Best Free Mac Apps!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by wmmk, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    what are the greatest freeware/ opensource mac apps ever?
    i love gimp, but are there any free programs to replace acrobat and illustrator (i know about inkscape, but its not that great)

    is seashore really as powerful as the GIMP
    can i make GIMP look and feel more like photoshop?
    free non graphics macs are also always super cool!!

    personally, i think nvu is better than dreamweaver and ardour is awesome for all digital audio!
     
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  3. odedia macrumors 6502a

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    Good idea. I think this thread should be a sticky. :)

    I give two big thumbs up for Adium Instant Messenger client. great app.

    Oded S.
     
  4. wmmk thread starter macrumors 68020

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    those lsts are great, but i'd like to see the best freeware, not all of it. i currently use gimpshop, but it is still far far from the feel of photoshop.
    seashore is also really cool(and natively supported!:)), but does is have all of the gimps features when it says it is
    "It is based around the GIMP's technology and uses the same native file format."
    thanks:D
     
  5. Xavier macrumors 68020

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    I must say that I love sizzling keys. It is by far my favoirte app because now I can control my itunes with f6 through f8, and use exposé at the same time!
     
  6. wmmk thread starter macrumors 68020

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    gosh, i thought this'd more of a popular thread.
    come on, opensource grphic people, i know youre out there

    p.s. this doesn't have to be open source, just freeware.
    i need free as in beer, not as in speech:)
     
  7. stridey macrumors 65816

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    As Doctor Q says, this question has been answered numerous times. I understand that you only want a "best of", but everybody has their own favorites. I suggest just going through those two threads and picking out the apps that appear over and over.
     
  8. wmmk thread starter macrumors 68020

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    ive looked at those uber-lists, but what i really need now is a CS2 alternative
    GIMP=Photoshop(kinda, but interface tweaks would help!)
    Inkscape=Illusrtator
    Acrobat=?
    InDesign=?
    Alternatives to Macromedia Studio 8 would rock, too
    NVU=Dreamweaver
    Flash= [does blender do the same thing as flash?]
    Freehand+Fireworks=Inkscape+GIMP

    An easy, safe way to serve my iWeb site from my own mac mini would also rock
     
  9. stridey macrumors 65816

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    Acrobat=any application->Print->PDF->Save as PDF :)

    Can't help you with the others though.
     
  10. wmmk thread starter macrumors 68020

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    geez, is that all acrobat does? i thought it was actually a powerful application :)
    really, what's the whole point of it if it just generates pdf's
    oh, the things huge corporations lead us to believe about their overspiced software :D
     
  11. 2ndPath macrumors 6502

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    I think the full version of acrobat has more features to edit and compose pdf files and create pdf forms, which can be filled in by users in the acrobat reader later on.

    A free layout program comparing to indesign would probably be scribus, which has a native mac version, I think. I don't know, how they compare exactly from the view of their purpose, but I guess Indesign is way more powerfull. I can't say more about that, because I never really used layout programs.

    I have long been looking for something Illustrator like. Inkscape is the best thing, I found, and at least for my purposes no match for illustrator (yet).
     
  12. wmmk thread starter macrumors 68020

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    ah! i have just what you need! Expression at http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/14792. It's supposedly made by M$, but I don't think so. Open source Mac graphics software from Microsoft, I doubt it. Anyway, when you fininh the download, don't open E3, open E3X, that is the faster, more full featured, aqua OSX version. Plain old E3 is for OS 9.
    Hope that helps!

    p.s. after installing a ton of libraies and making new directories, native scribus is running GREAT!!!!

    OK! The Complete Free Creative Suite:
    Photoshop=GIMP
    Photoshop Elements=Seashore
    InDesign=Scribus
    Acrobat=[from any app] file->print->pdf->save as pdf
    GoLive=without the unneccesary intergration of CS2, this is unneeded! just use NVU
    VersionCue(whoa fancy, file conversion)=Save as whatever from any app, geez, how easy!
    Bridge=Again, not needed when you don't have unneccesary integration

    OK!

    Next up: Macromedia Studio 8
    Dreamweaver=NVU
    Flash=
    Fireworks=Similar Functionality built into GIMP
    Contribute=xcode, free with your mac!
    Flash Paper=Yawn, I can do that from Keynote

    if anyone knows a good flash alternative, post it!
     
  13. wmmk thread starter macrumors 68020

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    more free alternatives to apple apps this time:
    Final Cut: Avid Free DV
    DVD Studio Pro:?
    Shake: Blender
    Logic: X11+JackPilot=Ardour (jackpilot and x11 just make ardour work)
    Aperture: iView media (not quite free but pretty close)

    Just for fun:
    officmac=openoffice.org

    SO, BY READING THIS THREAD, YOU'VE SAVED $8,097
    Yes, that's right, eight thousand, ninety seven US dollars
    geez, that's cool

    my whole harddrive has so much free stuff on its not even funny. im thinking of taking all my free/open apps and making them into a .pkg file called PimpMyMac
    :):D:):D:):D

    No I must use that saved money and buy a totally customized PowerMac G5.
    Just kidding, if I actually had $8,097 on hand righ now (and I certainly don't!) I'd use it so save Darfur.

    Peace on earth, use freeware, yadda, yadda, yadda

    P.S. Happy almost Pesach to my fellow iJews out there!
     
  14. 2ndPath macrumors 6502

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    Yes, this application looks nice. But when I try to open one of my EPS files it does not complain, but also does not show any content of the file. That happend with a few programs I tested. Only Illustrator never had problems with these EPS files.
     
  15. kineticpast macrumors member

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    Ummm, no. Those two programs are nothing alike. Shake is a compositor, Blender is a 3D modeler.
     
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    Virtue for multiple desktops is the most indespensible of my many freeware apps
     
  17. wmmk thread starter macrumors 68020

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    well then, i guess not. anyone who DOES know a free shake alternative?
     
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    Try RagTime Solo.

    That has also been suggested in those other threads you dismiss so easily... actually I have no idea why this thread wasn't closed earlier. :confused:
     
  20. rogueToe macrumors newbie

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    It's true. I see threads like this in many forums. My answer was to create a website based on the freeware solutions people come up with. And even that seems an endless task. Maybe what we need are threads that are a little more specific — for example, a list of freeware text editors. Just a thought.

    Anyway, here's my two cents worth. I'd like to mention Service Scrubber from the makers of Butler. It gives you control over all the stuff that accumulates in the service menu, making it unwieldy and almost unusable. It seems like a great idea and got a good review in Macworld.
     
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    Well, being a student who has to write a lot of papers my choice is Nisus Thesaurus.
     
  22. netdog macrumors 603

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    Another vote for Seashore.

    Cocoa.* Universal.* Free.* Fantastic.* I put GIMP in the trash today.
     
  23. Macnoviz macrumors 65816

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    Edo is what you're looking for(google it)
     

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