100 Free Useful Mac Applications (Part II)

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This article is a sequel of last week’s 100 Useful Free Mac Applications. As a part II of the article, we continue to showcase you some of the free and useful applications you can install for your Mac, concentrating on:

  • Audio and Video,,
  • Security Tools,
  • Graphics and Image,
  • Internet and Utilities

More from Part I..

Before we take a look into what Part II has in store, we’d like to first featured some useful Mac application and tools recommended by readers.

System tool: iFreeMem

Recovers memory for your applications to use and helps avoid the performance hit you get when running low on Free memory.

System tool: Silver Keeper

Mac’s free backup application with scheduling ability.

Productivity: The Unarchiver

Think of it as WinZIP for Mac. Supported file formats include Zip, Tar-GZip, Tar-BZip2, Rar, 7-zip, LhA, StuffIt and many other more or less obscure formats.

Productivity: Name Mangler

If you need to rename several files at once every now and then, this is the application you have always been looking for.

Reader: Skim

PDF reader for Mac.

Editor: Nvu

‘WYSIWYG’ HTML editor based on Gecko, Mozilla’s rendering engine.

Editor: Smultron

Yet another free text editor for Mac OS X.


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Free open source virus checker for Mac OS X.


Application that shows you what’s going on behind the scenes on your network.

IP Securitas

IPsec based VPN allowing you to transfer secure data remotely.

Rookit Hunter

Searches for popular UNIX and Mac rootkits and removes them.

Server Admin Tools

Provides information about the Mac OS X Server administration software applications.

Tiger Envelopes

Tiger Envelopes is a little program that lets you read and write email privately.


Network protocol analyzer

Audio and Video


Free Mac sound editing and recording tool.

Centerstage Project

Play audio, video and photo on your Mac or connect it to a TV.


Open-source DVD to MPEG-4 converter.


Copy your music from iPod to your Mac, via Finder.


HD video player, podcast player, torrent downloader, Youtube viewer that can play almost any video file and offers over 6,000 free internet TV shows and video podcasts.


It might not have that appealing interface, but you should know that it actually play more file formats than VNC player.

VLC Player

A favourite Mac video player that supports almost all video formats!

Graphics and Image Publishing


You probably won’t need Photoshop if you have this.


Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.


An application to view and archive comic strips available onlin


Makes screenshots of webpages.


A Facebook photo browser for Mac. It makes it easy and fun to manage, share, and view your friends’ Facebook photos in one intuitive interface.


Lightweight, fast and convenient image viewer and browser.

Internet and Network Utilities


Open source FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Mosso Cloud Files and Amazon S3 browser for the Mac.

Classic FTP

Mac program to upload, download, delete and manage files on a remote server or website using the file transfer protocol.

Camino Browser

Powerful brower that combines the awesome visual and behavioral experience that has been central to the Macintosh philosophy with the powerful web-browsing capabilities of the Gecko rendering engine.

Chicken of the VNC

Yet another VNC client for Mac OS X.


Perhaps one of the most famouse FTP/SFTP around.

Firefox Browser

A no brainer must-have for those who enjoys surfing web with open standards.


A Social Web Browser


Wireless discovery tool for Mac OS X, providing plugins for finding AirPort networks, Bluetooth devices and Bonjour services with your Mac.


Secure ARD and VNC client.


Podcast receiver that lets you create your own custom online audio anytime, anywhere.


Open-source and free stumbler/scanner application for Mac OS X


MAMP stands for Mac, Apache, MySQL and PHP. It’s a one-click-install application to setup a PHP webserver.

Remote Desktop Connection

Mac application to quickly, simply and securely connect to Windows-based PCs to access Windows-based files, applications, devices, and networks from your Mac.


Have instant access to all of your web server, domain name, and hosting accounts. Serverskine allows you to keep everything straight in a way that’s intuitive, easy and useful.


Allows you to browse your working copies, spot changes and operate on them but also to browse logs and revisions of your repositories !


Transmission is a fast, easy, and free multi-platform BitTorrent client.

Vuze (Azureus)

Powerful torrent meta-search with login support for private trackers.