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As a full-time freelancer and part-time geek, I like to play around and install applications on my Mac. In the following list I share some of the free Mac apps that make my life easier. I also own a PC, so I give my readers who use a PC an alternative for each app.

1. Name Changer

name changer app icon

Rename lists of files, the perfect software to batch change the files your clients are sending to you. It can be good when working with pictures too.

Windows alternative (no software needed)

2. Anxiety

anxiety

Manage simple to-do lists with this lightweight application. Perfect for people who don’t want or need complicated GTD software.

Windows alternative

3. Cyberduck

cyberduck

FTP software with a nice and usable interface, integrated with several text editors.

Windows alternative

4. Adium

adium

Connect to all your messaging accounts in this open-source instant messaging application.

Windows alternative

5. Carbon Copy cloner

carbon-copy

Create complete and bootable backups with this easy-to-us utility.

Windows alternative

6. The Unarchiver

unarchiver

Unpacking utility that handles tons of formats.

Windows alternative

7. AppCleaner

appcleaner

Don’t leave any files on your computer when uninstalling applications with this great little app.

Windows alternative

8. <

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Image manipulation software, a decent alternative to Photoshop.

Also available for Windows.

9. Skype

skype

Voip service to make free computer to computer calls, or cheap computer to phone calls.

Also available for Windows.

10. Firefox

firefox

Free and open source web browser, customizable with tons of great addons.

Also available for Windows.

11. Caffeine

caffeine

Don’t let your Mac go to sleep, keep it caffeinated.

Windows alternative

12. Burn

burn

Advanced CD and DVD burning on Mac.

Windows alternative

13. Handbrake

handbrake

DVD to Mpeg converter, useful for recovering data on DVD.

Also available for Windows.

14. Audacity

audacity

Open source software for recording and editing sounds.

Also available for Windows.

15. Smultron

smultron

Free and powerful text editor for Mac.

Windows alternative

16. InkScape

inkscape

Open source vector drawing editor, a decent alternative to Illustrator.

Also available for Windows.

17. Freemind

freemind

Mind mapping software, my favourite way to organize my thoughts.

Also available for Windows.

18. Disk Inventory X

disk-inventory-x

Disk usage utility for Mac OS X, quickly see what’s taking space on your system.

Windows alternative

19. Colloquy

colloquy

Advanced IRC client, chatting with a nice interface.

Windows alternative

20. Neo Office

neo-office

Open Source office suite for Mac, a great alternative to Word & Excel.

Windows alternative

21. QuickSilver

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Application launcher and much more, a real productivity booster.

Windows alternative

22. NetNewsWire

netnewswire

My favourite RSS reader, opened every morning while having a coffee.

Windows alternative

23. DeepVacuum

deepvacuum

Download full websites or web pages with this software through http or ftp protocol.

Windows alternative

24. HyperDither

hyperdither

Batch image resizing utility, time-saving if you don’t want to use Photoshop actions.

Windows alternative

25. Transmission

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Filesharing made easy with this simple BitTorrent client.

Windows alternative