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BakedBeans
Nov 1, 2004, 04:36 AM
Ok i thought i would start this thread just so we can have a list of must have free apps, mainly for the newbies, but also for the oldbies to share the ones they already have...

my must haves are

LittleSnitch (http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/download.html) (alerts you to any connections trying to be made)

MacStumbler (http://www.macstumbler.com/)
(finds Wireless Networks)

MacTheRipper (http://www.wormintheapple.gr/macdvd/mtr.html)
and
Dvd2onex (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/19238)
(this is for legal back-up ONLY, for more infomation on how to back-up things private message me)

onyX (http://www.boostware.com/os/mac.html)
(this is to optimize your system)

Anyone that would like to add some would be great

IDANNY
Nov 1, 2004, 04:57 AM
Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack
link= http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/20854
sorry but it deserves everyone of those mentions a great application. A great app that really lets you control your trackpad. A must have if you have an ibook or powerbook.

MenuMeters Also another great app to tell you if your computer is actually working.
link= http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/17713

kirk26
Nov 1, 2004, 05:28 AM
Cool, another Official app/tool thread.

BakedBeans
Nov 1, 2004, 05:29 AM
were is the other free /app tool thread?

Yuh
Nov 1, 2004, 05:58 AM
LittleSnitch (http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/download.html) (alerts you to any connections trying to be made)
....
Dvd2onex (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/19238)
(this is for legal back-up ONLY, for more infomation on how to back-up things private message me)


I really like those apps too but they aren't free... $25 for Little Snitch and $50 for Dvd2OneX.... isn't this a "free" apps/tools thread? On Windows, i use DVDShrink which is similar to Dvd2OneX but completely freeware... anything like that for Mac? And Little snitch functionality is in many free firewall programs for windows (Zonealarm for instance)... any on Mac that are free?

BakedBeans
Nov 1, 2004, 06:03 AM
I really like those apps too but they aren't free... $25 for Little Snitch and $50 for Dvd2OneX.... isn't this a "free" apps/tools thread? On Windows, i use DVDShrink which is similar to Dvd2OneX but completely freeware... anything like that for Mac? And Little snitch functionality is in many free firewall programs for windows (Zonealarm for instance)... any on Mac that are free?

yeah...sorry... silly me... i use dvd2onex and i didnt pay for it...must be a trial type of thing... as is little snitch....sorry about that...silly me

cube
Nov 1, 2004, 06:25 AM
Fink (http://fink.sourceforge.net/)

AmigoMac
Nov 1, 2004, 06:36 AM
Adium, Netnewswire lite, Romeo, KTA Tennis, Mactracker, Poisoned, Skype, VLC, MPlayer... :cool:

MS Office :D (oops) :eek:

eclipse525
Nov 1, 2004, 06:37 AM
I really liked this one. I've tried many other apps that gather the Album Cover art for iTunes songs/albums but this is the best by far.

It's called Clutter (http://www.sprote.com/clutter/).

Launch Clutter when you have iTunes open. As a song is playing, Clutter automatically looks up the album art. Once found, under the File menu select copy to iTunes and BAM, it's there for the WhOLE album. Sweet.

One note. If it doesn't find the art, just go under the File menu and choose "Find cover in Amazon". Just type in different variations of the artist or song and i'm sure it'll pop up.


Enjoy,
~e

BakedBeans
Nov 1, 2004, 07:33 AM
I really liked this one. I've tried many other apps that gather the Album Cover art for iTunes songs/albums but this is the best by far.

It's called Clutter (http://www.sprote.com/clutter/).

Launch Clutter when you have iTunes open. As a song is playing, Clutter automatically looks up the album art. Once found, under the File menu select copy to iTunes and BAM, it's there for the WhOLE album. Sweet.

One note. If it doesn't find the art, just go under the File menu and choose "Find cover in Amazon". Just type in different variations of the artist or song and i'm sure it'll pop up.


Enjoy,
~e

i have to say that is a top app.... thats why i started this thread... that type of app i would never have known about...cheers... just going through amigomacs now...

Solafaa
Nov 1, 2004, 08:51 AM
DVD Ripper, Acquisition, SafariSorter, VLC and LimeWire

tombo
Nov 1, 2004, 08:53 AM
Clutter is awesome.
Just the thing I've been looking for. Have put all my CDs on my iPod and don't have the real CDs with me while I'm up at Uni.

Just to throw my hat into the ring:
Wiretap (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/freebies/)

I have found this very useful in different circs. It runs 'on the top' of any application and takes up little processor
* take a funny quote from a DVD and use it as a system-beep
* record internet radio to listen to later
etc.
- you must obey all copy-right laws though, I guess.. :rolleyes:

It's another Ambrosia app. These guys make the BEST games. Anyone played Escape Velocity Nova? or the classic Pegleg? or Maelstrom? That was back in the day. Totally addictive. Any sooo-weeeet graphics.
Anyway, this is by them!

russed
Nov 1, 2004, 08:53 AM
I really liked this one. I've tried many other apps that gather the Album Cover art for iTunes songs/albums but this is the best by far.

It's called Clutter (http://www.sprote.com/clutter/).

Launch Clutter when you have iTunes open. As a song is playing, Clutter automatically looks up the album art. Once found, under the File menu select copy to iTunes and BAM, it's there for the WhOLE album. Sweet.

One note. If it doesn't find the art, just go under the File menu and choose "Find cover in Amazon". Just type in different variations of the artist or song and i'm sure it'll pop up.


Enjoy,
~e


wow what a cool programme! thanks for that link!

Chaszmyr
Nov 1, 2004, 09:34 AM
Most of the free apps I use are bundled with OSX... but there are a bunch of them, from Safari and iApps to Grab and DigitalColor Meter.

Others I use (or used to use before getting retail software to replace them) are:
-Okito Composer (word processor)
-Taco HTML Edit (great simple little app for editting web code)
-Kung Log (blog utility)
-Firefox (Web browser.. secondary to Safari)
-Poisoned (P2P)
-Transparent Dock (activates "hidden dock features")
-Audio Recorder (extremely simple recording app)

jrv3034
Nov 1, 2004, 10:09 AM
AACconverter. It's FREE!!! It lets you convert iTMS AAC files to unprotected AIFF.
Got it at http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/21234

coconn06
Nov 1, 2004, 10:54 AM
Adium, Netnewswire lite, Romeo, KTA Tennis, Mactracker, Poisoned, Skype, VLC, MPlayer... :cool:

MS Office :D (oops) :eek:

It would be useful (this is not addressed just to you, Amigo) if instead of just listing a bunch of programs you gave a quick description of what each program does, like AL did in his original post. Links would be helpful, as well.

AmigoMac
Nov 1, 2004, 11:27 AM
It would be useful (this is not addressed just to you, Amigo) if instead of just listing a bunch of programs you gave a quick description of what each program does, like AL did in his original post. Links would be helpful, as well.

I just want to promote the web searching. ;)
I will tell how to fish, I won't give the fish. :cool: J/K

Adium: Messenger
Netnewswire lite :RSS reader
Romeo: Bridge between Nokia 3650 and iBook (BT controller)
KTA Tennis: Game
Mactracker : Apple computers database
Poisoned :P2P,
Skype : Messenger, Internet Phone,
VLC, MPlayer... Video players.
MRChat: Macrumors IRC Client.
MacJournal: if you are a writer.

logicat2001
Nov 1, 2004, 11:51 AM
Absolutely essential : Carbon Copy Cloner (http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html). Again, absolutely essential software.

Mike Bombich has made it donation-ware, which means it runs with all features but you're welcome to send him a donation if you find the tool useful.

I know I have.
Best,
Logicat

munkle
Nov 1, 2004, 01:30 PM
These threads always seem to pop every once in awhile but I'm a fan of them so I'll play along :)

AirStumbler (http://www.nexus9.org/): wireless network discover tool. I prefer it to MacStumbler.
Backlight (http://freshlysqueezedsoftware.com/products/freeware/): allows screensavers to be used as desktops, works great with MarineAquarium ;)
WClock (http://www.wolfware.com/wClock.html): menu bar clock with pop down calendar, now that Calendarclock/MenuCalendarClock has become shareware.
iCal Birthday Shifter (http://www.scotlandsoftware.com/products/icalshifter/index.html): takes birthdays from Address Book and makes them into events in iCal.
iGetMovies (http://homepage.mac.com/djodjodesign/): copies Quicktime movies from the iTMS and Safari to your desktop.
iPhoto Buddy (http://nofences.net/iphotoBuddy/): allows you to make multiple iPhoto libraries. Indispensible app which makes iPhoto that much better.
JAlbum (http://jalbum.net/): generates photo galleries for your website. Who needs .mac? ;)
Quicksilver (http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/) : application launcherx10. Closest thing to Spotlight at the moment. Greatest freeware app full stop.
TinkerTool (http://www.bresink.com/osx/TinkerTool.html): gives you access to additional preferences settings.
VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html): for all your multimedia needs.
Onyx (http://www.titanium.free.fr/english.html): maintenance app.
MacUpdate (www.macupdate.com): last but not least, the place to get all your freewares/sharewares!

That should be do for now! ;) :p I'm a big fan of the Mac developer scene, and am constantly amazed at the quality of the freeware/shareware apps available. Download and support them people! :)

Doctor Q
Nov 1, 2004, 02:26 PM
were is the other free /app tool thread?The What cool little OS X apps do you use? thread isn't limited to free applications, so it overlaps this topic.

wwooden
Nov 1, 2004, 03:39 PM
most people have named the good ones, I'll share then ones I haven't seen yet:

getTunes : allows you to copy music from people sharing it through iTunes on your network

GCam: Really quick way to record something from any firewire camera

Dent Du Midi: adds MIDI options to GarageBand

MacJanitor: does basic maintenance on computer system

Just to to confirm what others have said about SideTrack, VLC, iPhoto Buddy-----I use these pretty much everyday and don't even realize how important they are anymore.

Loge
Nov 1, 2004, 05:10 PM
LaTex is just about my favourite free app for producing professional looking technical documents. I use the front end TeXShop (http://www.uoregon.edu/~koch/texshop/texshop.html).

Mechcozmo
Nov 1, 2004, 06:23 PM
Bibliographer (http://www.stanford.edu/~tristanh/bibliographer.html) --this is the best tool for doing Bibliographies. I use it a lot. Very customizable, very easy to learn and use, and runs on anything from OS 8 to OS X to System 7.5.3.

Every student should have this software... :)

FightTheFuture
Nov 1, 2004, 07:21 PM
as in the What cool little OS apps do you use? Thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=58101) i've enthusiastically urged people to give butler (http://www.petermaurer.de/nasi.php?thema=butler&sprache=english) a go. its a great second dock/os9 application menu as well as a quicksilver-esque fast finder launcher. it also customizes smart items to skip itunes tracks, control volume, and rate music on the fly. very customizable and the only thing you'll run in the background of your machine. it is donorware, but you'll feel like paying for it. ;)

Makosuke
Nov 3, 2004, 05:56 PM
I've recommended it before, I'll recommend it again:

Cocoa Gestures (http://www.bitart.com/CocoaGestures.html) (there's a lightweight free version that I use, and a beefy shareware version.)

Gestures, for those not familiar, let you set a hotkey or hotbutton (on a multi-button mouse) that, when held in combination with drawing patterns ("gestures") with the mouse, will execute various options. Single biggest timesaver/hand movement reducer I have ever installed on a computer, period (and I've been using 'em since the before there was a Mac).

Gives a three button mouse more power than a seven button mouse.

Awesome tip for web browsing: Program the menu items for your most heavily used links as gestures, and you can hit your favorite pages with a flick of the wrist.

jimjiminyjim
Nov 3, 2004, 07:06 PM
Two favorites:
Goldberg. Very simple. I use it for resizing images for use on webpages.
Libra. An iTunes Library manager without duplicates of your music files.
MacJournal. Yep. A journal. Lots of functions.

edit: I can't count.

Cybernanga
Nov 3, 2004, 07:55 PM
Cocoa Gestures…

Single biggest timesaver/hand movement reducer I have ever installed on a computer, period (and I've been using 'em since the before there was a Mac).

Just curious, what kind of computer were you using before 1984?

Lz0
Nov 3, 2004, 08:05 PM
I really liked this one. I've tried many other apps that gather the Album Cover art for iTunes songs/albums but this is the best by far.

It's called Clutter (http://www.sprote.com/clutter/).

Launch Clutter when you have iTunes open. As a song is playing, Clutter automatically looks up the album art. Once found, under the File menu select copy to iTunes and BAM, it's there for the WhOLE album. Sweet.

One note. If it doesn't find the art, just go under the File menu and choose "Find cover in Amazon". Just type in different variations of the artist or song and i'm sure it'll pop up.


Enjoy,
~e


Doesn't run on 10.3

aswitcher
Nov 3, 2004, 08:10 PM
Ok i thought i would start this thread just so we can have a list of must have free apps, mainly for the newbies, but also for the oldbies to share the ones they already have...

my must haves are


MacStumbler (http://www.macstumbler.com/)
(finds Wireless Networks)



I have found Kismac superior.

AmigoMac
Nov 4, 2004, 03:13 AM
Doesn't run on 10.3

I have 10.3.5 and runs just fine, perfect should I say...

BakedBeans
Nov 4, 2004, 03:19 AM
I have 10.3.5 and runs just fine, perfect should I say...

me also.... great app

I have found Kismac superior

i hate that app... thanks for putting it in though... :)

its the one with all the silly driver things isnt it..ok maybe its just im to stooopid to use it..;)

aswitcher
Nov 4, 2004, 04:18 AM
me also.... great app



i hate that app... thanks for putting it in though... :)

its the one with all the silly driver things isnt it..ok maybe its just im to stooopid to use it..;)

No its pretty easy to install...

abc123
Nov 4, 2004, 04:42 AM
i love these threads, i always find so many useful things.
aps that i use everyday are:
sidetrack: i don't know what i'd do without it. i hear that next revision we will start having to pay for it though.
adium: the only way i've managed to get both aim and msn file transfers to work + it looks amazing
menu calendar: i believe that while it is not free for full features you can still use the basic ones without paying. i've somehow managed to anyway. i really like having the date number in my menubar.
clear dock: not really needed but i like it
quicksilver: i can imagine not having this program, it makes life so much easier.
bytecontroller: control itunes from your menubar
gcount: gmail notifier
firefox: i find that it is faster than safari and i've just generally taken a liking to it.

i think that is about it on the free stuff

umgolfer
Nov 4, 2004, 08:21 AM
Since I just got my new PMG5 yesterday, what is a good program (free or otherwise) for making backups of DVD's (legally of course)? I have quite a collection and ones that I use a lot I want to make an extra copy of. I am looking for a program that will allow me to make an exact copy of the DVD, as if I were playing my original copy.

Side Note: Since my new PM has a 8x Superdrive, do I NEED to use the 8x Apple DVD-R's, or can I use a different brand (or speed)? I remember back when I used to use faster CDR's they didn't always work good...is this still true? Thanks!

MacBandit
Nov 4, 2004, 09:02 AM
Since I just got my new PMG5 yesterday, what is a good program (free or otherwise) for making backups of DVD's (legally of course)? I have quite a collection and ones that I use a lot I want to make an extra copy of. I am looking for a program that will allow me to make an exact copy of the DVD, as if I were playing my original copy.

Side Note: Since my new PM has a 8x Superdrive, do I NEED to use the 8x Apple DVD-R's, or can I use a different brand (or speed)? I remember back when I used to use faster CDR's they didn't always work good...is this still true? Thanks!

You can use any brand media as long as it's a DVD-R. Some generic media doesn't work but as long as you stick to name brand you should be fine.

As for exact duplicates it's most likely not going to happen. Most DVDs are dual layer or dual sided meaning they hold 9.4GB instead of just 4.7GB like the average DVD-R. If you wanted to make exact duplicates you would need to get one of the new dual layer burners otherwise you need a program that will split the data into two chunks small enough to each fit on a DVD-R. For normal use most people will not notice the loss of detail when compressing to fit on one DVD-R. I use Handbrake to do this myself.

2A Batterie
Nov 4, 2004, 11:14 AM
Dent Du Midi: adds MIDI options to GarageBand



Is that all this program does? It is on my stepdad's pb (given to all faculty at a performing arts school he teaches at) and he can't figure out what it is for. Any more info on this program?

jared_kipe
Nov 4, 2004, 11:59 AM
I really liked this one. I've tried many other apps that gather the Album Cover art for iTunes songs/albums but this is the best by far.

It's called Clutter (http://www.sprote.com/clutter/).

Launch Clutter when you have iTunes open. As a song is playing, Clutter automatically looks up the album art. Once found, under the File menu select copy to iTunes and BAM, it's there for the WhOLE album. Sweet.

One note. If it doesn't find the art, just go under the File menu and choose "Find cover in Amazon". Just type in different variations of the artist or song and i'm sure it'll pop up.


Enjoy,
~e

This totally rocks, a pity I've already taken the time to find most of my music.

rickvanr
Nov 4, 2004, 12:17 PM
PROTEUS, www.proteusx.com

- visually appealing multi-proticol IM program
- also incredibly stable due to a local dameon

FoxyKaye
Nov 4, 2004, 05:50 PM
Just to throw my hat into the ring:
Wiretap (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/freebies/)

I have found this very useful in different circs. It runs 'on the top' of any application and takes up little processor
* take a funny quote from a DVD and use it as a system-beep
* record internet radio to listen to later
etc.


I'll second this emotion - I do some side DJ work, and this app is great for ripping samples and remixing when I'm dropping stuff to CDs. Grab the sound in WireTap, convert it to anything from AIFF to MP3 in Sound Studio, and mix it with either Sound Studio or Peak. I've sampled everything from Ghostbusters (Annie Potts, "Ghostbusters, what do you want!?") to Ronald Reagan (all his quotes about aliens to mix with Blondie's "Rapture") with this app -- it's a lot of fun to use and completely free. I wouldn't use it for heavy duty audio, but for sampling and quick rips it's great.

jimjiminyjim
Nov 4, 2004, 06:55 PM
Since I just got my new PMG5 yesterday, what is a good program (free or otherwise) for making backups of DVD's (legally of course)? I have quite a collection and ones that I use a lot I want to make an extra copy of. I am looking for a program that will allow me to make an exact copy of the DVD, as if I were playing my original copy.

Side Note: Since my new PM has a 8x Superdrive, do I NEED to use the 8x Apple DVD-R's, or can I use a different brand (or speed)? I remember back when I used to use faster CDR's they didn't always work good...is this still true? Thanks!

Without a doubt, "SuperDuper!" is one of the best backup programs I've used. It won't make a DVD that is immediately useable on any old DVD player, but it will save all the information easily on a disk image should you need to make one (since you're not actually watching these anyway).

chanoc
Nov 4, 2004, 07:40 PM
HandBrake is a free appllication for ripping DVDs to MPEG-4 with AAC audio, set your own bitrates.

Easy to use: link (http://handbrake.m0k.org/)

floatingspirit
Nov 4, 2004, 08:03 PM
Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack Sidetrack
link= http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/20854
sorry but it deserves everyone of those mentions a great application. A great app that really lets you control your trackpad. A must have if you have an ibook or powerbook.

MenuMeters Also another great app to tell you if your computer is actually working.
link= http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/17713

Perhpas it is cool, but it "crashed" my touch pad. I zapped PRAM, repaired permissions and deleted the Sidetrack program and I still coouldn't get the touch pad to work again. Finally, I reinstalled Panther and it works......

howard
Nov 6, 2004, 10:46 AM
Perhpas it is cool, but it "crashed" my touch pad. I zapped PRAM, repaired permissions and deleted the Sidetrack program and I still coouldn't get the touch pad to work again. Finally, I reinstalled Panther and it works......

i just installed it and then i read this which scares me...

anyone else have this problem?

munkle
Nov 6, 2004, 11:14 AM
i just installed it and then i read this which scares me...

anyone else have this problem?

I've installed two or three versions of Sidetrack on my Powerbook now and have been using Sidetrack for about a year and have never had a singele problem. It's been such a staple that it's irritating when I use another laptop, much like Quicksilver - heck I even try to open Quicksilver using Quicksilver when I have to restart it! :p - so give it a go. I'm sorry to hear that another user had problems but it's been nothing less than perfect for me and the hot corners are great! :)

MacBandit
Nov 6, 2004, 02:05 PM
i just installed it and then i read this which scares me...

anyone else have this problem?


I've had it installed on our 15Al 1.25 Powerbook since we got it last December. No issues.

Apple replaced a bunch of touchpads on the 15Al so I suspect it wasn't just the program that caused the issue.

abc123
Nov 6, 2004, 10:49 PM
I've installed two or three versions of Sidetrack on my Powerbook now and have been using Sidetrack for about a year and have never had a singele problem. It's been such a staple that it's irritating when I use another laptop, much like Quicksilver - heck I even try to open Quicksilver using Quicksilver when I have to restart it! :p - so give it a go. I'm sorry to hear that another user had problems but it's been nothing less than perfect for me and the hot corners are great! :)
haha i do the same thing with quicksilver and then get annoyed at the thought of having to go poke around in my applications folder.

i've also never had any problems using sidetrack. i think it is fantastic, it makes my trackpad better than a mouse with a scroll wheel in my mind :)
when i use my brothers computer i get all frustrated without it.

Westside guy
Nov 7, 2004, 12:02 AM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Lacie's SilverKeeper (http://www.lacie.com/silverkeeper/). It works very well for backups; basically syncing your folders with the backup version (on your iPod, or your FireWire drive, or wherever). Unlike CarbonCopyCloner it removes files from the backup that are no longer on the source, and it only copies the files that have changed. Also it'll let you keep multiple copies of the backups.

eclipse525
Nov 7, 2004, 11:31 PM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Lacie's SilverKeeper (http://www.lacie.com/silverkeeper/). It works very well for backups; basically syncing your folders with the backup version (on your iPod, or your FireWire drive, or wherever). Unlike CarbonCopyCloner it removes files from the backup that are no longer on the source, and it only copies the files that have changed. Also it'll let you keep multiple copies of the backups.

Yeah...but doesn't Retrospect (http://www.dantz.com/en/products/mac_desktop/index.dtml) do the same thing but better?

~e

Doctor Q
Nov 8, 2004, 12:26 AM
Yeah...but doesn't Retrospect (http://www.dantz.com/en/products/mac_desktop/index.dtml) do the same thing but better?For $100, you'd expect so. This is a thread about free tools and SilverKeeper is one of them.

aswitcher
Nov 8, 2004, 12:47 AM
For $100, you'd expect so. This is a thread about free tools and SilverKeeper is one of them.

SilverKeeper has a been a solid performer for me on my LaCie 250gig d2

Lau
Nov 9, 2004, 02:35 PM
I just got iMsafe. It backs up to an iPod, Firewire drive etc and it has been excellent. It just seems really good. Looks nice, dead simple, works well. And that's it.

Bit like macs, s'pose :)

abhishekit
Nov 9, 2004, 03:11 PM
I have found Kismac superior.

does Kismac now support passive scanning with airport extreme? I haven't used it in a long time, and that was the main reason I stopped using it.

eclipse525
Nov 9, 2004, 06:16 PM
For $100, you'd expect so. This is a thread about free tools and SilverKeeper is one of them.

Gotcha!......Lost my head for a moment. ;)

~e

MacBandit
Nov 10, 2004, 01:35 AM
Okay here's the single coolest program ever. It's so cool that Apple should have thought of it.

Delicious Library (http://www.delicious-monster.com/)

It's a media library. It will make an index with images and information of all your Books, CDs, DVDs, Games, and more.

To get them in you can do a search, enter the barcode, by voice input, or best of all hold the bar code up to your iSight camera and it will read the barcode.

Once you have the data in it's like iTunes with lives searches, personal ratings, and custom playlists (collections). Also you have the ability schedule and checkout items to friends and family and do the scheduling via integrating with Address Book and iCal.

Last but not least is the ability to Sync this information with your iPod.

These are just the features I thought were the coolest there are more including bluetooth functions. Definitely check it out.

munkle
Nov 10, 2004, 01:58 AM
Okay here's the single coolest program ever. It's so cool that Apple should have thought of it.

Delicious Library (http://www.delicious-monster.com/)


Agreed that this app is definitely worth checking out, if only for the amazing more-apple-than-apple GUI! But as DR Q pointed out before this is a thread for freeware apps and at $40 Delicious Library doesn't quite fall into that category.

dotnina
Nov 10, 2004, 03:33 AM
I was actually going to start a thread just like this! Great idea for a thread.

Here's my list ... and yes, all of this is FREE (I read the name of the thread). ;) :D

WireTap (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/freebies/)

Records ANY audio being played through your Mac. Absolutely ... anything. Very nice, simple interface as well.

Streamripper (http://streamripperx.sourceforge.net/)

Records songs playing through an internet radio station as individual mp3s. Keeps all the mp3s nice and neat and named for you, in a folder that you specify. Great way to discover new music / artists.

Newsfire (http://www.newsfirerss.com/)

The best RSS newsreader for the Mac I've tried.

Quicksilver (http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/)

Hard to explain, you just need to download it.

Meteorologist (http://heat-meteo.sourceforge.net/)

Best weather utility I've used for the Mac. Stays up in the top right corner of your menu bar, where it displays an icon representing the current weather (ie, raindrops), the location, and the temperature (mine says [Sun icon] Home 62). Click on it to get an extended forecast and more info.

Genius (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/21353)

A must-have for students who use flashcards to review. Tracks your progress, quizzes you, teaches you.

iTunes Monitor (http://www.ebyss.net/pages/software.html)

Lets you know who's listening to your iTunes music on the LAN, as well as what they're listening to.

MacBandit
Nov 10, 2004, 08:56 AM
Agreed that this app is definitely worth checking out, if only for the amazing more-apple-than-apple GUI! But as DR Q pointed out before this is a thread for freeware apps and at $40 Delicious Library doesn't quite fall into that category.

Actually you can try it for free and it's fully functional as long as you only have 25 items in your library.

MacBandit
Nov 10, 2004, 09:02 AM
Meteorologist (http://heat-meteo.sourceforge.net/)

Best weather utility I've used for the Mac. Stays up in the top right corner of your menu bar, where it displays an icon representing the current weather (ie, raindrops), the location, and the temperature (mine says [Sun icon] Home 62). Click on it to get an extended forecast and more info.



If you like Meteo your going to love WeatherMenu (http://www.afterten.com/products/weathermenu/weathermenupr.html). It's free for 30 days. I used Meteo for nearly 5 years but on the first try of this program I jumped ship and even paid the shareware fee. The biggest plus about it is it uses the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations weather pages which is far more accurate (where I live) then Weather.com which is what Meteo uses now days. Also it puts the moon phase in your menu bar at night.

whiteangel
Nov 10, 2004, 11:26 AM
Growl (http://growl.info) is a global notification system for Mac OS X. Any application can send a notification to Growl, which will display an attractive message on your screen.

Try it! Its free and from the makers of Adium and you'll love it!
I use it to notify me of iTunes track changes, new mail and Adium notifications.

rickvanr
Nov 10, 2004, 11:36 AM
Growl (http://growl.info) is a global notification system for Mac OS X. Any application can send a notification to Growl, which will display an attractive message on your screen.

Try it! Its free and from the makers of Adium and you'll love it!
I use it to notify me of iTunes track changes, new mail and Adium notifications.

That's what growl does? I've only ever seen/ heard about it in the Proteus message boards

munkle
Nov 10, 2004, 12:38 PM
Actually you can try it for free and it's fully functional as long as you only have 25 items in your library.

Having a free trial doesn't make it a free app, and crippled software is just that. No big deal, was just pointing out the title of the thread.

MacBandit
Nov 10, 2004, 12:58 PM
Having a free trial doesn't make it a free app, and crippled software is just that. No big deal, was just pointing out the title of the thread.

In my mind it's still free. No it's not freeware but you can use it and get some productivity out of it even if it's only for a limited time. Thus free.

munkle
Nov 10, 2004, 01:48 PM
In my mind it's still free. No it's not freeware but you can use it and get some productivity out of it even if it's only for a limited time. Thus free.

Interesting! So under your description Macromedia Studio/Adobe CS are free apps as well ;)

MacBandit
Nov 10, 2004, 01:51 PM
Interesting! So under your description Macromedia Studio/Adobe CS are free apps as well ;)

For one month. If you were a profesional you could potentially make enough money with the Adobe 30 day trials to pay for the full programs.

Whether or not you can be productive with it even with the limited time. Now if the program can be ran but you could not save what you produced out of it then it would not be free.

dotnina
Nov 10, 2004, 03:20 PM
I think we should try to keep the software listed here just to what’s flat-out free. Perhaps if someone wants, we can start a second thread to the tune of “‘Not Exactly Free, But Worth It!’ Software.” As a general rule, any software with a trial period isn’t free, so we should probably keep it out of this thread in order to keep with the thread’s theme. (And BTW – this isn’t directed at anyone in particular.)

So let’s keep it up, guys! What other free software you do like? :)

MacBandit
Nov 10, 2004, 03:26 PM
I think we should try to keep the software listed here just to what’s flat-out free. Perhaps if someone wants, we can start a second thread to the tune of “‘Not Exactly Free, But Worth It!’ Software.” As a general rule, any software with a trial period isn’t free, so we should probably keep it out of this thread in order to keep with the thread’s theme. (And BTW – this isn’t directed at anyone in particular.)

So let’s keep it up, guys! What other free software you do like? :)


Fair enough. The easiest way to do this would be to have the thread description changed to, "best Freeware,".

sorryiwasdreami
Nov 10, 2004, 10:15 PM
Can anyone recommend an app that does with video what iPhoto does with photos? It should have a library of thumbnails, folders, search, the ability to display most video types, not just limited to QuickTime, ability to drag and drop files which create aliases, etc.

Basically iPhoto for videos. Oh yeah, and free (my guess is it ain't gonna happen for free).

Thanks!

Sogo
Nov 10, 2004, 11:04 PM
:( I am unable to install wiretap. when I try to unstuff it, it asks to save some preinstall thing in a folder but it says that it already exists. I naturally say save, all three documents. It unpacks, but when i click on it, it tells me that it was unable to locate files. So i am lost at the moment.

MacBandit
Nov 10, 2004, 11:38 PM
Can anyone recommend an app that does with video what iPhoto does with photos? It should have a library of thumbnails, folders, search, the ability to display most video types, not just limited to QuickTime, ability to drag and drop files which create aliases, etc.

Basically iPhoto for videos. Oh yeah, and free (my guess is it ain't gonna happen for free).

Thanks!

It's not what you are looking for exactly but MPlayer (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/16623) has a playlist/library ability. Also it will play just about any format. Oh and yes it's free.

Josh
Nov 10, 2004, 11:50 PM
Quicksilver (http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/)

Hard to explain, you just need to download it.


From what I gather, it's just like LaunchBar, no?

I haven't messed with it a whole lot, so I don't know all its ins and outs, but it seemed to be doing a similiar thing (brings up applications/files as you type).

Not bad, although if they are the same idea, I prefer launch bar - just wish it was free ;)

stevietheb
Nov 11, 2004, 01:13 AM
From what I gather, it's just like LaunchBar, no?

I haven't messed with it a whole lot, so I don't know all its ins and outs, but it seemed to be doing a similiar thing (brings up applications/files as you type).

Not bad, although if they are the same idea, I prefer launch bar - just wish it was free ;)

Except QuickSilver is free.

I don't remember LaunchBar too well, I tried it about 9 months ago. Quicksilver has some really neat features. I find it *ESSENTIAL*

dotnina
Nov 11, 2004, 01:33 AM
From what I gather, it's just like LaunchBar, no?

I haven't messed with it a whole lot, so I don't know all its ins and outs, but it seemed to be doing a similiar thing (brings up applications/files as you type).

Not bad, although if they are the same idea, I prefer launch bar - just wish it was free ;)

I haven't tried Launchbar, but yes, Quicksilver brings up apps / documents / folders / etc. to a certain depth that you can specify (at least partially).

I guess it's not that hard to explain after all. :p It's very strange and different if you're not familiar with the concept of a launcher, though (at least, I thought it was strange when I first used it ;) ).

munkle
Nov 11, 2004, 02:04 AM
Quicksilver also has a lot of pretty useful plug-ins, which you have to download separately. For example, a pretty handy address book module which allows you to display telephone numbers/addresses etc in large type through Quicksilver. Development is very active, the developer is already talking about how Quicksilver is going to be incorporated into Tiger and best of all it's all free.

There is a steep learning curve to get the most out of Quicksilver and unfortunately the documentation isn't great. But even if you only use it to invoke apps it really is a great app and highly customisable. I find it preferable to LaunchBar, although Quicksilver doesn't 'learn' as well as LaunchBar does. So check it out!

BakedBeans
Nov 11, 2004, 03:27 AM
ok, STOP FIGHTING over freeness ;)

anything goes thats remotely free, trials sharewares freeware.... anything... :):):)

MacBandit
Nov 11, 2004, 09:09 AM
ok, STOP FIGHTING over freeness ;)

anything goes thats remotely free, trials sharewares freeware.... anything... :):):)


Hey hey hey the great thread starter speaks. It's good to have set boundaries.

applejack
Nov 11, 2004, 12:22 PM
I love these threads, there are always little apps coming out and this is a great way to hear about them. I just installed Bytecontroller, it's exactly what I've been looking for in a menubar iTunes controller - simple.

Does anyone know of a freeware app to monitor connections to your wireless network? My friend has something like this for Windows, not sure if there is something similar for mac (I'm a little paranoid).

Westside guy
Nov 11, 2004, 01:54 PM
I came across Launchbar when I was looking for a replacement to the quick-launcher I used to have in my Gnome panel (under Linux). This was a little box that you'd type a command in and it'd run - not quite as cool as Launchbar, but actually more flexible because you could type a one-line perl script etc. in addition to command names.

Then someone mentioned Quicksilver and I tried that. Quicksilver seems to be faster that Launchbar when it comes to indexing etc.

But the question is, will Quicksilver stay free? Maybe I'm just blind, but I haven't seen anything (and I've looked) that says Quicksilver is going to be a free app. Right now it's just in beta, and often beta means "free for now, until we get the quirks worked out".

Can anyone shed light on this for me? :confused:

Doctor Q
Nov 11, 2004, 02:21 PM
I wanted an app that would show me the current month and following month's calendars in a small window, for when I'm planning the next couple of week's activities. I found it as CalendarCenter (http://www.macdev.ca/macos/Freeware.html) from MacDev.ca. It's not elegant but it does just the one trick I wanted. Freeware. versiontracker page (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/12219).

dotnina
Nov 11, 2004, 08:01 PM
I love these threads, there are always little apps coming out and this is a great way to hear about them. I just installed Bytecontroller, it's exactly what I've been looking for in a menubar iTunes controller - simple.

Does anyone know of a freeware app to monitor connections to your wireless network? My friend has something like this for Windows, not sure if there is something similar for mac (I'm a little paranoid).

I don't know a thing about it, but iTattle (http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/internet_utilities/itattle.html) sounds like it might work for you. It's free. :)

njmac
Nov 12, 2004, 10:05 PM
Can anyone recommend an app that does with video what iPhoto does with photos? It should have a library of thumbnails, folders, search, the ability to display most video types, not just limited to QuickTime, ability to drag and drop files which create aliases, etc.

Basically iPhoto for videos. Oh yeah, and free (my guess is it ain't gonna happen for free.
This app: movie montage http://www.findleydesigns.com bills itself as iphoto for movies. (quicktime only I believe) It is a crippled free version but check it out.

MacBandit
Nov 13, 2004, 12:26 AM
This app: movie montage http://www.findleydesigns.com bills itself as iphoto for movies. (quicktime only I believe) It is a crippled free version but check it out.

Very cool thanks for the tip on that. It will work for 5 minutes at a time with some other minor limitations. Purchase price is $10 which seems pretty fair.

whiteangel
Nov 13, 2004, 08:27 AM
That's what growl does? I've only ever seen/ heard about it in the Proteus message boards

All it does is to provide a service for applications to notify users of events.
Like using an applescript that Growl provides, whenever I get a new email i'll have a bubble pop up informing me which account received a new email, who is it from and the subject title.

As I said you'll have to try it to love it. And check out their list of applications that use growl. ;)

mrpaperknife
Nov 14, 2004, 09:11 PM
I really liked this one. I've tried many other apps that gather the Album Cover art for iTunes songs/albums but this is the best by far.

It's called Clutter (http://www.sprote.com/clutter/).

Launch Clutter when you have iTunes open. As a song is playing, Clutter automatically looks up the album art. Once found, under the File menu select copy to iTunes and BAM, it's there for the WhOLE album. Sweet.

One note. If it doesn't find the art, just go under the File menu and choose "Find cover in Amazon". Just type in different variations of the artist or song and i'm sure it'll pop up.


Enjoy,
~e

And to think that I spent all that time to manually gather album art! If I had only known! Ugh! :o

munkle
Nov 14, 2004, 09:51 PM
Some more cool free apps that haven't been mentioned:

Mail.appetizer (http://www.bronsonbeta.com/mailappetizer/beta/): a nice and simple new e-mail notifier screen.

Graffiti (http://www.ianhenderson.org/software/graffiti): lets you flip over any window in a Cocoa application and write on the back!

Diatribe
Nov 15, 2004, 02:25 AM
Here are mine:

WeatherMenu - menu bar weather app (shareware but I think with a free trial)
Mail appetizer - mail preview
Synergy - iTunes controller (shareware but I think with a free trial)
SafariSpeed - removes lag in loading webpages

Those 4 I couldn't live without and I usually don't like installing many other apps.

stepbasin
Nov 17, 2004, 08:03 AM
Ok, here you go, my list of "Must Have" free apps:

TigerLaunch: This puts a little paw print near the clock at teh top of your screen and allows you to access all of your apps through it. Its quick, easy and very cool. Oh, and its customizable.

Desktop Manager: By far the most useful free app I have ever seen. This little gem allows you to run multiple desktops on OS X. It is great, free, and has very few bugs. It is cool beyond belief.

Konfabulator: The closest thing to Tiger's Dashboard feature. This widget launcher is free, cool and very well done. Great for webcams, weather alerts, stock quotes etc.

Tinker Tool, Onyx, System Optimizer and Cocktail all unlock hidden OS X features.

Teal and Gimp: A very poor man's photoshop.


Anyway, thats all. Let me know what you think of my list.

stevietheb
Nov 17, 2004, 08:17 AM
Konfabulator: The closest thing to Tiger's Dashboard feature. This widget launcher is free, cool and very well done. Great for webcams, weather alerts, stock quotes etc.



Konfab is free now?

As for me:

Quicksilver -- practically replaces the Dock and Finder...also, triggers are quite useful

mp3 Sushi -- creates a little radio station on my network...tune into the stream from 2 users on the same computer and send one of the itunes over to AX...now you've got your library playing on your computer's speakers and on AX...a little bit of lag, but useful if you're speakers are in separate rooms.

Genius -- for language study.

MacJanitor -- housekeeping
MacStumbler -- see what's going on in the wireless realm
MacTracker -- info on all macs

Meteorologist -- menubar weather....I have it set to give me weather for multiple zip codes (always intersted in what's going on back in my home state of Texas!)

TransparentDock -- puts the Dock where you want it and allows you to match it with your for ultimate aesthetic yumminess

VLC -- for those stubborn multimedia files

GeekTool -- currently I'm only using it to create an updating screensaver of radar images from weather.com -- I really like to know the weather!

All of these should be available from versiontracker...sorry for not posting links.

nbs2
Nov 24, 2004, 05:03 AM
I'm surprised it isn't mentioned here (let alone searching the forums came up with zero hits). iAlert (http://angeman.perso.cegetel.net/iAlert/en/) is a little preference pane that lets you put various bezels on your desktop. Not as cool as konfabulator, and useless whentiger/dashboard is released, but still pretty cool.

MacBandit
Nov 24, 2004, 09:10 AM
I'm surprised it isn't mentioned here (let alone searching the forums came up with zero hits). iAlert (http://angeman.perso.cegetel.net/iAlert/en/) is a little preference pane that lets you put various bezels on your desktop. Not as cool as konfabulator, and useless whentiger/dashboard is released, but still pretty cool.


This looks to be the same kind of app as Growl (http://growl.info/) which someone did mention in this thread.

nbs2
Nov 24, 2004, 10:40 AM
This looks to be the same kind of app as Growl (http://growl.info/) which someone did mention in this thread.

oops. :o i like adium, i'd go check it out, but i can't get the page to load... :confused:

MacBandit
Nov 24, 2004, 12:37 PM
oops. :o i like adium, i'd go check it out, but i can't get the page to load... :confused:


No, oops I'm just pointing it out. The link works fine for me.

palusami
Nov 29, 2004, 01:19 PM
does anyone know of a mac osx program similar to konfabulator that's free? i love the widgets but i don't think its worth $25 to get the full copy. of konfabulator

wrldwzrd89
Nov 29, 2004, 02:11 PM
I guess nobody here plays music modules (IT/MOD/S3M/XM/etc. formats). For this purpose, I find CocoModX (http://cocomod.stalkingwolf.net/) essential.
For IRC, I use Conversation (http://homepage.mac.com/philrobin/conversation/) and Colloquy (http://colloquy.info/).
For GMail reply notifications, I use GMailStatus (http://homepage.mac.com/carsten.guenther/GmailStatus/).
For small graphics design (for games that use tiles), Pixen (http://www.opensword.org/Pixen/) and Reptile (http://www.opensword.org/Reptile/) are my best friends.
All of these applications are freeware.

MacBandit
Nov 29, 2004, 04:22 PM
does anyone know of a mac osx program similar to konfabulator that's free? i love the widgets but i don't think its worth $25 to get the full copy. of konfabulator

From what I read there is no difference between a paid and non paid version in way of functions. The only difference is that it eliminates the nagware.

palusami
Nov 29, 2004, 05:29 PM
From what I read there is no difference between a paid and non paid version in way of functions. The only difference is that it eliminates the nagware.

right, i was hoping to get rid of the nagware poping up in the lower left portion of my screen.

StarbucksSam
Nov 29, 2004, 08:16 PM
Skype is a total must have. It's audio chat with anyone and it's free. Wow. a+++ great ebayer. LOL

http://skype.com

markjones05
Nov 29, 2004, 08:23 PM
Hand barake is a great ripping tool but does anyone know of a free app to condense a dvd so that it can fit on a single 4.7 gb dvd?

wrldwzrd89
Nov 29, 2004, 08:29 PM
Hand barake is a great ripping tool but does anyone know of a free app to condense a dvd so that it can fit on a single 4.7 gb dvd?
Handbrake can do that too, in case you didn't know.

MacBandit
Nov 30, 2004, 12:27 AM
Hand barake is a great ripping tool but does anyone know of a free app to condense a dvd so that it can fit on a single 4.7 gb dvd?

HandBrake will do that all you have to do is set the size of the video file.

HandBrake isn't just a ripping tool it's a video/audio ripping/extracting tool.

mms
Nov 30, 2004, 01:17 AM
Skimming through the thread, is it just me or did nobody mention SubEthaEdit?!?!?! Greatest free text editor ever (it would be IMO the best except for BBEdit) especially for web design. Can't live without it. Even though commercial license is paid, personal license is free and unrestricted. Cool new stuff in 2.1 just released about two weeks ago. Collaborating over Rendezvous is ingenious.

http://codingmonkeys.de/subethaedit

habibbijan
Feb 18, 2005, 10:29 PM
Sorry to dig this up, but I just found this thread. Most everything has already been covered, but I just thought that I would humbly submit a link to a piece I wrote on this same topic. Here's *my* list of ten free apps for OS X.

http://habibbijan.com/reviews/ten_for_x.php

Platform
Feb 18, 2005, 11:14 PM
Thank's for that, they seem like good apps ;)

relimw
Feb 18, 2005, 11:23 PM
misterhouse (http://www.misterhouse.net/) X10 control software
FinkCommander (http://finkcommander.sourceforge.net/) fink package manager frontend
nessus (http://www.nessus.org/) Vulnerability scanner
snort (http://www.snort.org/) Network Intrustion Detection System

joey4127
Feb 20, 2005, 03:06 AM
These threads always seem to pop every once in awhile but I'm a fan of them so I'll play along :)

AirStumbler (http://www.nexus9.org/): wireless network discover tool. I prefer it to MacStumbler.
Backlight (http://freshlysqueezedsoftware.com/products/freeware/): allows screensavers to be used as desktops, works great with MarineAquarium ;)
WClock (http://www.wolfware.com/wClock.html): menu bar clock with pop down calendar, now that Calendarclock/MenuCalendarClock has become shareware.
iCal Birthday Shifter (http://www.scotlandsoftware.com/products/icalshifter/index.html): takes birthdays from Address Book and makes them into events in iCal.
iGetMovies (http://homepage.mac.com/djodjodesign/): copies Quicktime movies from the iTMS and Safari to your desktop.
iPhoto Buddy (http://nofences.net/iphotoBuddy/): allows you to make multiple iPhoto libraries. Indispensible app which makes iPhoto that much better.
JAlbum (http://jalbum.net/): generates photo galleries for your website. Who needs .mac? ;)
Quicksilver (http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/) : application launcherx10. Closest thing to Spotlight at the moment. Greatest freeware app full stop.
TinkerTool (http://www.bresink.com/osx/TinkerTool.html): gives you access to additional preferences settings.
VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html): for all your multimedia needs.
Onyx (http://www.titanium.free.fr/english.html): maintenance app.
MacUpdate (www.macupdate.com): last but not least, the place to get all your freewares/sharewares!

That should be do for now! ;) :p I'm a big fan of the Mac developer scene, and am constantly amazed at the quality of the freeware/shareware apps available. Download and support them people! :)


Screensaver on my desktop?? I just installed it and it is awsome!! Thx

dorqiekat
Feb 20, 2005, 03:54 AM
tetris!!!

Quinn 2.0
http://www.download.com/3000-2278-10294416.html

Mitthrawnuruodo
Feb 20, 2005, 04:24 AM
Since it reacently became freeware I have to include TextWrangler (http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/) from BareBones, an exellent free alternative to BBEdit, also from Bare Bones. This one doesn't suck,® either... ;)

Also second, Adium X (http://adiumx.com/), which is so much better than Adium was... best multi protocol IM software I've found so far...

HydroMan
Feb 20, 2005, 09:39 AM
Ok, here you go, my list of "Must Have" free apps: .......
Gimp: A very poor man's photoshop.

Anyway, thats all. Let me know what you think of my list.

I'd have to disagree Gimp is a powerful app I love it and compared to PS it's a steal. It's free and if your a hobbyist like me that alone is unbeatable, I could never justify spending $649 for just touching up the odd photo, Gimp is invaluable if you like to make your own calendars, invites, birthday cards, spoof pictures etc, I used to use Corel Draw/Photo-Paint8 until I upgraded to OSX and can say Gimp is far superior to them, I'm not having ago at you I just think the term "very" would put off a lot of non/semi pro's from trying it.
System optimizer is shareware-$12
Cocktail is a demo prices start from $14.95 - $699-(ok thats for a worldwide licence :D )
Konfabulator is shareware-$24.95

munkle
Feb 20, 2005, 10:37 AM
Screensaver on my desktop?? I just installed it and it is awsome!! Thx

Have you tried it with Marine Aquarium (http://www.serenescreen.com/product/maquariumx/)? Bit of a resource hog but great for showing off!

And if you're a fan of the Matrix, this (http://macupdate.com/info.php/id/11727) looks pretty swanky as well :)

camomac
Mar 4, 2005, 04:25 PM
iPulse (http://www.iconfactory.com/ip_home.asp) is a nice little app. I use it as a clock/system monitor.

"Using its concise and pleasing user interface, iPulse graphically displays the inner workings of Mac OS X on the desktop or in the dock. The entire user interface is completely configurable so you can turn off gauges you don't want, leaving only what you are interested in for easy viewing."

jayeskreezy
Mar 6, 2005, 10:18 PM
can everyone please list the links?

puckhead193
Mar 6, 2005, 10:30 PM
)
Also second, Adium X (http://adiumx.com/), which is so much better than Adium was... best multi protocol IM software I've found so far...

Whats the difference between adium and adium X... :confused:

JonoColesUK
Mar 10, 2005, 03:24 PM
adium x is the latest version


its for OSX

hence the x

jono

xx
x

MacSA
Mar 10, 2005, 04:41 PM
iPulse (http://www.iconfactory.com/ip_home.asp) is a nice little app. I use it as a clock/system monitor.

"Using its concise and pleasing user interface, iPulse graphically displays the inner workings of Mac OS X on the desktop or in the dock. The entire user interface is completely configurable so you can turn off gauges you don't want, leaving only what you are interested in for easy viewing."

It's not free.........

mashinhead
Mar 10, 2005, 07:46 PM
I use VLC, Gimp, and SKYPE and Wiretap, altough streamRipper (which i discovered here) Seems much better cos it breaks up the tracks for you. I bought AirFoil, cos its a great concept. but there is a delay, so its sux for dvds and stuff.

redeye be
Mar 11, 2005, 02:46 PM
synergy ( http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/)
Synergy lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware. It's intended for users with multiple computers on their desk since each system uses its own monitor(s).
thx to markoibook for directing my attention to it in this (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=110561) thread.

puckhead193
Mar 18, 2005, 12:29 AM
I don't know if this was listen but i was browseing the apple downloads page and came across this (http://www.objectpark.net/)
it puts a mini ical icon in the task bar. Once clicked, a mini calender pops up and u can hover over the dates and it shows whats scheduled. I like because it shows the real date in the task bar for easy refference. Check it out

MacBandit
Mar 18, 2005, 12:38 AM
I don't know if this was listen but i was browseing the apple downloads page and came across this (http://www.objectpark.net/)
it puts a mini ical icon in the task bar. Once clicked, a mini calender pops up and u can hover over the dates and it shows whats scheduled. I like because it shows the real date in the task bar for easy refference. Check it out

Not free.

stevietheb
Mar 18, 2005, 12:43 AM
Not free.Some of the features are free--however the iCal integration is not. In fact, it costs something like $20--$5-10 and I mighta bought it.

MacBandit
Mar 18, 2005, 01:05 AM
Some of the features are free--however the iCal integration is not. In fact, it costs something like $20--$5-10 and I mighta bought it.

Yeah I've been playing with it and the amount of cool stuff it does for free is more then their website makes it sound like. A definite must have!

DaveP
Mar 18, 2005, 03:38 PM
I don't think this one has been mentioned.... I think Microsoft's Remote Desktop is a wonderful app. I have had my iBook for almost a year now and Remote Desktop was one of the major reasons I decided to delve into the Mac world. I go to a college with abundant wireless access and I can basically use my Mac as both a Mac and PC (Remote Desktop allows you to remotely log in to a windows machine). And don't just on me for this.....there are some programs at school we have to use that are Windows only.... :rolleyes:

Microsoft Remote Desktop: http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads.aspx?pid=download&location=/mac/download/misc/rdc_update_103.xml&secid=80&ssid=10&flgnosysreq=True

Doctor Q
Mar 18, 2005, 04:17 PM
I think Microsoft's Remote Desktop is a wonderful app.Agreed, this is a very handy app. Unfortunately, when I tried it a few months ago, it wouldn't work for me. It took me a while to figure out why. The answer: All the PCs I wanted to connect to have Symantec pcAnywhere (http://sea.symantec.com/content/product.cfm?productid=16) installed, and that prevents Microsoft's app from working, whether by design or for some technical reason. So I can't control the PCs as I'd hoped.

coleg
Mar 21, 2005, 04:54 PM
tetris!!!

Quinn 2.0
http://www.download.com/3000-2278-10294416.html

i was actually looking for tetris today. yay.

Sox
Mar 25, 2005, 08:17 AM
I'm looking to copy a NPR feed tomorrow (Saturday) night, so I checked out the Wiretap link from the first page. Times have changed, it seems, and now there is only Wiretap Pro, which costs $20. Is there another (free) program available that will allow me to record a netradio feed?

Thanks.

Doctor Q
Mar 25, 2005, 12:20 PM
Disctop Light (http://www.mekentosj.com/disctop/)Normally when you insert a CD in your Mac it disappears, but where does it go? They simply pop up on your desktop! After installing Disctop, your inserted CD or DVD slides in from the side and neatly fades back into your desktop picture. Now you always know if there's a disc inside, and what type it is.The lite version is free.

I learned about it from forum member Lau.

swindmill
Mar 25, 2005, 05:38 PM
Haven't seen this mentioned although maybe I missed it -

Bluephone Elite - it's beta; let's you control your bluetooth phone from your mac. Many useful features.

Bluephone Elite (http://www.reelintelligence.com/BluePhoneElite/)

iGary
Mar 25, 2005, 05:56 PM
This is a great thread.

I now use ONyX on all my machines versus forcing maintenance in Terminal, and Clutter is a great app, too.

Anyone know of an app that will let me run my iPhoto library off an external HD?

mcadam
Mar 25, 2005, 08:00 PM
Anybody know of an app, similar to volspace (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/22078&mode=feedback&vid=129625), but also able to show the size of folders?

and btw, this is a wonderfull thread - can't do without quicksilver anymore...

A

swindmill
Mar 25, 2005, 08:20 PM
I'm giving Onyx a try, but my first problem is that three menu bar app's I use only show up on the menu bar when Onyx is selected.

I use Tiger Launch, Bluephone Elite, and Backlight. THese now show up on the left side of the menu bar when Onyx is being used and don't show at all otherwise. Any way to correct this?

iGary
Mar 25, 2005, 08:22 PM
Are you using Onyx 1.5?

There is an older version out there....

swindmill
Mar 25, 2005, 08:29 PM
yes, it is 1.5. I'm fairly new to Mac's so I don't have much insight into why this is happening, but basically the 3 apps affected are menu bar items that aren't on the menu bar by default, so I imagine that's the root of the issue

ttwimlex
Mar 26, 2005, 12:47 AM
Disctop Light (http://www.mekentosj.com/disctop/)The lite version is free.

I learned about it from forum member Lau.

The Pro version of Disctop is free as well :)

munkle
Mar 26, 2005, 06:12 AM
Anyone know of an app that will let me run my iPhoto library off an external HD?

Not sure but iPhoto Buddy (http://nofences.net/iphotoBuddy/) should do the trick.

swindmill
Mar 27, 2005, 01:04 PM
Is there a way o still get the standard Wiretap program. All I can find is WireTap Pro, which costs $20

gangst
Mar 27, 2005, 01:17 PM
anyone know of an app, thta can find DVD coverart, atm i can't find one (please nobody, don't say Delicious Library), I'm looking for something a bit like DVD Cover Searcher Pro from www.cheapshareware.com (http://www.cheapshareware.com) , but this is only Windows, great app though.......just wondering if theres something similar on the OS X front.....anyone??!!

munkle
Mar 28, 2005, 12:52 AM
Is there a way o still get the standard Wiretap program. All I can find is WireTap Pro, which costs $20

You can download it from here (http://homepage.mac.com/WebObjects/FileSharing.woa/wa/default?user=drewbono&templatefn=FileSharing1.html&xmlfn=TKDocument.1.xml&sitefn=RootSite.xml&aff=consumer&cty=US?=en) :)