Category Archives: Mac Applications

5 Must Have Free Applications For Mac Users

Free Apps for Mac OSThis post is specifically aimed at first time Mac users and at others who have been looking for some free and open source softwares to make their daily tasks easier. Not only do the softwares listed here come free of cost, they also do their work as well as their paid counterparts.

Here I’m listing down free apps for Mac, which will help you to get more done in less time.

Few must have apps for Mac:

Adium – for IM/Chat

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A free instant messaging App, Adium will let you connect to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, Gtalk among various others. This is the best IM client I have ever used on any platform. Adium sets a great example of how good open source products can get.

Cyberduck – for FTP/SFTP

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Cyberduck is the perfect tool for all your FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Cloud Files, Google Docs, Amazon S3 file browsing needs. In fact I even use it for SSHing into the iPhone when I need access to its file system. It supports Bonjour service and makes tasks easier. And the magical OS X integration doesn’t stop just there. It extends to Spotlight and Keychain as well.

Handbrake – for Video Conversion


Handbrake Free video converter

Handbrake is the must have tool for all video converting needs. This is one tool which provides for both first time users as well as custom settings for advanced users. It makes use of your Mac’s resources pretty well and provides for very fast and good quality videos. I use it very frequently for converting Videos for the iPhone and the iPod Touch.

Transmission – Torrent Downloader


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Who can live without a torrent downloader. Before I came across this, I had very bad experiences with the other applications. uTorrent on Mac, as most of you know, isn’t up to the mark yet. So, here’s the very simple yet powerful torrent downloader, Transmission for you. It has a scheduler which actually works to keep a control over bandwidth consumed during peak hours. Lastly, its very lightweight and comes free.

Colloquy – Best IRC client


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Here’s a very advanced IRC, SILC & ILB client for Mac OS X. It is very intuitive and provides for all the necessary features one would ask from an IRC client. The interface is clean and along with the iPhone app you can stay connected on the go by setting bouncers for yourself. Download Colloquy here.

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For the five needs specified above, these are not only the free solutions but also one of the best available. If you like them do leave us word and subscribe to our feeds. Also, if you wanted to know about other applications for a specific purpose you can ask us via comments.

Top 2 Free Mac Backup Software

Backup refers to collecting all the extensions and plugging installed for any files to be recollected and store at one point which is said as to be the restore point. Backup is said to be done to collect and comprise of all files of any extension or setup files of any software respectively. Backup is necessary in any system.

The backup is made so that if we lost data due to some errors or technical problems, the data’s can be collected from the restore point and once again all the setups can be installed in ease without once again to be downloaded from the internet. Let us see 2 free application to backup data and files in Mac.

Free Mac Backup Software:

You can also use Time-machine, which is a default option in Mac Os for backup. If you wish to use Time-machine, (For backup and restore)  you can refer to this guide from Techradar.

1: Psyncx 2.2.2

Psyncx 2.2.2Sometimes the system recommends user to backup all the drives pertained within it. But the user thinks only the important files installed by him should have backup respectively within a folder. So this application is really useful in understanding user’s thinking and their demands. So this application can do folder or subfolder backup as recommended by the user. It first asks which folders are to be on process for backup.

Then it asks for such folder which has space to create this backup respectively in ease and maintain the profile within that drive respectively. This application is keen with users accomplishments  and works done within the system and it has scheduler to maintain backups if they are interrupted by the user at a certain point.

Download PsyncX.

2: Bonkey

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A backup with security are less provided in many of the systems in the world. The bonkey application makes the user backup files and even enhances cryptography or other keys to protect your data have and files within the   system. The application even allows synchronization and coherent data’s to be backuped in ease. The backup even generate some keys which enact as a password to protect the backup of important files being installed within the system. The most important work this application does in backup of SQL databases.

The SQL databases of huge contents or small databases created for homely purposes can e set to a restore point through backup and initiate the security of the files. You can select any drives and backup the data’s within them at a period of time. It doesn’t interrupt if the system gets shut down due to some issues. The backup can be restarted in a new way when the system is started once again. This application is free of cost and is available in various sites.

Download Bonkey.

Do you know more free Mac backup software? Are you using any paid solution for taking backup of your machine?

How Important is the Amazon Mac Download Store to App Developers?

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Amazon is a name you don’t often hear mentioned among the usual group of internet superpowers, but while the mainstream darlings make the headlines, this world renowned brand continues to prove that it is a force to be reckoned with. The e-commerce giant has been quite busy as of late, and some of the most recent news to come out of its camp is the launch of the Amazon Mac Download Store. This new offering offers an abundance of exciting apps for users and opportunities for developers.

Who Needs Apple?

The Amazon Mac Download Store reportedly has 250 of the hottest apps in its catalog, offering software options that range from games to productivity programs for business users. Despite being a new offering on the market, the service is instantly a direct competitor of the Apple Mac App Store, which was just launched earlier this year in January. Although Apple may not be too thrilled about what could turn out to be some pretty stiff competition, the launch of a worthy Mac App Store competitor is good news for the people who develop the apps.

Quite a few developers have found Apple difficult to deal with to say the least. Among the complaints is the grumbling of programmers who cite that the technology giant is stubborn when it comes to providing information that could be useful in scheduling product launches, managing user data for content purposes, and other important aspects. With the Amazon Mac Download Store in the mix, developers now have a choice of who they work with. It could prove to be a viable alternative for those who can’t or do not want to develop software for the Apple Mac App Store for whatever reason.

The Apple is Tough to Beat

It is clear to see that the Amazon Mac Download Store brings exciting opportunities to the way of the developer. However, while some are stoked about the launch, the community as a whole has mixed feelings. These mixed feelings result from the fact that Apple’s Mac App Store has been such a great outlet for developers. The store is designed in a manner that makes it incredibly convenient for users to browse and select the apps they want to buy for their Mac system. Apple also has a centralized interface that allows customers to easily find and download the necessary updates for their software. The commitment to a better experience is a factor that benefits both the user and developer.

Anything could happen, but Amazon’s Mac Download Store appears to have a tough task on its hands. While the Mac App Store hasn’t been out long, it is already a certified powerhouse, garnering a million downloads on its first day of going live. Apple provides a platform developers can use to profit from their creations, so convincing them why the Mac Download Store is a better option will easily be Apple’s biggest challenge.  Will this be the direction that we are leaning towards for email marketing software and CRM software as well?

Recover Photos from Your iOS Device Using Photo Rescue

Ever cried when you lost your iPhone and along with it lost your photos too, well now you can recover those photos by using Photo Rescue.

Photo Rescue is a Mac application that scans through all your backup data to recover all those deleted or lost photos. Every time you connect your iPhone or any other iOS device, it syncs with iTunes and stores a backup, but it doesn’t flash in your head that it has stored things in iTunes backup. Photo Rescue thus scans through all those backed up data and then presents the photos in a easy to view way.

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A very simple to use application, it doesn’t require you to do anything other than select the iOS device whose back-up you need it to scan. It does a quick scan and leaves you staring at all those pictures, even the ones you did not want it to rescue, in a neat window and arranged in date format. There are some ground rules however, before you start expecting your lost photos to reappear. First of all you’ll need to have synced your iOS device recently in order for it save a back-up. And secondly, if you’ve selected encrypted backup, then I’m sorry to say that Photo Rescue won’t be able to scan through them.

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That’s it, really simple to use and does the job, however this is only for Mac OS X. Hence, Windows users may have to pout their mouth and start shooting mails to the developer asking them to get one done for Windows too. You can visit the official page for this Mac app over here. It’s available for free, but doesn’t let you save those found photos, only view them. If you want to save them, then you’ll have to shell $4.99 from your pockets to buy Photo Rescue.

Will you buy Photo Rescue app for $4.99 or do you know of any other free tools such as this? Do let us know in the comments.

Monitor Mac’s Stats With Free iStat Dashboard Widgets

Today, I bring you two very useful dashboard widgets from Bjango (aka iSlayer). iStat Pro and iStat Nano are two free dashboard widgets which will let you monitor your Mac’s working like CPU usage, RAM, Hard Drive space, network bandwidth usage, temperatues, uptime and much more. It’s beautifully designed and has a simple UI and animations to look behind the scenes of your Mac. Must have for every Mac user.

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Banana TV: Play iOS images, Videos directly on Mac using Airplay

Erica Saduns brings us Banana TV app, one of the coolest apps we’ve come across and one that packs a great deal of functionality for your iOS devices. Thanks to Erica you can now play videos and images from your favorite iOS devices; iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, running iOS 4.2 or higher to your networked Mac. It uses Airplay – the newest feature in iOS 4.2 to beam your videos and images to your Mac. Watch the demo video now.

What is Banana TV? Banana TV lets you use AirPlay for your Mac as well -play video or images from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 4.2 or higher directly onto any networked Mac. It runs directly on your Mac, and is a great tool for showing off pictures or video on your Mac’s monitor, at a friend’s house, or the office. Even use your iOS device photo library as a presentation tool. Watch the video above to see Banana TV in action!

We think it’s a very cool way of showing off your images and videos on your Mac via your iOS device. It improves functionality of your iOS device by allowing you to show your media on a larger screen wherever and whenever you choose. Think of the situations where you might have felt the need for a larger screen than what you have on your iDevice. Now like Erica says,”your Mac is a big Apple TV”.

You can buy it at BananaTV for $7.99

Feel free to tell us what you think about this unique App.

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Review: Writer for Mac OS X Helps Do Nothing But Write

Your Mac already has a text editor(TextEdit) included, right? Then why use another? Writer, is specifically aimed at writers, bloggers, novelists(well, you get an idea) who want a no fuss simple interface to write. You can leave behind all distractions as you work in the full screen mode. Also included is a nifty word count tool & pinning mode.

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CloudApp: An Easy, Simple and Reliable File Sharing Web Client for Mac

Three words best describe this very very useful web client for sharing files, “Share. Files. Fast.” CloudApp is a web based client for Mac OS X that can be used to share files such as images, music, videos etc just by dragging the required file and dropping it on the Menubar. Once you select the file to upload and drag it to the menubar CloudApp will provide you with a short URL that will automatically be copied to the clipboard for later use.

And because this is a web client, you’ll have to register at GetCloudapp to make use of this free and fast file sharing service. You can also drag and drop files from Finder, access it from your iPhone through the web client and also make new shortcuts to upload files directly from various Mac Applications like iTunes, iPhoto and more. There are plug-ins available for such applications known as Raindrops, which enable the direct upload feature on applications. Soon there will also be an iPhone App to upload and share files, but until then you can use Cloudette to manage and view your shared files on your iPhone/iPod Touch and Cloud2Go(third-party app) to also upload images and other files.

CloudApp requires Mac OS X 10.5 and above and to download the Raindrop plug-ins you can visit this page.

Tell us what do you think of this file-sharing service. And to clear doubts, this is for users who like to share pictures, music, videos, screenshots etc of small sizes because the upload limit of a single file is 250mb and you can share up to 25 items in a day.

Review: Desktop Curtain for Mac

Whether you are a blogger or a developer or a teacher, if you do take a lot of screenshots on your Mac you will really like this small tool called Desktop Curtain which will provide a clean clutter free background for your screenshots. Why take the trouble of moving all your desktop icons away when you have Desktop Curtain. App review after the break.

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5 Free and Addictive Games in Mac App Store

Mac App Store is having lots of applications which includes both paid and free apps. Few days back we have shared with you free productive apps for Mac and today I am sharing with you few free games from Mac App Store which you will love to play.
Here are 5 free games from Mac App Store:

Vroom Vroom:

If you like racing games then you will like Vroom Vroom too. It is a free and good racing game which can be played by anyone from beginners to expert. You need to cross the laps just like another racing game.

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Hedgewars:

I like Hedgewars game. It is total fun and most additive of all. It is having a cute pink hedgehogs and lots of different weapons for battles. The new version is much more improved.

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Medieval Battlefields:

As the name says its a battle game. It includes 40 different battle fields and it also allows online multiplayers which makes game more interesting.

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Master of Gomuku:

Don’t like racing or battle game then try out interesting board game, Master of Gokumu. You need to row 5 stones given before any other player do. You can play with computer as well as with multiplayers.

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Basket mania:

BasketMania is a true relaxing game. It is a basket ball game and you can select different mode. It also allows you to share your results on Twitter and Facebook with your friends.

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If you are a game lover than do share with us which game you prefer to play on Mac?