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One of the awesome parts of owning a Mac is collecting all the cool apps that you can get to download or buy, just like you do with the iPhone, iPads there is an application for your every need and they exceed your expectations most of the time. Most apps featured in this post are free but some other may force you to purchase them with money.

1. Mozilla Firefox

Nearly each and every computer users have heard about Firefox which is the most used open source web browser having huge amount of extensions and add-ons for all your wants or needs.

2. Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

3. Camino

Camino is an open source web browser developed with a focus on providing the best possible experience for Mac OS X users. This browser has been built on the Mozilla’s Gecko rendering engine.

4. Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird is a free, open source, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation.

5. Opera Mail

Opera offers an email client built right into your favorite browser. Opera Mail powerfully organizes, indexes, and sorts your messages while transforming your Opera Web browser into a complete communication tool.

6. Adium

Adium is a free instant messaging application for Mac OS X that can connect to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more.

7. Open Office

OpenOffice is a free productivity suite that gives you abilities like word processing, creating spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more!

8. Inkscape

Inkscape is an awesome replacement of Adobe Illustrator which is a vector graphic editor. Features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones and other important features.

9. Gimp

Gimp is an image editor (raster), which quite possibly to many is a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro. It has tons of cool features, and is a great free alternative to other software.

10. Filezilla

FileZilla is a free, open source, cross-platform FTP client. It supports FTP, SFTP, and FTPS (FTP over SSL/TLS).

11. Cyberduck

Cyberduck is a “FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Cloud Files, Google Docs and Amazon S3”, browser for your mac.

12. MAMP – Mac, Apache, MySQL & PHP

MAMP is an easy to use program which is used to start and stop the servers. It is a powerful completion of Apache, PHP and MySQL for Mac OS X, it is very easy to remove as it do not modify any part of normal Mac OS X.

13. Wine HQ

Wine lets you run Windows software on other operating systems. With Wine, you can install and run these applications just like you would in Windows.  Wine is still under active development. Not every program works yet, however there are already several million people using Wine to run their software.

14. Caffeine

Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menu bar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Click it again to go back. Right-click (or ⌘-click) the icon to show the menu.

15. Burn

Burn offers amazingly simple yet powerful disk burning for your Mac. Features include automatic converting, interactive menu creation, custom icons and file permissions.

16. AppCleaner

AppCleaner is a small application which allows you to thoroughly uninstall unwanted apps.  Installing an application distributes many files throughout your System using space of your Hard Drive unnecessarily. AppCleaner finds all these small files and safely deletes them.  Simply drop an application onto the AppCleaner window. It will find for the related files and you can delete them by clicking the delete button.

17. VirtualBox

VirtualBox is a powerful virtualisation app that allows mac users to set up a Windows environment on their machine, which makes cross-platform/browser testing pretty simple. It’s a pretty good resource for running programs like Internet Explorer.

18. The Hit List

The Hit List is a simple, yet sophisticated application to manage the daily chaos of your modern life. Based on the simple concept of making lists, The Hit List lets you plan, forget, then act when the time is right.

19. Name Changer

Name Changer is designed for the sole purpose of renaming a list of files. This application is designed for OS X 10.5+, Name Changer is a Universal Binary, so it runs on both Intel and PowerPC.

20. The Unarchiver

The Unarchiver allows you to extract many more file formats besides the .zip, such as .tar-gzip, .tar-bzip2, .rar, 7-zip. Also it better handles file-names from foreign character sets, created with non-English versions of other operating systems.

21. Transmission

Transmission is an open source, non-commercial Bit-Torrent client that is easy to use and comes with tons of cool features, like; having a small footprint, seamless integration, uses Growl Notifications and is quite powerful.

22. Transmit

You need to transfer files. Maybe to a FTP or SFTP server, or the cloud via Amazon S3, or using WebDAV. You maintain a website, do backups, or upload photos. You need Transmit, the #1 Mac OS X FTP client and Now in Transmit 4, Panic the developers of transmit took everything good about Transmit, and added a dollop of unbelievably great.

23. HandBrake

A powerful video conversion application, which is ideally suited for converting videos into a web format. It can happily handle almost any video format available, and is completely free.

24. Versions

Whether you’re a designer, developer, editor or project manager, chances are you already have plenty on your mind. Versions saves you the hassle and makes working with Subversion easy for your entire team. Thanks to Versions’ clear-cut approach to Subversion, novices and power users alike will enjoy using it. And if you haven’t moved to Subversion yet, now is the time.

25. Divvy

Divvy is an entirely new way of managing your workspace. It allows you to quickly and efficiently “divvy up” your screen into exact portions.

26. Miro

Miro is an open-source, non profit video player that downloads torrents and podcasts, and plays videos. Designed with HD in mind, Miro is a better way to watch your videos.

27. AppFresh

AppFresh helps you to keep all applications, widgets, preference panes and application plugins installed on your Mac up to date. All from one place, easy to use and fully integrated into Mac OS X. AppFresh works by checking the excellent for new versions and lets you download and install available updates easily.

28. TweetDeck

TweetDeck is your personal browser for staying in touch with what’s happening now, connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and more.

29. DropBox

If you used Dropbox to sync all your files on your PCs, just download the Mac version, log into your account and those same files will be transferred to your new computer.  If you’ve never used Dropbox, start now. It’s the easiest way to backup, share and sync files across computers.

30. VMWare Fusion

Run the most demanding Mac and Windows applications side-by-side at maximum speeds without rebooting. With more than 80 new features  in VMware Fusion 3, including 5 x better 3D graphics performance and 35% faster end-to-end performance in version 3.1, it’s never been easier to run Windows on your Mac.


30 Of The Best Apps For Your Mac