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Download the best free Mac apps

Aptana

Open-source web development IDE allows you to create web applications with an all-in-one interface. While it’s great as a free alternative, Mac users may find the look and feel a bit jarring.

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BetterTouchTool

Assign actions to your Magic Mouse or Touchpad based on a multitude of tapping, swiping and clicking combinations. A plethora of preferences allows you to refine settings such as mouse tracking speed higher than allowed by Apple. On top of that, you can enable window snapping in the style of Windows 7.

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Calibre

Manage e-book libraries, convert e-books in a huge number of formats, sync to readers (including iPad), view e-books with support for many features, and use a content server for online access to your book collection using a browser from any computer.

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Economix

Simple program helps you keep track of expenses and your bank balance. Good idea if you’re wondering where all the money went. Site is in French, but an English version of the app is available.

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F.lux

Adjusts the colour of your computer’s display to the time of day — warm at night and like sunlight during the day — automatically taking into account where you live and the type of lighting you have.

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GnuCash

Personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL. Allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports. Personally, I find the live-within-your-means method works quite nicely.

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iRed Lite

Expand the capabilities of your Mac’s remote control so that it works not only with Front Row, but with several other programs such as iTunes or Keynote.

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Kindle for Mac

No Kindle? No problem. Select from the 800,000 Kindle books available from Amazon and read them on your Mac. Features include syncing, notes, highlights, and search.

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MacTracker

A database of information on every Mac ever made — even those made by companies other than Apple. No detail is too obscure. You can even play startup chimes.

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Remind Me Later

Open it up, type in what you need to be reminded of, and with a click it will be added to iCal. The cool part is that you can type in your reminder using plain English. For example, “Buy vitamins today at 2pm” will place a “Buy vitamins” entry in iCal today at 2 p.m.

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Satellite Eyes

Automatically change your desktop wallpaper to the satellite view of where you are, right now. Pull your laptop out somewhere new, and your desktop will automatically change to the view from overhead.

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Stellarium

Gaze with wonder through Stellarium at the night sky constellations from wherever you happen to live on this planet. Then go outside and see the stars as they are. Other cool ways to check out the universe are Celestia and SkyORB.

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Time Out

Configure Time Out to remind you to a take a break every so often. A transparency covers the screen and a progress bar shows how long have until the break is over.

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Timer

Stopwatch, alarm clock, countdown and clock utility all in one. Click “Download” for free version.

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TrailRunner

Plan routes for long distance sports such as running, biking and hiking. It calculates route distances and can export directions into your iPod.

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Vocab

List words you’ve learned in European languages and see how well you’ve memorized them by plotting a graph.

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Economix

Simple program helps you keep track of expenses and your bank balance. Good idea if you’re wondering where all the money went. Site is in French, but an English version of the app is available.

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Satellite Eyes

Automatically change your desktop wallpaper to the satellite view of where you are, right now. Pull your laptop out somewhere new, and your desktop will automatically change to the view from overhead.

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Aptana

Open-source web development IDE allows you to create web applications with an all-in-one interface. While it’s great as a free alternative, Mac users may find the look and feel a bit jarring.

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GnuCash

Personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL. Allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports. Personally, I find the live-within-your-means method works quite nicely.

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Remind Me Later

Open it up, type in what you need to be reminded of, and with a click it will be added to iCal. The cool part is that you can type in your reminder using plain English. For example, “Buy vitamins today at 2pm” will place a “Buy vitamins” entry in iCal today at 2 p.m.

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Kindle for Mac

No Kindle? No problem. Select from the 800,000 Kindle books available from Amazon and read them on your Mac. Features include syncing, notes, highlights, and search.

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F.lux

Adjusts the colour of your computer’s display to the time of day — warm at night and like sunlight during the day — automatically taking into account where you live and the type of lighting you have.

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BetterTouchTool

Assign actions to your Magic Mouse or Touchpad based on a multitude of tapping, swiping and clicking combinations. A plethora of preferences allows you to refine settings such as mouse tracking speed higher than allowed by Apple. On top of that, you can enable window snapping in the style of Windows 7.

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Calibre

Manage e-book libraries, convert e-books in a huge number of formats, sync to readers (including iPad), view e-books with support for many features, and use a content server for online access to your book collection using a browser from any computer.

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Time Out

Configure Time Out to remind you to a take a break every so often. A transparency covers the screen and a progress bar shows how long have until the break is over.

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Vocab

List words you’ve learned in European languages and see how well you’ve memorized them by plotting a graph.

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iRed Lite

Expand the capabilities of your Mac’s remote control so that it works not only with Front Row, but with several other programs such as iTunes or Keynote.

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Timer

Stopwatch, alarm clock, countdown and clock utility all in one. Click “Download” for free version.

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TrailRunner

Plan routes for long distance sports such as running, biking and hiking. It calculates route distances and can export directions into your iPod.

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MacTracker

A database of information on every Mac ever made — even those made by companies other than Apple. No detail is too obscure. You can even play startup chimes.

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Stellarium

Gaze with wonder through Stellarium at the night sky constellations from wherever you happen to live on this planet. Then go outside and see the stars as they are. Other cool ways to check out the universe are Celestia and SkyORB.

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Aptana

Open-source web development IDE allows you to create web applications with an all-in-one interface. While it’s great as a free alternative, Mac users may find the look and feel a bit jarring.

Download site

BetterTouchTool

Assign actions to your Magic Mouse or Touchpad based on a multitude of tapping, swiping and clicking combinations. A plethora of preferences allows you to refine settings such as mouse tracking speed higher than allowed by Apple. On top of that, you can enable window snapping in the style of Windows 7.

Download site

Calibre

Manage e-book libraries, convert e-books in a huge number of formats, sync to readers (including iPad), view e-books with support for many features, and use a content server for online access to your book collection using a browser from any computer.

Download site

Economix

Simple program helps you keep track of expenses and your bank balance. Good idea if you’re wondering where all the money went. Site is in French, but an English version of the app is available.

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F.lux

Adjusts the colour of your computer’s display to the time of day — warm at night and like sunlight during the day — automatically taking into account where you live and the type of lighting you have.

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FlyGesture

Use pre-defined mouse gestures to invoke actions or chains of actions, similar to Automator.

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GnuCash

Personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL. Allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports. Personally, I find the live-within-your-means method works quite nicely.

Download site

iRed Lite

Expand the capabilities of your Mac’s remote control so that it works not only with Front Row, but with several other programs such as iTunes or Keynote.

Download site

Kindle for Mac

No Kindle? No problem. Select from the 800,000 Kindle books available from Amazon and read them on your Mac. Features include syncing, notes, highlights, and search.

Download site

MacTracker

A database of information on every Mac ever made — even those made by companies other than Apple. No detail is too obscure. You can even play startup chimes.

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ProVoc: Vocabulary Trainer

More than just flash cards, this app offers a slew of features to help you brush up on a second language. Or specialize in Spanish with Spanish Vocab. Or in French with French Vocab.

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Remind Me Later

Open it up, type in what you need to be reminded of, and with a click it will be added to iCal. The cool part is that you can type in your reminder using plain English. For example, “Buy vitamins today at 2pm” will place a “Buy vitamins” entry in iCal today at 2 p.m.

Download site

Satellite Eyes

Automatically change your desktop wallpaper to the satellite view of where you are, right now. Pull your laptop out somewhere new, and your desktop will automatically change to the view from overhead.

Download site

Stellarium

Gaze with wonder through Stellarium at the night sky constellations from wherever you happen to live on this planet. Then go outside and see the stars as they are. Other cool ways to check out the universe are Celestia and SkyORB.

Download site

Time Out

Configure Time Out to remind you to a take a break every so often. A transparency covers the screen and a progress bar shows how long have until the break is over.

Download site

Timer

Stopwatch, alarm clock, countdown and clock utility all in one. Click “Download” for free version.

Download site

TrailRunner

Plan routes for long distance sports such as running, biking and hiking. It calculates route distances and can export directions into your iPod.

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VirtualBox

Run Windows or Linux on your Mac with this open source alternative to Parallells or VMWare Fusion.

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Vocab

List words you’ve learned in European languages and see how well you’ve memorized them by plotting a graph.

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