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Adium

A free instant messaging app that can connect to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more. Under active development and highly recommended.

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CloudApp

Free service allows you to share files. Sign up for CloudApp’s service, download the software, and get an icon in your menu bar. You can then can drag files there to be uploaded to a server, where others can download them. A link is automatically placed in your Mac’s clipboard, so you can share it by pasting it into email, for example.

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Cocoalicious

del.icio.us is a great way to store and share your bookmarks on the web. And Cocoalicious is a great way to access and post them. Or if you would like to view your posts and tags from the menu bar, try Menulicious.

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Cyberduck

The thriftmac FTP client of choice has a nice Mac-like interface and can take on most jobs without any trouble. A free version of the app can be downloaded from the Cyberduck website using the link below. Donations are requested.

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DEVONagent Lite

Places a web search field in the menu bar next to Spotlight. Uses all major search engines and many special ones, with results opening in your web browser. Can also create pre-fab search sets.

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Dropbox

Sync and share your files online. Can also be used for automatic backups with a history going back 30 days. The free version allows two gigabytes of data.

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Fluid

Create site-specific mini-web browsers for your web apps, so that they launch like desktop programs in your dock. Great for checking Gmail, for example.

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Franz

Get all your chat and messaging services in one place. Supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, GroupMe, Skype and more — with the option of having more than one account for each service.

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Galerie

It’s amazing that a wonderful program like Galerie for creating web albums is free. It’s easy to use and has many great features. There is lots of support at the developer’s website, and a willingness to throw in even more improvements. And then there’s JAlbum, which unabashedly aspires to be the greatest.

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Ghostery

Find out who is tracking you on the web — ad networks, data providers, publishers and other companies. Learn more about them and decide who you want to block.

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Herald

Use a floating window to watch for incoming email messages in Mail even if it isn’t running. You can delete messages, mark them as junk or reply to them. Pick which accounts you want to monitor, and choose a theme for the window’s appearance.

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IM for Facebook

Connect and chat with friends on Facebook from your Mac desktop. The app uses single sign-in, authenticates with your Mac’s Facebook account setup, and shows friends’ online status.

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LastPass

If you’re looking for a way to save all the logins and passwords you use at various websites, you can’t do much better than 1Password. However, the free version of LastPass — acting as a browser extension — covers many of the basic functions. It comes highly recommended by PCMag, and is worth a look if you need something free.

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Mailsmith

Email program, formerly owned by Bare Bones Software, now released as freeware by Stickshift Software. Can be customized for powerful editing, filtering and searching. Integrates with SpamSieve and Address Book.

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MT-Newswatcher

Usenet news client allows you to efficiently target the articles you wish to read, with sophisticated filtering, searching and sorting. It makes viewing and saving binaries from newsgroups easy, and works transparently across multiple news servers.

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NetNewsWire

NetNewsWire grabs RSS feeds from a number of websites. Click on a headline to get a summary of the article. Double click to go to the website. Older versions are still available for free.

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Polymail

Slick app features email tracking, send later, read later, unsend and one-click unsubscribe — reminiscent of the defunct Mailbox. Supports Google, Outlook, Office 365, and iCloud. You must sign up for an account and give extensive permissions.

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Skype

What’s not to like about making free phone calls with your computer? Well, it’s not quite as handy as an actual telephone. But at this price, it sure is tempting.

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Spark

Email app promises to keep you inbox organized with categorized messages, filters that only let through the important notifications, and powerful search. Also available for iOS.

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TenFourFox

Firefox has moved on and abandoned support for Macs with PowerPC processors or running Tiger. But that doesn’t mean you have to get left behind. TenFourFox tweaks Firefox 4 so you can surf with almost exactly the same code on your PowerPC Mac.

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Thunderbird

From the makers a Firefox, an open source email client that features tabbed browsing, filtering and timeline tools, plenty of customization, and robust security measures.

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Tor

Remain anonymous on the Internet while web browsing, messaging or remote logins. Works with many existing clients to bounce your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world.

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Transmission

Enter the amazing world of torrents with this lightweight BitTorrent client. A simple, intuitive interface gives access to an efficient, cross-platform back-end. Also built on the BitTorrent concept is Tomato Torrent.

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Trillian

Messenger app lets you chat with friends via Facebook, Windows Live, GTalk, AIM, ICQ, Yahoo and more. The Mac version syncs contacts and connections with Trillian for iPhone.

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TweetDeck

Spread tweets into columns spanning the width of your computer screen with sections for friends, mentions, direct messages, trending topics and recommendations. In addition to Twitter, you can sign up for Facebook, Buzz, LinkedIn, Foursquare and MySpace.

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Twitter

Keep track of Twitter from your desktop with the official app. Menubar icon turns blue to let you know when new tweets arrive. Interface allows you to switch between accounts and send tweets of your own.

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Unison

Panic’s app for Usenet newsgroups is no longer being developed, but one last free release promises to keep customers happy for awhile.

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uTorrent

World’s most popular BitTorrent client features bandwidth prioritization, scheduling, RSS auto-downloading and Mainline DHT (compatible with BitComet). Supports the Protocol Encryption joint specification and peer exchange.

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Viber

Send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users, on any device and network, in any country. Viber syncs contacts, messages and call history with your mobile device. Start the conversation on the Viber mobile app and continue from your Mac.

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Vienna

Subscribe to Atom/RSS news feeds and podcasts. Interface is much like that of NetNewsWire — but without the ads. On the other hand, there is also no syncing.

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Vivaldi

The former CEO and co-founder of Opera has started a new project — “an advanced browser made with the power user in mind.” As of this writing, it’s considered a technical preview, but innovative promises include the ability to organize your tabs into stacks, display pages side by side, write notes on the go, and a keyboard command palette.

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Vuze

Bittorrent app lets you find, download and play video files, with support for connecting to devices such as iPhone, iPod, Apple TV PS3, PSP, Xbox 360 and Tivo. Fast and convenient.

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Wmail

Gmail and Google Inbox combine in this free and open source app. It features multiple accounts, notifications, unread badges, and keyboard shortcuts.

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Wyzo

Media browser promises 10-times faster downloads, BitTorrent integration and compatibility with Firefox add-ons. Plus, it features a media start page with search engines for YouTube, hulu, joost and more.

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Yoono

Connect to your social networks and instant messaging services all in one place. Get updates and share with friends using Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, AIM, Google Talk and more. Update your status across all your social networks at the same time. All your IM services in one application.

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Franz

Get all your chat and messaging services in one place. Supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, GroupMe, Skype and more — with the option of having more than one account for each service.

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Spark

Email app promises to keep you inbox organized with categorized messages, filters that only let through the important notifications, and powerful search. Also available for iOS.

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Wmail

Gmail and Google Inbox combine in this free and open source app. It features multiple accounts, notifications, unread badges, and keyboard shortcuts.

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Polymail

Slick app features email tracking, send later, read later, unsend and one-click unsubscribe — reminiscent of the defunct Mailbox. Supports Google, Outlook, Office 365, and iCloud. You must sign up for an account and give extensive permissions.

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Vivaldi

The former CEO and co-founder of Opera has started a new project — “an advanced browser made with the power user in mind.” As of this writing, it’s considered a technical preview, but innovative promises include the ability to organize your tabs into stacks, display pages side by side, write notes on the go, and a keyboard command palette.

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Unison

Panic’s app for Usenet newsgroups is no longer being developed, but one last free release promises to keep customers happy for awhile.

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IM for Facebook

Connect and chat with friends on Facebook from your Mac desktop. The app uses single sign-in, authenticates with your Mac’s Facebook account setup, and shows friends’ online status.

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DEVONagent Lite

Places a web search field in the menu bar next to Spotlight. Uses all major search engines and many special ones, with results opening in your web browser. Can also create pre-fab search sets.

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Viber

Send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users, on any device and network, in any country. Viber syncs contacts, messages and call history with your mobile device. Start the conversation on the Viber mobile app and continue from your Mac.

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MT-Newswatcher

Usenet news client allows you to efficiently target the articles you wish to read, with sophisticated filtering, searching and sorting. It makes viewing and saving binaries from newsgroups easy, and works transparently across multiple news servers.

Download site Comment

Tor

Remain anonymous on the Internet while web browsing, messaging or remote logins. Works with many existing clients to bounce your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world.

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LastPass

If you’re looking for a way to save all the logins and passwords you use at various websites, you can’t do much better than 1Password. However, the free version of LastPass — acting as a browser extension — covers many of the basic functions. It comes highly recommended by PCMag, and is worth a look if you need something free.

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TenFourFox

Firefox has moved on and abandoned support for Macs with PowerPC processors or running Tiger. But that doesn’t mean you have to get left behind. TenFourFox tweaks Firefox 4 so you can surf with almost exactly the same code on your PowerPC Mac.

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Ghostery

Find out who is tracking you on the web — ad networks, data providers, publishers and other companies. Learn more about them and decide who you want to block.

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Herald

Use a floating window to watch for incoming email messages in Mail even if it isn’t running. You can delete messages, mark them as junk or reply to them. Pick which accounts you want to monitor, and choose a theme for the window’s appearance.

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Trillian

Messenger app lets you chat with friends via Facebook, Windows Live, GTalk, AIM, ICQ, Yahoo and more. The Mac version syncs contacts and connections with Trillian for iPhone.

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CloudApp

Free service allows you to share files. Sign up for CloudApp’s service, download the software, and get an icon in your menu bar. You can then can drag files there to be uploaded to a server, where others can download them. A link is automatically placed in your Mac’s clipboard, so you can share it by pasting it into email, for example.

Download site Comment

Yoono

Connect to your social networks and instant messaging services all in one place. Get updates and share with friends using Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, AIM, Google Talk and more. Update your status across all your social networks at the same time. All your IM services in one application.

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TweetDeck

Spread tweets into columns spanning the width of your computer screen with sections for friends, mentions, direct messages, trending topics and recommendations. In addition to Twitter, you can sign up for Facebook, Buzz, LinkedIn, Foursquare and MySpace.

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Wyzo

Media browser promises 10-times faster downloads, BitTorrent integration and compatibility with Firefox add-ons. Plus, it features a media start page with search engines for YouTube, hulu, joost and more.

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Dropbox

Sync and share your files online. Can also be used for automatic backups with a history going back 30 days. The free version allows two gigabytes of data.

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Vuze

Bittorrent app lets you find, download and play video files, with support for connecting to devices such as iPhone, iPod, Apple TV PS3, PSP, Xbox 360 and Tivo. Fast and convenient.

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uTorrent

World’s most popular BitTorrent client features bandwidth prioritization, scheduling, RSS auto-downloading and Mainline DHT (compatible with BitComet). Supports the Protocol Encryption joint specification and peer exchange.

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Twitter

Keep track of Twitter from your desktop with the official app. Menubar icon turns blue to let you know when new tweets arrive. Interface allows you to switch between accounts and send tweets of your own.

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Mailsmith

Email program, formerly owned by Bare Bones Software, now released as freeware by Stickshift Software. Can be customized for powerful editing, filtering and searching. Integrates with SpamSieve and Address Book.

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Vienna

Subscribe to Atom/RSS news feeds and podcasts. Interface is much like that of NetNewsWire — but without the ads. On the other hand, there is also no syncing.

Download site Comment

Fluid

Create site-specific mini-web browsers for your web apps, so that they launch like desktop programs in your dock. Great for checking Gmail, for example.

Download site Comment

Skype

What’s not to like about making free phone calls with your computer? Well, it’s not quite as handy as an actual telephone. But at this price, it sure is tempting.

Download site Comment

Transmission

Enter the amazing world of torrents with this lightweight BitTorrent client. A simple, intuitive interface gives access to an efficient, cross-platform back-end. Also built on the BitTorrent concept is Tomato Torrent.

Download site Comment

Thunderbird

From the makers a Firefox, an open source email client that features tabbed browsing, filtering and timeline tools, plenty of customization, and robust security measures.

Download site Comment

Cocoalicious

del.icio.us is a great way to store and share your bookmarks on the web. And Cocoalicious is a great way to access and post them. Or if you would like to view your posts and tags from the menu bar, try Menulicious.

Download site Comment

Adium

A free instant messaging app that can connect to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more. Under active development and highly recommended.

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NetNewsWire

NetNewsWire grabs RSS feeds from a number of websites. Click on a headline to get a summary of the article. Double click to go to the website. Older versions are still available for free.

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Galerie

It’s amazing that a wonderful program like Galerie for creating web albums is free. It’s easy to use and has many great features. There is lots of support at the developer’s website, and a willingness to throw in even more improvements. And then there’s JAlbum, which unabashedly aspires to be the greatest.

Download site Comment

Cyberduck

The thriftmac FTP client of choice has a nice Mac-like interface and can take on most jobs without any trouble. A free version of the app can be downloaded from the Cyberduck website using the link below. Donations are requested.

Download site Comment

Blogging

Email

Herald

Use a floating window to watch for incoming email messages in Mail even if it isn’t running. You can delete messages, mark them as junk or reply to them. Pick which accounts you want to monitor, and choose a theme for the window’s appearance.

Download site

Mailsmith

Email program, formerly owned by Bare Bones Software, now released as freeware by Stickshift Software. Can be customized for powerful editing, filtering and searching. Integrates with SpamSieve and Address Book.

Download site

Polymail

Slick app features email tracking, send later, read later, unsend and one-click unsubscribe — reminiscent of the defunct Mailbox. Supports Google, Outlook, Office 365, and iCloud. You must sign up for an account and give extensive permissions.

Download site

Spark

Email app promises to keep you inbox organized with categorized messages, filters that only let through the important notifications, and powerful search. Also available for iOS.

Download site

Thunderbird

From the makers a Firefox, an open source email client that features tabbed browsing, filtering and timeline tools, plenty of customization, and robust security measures.

Download site

Wmail

Gmail and Google Inbox combine in this free and open source app. It features multiple accounts, notifications, unread badges, and keyboard shortcuts.

Download site

File sharing

Acqlite

Go peer-to-peer with a client that uses the power of LimeWire, Acquisition and Cabos on the Gnutella network — all with open source goodness.

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BitTorrent Sync

Sync your data with torrents instead of using the cloud like most services. Get access to documents from a sync folder in computers, phones or tablets. No size limits.

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CloudApp

Free service allows you to share files. Sign up for CloudApp’s service, download the software, and get an icon in your menu bar. You can then can drag files there to be uploaded to a server, where others can download them. A link is automatically placed in your Mac’s clipboard, so you can share it by pasting it into email, for example.

Download site

Dropbox

Sync and share your files online. Can also be used for automatic backups with a history going back 30 days. The free version allows two gigabytes of data.

Download site

Transmission

Enter the amazing world of torrents with this lightweight BitTorrent client. A simple, intuitive interface gives access to an efficient, cross-platform back-end. Also built on the BitTorrent concept is Tomato Torrent.

Download site

uTorrent

World’s most popular BitTorrent client features bandwidth prioritization, scheduling, RSS auto-downloading and Mainline DHT (compatible with BitComet). Supports the Protocol Encryption joint specification and peer exchange.

Download site

Vuze

Bittorrent app lets you find, download and play video files, with support for connecting to devices such as iPhone, iPod, Apple TV PS3, PSP, Xbox 360 and Tivo. Fast and convenient.

Download site

FTP

Cyberduck

The thriftmac FTP client of choice has a nice Mac-like interface and can take on most jobs without any trouble. A free version of the app can be downloaded from the Cyberduck website using the link below. Donations are requested.

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FileZilla

Open source FTP program good for those who prefer access to local files in the same window as remote files.

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Messaging

Adium

A free instant messaging app that can connect to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more. Under active development and highly recommended.

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Colloquy

An IRC chat client with a slick Mac OS X interface. Supports AppleScript, plugins, customization, buddy lists and many other features.

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Franz

Get all your chat and messaging services in one place. Supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, GroupMe, Skype and more — with the option of having more than one account for each service.

Download site

IM for Facebook

Connect and chat with friends on Facebook from your Mac desktop. The app uses single sign-in, authenticates with your Mac’s Facebook account setup, and shows friends’ online status.

Download site

Skype

What’s not to like about making free phone calls with your computer? Well, it’s not quite as handy as an actual telephone. But at this price, it sure is tempting.

Download site

Trillian

Messenger app lets you chat with friends via Facebook, Windows Live, GTalk, AIM, ICQ, Yahoo and more. The Mac version syncs contacts and connections with Trillian for iPhone.

Download site

Viber

Send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users, on any device and network, in any country. Viber syncs contacts, messages and call history with your mobile device. Start the conversation on the Viber mobile app and continue from your Mac.

Download site

News

MT-Newswatcher

Usenet news client allows you to efficiently target the articles you wish to read, with sophisticated filtering, searching and sorting. It makes viewing and saving binaries from newsgroups easy, and works transparently across multiple news servers.

Download site

NetNewsWire

NetNewsWire grabs RSS feeds from a number of websites. Click on a headline to get a summary of the article. Double click to go to the website. Older versions are still available for free.

Download site

Shrook

RSS reader syncs your Mac with your iPhone, iPad and other Macs. Sign up for a shrook.com account.

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Unison

Panic’s app for Usenet newsgroups is no longer being developed, but one last free release promises to keep customers happy for awhile.

Download site

Vienna

Subscribe to Atom/RSS news feeds and podcasts. Interface is much like that of NetNewsWire — but without the ads. On the other hand, there is also no syncing.

Download site

Galleries

Galerie

It’s amazing that a wonderful program like Galerie for creating web albums is free. It’s easy to use and has many great features. There is lots of support at the developer’s website, and a willingness to throw in even more improvements. And then there’s JAlbum, which unabashedly aspires to be the greatest.

Download site

Twitter

TweetDeck

Spread tweets into columns spanning the width of your computer screen with sections for friends, mentions, direct messages, trending topics and recommendations. In addition to Twitter, you can sign up for Facebook, Buzz, LinkedIn, Foursquare and MySpace.

Download site

Twitter

Keep track of Twitter from your desktop with the official app. Menubar icon turns blue to let you know when new tweets arrive. Interface allows you to switch between accounts and send tweets of your own.

Download site

Yoono

Connect to your social networks and instant messaging services all in one place. Get updates and share with friends using Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, AIM, Google Talk and more. Update your status across all your social networks at the same time. All your IM services in one application.

Download site

Web browsing

Cocoalicious

del.icio.us is a great way to store and share your bookmarks on the web. And Cocoalicious is a great way to access and post them. Or if you would like to view your posts and tags from the menu bar, try Menulicious.

Download site

DEVONagent Lite

Places a web search field in the menu bar next to Spotlight. Uses all major search engines and many special ones, with results opening in your web browser. Can also create pre-fab search sets.

Download site

Fluid

Create site-specific mini-web browsers for your web apps, so that they launch like desktop programs in your dock. Great for checking Gmail, for example.

Download site

Ghostery

Find out who is tracking you on the web — ad networks, data providers, publishers and other companies. Learn more about them and decide who you want to block.

Download site

Glims for Safari

Add-on creates scads of new features for Safari. Among them: thumbnails for search results, full-screen browsing, keyword search in the address bar and Undo for closed tabs. Plus much more.

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LastPass

If you’re looking for a way to save all the logins and passwords you use at various websites, you can’t do much better than 1Password. However, the free version of LastPass — acting as a browser extension — covers many of the basic functions. It comes highly recommended by PCMag, and is worth a look if you need something free.

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Opera

Making web browsers in Scandinavia since 1994, with the goal of an Internet free and available to everyone in the world.

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SiteCapture

Load a set of web pages and create images in the format you want. Handy for effortlessly filling your website portfolio page with the latest screenshots.

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TenFourFox

Firefox has moved on and abandoned support for Macs with PowerPC processors or running Tiger. But that doesn’t mean you have to get left behind. TenFourFox tweaks Firefox 4 so you can surf with almost exactly the same code on your PowerPC Mac.

Download site

Tor

Remain anonymous on the Internet while web browsing, messaging or remote logins. Works with many existing clients to bounce your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world.

Download site

Vivaldi

The former CEO and co-founder of Opera has started a new project — “an advanced browser made with the power user in mind.” As of this writing, it’s considered a technical preview, but innovative promises include the ability to organize your tabs into stacks, display pages side by side, write notes on the go, and a keyboard command palette.

Download site

Wyzo

Media browser promises 10-times faster downloads, BitTorrent integration and compatibility with Firefox add-ons. Plus, it features a media start page with search engines for YouTube, hulu, joost and more.

Download site