Monday, November 26, 2007

Mac Ten

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.


  1. Scrivener Gold is free, but the paid version, Scrivener, is well worth its extremely low price. Definitely worth checking out while you're there. There are people who've bought Macs just so they can use it: it's arguably the best writing software available on any platform. There's a free trial version at

    (No connection to Scrivener, just a very happy customer.)

  2. Very cool! Thanks for this list, there is definitely some things I'll be checking out.

  3. Thank you so much! As a Mac user in Spain, I usually feel left out from conversations about new software. Your post was really useful.

  4. Hooray!! Something for Meee! I love my Mac, so thank you very much for these. Just so you know, link #7 is a linkback to your site. Thanks a bundle!

  5. Lyvvie wrote: Just so you know, link #7 is a linkback to your site.

    Thanks for catching that -- I've corrected the link so it should work fine now. :)

  6. I just adore my Mac as well. I use several of these tools myself already and am going to check out the others.


  7. Some good links there, great procrastination techniques. My muse thanks you, and so do I.

  8. I have the paid version of Scrivener. Hands-down the best writing program I've ever used. All my projects are now done through Scrivener. Can't imagine doing it any other way. Which is the sign of good software, I think.

    It's not freeware, but Circus Ponies' Notebook is another program I highly recommend.

    I used to use SuperNoteCard, which I thought was the bomb until I got Scrivener and no longer needed Word and SNC. Can't remember if there's a free version of it or not.

    Simple List is nice and free.

  9. Neat! My friend is going love these! Thanks for posting them, chica. :)

  10. A lurker forwarded me a link for more free writing Mac freeware; as with all freeware be sure to scan anything you download before you put it on your hard drive.