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Download the best free Mac apps

Awareness

Maybe you really are spending too much time on the computer. With the sound of a Tibetan singing bowl marking every hour of continuous computer use, you’ll know. Also keep track of how long you’ve been using your computer without a break in the menu bar.

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Calendar

Simple yet powerful menu bar calendar not only lets you see the day’s date, but also brings up an overview of your schedule. Hover to see details of the day’s agenda. Works with Apple Calendar events.

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ClipMenu

Menu bar app keeps a history of text and graphics you’ve copied, plus has a section for snippets you can create in categories for use when needed. Completely accessible via the keyboard, using a floating palette.

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Cobook

Address book that lives in the menu bar puts the Apple version to shame. Easily find contacts, add new ones and edit them. App is smart enough to know where to place your edits. Syncs with iCloud.

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Deep Notes

Outline ideas and lists with this hierarchical note-taker. Keyboard shortcuts allow you to navigate without resorting to the mouse. Indexed by Spotlight. A nice little alternative if you don’t have $40 for OmniOutliner.

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Do It

Manage categorized to-do lists with the option of linking each item to a file on your computer, a URL or a contact from your address book, which can be opened directly from the Do It window. Items can be set as reminders in iCal.

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Flycut

Open source fork of Jumpcut pops up a bezel containing recent items that you’ve copied. You can go through them with arrow keys to find the one you want and paste it. Default hotkey is Shift-Command-V.

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FreeMind

A mind-mapping software written in Java designed to be a high productivity tool. Useful for keeping track of projects, brainstorming, small databases, and more.

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Jumpcut

Save up multiple snippets of text and paste them at will from the menu bar or from a translucent display invoked by a keyboard shortcut. KoolClip works in a similar manner.

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Kapow

Keep track of your hours for one project or many. Clock in and out with a start/stop button like you would with a punch clock. A checkbox helps you keep track of billing.

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KeePass

Cross-platform software saves user names, passwords, urls, attachment and more in a single database. Entries are sorted in customizable groups, and there is an integrated search function.

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OneNote

Digital notebook from Microsoft lets you take notes (including pictures), share them and collaborate with others across multiple devices.

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Ouistee

Create a personal database using a drag-and-drop interface. Elements include rating, photo, text with label, select menu, link, email, check boxes and more.

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Pastebox

Get access to the last 20 items you copied in a list from the menu bar. Supports various clipboard types, including plain text, rich text and images. Displays the colour of hex strings. Shows images that have been copied.

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Pastor

Pastor is a password-protected spot to stash serial numbers, passwords and the like. Once you get started, you’ll be amazed at how many you have. Keep them all in one, easy-to-find place instead of all over the place. Try KeePassX for a cross-platform alternative.

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Pocket

Stash articles, pictures and videos away so you can check them later at your convenience. Syncs across devices and the web. Integrated in hundreds of apps.

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Simplenote

Excellent way to synchronize notes between iOS, Mac, Android and Kindle. Tags help you stay organized and search results appear as you type.

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SketchBox

A version of Sticky Notes with tabs revealing layers for text, drawings and alarm clock reminders. Arrange all your notes in thumbnail view or store them as searchable text.

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SlipBox

Simple snippet keeper allows you to keeps notes, including pictures, files or links to files. A system of keywords — or “scents” — associates disparate notes in a hierarchy.

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Task Coach

Simple open source to-do manager keeps track of tasks and lists. It is designed for composite tasks, and offers effort tracking, categories and notes. Desktop version is free, but there is a fee for the iOS version.

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TaskMate

Click to add, remove or complete tasks. Find completed tasks in a slide-out drawer. Use TextEdit to export tasks to other apps.

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Tomighty

A desktop timer designed for the Pomodoro Technique — a simple and effective time management method that helps you focus on tasks that require long periods of concentration.

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Voodoo Pad Lite

Create your own little world wide web with hyperlinks to every bit of information you can imagine. Voodoo Pad Lite works the way you think. If you like the idea of own little WikiWikiWeb, look at WikiNotes.

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Wunderlist

There are plenty of choices for to-do-list apps for the Mac, but they don’t come much slicker than Wunderlist. Nice animations and a selection of backgrounds combine with a feature set that includes the ability to make and search multiple lists, check off each item, and sync everything between your Mac and other devices. Also available as a web app.

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xPad

Keep snippets, notes, pictures and other random items organized by category. (No longer developed or supported.)

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Awareness

Maybe you really are spending too much time on the computer. With the sound of a Tibetan singing bowl marking every hour of continuous computer use, you’ll know. Also keep track of how long you’ve been using your computer without a break in the menu bar.

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Kapow

Keep track of your hours for one project or many. Clock in and out with a start/stop button like you would with a punch clock. A checkbox helps you keep track of billing.

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Tomighty

A desktop timer designed for the Pomodoro Technique — a simple and effective time management method that helps you focus on tasks that require long periods of concentration.

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Pastebox

Get access to the last 20 items you copied in a list from the menu bar. Supports various clipboard types, including plain text, rich text and images. Displays the colour of hex strings. Shows images that have been copied.

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OneNote

Digital notebook from Microsoft lets you take notes (including pictures), share them and collaborate with others across multiple devices.

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Ouistee

Create a personal database using a drag-and-drop interface. Elements include rating, photo, text with label, select menu, link, email, check boxes and more.

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KeePass

Cross-platform software saves user names, passwords, urls, attachment and more in a single database. Entries are sorted in customizable groups, and there is an integrated search function.

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Task Coach

Simple open source to-do manager keeps track of tasks and lists. It is designed for composite tasks, and offers effort tracking, categories and notes. Desktop version is free, but there is a fee for the iOS version.

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Simplenote

Excellent way to synchronize notes between iOS, Mac, Android and Kindle. Tags help you stay organized and search results appear as you type.

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TaskMate

Click to add, remove or complete tasks. Find completed tasks in a slide-out drawer. Use TextEdit to export tasks to other apps.

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Pocket

Stash articles, pictures and videos away so you can check them later at your convenience. Syncs across devices and the web. Integrated in hundreds of apps.

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Flycut

Open source fork of Jumpcut pops up a bezel containing recent items that you’ve copied. You can go through them with arrow keys to find the one you want and paste it. Default hotkey is Shift-Command-V.

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Cobook

Address book that lives in the menu bar puts the Apple version to shame. Easily find contacts, add new ones and edit them. App is smart enough to know where to place your edits. Syncs with iCloud.

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Wunderlist

There are plenty of choices for to-do-list apps for the Mac, but they don’t come much slicker than Wunderlist. Nice animations and a selection of backgrounds combine with a feature set that includes the ability to make and search multiple lists, check off each item, and sync everything between your Mac and other devices. Also available as a web app.

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Calendar

Simple yet powerful menu bar calendar not only lets you see the day’s date, but also brings up an overview of your schedule. Hover to see details of the day’s agenda. Works with Apple Calendar events.

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Deep Notes

Outline ideas and lists with this hierarchical note-taker. Keyboard shortcuts allow you to navigate without resorting to the mouse. Indexed by Spotlight. A nice little alternative if you don’t have $40 for OmniOutliner.

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SlipBox

Simple snippet keeper allows you to keeps notes, including pictures, files or links to files. A system of keywords — or “scents” — associates disparate notes in a hierarchy.

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ClipMenu

Menu bar app keeps a history of text and graphics you’ve copied, plus has a section for snippets you can create in categories for use when needed. Completely accessible via the keyboard, using a floating palette.

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Do It

Manage categorized to-do lists with the option of linking each item to a file on your computer, a URL or a contact from your address book, which can be opened directly from the Do It window. Items can be set as reminders in iCal.

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SketchBox

A version of Sticky Notes with tabs revealing layers for text, drawings and alarm clock reminders. Arrange all your notes in thumbnail view or store them as searchable text.

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xPad

Keep snippets, notes, pictures and other random items organized by category. (No longer developed or supported.)

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Jumpcut

Save up multiple snippets of text and paste them at will from the menu bar or from a translucent display invoked by a keyboard shortcut. KoolClip works in a similar manner.

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Voodoo Pad Lite

Create your own little world wide web with hyperlinks to every bit of information you can imagine. Voodoo Pad Lite works the way you think. If you like the idea of own little WikiWikiWeb, look at WikiNotes.

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Pastor

Pastor is a password-protected spot to stash serial numbers, passwords and the like. Once you get started, you’ll be amazed at how many you have. Keep them all in one, easy-to-find place instead of all over the place. Try KeePassX for a cross-platform alternative.

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FreeMind

A mind-mapping software written in Java designed to be a high productivity tool. Useful for keeping track of projects, brainstorming, small databases, and more.

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Catalogues

Cobook

Address book that lives in the menu bar puts the Apple version to shame. Easily find contacts, add new ones and edit them. App is smart enough to know where to place your edits. Syncs with iCloud.

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Ouistee

Create a personal database using a drag-and-drop interface. Elements include rating, photo, text with label, select menu, link, email, check boxes and more.

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Pocket

Stash articles, pictures and videos away so you can check them later at your convenience. Syncs across devices and the web. Integrated in hundreds of apps.

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Clipboards

ClipMenu

Menu bar app keeps a history of text and graphics you’ve copied, plus has a section for snippets you can create in categories for use when needed. Completely accessible via the keyboard, using a floating palette.

Download site

Flycut

Open source fork of Jumpcut pops up a bezel containing recent items that you’ve copied. You can go through them with arrow keys to find the one you want and paste it. Default hotkey is Shift-Command-V.

Download site

Jumpcut

Save up multiple snippets of text and paste them at will from the menu bar or from a translucent display invoked by a keyboard shortcut. KoolClip works in a similar manner.

Download site

Pastebox

Get access to the last 20 items you copied in a list from the menu bar. Supports various clipboard types, including plain text, rich text and images. Displays the colour of hex strings. Shows images that have been copied.

Download site

Notes

Deep Notes

Outline ideas and lists with this hierarchical note-taker. Keyboard shortcuts allow you to navigate without resorting to the mouse. Indexed by Spotlight. A nice little alternative if you don’t have $40 for OmniOutliner.

Download site

FreeMind

A mind-mapping software written in Java designed to be a high productivity tool. Useful for keeping track of projects, brainstorming, small databases, and more.

Download site

OneNote

Digital notebook from Microsoft lets you take notes (including pictures), share them and collaborate with others across multiple devices.

Download site

Simplenote

Excellent way to synchronize notes between iOS, Mac, Android and Kindle. Tags help you stay organized and search results appear as you type.

Download site

SketchBox

A version of Sticky Notes with tabs revealing layers for text, drawings and alarm clock reminders. Arrange all your notes in thumbnail view or store them as searchable text.

Download site

SlipBox

Simple snippet keeper allows you to keeps notes, including pictures, files or links to files. A system of keywords — or “scents” — associates disparate notes in a hierarchy.

Download site

Voodoo Pad Lite

Create your own little world wide web with hyperlinks to every bit of information you can imagine. Voodoo Pad Lite works the way you think. If you like the idea of own little WikiWikiWeb, look at WikiNotes.

Download site

xPad

Keep snippets, notes, pictures and other random items organized by category. (No longer developed or supported.)

Download site

Security

KeePass

Cross-platform software saves user names, passwords, urls, attachment and more in a single database. Entries are sorted in customizable groups, and there is an integrated search function.

Download site

Pastor

Pastor is a password-protected spot to stash serial numbers, passwords and the like. Once you get started, you’ll be amazed at how many you have. Keep them all in one, easy-to-find place instead of all over the place. Try KeePassX for a cross-platform alternative.

Download site

Timers

Awareness

Maybe you really are spending too much time on the computer. With the sound of a Tibetan singing bowl marking every hour of continuous computer use, you’ll know. Also keep track of how long you’ve been using your computer without a break in the menu bar.

Download site

Kapow

Keep track of your hours for one project or many. Clock in and out with a start/stop button like you would with a punch clock. A checkbox helps you keep track of billing.

Download site

Tomighty

A desktop timer designed for the Pomodoro Technique — a simple and effective time management method that helps you focus on tasks that require long periods of concentration.

Download site

To-Do

Calendar

Simple yet powerful menu bar calendar not only lets you see the day’s date, but also brings up an overview of your schedule. Hover to see details of the day’s agenda. Works with Apple Calendar events.

Download site

Do It

Manage categorized to-do lists with the option of linking each item to a file on your computer, a URL or a contact from your address book, which can be opened directly from the Do It window. Items can be set as reminders in iCal.

Download site

Task Coach

Simple open source to-do manager keeps track of tasks and lists. It is designed for composite tasks, and offers effort tracking, categories and notes. Desktop version is free, but there is a fee for the iOS version.

Download site

TaskMate

Click to add, remove or complete tasks. Find completed tasks in a slide-out drawer. Use TextEdit to export tasks to other apps.

Download site

Wunderlist

There are plenty of choices for to-do-list apps for the Mac, but they don’t come much slicker than Wunderlist. Nice animations and a selection of backgrounds combine with a feature set that includes the ability to make and search multiple lists, check off each item, and sync everything between your Mac and other devices. Also available as a web app.

Download site