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Scite A free source code editor for Win32 and X.GPLProgramming
AudacityWave/Audio editor. Will export to mp3 using Lame and takes vst plugins, plus other effects plugins. Highly recommended.GPLAudio
FlacLossless audio compression tool. Rips tracks without the quality loss like you find in mp3 format.GPLAudio
MacKeySynthVery cool synth with 128 sounds + drums, octave changes and it can be played directly from your computer keys. OS X version soon to come.FreewareAudio
MidiKeysKeybord to midi virtual midi board.FreewareAudio
LameBrainMP3 ripper, very nice ripper.FreewareAudio
MixxDj software.GPLAudio
FluidsynthFluidSynth is a real-time software synthesizer based on the SoundFont 2 specifications. FluidSynth can read MIDI events from a MIDI input device and render them to an audio device using SoundFont instruments.GPLAudio
IVideoDigital video editing and processing.GPLVideo
JahshakaNice video editor. Really worth the download. Under a new name of CineFXGPLVideo
VideoLanMovie player, plays most everything including AVI and DVD.GPLVideo
CinepaintImage editor geared for video production.GPL2D Graphics
EOS Image ManagerReally kick ass image manager and viewer. Highly recommended.GPL2D Graphics
QuickviewImage viewer for Finder.Freeware2D Graphics
Pixen2This is a pixel artist's wet dream. Nice for icon creation too. Highly recommended.MIT2D Graphics
XaosFractal generator.GPL2D Graphics
Fractal TreesFractal tree generator.GPL2D Graphics
The GimpImage editor much like Photoshop packaged for OS X. Highly recommended. Also see Gimp official siteGPL2D Graphics
GimpshopGimp organized more like Photoshop.GPL2D Graphics
SeashoreImage editor for OS X. Similar to Photoshop.GPL2D Graphics
Mac PovRayOpen 3-D design for OS X.GPL3D Graphics
Blender 3-D3-D design, animation, game development for OS X. Highly recommended.GPL3D Graphics
DustyDusty is a nice realtime 3D Smoke Simulator. It allowes to simulate smoke and fire in realtime.Freeware3D Graphics
ArbaroMake 3-D trees.GPL3D Graphics
Daz Studio3-D app for Poser type figures - very nice!Freeware3D Graphics
Wings3dWings 3D is a 3-D subdivision modeler inspired by Nendo and Mirai from Izware.GPL3D Graphics
UVMapperMap textures to 3-D objects.Freeware/Other3D Graphics
White_DuneWhite_dune is a low level VRML97 tool.GPLProgramming
Hugin - Panorama ToolsMake panoramic photos out of normal images.GPL2D Graphics
X-ColorZHelps web designers to obtain hexadecimal color codes.FreewareWeb
YuBurnercd/dvd burner.GPLUtility
OSExDVD Backup/ripping. Encrypted=yes.FreewareVideo
JBidWatcherTrack eBay bidding/selling.GPLMisc
AMulePeer2peer file sharing app.GPLPeer2Peer
Chicken Of the VNCRemote Desktop tool for MAC.GPLUtility
OSX2xosx2x is like dual monitors, a kvm switch, and vnc on speed! If you want to operate multiple machines with one keyboard and mouse, move files between them, and have both screens at your disposal this is for you. Works between platforms also! See Synergy, more mature project.BSDUtility
Synergyosx2x is like dual monitors, a kvm switch, and vnc on speed! If you want to operate multiple machines with one keyboard and mouse, move files between them, and have both screens at your disposal this is for you. Works between platforms also!GPLUtility
Books2burnConverts text into voice audio.GPLUtility
ReadItToMeHave your Mac read the news to you. Uses RSS feeds.GPLWeb
AdiumChat client. Supported protocols AOL (Including ICQ and .Mac), Jabber (Including Google Talk), MSN Messenger, Yahoo! (Including Yahoo! Japan), etc. Also has file transfer and encryption.GPLChat
WSManagerMultiple desktops in OS X.GPLUtility
XShelfXShelf 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.FreewareUtility
DiskInventoryXFile/Disk management.GPLUtility
Tinker ToolGet more tweeking in the Sys Pref.FreewareUtility
Nice iPhoto pluginAdd more functionality to iPhoto.FreewareUtility
YemuzipNice zip utility for MAC. Free for non-commercial use.Freeware/OtherUtility
Bzip2Open source zip utility for mac.GPLUtility
MenuMetersA majorly awesome sys metering app! Highly recommended.GPLUtility
GauchosoftXRG is a majorly awesome sys metering app!GPLUtility
MacTelnetTelnet utilityLGPLNetwork
AqualessView terminal output in a separate window.GPLUtility
AbiwordWord processor, with spell check, formatting, translation, etc. Highly recommended.GPLOffice
OpenOffice.orgOffice suite, like Microsoft Office and compatable with MS Office formats. Word processor, Spreadsheets, Publisher, Presentation, HTML, and Powerful database (like Access) products. Impress (Like Powerpoint) exports to many formats including SWF (Flash). All can be exported as PDF.GPL/LGPL/SISSLOffice
NeoOfficePort for Open Office to run native on OS X! This is easier to deal with than Open Office at the moment. A must have if you need Office products on your Mac.GPLOffice
QuasarNice replacement for Quickbooks.Freeware/OtherFinance
QCadAutocad application. See community edition.GPL3D Graphics
UEditText and code editor.FreewareText/Programming
IJournalThe Official LiveJournal Client for Mac OS X.BSDWeb
PhoenixUpdate your LiveJournal with ease. Highly recommended.GPLWeb
Mozilla Web applications like Thunderbird mail client, Camino web browser, and Sunbird Calendar. Highly recommended.MPLWeb
EclipseEclipse java IDE for OS X.EPLProgramming
OpenLaszloEasy, Powerful and Free Flash creation, plus much more. For everything you need for this visit my Laszlo article. This isn't a OS X article, but it has links to other things you need to get the full power of Laszlo.CPLProgramming
NVUHTML wysiwyg editor, supports CSS, Javascript, etc. Highly recommended.MPL/LGPL/GPLProgramming
SimpleCSSCSS Editor.FreewareProgramming
SPEIf your a Python programmer working on Mac or Windows and your looking for a kick ass IDE Spe is for you! Highly recommended.GPLProgramming
FScriptIDE for the lightweight object-oriented interactive and scripting layer specifically designed for the Mac OS X object system (i.e. Cocoa).GPLProgramming
DotGNUFree .Net for Linux/Mac; C#, web services, and all that jazz...GPLProgramming
FinkGet the Linux software easily, lists, downloads, and installs or compiles it!GPLUtility
Fink CommanderScrew using the command line! Graphical frontend for Fink.GPLUtility
WDFinkAnother gui frontend for Fink.GPLUtility
HydrogenDrum and synth application like Fruityloops. If you have a Linux box try LMMS. Hell, LMMS might build on OS X.GPLAudio
Konfabulator IIDesktop widgets and toys. Now owned by Yahoo.FreewareUtility
QuicksilverLauncher and much more, too much to list here...FreewareUtility
JackosxAudio server. If you plan to make music you will want this eventually.GPLAudio
ArdourArdour is a digital audio workstation. You can use it to record, edit and mix multi-track audio. Produce your own CD's. Mix video soundtracks.GPLAudio
CyberduckCyberduck is a open source FTP and SFTP (SSH Secure File Transfer) browser licenced under the GPL with an easy to use interface, integration with external editors and support for many Mac OS X system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, the Keychain and AppleScript. Highly recommended.GPLWeb
JEditJedit is a mature and well-designed programmer's text editor with a big focus on Java. Has nice Jython support!BSD/GPLText/Programming
SepyFlash Actionscript IDE. This is really nice! Has class list, auto complete, and compiler. Highly recommended.GPLProgramming
HandbrakeDVD Ripper and transcoder. In conjunction with iDVD you can't find a better solution for backing up your movies.GPLVideo
InkscapeIllustration (vector) application, similar to Illustrator. The interface may be more friendly to an Adobe person than Sodipodi. Highly recommended.GPL2D Graphics
SodipodiIllustration (vector) application, similar to Illustrator. Available via Fink, you will not find an installer at Sodipodi website. Requires x11.GPL2D Graphics
ShiiraWeb browser - VERY COOL AND FAST. Highly recommended.BSDWeb
TransmissionBitorrent client.GPLPeer2Peer
MPlayerVideo player.GPLVideo
RSS OwlRSS news reader.CPLWeb
MLDonkeyMulti-platform, multi-network peer-to-peer client. It supports several large networks such as eDonkey, Overnet, Bittorrent, Gnutella (Bearshare, Limewire, etc.), Gnutella2 (Shareaza), Fasttrack (Kazaa, Imesh, Grobster), Soulseek, Direct-Connect, and Opennap.GPLPeer2Peer
OpenTaxSolverFree program for calculating Tax Form entries and tax-owed or refund-due, such as Federal or State personal income taxes. Optional OTS_GUIGPLFinance
FlameFractal Flames are algorithmically generated images and animations.GPL2D Graphics
SFLphoneThe SFLphone project aims to provide a multi-platform, multi-protocol (SIP/IAX2), and multi-GUI desktop VoIP phone.GPLWeb
IStumblerIStumbler is a small utility for finding local wireless networks and services. iStumbler combines a compact Aqua user interface with advanced wireless scanning and reporting.BSDUtility
CALAMARCalamar is a multiple client general ledger accounting program for small companies.GPLFinance
PlanetGenesisPlanetGenesis is a tool that generates 16-bit PNG height fields, Wavefront OBJ files, and POV-RAY mesh2 files for use as landscapes and planets.BSD3D Graphics
OSXNewsOSXnews is a small, fast Cocoa news reader.BSDWeb
Pegasus MailEmail client, very mature and feature rich.FreewareWeb
GrisbiPersonnal accounting application.GPLFinance
DivxDivX player.FreewareVideo
MacamWeb cam drivers/software.GPLVideo
BlitzMax IDEBasic programming IDE for use with the Blitz game development environment.Public DomainProgramming
FreeWRLVRML web browser.GPLWeb
ColloquyIRC Client. Traditionally, chat clients on the Mac have been anything but glamorous. Colloquy is an advanced IRC & SILC client which aims to fill this void.GPLChat
JousteditHTML editor with really nice features.GPLProgramming
ApplejackTroubleshooting 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.GPLUtility
HexfiendHex Editor.BSDUtility
Simply BurnsReally nice cd/dvd burner for OS X 10.9+GPLUtility
Flash 4 LinuxYou will most likely need to compile this. There may be a Fink package, but I haven't looked.GPLProgramming
FuguSecure FTP frontend.GPLWeb
GoliathGoliath is an application that creates and edits websites. It uses a technology called WebDAV (frequently called Web Folders) to make changes to the files stored on web servers.GPLProgramming
ProFTPdFTP Server.GPLServer
PureFTPdFTP Server where the focus is on simplicity. Manager Software HereGPLServer
Onebutton FTPFTP Client, very simple.GPLWeb
AvidemuxVideo editor.GPLVideo
FontforgeFont creation application.GPLFont
DoubletypeFont creation application.GPLFont
ScribusDesktop publishing application similar to Pagemaker. Look here if you have trouble finding the OS X binary.GPLOffice
Ogg VorbisOgg is like an open source version of mp3. They list many ripping, playing, and utilities on their site also for use with this format. I like it better than mp3.GPLAudio
MucommanderFile Explorer replacement. If you liked Norton Commander you will love this.FreewareUtility
LocomotiveInstant Rails is a one-stop Rails runtime solution containing Ruby, Rails, Apache, and MySQL.GPLServer
Apache TomcatApache Tomcat is the servlet container that is used in the official Reference Implementation for the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages (jsp) technologies.ASF/GPL/OtherServer
Apache Web ServerWeb Server, the best imo. Acache is most likely already installed on OS X.ASF/GPL/OtherServer
MySQLSQL Database.GPL/OtherDatabase
PostgresqlSQL database. Heavy duty relational database.BSDDatabase
PHPWeb programming language used to make PHP server pages.PHPProgramming
PidginChat client. It is compatible with AIM and ICQ (Oscar protocol), MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, GroupWise Messenger, and Zephyr networks.GPLChat
SkypeInternet phone. Skype is a little program for making free calls over the internet to anyone else who also has Skype. Its free and easy to download and use, and works with most computers so your not limited to call friends using the same operating system. Skype also has other services that allow the calling of actual phone number and cells, plus video options for a small price.FreewareWeb
LimewirePeer2peer software.Freeware/OtherPeer2Peer
SynfigCartoon animation - industrial-strength vector-based 2D animation software package, designed from the ground-up for producing feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources. Highly Recommended.GPLVideo
PGPA free encryption software program that is the de-facto global standard for E-mail and file privacy. Pretty Good Privacy (or PGP) offers full-strength, 128-bit encryption. PGP has constantly been upgraded over the years and now offers loads of useful features, including secure file wiping; advanced keyserver searching; and seamless integration with Qualcomm's popular Eudora E-mail client.Freeware/OtherSecurity
SwamiSampled Waveforms And Musical Instruments - is an advanced instrument editor for MIDI music composition and a sampler frontend. Currently SoundFont files can be browsed, edited and saved and new instrument formats are being added (DLS and GigaSampler) in the Swami development version. Requires x11.GPLAudio
ClamAVAnti virus program.GPLUtility
VexVex is an editor for XML documents. The "visual" part comes from the fact that Vex hides the raw XML tags from the user, providing instead a wordprocessor-like interface. Because of this, Vex is best suited for "document-style" XML documents such as XHTML and DocBook rather than "data-style" XML documents.GPLProgramming
CeltxCeltx is a comprehensive software package designed for people who work in the film, TV, theatre, and new media industries. It combines full-feature scriptwriting with media rich pre-production support and enables online collaboration.MPLVideo
JgraphpaperGraph paper creator. My wife actually needed something to do this easily maybe you do too.GPLUtility
XerlinXML editor.GPLProgramming
JuiceIf you want to listen to podcasts, this program is for you.GPLWeb
DelineateRaster to Vector coverter. NiceGPL2D Graphics
Preferential TreatmentPreference file checker/fixer.GPLUtility
JapAnonymous proxy. JAP makes it possible to surf the internet anonymously and unobservably.GPLSecurity
ChimooTimer, can be used to time many things.FreewareUtility
Speak-freelyVoice over ip, Internet phone.GPLWeb
Freeguide-tvFreeGuide is a TV guide. Download TV listings from the Internet, view them offline, create a personalised TV guide and choose favourites. It uses the XMLTV tools to grab listings for lots of different countries.GPLMisc
KtoonCartoon drawing and animation software.GPLVideo
K3D3-D design, illustration, modelling, and animation which can utilize Renderman engine as well as others.GPL3D Graphics
Sketch It Up3-D design, illustration, and modelling brought to by Google.Freeware/other3D Graphics
SeleniumWeb application test tool. Tests run directly in a browser, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla, and Firefox. Supported platforms Windows, Linux, and Macintosh. Languages include C#, Python, PHP, Ruby, etc.GPLProgramming
Equinox3d3-D illustration, modeling, rendering, and animation application.Shareware3D Graphics
LiveQuartzImage editor.Unknown2D Graphics
GardensketchLanscape designer.GPL2D Graphics
JpatchSpline based 3D modeling tool (a patch modeler). It can be used to create 3D models for POV-Ray or RenderMan compatible renderers (e.g. Aqsis).GPL 3D Graphics
JunkmatcherSpam filter for Apple's Mail client.GPLUtility
AptanaDevelopment environment geared towards web development, Ajax style! Autocomplete and assistance for HTML, CSS, Java Script.EPLProgramming
MaxMax is an application for creating high-quality audio files in various formats, from compact discs or files.GPLAudio
MampThe abbreviation MAMP stands for: Macintosh, Apache, Mysql and PHP. With just a few mouse-clicks, you can install Apache, PHP and MySQL for Mac OS X!GPLServer
ClamXavClamXav is a free virus checker for Mac OS X. It uses the tried, tested and very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end.GPLUtility
MiroInternet Video/podcast oraginizer player -Quicktime, WMV, MPEG, AVI, XVID, and more. Video blog, YouTube, hell it does everything including BitTorrent.GPLVideo
BitTyrantBitTorrent protocol compatible client. Faster than traditional BitTorrent.GPLPeer2Peer
HymnThe purpose of the Hymn Project is to allow you to exercise your fair-use rights under copyright law. The various software provided on this web site allows you to free your iTunes Music Store purchases (protected AAC / .m4p) from their DRM restrictions with no loss of sound quality. These songs can then be played outside of the iTunes environment, even on operating systems not supported by iTunes and on hardware not supported by Apple.GPLAudio
EmailXTEmailXT is an open, patent-free protocol that replaces your current email with a more secure, full-featured system. EmailXT is a relationship-based email system where unauthorized bulk emailing is no longer possible. No more spam and mass mailing viruses. You don't need spam filters or service subscriptions any more. COMING SOON.GPLWeb
MonodevelopC# IDE that runs on OS X and Linux.GPLProgramming
XAMPPApache, MySQL, PHP web development environment install. Takes care of most configs and setup issues so you don't have to. Also see MAMP, which maybe a bit more stable at this point.APLServer
MegaPOVMegaPOV is a custom unofficial version of POV-Ray with a lot of additional features.GPL3D Graphics
BRL-CADThe BRL-CAD package is a powerful Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG) solid modeling system with over 20 years development and production use by the U.S. military. Visit the project page for downloads.LGPL3D Graphics
FrostwirePeer2Peer and BitTorrent client.GPLPeer2Peer
Desktop ManagerMultiple desktops (virtual desktops) on OS X. OS X Leopard will havea built in desktop manager.GPLUtility
AqsisRenderman (as in Pixar) rendering engine, used in 3D apps like K-3D.GPL3D Graphics
XMMMeD's Movie Manager is a simple to use, yet customizable, movie manager. Info is automatically retrieved from IMDb and Technical info can also be retrieved from media files like AVI, OGM, MPEG and DVD (ifo). It's written in Java and should therefore run on most desktop systems supporting Java.GPLVideo
SkimReally cool PDF reader with amazing features. Read and annotate scientific papers in PDF. Stop printing and start skimming.BSDUtility
LazarusDelphi/Kylix like programming environment using Pascal, compiles to exe, gui designer.GPLProgramming
ITermTerminal emulation program written for OS X using Cocoa. Features include tabs, bookmarks, anti-idle,complete VT100 emulation, with additional support for most common xterm and ANSI escape sequences.GPLUtility
MacgpgFile, email encryption and other encryption utilites, like a file shredder.GPLSecurity
Password GorillaPassword manager.GPLSecurity
QTGUI designer used on multiple platforms, highly used in open source projects. IMPORTANT: QT can be used for free for open source projects only! For commercial projects you must pay to distribute your QT based application.Freeware/otherProgramming
AOLServerWeb server created by AOL.MPLServer
Aria MaestosaReally nice midi tracker/editor. It lets you compose, edit and play midi files with a few clicks in a user-friendly interface offering keyboard, guitar, drum and controller views.GPLAudio
MPEG StreamclipVideo converter/editor. May require a purchase of MPEG-2 addon for Quicktime on some Macs.FreewareVideo
SmultronSmultron is a free text editor for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger which is both easy to use and powerful.APLText/Programming
KjuRun Windows, Linux and a lot more Systems on your Mac. Q is a feature packed cocoa port of QEMU.CC/NCVirtualization
GroovyGroovy is an agile, dynamic programming language for the Java Virtual Machine. Groovy includes features found in Python, Ruby, and Smalltalk, but uses syntax similar to the Java programming language.APLProgramming
MacGPGMac GNU Privacy Guard (Mac GPG for short) is, after a fashion, the Mac OS X port of GnuPG, licensed under the GNU GPL. The aims of the project are to make GnuPG easy to install, develop a framework to make it easy for other developers to incorporate GnuPG functionality into their applications, write services to allow for the use of GnuPG functions in most Cocoa applications, and write a Mac GPG Keys type application so that you no longer have to go to the commandline to manage your keys. For those who don't know, GnuPG is a free OpenPGP client (PGP == Pretty Good Privacy).GPLSecurity
BorkpadBorkPad is a faithful replica (within reason) of the classic Mac OS 9 NotePad, originally developed by Light Software. It stores multiple pages of plain text notes. It is designed to be fast launching and unobtrusive.Freeware/OtherText/Utility
Sequel-proManage MySQL databases (locally or over the internet). It lets you add and remove databases and tables, change fields and indexes, view and filter the content of tables, add, edit and remove rows, perform custom queries and dump tables or entire databases plus more.GPLUtility
Cosmos3d3-D Mandelbrot Fractal generator.GPL3D Graphics
BeanText/HTML editor. Bean is lean, fast, and uncluttered. If you get depressed at the thought of firing up MS Word or OpenOffice, try Bean. If you use Text Edit but have to jump through hoops just to get a word count or change the margins, try Bean. If you're pining away for Write Now-esque simplicity or just want a low-pressure writing environment, try Bean.GPLOffice
SpketIDE for JavaScript, XUL/XBL and Yahoo! Widget development. It provides features like code completion, syntax highlighting and content outline that helps developers productively create efficient JavaScript code. Supports Laszlo and Silverlight. Requires Java.Freeware/OtherProgramming
SongbirdDesktop Web player, digital jukebox and Web browser mash-up. Like Winamp, it supports extensions and skins feathers. Like Firefox®, it is built from Mozilla®, cross-platform and open source. Reminds me a bit of Amarok. Also runs on Windows and Linux. Very nice player indeed!MPL/OtherAudio
FFmpegX ffmpegX is a Mac OS X graphic user interface designed to easily operate more than 20 powerful Unix open-source video and audio processing tools including ffmpeg the "hyper fast video and audio encoder. Convert, read, encode, and author video. GPLVideo
Komodo EditFree, feature-rich editor for JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby and Tcl, on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.FreewareProgramming
Macstumbler MacStumbler is a utility to display information about nearby 802.11b and 802.11g wireless access points. It is mainly designed to be a tool to help find access points while traveling, or to diagnose wireless network problems. Additionally, MacStumbler can be used for "wardriving", which involves co-ordinating with a GPS unit while traveling around to help produce a map of all access points in a given area.FreewareUtility
IPhoney Looking for a way to see how your web creations will look on iPhone? Look no further. iPhoney gives you a pixel-accurate web browsing environment—powered by Safari—that you can use when developing web sites for iPhone. It's the perfect 320 by 480-pixel canvas for your iPhone development. And it's free. FreewareProgramming
VeohTVVeohTV is a free specialized video browser that turns online video into Internet Television. Watch video from thousands of web sites, in one easy-to-use full screen application. Watch streaming video from major television networks such as Fox and CBS, to independently-produced content available on sites such as YouTube, Google Video, and MySpace. FreewareVideo
JoostWhat's Joost? It's video – more than 15,000 shows, with more added daily. It's online – all you need is a broadband internet connection. And it's free. Between this and VeohTV I hardly turn on the television anymore. FreewareVideo
StopMojoStopMojo is cross-platform stop-motion animation suite designed to aid in the creation of stop-motion animations. Currently it includes a capture program supporting capture of image files from various video capture devices, overlay of previous frames (onion skinning), and export to AVI and QUICKTIME video formats.GPLVideo
Floola Floola is a freeware application to efficiently manage your iPod or your Motorola mobile phone (any model supporting iTunes). Floola supports all common used iPod features including artwork, podcasts and smart playlists! It's also able to convert audio or video incompatible with the iPod so that you can copy almost any file to it. It even allows adding youtube and myspace videos just entering the page url! FreewareUtility
YamipodYamiPod is a freeware application to efficiently manage your iPod under Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. It can be run directly from your iPod and needs no installation. Take a look at the feature list to find out what it can do and feel free to suggest anything that might be missing.FreewareUtility
FreyjaFreyja 3d is a modeler and animator focusing on low polygon game content with wide range of model import/export plugins. Freyja has some unique features such as Lua macros, tools for reverse engineering, and use of GLSL shaders while editing.GPL3D Graphics
VirtualBoxVirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software. Intel Macs only unfortunately.Freeware/OtherVirtualization
GNUMailGNUMail is a fully featured mail application running on Linux (or FreeBSD, OpenBSD, etc) and Apple Mac OS X. It uses the GNUstep development framework or Apple Cocoa, which is based on the OpenStep specification provided by NeXT, Inc.. GNUMail is licensed under the GPL, and the full sources of the application are available.GPLWeb
MacportsThe MacPorts Project is an open-source community initiative to design an easy-to-use system for compiling, installing, and upgrading either command-line, X11 or Aqua based open-source software on the Mac OS X operating system. Also see Fink.BSDUtility
HomeBankHomeBank is free software. Use it to manage your personal accounts. It is designed to easy to use. Analyse your finances in detail using powerful filtering tools and graphs. Requires X11GPLFinance
Tomato TorrentBitTorrent promotes the accessibility of data on the Internet by allowing anyone to share information with a large audience. For more information, take a look at the pretty images over at
ZipegZipeg allows you to open and explore content of zip, rar and other archives, preview files and images before you extract/unzip them. Extract only the files you want. Zip thru photo archives. See image thumbnails. Zipeg allows you to decide what do you want to extract. You can choose what to extract and where to put extracted files or just drag and drop them.Freeware/OtherUtility
NetbeansIDE with the following features and language support Ajax | C/C++ | Databases | Debugger | Desktop | Editor | GUI Builder | Java EE | Java ME | Java SE | Javascript | Mobile | Profiler | Refactor | REST | Rich Client Platform | Ruby | SOA | SOAP | UML | Web | WSDL | XML.GPLv2/CDDLProgramming
NetNewsWireRSS Feed reader. Get your news and information instantly. Customize the way you read and organize feeds. Feeds are stored on NewsGator. I highly recommend this and NewsGator.FreewareWeb
TraversoCross platform multitrack audio recording and editing suite, with an innovative and easy to master User Interface. It's suited for both the professional and home user, who needs a robust and solid DAW.GPLAudio
Hotspot ShieldHotspot Shield creates a virtual private network (VPN) between your laptop and the wireless router. This impenetrable tunnel prevents snoopers and hackers from viewing your email, instant messages, credit card information or anything else you send over a wireless network. Which means you remain anonymous and protect your privacy.FreewareSecurity
TruecryptOpen-source disk encryption software for Windows Vista/XP , Mac OS X, and Linux. TrueCrypt is a software system for establishing and maintaining an on-the-fly-encrypted volume (data storage device). On-the-fly encryption means that data are automatically encrypted or decrypted right before they are loaded or saved, without any user intervention. No data stored on an encrypted volume can be read (decrypted) without using the correct password/keyfile(s) or correct encryption keys. Entire file system is encrypted (e.g.., file names, folder names, contents of every file, free space, meta data, etc).GPLSecurity
PencilPencil is an animation/drawing software that lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics. Pencil is free and open source.GPL2D Graphics
The UnarchiverUnzip about anything and everything. I consider this the best open source replacement for Stuffit Expander.GPLUtility
CordWindows Remote Desktop (terminal services) client.GPLUtility
Code:BlocksThe IDE with all the features you need, having a consistent look, feel and operation across platforms.GPLProgramming
XBMCXBMC media center is a free cross-platform media-player jukebox and entertainment hub.GPLMultimedia
LilypondMusic notation for everyone.GPLAudio
MusescoreMusic notation with midi support and plugins. Highly recommended.GPLAudio
ReBirth RB-338Software simulation of the classic Roland devices TB-303 bassline, TR-808/909 rythym composers (Mac OS9 only). iPhone version here (not freeware)FreewareAudio
BuddiFinancial and banking app.GPLFinance
TorTor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security known as traffic analysis.BSDSecurity
FreemindFreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java.GPLUtility
Kaplingsimple little standalone physical modeling synthesizer.GPLAudio
MeteoMeteorologist is a free weather program for Mac OS X.MITUtility
QumanaBlog editor supporting most blogs.FreewareUtility
ClipmenuClipboard utility and history.FreewareUtility
MacTubeWatch and download videos, YouTube, etc.FreewareVideo
AnxietyLightweight ToDo list. Utilizes the calender/Mail app. Very nice…FreewareUtility
xPadxPad is the ultimate notepad, TextEdit and Stickies replacement for Apple's OS X.FreewareUtility
SketchBoxSketchBox is a new – multifunctional yet uncluttered – Sticky Notes Manager for your Mac Desktop.FreewareUtility
WinebottlerWine + a really nice interface to Wine.GPLUtility
SQLiteBrowserSQLite browser and utility.Public DomainUtility
BoxerKick ass easy interface to DosBox.GPLUtility
DrawberryVery lightweight Vector graphics editor. For more power see Inkscape.GPL2D Graphics
LyxLyX is a document processor that encourages an approach to writing based on the structure of your documents (WYSIWYM) and not simply their appearance (WYSIWYG). LyX combines the power and flexibility of TeX/LaTeX.GPLOffice
AppTrapWith AppTrap, when you move an application to the trash, you're automatically asked if you want to move the associated preference files as well. Now that's uninstallation, the Mac way.GPLUtility
Task CoachNice Task/ToDo tool created in Python. Also has a commercial iPhone app.GPLUtility
CalibreEBook manager, converter. Syncs with Stanza.GPLUtility
WiresharkWireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer, and is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions.GPLNetwork
NessusThe Nessus® vulnerability scanner is the world-leader in active scanners, featuring high-speed discovery, configuration auditing, asset profiling, sensitive data discovery and vulnerability analysis of your security posture.GPLSecurity
OpenVPNVPN clients.GPLNetwork
PlexMultimedia home theater, I highly recommend this.GPLMultimedia
PerianCodecs that allow Quicktime to play various unsupported video features.GPLVideo
MeasuringCupCooks recipe manager.FreewareUtility
uAppApp uninstaller like iTrash, AppZapper, ect. Discontinued, but still available and works alright.FreewareUtility
Mu.LABMU.LAB is a hi-quality music application for Mac OSX and Windows, transforming your computer into a complete music studio! FreewareAudio
WavemakerWaveMaker lets everyone visually & rapidly build great-looking open source web & cloud applications that deploy to a standard Java .war file.APLProgramming
NoloProQuickbooks replacement with Payroll and Quickbooks to Nolo conversion, which isn't free. Software client for Windows and web-based version, which works for OS X, Linux, and Windows using Apache, PHP, etc...FreewareFinance
MacInformerTrack, Update, and comment on OS X software installed on your machine.FreewareUtility
AppFreshTrack, Update, and comment on OS X software installed on your machine. Interfaces with I Use This.FreewareUtility
MD5AppEasily Generate and Verify MD5 Hashes.FreewareUtility
MumbleMumble is an open source, low-latency, high quality voice chat software primarily intended for use while gaming.BSDUtility
FlockWeb browser built off of Firefox geared towards social networking.GPLWeb
Hulu DesktopHulu client.FreewareVideo
AppCleanerReally nice uninstaller for the Mac. This should have been included with OS X IMO. Also, while you're there check out the disk encryption app that lets you encrypt your data and an icon switcher. Really good stuff.FreewareUtility
GarageBuyApplication that looks the way it should (using the Mac's native interface) to help you find and purchase items on eBay.FreewareUtility
HimmelbarHimmelBar provides an icon in the menu bar to quickly access your installed applications by scanning standard locations such as local, user, network and developer applications.FreewareUtility
ThinkLets you put apps and windows in focus quickly.FreewareUtility
MaclocLogout keeping all you apps and data in place.FreewareUtility
SilverskinHave instant access to all of your web server, domain name, and hosting accounts. Serverskine allows you to keep everything straight in a way that's intuitive, easy and useful.FreewareServer
SvnXSubversion client.GPLProgramming
AppointmentsAppointments is an application designed to keep record of customers, contact persons and important events related to them. Information is collected in a structured way: there are separate dictionaries with customers data, contact persons, appointment managers etc. which are used to create appointments record.MITUtility
FreeDMGFreeDMG can make internet enabled disk images for distribution to Macs as well as ISO/Joliet hybrid images for cross-platform delivery.GPLUtility
PaintbrushWindows Paintbrush clone for OS X.GPL2D Graphics
KeepassXKeePassX saves many different information e.g. user names, passwords, urls, attachments and comments in one single database.GPLSecurity

Not Free, but cool enough to mention - plus cheap.

iCalamus Modern DTP (desktop publishing) program, similar to Pagemaker, that helps you publish your ideas quickly and easily.Lite Version
Pixelmator Image editor, similar to Photoshop, but much prettier and way cheaper.DEMO
RealBasic Ok, this beats the shit out of Visual Basic in functionality, portability, and cost. Basically Visual Basic for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows; compiles for all three as well. If you want to write GUI based applications easily and quickly for Mac, Windows, or Linux, this is it. If your a VB programmer and you already have code written in VB on Windows there is a project converter :)DEMO
Blitz BasicGame development package that uses a Basic like programming language. It absolutely kicks ass!!! Download a few games made with Blitz while your there.DEMO
PixelIf your tired of the high cost of Photoshop but can't live without it this may be a good alternative for you. Includes some nice effects and fx brushes like those in Painter. Runs on everything, not just Windoze and it even has slicing! See the Gimp for a free alternative.DEMO
MohoCartooning (vector based) and cartoon animation software. Create animations for film, tv, web, and exports to Flash also. See Synfig for a free alternative.DEMO

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Nothing in this list contains malware/virus/trojan code that I am aware of; although, anything labeled freeware is more likely to contain it than open source. As a matter of fact, I have never had any open source program install any malicious code! I will explicitly state if freeware has adware/spyware if possible. I will not post links to software containing any virus, trojan, dialer, or malware if it is at all possible, but use caution when installing any software, scan with a virus scanner and/or search Google for bad experiences with a product by other users if you are unsure. I cannot guarantee any item on this list as safe, especially freeware, use these products at your own risk. By following links on this list or using products listed herein you are agreeing that I am not in anyway liable for any and all damages that may occur from the use of any software application you may choose to install.

I have used most everything in this list myself and used this list as a kind of bookmarking for myself at one time, but there are a few freewares I haven't used or tested. There have also been links added recently by request from people visiting the list that I have not installed or used as I only use Linux and OS X these days. If you find anything containing spyware, malware, adware, or any other nasty please let me know so I can look into it, or at least remove the offending application. Some adware can simply be removed using Adaware allowing you to continue using the application with no problems - free cd burner is one where this is possible - it never adds anything else after install.

If you want me to add something to the list that you feel would be worthwhile for others, by all means contact me. Please be aware that I am mainly focused on open source software and will consider it over shareware/freeware/commercial software everytime unless the it is absolutely amazing or a very hard to find necessity. There are many shareware and freeware sites already available that are easily found that provide such software.

Please read the developers sites! Some programs may be in beta and they will generally state that. I like testing so beta and unstable software doesn't bother me, but it may not work as you expect it to and may not be the best choice for being productive.

Please read licensing for any products you use and make sure the licensing hasn't changed since I posted. Some things become pay products (mainly freeware) when I am not looking and it's hard to keep track of everything. Please email me if this happens OR if you find I have the wrong license listed for any product so I can update the list - it would be very helpful!

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If you're looking for Linux software learn how to use your Linux distros package manager, apt, yast, etc, or if you're on Mac OS X try Fink. Plus, almost all open source licensed software on this list is ported from Linux/Unix applications so a simple visit to the developer's page should yield you a Linux version if you cannot find it in your distros package manager.

I really dislike group mentality, even in the open source arena. If you are on this list with the "it sucks, because it contains freeware and commercial software" relax, not all freeware is bad and you do not have to use it. If you have this mentality and you are looking for open source software for Windows or OS X you are simply a hypocrite. If you are a Linux/Unix purest you should know it's all about choice and freedom. Others may want or need the choice to use freeware or even commercial applications, including Windows or OS X. Whether it be religion or software, choice is what makes people happy and pieceful and group mentaility typically makes people hateful, aliented, or dead, the choice is yours so choose wisely your options.

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