Awesome free apps for your Mac

No ads, no trackers, no strings attached — just the best stuff we can find

Cenon

Desktop publishing app features images, complex paths, text functions, color shading, printing, and a multitude of import and export abilities. Vector graphics conversion for supported formats.

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darktable

This open source alternative to Adobe’s Lightroom manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable light table and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

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digiKam

Photo management app rivals Lightroom with ability to organize and optimize. Can handle libraries of more then 100,000 images. Processes raw files, edits JPEGs and publishes to social media

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Fotor

Collection of image editing tools includes white balance, exposure, brightness, color contrast, saturation, and sharpness. Also, straighten, crop, rotate, and manipulate the image.

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GIMP

Have you ever wished there were a free version of Photoshop? Well, there is — kind of. It’s called GIMP, and it does a good job of such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. OK, it’s is not exactly Photoshop, but it you may find it comes close enough. And in case you were worried, GIMP no longer requires that X11 be installed on your Mac.

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Giphy Capture

Capture videos, or anything else that moves on your screen, as an animated gif with one-click stop and start. Allows for precision editing and sharing with friends.

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iBooks Author

Create and publish multi-touch books for iPad with this free tool from Apple. Start with a template and use drag-and-drop to customize it with photo galleries, movies, slideshows and 3D objects. Preview it on an iPad, then submit it to the iBookstore.

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Iconverter

Choose a program and convert its icon to an image. Formats include PNG, TIFF, JPG, GIF, ICNS and ICO. Batch processing is available and you can decide on the background colour. This tool is invaluable if you need to post the image of an icon on a website — in a software review, for example. Unfortunately, it seems to have been abandoned by the developer, but you can use the link below as a direct download from thriftmac.

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Image Tricks

Apply a number of cool effects to your pictures: adjust colours, add blurs, distort with twirl, bump and pinch, or stylize with mosaic, crystalize and halftone. Plus much more. You can also generate original images using similar effects.

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ImageAlpha

Greatly reduce file sizes of 24-bit PNG files (including alpha transparency) by applying lossy compression and conversion to a more efficient PNG8+alpha format. Compatible with iOS, all browsers, and degrades well in IE6.

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ImageOptim

Drag and drop .jpeg, .png and .gif images and see them instantly slim down. My pic of a baby relaxing in a tub on a hot day lost 15 per cent of its bulk. This open source app works by finding the best compression parameters and removing unnecessary comments and colour profiles. Which is just what you want to make websites load faster.

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Inkscape

If only there were a free version of Illustrator … or FreeHand … or CorelDraw. Inkscape aspires to be all these things and has lots of support. You must have X11 installed on your Mac in order to run this Unix-based program.

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Krita

Digital painting tool developed by artists who “want to see affordable art tools for everyone.” Aimed concept artists, illustrators, matte and texture artists, and the VFX industry. But designed so that amateurs also find it useful.

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LiveQuartz

A free image editor based on layers and CoreImage filters. You have the layers on the left and the filters on the right of the window. To edit an image, just drag it into the layers’ list and it will be added as a new layer.

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Meme Generator

Have mindless fun taking bizarre photos that have been circulating around the Internet — annoying Facebook girl, for example — and applying your own slogans to them. Or, as the website version puts it: “Bluntly offensive statements and careless advice with animal icons.”

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Paintbrush

A Cocoa-based paint program similar to Microsoft Paint and the now-defunct MacPaint. It can open and save to most major image formats, including BMP, PNG, JPEG, and GIF.

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Photoscape

Photo viewing and editing software has many features, including rotate, straighten, resize, crop, color adjustment, auto level, white balance, curves, levels, paint brush, red eye correction, and clone stamp.

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Pixlr

Image editor from Autodesk has dozens of filters, effects, overlays and borders. Tools allow for fast edits, refinements, styles and stickers. More features require a monthly subscription.

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Scribus

This open source alternative to the likes of QuarkXPress and InDesign supports CMYK colour, separations, ICC colour management and versatile PDF creation. It may take some getting used to, but there is a strong community of users to offer support.

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Th-MakerX

Drag and drop one image, many images or a folder of images to be resized and output as jpeg or png. Options for margin, canvas, destination, resolution, watermark and more.

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Wings 3D

Create three-dimensional models such as a frog or, well, how about SpongeBob Squarepants. Check out the gallery to see the amazing things that are possible.

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XnConvert

Batch image-converter and resizer supports common formats such as JPG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, Camera RAW, JPEG2000, WebP and OpenEXR in addition to over 500 other image formats. Operations include rotating, adding watermarks, adding text, and adjustments for brightness, shadows and more.

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digiKam

Photo management app rivals Lightroom with ability to organize and optimize. Can handle libraries of more then 100,000 images. Processes raw files, edits JPEGs and publishes to social media

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darktable

This open source alternative to Adobe’s Lightroom manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable light table and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

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Krita

Digital painting tool developed by artists who “want to see affordable art tools for everyone.” Aimed concept artists, illustrators, matte and texture artists, and the VFX industry. But designed so that amateurs also find it useful.

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Giphy Capture

Capture videos, or anything else that moves on your screen, as an animated gif with one-click stop and start. Allows for precision editing and sharing with friends.

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Pixlr

Image editor from Autodesk has dozens of filters, effects, overlays and borders. Tools allow for fast edits, refinements, styles and stickers. More features require a monthly subscription.

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Th-MakerX

Drag and drop one image, many images or a folder of images to be resized and output as jpeg or png. Options for margin, canvas, destination, resolution, watermark and more.

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Photoscape

Photo viewing and editing software has many features, including rotate, straighten, resize, crop, color adjustment, auto level, white balance, curves, levels, paint brush, red eye correction, and clone stamp.

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ImageAlpha

Greatly reduce file sizes of 24-bit PNG files (including alpha transparency) by applying lossy compression and conversion to a more efficient PNG8+alpha format. Compatible with iOS, all browsers, and degrades well in IE6.

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Fotor

Collection of image editing tools includes white balance, exposure, brightness, color contrast, saturation, and sharpness. Also, straighten, crop, rotate, and manipulate the image.

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iBooks Author

Create and publish multi-touch books for iPad with this free tool from Apple. Start with a template and use drag-and-drop to customize it with photo galleries, movies, slideshows and 3D objects. Preview it on an iPad, then submit it to the iBookstore.

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Meme Generator

Have mindless fun taking bizarre photos that have been circulating around the Internet — annoying Facebook girl, for example — and applying your own slogans to them. Or, as the website version puts it: “Bluntly offensive statements and careless advice with animal icons.”

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ImageOptim

Drag and drop .jpeg, .png and .gif images and see them instantly slim down. My pic of a baby relaxing in a tub on a hot day lost 15 per cent of its bulk. This open source app works by finding the best compression parameters and removing unnecessary comments and colour profiles. Which is just what you want to make websites load faster.

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XnConvert

Batch image-converter and resizer supports common formats such as JPG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, Camera RAW, JPEG2000, WebP and OpenEXR in addition to over 500 other image formats. Operations include rotating, adding watermarks, adding text, and adjustments for brightness, shadows and more.

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Iconverter

Choose a program and convert its icon to an image. Formats include PNG, TIFF, JPG, GIF, ICNS and ICO. Batch processing is available and you can decide on the background colour. This tool is invaluable if you need to post the image of an icon on a website — in a software review, for example. Unfortunately, it seems to have been abandoned by the developer, but you can use the link below as a direct download from thriftmac.

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Cenon

Desktop publishing app features images, complex paths, text functions, color shading, printing, and a multitude of import and export abilities. Vector graphics conversion for supported formats.

Download site Graphics

LiveQuartz

A free image editor based on layers and CoreImage filters. You have the layers on the left and the filters on the right of the window. To edit an image, just drag it into the layers’ list and it will be added as a new layer.

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Paintbrush

A Cocoa-based paint program similar to Microsoft Paint and the now-defunct MacPaint. It can open and save to most major image formats, including BMP, PNG, JPEG, and GIF.

Download site Graphics

Image Tricks

Apply a number of cool effects to your pictures: adjust colours, add blurs, distort with twirl, bump and pinch, or stylize with mosaic, crystalize and halftone. Plus much more. You can also generate original images using similar effects.

Download site Graphics

Scribus

This open source alternative to the likes of QuarkXPress and InDesign supports CMYK colour, separations, ICC colour management and versatile PDF creation. It may take some getting used to, but there is a strong community of users to offer support.

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Inkscape

If only there were a free version of Illustrator … or FreeHand … or CorelDraw. Inkscape aspires to be all these things and has lots of support. You must have X11 installed on your Mac in order to run this Unix-based program.

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GIMP

Have you ever wished there were a free version of Photoshop? Well, there is — kind of. It’s called GIMP, and it does a good job of such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. OK, it’s is not exactly Photoshop, but it you may find it comes close enough. And in case you were worried, GIMP no longer requires that X11 be installed on your Mac.

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Wings 3D

Create three-dimensional models such as a frog or, well, how about SpongeBob Squarepants. Check out the gallery to see the amazing things that are possible.

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3D

Wings 3D

Create three-dimensional models such as a frog or, well, how about SpongeBob Squarepants. Check out the gallery to see the amazing things that are possible.

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Drawing

Inkscape

If only there were a free version of Illustrator … or FreeHand … or CorelDraw. Inkscape aspires to be all these things and has lots of support. You must have X11 installed on your Mac in order to run this Unix-based program.

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Painting

Krita

Digital painting tool developed by artists who “want to see affordable art tools for everyone.” Aimed concept artists, illustrators, matte and texture artists, and the VFX industry. But designed so that amateurs also find it useful.

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Paintbrush

A Cocoa-based paint program similar to Microsoft Paint and the now-defunct MacPaint. It can open and save to most major image formats, including BMP, PNG, JPEG, and GIF.

Download site Graphics

Photo editing

Fotor

Collection of image editing tools includes white balance, exposure, brightness, color contrast, saturation, and sharpness. Also, straighten, crop, rotate, and manipulate the image.

Download site Graphics

GIMP

Have you ever wished there were a free version of Photoshop? Well, there is — kind of. It’s called GIMP, and it does a good job of such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. OK, it’s is not exactly Photoshop, but it you may find it comes close enough. And in case you were worried, GIMP no longer requires that X11 be installed on your Mac.

Download site Graphics

Image Tricks

Apply a number of cool effects to your pictures: adjust colours, add blurs, distort with twirl, bump and pinch, or stylize with mosaic, crystalize and halftone. Plus much more. You can also generate original images using similar effects.

Download site Graphics

ImageAlpha

Greatly reduce file sizes of 24-bit PNG files (including alpha transparency) by applying lossy compression and conversion to a more efficient PNG8+alpha format. Compatible with iOS, all browsers, and degrades well in IE6.

Download site Graphics

LiveQuartz

A free image editor based on layers and CoreImage filters. You have the layers on the left and the filters on the right of the window. To edit an image, just drag it into the layers’ list and it will be added as a new layer.

Download site Graphics

Photoscape

Photo viewing and editing software has many features, including rotate, straighten, resize, crop, color adjustment, auto level, white balance, curves, levels, paint brush, red eye correction, and clone stamp.

Download site Graphics

Pixlr

Image editor from Autodesk has dozens of filters, effects, overlays and borders. Tools allow for fast edits, refinements, styles and stickers. More features require a monthly subscription.

Download site Graphics

Tools

Cenon

Desktop publishing app features images, complex paths, text functions, color shading, printing, and a multitude of import and export abilities. Vector graphics conversion for supported formats.

Download site Graphics

darktable

This open source alternative to Adobe’s Lightroom manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable light table and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

Download site Graphics

digiKam

Photo management app rivals Lightroom with ability to organize and optimize. Can handle libraries of more then 100,000 images. Processes raw files, edits JPEGs and publishes to social media

Download site Graphics

Giphy Capture

Capture videos, or anything else that moves on your screen, as an animated gif with one-click stop and start. Allows for precision editing and sharing with friends.

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Hugin

Assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more.

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iBooks Author

Create and publish multi-touch books for iPad with this free tool from Apple. Start with a template and use drag-and-drop to customize it with photo galleries, movies, slideshows and 3D objects. Preview it on an iPad, then submit it to the iBookstore.

Download site Graphics

Iconverter

Choose a program and convert its icon to an image. Formats include PNG, TIFF, JPG, GIF, ICNS and ICO. Batch processing is available and you can decide on the background colour. This tool is invaluable if you need to post the image of an icon on a website — in a software review, for example. Unfortunately, it seems to have been abandoned by the developer, but you can use the link below as a direct download from thriftmac.

Download site Graphics

ImageOptim

Drag and drop .jpeg, .png and .gif images and see them instantly slim down. My pic of a baby relaxing in a tub on a hot day lost 15 per cent of its bulk. This open source app works by finding the best compression parameters and removing unnecessary comments and colour profiles. Which is just what you want to make websites load faster.

Download site Graphics

Meme Generator

Have mindless fun taking bizarre photos that have been circulating around the Internet — annoying Facebook girl, for example — and applying your own slogans to them. Or, as the website version puts it: “Bluntly offensive statements and careless advice with animal icons.”

Download site Graphics

Scribus

This open source alternative to the likes of QuarkXPress and InDesign supports CMYK colour, separations, ICC colour management and versatile PDF creation. It may take some getting used to, but there is a strong community of users to offer support.

Download site Graphics

Th-MakerX

Drag and drop one image, many images or a folder of images to be resized and output as jpeg or png. Options for margin, canvas, destination, resolution, watermark and more.

Download site Graphics

XnConvert

Batch image-converter and resizer supports common formats such as JPG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, Camera RAW, JPEG2000, WebP and OpenEXR in addition to over 500 other image formats. Operations include rotating, adding watermarks, adding text, and adjustments for brightness, shadows and more.

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