Annual Lifehacker Pack for Mac

I came across this while browsing through the interwebs and thought I’d share it with you.  It’s a group of free downloads for OS X.  It covers areas such as Productivity, Internet and communication, utilities and media. I also throw in my two cents worth as well.


  • Quicksilver – never used it.
  • Bean – never used it.
  • Velocity – never used it.
  • TextWrangler – never used it.

Now let me just explain something, I’ve always used the standard text editor that comes with the os, and for word, excel, etc I’ve used Open  I’ve tried MS Office for Mac as well as the Mac version of Open Office, but I find for me one of the better ones out there.

Internet and Communication

  • Firefox/Chrome – I’ve used them both, but I’ve sort of gotten hooked on Safari.  I haven’t run into anything yet that doesn’t look or work right on it.
  • Adium – I’ve used it and I have to say, I do like it.  When I want to connect to people on my contact list that aren’t on AOLIM or .Mac, I fire that up.  It’s nice, customizable and works with almost any network.
  • Cyberduck – never used it, but looking at the FTP/SFTP/WebDAV/Amazon S3 AND Google Docs features, I think I’m going to give it a try.
  • Fluid – never used it, don’t know if I’d have much use for it.


  • The Unarchiver – never used it, don’t have much use for it, but some may.
  • uTorrent/Transmission – never used it, I just don’t trust torrents…
  • Burn – never used it, but it looks like it may be something I’d be interested in.
  • Growl – I’ve used it, but not sure exactly how it integrates, I have to look at this more.
  • Dropbox – I’ve used this and I have an account, but having my own file server (ala PogoPlug, I’ll go over this more in a future post) I don’t know how much I’d use it in the future.


  • VLC – I use this and I like it, but for some reason, I can’t get the system to default to Quicktime for videos.  Not sure why.
  • iTunes – duh, yup I use it.  I like it for the most part, I’m sure there’s something better out there, but because of the number of Apple devices I have, it’s the best thing going so far.
  • Seashore – never used it, but I think I’m going to look into it.
  • Picasa – I’ve got an account (Google account) so I do occasionally use it.  Not so much though as I have dozens of ways to store and share photos.
  • Handbrake – never used it.  There’s another app out there that off the top of my head I can’t think of the name, but it looks like it may do the same thing as handbrake.  I’ll have to compare them.

Head on over to Lifehacker and check out the full article.

Looking to beef up your Mac with a few great—and free—apps that cover a whole lot of your productivity and computing needs? Our annual Lifehacker Pack for Mac rounds up the best free downloads for OS X.


~ by Normanomicon on June 14, 2010.

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