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There are a large number of websites and programs that prompt end users to save passwords on their personal computer(s). Popular web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and instant messaging software like Windows Live Messenger are capable of saving user logins and passwords on the local computer. A common task that arises for the end-user is to find stored passwords on a computer in order to recover lost or forgotten access information. Depending on the application being used, operating system, and specific user permissions, the task can be as easy as choosing some options in the OS or having to download specific tools to crack the password file hash.

How to Find Stored Passwords in Windows XP

Microsoft Windows has the capability to manage stored user names and passwords for individual users so unique software may not be required for this purpose.

Step 1 – Click on the “Start” menu button and launch the “Control Panel”.

Step 2 – Locate the “Pick a category” menu label the select “User Accounts” menu option.

Step 3 – Open the “Stored User Names and Passwords” menu option by selecting “Manage my network passwords” beneath the “Related Tasks” menu label. If you are logged in as an administrator, select your user account. Then under related tasks choose the “Manage my network passwords.”

Step 4 – View the list of stored usernames and passwords.

How to Find Stored Passwords in Windows 7

Step 1 – Click on the “Start” menu button and launch “Control Panel”.

Step 2 – Click on “User Accounts and Family Safety”, then on “User Accounts”

Step 3 – In the left pane, click “Manage your network passwords”.

How to Find Stored Passwords in Windows 8

Step 1 – Click on the “Start” menu button and launch “Control Panel”.

Step 2 – Click on “User Accounts and Family Safety”, then on “Credential Manager”

How to View Stored Passwords on a MAC

On computers than run the Mac OS X operating system, when a user tells their computer to store a password associated with an application, website, or wireless network, the information is saved on the computer’s hard drive. OS X uses the Keychain Access utility to help Mac users to look-up and manage their stored passwords.

Step 1 – Launch the OS X “Finder” by clicking the menu icon on the computer’s dock. Then, navigate to the “Utilities” folder which is located under the “Applications” section on the Mac hard drive.

Step 2 – Open the “Keychain Access” program icon to launch the password utility application. Then, select “Passwords” from the options located in the lower left corner of the program window.

Step 3 – From the list find the application, web site or network name associated with the password you want to view and double click on it. A new window showing information about it will display.

Step 4 – Click on the “Show password” checkbox to reveal the password. You will be asked to enter your user password, and click “Allow”, in order to see it. Once you do it will be visible in the “Show password” field.

How to Find Stored Passwords in Firefox

The Mozilla FireFox Password Manager application stores user names and passwords on your computer’s hard drive and will automatically enter the data when visiting websites that require the information.

Steps to Use the Mozilla FireFox Password Manager

Step 1 – Launch Mozilla Firefox by double clicking the program icon on your computer’s desktop.

Step 2 – Select the “FireFox” menu button and then click the “Options” menu choice.

Step 3 – Select the “Security” menu tab that is located at the upper portion of the “Options” window.

Step 4 – Select the “Remember Passwords for Sites” check box if not already selected.

Step 5 – Log into a website that requires a username and password. Choose the “Remember” menu button on the subsequently displayed dialog box to save a new password in the FireFox Password Manager. Alternatively, you can choose the “Never for This Site” menu option to add an exception to the Password manger.

Step 6 – Choose the “Exceptions” menu button in FireFox to view the current exception list that the web browser is configured to never save a password. Sites can be removed from this list by clicking the “Remove All” menu button (removes all exceptions) or individually by selecting a site and choosing the “Remove” button.

Step 7 – View the saved passwords in the Password Manager by selecting the “Saved Passwords” menu button. You can also remove passwords from this window by clicking the “Remove All” or “Remove” menu buttons.

Steps to Change the FireFox Password Manager Master Password

The FireFox master password is used to protect the master key for the FireFox browser on your computer. The master key is used to encrypt email passwords, web site passwords, and other potentially sensitive information stored by the Form and Password Manager on your computer.

Step 1 – Launch Mozilla FireFox by double clicking the program icon.

Step 2 – Select the “FireFox” menu button, then click the “Options” menu choice, and choose the “Security” tab.

Step 3 – If the “Use a master password” checkbox is not selected you don’t have a master password. If it is selected then click on the “Change Master Password” button.

Step 4 – Enter your current password, and then in the fields below enter and re-enter the new password you wish to set.

How to Recover Passwords Hidden Behind Asterisks

A common problem that arises for end-users is determining what passwords are saved by their web browser if they do not have access to the Password Manager or equivalent application on their computer. The BulletsPassView utility is one of the most used freeware applications capable of performing this task. The program is a tool that is designed to reveal the passwords stored behind the asterisks in the standard password text box on the Windows operating system and Internet Explorer web browsers.

Improvements made to the BulletsPassView application from the legacy Asterisk Logger utility include support for Windows 7/8/Vista, support for Internet Explorer password text boxes, improved command line support, Unicode support to properly capture non-English language passwords, and not revealing the password inside of the password text-box itself (inside of the main window of the application only). The new version of BulletsPassView does have limitations; however, as it is not able to retrieve passwords displayed in the Chrome, FireFox, or Opera web browsers as well as the network and dial-up passwords on Windows. This is due to the fact that these applications do not save the password stored behind the asterisks to improve security.

Steps to Use BulletsPassView

Step 1 – Download the appropriate version of BulletsPassView for your computer. Please note that if you are using a 64 bit Windows computer there is a different version of the software than for 32 bit computers. You can tell if your Windows computer is a 64 bit by selecting “Start,” “Control Panel,” and “System” menu options and the OS type will be listed about half-way down the subsequently displayed screen.

Step 2 – Double-click the executable file downloaded to launch the application. The BulletsPassView program does not require an installation process. On launch, the program will make a first scan to locate any password text-boxes actively displayed and show the result on the program’s main window.

Step 3 – Open a website in Internet Explorer that has a password saved which you need to recover. Then click the “Refresh” menu button on BulletsPassView or press the “F5” key on your computer to display the password. Alternatively, the application supports an “Auto Refresh” option that is selectable under the “Options” menu to automatically scan for new passwords every few minutes.

Step 4 – Open the Windows command prompt by selecting the “Start” menu button and entering “CMD” in the search text field. Then, enter the fully qualified path to the BulletsPassView application and include “/stext <Filename>” followed by pressing the “Enter” key. This will save the list of passwords currently displayed on the computer’s screen to save the information in a simple text file.

BulletsPassView Command Line Options

BulletsPassView supports a number of command line options to save on-screen data into a number of formats to include text, XML, HTML, CSV.

/stext <Filename>       Save the list of bullet passwords into simple text file.

/stab <Filename>         Save the list of bullet passwords into a tab-delimited text file.

/scomma <Filename> Save the list of bullet passwords into a comma-delimited text file (csv).

/stabular <Filename>   Save the list of bullet passwords into a tabular text file.

/shtml <Filename>      Save the list of bullet passwords into HTML file (Horizontal).

/sverhtml <Filename>  Save the list of bullet passwords into HTML file (Vertical).

/sxml <Filename>        Save the list of bullet passwords into XML file.

 

Find Stored Passwords Using Cain & Abel

Cain & Abel is able to disclose or recover stored passwords on computers using the Windows operating system (OS). The application is distributed as freeware and includes the capability to conduct password-box revealing, network sniffing, brute-force, and dictionary attacks. The application does not exploit software bugs or vulnerabilities to ensure a higher quality of service. The primary purpose of the software is to simplify the recovery of passwords and credentials for network administrators, security professionals, and security software vendors. The current version of the software is faster than previous versions and provides support for encrypted protocols such as SSH-1 and HTTPS.

Find Stored Passwords in ZIP Files Using ALZip

ALZip is freeware produced by ESTSoft and is designed to recover lost or forgotten passwords from ZIP files. ALZip allows end-users to compress, uncompress, and recover lost passwords for zip file archives. The application has a “Password Recovery” menu option that when selected will recover the lost information for the end-user.

Other Popular Password Recovery Tools

Some of the other popular password recovery tools found are the freeware utilities produced by NirSoftFreeware, Ultimate ZIP Cracker, and the Password Recovery Tool for MS Access 1.

NirSoftFreeware has a number of handy freeware utilities for recovering lost passwords from IE, Outlook, and various Instant Messaging clients.

Ultimate ZIP Cracker (shareware from VDGSoftware) recovers passwords from ZIP, ARJ, MS Word, and MS Excel formats. The program supports Brute Force attacks, Smart, Dictionary, Date, and Customized searches when recovering passwords associated with the supported file formats.

Password Recovery Tool for MS Access 1 (from Hongxin Technology & Trade) is a free tool to recover MS Access passwords. The application provides support for MS Access database files through the 2003 version. The ability to recover passwords for newer versions of Access is not stated to be supported.

Russian anti-virus company Doctor Web reported about the first cross-platform backdoor to run under Linux and Mac OS X identified as “BackDoor.Wirenet.1“. This malicious program designed to steals passwords entered by the user in Opera, Firefox, Chrome, and Chromium, and passwords stored by such applications as Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, and Pidgin.
BackDoor.Wirenet.1 is the first-ever Trojan that can simultaneously work on these operating systems. BackDoor.Wirenet.1 is still under investigation.
At launch BackDoor.Wirenet.1 creates a copy in the user’s home directory. To interact with the command server located at 212.7.208.65, the malware uses a special encryption algorithm Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). BackDoor.

Security firm Sophos has discovered more malware for the Mac OS X platform called Sabpab. It uses the same Java vulnerability as Flashback to install itself as a “drive-by download.” Users of older versions of Java now have still more malware to worry about.

It also doesn’t require any user interaction to infect a system either just like Flashback all that needs to happen is for you to visit an infected webpage. Sabpab, according to Sophos, installs a backdoor that allows the hackers to capture screen snapshots, upload or download files and execute commands on infected Macs remotely.

The Trojan creates the files

Encrypted logs are sent back to the control server, so the hackers can monitor activity. Although one variant of Flashback installed a file in the LaunchAgents folder, not all tools for detecting Flashback do anything with that folder.

Symantec identifies the trojan as OSX.Sabpab which exploits the Oracle Java SE Remote Java Runtime Environment Denial Of Service Vulnerability (BID 52161) in order to install itself on to the compromised computer.

Sophos products, including free Mac anti-virus for home users, detect the Trojan horse as OSX/Sabpab-A.

Your laptop’s battery is smarter than it looks. And if a hacker like security researcher Charlie Miller gets his digital hands on it, it could become more evil than it appears, too.

At the Black Hat security conference in August, Miller plans to expose and provide a fix for a new breed of attack on Apple laptops that takes advantage of a little-studied weak point in their security: the chips that control their batteries.

Modern laptop batteries contain a microcontroller that monitors the power level of the unit, allowing the operating system and the charger to check on the battery’s charge and respond accordingly. That embedded chip means the lithium ion batteries can know when to stop charging even when the computer is powered off, and can regulate their own heat for safety purposes.

When Miller examined those batteries in several Macbooks, Macbook Pros and Macbook Airs, however, he found a disturbing vulnerability. The batteries’ chips are shipped with default passwords, such that anyone who discovers that password and learns to control the chips’ firmware can potentially hijack them to do anything the hacker wants. That includes permanently ruining batteries at will, and may enable nastier tricks like implanting them with hidden malware that infects the computer no matter how many times software is reinstalled or even potentially causing the batteries to heat up, catch fire or explode. “These batteries just aren’t designed with the idea that people will mess with them,” Miller says. “What I’m showing is that it’s possible to use them to do something really bad.”

Miller discovered the two passwords used to access and alter Apple batteries by pulling apart and analyzing a 2009 software update that Apple instituted to fix a problem with Macbook batteries. Using those keys, he was soon able to reverse engineer the chip’s firmware and cause it to give whatever readings he wanted to the operating system and charger, or even rewrite the firmware completely to do his bidding.

From there, zapping the battery such that it’s no longer recognized by the computer becomes trivial: In fact, Miller permanently “bricked” seven batteries just in the course of his tinkering. (They cost about $130 to replace.) More interesting from a criminal perspective, he suggests, might be installing persistent malware on the chip that infects the rest of the computer to steal data, control its functions, or cause it to crash. Few IT administrators would think to check a battery’s firmware for the source of that infection, and if undiscovered the chip could re-infect the computer again and again.

“You could put a whole hard drive in, reinstall the software, flash the BIOS, and every time it would reattack and screw you over. There would be no way to eradicate or detect it other than removing the battery.” says Miller.

That attack would require finding another vulnerability in the interface between the chip and the operating system. But Miller says that’s not much of a barrier. “Presumably Apple has never considered that as an attack vector, so it’s very possible it’s vulnerable.”

And the truly disturbing prospect of a hacker remotely blowing up a battery on command? Miller didn’t attempt that violent trick, but believes it might be possible. “I work out of my home, so I wasn’t super inclined to cause an explosion there,” he says.

In fact, the batteries he examined have other safeguards against explosions: fuses that contain an alloy that melts at high temperatures to break the circuit and prevent further charging. But Miller, who has worked for the National Security Agency and subsequently hacked everything from the iPhone to virtual worlds, believes it might still be possible. “You read stories about batteries in electronic devices that blow up without any interference,” he says. “If you have all this control, you can probably do it.”

Miller, currently a researcher with the consultancy Accuvant, isn’t the first to explore the danger of explosive batteries triggered by hackers. Barnaby Jack, a researcher for with antivirus giant McAfee, says he worked on the problem in 2009, but he says he ”benched the research when I didn’t succeed in causing any lithium ion fires. Charlie has taken it a lot further and surpassed where I was at the time.”

Miller says he’s received messages from several other researchers asking him not proceed with the battery work because it could be too dangerous. But Miller has worked to fix the problems he’s exposing. At Black Hat he plans to release a tool for Apple users called “Caulkgun” that changes their battery firmware’s passwords to a random string, preventing the default password attack he used. Miller also sent Apple and Texas Instruments his research to make them aware of the vulnerability. I contacted Apple for comment but haven’t yet heard back from the company.

Implementing Miller’s “Caulkgun” prevents any other hacker from using the vulnerabilities he’s found. But it would also prevent Apple from using the battery’s default passwords to implement their own upgrades and fixes. Those who fear the possibilities of a hijacked chunk of charged chemicals in their laps might want to consider the tradeoff.

“No one has ever thought of this as a security boundary,” says Miller. “It’s hard to know for sure everything someone could do with this.”

 

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In a sign that hackers, like everyone else, are taking an interest in everything Apple, researchers at Sophos say they’ve spotted a new Trojan horse program written for the Mac.

It’s called the BlackHole RAT (the RAT part is for “remote access Trojan”) and it’s pretty easy to find online in hacking forums, according to Chet Wisniewski a researcher with antivirus vendor Sophos. There’s even a YouTube video demonstration of the program that shows you what it can do.

Sophos hasn’t seen the Trojan used in any online attacks — it’s more a bare-bones, proof-of-concept beta program right now — but the software is pretty easy to use, and if a criminal could find a way to get a Mac user to install it, or write attack code that would silently install it on the Mac, it would give him remote control of the hacked machine.

BlackHole is a variant of a Windows Trojan called darkComet, but it appears to have been written by a different developer. The darkComet source code is freely available, so it looks like BlackHole’s author simply took that code and tweaked it so it would run on the Mac, Wisniewski said.

Mac OS X has been gaining market share on Windows lately, and that’s starting to make it a more interesting platform for criminals. Wisniewski said that while Mac malware is still very rare, he has seen another Trojan, called HellRTS, circulating on file-sharing sites for pirated Mac software.

The version suggest that ‘BlackHole’ is currently in its early stage. However, the author seems to start showcasing the following functionalities:

  • Remote execution of shell commands.
  • Opens webpage using user’s default browser.
  • Sends a message which is displayed on the victims screen.
  • Creates a text file.
  • It is capable to perform shutdown, restart and sleep operation.
  • It is capable to request for admin privileges.

Over at Instructables, they’ve put together a guide to building a usable PC inside an ancient Macintosh Classic Case.

Essentially, the guide shows you how to take a Netbook, a few supplies, and a bunch of tools—and turn it all into a working PC inside of the Mac Classic. It’s probably not a job for non-geeks, but then you’d have to be seriously geeky to even attempt something like this.

PC in a Macintosh Classic Case

Today we are providing top mac apps for web designers for free download. Free mac apps for web designers is the favorite topic among the designers. Mac users always wait for freeware.

There are many reasons that Mac rule over Windows because of some great features like fast booting time, easy file sharing, excellent graphics and don’t forget cool Mac applications. I think that Mac OS X is the most advanced operating system out there.

I prefer Mac OS X because of excellent apps which helps me to improve productivity and make any task a lot easier. In this article, I am sharing some freeware Mac apps for those who just purchased a new Mac and don’t know what to install.

1) Image Tricks

2) image commender

This is paid application of mac but this is the best mac apps for web designers. Here is trial version available.

3) osx

4) photostyler

5) gimp

6) hdrtist

7) paparazzi

8 ) inkscape

9) wouldjadraw

10) fotoflexer

Now let me just say, I take no credit for this post as I was writing a post about free MAC ware when one of my friends pointed out the following post on lifehacker. Don’t forget to visit their site for some awesome How To’s and guides.

Looking to beef up your Mac with a few great—and free—apps that cover a whole lot of your productivity and computing needs? Our annual Lifehacker Pack for Mac rounds up the best free downloads for OS X.

Productivity

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the  Best Free Mac DownloadsQuicksilver: Quicksilver is an application launcher and then some, capable of browsing your file system, firing off quick emails, flipping through your iTunes library, and much, much more. It can be a bit difficult to wrap your head around, so rather than go into too much detail here, check out our beginner guide, settings tweaks, and video demonstrations. [Download]

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the  Best Free Mac DownloadsBean: You’re on a Mac, and chances are pretty good you’re not eager to shell out cash for Microsoft Office to open and edit the occasional Word document. Bean is an extremely fast, lightweight document editor (and written in Cocoa) that handles Word documents like a gem. It’s not a replacement for Word, but if you don’t need everything that word offers (and you don’t want a bloated replacement like OpenOffice.org), Bean’s a great option. [Download]

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the  Best Free Mac DownloadsNotational Velocity: This brilliant little note-taking application creates, searches, tags, and syncs plain text notes between desktops, the web, and even your iPhone (syncing takes place either through Dropbox [see below] or the excellent web-based Simplenote). If you’re an obsessive plain text note-taker or to-do list creator, you won’t regret giving it a test run. [Download]

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the Best Free Mac DownloadsTextWrangler: If you do heavier text editing than Notational Velocity offers—like, say, coding—free text editor TextWrangler is a great tool for the job. A good share of Mac fans pony up for premium apps like TextMate, but if you don’t feel like shelling out $50 to get your coding on, TextWrangler’s a great option. [Download]

Internet/Communication

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the  Best Free Mac DownloadsFirefox/Chrome: These two are fighting for default browser status on many a Mac, and frankly, they’re neck and neck in our hearts at this point. Google just dropped the beta tag from Chrome for Mac and released their first stable build; meanwhile, Firefox still has a few features we’d sorely miss if we switched over to Chrome. For now, we’d happily recommend either. [Download: Firefox/Chrome]

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the  Best Free Mac DownloadsAdium: Adium is hands-down the best multi-protocol instant messaging client we’ve used on any platform. It’s completely customizable, works with almost any chat network you’d want, and still outdoes iChat on most fronts. (Though if you’re a big user of iChat’s admittedly great screen sharing and video chat tools, it’s unfortunately not up to snuff on those points.) [Download]

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the  Best Free Mac DownloadsCyberduck: This excellent open source client can connect to and upload/download files via FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, and even Google Docs. Cyberduck’s impressive feature list is a little too long to dive into, but if you thought you needed to pay money for a solid FTP client on your Mac, take a look at Cyberduck first. [Download]

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the Best Free Mac DownloadsFluid: If you turn to web applications more than you do desktop apps, this free, open source tool creates standalone “apps” for any web site you throw at it. With the right set of user scripts and tweaks, your Fluid-made site-specific-browsers (or SSBs) can display Growl notifications, Dock badges, and make your web apps feel more like they’re running on your desktop. [Download]

Utilities

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the  Best Free Mac DownloadsThe Unarchiver: Your Mac’s built-in Archiver Utility isn’t bad, but if you regularly traffic in archive file types like the popular RAR format, it can’t handle all your needs. The Unarchiver unpacks traditional ZIP archives along with RAR, TAR, 7Z, Stuffit, and most obscure archive types you could get your hands on. [Download]

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the Best Free Mac DownloadsuTorrent/Transmission: It used to be that when it came time to download something on your Mac via BitTorrent, you only really had one solid choice: the open source Transmission. But as of just a few days ago, uTorrent—the most popular BitTorrent client for Windows—upgraded to a 1.0 release. uTorrent for Mac still isn’t up to snuff when compared to the Windows version, but we still think it’s a solid alternative to Transmission—though some would argue that Transmission is more “Mac-like”. [Download: uTorrent/Transmission]

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the  Best Free Mac DownloadsBurn: OS X’s built-in Disk Utility is actually quite good at burning ISOs and other disk images to optical media like CDs and DVDs, but the aptly-named, open-source Burn is a great supplement for less esoteric burning duties. Burn handles data, audio, video, and disc copying in a very user-friendly interface. [Download]

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the Best Free Mac DownloadsGrowl: Growl is a universal system notification tool that displays attractive system notifications and integrates with nearly every really popular Mac application (including the majority of the apps on this list). As handy and popular as this universal notification application is, it’s still hard to believe it hasn’t been built into OS X already. [Download]

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the Best Free Mac DownloadsDropbox: This handy utility adds a Dropbox folder to your user directory and instantaneously syncs any file you add to, edit, or delete from that folder to Dropbox’s cloud servers and to any other computer you’ve installed Dropbox on. If you regularly move around between a couple of computers or you just wouldn’t mind a way to access and back up a few of your most important files, Dropbox is a must. [Download]

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the Best Free Mac DownloadsMozy: We regularly preach the importance of backup, and the newest release of Mozy is a double-threat of both on-site and off-site backup with impressive ease of use. You get the local backup and 2GB of online backup for free, or for $5 a month, you get unlimited online backups. We don’t normally urge people to pry open their pocketbooks, but with Mozy’s unlimited backup, we strongly believe it’s worth it. [Download]

Media

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the  Best Free Mac DownloadsVLC: Throw any video or audio file you can find at VLC and it’ll play it, no matter how obscure the format. While not necessarily as friendly on the eyes as QuickTime, VLC is a workhorse of a media player that we’ve turned to in many a dark hour when it looked like a file might not play. [Download]

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the  Best Free Mac DownloadsiTunes: iTunes may be one of the most controversial apps on this list. Some love it, some hate it, but the fact remains that if you’re firmly planted in Apple hardware and software, iTunes is the glue that keeps all of your media together. And if you’re an iPhone/iPod/iPad owner, it’s still a must. [Download]

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the Best Free Mac DownloadsSeashore: Photoshop may be the gold standard for image editing, but if all you need to do is some basic photo editing and you don’t want to fire up an industrial workhorse to get it done, Seashore is a handy tool to have on hand. [Download]

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the  Best Free Mac DownloadsPicasa: If you’re unhappy with iLife’s default photo management software, iPhoto—and many Mac users on the Lifehacker staff are—Google’s Picasa offers a strong alternative. It handles many of the same features iPhoto does, plus it integrates like a charm with your Google account and Picasa Web Albums online. [Download]

Lifehacker Pack for Mac: Our List of the Best Free Mac DownloadsHandbrake: Got a DVD you’d like to rip to your hard drive in a high-quality, portable-device-friendly format? Turn to the extremely popular, always handy Handbrake. [Download]

With the recent release of Steam for the Mac, the platform is receiving some great press for becoming a far more usable gaming platform. But what if your Mac isn’t quite powerful enough to run the latest releases? Or maybe you don’t have the money to splash out on the latest blockbuster titles?

Today we’re rounding up over fifty games in a variety of genres, ranging from shooters to strategy. Best of all, they are all completely free. Who said the Mac wasn’t for playing games?

First Person Shooters

Nexuiz

Open source
Developer: Alientrap

Nexuiz is an FPS with 13 weapons, 24 official maps and over 240 community created maps, as well as 15 player models. This fast paced 3D FPS will sure make your heart race and your hands shake as you struggle to stay alive in the chaos that surrounds you. Using a heavily modified Quake engine, the graphics and the physics hold up nicely, and they will make you laugh out loud as your opponents fly across the screen and are blasted into a pulp against the wall.

Black Shades

Freeware
Developer: Wolfire

You are a psychic body guard. Your job is to protect the VIP. In Black Shades you will have to fight your way through hordes of zombies and violent assassins all who just want to kill your client. What the hell did he even do to deserve all this attention? Can’t have been that bad to warrant this much aggression from the undead. You have a variety of guns and grenades at your disposal and you can even slow down time and force push your enemies to briefly put them out of action. The hardcore graphics are sure to put a strain on your machine, so make sure your computer is fast, otherwise you will find yourself lagging under the might of the blocky enemy *wink*.

War§ow

Open source
Developer: War§ow

Warsow is a fast paced fps with a bit of a twist. It places a great emphasis on the players’ movement, giving you more options than just a simple ‘press space to jump’. With a large repertoire of trick jumps at your disposal, you can dazzle and fool your opponents giving you the upper hand. The cel-shaded graphics are crisp and clear, allowing you to focus on killing people and enhancing the competitive nature of the game.

Alien Arena

Freeware
Developer: COR Entertainment

Do retro style aliens running around in a fast-paced shooter sound like your thing? Then this is the game for you! Complete with rich, colourful, arcade-like atmospheres, a variety of space age weapons, powerups, a good selection of maps and plenty of game modes. Alien Arena will give you hours of fun as you blast your way to victory.

AssaultCube

Open source
Developer: AssaultCube

AssaultCube is a team oriented game with a similar setting to Counter-Strike. While its more realistic than Alien Arena, all the weapons are fictional yet based on modern weapons. Overall AssaultCube does not have much to add to the fps genre but its still a decent game to play with others if you like team games.

OpenArena

Open source
Developer: OpenArena

If you’re a fan of Quake 3 then listen up. OpenArena is a fun, fast-paced shooter with competitive and fair gameplay based on Quake 3. Along with the regular features of your stock standard FPS game, you can modify configuration settings and especially those related to Network connection. Modifying command lines can give players big advantages in the Arena over less configured opponents. Meaning you WIN MORE!

Cube 2:Sauerbraten is an fps that aims to allow map/geometry editing to be done dynamically in-game, to create fun gameplay and an elegant engine. As a result, it plays beautifully and the maps are unique and exciting. A very fun game with retro graphics.

The Wild Wild West… that’s where Smokin’ Guns is set. In this fps there are various game modes where you can take part in bank robberies, classical western shoot-outs or just plain old ‘kill everbody else’ mode. The weapons are historically accurate right down to the rate of fire, reload time and damage. On top of this you can play in maps that are based on movie locations.

Tremulous

Open source
Developer: Dark Legion Development

Tremulous is a fun team-based first-person shooter with real-time strategy elements. The 2 teams, Aliens and Humans, must construct and defend a base, consisting of structures which aid the players in some way. The game will reward teams that achieve a certain amount of kills by allowing the players to purchase ugprades or gain access to new classes. Get into this game if you’re a fan of both the FPS and RTS genre.

Urban Terror

Open source
Developer: Frozen Sand LLC

Urban Terror developed into a realistic FPS. While there are various elements that keep it tied to reality, the players are nonetheless capable of performing impossible jumps and running (slowly) after taking multiple bullets to the leg which would normally shatter any normal human being. So while it’s a bit more realistic than most games, they won’t punish you too much for being riddled with bullets.

World of Padman

Open source
Developer: Padworld Entertainment

World of Padman is a colourful game with unique modes and is good for people of all skill levels. There is a choice of nine unique guns and multiple power-ups at your disposal. World of Padman also comes with a healthy stock of mayhem which will keep you occupied for years.

In Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory the Axis and Allies fight each other in team-based combat. The various classes that you can choose from have different abilites, and each class fills a particular niche in combat to ensure victory. Co-operation is vital amongst team members as some classes need to collaborate with other classes to better fill their role. If you are a crappy team-player then you should probably avoid this, because much raging and flaming will ensue. Most of it will be directed at you. Otherwise its great fun if you like being a part of a team!

Savage 2: A Tortured Soul

Freeware
Developer: S2 Games

A first-person shooter, real time strategy game and role playing game rolled into one? What more could you ask for? In each game someone is elected to be a commander (Mr. Lazy) who will play the match like an RTS, creating upgrade buildings, and spawn points along with various supportive buildings, while the rest of the players will be on the ground doing all the fighting!

Puzzle

Numpty Physics

Freeware
Developer: Unknown

Numpty Physics is a neat little game where your success relies on your problem solving skills. You are free to draw lines and create levers and pulleys to complete levels, so there are countless ways of completing the same level. The only thing that will limit you here is your imagination.

Othello

Freeware
Developer: Stéphane Nicolet

Othello or Reversi, whatever you want to call it, is a great board game. For those that don’t know how to play, you just place coloured pieces on a board, one at a time, and try convert their pieces to your colour. Pretty simply concept, but allows for a lot of strategies. I guess it’s similar to chess in that sense.

Enigma

Open source
Developer: Daniel Heck

This game has only been 100% completed by one person. Do you think you can be second? In order to do so, you must guide a marble (or marbles) using only your mouse through approximately 1000 puzzling levels. No easy task. However, it is very addictive.

Quinn

Freeware
Developer: Simon Haertel

A simple yet elegant tetromino game for Mac. If you have never played Tetris… well, who hasn’t? It’s a new skin for an old classic with network play!

Lumen

Shareware
Developer: Fiery Ferret

Whoever likes mirrors and lasers should get into this game. Lumen is all about completing puzzles using only lasers, mirrors and gems. Some puzzles look easy at the start, but end up being a real hassle to solve.

Racing

Extreme Tux Racer

Open source
Developer: Launch Pad

Who likes penguins? Who likes Linux? Well this game is a downhill racer with the Linux penguin. You like? Well, in ETR you have to guide Tux the penguin down various courses with jumps and turns that will test your skills.

Swarm Racer

Freeware
Developer: Lexaloffle Games

In Swarm Racer you control a swarm of bees that can change their formation to navigate through a course while collection gems. If you don’t not like bees then you will enjoy these happy little buzzers buzzing around. Buzz Buzz.

VDrift

Open source
Developer: Joe Venzon

VDrift is still in early development, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play it. It is more centered around drifting than most racers for Mac, as its name suggests. Play it and go have fun driftin’ along the road.

SuperTuxKart

Open source
Developer: Joerg Henrichs

SuperTuxKart is a cart racing game (NO WAY!) with the Linux penguin Tux (YOU’RE JOKING!) and it’s super. You and 3 other friends can play on the same computer if that sort of thing floats your boat or you can play on a network. You might think that cart racing is plain sailing but it isn’t. It’s cart racing. There are also items inside boxes you can use against your foes to make it less like plain sailing and more like cart racing.

TORCS

Open source
Developer: Bernhard Wymann

TORCS features over 50 cars and over 20 courses to race on. It’s pretty much a stock standard racing simulator that you should try out! When you open it up you’ll be burning as much time as rubber.

Platformers

N

Freeware
Developer: Metanet Software

N is a great game for burning time. You control a stick like ninja who has great skills when it comes to running and jumping. The aim of the game is to simply unlock, and go through the doors located somewhere in the level. However, there are various hazards present that will not make the job so simple. It has highly addictive gameplay, and some frustrating moments. You have been warned…

Neverball

Freeware
Developer: Robert Kooima

Neverball is so fun!! The only control is the mouse, which you use to tilt the whole level to guide the ball through hundreds of courses. The level design is amazing and did I mention that it’s really fun? You must download this game!

In this 2D platformer, you guide a dude on a motorbike through hundreds of levels. This game incorporates heavy use of physics and has more depth and skill involved than the 2D graphics would have you believe. Overall, it’s a top-notch game that’s fun, addictive and will really test your skills as you race to finish the levels.

SuperTux

Open source
Developer: Bill Kendrick

Wuuhuuu, more Tux. In this game Tux is pretending to be Mario. It’s similar to Mario but the levels are different and so is the protagonist. While it’s not an original idea, SuperTux is still better than playing SuperNothing if you can’t get a hold of Super Mario.

Adventure

Cave Story

Freeware
Developer: Studio Pixel

A critically well-recieved game, which plays like a platformer, except it has RPG elements. Your character is a robot who finds himself in a cavern somehow (what a convenient plot point), and decides to set out on an adventure to rescue a girl, save this race of rabbit creatures and get away from the whole place. There are three different endings in the game, which one you get depends on the secret items you have found. Getting the good ending means you’re a loser because you spent more time trying to find secret items. If you get the bad ending then you’re a pretty cool guy.

Lugaru

Shareware
Developer: Wolfire

Here’s one for those of you who want an epic adventure. You control an anthropomorphic rabbit trained in Kung Fu, or some form of hand to hand combat. Anyway, in Lugaru you will traverse different landscapes while fighting those who have wronged you. All in all it’s pretty fun jumping off walls and flipping through the air while you deal out copious amounts of death upon your foes.

WolfQuest

Freeware
Developer: Minnesota Zoo, Eduweb

WolfQuest is a wildlife simulation for wolves, where you kill elk, roam the fields of Yellowstone National Park and do general wolf stuff. There are single and multiplayer modes with slightly different gameplay elements. When creating a new wolf, you can alter their stats, coat, undercoat, gender and name. After customising your wolf, you can proceed with your wolf adventure and roam free (kill stuff for free).

Roguelike

NetHack

Open source
Developer: NetHack Dev Team

Released in 1987, NetHack is a great game that has undergone various updates since then. It has state of the art ASCII graphics like most roguelikes along with solid gameplay and replayability. It also exists as another version called Falcon’s Eye, developed by Jaakko Peltonen.

The only difference between them is that Falcon’s Eye has isometric graphics and mouse control along with a few other features. One thing to note is that NetHack is the most popular roguelike. Old school gaming at its finest.

One more thing to note is that since it is never updated since 2003, Slash’EM is kind of its unofficial replacement, which adds new characters, graphics, monsters, items and spells.

The last thing to note (I promise), is that, those who are looking for an easy roguelike to play, to help them ease into this genre, should play Larn. Only problem is, it is not for Macintosh.

Angband

Open source
Developer: Andi Sidwell

Angband is based on the writings of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (yes, thats J.R.R’s full name). However it is more item oriented than the rest of the roguelikes. Once I downloaded this game, I jumped straight into it and promptly died in the village to an old war veteran who I somehow angered.

I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, but luckily the game has an in depth manual to help you get started and info on progressing through the dungeons. On top of this, the levels are randomly generated each time you play through so you have 100% replayability.

Linley’s Dungeon Crawl

Open srouce
Developer: Linley Henzell

Linley’s Dungeon Crawl is based on the likes of Net Hack and Rogue. You basically pick your class just like the others, and go through different dungeons.

If you’re looking for a deeper storyline in your roguelike, then you have found the right game. Compared to other roguelikes, ADOM is more complex and quite difficult for beginners. It has a heap of cool features and quests and it combines a lot of elements from other roguelikes such as NetHack and Angband.

The game is really deep, and there are many character classes to choose from. While it wasn’t created with the casual gamer in mind, its a must, for fans of roguelikes!

Where do I start? I have seen many of my friends at college fall to this game. Each one of them laughed at the first casualty of this incredible game who was berated for playing such a thing. Eventually the best of us were destroyed by this insanely deep (I cannot stress this enough) and awesome game.

There are three modes in Dwarf Fortress, the main one being Dwarf Fortress Mode. You choose a starting location to build your settlement which determines the resources and challenges one may encounter on a given map. As your empire expands you will be faced with many new challenges. While the learning curve is very steep, it is well worth it.

Rhythm

Step Mania

Open source
Developer: Chris Danford

StepMania is a fast paced game where your first three fingers is all you will be using. You press the arrow keys in sync with the arrows moving on the screen that correspond to the song currently playing. It has the same gameplay of Dance Dance Revolution. Warning: This game *will* kill your fingers if played to excess, which is pretty likely considering its so fun!

Strategy

The Battle for Wesnoth

Open source
Developer: David White

The Battle for Wesnoth is a turn-based strategy game based on Tolkien’s fictional universe where you have the ability to create a powerful army. There are various races in Wesnoth each with their own strengths and weaknesses, and as a result, the outcome of a match will be decided on how well you exploit the pros and cons of each race. On top of this, leveling your units becomes important as they gain new abilities and become stronger. If you have played on all the maps more times than you have pooped, then you can always create custom maps, units and scenarios for you or your friends to play on. Good times will be had by all.

When given a choice between killing my fellow man or aliens, I will always choose killing my fellow man, unless I’m forced to kill aliens. So when I found out that I control a secret organisation that has to protect planet Earth from aliens, I was all like “Aww man…”. For those that like killing aliens, then play this turn-based game. I will stick to Grand Theft Auto.

Freeciv

Open source
Developer: Freeciv Developers

In Freeciv, your job is to advance your civilisation to the space age starting from the humble beginnings of a tribe. You will need to bring a bag of tactics to beat destroy your opponents and stay on top of them in terms of advancement. Created in 1996, Freeciv is constantly being updated to this day, so you don’t have to worry about balance issues.

Scorched Earth 3D

Open source
Developer: Gavin Camp

Scorched Earth 3D is based on the classic game Scorched Earth, which was released a year after Tank Wars which is essentially the same game. It keeps the physics, weapons and economic system the same as the original, and as a result, it can be considered an accurate remake of the original. For those that want to keep it 2D, there are various other variants of scorched earth, all of which are just as fun. A personal favourite of mine is Pocket Tanks. While it is shareware, the free version is VERY good, with huge collection of 30 weapons available! You can also find a list of these tank games in the Wikipedia article for Scorched Earth. But don’t bother, Pocket Tanks is all you need.

Bos Wars

Open source
Developer: Bos Wars Team

Bos Wars is a hybrid real-time strategy game set in the future where larger control of the map grants more economic bonuses. There are two resources that can be collected and all players have the same buildings with no upgrades. This means that the game is perfectly balanced and allows you to focus more on battle strategy. Bos Wars also has a silly name. While Bos stands for Battle of Survival, the acronym is inexplicably one of the single most annoying things I’ve seen.

Arcade

Pac the Man X

Freeware
Developer: Mcsebi

It’s pacman. Duhhh.

They call it a Tron clone in 3D. That’s pretty much all there is to it. You basically control a ‘light cycle’ which creates a barrier behind you everywhere you drive. This barrier stays in place and point of the driving around is to “box” your opponents in or make them crash into your wall in some way. It gets boring quick against the AI, but it’s WAY better played with friends or online. There are also various modes to keep it extra fresh.

Plasma Pong

Freeware
Developer: Steve Taylor

Playing Plasma Pong was Pretty Phenomenal. It’s like regular pong but you can left-click to shoot jets of plasma to force the ball back towards your opponent or right-click to hold the ball over your paddle and charge up a power shot! Simply moving the paddle causes plasma to flow around the screen which looks kick-ass. The only thing with the game was that it is sometimes difficult to predict the movements of the ball.

Bit Fighter

Freeware
Developer: Watusimoto

When you want to have a little bit of fun with old vector graphics, open up Bitfighter and start shooting some spaceships. This is a pretty simple game where you control a ship and shoot down your enemies using a few weapons and powerups you have at your command. You cant play against AI so your only option is to go online or go up against your friends.

Action

Mac Bomber

Open source
Developer: Anonymous

Mac Bomber is a variation on Bomberman where every player is a cute little Mac computer. There are various items that either help or hinder you. I’ll just say that one of the ‘bad’ items is some weed (no joking), which makes you run in the opposite direction to the key you’re pressing.

BZFlag

Open source
Developer: Chris Schoeneman

BZFlag has mediocre graphics but it makes up for it in awesome fun-ness (Gameplay > Graphics). You kill enemy tanks using weapons and powerups that are obtained by collecting flags placed around the map. The terrain and weather can change as well, and this will have an impact on the gameplay. Servers in BZFlag have the time of day in game synced to the real time, so your tank fights will occur in the dark if you are playing at night time. C’est formidable!

Vega Strike

Open source
Developer: The Vega Strike Team

Looking for a first-person space trading and combat simulator? Then stop scrolling, this is one right here. This game is for those that are more spatially and trading inclined than the rest of us. This is quite a deep game with many ships and upgrades that are purchasable with ones money gained via a wide array of mission types. A very fun game to get into.

OpenLieroX

Freeware
Developer: OpenLieroX dev team

A worms game based on Liero and Worms… OpenLieroX is real-time as opposed to turn-based like Worms so quicker thinking is needed. I guess you could say that quick thinking worms fans would like this.

Plants vs Zombies

Shareware
Developer: PopCap Games

I was initially sceptical of Plants vs Zombies, but after hearing that my boss plays it like a nutter, I decided to try it. I found it surprisingly engaging, with a simple concept. All you do is plant plants to fight oncoming waves of zombies. You gradually unlock different types of seeds to unleash new botanical horrors upon the enemy. Download this game, and you will be playing it for longer than you planned…. because you’ll have turned into a zombie.

100 Free Mac Apps

Posted: 12/05/2010 in Apple
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Music & Video

Boxee – Boxee is the best way to enjoy entertainment from the Internet and computer on your TV. Watch shows, listen to Pandora, stream Netflix and more.

Handbrake – HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows. (Translation: Rip DVDs to your Mac.)

Hulu Desktop – Hulu Desktop is a lean-back viewing experience for your personal computer. It features a sleek new look that’s optimized for use with standard Windows Media Center remote controls or Apple remote controls, allowing you to navigate Hulu’s entire library with just six buttons. For users without remotes, the application is keyboard and mouse-enabled.

MacTheRipper – MacTheRipper is a DVD ripper (extractor). It removes CSS encryption, Macrovision protection, sets the disc’s region to ‘0′ for region-free, and is capable of removing RCE region checking. It can also copy ARccOS copy-protected DVDs. This is to backup your legally-purchased DVDs onto your hard drive.

Miro – Download torrents and podcasts, play any video, and do it with style. It can play almost any video file and offers over 6,000 free internet TV shows and video podcasts. Miro has a simple, gorgeous interface designed for fullscreen HD video.

Since Miro downloads most videos, you can take your shows with you, even on an airplane. Quite simply, Miro is a better way to watch all the video you care about. Best of all, Miro is 100% free and open source, developed by a non-profit organization and volunteers around the world.

Miro Video Converter – A super simple way to convert almost any video to MP4, Ogg Theora, or a specific phone or iPod. Miro Video Converter has presets that will convert video to the correct sizes and formats for popular phones, iPods, and other media players. Just convert your video and copy it to your device.

Pandora Boy – Love Pandora.com, but tired of having to run it from a web browser? Ever wish you could control pandora without even being at your computer? Well then, look no further. PandoraBoy allows you to control your music with global hotkeys or your Apple Remote. Additionally, it supports Growl notifications so that you always know what your listening to.

SizzlingKeys – Have you ever wished you could control iTunes without leaving your current app? SizzlingKeys is an iTunes controller that lets you do just that – and more – in an intuitive and unobtrusive way.

Whether it’s to pause the player, adjust the volume, skip a track or rate a song, you can do all that and more with simple customizable keystrokes. That’s not all. You can even search your iTunes Library or Playlists with a simple keystroke, all without switching to iTunes!

VLC Media Player – VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player supporting most audio and video formats (H.264, Ogg, DivX, MKV, TS, MPEG-2, mp3, MPEG-4, aac, …) from files, physical media (DVDs, VCD, Audio-CD), TV capture cards and many network streaming protocols.

It can also convert media files, transcode and act as a streaming server over unicast or multicast and IPv4 or IPv6. It doesn’t need any external codec, program or codec pack to work.

Productivity

Anxiety – Anxiety is a super-lightweight To-do list application for Mac OS X Leopard that synchronizes with iCal and Mail. Its aim is to provide a streamlined, easily accessible interface to add and check off your tasks, while remaining poised to melt into the background at a moments notice.

Backboard – I love my Mac and my Backpack Account. Both together gives me not only the possibility to write my notes and tasks down, but more important to write them down EASILY!

Evernote – Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your notable life using your computer, phone, and the web. Everything you capture is automatically processed, indexed, and made searchable. If you like, you can add tags or organize notes into different notebooks.

Lumina – Lumina is focused to show you a simple way to track your time. The concept of Lumina is based on three columns: Projects: A project is a bundle of tasks, Tasks: A tasks is a bundle of durations, Durations: A duration is the smallest brick to calculate your total time.

Pluto – Pluto menubar is an easy-to-use tool for the management of your events, tasks, projects and notes in the most effective and productive way possible. Pluto menubar is seamlessly integrated with iCal on your Mac, on MobileMe and the iPhone. Pluto menubar is placed – of course – in the menubar and designed to always run in the background and can be accessed with one click or even better – with a global hotkey.

QuickNote – QuickNote is a combined notepad and clipboard manager, useful to quickly jot down ideas and todos, store quotes, code snippets or whatever.

QuickNote is easily accessible from the menu bar, or with keyboard shortcuts: one to pop up a new note, one to edit the clipboard and one to save the clipboard without any further ado.

Snippely – Snippely is a basic text and code organizational tool. Instead of storing bits of code, quick notes, and memos in text files all over your hard drive, this application will let you save and organize “snippets” in one convenient location. A snippet is a collection of one or more pieces of code and notes. Snippets are stored in groups for organization and quick retrieval

Task Mate – The to-do list made simple again. Just click to add, remove or complete tasks. Your completed tasks are easily accessible. Export your tasks to other applications via TextEdit.

Think – Let’s limit our attention to one application—any application—at any time. Let’s make it easy to change focus when we have to. Let’s allow ourselves to bring other apps up quickly if we need them, but put them out of sight again just as quickly. Let’s rediscover how to focus, and get back to thinking.

File Sharing and Transfer

CloudApp – CloudApp allows you to share images, links, music, videos and files. Here is how it works: choose a file, drag it to the menubar and let us take care of the rest. We provide you with a short link automatically copied to your clipboard that you can use to share your upload with co-workers and friends. Additionally you can view, track and delete files right from your menubar.

CyberDuck – Cyberduck is a libre open source FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Cloud Files and Amazon S3 browser for the Mac. It features an easy to use interface with quickly accessible bookmarks. The outline view of the browser allows to browse large folder structures efficiently and you can quickly preview files with Quick Look.

To edit files, a seamless integration with any external editor application makes it easy to change content quickly. Both Amazon CloudFront and Cloud Files from Rackspace can be easily configured to distribute your content in the cloud. Many OS X core system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour and the Keychain are supported and 30 translations make you feel at home.

Dropbox – Dropbox is software that syncs your files online and across your computers. Put your files into your Dropbox on one computer, and they’ll be instantly available on any of your other computers that you’ve installed Dropbox on (Windows, Mac, and Linux too!) Because a copy of your files are stored on Dropbox’s secure servers, you can also access them from any computer or mobile device using the Dropbox website.

droplr – Droplr is the best way to share files from your Mac on the internet. Period. Whether you want to link to an image or embed one somewhere, Droplr makes sharing images on the web easy. Need to share a text note? Or how about a code snippet? We’ll even syntax highlight it for you.

Filezilla – FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.

Jing – Snap a picture or take a video of your screen and share instantly over the web, IM, email.

Transmission – Transmission is a cross-platform BitTorrent client. Transmission is designed to balance power and usability. We’ve set the defaults to Just Work and it only takes a few clicks to configure advanced features like watch directories, bad peer blocklists, and the web interface. When Ubuntu chose Transmission as its default BitTorrent client, one of the most-cited reasons was its easy learning curve.

Application and File Launchers

aLaunch – It is an application launcher, and is operated via the status menu. You can chose to display icons at 16 pixels – 64 pixels. Files and folders can be registered with aLunch as well. Folders will be opened in the Finder. Different categories can be registered by using groups and separators.

Google Quick Search Box – Quick Search Box is an open source search box that allows you to search data on your computer and across the web. With Quick Search Box you can search for information from just about anywhere. You can then perform actions on the search results, such as launching applications, emailing friends, or playing a song.

Quicksilver – A unified, extensible interface for working with applications, contacts, music, and other data. Quicksilver is an application launcher on steroids. Though no longer in development, it can still provide plenty of additional functionality to your system. Read our beginner’s guide here.

Image and Text Editing

Bean – Bean is a small, easy-to-use word processor (or more precisely, a rich text editor), designed to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable. Bean is Open Source, fully Cocoa, and is available free of charge! MS Word, OpenOffice, etc. try to be all things to all people. But sometimes you just want the right tool for the job. That is Bean’s niche.

Blender – Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License. Discover the wide toolset available in Blender, defining a complete pipeline (from modeling to sequence editing) controlled by a flexible and consistent user interface.

DrawBerry – With DrawBerry, you have all the possibilities the vectorial drawing offers you in a free, easy to use and powerful application. If you don’t need applications such Illustrator or Inkscape and you want to create some simple (or less simple) illustrations, DrawBerry is for you.

Fraise – Fraise is a free text editor for Mac OS X Leopard 10.6 which is both easy to use and powerful. It is designed to neither confuse newcomers nor disappoint advanced users. It should work perfectly for a whole variety of needs – like web programming, script editing, making a to do list and so on

Fraise has all open documents in a list with beautiful Quick Look icons to your left just like e.g. iTunes so you can easily switch between many documents – you can also choose to display them as tabs if you prefer it that way.

GIMP – GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages. Numerous digital photo imperfections can be easily compensated for using GIMP. Fix perspective distortion caused by lens tilt simply choosing the corrective mode in the transform tools. Eliminate lens’ barrel distortion and vignetting with a powerful filter but a simple interface.

Google SketchUp – Google SketchUp is software that you can use to create 3D models of anything you like. Redecorate your living room. Design a new piece of furniture. Model your city for Google Earth. Create a skatepark for your hometown, then export an animation and share it on YouTube. There’s no limit to what you can create with SketchUp.

Inkscape – An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.

OpenOffice – OpenOffice 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Picasa – Picasa is free photo editing software from Google that makes your pictures look great. Sharing your best photos with friends and family is as easy as pressing a button!

Pixus – The AIR pixel ruler application. A handy tool for web and interface designers. Measure the screen objects in pixels using both mouse and keyboard control. Preview your design with skins and presets.

Seashore – Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS X’s Cocoa framework. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports multiple layers and alpha channel editing.

It is based around the GIMP’s technology and uses the same native file format. However, unlike the GIMP, Seashore only aims to serve the basic image editing needs of most computer users, not to provide a replacement for professional image editing products. Seashore was created by Mark Pazolli who led the project until the end of 2009.

Scribus – Scribus is an Open Source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4/eComStation and Windows desktops with a combination of “press-ready” output and new approaches to page layout. Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, Spot Colors, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.

TextWrangler – A general-purpose text editor for light-duty composition, data-file editing (where the data files consist of plain [unstyled] text), and manipulation of text-oriented data. TextWrangler supports working with both plain-text and Unicode files (with the exception of files written using right-to-left writing systems, such as Hebrew or Arabic). TextWrangler also features an integrated spelling checker, as well as integration with Word Services-aware spelling and grammar checkers.

Communication

Adium – Adium is a free and open source instant messaging application for Mac OS X, written using Mac OS X’s Cocoa API, released under the GNU GPL and developed by the Adium team. Based on the libpurple protocol library, Adium can connect you to any number of messaging accounts on any combination of supported messaging services (see further down for the list) and then chat with other people using those services.

Colloquy – Traditionally, chat clients on the Mac have been anything but glamorous. Colloquy is an advanced IRC, SILC & ICB client which aims to fill this void. By adhering to Mac OS X interface conventions, Colloquy has the look and feel of a quality Mac application.

Google Notifier – The Google Notifier is an application that shows you alerts in your menu bar, so you can see when you have new Gmail messages or upcoming Google Calendar events without having to open a web browser.

ooVoo – With ooVoo, you can connect with anyone, anytime, with video calls, video messages, phone calls, text and more. Use ooVoo to get face time with people you can’t meet in person (and save travel time and money!). ooVoo makes life easier and more fun.

Skype – Skype is software that enables the world’s conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other Skype users. Everyday, people also use Skype to make low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles.

Thunderbird 3 – Thunderbird, as a messaging system, is uniquely positioned as the tool that users can use to integrate as many of their communications as they want. By combining an open architecture, a powerful extensibility and customization framework, and a person-centric perspective on communications, Thunderbird is a powerful yet enjoyable tool to help individuals manage their online interactions — whether that’s email, instant messaging, social networking messages, or other types of message.

System Utilities

AddressBookSync – AddressBookSync is a free Mac OS X application to download profile pictures and other Facebook data to Address Book cards. This is a handy tool to keep your contacts’ pictures updated if you have numerous Facebook friends in your Mac OS X Address Book.

AppCleaner – AppCleaner is a small application which allows you to thoroughly uninstall unwanted apps. Installing an application distributes many files throughout your System using space of your Hard Drive unnecessarily. AppCleaner finds all these small files and safely deletes them. Simply drop an application onto the AppCleaner window. It will find for the related files and you can delete them by clicking the delete button.

AppFresh – AppFresh helps you to keep all applications, widgets, preference panes and application plugins installed on your Mac up to date. All from one place, easy to use and fully integrated into Mac OS X. AppFresh works by checking the excellent osx.iusethis.com for new versions and lets you download and install available updates easily.

Camouflage – Do you have way too many items on your desktop? Do you hate cleaning up that mess? Camouflage is the right utility for you. It hides all the icons and leaves nothing but the pure wallpaper.

ClipMenu – ClipMenu can manage clipboard history. You can record 8 clipboard types, from plain text to image. To paste a recorded item, you just pop up menu by invoking the shortcut key, and select a menu item from the menu. You can also register texts you frequently use, like e-mail addresses, user IDs and so on, as snippets. You can paste these snippets from the menu, too.

coconutBattery – coconutBattery isn’t just a tool which shows you only the current charge of your battery – it also shows you the current maximum capacity of it in relation to the original capacity your battery had as it left the factory. You also get information about the battery-loadcycles (how often did you fully load your battery), the current charger (coconutBattery even warns you if you plugged in a wrong charger for your Notebook) and last but not least information about the age of your Mac.

Burn – There are a lot of ways to approach burning discs. Burn keeps it simple, but still offers a lot of advanced options. Keep your files safe and share them. Burn your files to a disc so you can access them later on. Choose different filesystems so you can share your files with people with different operating systems. Change advanced settings like, file permissions, the disc icon, file dates and more on the fly in Burn’s inspector.

Caffeine – Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menu bar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Click it again to go back. Right-click (or ⌘-click) the icon to show the menu.

Carbon Copy Cloner – Spinning for years at 75MPH, your hard drive’s catastrophic crash could really hinder your productivity. Use CCC to make a bootable backup of your digital life today!

DateLine – DateLine displays a linear calendar on your Mac desktop which provides easy access to iCal and your events. The appearance of the DateLine is endlessly customizable and themeable.

Desktop Curtain – Desktop Curtain displays your favorite desktop picture just in front of your real desktop, so you won’t have to clean up each time you need to take a screenshot. And it’s really easy to control — just control- or right-click on Desktop Curtain’s desktop picture to access its settings or quit.

Dock Dodger – Sometimes, you find an application that you really, really like, but when you run it, the icon takes up valuable space in your Dock. With Dock Dodger, you can rid almost any application of its Dock icon, giving you your Dock back. With Dock Doger, removing the Dock icon is as easy as Drag and Drop. Simply drag in the application you want to Un-Dock and Dock Dodger takes care of the rest. When you re-launch that application, it will be sans Dock icon. Want the Dock icon back? Just re-drag the application into Dock Dodger and everything’s back to normal.

DockSpaces – A tiny application that allows you to have up to 10 different docks and swap anytime you want from the menu bar.

FlyGesture – FlyGesture is activated like Exposé or Dashboard, bringing up a transparent window of “guides” to move your mouse through. Moving your mouse through the guides lets FlyGesture know what action or actions you want to be performed, such as closing a window or opening an application. Not getting it? Here’s a movie that demonstrates creating and using a new gesture to open Safari.

GeekTool – GeekTool is a PrefPane (System Preferences module) for Mac OS 10.5. It let you display on your desktop different kind of informations, provided 3 default plugins: File plugin to monitor MacOS X activity with /var/log/system.log, or any file that you want to follow.Shell mode to launch custom scripts or commands like “df” to check space left on filesystems, “uptime” to monitor load of your machine… Finally, Image mode helps you monitor bandwith usage, CPU loads, memory availability of your server, via tools like MRTG or RRD.

Ghost – There are lots of files on your computer that you can’t see. Apple has conveniantly hidden many system files from you, so that your computer doesn’t look like an ugly, cluttered mess.However, they have not provided any easy way to create your own hidden files, or even to view theirs. Ghost provides a simple, user friendly way to do both of these things. Simply drag and drop a file or folder into the list, then uncheck (or check) its checkbox and the item will be instantly hidden or un-hidden.

Growl – Growl is a notification system for Mac OS X: it allows applications that support Growl to send you notifications. Notifications are a way for your applications to provide you with new information, without you having to switch from the application you’re already in.

Jumpcut – Jumpcut is an application that provides “clipboard buffering” — that is, access to text that you’ve cut or copied, even if you’ve subsequently cut or copied something else. The goal of Jumpcut’s interface is to provide quick, natural, intuitive access to your clipboard’s history.

Monolingual – Monolingual is a program for removing unnecessary language resources from Mac OS X, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space. I don’t know about you, but I use my computer in only one (human) language — English. And I’m willing to bet that you do too, albeit perhaps not English. So why do you have a bunch of localization files for the Mac OS X operating system filling up your hard drive? Enter Monolingual — a handy utility for reclaiming your space for more useful things… like international mp3 files, email or whatever you like.

NameChanger – NameChanger Rename a list of files quickly and easily. See how the names will change as you type.

Name Mangler – The Finder is good at a lot of things, but renaming a lot of files is not one of them. Automator can help, but it can be a bit intimidating to use. Enter Name Mangler, which makes short work of all your file renaming tasks.

Paparazzi – Paparazzi! is a small utility for Mac OS X that makes screenshots of webpages. It’s written in Objective-C using the Cocoa API and the WebKit framework. It was inspired by webkit2png, a commandline tool written by Paul Hammond in pyObjC.

SaveCircle – SaveCircle is a little tool that can save in chosen time the document of the frontmost application, so that you don’t have to worry about loosing some work. This is simple, transparent and efficient and work with every applications.

Shoo Apps – Shoo Apps allows per-application granularity in hiding inactive applications to keep your workspace uncluttered.

SnapNDrag – SnapNDrag lets you take a screenshot by just clicking a button and dragging the resulting screenshot off. For example, to email a screenshot, you would drag the screenshot from SnapNDrag to the Mail application. It is that simple. No hard-to-remember key combinations, no file conversion to deal with, no file dialog boxes to navigate, no temporary files to erase later on.

Teleport – Teleport lets you use a single mouse and keyboard to control several Macs. Simply reach an edge of your screen, and your mouse teleports to your nearby Mac, which also becomes controlled by your keyboard. The pasteboard can be synchronized, and you can even drag & drop files between your Macs.

TinkerTool – TinkerTool is an application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into Mac OS X. This allows to activate hidden features in the operating system and in some of the applications delivered with the system. The tool makes sure that preference changes can only affect the current user. The program will never change any component of the operating system, so the integrity of your system is not put at risk, and there will be no negative effect on system updates.

Todos – Sometimes you just don’t want to take time going to your Applications folder or searching around your hard drive. Just click a quick hotkey (Command-Option-Control-T) and Todos will simply appear. Todos’ job is simple. Todos doesn’t do more than it says. Like its definition in Spanish, Todos will show you everything. Todos shows you all your applications in a complete dock. All of us have a plethora of programs, and the Apple dock just can’t fit them all.

Wallpaper Clocks – Vladstudio and Softshape Development proudly introduce Wallpaper Clocks – desktop wallpaper which refreshes every minute to keep your time and date precise as well as stylish in many artistic ways!

YemuZip – Drag, drop, done. Making zip files cannot be any easier. YemuZip is an easy-to-use application for making zip files. Just drag, drop, name your zip file and you’re done. The Finder’s Archive function makes zip files that contains Mac-specific information that, when extracted on a PC, looks like garbage. YemuZip lets you choose between a PC-compatible format and a Mac format that preserve all the Mac-specific metadata.

Internet and Browsers

AllBookmarks – AllBookmarks adds a new item to your Mac OS X menu bar giving you quick access to all your bookmarks. All your Safari, Firefox and Flock bookmarks are shown and can be selected. AllBookmarks also gives you access to your 1Password 1Click bookmarks so you can navigate to a page, fill the form, and submit it, all with a single click!

Aptana Studio – Aptana Studio is a complete web development environment that combines powerful authoring tools for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, along with thousands of additional plugins created by the community.

Camino – Camino is an open source web browser developed with a focus on providing the best possible experience for Mac OS X users. Built from the ground up exclusively for Mac OS X, Camino is designed to make your browsing experience better. With features like annoyance blocking, tab overview, and phishing and malware detection, Camino keeps you browsing safer and faster on the Web.

Cruz – A web browser with innovative multi-pane browsing and an integrated Twitter feed. Read our review here.

DownloadMonitor – DownloadMonitor enables your computer to automatically react to specific conditions of your downloads.
You choose how, when, and which downloads the computer ought to react to.

Flock – The award winning social browser (Twitter, Facebook and blog integration). The people here at Flock are committed to building a browser unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before – because we start by focusing on user needs. We take pride in solving for common behaviors on the Web that seem clunky today, and will seem ridiculous tomorrow. We’re taking you there.

Fluid App – Web applications like Gmail, Facebook, Campfire and Pandora are becoming more and more like desktop applications every day. Running each of these web apps in an individual tab in your browser can be a real pain. Fluid lets you create a Site Specific Browser (SSB) out of any website or web application, effectively turning your favorite web apps into desktop apps.

Mocha – Mocha is a tool that monitors your network activity and keeps a record of Ip / Mac address pairings and firewall logs. It will give a warning when it notices any suspicious activity, like any changes in Mac address or any connection attempt to the firewall.

NetNewsWire – Looking for an easy-to-use RSS and Atom reader for your Mac? You’ve found it! The Eddy award-winning NetNewsWire has a familiar three-paned interface and can fetch and display news from thousands of different websites and weblogs.

Newsfire – Simple to use and packed with features, NewsFire makes it a joy to keep atop the constant flow of information on the web. It’s easy to filter and organize your news with NewsFire’s smart groups. Build your own feeds with custom rules, or drag and drop to create groups of related content.

Opera – Surf the Web with lightning speed, using the fastest browser ever. Everything from how Web pages load to how you open tabs is optimized to happen almost instantly. You can even speed up browsing on slow connections, with Opera Turbo.

Quiet Read – Quiet Read is my new application that lets you save any link for later. Sometimes, when I am browsing the web, I want to store a link for later. There are note taking applications and everything-buckets to do that, but I wanted something light and simple. Simple as dragging a link onto a menu bar item to store it.

Shiira – Shiira is a web browser written in Cocoa. It uses the KHTML rendering engine provided by Apple’s Web Kit. Since this is the same rendering engine used by Safari, HTML content rendered by Shiira will look the same as in Apple’s own browser. All source code is publicly available under the BSD license. We hope that our code will help other developers just starting out on their own Web Kit projects.

Simple CSS – CTo help you work with CSS, we’ve created a free tool called Simple CSS, which runs on Mac OS X and Windows. Simple CSS allows you to easily create Cascading Style Sheets from scratch, and/or modify existing ones, using a familiar point-and-click interface. With Simple CSS, you can manage multiple CSS projects and import your existing style sheets. Simple CSS supports CSS2.

SiteSucker for Mac OS X – SiteSucker is a Macintosh application that automatically downloads Web sites from the Internet. It does this by asynchronously copying the site’s Web pages, images, backgrounds, movies, and other files to your local hard drive. Just enter a URL (Uniform Resource Locator), press return, and SiteSucker can download an entire Web site.

Sunrise – Sunrise is an open source web browser based on WebKit for Mac OS X. The main window of Sunrise has the browser, bookmarks, downloads, source codes and find bars. You do not need to look for the hidden panels because the one window has all of them.

Wyzo – Wyzo is an awesome new browser that optimizes your online media experience. It will accelerate your web downloads, let you download torrents with a single click, discover media in your browser and much more.

Xyle Scope – Using Xylescope it is easy to fine-tune CSS values. Simply select the desired element by clicking on the rendered page to bring up the whole cascade of rules applied to the selected element and its ancestors. Change any CSS value and hit return to see the resulting effect immediately regardless in which style sheet the altered style rule resides.

Misc

Bodega – Welcome to Bodega, the world’s most innovative way to discover and obtain the hottest and latest applications for your Mac. Bodega is like a storefront right on your Mac’s desktop, one that’s chock-full of software apps from Mac developers around the world. Just download and install the Bodega app, and you have access to an ever-growing catalog of software to meet your every computing need.

iPhoto Library Selector – Select your iPhoto library before launching!

MAMP – The 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! MAMP installs a local server environment in a matter of seconds on your Mac OS X computer, be it PowerBook or iMac. Like similar packages from the Windows- and Linux-world, MAMP comes free of charge. MAMP is installed in the typical Mac fashion: very easily. MAMP will not compromise any existing Apache installation already running with your OS X. You can install Apache, PHP and MySQL without starting a script or having to change any configuration files!

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