Ten Things for the Mac Users
Freeware caution: always scan free downloads of anything for bugs and other threats before dumping the programs into your hard drive.
1. Applejack is "a user friendly troubleshooting assistant for Mac OS X. With AppleJack you can troubleshoot a computer even if you can't load the GUI, or don't have a startup CD handy. AppleJack runs in Single User Mode and is menu-based for ease of use."
2. Butler is designed "to make it easier for you to perform different — potentially recurring — tasks. Butler lets you arrange these tasks in its fully customizable configuration."
3. iBackup is a backup/restore utility that "supports scheduled backups of files, folders and applications. Further, it uses plugins to backup your settings like the dock, deskop picture, time, firewall, bluetooth and other system preferences. It is also able to backup Application Settings. You can add, delete and edit these plugins."
4. Inkscape is "an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format."
5. Based on Open Office, NeoOffice is "a full-featured set of office applications (including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing programs) for Mac OS X."
6. Nvu is a "complete Web Authoring System for Linux desktop users as well as Microsoft Windows and Macintosh users to rival programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver."
7. Scrivener Gold freeware is "aimed at writers who want to manage and organise projects large or small" (Scroll down on page for download link; requires Mac OS X Tiger (10.4) - Universal for both Intel and PPC)
8. TextExpander is a neat little utility that "saves you countless keystrokes with customized abbreviations for your frequently-used text strings and images."
9. TextWrangler 2 is a "powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator's tool."
10. XShelf "enhances drag and drop in MacOS X by letting you "pause" drag and drop operations, as well as have multiple drag and drop operations in flight at once."
Finally, from MacWorld, 63 Great Mac Programs That Won't Cost You a Bundle.