Mac software is very expensive but there is some freeware found for Mac which will serve most of the everyday purpose without the need of shedding out a lot of money. Here is the top list of freeware for Mac.
1) StuffIt Explorer- For all you Archiving
It is one of the best archiver tools for Mac. It helps you to access files created with RAR, WinZip, Rucksack, GUI tar etc. Even though Apples archive utility manages to perform the same task, it is much more powerful and reliable. StuffIt’s unzipping operation includes scanning for virus and also expanding to desired folders. If anyone sends you a file compressed with windows then StuffIt can definitely open it for you without any trouble, whereas Apple’s built-in utility fails to do the task. It is a must-have tool in all the Macs.
2) TextWrangler – Must Have for Bloggers
It is one of the most useful tools for text related task performed on Mac. You can be a developer or a blogger, you simply cannot do without TextWrangler. It is incredibly fast to search and make changes. It also has additional features such as spell check, find and replace, undo and redo, syntax coloring, and many other features. This is simply the best have text editor for every Mac.
3) Evernote – Organize Everything
Organizing is one of the toughest jobs for every individual. One of the best tools to help you with that is Evernote. It helps to bring the tasks that are spread around to one application. You can organize things such as shopping list, to-do notes, images, PDFs, websites, etc. You can also save things to retrieve for later references. It has unique search features to find the stuff you need. You can also add tags to the post for easy retrieval. Evernote is available for Windows, iPad, iPhone, etc so it is easy to sync with those devices and you will never lose any of your important stuffs.
4) VirusBarrier Express – No Entry for Virus
Mac has always been known for being the safest device whereas Windows is widely known for virus, malware and numerous other attacks. Now that Mac has become very prominent among users there might be virus and malware coming up for Mac as well. So it is important that you keep the device safe by using anti-virus. VirusBarrier is a freeware which serves to keep the computer virus-free.
5) Carbon Copy Cloner – Backups Made Easy
Taking backups is a necessary functionality in case your system crashes or any unfortunate thing happens. Carbon copy cloner is one of the most useful applications which helps us to create backups easily. You no longer have to postpone the nagging task of taking backups because it is completely easy with the help of Carbon Copy Cloner. It also has the option to perform incremental backups which can be performed every day. You can easily migrate to another computer without having the need of re-installation.
6) Vuze – Let the Download Begin
BitTorrent is very popular for its easy download management feature. It is very easy to use and it also acts as a media player. It supports most of the formats and also helps in converting video to playback on your iPad as well. It can also stream videos directly over Wi-Fi and played on devices such as Xbox360.
7) Adium – Get Set and Chat
If you have more than one instant messenger client, then Adium is a must-have freeware for you. A lot of space is used downloading various instant messenger software. You can easily manage everything with the help of Adium. It is compatible with Google, Yahoo, ichat, AOL etc. It is a high user’s friendly freeware and is a must-have application for people who chat a lot.
8) OpenOffice – Office Suite for Free
Office suites are expensive software when you are looking for a licensed product. The best alternative is the Open office. It provides the complete set of office tools needed and you can also convert it into useful formats which work with Mac as well as Windows operating system. It is the ideal word processor for students and home users.
9) iStatPro – Know Your System
If you feel your system performance is slow then you should probably analyze what the problem is. iStatPro is the right freeware to solve this issue. It also has a widget which can be placed on the dashboard and it will keep monitoring the performance of the system. You can analyze the data and see what is taking most of the processor speed and slugging up your Mac. The graphical representation is easy to understand. It is a must-have widget for all Mac users to analyze the performance of your Mac.
10) Dropbox – Work from Anywhere
It is a useful application for people who bring their work back home. You do not have the need for pen drives and hard disks anymore. It is an easy to use FTP which is completely free. You just need to drag and drop the file into the shared folder and then retrieve the file later. You can access it wherever there is the internet.