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This instructable is an on-going guide for Mac users who are looking for the best of the best free applications that they can use exculsively on their sex machine (Mac Product).
Some good Mac App websites are:

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Step 1: Adium

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Adium is a free messaging application made specifically for Mac OSX. It's not only compatable with Microsoft Messenger accounts, but also AOL, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, XMPP, Mobile Me, Bonjour, Myspace IM, Live Journal Talk, Facebook Chat, Lotus Sametime, Novell Groupwise, QQ, Gadu-gadu, and a few more that aren't listed on the Adium website. I'm sure you're probably not going to use all of those, or even know what half of them are. The great thing about Adium is that everything about it is customizable, from the contacts window, to the emoticon sets, to the message window styles, all downloadable for free on the official Adium webpage. Unfortunately, it does not have webcam capabilities.

To dowload Aduim, click here

Step 2: Diamond & Name Gener8er

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These are the two best applications for writers.


Diamond is an extremely simple text app with an easy to use interface. It has a plain grey window (resizable), and you can begin typing right away. Instead of a scroll bar, you simply drag you mouse along the bottom off the window to side-scroll, as if you were reading a book. At the bottom left corner of the app, there's both a word count, and character count.
Download here.


NameGener8er does exactly what it says it does, it generates names. You can adjust the obscurity of names, how many names you want displayed, and whether they're male or female.
Download here.

Step 3: OpenOffice

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A free version of Microsoft Office for Mac
Download here.

Step 4: Burn

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.....Baby burn.
Burn is an applcation that takes files and burns them onto CD-Rs, DVD-Rs, CD-RWs, etc. It converts videos to DVD format (either PAL or NTSC), then burns them onto discs. It can burn Audio, Video, and Data.
Download here.

Step 5: SWF & FLV Player

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A great app for playing flash games like N (Thank you to lowtherz for his instructable with that link).
Download here.

Step 6: Dropbox

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If you know what an iDisk, Dropbox is a free alternative. All you have to do it download the file, sign up, and you're ready to share files all across the world with whoever you desire. Or maybe you just need a place to hide somethings....
Download here.

Step 7: Handbrake

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Handbrake is an app that transfers the audio and video from a DVD to you computer, converting it to a designated format (mp4 for iPods).
Download here.

Step 8: Vuze

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Vuze is a torrent downloader, but more. Instead of checking mininova or demoniod or any other torrent site for the torrent file, Vuze searches through whatever websites you want for the torrents that match your search criteria. Simply click on the link and it shows you the download page, then hit the download button and Vuze starts to download it. Remember, torrent's aren't illegal, but the contents can be. I've gotten a couple emails from my internet service provider about that. Download Vuze here.

Step 9: Todos

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A very simple add-on that shows you every application you have when you hit a specified combination of keys. Download here.

Step 10: MacBook Exclusive Apps

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Ah, finally, a few applications that were made for the MacBook. I myself own a 2GHz aluminum unibody MacBook, and I'm very happy with it. Except for the lack of back-lit keys. If I had known I could have got those, I would have.

First, is iAlertU. This is basically a car alarm for your MacBook. You can set the preferences to detect movement, key strokes, or even trackpad use. It's armed and disarmed by your Apple Remote. And the best part is, you can set iAlertU to take a picture of whoever tries to use your laptop once it's armed with the built-in iSight camera, and it will also email the picture to you. Download it here.

Next, MacSaber. Pretty useless, but funny. It uses the MacBook's motion sensor to make lightsaber noises. Yeah, I know, awesome. Download it here.

Third, there is Liquidmac. Again, useless, but cool. It uses the MacBook's motion sensor to make a fake tank with liquid in it. Basically, you move it around for no apparent reason. Download it here.

Lastly, for now, there's SmackSpaces. With Spaces (possibly the best feature of Leopard) enabled, SmackSpaces allows you to use the motion sensor on your MacBook to change the space you're using simply by smacking the side of your laptop. Don't turn it on in the car, it's really annoying. Download here.

Step 11: AMSN

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Here's the bottom line:

Webcam over MSN with Windows users.

Download here.

Step 12: Boxee

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Boxee is a great open-source media viewer. Unfortunately, it's still in the Alpha stage of development, and you need an account to get it. On the other hand, the account setup is free. Boxee can also be installed on the AppleTV to let you view almost if not all video formats on your TV.

Download here.
-dami-1 year ago
Visit my instruction for how to download paid apps for free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!thanks
gnawlej5 years ago
I've used XBMC, Boxee and Plex on my Mac, and handsdown Plex (plexapp.com) is the best (in my opinion, naturally)! The one downside is that it is Intel only.
BeanGolem6 years ago
I find Quicksilver particularly useful on my laptop.
Agreed. Huge productivity booster.
i would have to agree...
iProton5 years ago
 I hate subscriptions, but love the iDisk concept, so I guess this is perfect for me!
Who would hit their Macbook's screen for an app??  I wouldn't hit something that I paid 1100 dollars for (extra RAM, which is almost essential).
007dna5 years ago
 Oops...I had the sensitivity down all the way.

Works great!
007dna5 years ago
 On the other hand, SmackSpaces didn't work for me great. It was very UN-sensitive.
007dna5 years ago
potato4136 years ago
the vuse website only has a PC download. where can I get on for the mac?
lucidn (author)  potato4136 years ago
You have to be on a mac, you can't download it from a PC then install it on a mac. It's automatic.
gmjhowe6 years ago
I suggest you look up and add the following to your ible, being a long time mac user, i have all the ones you listed, but these are also worth a mention Smultron - easy html editing Cyberduck - Great FTP client CCC (carbon copy cloner) - makes a full bootable back up of mac os x Azureus - torrent program DivX player - tends to run better in full screen than quicktime Also, iStat menus / pro, is a great monitoring system. Be sure to google them, there all great apps.
bubba77 gmjhowe6 years ago
azureus is the same as vuze now isn't it?
lucidn (author)  bubba776 years ago
It used ot be Azureus, it just changed its name.
bubba77 lucidn6 years ago
Dropbox, Dropbox, Dropbox, Yeah!!!
OMFG i loooove dropbox!! thnxs for introducing it to me!
jireland6 years ago
Open Office 3.0 is better, faster and has more modern filetypes and better compatibility with file created on other machines And 3.0 dows not need X11 anymore
lowtherz6 years ago
hey was just checking my similar instructable and saw this in the related bar, nice list, cheers for the nod in the N section and thanks for introducing me to Dropbox, my new best friend!
Maybe I'm a weirdo but my all time favorite OSX app is: Terminal. and all the unix goodies that come with it like ssh and dd.
yeah it rocks! (specially when you amaze everyone in the place by calling a tetris or snake out of it :P)
KentsOkay6 years ago
Not bad, do you know of any PS type image software?
pixia.im 75% sure they have a mac version
jqsjqs6 years ago
Great list!
modio6 years ago
NeoOffice is nice and all, but OpenOffice 3 can finally run naitively on OSX
firemanfu modio6 years ago
I use OpenOffice 3 for all the school work i do on my mac