Awesome free apps for your Mac

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Boostnote

Note-taking app for programmers features markdown and syntax highlighting for dozens of languages. Choose your own themes and hotkeys. Syncs with Dropbox.

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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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Joplin

Open-source, cross-platform note-taking and to-do app organizes into notebooks. It supports markdown and can be synced with one of several cloud services. You can import from Evernote.

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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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MacJournal

Keep a personal journal with a calendar and time line. You can also group entries, and use it as a notes app. Started out free 18 years ago, went paid, and now it’s free again.

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Microsoft To Do

There are plenty of choices for to-do-list apps for the Mac, but they don’t come much slicker than To Do, the successor to 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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Notable

The developer couldn’t find a notes app that did everything he wanted, he made his own. Supports markdown, with notes stored on your computer, zen mode, and split view. Sync via third-party services such as Dropbox.

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Padlock

Open source app for storing passwords, serial numbers and other sensitive data — protected with one password. Available on all major platforms, with syncing between them.

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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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Tot

This tiny scrapbook with a gorgeous interface can live either in the dock or the menu bar. It’s a handy place to keep seven pages of temporary notes, and no more. Syncs with iCloud. If you want something even tinier, check out Tyke.

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Zotero

Designed as a way to collect, organize, cite, and share research, but could also be used as for notes. Organize with collections, tags and saved searches. Sync across devices or a web browser. Share and collaborate with as many people as you like.

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MacJournal

Keep a personal journal with a calendar and time line. You can also group entries, and use it as a notes app. Started out free 18 years ago, went paid, and now it’s free again.

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Tot

This tiny scrapbook with a gorgeous interface can live either in the dock or the menu bar. It’s a handy place to keep seven pages of temporary notes, and no more. Syncs with iCloud. If you want something even tinier, check out Tyke.

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Notable

The developer couldn’t find a notes app that did everything he wanted, he made his own. Supports markdown, with notes stored on your computer, zen mode, and split view. Sync via third-party services such as Dropbox.

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Joplin

Open-source, cross-platform note-taking and to-do app organizes into notebooks. It supports markdown and can be synced with one of several cloud services. You can import from Evernote.

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Zotero

Designed as a way to collect, organize, cite, and share research, but could also be used as for notes. Organize with collections, tags and saved searches. Sync across devices or a web browser. Share and collaborate with as many people as you like.

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Boostnote

Note-taking app for programmers features markdown and syntax highlighting for dozens of languages. Choose your own themes and hotkeys. Syncs with Dropbox.

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Padlock

Open source app for storing passwords, serial numbers and other sensitive data — protected with one password. Available on all major platforms, with syncing between them.

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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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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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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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Microsoft To Do

There are plenty of choices for to-do-list apps for the Mac, but they don’t come much slicker than To Do, the successor to 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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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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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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Clipboards

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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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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Notes

Boostnote

Note-taking app for programmers features markdown and syntax highlighting for dozens of languages. Choose your own themes and hotkeys. Syncs with Dropbox.

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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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Joplin

Open-source, cross-platform note-taking and to-do app organizes into notebooks. It supports markdown and can be synced with one of several cloud services. You can import from Evernote.

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MacJournal

Keep a personal journal with a calendar and time line. You can also group entries, and use it as a notes app. Started out free 18 years ago, went paid, and now it’s free again.

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Notable

The developer couldn’t find a notes app that did everything he wanted, he made his own. Supports markdown, with notes stored on your computer, zen mode, and split view. Sync via third-party services such as Dropbox.

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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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Tot

This tiny scrapbook with a gorgeous interface can live either in the dock or the menu bar. It’s a handy place to keep seven pages of temporary notes, and no more. Syncs with iCloud. If you want something even tinier, check out Tyke.

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Zotero

Designed as a way to collect, organize, cite, and share research, but could also be used as for notes. Organize with collections, tags and saved searches. Sync across devices or a web browser. Share and collaborate with as many people as you like.

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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.

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Padlock

Open source app for storing passwords, serial numbers and other sensitive data — protected with one password. Available on all major platforms, with syncing between them.

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Timers

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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To-Do

Microsoft To Do

There are plenty of choices for to-do-list apps for the Mac, but they don’t come much slicker than To Do, the successor to 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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