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Twelve Motion
01-30-2005, 03:18 PM
I have been on a kick of finding small little apps that are free, like the title.

ByteControler, Konfabulator, and Menu Meters have been some of the most useful ones I have found.

I was wondering if you guys had an awesome apps that you don't know how you got along without before you had them.

FireWired
01-30-2005, 03:59 PM
Are haxies included in "Free Apps"? :)

Check out Unsanity.com (http://www.unsanity.com/) to find a bunch of (some freeware, some shareware) "hacks" for Mac OS X, called haxies. One of their free products I can't live without is ClearDock - IMO, it makes the dock look a lot better.

And here's a (small) list of cool free/shareware utilities and apps that I've used:

Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/)
Audio Hijack Pro (http://www.rogueamoeba.com/audiohijackpro/) / WireTap (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/wiretap/)
Black Light (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/10688)
Sproing (http://www.lorenb.com/software/sproing/)
Solitaire Forever (http://www.solitaireforever.com/)
Aperion X (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/games/apeironx/)
Magic Number Machine (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/21291)
Blender (http://www.blender3d.com/)
CiphSafe (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/17864)
SoundConverter (http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/audio/soundconverter.html)
VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/)


Plus tons more at any site like Version Tracker (http://versiontracker.com), MacUpdate (http://macupdate.com), or even the Apple site (http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/).

Twelve Motion
01-31-2005, 03:26 AM
Wow thanks alot! Some of those are great! Although black light is kinda done with Command+control+option+8. Unless thats a new feature.

I know about the websites, but it's nice to have someone tell me things are good, rather then going through the trial and error of checking them out.

Twelve Motion
01-31-2005, 04:09 AM
I just tried to install Clear Dock but it doesn't seem to be working. The read me mentions something about an APE manager, but I have no idea where that is?

lights_sound
01-31-2005, 04:45 AM
hey,
the ape manager, is a program that "unsanity" offers.. is on the home page on the left...

lights.and.design

chris_on_hints
01-31-2005, 07:37 AM
there is a program to make your dock transparent that doesnt require APE... (called TransparentDock)

also can you add the following to the list:

(get them from versiontracker.com unless a link is given)

TransparentDock

Sharepoints

Desktop manager (this is a GREAT program) http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/12682

X11 - go to the fink website and see what takes your fancy...
http://fink.sourceforge.net

Onyx - for all system admin functions, all in one place - this is really useful.

SoundSource (and WireTap from the same people)
http://rogueamoeba.com/freebies/

Final Vinyl - is quite good, although not as stable as it could be (if you buy Toast 6, you get a much better program bundled in...)
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/9439

oh, and Menu meters gets a second vote from me...

styrafome
01-31-2005, 11:26 AM
Not all free, but...

MenuMeters again, baby.
SharePoints
Synergy (iTunes controller)
The Unread (number of unread mail msgs in menu bar when dock is hidden)
WinSwitch (customize Fast User Switching)
MemoryStick (monitor RAM/swapfile usage graphically)
FootTrack (Like iPhoto but for DV clips)
SafariEnhancer (Banish brushed metal, and more!)
TinkerTool (extra prefs for OS X tweaking)
Macaroni (automatic system maintenance)
CheckOff (to-do list in menu bar)
MacStumbler/iStumbler/AirStumbler/KisMAC (scan for and catalog wireless networks)
VueScan (universal scanner driver)
FileWrangler (batch rename files)
SnapNDrag (better screen shots)
MacTheRipper (back up commercial DVDs)
SheetHead (speed up those dialog box sheets)
Printer Setup Repair
QuickChange (see/edit file types)
CyberDuck (FTP)
Pacifist (see inside installer packages)
VLC
Celestia (see the universe!)

You can look them all up on MacUpdate.com/Versiontracker.com

schneb
01-31-2005, 01:23 PM
My oft-used freebies.

MacSword
http://www.macsword.com/

SiteSucker
http://www.sitesucker.us/

BatChmod
http://macchampion.com/arbysoft/

Preferential Treatment
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/22790

TextWrangler
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/18529

Twelve Motion
01-31-2005, 05:50 PM
Wow awesome list, I will check all those out later tonight. But I am haveing one HELL of a time finding this APE manager. Can someone give me a real easy to use link or something? If it isn't too much trouble.

schneb
01-31-2005, 07:16 PM
I am haveing one HELL of a time finding this APE manager. Can someone give me a real easy to use link or something? If it isn't too much trouble.Here ya go (http://unsanity.com/haxies/ape)

FireWired
01-31-2005, 11:27 PM
I just tried to install Clear Dock but it doesn't seem to be working. The read me mentions something about an APE manager, but I have no idea where that is?

Yes, sorry, I forgot to mention that- The APE (Application Enhancer) Manager is essentially a preference pane (that appears in System Preferences) that is required for certain products, such as ClearDock. Once this is installed, I believe you just drag the "ClearDock.ape" file to Disk>Library>Application Enhancers.

Go to the APE Manager Pref pane, and from here you can set your settings for any of your application enhancers. (For ClearDock for example, you choose dock colors, transparencies, etc.

And as schneb posted, you can download APE Manager at http://unsanity.com/haxies/ape

Glad I could help :)

Twelve Motion
02-01-2005, 12:30 AM
Ha thanks alot, that explains the monkey... I JUST got it. "Ape"

Xd
02-01-2005, 09:37 AM
capture me http://www.chimoosoft.com/captureme.html

pic2icon http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/13226

Superbrainxxl http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/15218

Cache out X http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/9538

If these were mentioned, my bad.

ArcticStones
02-06-2005, 01:15 PM
Not free, but as a copywriter I really appreciate PopChar X, a program for inserting the characters you need. Anyone know of a better equivalent?

Twelve Motion
11-04-2007, 08:54 PM
Hey talk about bringing a thread back from the dead! But I just got onto another software kick and wanted to let everyone know what I found, and see if anyone has found anything new.

Scrivener (http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.html): This is the best text editor program I have ever used. It lets you keep projects so well orginized, and it's got a great icon.

AppZapper (http://appzapper.com/): This little guy lets you uninstall programs that might hide little files all over the place. They give you 5 free zaps before asking you to purchase, I have used 2, and I really like how it works.

I have also tried goofing around with DragThing, and although I am impressed with how it works, I doubt I will ever get used to it. But if you want more out of your dock, you might want to take a look at it.

Anyone else have anything new that they couldn't live without?

iampete
11-04-2007, 10:53 PM
Not free, but as a copywriter I really appreciate PopChar X, a program for inserting the characters you need. Anyone know of a better equivalent?

PickChar, in my opinion, is much better - and it is FREEWARE.

It's old (2002), but works great with Tiger - don't know about Leopard.

<http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/13935>

Pete

schneb
11-05-2007, 11:04 AM
My oft-used biggies these days are based in video...

Mac the Ripper
MPEG Streamclip
JES Deinterlacer

kel101
11-05-2007, 12:14 PM
has everyone forgotten about quicksilver?

edalzell
11-05-2007, 02:20 PM
AppZapper (http://appzapper.com/): This little guy lets you uninstall programs that might hide little files all over the place. They give you 5 free zaps before asking you to purchase, I have used 2, and I really like how it works.


I'll sell you my copy for half price!

Twelve Motion
11-05-2007, 06:20 PM
Is there a freeware app that converts movies to mp4 files so I can watch them on my iphone?

J Christopher
11-05-2007, 06:28 PM
Is there a freeware app that converts movies to mp4 files so I can watch them on my iphone?

Handbrake does a nice job of converting DVD rips to H.264 format. Two of the pre-configured settings is for iPod low-resolution and iPod High resolution. I don't have a video capable iPod, so I haven't tried either configuration, but I think the high resolution should do what you want.

schneb
11-05-2007, 06:47 PM
I agree, Handbrake works great for this purpose. But make sure to download the latest version. It has a great batch ability now.

Also look in to iSquint as well.

kel101
11-06-2007, 10:43 AM
theres also isquint/visual hub, isquint is free and just does video to mp4, visual hub doesn all of your converting needs

J Christopher
11-07-2007, 11:25 PM
Xshelf has been upgraded to version 1.1.4, and is now Leopard compatible.

I have long known Xshelf to be a useful application, but never realized just how much I have come to depend on it until being forced to go a few days without it, immediately following my Leopard upgrade.

The new version fixes the compatibility issues, and also better exploits Fitts' Law.

specter
11-08-2007, 06:21 AM
Boot Camp is the best free app ever... I like that it is distributed as freeware. A good app

pantherman13
11-10-2007, 12:00 PM
As anyone mentioned Adium?

http://www.adiumx.com

It's only the best Mac Instant Messaging Client in the world!

They recently announced A/V support, which means I can finally leave iChat behind, at least while I still run Tiger.

Here's the link for the A/V plugin.

http://adiumxtras.com/index.php?a=xtras&xtra_id=4959

What makes Adium a must for me is all of the Xtras that are available. You can customize until you explode.

http://adiumxtras.com/

:D

Felix_MC
11-10-2007, 12:40 PM
I've used Adium for quite a while now, but I never knew about the Xtras. Thx for the tip ;)
I've just downloaded the Napoleon Dynamite sound set :p

NovaScotian
11-10-2007, 02:00 PM
Xshelf has been upgraded to version 1.1.4, and is now Leopard compatible.

I have long known Xshelf to be a useful application, but never realized just how much I have come to depend on it until being forced to go a few days without it, immediately following my Leopard upgrade.

The new version fixes the compatibility issues, and also better exploits Fitts' Law.

Just installed it on the basis of your recommendation -- I can see why it's going to be very useful immediately. Since I keep my Dock on the top left, I've got it at the bottom of my main screen and I've made it wide enough so I can't miss. Great for grabbing a bunch of URLs or links for later insertion in a document for example, or for holding an image until you get to where you need it.

Now, if it was only AppleScriptable (without going through a shell script).

ADDED: KH's DejaMenu is pretty neat too.

kel101
11-10-2007, 04:42 PM
Oh i have some more, all free of course, tube tv-basically downloads any video from flash sites (youtube etc) and it converts to mp4, ipod, iphone or flv. Joost is the future of TV, tinker tool is a great tool for editing the system, dock finder and reveals hidden files etc.

J Christopher
11-10-2007, 07:44 PM
Just installed it … I can see why it's going to be very useful immediately.

I'm glad to hear that you like it. :)

Considering it was inspired by the NeXTshelf, I'm surprised Apple hasn't re-implemented a similar feature into OS X.

I might have to give DejaMenu another try now that I have a laptop that doesn't require pressing the control key as I tap the trackpad for a right click.

pantherman13
11-11-2007, 05:00 PM
For video conversion needs (other than DVD to .something - for that use HandBrake), I recommend MPEG Streamclip.

http://www.squared5.com/

Alex Yeh
11-11-2007, 11:50 PM
schneb: thanks - I hadn’t heard of Preferential Treatment :)


Here (http://forums.macosxhints.com/showpost.php?p=393075&postcount=71) are some apps that I use :)

in addition to those, I also use:

Azureus (http://azureus.sourceforge.net/) - a bittorrent “client”
CocoThumbX (http://www.stalkingwolf.net/software/cocothumbx/) - gives thumbnails to images and documents; written in C for speed.
CocoaDialog (http://cocoadialog.sourceforge.net/) - allows one to add a GUI to shell scripts.
Colloquy (http://colloquy.info/) - an IRC client
Firefox (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/)
Fugu (http://rsug.itd.umich.edu/software/fugu/) - an aqua sftp/scp client
HexEdit (http://hexedit.sourceforge.net/) - a good hex editor, etc
Platypus (http://www.sveinbjorn.org/platypus) - allows one to turn a shell script into a cocoa app.
Rezilla (http://pagesperso-orange.fr/bdesgraupes/DocHTML/rezilla.html) - a nice resource editor
VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/) - allows one to view video formats that cannot be viewed by Quicktime.
Vidalia (http://www.torproject.org/download.html.en) - a front-end for Tor.
WTF-X (http://wtf-x.sourceforge.net/) - helps one understand internet acronyms
Xee (http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/xee.html) - an excellent image viewer.

Alex Yeh
11-12-2007, 12:44 AM
Additionally, here are some command-line apps I like:

elinks (http://elinks.or.cz/) - an excellent text-based browser
flac (http://flac.sourceforge.net/) - to encode/decode FLAC lossless audio format
gpg (http://www.gnupg.org/) - open-source pgp alternative
lame (http://lame.sourceforge.net/index.php) - stands for “LAME Ain’t an MP3 Encoder”
p7zip (http://p7zip.sourceforge.net/) - allows one to use the 7zip compression format
phoon (http://www.acme.com/software/phoon/) - shows the PHase of the mOON, in ascii format.
wget (http://www.gnu.org/software/wget/) - an excellent batch downloader.

Jay Carr
11-12-2007, 03:32 AM
Perian (http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/video/perian.html)

Use this so you can get previews of a whole host of formats not usually supported by quicktime, including .avi

NovaScotian
11-12-2007, 08:39 AM
schneb: thanks - I hadn’t heard of Preferential Treatment :)

As an aside to this thread, I know (in the internet communications sense) the developer of Preferential Treatment (Jon Nathan, an indie -- jonn8.com), and he said onetime that making PT free was his worst business decision ever -- it's by far the most popular thing he ever developed. I like (and paid for) his Jon's Phone Tool too.

J Christopher
11-12-2007, 01:05 PM
Perian (http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/video/perian.html)

Use this so you can get previews of a whole host of formats not usually supported by quicktime, including .avi

Have you had any success with this application and Leopard? I just tried it and was unable to get QT to start and respond.

schneb
11-12-2007, 01:08 PM
I know the developer of Preferential Treatment, and he said that making PT free was his worst business decision ever -- it's by far the most popular thing he ever developed.
LOL, so sorry to be a part of his success angst. ;)

Alex Yeh
12-18-2007, 06:14 PM
lftp (http://lftp.yar.ru/) - I found and compiled this command-line application just the other day. An excellent ftp client. Here are some of the benefits it offers:
1. Automatically and invisibly reconnects in the case of time-out errors and such.
2. Recursive upload and download capability.
3. Reads the .netrc file, if you have it.
4. Stable and reliable; actively developed since 1997.