http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/
Windows notepad on steroids
Highlighting, auto-completion,
tabbed windows, ...
OnyX
http://titanium.free.fr/index_us.html
Maintenance tool for Mac
Clear caches, restore
permissions, speed up your Mac
w...
OpenOffice
http://openoffice.org/
Multi-platform office software
suite
Graphing, spreadsheet,
presentation, word processing,
...
Pathway
http://pathway.screenager.be/
Wikipedia trail manager for Mac
Keep track of where you’ve
been in a Wikipedia sessi...
Perian
http://perian.org/
QuickTime extension for Mac
which lets you play a ton of
other video/audio formats
Support for e...
Picasa
http://picasa.google.com/
Google’s photo library and
manipulation software for
Windows & Linux
Store, organize, enh...
Pidgin
http://pidgin.im/
Multi-protocol IM app for
Windows, Linux
Combine all your chat screen
names into one program; sav...
PrimoPDF
http://primopdf.com/
Adds PDF printer to your
Windows printer list
Lets you save any document as
a PDF just by ‘p...
Quicksilver
http://code.google.com/p/blacktree-alchemy/
Multi-function keystroke
launching utility for Mac
Run scripts, pe...
Senuti
http://fadingred.org/senuti
iPod music recovery for Mac
Senuti is iTunes spelled in
reverse and does just that: cop...
SharePod
http://getsharepod.com/
Windows application; lets you
retrieve music from your iPod
back into iTunes
Also lets yo...
Skitch
http://skitch.com/
Screenshot, markup tool for Mac
Capture whole screen, window,
or just a region (also captures
fr...
Snarl
http://fullphat.net/
Notification tool for Windows
Snarl-enabled applications will
send alerts to Snarl, which are
th...
Songbird
http://getsongbird.com/
Cross-platform music and video
library
Based on Firefox engine: that
means it’s skinnable...
VirtualBox
http://virtualbox.org/
Open-source, cross-platform
virtual machine tool from Sun
Run operating systems
(Windows...
VLC
http://videolan.org/
Cross-platform media player
that plays about any format
under the sun
DVDs, streaming media,
play...
Additional resources
Other places you can find great programs
Websites for Mac Freeware

MacUpdate (http://macupdate.com/)
VersionTracker (http://versiontracker.com/)
iusethis (http://...
Websites for Windows freeware



 VersionTracker (http://versiontracker.com/)
 Download.com (http://download.com/)
 Softpe...
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    1. 1. Useful Freeware Mac & Windows applications to help you increase productivity, do cool things, have fun
    2. 2. Free web services Harness the cloud!
    3. 3. Dropbox http://getdropbox.com/ Online storage service Clients for Mac, Windows, Linux Synchronization & sharing 2GB free, upgradable to 50GB
    4. 4. Evernote http://evernote.com/ Information (notes) capture tool Clients for Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone, Windows Mobile 40MB/mo limit, upgradable
    5. 5. NewsGator http://newsgator.com/ Online RSS catching service Clients for Windows (FeedDemon), Mac & iPhone (NetNewsWire), Windows Mobile & BlackBerry (NewsGator Go!)
    6. 6. Freeware for Mac & Windows Open-source or free programs you shouldn’t be without
    7. 7. 7-Zip http://7-zip.org/ Archiving & unzip for Windows with command line versions available for many other OSes including Mac & Linux Opens almost any zip format Open-source since 2000
    8. 8. Adium http://adiumx.com/ Multi-protocol IM app for Mac Extendable through plugins, styles, scripts, sounds, and more Windows users, see Pidgin
    9. 9. Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Multi-track audio editing Save to WAV, MP3, and more Cross-platform (Windows, Linux, Mac versions available)
    10. 10. AVG Free http://free.avg.com/ Resident anti-virus for Windows Wildly popular: over 125 million downloads (Download.com) Almost daily definition updates Email scanner included
    11. 11. Burn http://burn-osx.sourcefoge.net/ CD/DVD burning tool for Mac Simple interface with support for data, audio, video, and image file burning Many languages available Windows users: see InfraRecorder
    12. 12. Chax http://chax.ksuther.net/ Add-on for Apple’s iChat Adds tons of functionality (combined contact list, Growl notifications, etc.)
    13. 13. Cyberduck http://cyberduck.ch/ Full-function FTP client for Mac Great for web development, file storage, etc. Supports FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, and even Amazon S3 Windows users, see FireFTP for Firefox
    14. 14. Firefox (and addons) http://getfirefox.com/ Available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and more Open-source web browser Highly extendable via add-ons & themes through Tools menu Some addons are...
    15. 15. Firefox (with FireFTP) http://getfirefox.com/ Install the FireFTP addon and you’ll get a fully-functional FTP client.
    16. 16. Firefox (with ChatZilla) http://getfirefox.com/ Install the ChatZilla addon and you’ll get a fully-functional Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client.
    17. 17. Firefox (with DownThemAll!) http://getfirefox.com/ Install the DownThemAll! addon and you’ll get a blazing-fast download manager for Firefox.
    18. 18. Firefox (with CoolIris) http://getfirefox.com/ Install CoolIris for Firefox and you’ll get a 3D web gallery that can be used on Flickr, Facebook, MySpace, Photobucket, Google Images, and numerous other photo gallery sites on the web.
    19. 19. Firefox (with many more Add-ons) http://getfirefox.com/ Check out the Mozilla Add-Ins directory from the Tools menu and you’ll find thousands of ways to make Firefox less like a web browser and more like a digital Swiss Army knife. Shown here: TwitterFox and ForecastFox.
    20. 20. Flip4Mac WMV http://flip4mac.com/wmv_download.htm QuickTime extension for Mac Allows QuickTime to play unprotected Windows Media Works with most Windows Media formats (audio, video, streaming, etc.)
    21. 21. Fluid http://fluidapp.com/ Website app generator for Mac Spin-off websites into their own applications Great for sites that demand a lot from your browser (Facebook, Twitter, etc). Scriptable, extendable, etc.
    22. 22. Glary Utilities http://glaryutilities.com/ Windows maintenance tools Multiple functions, one-click usability Pro version available; regular version free for personal use Mac users: see OnyX
    23. 23. Growl http://growl.info/ Notification system for Mac Get floating notices when stuff happens Many Mac apps support Growl notifications (Adium, Cyberduck, Firefox, Fluid, etc.) Windows users: see Snarl
    24. 24. InfraRecorder http://infrarecorder.org/ CD/DVD burning for Windows Burns most types of CDs & DVDs as well as image formats Fully standards complaint Great alternative to Nero & Roxio Mac users: see Burn
    25. 25. K-Lite Codec Pack http://codecguide.com/ Mega-bundle of free Windows media codecs Codecs allow you to play certain video/audio formats With this pack, you’ll be able to play almost every media format Mac users: see Perian
    26. 26. KeePass http://keepass.info/ Open-source password manager for Windows (with other OSes unofficially supported) Keep all your passwords in a safe file, password protected Portable versions let you take KeePass with you
    27. 27. Launchy http://launchy.net/ Application launcher for Windows Pull up programs, documents, and more with the flick of a keystroke Skinnable, extendable with plugins Mac users: see Quicksilver
    28. 28. MindNode http://mindnode.com/ Simple brainstorming / mind- mapping software for Mac Great for planning projects or sketching down ideas Pro version available with more features (for about €11,95/$15)
    29. 29. Notepad++ http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/ Windows notepad on steroids Highlighting, auto-completion, tabbed windows, countless plugins, blazing fast Support for 50+ programming/ syntax languages
    30. 30. OnyX http://titanium.free.fr/index_us.html Maintenance tool for Mac Clear caches, restore permissions, speed up your Mac with the click of a button Make automatic maintenance schedules Windows users: see Glary Utilities
    31. 31. OpenOffice http://openoffice.org/ Multi-platform office software suite Graphing, spreadsheet, presentation, word processing, calculation software and more Widely-used alternative to Microsoft Office
    32. 32. Pathway http://pathway.screenager.be/ Wikipedia trail manager for Mac Keep track of where you’ve been in a Wikipedia session Maps out links between related articles, suggested articles Save paths for later retrieval
    33. 33. Perian http://perian.org/ QuickTime extension for Mac which lets you play a ton of other video/audio formats Support for external subtitles, Dolby Pro Logic, and more Makes QuickTime more useful Windows users: see K-Lite pack
    34. 34. Picasa http://picasa.google.com/ Google’s photo library and manipulation software for Windows & Linux Store, organize, enhance, crop, export, and print your photos Easy-to-use UI Mac version coming soon!
    35. 35. Pidgin http://pidgin.im/ Multi-protocol IM app for Windows, Linux Combine all your chat screen names into one program; saves you resources and peace of mind Mac users: see Adium
    36. 36. PrimoPDF http://primopdf.com/ Adds PDF printer to your Windows printer list Lets you save any document as a PDF just by ‘printing’ to PrimoPDF Macs have this functionality already built-in
    37. 37. Quicksilver http://code.google.com/p/blacktree-alchemy/ Multi-function keystroke launching utility for Mac Run scripts, perform commands, launch apps, send emails, create calendar events, all with the flick of a keystroke Windows users: see Launchy
    38. 38. Senuti http://fadingred.org/senuti iPod music recovery for Mac Senuti is iTunes spelled in reverse and does just that: copy music back off your iPod and into iTunes Windows users: see SharePod
    39. 39. SharePod http://getsharepod.com/ Windows application; lets you retrieve music from your iPod back into iTunes Also lets you play, search, and edit the music on your iPod Mac users: see Senuti
    40. 40. Skitch http://skitch.com/ Screenshot, markup tool for Mac Capture whole screen, window, or just a region (also captures from iSight camera) Markup your images with text, drawings and save them to MySkitch.com or other sites
    41. 41. Snarl http://fullphat.net/ Notification tool for Windows Snarl-enabled applications will send alerts to Snarl, which are then displayed on your desktop Flexible notifications: you choose what gets shown Mac users: see Growl
    42. 42. Songbird http://getsongbird.com/ Cross-platform music and video library Based on Firefox engine: that means it’s skinnable and extendable with plugins, themes Purchase music from various online vendors, sync to most MP3 players
    43. 43. VirtualBox http://virtualbox.org/ Open-source, cross-platform virtual machine tool from Sun Run operating systems (Windows, Linux, etc) inside another operating system Great for Mac or Linux users that need to run Windows apps
    44. 44. VLC http://videolan.org/ Cross-platform media player that plays about any format under the sun DVDs, streaming media, playlists, network sharing, all supported The 800 lbs. gorilla of open- source media apps
    45. 45. Additional resources Other places you can find great programs
    46. 46. Websites for Mac Freeware MacUpdate (http://macupdate.com/) VersionTracker (http://versiontracker.com/) iusethis (http://osx.iusethis.com/) Softpedia (http://mac.softpedia.com/) Cool OS X Apps (http://coolosxapps.net)
    47. 47. Websites for Windows freeware VersionTracker (http://versiontracker.com/) Download.com (http://download.com/) Softpedia (http://win.softpedia.com/)
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