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This list of Best Free Software for Mac OS now includes 283 applications in various categories.

With the advent of "iDevices", OS X has arguably become one of the fastest growing user bases in the last decade. Not only for graphic design and audio/video editors anymore, OS X, with its simplistic design, has caught the appeal of many more common users who want a system that just works.

One of the largest shortfallings, however, is that enhanced functionality comes at a cost. Many software solutions for OS X are paid options that allow certain functionalities. The goal of this group is to break down that barrier and provide a large database of free software for OS X to enhance your Mac experience.

Ranging from comic book readers to programming editors, chess to media centers, our team has taken the time to review and recommend the best free software for Mac OS.

 

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 Best Free Audio & Video for Mac OS
 

Best Free Audio Editing Software for Mac OS

  • Soundhack

    "Spectral Sound Processing for the Macintosh. (This) original application still ticking, still swooshing, still awfully useful (original release October 26, 1991). 5 Versions - working on ANY Mac back (to the SE!)! Latest: Universal Binary (v. 0.896) Intel / PPC (10.4+) Older Mac PPC or Intel: Carbon (v. 0.893) CarbonLib / OSX (10.0 – 10.3.9) Ancient Mac PPC (v. 0.88888) PowerPC (8.6 – 9.2) & OSX Antique Mac FPU (v. 0.881) Older 68k+fpu macs Museum Piece Mac (68000 Processor!) NF (v. 0.881) Older 68k-fpu macs Sea Mac has used this since "Antique Mac" Days!!! "

  • AudacityAudacity

    "As far as single track editing goes, there is very little that cannot be achieved with Audacity easily and cleanly. Its functionality for editing is balanced and recording is equally powerful for applying effects and modifications to existing audio tracks.

    The process of recording a track either from an internal or external source could not be more simple and many neat things are right there such as slide control and multi-track recording." (Review)

  • Traverso DAW

    "Traverso Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is a cross platform multitrack audio recording and editing suite, with an innovative and easy to master User Interface. It's suited for both the professional and home user, who needs a robust and solid DAW. Traverso is a complete solution from recording to CD Mastering. By supplying many common tools in one package, you don't have to learn how to use lots of applications with different user interfaces. This considerably lowers the learning curve, letting you get your audio processing work done faster. A unique approach to non-linear audio processing was developed for Traverso to provide extremely solid and robust audio processing and editing. Adding and removal of effects plugins, moving Audio Clips and creating new Tracks during playback are all perfectly safe, giving you instant feedback on your work."

 

Best Free Audio / Video Format Conversion for Mac OS

  • Smart Converter

    "Drag your video or audio file to Smart Converter, select an output format and convert, it will analyse your file and preserve as much of the original as possible, optimising conversion speed and quality.

    It handles hundreds of file types and converts to all your favourite formats, it will also add your converted file to iTunes."

  • Handbrake

    "A long-time favourite of mine, when I need to convert from just about any format to a nice, no-nonsense iPod/iPhone compatible video (encoded in H.264). It has a queue, and supports multiple Apple presets including Apple TV." (Review)

  • Miro Video Converter

    "For even easier device conversion, there is Miro Video Converter. With just a dozen device presets and support for only one file at a time, it may not be the best choice for power users. However, its simple interface is 'newbie-proof', and conversion quality is on a par with other programs." (Review)

 

Best Free CD Ripper for Mac OS

  • Max

    "An application for creating high-quality audio files in various formats, from compact discs or files. When extracting audio from compact discs, Max offers the maximum in flexibility to ensure the true sound of your CD is faithfully extracted."

  • fre:ac

    "fre:ac is a free audio converter and CD ripper with support for various popular formats and encoders. It currently converts between MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk formats. More Info: http://www.freac.org/ With fre:ac you easily rip your audio CDs to MP3 or WMA files for use with your hardware player or convert files that do not play with other audio software. You can even convert whole music libraries retaining the folder and filename structure. The integrated CD ripper supports the CDDB/freedb online CD database. It will automatically query song information and write it to ID3v2 or other title information tags."

 

Best Free CD / DVD Burning Software for Mac OS

  • SimplyBurns

    "SimplyBurns is a Mac OS X application with a GUI, which allows the user to burn CD / DVD media. Good burning program ..."

    Sea Mac's note: Works on Mac OS X 10.9.5 - now my #1 pick for Best FREE CD/DVD Burning Software for Mac!!!!"

 

Best Free DVD Ripper for Mac OS

  • HandBrakeHandBrake

    "The program has a relatively small file size for all the features that it offers. The transcoded video is surprisingly good quality for the amount of time it takes to rip.

    Handbrake produces an MPEG-4 file which is compatible with a wide range of media players, and has a very great feature with preconfigured profiles for Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple TV. It also provides numerous video and audio parameter settings for advanced users to alter the file size and video quality accordingly." (Review)

 

Best Free Media Center for Mac OS

  • KodiKodi

    "Kodi (Formerly XBMC) is truly outstanding in this category and earns the Gizmo's Top Pick title rightfully in my eyes. It played all media files I fed it with and turned out to be the most reliable product for me.

    Kodi offers convincing media library features and is highly configurable with custom skins and backdrops. You will find a vast amount of plugins, skins and other goodies for it as the community around Kodi is large." (Review)

  • iTheater

    "iTheater: The Mac Media Center - is a media center application for Mac OS X Like Kodi, or Apple's discontinued "Front Row" App was. iTheater is an open source project that aims to create a media center application for Mac OS X, to fully take advantage of Apple's OSX. The project aims to integrate most media-based Mac applications into a single console (or media center)."

 

Best Free Media Player for Mac OS

  • VLC Media PlayerVLC Media Player

    "VLC is the swiss army knife of media playback software that marvels you with compatibilities and capabilities. It sports an excellent menu based interface that is strictly simple and stripped down.

    The toolbars are fully customizable so you get to choose the buttons needed on the interface. The media player is powerful, light, fast and has the capability to repair broken content and supports many subtitle formats with advanced controls." (Review)

  • MPlayer OSX Extended

    "This player aims to deliver a powerful, functional and no frills video player for OSX. It's based on the original MPlayer OSX project but has since undergone fundamental changes, making it a modern and easy to use video player.

    It's one of the fastest choices on OSX to play back HD H264 videos, supports instant playback of MKV files and advanced styled subtitles in the ASS format."

  • NicePlayer

    "Niceplayer is a fullscreen borderless multi-engine player for Mac OS X. This program aims to be a multi-engine player designed for playing movies nicely for a person who likes to watch or present movies on their computer (such as the casual viewer or the video artist). This program features full screen or border-less floating windows, convenient controls for scrubbing or queuing movies, and on the fly playlist creation."

 

Best Free MP3 Tag Editor for Mac OS

  • Kid3Kid3

    "An audio tag editor runs on multi platforms and supports editing all tags in MP3 files. You can generate tags from file names or vice versa, and import tags from online databases including gnudb.org, TrackType.org, Discogs and MusicBrainz.

    It allows for dragging and dropping a cover art to a file and helps searching album arts and lyrics via a browser from online resources as well. Other features include convert between ID3v1.1, ID3v2.3 and ID3v2.4 tags, edit tags of multiple files, generate playlist files, rename and create directories from tags, case conversion and export tags." (Review)

  • MusicBrainz PicardMusicBrainz Picard

    "This freeware adopts a new tagging concept that is album oriented, as opposed to tracks or files oriented tagging.

    It identifies track information by comparing a unique digital thumbprint to the information in the MusicBrainz database. Once the tracks are best matched, you can save their tag info into selected MP3 files. Checking details of a selected file evokes a list of all existing tags, including lyrics. If a tag doesn't exist, you can always add it." (Review)

 

Best Free Music Notation Software for Mac OS

  • MuseScoreMuseScore

    "The best free music notation software with fast and easy note entry in WYSIWYG mode. It's integrated with a sequencer and FluidSynth software synthesizer and allows for an unlimited number of staves; up to four voices per staff; 128 instrument sounds for playback plus eight drum and percussion sets.

    Other features include import and export of MusicXML and standard MIDI files; output as PDF or PNG documents and basic ensemble scoring." (Review)

  • LilyPond

    "LilyPond is a music engraving program, devoted to producing the highest-quality sheet music possible. It brings the aesthetics of traditionally engraved music to computer printouts. LilyPond is free software and part of the GNU Project. Note: LilyPond is a text-based music engraver; it is more similar to a programming language than a graphical score editing program. Before downloading LilyPond, please read about our Text input."

  • Five Line Skink

    "Five Line Skink is a desktop application which is used to create music staff notation using the abc standard described at http://abc.sourceforge.net/ Skink is available for the Macintosh, Windows and Linux platforms (early versions were also tested on Solaris), but requires that Java be installed - at least Java 1.4 for Skink version 1.x and Java 5 for Skink version 2.x. If you are running on a Macintosh, Java is installed for you. "

 

Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Mac OS

  • Nightingale

    "Nightingale is a community created fork of the Songbird media player. It is developed by a proud community and we are equally proud to bring you the most extensible, feature-rich media experience on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Nightingale allows you to change the user interface, select the features you need, and use the Web to find new music and videos, besides organizing your music libraries."

  • Banshee

    "Play your music and videos.  Keep up with your podcasts and Internet radio.  Discover new music and podcasts.  Keep your portable device loaded with good stuff.  Simple enough to enjoy.  Powerful enough to thrill.  Open-source through and through."

 

Best Free Video Editor for Mac OS

  • Avidemux

    "A free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities."

 
 
 
 
 Best Free Desktop and System for Mac OS
 

Best Free Cleanup and Tuning for Mac OS

  • OnyX

    "OnyX is a multifunction utility for Mac OS X which allows you to verify the startup disk and the structure of its System files, to run misc. tasks of system maintenance, to configure some hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, QuickTime, Safari, Mail, iTunes, login window, Spotlight and many of Apple's applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, and more."

  • Maintenance

    "Maintenance is a System Maintenance and Cleaning utility for Mac OS X which allows you to run misc. tasks of system maintenance, repair permissions, run periodic scripts, reset Spotlight's Index, rebuild LaunchServices database, delete Application, Font and System cache, check the status of the hard disk, and more"

  • MacMaintenance

    "A small but smart system utility for OS X. Improve your Mac, without the cost. Considering throwing down on an expensive optimizer? MacMaintenance offers a free and easy alternative. With MacMaintenance, a beginner can tune-up a Mac like an OS X expert. Clear caches, run repair scripts, and tweak Dock and Finder settings."

  • IceClean

    "IceClean is a powerful System Maintenance and Optimization Tool using only UNIX built-in System Tasks to help your Mac stay healty and to keep it running smoothly. Version 3.0 is now completely renewed in Scripting and Cocoa Interface for help you in faster and useful Tasks Managing of All Unix Power."

  • AppleJack

    "AppleJack is a user friendly troubleshooting assistant for Mac OS X. With AppleJack you can troubleshoot a computer even if you can't load the GUI, or don't have a startup CD handy. AppleJack runs in Single User Mode and is menu-based for ease of use."

 

Best Free Anti-Malware Utility for Mac OS

  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac

    "Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac specializes in adware removal. Free for Home Users Only - Business Users can obtain a License from Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac’s technology is custom built to detect and remove adware. For Mac OS 10.7 or later. It uses a proprietary database that identifies over 160 adware variants. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac typically completes a scan in under six seconds. Yep, Macs do get infected. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac roots out and destroys malware that is hiding deep in your system. Note: if the download is unexpectedly interrupted ... it was likely that the malware already on your system interrupted it. Have a friend download, zip, and email you this program, in that case."

  • DetectX

    "DetectX 2 can: – Remove MacKeeper and other apps that can cause unexpected performance problems – Detect Keyloggers and Adware – Track changes to your system – Show/Hide invisible files. DetectX 2 remains free for home use. Commercial and Institutional users are required to buy a Commercial Use license. You may run DetectX WITHOUT the Optional $10 home License! Requires OS X 10.7 or higher. (Note for Snow Leopard users: Cos’ you’re special, smiley we’ve made you your very own ‘DetectX for Snow Leopard‘ app - but only 64-bit Intel macs are supported. Please consider this as beta software and report any bugs directly to us. Our ability to test on 10.6 is limited!)"

 

Best Free Antivirus Utility for Mac OS

  • Avast Free Mac Security

    "Mac OS X is considered one of the most secure operating systems available. But today’s threats aren’t after your computer – they’re after your identity and your money. These days hackers “phish,” “spearphish” and “whale” to target you specifically. Combine these with other threats like router hijacking, and your identity is at great risk of being stolen."

  • Avira Free Antivirus for Mac

    "Avira Free Antivirus for Mac delivers first-rate protection for free. Not only does it protect you from all Mac related threats, it also prevents you from passing on PC viruses as well. Avira’s industry-leading antivirus secures your data, protects your privacy and blocks all types of malware, including viruses, worms, Trojans and spyware. "

  • Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition

    "Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition: Stops all threats—even those designed for Windows—so your computer is safe, and files you send to other computers are safe too. We keep our antivirus light and easy. It'll work quietly in the background with your choice of scanning on-access, on-demand or on a schedule. Finds and removes viruses, Trojans and worms Stops all threats, even if they're new Installs easily and runs quietly. "

 

Best Free Clipboard Manager Utility for Mac OS

  • CopyQ

    "CopyQ is advanced clipboard manager with editing and scripting features. Best Boilerplate Text Manager for Mac OS Also! Overview: CopyQ monitors system clipboard and saves its content in customized tabs. Saved clipboard can be later copied and pasted directly into any application. Items can be: edited with internal editor or with preferred text editor, moved to other tabs, drag’n’dropped to applications, marked with tag or a note, passed to or changed by custom commands, or simply removed. Features: Support for Linux, Windows and OS X 10.9+ . Store text, HTML, images or any other custom formats. Quickly browse and filter items in clipboard history. Sort, create, edit, remove, copy/paste, drag’n’drop items in tabs. Add notes or tags to items. System-wide shortcuts with customizable commands. Paste items with shortcut or from tray or main window. Fully customizable appearance. Advanced command-line interface and scripting. Ignore clipboard copied from some windows or containing some text. Support for simple Vim-like editor and shortcuts. Many more features ..."

  • Keepboard

    "Keepboard is a Cross-platform clipboard manager. Saves clipboard history. Also supports snippets/boilerplate texts. Description: Keepboard is a cross-platform clipboard manager. It supports saved items groups and adding names to items for quicker filtering and selection. It can save text, image and file clipboard items (up to 10000 per group). The current version has been tested on Linux (GNOME, KDE...), Mac OS X, and Windows platforms. Note: get the Keepboard_Linux_5.1.zip version and run the - the "jar.jar" file within it to get it to start up on your Mac."

 

Best Free Default Browser Switcher for Mac OS

  • Objektiv

    Objektiv is a Mac App that lets you switch your default browser with ease.

    This software may be handy for web designers or those who work with multiple browsers.

    Features include a status-bar icon for quick access to settings such as black-listing browsers that are incorrectly detected. You can also set up a quick key to allow acess to an overlay. 

 

Best Free Desktop Search Utility for Mac OS

  • EasyFind

    "An alternative to (or supplement of) Mac OS X's Spotlight and find files, folders, or contents in any file without indexing. EasyFind is especially useful for those tired of slow or impossible indexing, outdated or corrupted indices, or those just looking for features missing in the Finder or Spotlight."

 

Best Free Font Manager for Mac OS

  • Opcion Font Viewer

    "Opcion is a free and open source font viewer written in Java. It allows you to view both installed and uninstalled fonts and makes selecting the right font for your project quick and easy."

 

Best Free Program Launcher for Mac OS

  • Launchy

    "A top product in the keyword search class, it is simple to understand, simple to configure, simple to use, simple to extend, not intrusive at all, open source. And it has a really small memory footprint too.

    With Launchy you can not only launch applications but also your preferred media player with a specific MP3 file, or have your preferred browser open on a specific page from the history. The possibilities are virtually endless." (Review)

  • Quicksilver

    "A launcher utility app allows you to perform common and every-day tasks rapidly. Its abilities include accessing applications and files, browsing your Mac's filesystem using keywords and 'fuzzy' matching, managing content through drag and drop, and more."

 

Best Free Bootable Utility Tool Maker for Mac OS

  • DiskMaker X 5

    "DiskMaker X 5 is an application programmed with AppleScript, designed to help you build a bootable install drive from an OS X installer application. As soon as you launch DiskMaker X 5, it tries to find the OS X Install program with Spotlight. Then, it proposes to create a bootable install disk. It’s useful, say, if you want to re-install your OS on different Mac at home or at work. Or if you have a crappy internet connection! To build a bootable install disk, you’ll need an 16 GB (minimum) USB thumb key drive, or a USB, Firewire or Thunderbolt drive or an SD-Card. NOTE - If you encounter this message: 

    “This copy of the Install OS X [OS X Name] application can’t be verified. It may have been corrupted or tampered with during downloading.”
    This is due to an expiration of OS X App Store certificates. Installers of OS X downloaded prior to February 14th of 2016  can’t be used to re-install OS X without encoutering this error. See the F.A.Q. here: http://diskmakerx.com/faq/

       WARNING! DiskMaker X 5 will erase the volume or the drive you chose, according to the options you chose. Don’t forget to backup your data first!             DiskMaker X 5 is donationware."

  • DasBoot

    "DasBoot is so easy to use that any Mac user can make their own boot device to maintain the health of their computer. It’s so powerful that it’s used by computer repair and industry professionals to keep their customers computers running great and to recover lost data. You no longer need to carry around countless boot disks for each of your recovery, repair, and maintenance applications. With DasBoot you can keep all your disk tools in one convenient place where they’re ready for whatever problems may arise with your machine."

 

Best Free Bootable USB Linux Maker for Mac OS

  • Mac Linux USB Loader

    "The Mac Linux USB Loader is a tool allowing you to take an ISO of a Linux distribution and make it boot using EFI. It requires a single USB drive formatted as FAT with at least 2 GB free recommended. Mac Linux USB Loader is available under the 3-clause BSD license. The tool is necessary to make certain Linux distributions boot that do not have EFI booting support. Many common distributions are supported, like Ubuntu and Linux Mint."

 

Best Free Program Uninstaller for Mac OS

  • AppCleaner

    "A small application 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."

 

Best Free Screen Capture for Mac OS

  • SnapNDrag

    "Lets you take a screenshot by just clicking a button and dragging the resulting screenshot off. Supports PNG and TIFF for times when image quality cannot be compromised. Or use JPEG with adjustable quality for smaller file sizes."

  • DuckCapture

    "DuckCapture allows you to capture a window or region on your screen, or the contents of a tall web page that scrolls.  You can change your captured area or add more areas to one image, add annotations.  When finished, you can to file, copy to clipboard or print out directly."

 

Best Free Screen Session Recorder for Mac OS

  • Jing

    "Select any window or region that you would like to record, and Jing will capture everything that happens in that area. From simple mouse movements to a fully narrated tutorial, Jing records everything and lets you share your SWF videos with anyone.

    Jing videos are limited to 5 minutes for instant, focused communication."

 

Best Free System Backup for Mac OS

  • SuperDuper

    "An easy-to-use disk copying program available for OS X for you to make a full backup, or clone your system disk. You can completely duplicate your boot drive to another drive to make a bootable backup. The free version doesn't support scheduling, smart update and other advanced features."

 

Best Free Virtualization Solutions for Mac OS

  • VirtualBoxVirtualBox

    "VirtualBox is a cross-platform technology and has a wide subset of features including a more advanced network stack, unlimited snapshots, some OpenGL and DirectX support, and more. It is quite simple to install and use. You can also use command line for automated deployments.

    One sore thing is that you cannot take screenshots of your guests. Disk management is somewhat convoluted. You can install Guest Additions to gain USB 2.0 support, shared folders and to boost performance." (Review)

 

Best Free Wallpaper Changer for Mac OS

  • WallyWally

    "A good wallpaper changer running on multi platforms. It allows the wallpaper position to be set to centered, tiled, center tiled, centered maxpert, tiled maxpert, scaled, center auto fit or scale and crop. The setting of positions applies to all wallpapers in the folders.

    Other supported features include time intervals, choosing images from folders or online resources, displaying EXIF data, saving downloaded photos, run-time folder change detection." (Review)

 

Best Free Windows API for Mac OS

  • PlayOnMac

    Allows you to easily install and use numerous games and software designed for Windows to run on your Mac OS. Not all games and software are supported though.

  • Wineskin

    "A tool used to make ports of Windows software to Mac OS X. The ports are in the form of normal Mac application bundle wrappers. It works like a wrapper around the Windows software, and you can share just the wrappers if you choose."

  • WineBottler

    "A tool similar to codeweavers Crossover, where separate prefixes are created per app. However, WineBottler 'wraps' or 'bottles' the separate prefixes in an application bundle. It allows standalone applications to be created as well by including the wine bundle inside the standalone application bundle."

 
 
 
 
 Best Free Disk and File Tools for Mac OS
 

Best Free Backup Program for Mac OS

  • iBackup

    "iBackup is a simple to use backup utility for Apple computers. iBackup backups and restores user data, system and applications settings such as System Preferences, Mail, iPhoto, iTunes, but also 3rd party applications settings from any Mac to any Mac. iBackup runs on almost all OS X, from 10.3.9 to 10.10 "

 

 

Best Free CD Recovery Utility for Mac OS

  • PhotoRec

    "PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and lost pictures (thus the Photo Recovery name) from digital camera memory. PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's file system has been severely damaged or reformatted."

  • JFileRecovery

    "JFileRecovery is a free Java Web Start application that can copy files from damaged storage devices and media, skipping over problematic regions that typically cause copying to fail. If the file is listed, there is a good chance that JFileRecovery can salvage much of the data with minimal corruption. For many media files such as MP3, MPEG, AVI and JPEG, corruption is often not even noticeable. JFileRecovery is a Java application that recovers files from damaged hard drives, CDs, DVDs and Flash media quickly and efficently. JFileRecovery will run on Windows, Linux, Mac and other operating systems supporting Java 1.5 or higher. "

 

Best Free Disk Imaging Program for Mac OS

  • FreeDMG

    "FreeDMG is one of the most powerful and easy to use disk imaging program available for Mac OS X. With this software it is possible to quickly perform disk imaging on the fly. Both the program's window, and the dock icon can be used for drag-and-drop imaging. There many image formats that that can be chosen (UDZO, UDCO, etc.). FreeDMG can make internet enabled disk images for distribution to Macs as well as ISO/Joliet hybrid images for cross-platform delivery. Verbose preferences, and a built-in log window help users hide/display additional information about the imaging process. Gain easy access to the many options available for creating and manipulating disk images in Mac OS X with FreeDMG. From the "resize" function built into hdiutil to the adjustable compresion levels available for the UDZO format, this software attempts to unveil it all. Users have the option to overwrite exising files, and can choose to quit the program automatically after creating an image on launch. It is possible to encrypt images (password protect) with the click of a button."

  • iDMG

    "A useful application allows you to create disk images quickly and easily with a simple drag-and-drop. Features include encryption, internet enabled, set your background, create an ISO copy, and more."

 

Best Free iOS Device Connection Utility for Mac OS

  • iBrowse

    "iBrowse is a simple app that lets your Mac or PC access an iOS device file system. Simply connect your device to your computer and you can read and write to the device - or - view and access iTunes backups of an iPhone or iPad. You can connect with any iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or even your Apple TV. It also works with every version of iOS released on any device. Operating System Compatibility: Mac - OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11 or later   PC - Windows XP, 7, 8, 10 or later "

  • iPhone Explorer

    "iPhone Explorer lets you view the files on your iOS Device (iPhone/iPod/iPad) and even save them to your Mac by way of drag-and-drop. View the files on your iPhone as if it were a USB flash drive. The older Mac Version 1.171 is still 100% Freeware! myPod Apps was created and launched, in 2008, by Chris Devor. "

  • IOTransfer

    "IOTransfer offers an effective solution for transferring photos, music, videos and apps across iOS devices and PCs. Manage your iPhone, iPad, iPod quickly and simply. IOTransfer makes it easier for you transfer all of your files from iPhone 7 & 7 Plus, iPhone 6, 6s, iPad mini, iPad Pro and iPod Touch to a PC/Mac. In addition to transferring iPhone music, photos and videos, IOTransfer also acts as a handy tool to transfer apps, books, voice memos or other files from your iPhone, iPad or iPod to PC/Mac safely."

 

Best Free Tree Mapping Utility for Mac OS

  • Disk Inventory X

    "Disk Inventory X is a disk usage utility for Mac OS X 10.3 (and later). It shows the sizes of files and folders in a special graphical way called "treemaps". If you've ever wondered where all your disk space has gone, Disk Inventory X will help you to answer this question. For a quick start please read the readme file on the disk image. It is absolutely free and released under the GPL. The layout algorithm is based on KDirStat. The idea to develop this program came to me when a fellow of mine showed me his creation WinDirStat. "

  • GrandPerspective

    "GrandPerspective is a small utility application for Mac OS X that graphically shows the disk usage within a file system. It can help you to manage your disk, as you can easily spot which files and folders take up the most space. It uses a so called tree map for visualization. Each file is shown as a rectangle with an area proportional to the file's size. Files in the same folder appear together, but their placement is otherwise arbitrary. 27 Sep 2014: GrandPerspective has been downloaded more than a million times! I should again apologize though for the recent lack of activity on the GrandPerspective front. I have simply been too busy with too many other things. All good though, no worries."

 

Best Free File Archiver / Zip Utilities for Mac OS

  • The Unarchiver

    "A much more capable replacement for the built-in Archive Utility on Mac OS X. It's designed to handle many more formats and to better fit in with the design of the Finder. It can also handle filenames in foreign character sets, created with non-English versions of other operating systems."

  • Keka

    "Keka is a free file archiver based off of a 7-zip port (p7zip).  Keka allows for the replacement of the default file compression utility as well as context menu integration with an addon (See fix below).  Keka supports 7z, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, DMG, and ISO compression and RAR, 7z, Lzma, Zip, Bzip2, ISO, EXE, CAB, PAX, and ACE extraction." Just open the utility, drag and drop the file needed for extraction and let Keka do the rest! For OS X Lion, put the context menu file "Compress with Keka.workflow" in the "/Macintosh HD/System/Library/Services" folder.

 

Best Free File Encryption Utility for Mac OS

  • AES Crypt

    "AES Crypt is the perfect tool for anyone who carries sensitive information with them while traveling, uploads sensitive files to servers on the Internet, or wishes to protect sensitive information from being stolen from the home or office. AES Crypt is also the perfect solution for those who wish to backup information and store that data at a bank, in a cloud-based storage service, and any place where sensitive files might be accessible by someone else."

  • encrypt

    "encrypt is a small application which has been designed, from the beginning (all three of them so far), to be as simple to use as possible and have the smallest file size (download time) achievable. The idea is small and simple, yet the encryption aims to be a strong as possible, as well as giving the user the choice about how their data is secured."

  • jFileCrypt

    "jFileCrypt encrypts and decrypts files and directories fast and secure. It is written in Java 5 and uses the Java Cryptographic Extensions. It supports the following algorithms: Blowfish, DES, 3DES, AES and RC4."

 

Best Free File Copy Utility for Mac OS

  • Ultracopier

    It's free and open source software licensed under GPL3 that acts as a replacement for files copy dialogs. Main features include: play/pause, speed limitation, on-error resume, error or collision management.

    "It has some pretty exciting features but what speaks most about it is that it has an excellent file resume option." (Review)

 

Best Free Stand Alone .SWF File Player for Mac OS

  • iSwiff

    "iSwiff is a Stand Alone Shockwave Flash file Player for Mac OS X. Full Screen Flash outside the browser. Play Flash files without a web browser. iSwiff will let you play Flash from your own hard disk & let you enjoy a full screen experience. You have to provide an email address: but you will NOT be spammed."

 

Best Free File Manager for Mac OS

  • muCommander

    "muCommander is a lightweight, cross-platform file manager with a dual-pane interface. It runs on any operating system with Java support. Java 5 or later is required to run muCommander. Java 6 is recommended. Bring muCommander everywhere with you and use it on any computer. Sea Mac's Note: The OS X Version (v0.9.0 - .dmg - 4.5 MB) is not working on 10.9.5 and the USB Portable version (v0.9.0 - tar.gz - 4.1 MB) does appear to work. Be SURE you get the Portable .JAR file and NOT the Macintosh .DMG Version."

  • Moroshka File Manager

    "A cross-platform file manager with native GUI for you to manage your files the same way on different systems. The native GUI means you get the familiar look-and-feel for each platform, while the cross-platform core provides the same level of services on each of them."

 

Best Free File Rename Utility for Mac OS

 

  • Free File Renamer

    "A cross-platform file and folder mass renamer. Easy to use and to learn. Features: read new names from text files; insert, replace and remove strings; numbering; case-change; real-time preview; interactive tutorial; order files in different ways. Written in Java so it doesn't require installation."

  • BatchRename'em

    "This application enables you to batch rename files and folders in various ways. Actions include: make sequential, add text, replace text, change case and add date or time. Options are available under each of these actions. Operating System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or later. For Mac systems ONLY."

  • NameChanger

    "A file rename tool designed for the sole purpose of renaming a list of files quickly and easily, with the new version to support Regular Expression, ability to sort by EXIF date and add the EXIF date to the filename."

  • Rename File Application

    "Rename File Application is written by java with GUI, it should be easy and simple enough to use. Rename application included 3 functions - Add Text, Replace Text and Auto Generate."

 

Best Free File Synchronization Utility for Mac OS

  • DirSync Pro

    "DirSync Pro is a small, but powerful utility for file and folder synchronization. DirSync Pro can be used to synchronize the content of one or many folders recursively. Use DirSync Pro to easily synchronize files from your desktop PC to your USB-stick (/Externa HD/PDA/Notebook, ...). Use this USB-stick (/Externa HD/PDA/Notebook, ...) to synchronize files to another desktop PC."

  • Synkron

    "Synkron is an application that helps you keep your files and folders always updated. You can easily sync your documents, music or pictures to have their latest versions everywhere. Synkron provides an easy-to-use interface and a lot of features. Moreover, it is free and cross-platform."

  • FreeFileSync

    "FreeFileSync is a free, open source folder comparison and synchronization software for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It also works on 64bit operating systems on all platforms. The program can be installed in two versions: as a standard installer on Windows or as a portable application (no registry entries). Powered by a clean, easy, intuitive interface, this tool offers a myriad of features for synchronization purposes."

  • FileSync

    "FileSync is a file synchronization utility originally created in 2003. Synchronization is fast, threaded and cancelable. Synchronization lists for each volume or server are created, stored and selected from a convenient drawer window.

    It updates only recently modified files, and copies any new or orphaned files on one location that are not on the other location.

 

Best Free Hash Utility for Mac OS

  • Hasher

    "HashserGUI is a GUI interface for Jacksum. It is intended to provide a graphical tool to create hashes for files within a directory, and check the hashes generated. It works with many hash functions: md5, sha1, sha256, sha512, md4, sha0, sha384, md0, and sha224. This project works on Mac OS X 10.9.5 - while the latest JackSum Does Not seem to! This is my #1 recommendation for a Hash Utility on Mac OS X systems. "

 

Best Free Online Backup Sites for Mac OS

  • Dropbox

    "Offers 2 GB free storage. Load the desktop client or upload through the web interface and begin adding folders to the Dropbox folder. Once in the folder, Dropbox syncs the files between your computer and the cloud. Quick, light and in the background, Dropbox is a must try and is my preferred Online Backup Solution." (Review)

  • Google Drive

    "Google Drive lets you store and access your files anywhere -- on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go. Store the first 5 GB for free."

 

Best Free Partition Manager for Mac OS

  • GParted

    "GParted is a GNOME partition editor for resizing, creating, deleting, moving or copying partitions on a hard disk. It can be used on x86 and x86-64 based computers running Linux, Windows, or Mac OS X by booting from media containing GParted Live. A minimum of 128 MB of RAM is needed to use all of the features of the GParted application."

 

Best Free Secure Erase Utility for Mac OS

  • Permanent Eraser

    "Beginning with Mac OS 10.3, Apple enhanced its security by introducing the Secure Empty Trash feature, which follows the U.S. DoD pattern of overwriting data seven times.

    Permanent Eraser provides an even stronger level of security by implementing the Gutmann Method to overwrite your data thirty-five times, scrambles the original file name, and truncates the file size to nothing. Once your data has been erased, it can no longer be read through traditional means."

  • Darik's Boot and Nuke

    "Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) is used to construct a floppy disk or CD that will automatically wipe the hard drives of any PC that's booted from the disk. It's great for bulk disk cleaning of PCs, and is also useful as an emergency tool for quickly removing sensitive information. However, the power of this app makes it a dangerous tool in the hands of beginners." (Review)

     

 
 
 
 
 Best Free Games for Mac OS
 

 

Best Free Auto Racing Simulator for Mac OS

  • X Speed Race

    "Drive the super fast cars to see if you can beat the other ones and become the best driver out there. CONTROLS: Arrow keys to drive / Space - handbrake / V - camera view / B - back camera / R - reset car / O - Options Menu / M - Car Select Menu / X - Speed Race Web Site.  This is a very exciting driving simulator with many cars, and tracks to choose from ... You can even change the paint color on the car you choose! (still working OK on Mac OS X 10.9.5)"

  • VDrift

    "VDrift is a cross-platform, open source driving simulation made with drift racing in mind. The driving physics engine was recently re-written from scratch but was inspired and owes much to the Vamos physics engine. This game is in the early stages of development but is already very playable. Currently the game features: Simulation-grade driving physics ... Tracks based on famous real-world tracks ... Cars based on real-world vehicles ...  Competition against AI players ... Mouse/joystick/gamepad/wheel/keyboard support."

  • Speed Dreams

    "Speed Dreams is a Motorsport Simulator featuring high-quality 3D graphics and an accurate physics engine, all targeting maximum realism. Initially forked from TORCS, it has now reached a clearly higher realism level in visual and physics simulation, thanks to its active development team and growing community. It mainly aims to implement exciting new features, cars, tracks and AI opponents to make a more enjoyable game for the player, while constantly pushing forward visual and physics realism. It is also intended for any research, study or teaching activity, around physics and AI, thanks to its GPL V2+ license, and the clear and modular architecture of its C/C++ code base. At LAST the Mac OS X port seems to be working!!!"

  • Racer

    "Racer is a free cross-platform car simulation project (for non-commercial use). Racer is a free car simulation project, using real car physics to get a realistic feeling. Cars, tracks, scenes and such can be created with relative simplicity in mind (compared to other driving simulations). The 3D and other file formats are, or should be, documented. Editors and support programs are also available to get a very flexible and expandable simulator. It uses OpenGL for rendering. It attempts to do well at the physics section, trying to create life-like cars to emphasize car control and doesn't cut back on realism in the interest of fun. If you've played Grand Prix Legends from Papyrus, you'll know what I'm talking about. #1 Pick in Racing Simulators. Some Assembly Required IF you want to add cars or tracks. Easiest to drive ... Mouse Control is Highly Sensitive and Intuitive."

 

Best Free Flight Only Simulator for Mac OS

  • FlightGear

    "FlightGear is an open-source flight simulator. The goal of the FlightGear project is to create a sophisticated and open flight simulator framework for use in research or academic environments, pilot training, as an industry engineering tool, for DIY-ers to pursue their favorite interesting flight simulation idea, and last but certainly not least as a fun, realistic, and challenging desktop flight simulator. Macintosh OSX supported OSX 10.8, 10.9, 10.10 Note to Mac users: we have another build in the pipeline which we anticipate will support 10.7-10.10, so you may wish to postpone upgrading. This feature packed simulator works on MOST modern systems and supports a variety of peripheral equipment such as rudder pedals / yokes / and even motion chairs. Extra aircraft and scenery can be downloaded to expand the program. Realism is very close to the real thing.  Note: LARGE (1.1 Gigabyte) Download!"

  • YS Flight Simulator

    "YS Flight Simulator is a fully featured lightweight flight simulator. As well as basic functionalities, it has network feature that allows you to fly with or against your friends. You also can fly a formation leader, dogfight, intercept, attack ground, take off and land on an aircraft carrier and so on, and you can choose your airplane from more than 50 airplanes, and there are several maps as well. Easier to get Flying than with FlightGear "

 

Best Free Kart Racing Game for Mac OS

  • SuperTuxKart

    "SuperTuxKart is a kart racing game featuring Tux and friends for Windows, Linux, and Mac Systems. It is a fun-racer game, focusing on fun and ease of play. Features: Race with Tux and Friends. Explore several tracks. Play against AI or in split-screen mode against your friends. Play in various modes, including Time Trial, Grand Prix and 3 Strikes Battle. Mac OS version SuperTuxKart 0.8.1 is still working on Mac OS X 10.9.5 . (The newest version, SuperTuxKart 0.9.1 , CRASHED ... )"

 

Best Free Music Racing Game for Mac OS

  • Musicracer

    "Musicracer is a rhythm game that creates 3D racing tracks from your MP3, OGG, WAV or FLAC files. About Musicracer: In the year 4600 the musicracer league is one of the most prominent racing leagues in the galaxy. The racing tracks are created based on a spectrum analysis of ancient music from long forgotten cultures. You are hereby granted access to a classified training simulation. Prepare yourself for the league. Musicracer is a free music based game that lets you race all the music living on your local harddisk. Just select an arbitrary .mp3, .ogg, .wav or .flac file from your computer and Musicracer will generate an unique track for any song. What's New in this Version: - fixed keyboard control and improved mouse control sensitivity. - added FLAC support. - added keyboard navigation to the filechooser. You can now jump to folders by simply typing the first few characters of a band or folder name. Music Racer System Requirements: * Mac OS X 10.5 or later / * Window XP or later. Still works on Mac OS X 10.9 - one of the editor's favorite games"

 

Best Free Multi Vehicle Driving Simulator for Mac OS

  • Rigs of Rods

    "Rigs of Rods is an open source cross platform simulator for soft-body physics. What makes Rigs of Rods different to most simulators is its unique soft-body physics simulation: Objects are simulated in real-time as flexible soft-body objects, resulting in a very realistic simulation which entirely depends on the physical construction of the object. The community contributes greatly to the game, giving it a vast selection of vehicles and terrains from which you can choose. Rigs of Rods is mostly used for simulating vehicles but it is flexible enough to be suited for other tasks as well."

    "Features: Soft-body physics based on mass-spring-damper model. Advanced flight model based on blade element theory allowing accurate simulation of any airplane, based entirely on its physical dimensions and wing airfoils, similar to X-Plane. Accurate buoyancy model based on elemental pressure gradients, allowing boats with complex hulls to move realistically through waves. Supports scripting using AngelScript. Multiplayer. Support for Wheels, gamepads and joysticks including Force Feedback. Advanced graphical effects thanks to OGRE3D engine. 3D positional audio and HRTF support thanks to OpenAL Soft. The last Mac OS version released RoR-0.35.dmg is still working on Mac OS X 10.9.5"

 

Best Free First-Person Shooter for Mac OS

  • Xonotic

    "Xonotic is a free and fast-paced first person shooter for Linux, Mac, and Windows ... It could be considered most similar to Unreal Tournament and Quake at its heart, especially regarding teamplay and game mechanics. Xonotic is a direct successor of the Nexuiz project. It represents years of development from its humble beginnings as a Quake 1 engine modification, and now aims to be the best possible open source first person shooter available. It could be considered most similar to Unreal Tournament and Quake at its heart, especially regarding teamplay and game mechanics. "

  • Unvanquished

    "Description: Unvanquished is a fast-paced, futuristic FPS with RTS elements, pitting technologically advanced humans against hordes of highly adaptable aliens. The player can choose from either team, providing a fresh gameplay experience on both sides of the conflict. The game is under highly active development, with a new alpha release being made at the beginning of each month. Features: Two teams, with entirely different play styles. A blend of FPS and RTS elements. Works with all Quake 3 file formats and modification tools. Available on Windows, Mac, Linux, and more! "

  • Sauerbraten (Cube 2)

    "Cube 2: Sauerbraten is a free multiplayer & singleplayer first person shooter, the successor of the Cube FPS. Much like the original Cube, the aim of this game is fun, old school deathmatch gameplay and also to allow map/geometry editing to be done cooperatively in-game. The engine supporting the game is entirely original in code & design, and its code is Open Source (ZLIB license, read the docs for more on how you can use the engine)."

  • Red Eclipse

    "Red Eclipse is a fun-filled new take on the casual first person arena shooter. Red Eclipse is a single-player and multi-player first-person ego-shooter, built as a total conversion of Cube Engine 2, which lends itself toward a balanced gameplay, completely at the control of map makers, while maintaining a general theme of agility in a variety of environments. Features: Single-player and multi-player first-person ego-shooter, built on Cube Engine 2. Balanced gameplay, with a general theme of agility in a variety of environments. Parkour, impulse boosts & dashing, and power jumps. Favourite gamemodes with tons of mutators and variables. Available for Windows, Linux/BSD and Mac OSX. Builtin editor lets you create your own maps cooperatively online."

 

Best Free 3D Space Shooter Game for Mac OS

  • AstroMenace

    "AstroMenace is a Cross Platform Hardcore 3D space shooter with spaceship upgrade possibilities. Description: AstroMenace is an astonishing hardcore scroll-shooter where brave space warriors may find a great opportunity to hone their combat skills. Gather money during the battle to spend them on turning your spaceship into an ultimate weapon of mass destruction and give hell to swarms of adversaries. Enjoy the wonderfully crafted 3d graphics and high-quality special effects along with a detailed difficulty adjustment and a handy interface of AstroMenace. Features: 22 playable ships with unique characteristics. 19 unique weapons with the easy drag-and-drop weapon mount mode. 15 missions with 100+ unique enemies and 40+ space objects. Simulative and arcade ship control mode. Flexible difficulty control. Works on Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows systems."

 

Best Free Collision Avoidance Game for Mac OS

  • Armagetron Advanced

    "A Tron clone in 3D. This has been the tagline of Armagetron, since, well, a very long time, and is probably the shortest and most accurate description possible. Tron was an arcade game based on the movie of the same name, release by Disney in 1982. The original game consisted of 4 sub-games, the only one of concern is the 'Light Cycles' one, in which the player uses a left/right joystick to control a 'Light Cycle' which leaves a wall behind it wherever the cycle it goes, turning only at 90 degree angles. The player must then get the AI to crash into their wall while avoiding hitting the AI's own wall themselves. Those were the humble beginnings of Armagetron Advanced's game play, which has now blossomed into 16 player mayhem, with highly advanced AI, network game play, and of course all in a 3D environment."

    "What's advanced? Armagetron Advanced is the continuation of Manual Moos', alias, z-man's original game, Armagetron. We're now the official continuation of Armagetron, and things are rolling smoothly. Versions available for Windows / Linux / and Mac!"

  • Ri-li

    "Ri-li is an arcade game licensed under the GPL (General Public License). You drive a toy wood engine in many levels and you must collect all the coaches to win.You can download it and play indefinitely. It's Free. You can play on Linux, Mac OsX, Windows, AmigaOS4. Description: An arcade game. You drive a toy wood engine across many levels. You must collect all the coaches. This game looks like the game "Snake" in that you must not collide with yourself. Full-featured, 19 languages: Arabic, Breton, Chinese, Dutch, English, Esperanto, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish. Colorful animated wood engine, 50 levels and 3 beautiful music tracks and many sound effects. You can drive the train with the mouse buttons. That player who completes the final level be awarded 100 points for each remaining life. Worth the download!"

  • GridBike

    " This aim of this game is to rescue every man on each level. But it isn’t quite that simple: you aren’t allowed to cross the trail left by your bike, and you need to avoid the mines scattered around the grid. To succeed you’ll need sharp reflexes and an eye for picking a path. All levels are created randomly for a fresh challenge every time you play — perfect for whenever you have a spare minute or two. Requirements: OS X 10.5 or later (Intel only). Windows XP or later. (OS X 10.8+: If OS X refuses to launch GridBike because it is from an unidentified developer, right–click on the app icon and select Open from the pop–up menu.) "

 

Best Free Turn Based Strategy Role Playing Game for Mac OS

  • The Battle for Wesnoth

    "The Battle for Wesnoth is a turn-based tactical strategy role-playing game with a high fantasy theme. Build up a great army, gradually turning raw recruits into hardened veterans. In later games, recall your toughest warriors and form a deadly host that none can stand against! Choose units from a large pool of specialists, and hand-pick a force with the right strengths to fight well on different terrains against all manner of opposition."

    "Wesnoth has many different sagas waiting to be played. Fight to regain the throne of Wesnoth, of which you are the legitimate heir... step into the boots of a young officer sent to guard a not-so-sleepy frontier outpost... lead a brutal quest to unite the orcish tribes... vanquish a horde of undead warriors unleashed by a foul necromancer, who also happens to have taken your brother hostage... guide a band of elvish survivors in an epic quest to find a new home... get revenge on the orcs by using the foul art of necromancy... There are at least two hundred unit types, sixteen races, six major factions, and hundreds of years of history. The world of Wesnoth is absolutely huge and only limited by your creativity — make your own custom units, create your own maps, and write your own scenarios or even full-blown campaigns. You can also challenge up to eight friends—or strangers—and fight in epic multiplayer fantasy battles."

    "Features: Build up a formidable fighting force, starting from a single leader and a small amount of gold. Over two hundred unit types in six major factions, all with distinctive abilities, weapons and spells. Experienced units gain powerful new abilities as they advance. Several multiplayer options available, including Internet play. Scores of different custom-designed map and unlimited random maps. Hundreds of campaign scenarios available for download through a simple in-game dialog. Fog of War feature available for a true test of generalship. Sophisticated markup language lets advanced users make their own maps, factions, or campaigns. Excellent language support — 54 different languages currently available. Compatible with Windows, OS X, and GNU/Linux, as well as BSD distributions such as FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, and DragonFly BSD. "

 

Best Free Dance Pad Rhythm Game for Mac OS

  • StepMania

    "StepMania is a timing/rhythm game featuring 3D graphics, keyboard and "dance pad" support, and an editor for creating your own steps. What do I need to play it? * A computer running Windows (XP+ or newer), Mac OS X (10.6 or newer), or Linux * A computer with a 3D-capable graphics card. (If your computer or video card was manufactured in the last 4 years, it's likely that it can run StepMania). StepMania can be played with a keyboard or with dance pads. The game is much more involved and fun with a dance pad though. "

 

Best Free Singing Contest Game for Mac OS

  • Performous

    "Performous combines SingStar, Guitar Hero, and dancing all in the same game! Many extra songs can be downloaded! This Game requires that your computer have Peripherals attached (Usually through a USB2 port) for proper, or BEST, Gameplay. Devices recommended, that you SHOULD have already attached to your computer, when you start Performous up, include one or more of: Microphone (or Headset with Mic) for "SingStar" or "UltraStar Deluxe" type Singing Contests / Guitar Controller, or Drum Pad (a Keyboard is used as your Guitar controller in a pinch) for "Guitar Hero" or "Frets-of-Fire" type Play-offs / and a "Dance Pad" controller spread out on the floor (so you can 'hit your marks' while dancing) to do a "Dance, Dance Party" type Dance-Off. Now with Live Mic Playthrough!"

 

Best Free Music Playing Rhythm Game for Mac OS

  • FoFiX

    "FoFix (Frets on Fire X) is a cross platform fork of Frets on Fire with extra features added. FoFiX is a multi-OS rhythm game similar to Guitar Hero or Rock Band. Play guitar, bass or drums along with your favorite songs on your computer using either your keyboard or instruments. You can use your Guitar Hero or Rock Band instrument controllers. Separated audio tracks will mute when you fail to hit or sustain the required notes correctly to simulate a real concert-playing experience. "

 

Best Free Rolling Ball Game for Mac OS

  • Cubosphere

    "Description: The goal of this project is a freeware game similar to the PSX game "Kula World" / "Roll Away". It is designed platform independent, written in C++ and using the following libraries: OpenGL, SDL (Simple DirectMedia Layer), libjpeg, LUA, GLSL-Shader. Features: game similar to Kula World. over 450 levels in 34 different designs! Beta 0.3 lot of new stuff like magnets, gravity changers and so on ... multiball feature and two-player-mode. Internal level editor! 3d-Engine via OpenGL. GLSL-Shaders. Joystick/Gamepad support. Lua-Scripts to design own textures and behaviors. currently with English, German and Danish translations. "

  • Nuncabola

    "Nuncabola ... A cross platform rolling ball arcade game similar to the wooden box type puzzles where you must maneuver a ball along a maze by tilting the playing field itself! As avid readers of (the Neverball) forum may know, the lockstep graphics never worked for Nuncabola's developer. That's why (he) was disappointed to see Neverball 1.5 released with the "very apparent and quite disturbing" judder left unfixed. This, among other reasons, motivated (him) to finally start (his) own, personal version of Neverball. The result is a Java application he calls Nuncabola, and he's sharing it here with anyone who is interested. In order to enable productive work, he decided to redesign the entire code structure. Internally, this is a complete rewrite. Externally, Nuncabola is still rather faithful to Neverball in terms of design and features. However, a number of changes have already been made, and more may be introduced as development continues. "

 

Best Free Puzzle Arcade Game for Mac OS

  • Enigma

    "Description: Enigma is a puzzle game inspired by Oxyd on the Atari ST and Rock and Roll on the Amiga. The object of the game is to find uncover pairs of identically colored Oxyd stones. Simple? Yes. Easy? Certainly not! Hidden traps, vast mazes, laser beams, and, most of all, countless hairy puzzles usually block your direct way to the Oxyd stones ... "

    "Features: Puzzle game with a dexterity component. Non violent - a game for young and old. More than 1000 different levels guarantee longtime entertainment. Translated to many languages. High-resolution 2D graphics. Realistic physics simulation. More than 500 different game objects. Available for all Windows versions, Mac OSX, most Linux distributions, many other Unix versions. Completely free! (GPL License) "

  • Coblyn

    "In Coblyn you explore a cave system in search of diamonds. When you’ve collected enough the exit will be unlocked, giving you the chance to escape with your treasure… if you can reach it in time! Along the way you’ll need to set off avalanches, dig traps for deadly creatures, and tunnel through unstable piles of boulders. Coblyn comes with 100 levels built-in, and another 200 are available in the Classic Level Pack. Thousands more can be found by searching for level packs in the BDCFF format. The controls for the game are listed in the Help screen. To get an idea of how to play Coblyn, wait at the main title screen and it will cycle through a set of demo games. Requirements: OS X 10.5 or later (Intel only). Windows XP or later. (OS X 10.8+: If OS X refuses to launch GridBike because it is from an unidentified developer, right–click on the app icon and select Open from the pop–up menu.)"

    "New in Version 3.1.0: Improved the appearance of the boulder (roughened), the diamond (transparency and random sparkles), and the butterfly. The Start screen now allows the cave and level to be set by pressing the appropriate letter key (for the cave) or number key (for the level). Bonus caves now become selectable on the Start screen once the preceding cave has been completed at all difficulty levels. For example, bonus cave Q appears after D–1 through D–5 have been completed. Improved support for BDCFF level packs. [Windows] Fixed a problem where full–screen mode wasn’t always restored when the app was restarted. Lots of small improvements and fixes."

 

Best Free Soccer League Sports Games for Mac OS

  • Yoda Soccer

    "Description: Yoda Soccer is a cross platform soccer game which intends to give a continuation to the funny and easy playable series of Sensible World of Soccer (aka SWOS) games. Yoda soccer development was started over a decade ago, in June of 2002, and it is being written in BlitzMax. The source code is available under the GNU General Public License. Some of its many, many features include: Working on Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows systems. Worldwide database. Custom competitions: leagues, cups. Weather effects: rain, snow, fog, & wind. Replay and variable slow-motion. Teams: 21 standard kit styles, custom character sets. Players: 10 skins colors and more than 40 different hair cuts. Teams and players editor. Tactics editor. Highlights. Goal celebration sequences. And Unicode language files in gettext format. On the 31st of May 2014, the developers announced that Yoda Soccer is now officially out of beta phase! The production version will be developed as a new project called YSoccer"

  • YSoccer

    "31st May 2014 ... Yoda Soccer is now out of beta phase! The production version will be developed as a new project called YSoccer. Description: A new soccer game which intends to give a continuation to the funny and easy playable series of Sensible World of Soccer (aka SWOS). YSoccer is written in BlitzMax. Features: Multiplatform (Linux, Windows, OS X). Custom competitions: leagues, cups. Automatic and fixed player(s) control mode. Weather effects: rain, snow, fog, wind. Multiple screen resolutions, zoom and rotation. Replay and slow-motion. Highlights. Training mode. Worldwide database. Teams and players editor. Team customization: 21 standard kit styles, custom character sets. Player customization: 10 skins colors and more than 40 different hair cuts. Tactics editor. "

 

Best Free Room Escape Puzzle Game for Mac OS

  • Fish Fillets NG

    "Fish Fillets - Next Generation is strictly a puzzle game. Works on Windows, Linux, or Mac systems. The goal in every of the seventy levels is always the same: find a safe way out. The fish utter witty remarks about their surroundings (In Dutch with English Subtitles), the various inhabitants of their underwater realm quarrel among themselves or comment on the efforts of your fish. The whole game is accompanied by quiet, comforting music. "

 

Best Free Animal Guiding Puzzle Game for Mac OS

  • Pingus

    "Pingus is a free Lemmings®-like puzzle game covered under the GNU GPL. It currently features 77 playable levels, and runs under a wide variety of operating systems (Linux, Windows, MacOSX, etc.). Pingus was started at the end of 1998 with the simple goal to create a Free (as in freedom, not as in free beer) Lemmings® clone. The Free means you get the sources and are allowed and encouraged to change and distribute them. You basically get everything that I used to create this game. In the years it has grown than quite a bit over the original goal and become something more than just a clone, we have original artwork, a built-in level editor, new actions, multiplayer and a few other features."

    "If you don't know about Lemmings®, here comes a short introduction. It is a puzzle game developed in 1991 by DMA Design. The player takes command in the game of a bunch of small animals and has to guide them through levels. Since the animals walk on their own, the player can only influence them by giving them commands, like build a bridge, dig a hole or redirect all animals in the other direction. The goal of each level is to reach the exit, for this multiple combination of commands are necessary. The game is presented in a 2D side view. While Pingus is based on the idea of Lemmings®, it however doesn't try to be an exact clone, it has included a few ideas of its own, like the worldmap or secret levels, which might be familiar from games the Super Mario World and other Nintendo games. It has also a few new actions, like the jumper which weren't presented in the original game."

 

Best Free Planetarium Software for Mac OS

  • Celestia

    "Celestia ... The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy. All movement in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A 'point-and-goto' interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit. Celestia is expandable. Celestia comes with a large catalog of stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft. If that's not enough, you can download dozens of easy to install add-ons with more objects. "

    " Add-ons: The Celestia Motherlode is the central repository for Celestia add-ons. Hundreds of add-ons are available on the Motherlode with thumbnail screen shots for easy browsing. Available addon-categories: Solar System objects / Spacecraft / Extrasolar (Deep Space) Objects / Fictional Spacecraft or Systems."

  • Stellarium

    "Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go. System requirements: Minimal ... Linux/Unix; Windows 7 and above; OS X 10.7.4 and above / 3D graphics card which supports OpenGL 3.0 and GLSL 1.3 / 512 MiB RAM / 250 MiB on disk. Recommended: ... Linux/Unix; Windows 7 and above; OS X 10.8.5 and above / 3D graphics card which supports OpenGL 3.3 and above / 1 GiB RAM or more! 1.5 GiB on disk."

    "Extensive Features: Sky Features include: default catalogue of over 600,000 stars. extra catalogues with more than 210 million stars. asterisms and illustrations of the constellations. constellations for 20+ different cultures. images of nebulae (full Messier catalogue). realistic Milky Way. very realistic atmosphere, sunrise and sunset. the planets and their satellites. Interface Features include: a powerful zoom. time control. multilingual interface. fisheye projection for planetarium domes. spheric mirror projection for your own low-cost dome. all new graphical interface and extensive keyboard control. telescope control. Visualization Features include: equatorial and azimuthal grids. star twinkling. shooting stars. eclipse simulation. supernovae simulation. skinnable landscapes, now with spheric panorama projection. Customizability Features include: plugin system adding artifical satellites, ocular simulation, telescope configuration and more. ability to add new solar system objects from online resources ... add your own deep sky objects, landscapes, constellation images, scripts... Editor's Choice for the Category!"

 

Best Free Game Engine Demo Games for Mac OS

  • Flare

    "FLARE is a Action RPG that's easy to mod. Description Flare (Free/Libre Action Roleplaying Engine) is a simple single-player Action RPG engine. Instead of being a general engine that handles many game types, this focused engine is small and easy to mod. Included is a demo game featuring dark atmosphere and fast-paced combat. Features: Easy to mod with plain text files. Basic translation support. CC-BY-SA licensed core assets to create new campaigns. Platforms: AmigaOS4/BSD/Linux/Mac OS X/Windows. Editor's note: one of the best RPG D&D Games I've ever played!"

 

Best Free Lego Building Software for Mac OS

  • Bricksmith

    "Bricksmith is virtual Lego modeling for your Macintosh! Bricksmith allows you to make virtual Lego models and admire them in all three dimensions. It's an especially useful tool for creating instructions for one's Lego creations. Bricksmith offers thousands of parts and dozens of colors. You'll have the ability to create steps and submodels for intricate creations. This program is based on LDraw, a fan effort to model Lego bricks in 3D. Converters are available to feed your creations into a 3D raytracer for beautiful renderings. Bricksmith allows you to create virtual instructions for your Lego creations on your Mac. The magic is based on the LDraw library, a collection of 3D models of Lego building blocks created by enthusiasts from around the world. With Bricksmith, you never have to worry about running out of parts! For Mac OS 10.6 and up - versions for older Mac OS are available."

  • Lego Digital DesignerLego Digital Designer

    "Lego Digital Designer (LDD) is the official Lego CAD-like program. For many this smart toy will be a clear first choice. The graphics and controls are excellent. If you're accustomed to Google Earth, then you'll probably soon feel at home navigating in 3D on the virtual grid, moving building blocks and turning them through 90 degrees.

    A child-friendly user manual is provided, and there’s also a series of brief video tutorials on the LDD site to help you get started. It's up to you to mix the build and thrill. For some children, this free toy might be a fun first step towards the world of creative 3D computer graphics and CAD." (Review)

 

Best Free Civilization Building Game for Mac OS

  • Unknown Horizons

    "Unknown Horizons is an open source real-time economy simulation game with strategy elements built on an isometric 2D engine. Unknown Horizons is a 2D realtime strategy simulation with an emphasis on economy and city building. Expand your small settlement to a strong and wealthy colony, collect taxes and supply your inhabitants with valuable goods. Increase your power with a well balanced economy and with strategic trade and diplomacy. "

    "Game play: You start somewhere amidst an archipelago with nothing but a single ship and a handful of resources. Those need to suffice for you to found a rudimentary settlement. Soon, the first sailors will settle down in your city and demand a living. Can you manage the short resources well enough to have your city grow steadily? Your inhabitants will see various different increments on their way to wealthy tradesmen and each increment will bring up new demands and desires of your people. Take care about their needs, taxes are a linchpin of success in Unknown Horizons. Sooner or later you will have established a bright and big town. Other settlers in this new world will accompany and observe your progress. Now it is up to you to live in peace or maraud the peaceful. Will you end up as arbiter or tyrant? Decide with sageness and the tales to be told about you will never end."

  • Spice Trade

    "Spice Trade is a cross platform rpg/strategy/adventure game written in JAVA. Colonize Europe! Start from nothing and dominate another continent. Spread the influence of your culture while creating your own empire! Since the 14th century, Europe has been a global super power when it started colonizing other continents. But what if history had gone a different way? What would Europe be like if Asia had prevailed? Abu Al-Qazzaz is the main character in Spice Trade. He is a poor young man from Baghdad, who has inherited a house and some land.. oh, and he wants to get married too. Abu decides to try his luck in the spice game. He has to prevent the European countries from gaining a trade monopoly. Will Abu be able to beat out the Europeans in the spice trade? Could Europe have been different? How? You decide! Large Java .jar file ... still works on Mac OS X 10.9"

  • FreeCiv

    "FreeCiv is an Open Source clone of Civilization® by Microprose. Freeciv is a free turn-based multiplayer strategy game, in which each player becomes the leader of a civilization, fighting to obtain the ultimate goal: to become (or subvert) the greatest civilization. Freeciv is a Free and Open Source empire-building strategy game inspired by the history of human civilization. The game commences in prehistory and your mission is to lead your tribe from the Stone Age to the Space Age... Get the Lion GTK2 version and Run the Lion GTK2 Installer Package before running FreeCiv itself ... on the Mac OS X 10.7 - 10.9 System"

 

Best Free Physics Game for Mac OS

  • Numpty Physics

    Numpty Physics"An excellent open source and multi-platform with 35 built-in levels. It has more to offer than the free prototype of Crayon Physics Deluxe.

    You're able to draw custom shapes and have access to all levels at once, so you don't have to worry if you get stuck at a level. The sketches look more like what a 3 year old has drawn and don't have the professional feel of Crayon Physics. But who cares? I'm also not an artist!" (Review)

 

Best Free Crossword Game for Mac OS

  • CrosswordEditor

    "CrosswordEditor is a Java application for creating, editing and solving crosswords. It is free software, distributed under version 3 of the GNU General Public License. Features: You can create and edit a crossword grid that has either blocks or bars as separators. The grid may have one of several kinds of rotational or reflectional symmetry. The grid must be rectangular, and only horizontal (across) and vertical (down) fields are supported. You can write and edit clues for the fields in the grid. A clue may encompass more than one field, and a single field may even have more than one clue. A crossword may have a title as well as multiple paragraphs of styled text before the grid and after the clues. You can enter your answers to clues in the grid. You can complete a crossword over several sessions by saving and loading the crossword document between sessions. A solution to a crossword may be included with the crossword document or it may be loaded from a remote location. A solution may be encrypted, allowing the publication of competitions in which the solution is made accessible by publishing its password after the closing date. A crossword can be imported from an external source (eg, a web page or a PDF file) by "capturing" its grid and clues. A grid is captured by selecting its region in an image (eg, a screenshot). The detection of the grid within the image can be automatic.  A crossword can be exported as an HTML page, allowing it to be printed from a web browser. To conserve printer ink or toner, the blocks of a blocked grid in an exported HTML file may consist of diagonal lines of a specified density instead of a square of solid color. The program requires JRE 8 or later. Mac users download the file crosswordEditor-2_0.zip and unzip it. Then, double click the file crosswordEditor.jar to run it. There are 2 games provided in the examples folder: ready to play."

 

Best Free Nurikabe Puzzle Game for Mac OS

  • Nurikabe

    "Nurikabe is a cross platform puzzle game of mental development. Description: Nurikabe is a game of mental development, which consists of a board where you have to put "buildings" and "streets" so that all the "streets" are reported, and the "buildings" does not come together. The "buildings" are defined by a number indicating the number of squares occupied by the "building" on the board. The application shall propose such boards, to assist the player to solve, explain step by step how to solve it and make the resolution of the board. Features: Simple and Fun. Powerful and Portable. Over 100 puzzles available. You can solve your own puzzles without its solution. Very soon you can create your puzzles graphically. Compatible with all platforms supported by Java7. Now available for Java6 (only 1.0 version). "

 

Best Free Sandbox Game for Mac OS

  • Dwarf FortressDwarf Fortress

    "It is so horrendously in depth that it's nearing insanity. Everything from the dynamic flow of water in the moats to several dozen types of ore, gems, and utility stone is by the book. You can spend anything from minutes to hours playing this 'uber' creative game.

    Best of all it's only in alpha which is the infant stage of all computer games. However, for the first few hours there is a steep learning curve - you'll probably be unsure of what you're doing." (Review)

  • The Powder Toy

    "The Powder Toy is a free physics sandbox game, which simulates air pressure and velocity, heat, gravity and a countless number of interactions between different substances! Have you ever wanted to blow something up? Or maybe you always dreamt of operating an atomic power plant? Do you have a will to develop your own CPU? The Powder Toy lets you to do all of these, and even more! The Powder Toy is a free physics sandbox game, which simulates air pressure and velocity, heat, gravity and a countless number of interactions between different substances! The game provides you with various building materials, liquids, gases and electronic components which can be used to construct complex machines, guns, bombs, realistic terrains and almost anything else. You can then mine them and watch cool explosions, add intricate wirings, play with little stickmen or operate your machine. You can browse and play thousands of different saves made by the community or upload your own – we welcome your creations! "

 

Best Free Sokoban Type Game for Mac OS

  • Rocks'n'Diamonds

    "Rocks'n'Diamonds is an arcade style game for Unix, Mac OS X, Windows and DOS. Description: - arcade style game for Unix, Mac OS X, Windows and DOS in the tradition of:  "Boulder Dash" (C 64) or "Emerald Mine" (Amiga) or "Supaplex" (Amiga/PC) or "Sokoban" (PC).  Other features: - network multiplayer games (up to 4 players) for Unix platform. - local multiplayer games (up to 4 players) for all supported platforms. - soft scrolling with 50 frames per second. - freely customizable keyboard and joystick support. - stereo sound effects and music. - music modules and fullscreen in SDL version. - contains levels to play Boulder Dash, Emerald Mine and Sokoban. - lots of additional levels available (over ten thousand!). - distributed with full source code under the GNU General Public License. - available for Unix (all flavors), DOS and Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP). - known to work under BeOS and Mac OS X. - should compile on any platform supporting either X11 or SDL."

  • Lines

    "Lines is an addictive one-player cross platform board game written in Java. Lines game. Place balls of the same color in line to get score. The game starts with a 9 by 9 board with three balls chosen out of seven different colours. The player can move one ball per turn, and the player may only move a ball to a particular place if there is a path (linked set of vertical and horizontal empty cells) between the current position of the ball and the desired destination. The goal is to remove balls by forming lines (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) of at least five balls of the same colour. If the player does form such lines of at least five balls of the same colour, the balls in those lines disappear, and he gains one turn, i.e. he can move another ball. If not, three new balls are added, and the game continues until the board is full. This video game was developed in Russia in 1993. As with all Sokoban type games you must find a clear path to the spaces you need to fill - without blocking yourself - so it takes some planning ... For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_Lines"

  • JSoko

    "Description: JSoko is a Java program for playing the Sokoban game. It features path finding, auto push, auto solving, undo/redo, deadlock detection, and more. Features: Automatic path finding. Level solver. Solution optimizer. Different skins. "

Best Free Ball Redirection Puzzle Game for Mac OS

  • BallPlay Genius

    "Welcome to BallPlay Genius. A very easy to understand, yet challenging. The object is easy. Some balls roll over the screen and you can change their course by setting up plates or walls, or by removing plates. The concept of the game is pretty easy.... The balls go back and forth. They roll, as soon as they hit the wall, they'll turn 180 degrees and go back until they hit a wall. Now that's no fun now, is it? Therefore you can place plates in the puzzle. They change the direction of the balls. The number of plates you can put into a puzzle is limited, so check your limits before you start puzzle it all out. You can also remove plates by selecting the empty tool in the tool menu. Some puzzles allow placing walls, but that's a rarity. Now you can do something with the balls. What you got to do depends on the task the puzzle gives you. When you get your task in the puzzle done without getting too many balls destroyed you win the puzzle. The game is great due to it's simplicity. Anyone can understand the rules, yet the game DOES offer a challenge. The game also features a puzzle editor so come up with whatever creativity you have in mind. Features: Challenging puzzles, but still easy to understand. A puzzle editor so that more puzzles can be created and swapped. A random order feature so no problem if a puzzle doesn't get solved. A tracker that tracks which puzzles you've done and not done. You can use multiple "accounts" for that (with password if you wish) so all players on your computer have their personal data."

 

 

Best Free 2D Sidescroller Shoot-Em Up Game for Mac OS

  • Cosmoscroll

    "Cosmoscroll is a space-based shoot'em up game. Inspired by games such as R-Type and Gradius, it features side-scrolling, retro-looking graphics and chiptune music. Works on Mac OS X, and Windows systems. Cosmoscroll is a horizontal scrolling shoot 'em up game, written in C++ and using the SFML library.  This space shooter features space bandits, aliens and various power-ups. Cosmoscroll comes in two flavors:  Story Mode: Complete all levels, beat the final boss and unlock the hardcore version! Collect credits and use them for upgrading your spaceship and buying better weapons.  Arcade Mode : Hold as long as possible against more and more powerful bad guys. Try to establish a new high score and share it online to compete against other players! Don't forget to upgrade your spaceship in the Story Mode for improving your score. Intense Arcade Shooter with Classic Look and Feel - Still Working on Mac OS X 10.9!"

     

  • Defendguin

    "Defendguin is a clone of the arcade game "Defender," but with a Linux theme. Your mission is to defend little penguinoids from being captured and mutated. Features: * High-speed sidescrolling action. * Lots of music and amusing sound effects. * Lots of special effects. * Lasers and smart-bombs. * Joystick or keyboard control. * One- or two-players. * Works on Mac OS X, and Windows systems. * Big boss and fun ending sequence if you win! "

     

 

Best Free 2D Sidescroller Quest Game for Mac OS

  • SuperTux

    "Super Tux is a 'Mario Brothers' like Arcade Game for Windows or Linux or Mac X. Tux the Penguin's girlfriend, Penny, has been kidnapped! Tux must run, jump and stomp enemies while tracking her down! If you've ever Played an old sidescroller type Home Console Video Game System (like a Nintendo, for Instance) This Cool Game will bring back a LOT of Memories! SuperTux is a classic 2D jump'n run sidescroller game in a style similar to the original SuperMario games. The Milestone1 release of SuperTux features 9 enemies, 26 playable levels, software and OpenGL rendering modes, configurable joystick and keyboard input, new music and completly redone graphics. Together with a little story, we hope to provide a good gaming experince with this first Milestone release. SuperTux is a side-scrolling 2D platformer featuring Tux, the Linux mascot, but otherwise entirely unrelated to anything Linux. In the course of the game, Tux will have to make his way through lots of different levels, in order to get to and rescue Penny, who got captured by evil Nolok. "

  • Open Sonic

    "Open Sonic is an open-source game based on the "Sonic the Hedgehog" universe. It introduces a different style of gameplay called cooperative play, in which it's possible to control 3 characters simultaneously. Unlike most similar games, Open Sonic provides a greater level of interaction between the player and the levels. It's more than just a jump'n'run; the user must come up with some strategy in order to get through the levels. Open Sonic is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. Features: It's portable! No installation is required! Sonic-style physics (360° movement engine). Available in 9 languages: English, Portuguese, French, Polish, German, Czech, Dutch, Indonesian, & Italian. 2 levels + innovative items + extras. You can create your own levels using the built-in level editor. You can make your own custom items, enemies and bosses using our object scripting system. MODdable capabilities."

 

Best Free Color Matching Tile Game for Mac OS

  • Tripod

    "Description: Tripod is a color matching tile board game for one to four players. Works on Linux, Windows, and Mac Systems! Tripod is a strategy game where you can only place your tiles in spaces with matching colors for your tile. Play proceeds in order until no more moves are possible by any player - then high score wins. It SOUNDS Easy ... but even the Dumbest AI Player will challenge you. Normal AI Plays VERY Strong - Simple AI plays well."

 

Best Free Minesweeper Game for Mac OS

  • Minesweeper for Java

    "This is a Minesweeper clone written in Java. Minesweeper is a single-player puzzle video game. The objective of the game is to clear a rectangular board containing hidden "mines" without detonating any of them, with help from clues about the number of neighboring mines in each field. This project works on Mac OS X 10.9.5 running on a MacPro3,1 and is the best free Minesweeper game I can find for Apple Mac OS X!"

 

Best Free Tower Defense Game for Mac OS

  • ASD - Tower Defense

    "ASD - Tower Defense is an open-source Tower Defense game developed in Java. Why this Tower defense is different than others? There are a large number of "Tower Defense" games but in most of them, creatures move on a fixed path. In this game there is no predefined path, you must slow the creatures strategically to prevent them from reaching your castle. To achieve this, the player can place the towers on the ground to force the creatures to move in another path. Thus the player can determine the path that the creatures will follow. "

  • Pix TD

    "Description: A tower defense game developed in Java. Based on the famous concept from Warcraft 3 and inspired by VectorTD. Unlike other tower defense games out there here the players have the ability to build their own maze of towers and even create their own maps. Download file PixTDv1.7.rar and unpack it. Find the file PixTD.jar and double click it."

 

Best Free Network Connecting Puzzle Game for Mac OS

  • jnetwalk

    "jnetwalk is a cross platform Java clone of that great KDE game KNetWalk. Requires Java 1.5 or Later. In the game of Netwalk, you are a network administrator, and someone has scrambled your network. Your job is to rotate all the pieces so that every computer is connected to the server by pipes and there are no lose ends in your network. Of course, the less work you need to do to complete your network the better, so Netwalk is scored by the number of clicks it takes you to rotate everything into place.  Find useful tips for solving Netwalk puzzles in this Netwalk tutorial"

 

Best Free Jigsaw Puzzle for Mac OS

  • Libre Jigsaw

    "Libre Jigsaw is an AWESOME cross platform Jigsaw Puzzle Game written in Java 6! Game Features: Tile shape - square or hexagonal. Number of pieces (approx. 12 to 250). Individual pieces and smaller connected groups always "float" above larger connected groups, preventing smaller groups and single pieces from being hidden. Random shape generation - non-uniform shapes guarantee that no two plays will be the same. Image preview. Images are scaled to fit on your screen. Option to select background color. Multiple selection for moving pieces. Multiple layers (play areas) provide more space for sorting and arranging pieces. Choose from several in-game images, or solve one of your own photos as a jigsaw puzzle. What's New: Jigsaw puzzles can be saved and loaded. "

  • Jigsaws Galore Free

    "A free jigsaw puzzle game comes with 64 beautiful puzzles for you to solve. Each puzzle can be played many times over by changing the number of pieces or the style of pieces. Simply right-click a completed puzzle icon to start it over."

 

Best Free Senku Puzzle Game for Mac OS

  • Senku

    "Senku is a cross platform, free, and fun board game: also known as English peg solitaire. The peg solitaire game, also known as English peg solitaire or Senku is of uncertain origin. It is a board game played with pegs: in the classic mode, the board has 33 positions and 32 pegs because the center position starts off empty. The game is to remove the pegs by jumping over one - into an empty hole, removing the one jumped - but only with horizontal and vertical movements. To solve the game is to leave only one piece on the board AND to leave it in the center position (which was initially empty). In the reverse modes, initially there is only one piece on the board: with the movements (jumping from one empty position to another position to get empty) tokens are added to get only one position is vacant on the board. Copyright. © - The Peg-Solitaire program was created by I. De Marchi, which owns the copyright of the program. The program (binaries, source files, documentation, help files and images) are distributed under GPL v. 3.0."

 

Best Free Tangram Puzzle Game for Mac OS

  • jTans

    "jTans is a java version of Tangram, a (not so) ancient Chinese puzzle. The Tangram is a (not so) ancient puzzle. The object is to put seven geometric shapes together so as to form a given outline. All the pieces must be used and are laid next to one another. The pieces are five triangles, a square and a parallelogram. Sometimes there is more than one solution. They're all accepted as long as they have the same outline. It is also important to note (specially for a computer version) that it is not sufficient to move and rotate the pieces : you may need to flip the parallelogram. jTans features: Java2 application wich may be used as an applet, a standalone application or a Java Web Start application. (there is also a C/GTK version for Linux and Unix called gTans). 290 figures to solve. Hint and solution. Most of the game colors and textures are configurable. Internationnalized (actually english, spanish an partially french). Resizeable window. The size of the pieces (relative to the game area) may be changed. The solved figures are remembered."

  • PIECES

    "PIECES is a cross platform program to play the traditional Tangram, game of Chinese origin. It consists on constructing shapes with some polygonal pieces. Traditionally the game has seven pieces, but there are also variations with 5 pieces, 14 pieces and others. Works on Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, and more systems. The program PIECES allows you: To play the tangram in 39 different modalities. To create your own shapes. To elaborate more than 18,000 shapes proposed by the program. Generate automatically new figures. To preserve your personal records. And, to customize the pieces colors."

 

Best Free Tetris Clone Game for Mac OS

  • Jetris

    "JETRIS is a Java 7 based Tetris clone for the desktop. JETRIS is focused on a fast gaming, so a game usually takes about 10 min. Jetris can be run on any Operating System which has JAVA Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.7.0 or above. How to Play: Use the following keys to play JETRIS: A or Left Arrow - Move the figure to left. D or Right Arrow - Move the figure to right. W or Up Arrow - Rotate the figure. S or Down Arrow - Move the figure quick down. Space - Drop the figure immediately. P or 'Pause' Button - Pause. R or 'Restart' Button - Restart. H - View HiScore. Esc - Exit "

 

Best Free Choose Your Own Adventure Story for Mac OS

  • Java Fabled Lands (JaFL)

    "Java Fabled Lands (JaFL) ... (formerly known as FLApp) ... Java Fabled Lands is an adaptation of the Fabled Lands gamebook series: travel through a fantastic world, amassing skill, wealth, and fame, while avoiding sudden death. Presents the complete text to preserve the spirit of the original Choose Your Own Adventure type books of the same name. (Do you remember Fighting Fantasy? No? What about Choose Your Own Adventure? A few heads are nodding.) The basic concept is an interactive story, written in the second person, cut up into short numbered sections; at the end of each section you're given a choice as to which section comes next, based on your 'action' within the narrative. A gamebook adds some RPG-ish rules to the mix. Essentially it's a solo role-playing game with a lot of reading. This project is an adaptation of the six published books for the computer. Note the word 'adaptation': I've tried to stay as close as possible to the original text, handling all the rules and leaving the player free to read and enjoy without the (sometimes tedious) record-keeping. The player is faced with something very much like a web-page, and other windows displaying a map and the character's abilities. Requires Java 6. "

 

Best Free Solitaire for Mac OS

  • PySolFC

    "PySolFC stands for Python Solitaire - Fan Club Edition and it is a collection of more than 1000 solitaire games. (1061 as of this post.) This Is The Best Game: 722 versions of Regular Cards Solitaire / 200 Mahjongg Solitaire layouts / 139 "Other" Games - quite unique and hard to describe - all-in-one Java program! Music Packs and/or 153 Extra decks of Card Faces are available for download HERE . There are games that use the 52 card International Pattern deck, games for the 78 card Tarock deck, eight and ten suit Ganjifa games, Hanafuda games, Matrix games, Mahjongg games, and games for an original hexadecimal-based deck. Its features include modern look and feel (uses Tile widget set), multiple cardsets and tableau backgrounds, sound, unlimited undo, player statistics, a hint system, demo games, a solitaire wizard, support for user written plug-ins, an integrated HTML help browser, and lots of documentation. PySolFC is open source and distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. The List of all 1061 Games: http://pysolfc.sourceforge.net/all_games.html "

  • Full Deck Solitaire

    "A beautiful card game with an easy-to-use user interface, more than 20 uniquely different variations of Solitaire, statistics for each game, three-level hint system and other options."

  • Solitaire!

    "Place all the cards in each suit in stacks of ascending rank in this Klondike solitaire, a popular solitaire card game, with clean and vivid graphics and game features including deal 1 or 3 cards, scoring option, autosave when exit, background and card deck themes."

  • Solitaire Free

    "Combines five free solitaire games into one app, including Freecell, Golf, Klondike, Pyramid and Yukon, with sound effects, automatic saving and loading, and detailed help for you to learn new games easily."

 

Best Free Blackjack Card Game for Mac OS

  • Blackjack (by Metallic Entertainment)

    "Blackjack (by Metallic Entertainment) in Java. Description: This is a Blackjack Game based on Java (AWT) thus it runs on any platform where there's a Java VM. The game uses the SVG-Cards by David Bellot. To use it: Download the file "Blackjack-1.0-bin.zip" and unzip it. Then double click on "Blackjack.jar". The graphics in this one are very nice. This is the editor's favorite Blackjack game."

  • Blackjack Game

    "Blackjack Game with AI lets you Play blackjack against the dealer or an AI player. Description This is one of the few blackjack games that has a computerized opponent that plays very effectively. In teaching mode, you can learn how to play blackjack in the mathematically ideal way, and win more than 50% of the time. Blackjack is a card game in which you try to get a combination of cards greater than the dealers hand but not greater than 21. Going over 21 is called busting and you loose the hand. This application lets you play blackjack on an account you can create that keeps track of your settings and your money. There is an AI player to play against and try to beat, and a learning mode where you can learn how to play blackjack perfectly, and make money. Editor's note: ALL cards are shown as Spades.  I complained to the developer that I never saw a Heart: and he pointed out that suits are irrelevant in Blackjack, and it does not affect game play. The AI Teaching System is a nice, and unique, touch: so you might want to try this one despite the jarring visual appearance of it."

 

Best Free Hearts Game for Mac OS

  • Hardwood HeartsHardwood Hearts

    "One of the recommendable free products for the Hearts game though it requires you to upgrade to a full version if you need additional features. Learn to play with its in-game tutorials if you are new to the game.

    This application comes with unique graphic design, full of color, sound and visual effects, such as flip-and-turn of the playing cards, etc. You choose to play with computer opponents or with people from around the world over the Internet connecting to its online game server." (Review)

 

Best Free Backgammon for Mac OS

  • zonBackgammon

    "zonBackgammon is a simple Backgammon game. As all the applications developed by zonSoftware, the main focus is the ease of use. This is a test, not a full working game. Do not expect the AI to be good. Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or Later."

  • jGammon

    "JGammon - Backgammon for Java JGammon is a Backgammon client with nice graphics written in Java. It allows a TCP-based network-game. It supports saving and loading of board setups, undoing moves, "secure dice" and has got an own chat client and a help system. A computer player is included, stronger ones are being worked on. Features Nice java-swing user interface, intuitive usage board setups can be saved in case you want to finish a started game at a later date. The players can not cheat. The dice values are negotiated with a secure dice protocol Connection to a gnu backgammon server is possible, so external AI is present. An integrated chat-client that announces new messages visually instead of audibly. The ability to undo moves till the other player has thrown the dice The board can be turned and flipped as you wish Moves of the remote partner are animated The history of the game can be displayed."

 

Best Free Billiards and Pool Game for Mac OS

  • Pool!

    "Play 8-ball pool against computer or your friend. Game features include one or two players modes, for left and right hands, real 3D ball animation and hints for precise aiming."

 

Best Free Chinese Checkers Game for Mac OS

  • Bordeaux1 Chinese Checkers

    "Description: Bordeaux1 Chinese Checkers is a playable Chinese Checkers simulator with GUI and AI. It was developed for a master's project and thesis at the University of Sciences and Technologies of Bordeaux 1, France, by a group of four computer science students. As of Christmas 2015 this is still the best open source Chinese Checkers game I can find. Still works on all platforms that support Java 8. A.I. Player is is still masterful."

 

Best Free Kakuro Game for Mac OS

  • CrozzSum

    "Crozz Sum (Kakuro), A simple cross platform Kakuro puzzle generator, written using Java Swing. Kakuro is a kind of logic puzzle that is often referred to as a mathematical transliteration of the crossword. The canonical Kakuro puzzle is played in a grid of filled and barred cells, "black" and "white" respectively. Apart from the top row and leftmost column which are entirely black, the grid is divided into "entries"—lines of white cells—by the black cells. The black cells contain a diagonal slash from upper-left to lower-right and a number in one or both halves, such that each horizontal entry has a number in the black half-cell to its immediate left and each vertical entry has a number in the black half-cell immediately above it. These numbers, borrowing crossword terminology, are commonly called "clues". The objective of the puzzle is to insert a digit from 1 to 9 inclusive into each white cell such that the sum of the numbers in each entry matches the clue associated with it and that no digit is duplicated in any entry. It is that lack of duplication that makes creating Kakuro puzzles with unique solutions possible, and which means solving a Kakuro puzzle involves investigating combinations more, compared to Sudoku in which the focus is on permutations. There is an unwritten rule for making Kakuro puzzles that each clue must have at least two numbers that add up to it, since including only one number is mathematically trivial when solving Kakuro puzzles."

 

Best Free Nonogram Game for Mac OS

  • FreeNono

    "Description: FreeNono is a cross platform open-source implementation of the Nonogram game — a logic puzzle in which cells in a grid have to be colored or left blank according to numbers given at the side of the grid to reveal a hidden picture. FreeNono is distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL. Features: Solve a logic puzzle and uncover the hidden picture. Includes more than 1000 nonograms. Generates random nonograms. Different game modes: Against the time, with a maximum number of allowed errors. Available as Windows Installer, Debian/Ubuntu package and Jar Zip file. "

 

Best Free Computer Go for Mac OS

  • Goban

    "Use Goban 3.2.12 to play the game of go against the program. Play with people on the Internet go servers or your local network. Observe live pro and amateur games on IGS, the Internet Go Server. Review and analyze games. Browse through joseki or fuseki libraries... Goban is a powerful, simple, fast go board for Mac OS X. Goban 3.2.12 - Still Works on Mac OS X 10.9!"

 

Best Free Reversi for Mac OS

  • Reversi

    "Reversi (a.k.a. Othello) is a game based on a grid with eight rows and eight columns, played between you and the computer, by adding pieces with two sides: black and white.  At the beginning of the game there are 4 pieces in the grid, the player with the black pieces is the first one to place his piece on the board.  Each player must place a piece in a position that there exists at least one straight (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) line between the new piece and another piece of the same color, with one or more contiguous opposite pieces between them. The program requires JRE 6 or later."

 

Best Free Checkers Game for Mac OS

  • EBFCheckers

    "Description: A Checkers game implementation in Java that is optimized for AI's. It includes a basic GUI and a trainer for learning AI's. This started as a Checkers program for a Checkers AI contest in the Stanford EPGY 2008 summer AI course. To use: download the file EBFCheckers_v1.26.zip and unzip it. Then, double click the file EBFCheckers_v1.26.jar to run it."

  • Wexler's Checkers

    "Description: NOTE: THIS GAME REQUIRES JAVA 7 OR GREATER. I made this game for my AP Computer Science class back in 2007, junior year of high school. There are a few bugs that I never had a chance to fix. For Windows, just download and run the exe. For Linux, just download the jar and run it via the command "java -jar checkers.jar". For Mac, download the file checkers.jar somewhere, and then double click on the file to run it."

 

Best Free Chess for Mac OS

  • Tyrannus

    "Tyrannus is a Chess GUI and Engine built in Java (but It launches in the Terminal.) Description: Tyrannus is not yet completely finished! I will continue to release updates as I make major strides towards completing the program. Please Note: As of January 28, 2012, and the release of version 2.0, I, Koleman Nix, am still the sole programmer of Tyrannus. If anyone would like to work on this project with me, just send me a message and we can see about that. Latest Update: The Engine beats me easily now, and I have pre-programmed 4 different difficulties into the release of version 2.0. The idea is that 1.0 was a chess app, and 2.0 is a chess engine. Hope you enjoy playing against the engine! Good luck."

  • SCID vs. Mac

    "Shane's Chess Information Database is a powerful Chess Toolkit, with which one can create huge databases, run chess engines, and play casual games against the computer or online with the Free Internet Chess Server. It was originally written by Shane Hudson , and has received strong contribution from Pascal Georges and others. Scid vs. Mac began with bug-fixes for the computer-versus-player features of Scid (hence the name), but has evolved into a solid alternative with many new features and interfaces."

  • DreamChess

    "DreamChess is an open source chess game. Our primary target platforms are Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. DreamChess features 3D OpenGL graphics and provides various chess board sets, ranging from classic wooden to flat figurines. A moderately strong chess engine is included: Dreamer. However, should this engine be too weak for you, then you can use any other XBoard-compatible chess engine, including the popular Crafty and GNU Chess. Other features include music, sound effects, on-screen move lists using SAN notation, undo functionality, and savegames in PGN format."

  • Java Frittle Chess

    "Cross-Platform Java Frittle Chess ... Description: Cross-Platform Java Chess game. Based on Frittle engine and xChess project. Editors note: Straightforward Chess game that works well on Mac OS X 10.9.5 and has a strong AI opponent. Looks like someone mated 2 different Sourceforge projects to get a working chess game."

 

Best Free Recreated Classic Board Games for Mac OS

  • Scrabble3D

    "Scrabble3D extends the conventional idea of Scrabble by adding a third dimension. You do not only play from left to right or top to bottom but as well 'into the depth' that means in front or back of tiles. Scrabble3D has more fields and uses therefore a larger letter set. Compared to the classic game, the major focus is on the search for valid and precious combinations, especially when the cube gets filled with tiles. Of course classic games using a 15x15 fields or Superscrabble with 21x21 squares can be played too, and you may configure any field setting yourself. Aim of the program is to provide as much flexibility as possible: you can configure letter set, dictionary, localization, and design in various aspects. An excellent recreation of "Scrabble" that goes a dimension further."

  • Cluedo

    "Cluedo, The Art of Murder is a murder mystery game in which you take on the roll of a detective, you use your logic and deduction to deduce the murderer and win the game, proving that you are the master sleuth. Main features: Several colourful several maps (and mapping tools) Artificial Intelligence AI players Configurable weapons and character cards and images Sounds effects and ambience sounds Support for multiple languages An excellent recreation of "Clue" for your computer - the same exact file has worked the same exact way for over 10 years now ... we know the download is ancient. Give it a try."

  • AnImOSY

    "ANother IMplementation Of Scotland Yard - Java implementation of the Ravensburger board game 'Scotland Yard'. While the program takes the role of Mr. X, you have to coordinate the detectives in order to catch the fugitive. Turn Based Strategy Board game from the Euro zone ... almost unknown in the USA."

  • Domination

    "Domination is a Friendlier version of RISK, written in JAVA 1.4 (for most systems), and Ported to the Android and Blackberry platforms, too! Quote: Domination is a game which can be described in one word alone: Dominate! we are a friendly fork of another project on sf.net, with extra emphasis on being friendly to everyone! This game requires java 1.4 or higher. Classic Board Games, Turn Based Strategy. The Classic Board Game "Risk" in faithful detail! But watch out! Even the Dumb AI Players will mop up the board with you .... tough to beat! "

  • Eliot

    "Eliot is a cross platform Scrabble game with a powerful AI opponent! Eliot is an open source Scrabble game, freely available under the GNU GPL license. Eliot offers four different game modes. The free game mode is the standard one, ideal for having fun with the AI or your friends or family. The players play in turn on the board, each with his own rack. Play Scrabble in any of a Dozen Languages - With or Without other Humans! To use Eliot, you need both the software and a dictionary."

  • Scotland Yard

    "This is a game of Scotland Yard, which has been coded in Java. The moves of Mr. X are made by the program, while the human player makes the detective moves. This version features enhanced AI and black tickets for Mr. X, i18n support and German translation. Features: Enhanced GUI with detective positions shown on the map Greedy strategy for Mr. X. Java program that tested OK on Mac OS X (10.9.5) IF you go into the bin folder and launch "sy.jar"... When you start the game Mr. X moves first and you are left to move to catch him."

 

Best Free Sudoku Puzzle, Generator and Solver for Mac OS

  • Dancing Sudoku

    "Dancing Sudoku is a cross platform Java based tool that can solve or generate special Sudoku puzzles — including 4X4 grid and 16X16 grid Sudoku puzzles — in addition to the regular 9X9 grid puzzles!

    Introduction: Dancing Sudoku is a tool that can solve or generate Sudoku puzzles. You might wonder why there is another of those tools needed since there are already many of them available. This project was started as a kind of academic exercise. On a forum I found the remark that Donald Knuth's algorithm for solving the Exact Cover Problem can be applied to the Sudoku problem. Donald Knuth calls his algorithm 'Dancing Links', and that is where the name 'Dancing Sudoku' comes from. By transforming the Sudoku problem into an Exact Coverage problem, Sudoku puzzles can be solved in a very fast and efficient way. There is also no distinction anymore between easy and hard to solve puzzles. The algorithm treats every puzzle as a recursive search tree.

    Installation: For running the application you will need a Java Runtime Environment installed on your computer. Now, follow the next steps: • Download DancingSudoku.zip from here. • Extract the content to your local filesystem. • Go to the ..\DancingSudoku\bin folder. • Double click on the DancingSudoku.jar file - That is all. Editor's top Sudoku recommendation because it makes these super easy 4 by 4 Sudoku grids, as well as impossible 16 by 16 grids, in addition to the common 9 by 9 kind."

  • Star SUDOKU

    "StarSUDOKU - A Java-Based Sudoku Game and Sudoku Puzzle Solver. Star SUDOKU is a Java 5 version of the popular Sudoku logic game. Description: Java version of the popular Sudoku logic game. Intends to provide an advanced user interface. Create random sudoku grids or design your own to play/solve. Can be used as sudoku generator, solver. Export sudoku grids as PDF, RTF, HTML, XML and CSV "

  • Suqoku

    "Suqoku is a cross platform Sudoku game and Sudoku game constructor written in QT 4. It can open game files from other Sudoku games and generate random games. Features: Load Sudoku puzzles from other games. / Generate random Sudoku puzzles. / Create your own Puzzles or take them from newspapers. Pick a level of difficulty and start the game. Simply right click on a cell: and all the options you need are in there. Enjoy!"

  • HoDoKu

    HoDoKu

    "An open source program allows you to generate Sudoku puzzles in five different and configurable difficulty levels. It also includes a solver and an analyzer to help you solve the puzzles.

    You can view a summary of solving techniques and solution paths, with the steps on the corresponding grid to help you analyze the game. You can also opt for a practising mode, tick one or more techniques to be included in a new puzzle. It's not only a game to play but also a nice tool for learning and honing your skills." (Review)

  • Macdoku

    "Macdoku is a Sudoku assistant, generator, and solver for OS X. Pick a level of dificulty and start the game. Click on a cell and type the number you want in there. Enjoy!"

  • MUSoSu

    "MUSoSu - Marios Sudoku, is a sudoku solver/ generator written in Java. MUSoSu is a free software project for playing, solving and generating Sudoku games. It is developed in Java, so it should work on any system, and it's source is distributed under the terms of the General Public License. As a sudoku solver it tries to simulate the way human players solve sudokus. Several selectable heuristic methods are provided for this purpose. Brute force solving is also supported for completeness. As a sudoku generator it tries to create sudoku problems which don't require "trial and error" methods to be solved. MUSoSu tries to be explanatory and educative, showing the actions taken to solve a sudoku and providing aids to the human player. MUSoSu is themable through XML coded themes, which can be created with the theming tool provided in the program. MUSoSu is developed with extendability in mind. New solving or generating methods can be relatively easily added. MUSoSu also features a difficulty estimator based on it's native solver and also the ability to import, edit and save sudokus. MUSoSu runs on any platform and operating system where Java 5.0 or later is available. A port for mobile java devices is possible but not yet done. Future thoughts also include network/distributed game functionality in combat and collaborative modes. "

  • Java + Sudoku = Judoku

    "Java + Sudoku = Judoku a JAVA implementation of Sudoku. Description: Java implementation of Sudoku. Visually attractive, interactive version. with intelligent and brute force solving strategies. "

 
 
 
 
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Best Free Comic Book Reader for Mac OS

  • iStrip

    "An application to view and archive comic strips available online, with support for over 600 strips built in. You can download comic strip and cache them for offline viewing as well"

  • Sequential

    "Sequential was originally designed for opening a folder of images and displaying them in order. It works well for viewing comics and manga, and can display folders and archives (ZIP, RAR, CBZ and CBR) of images (including JPEG, PNG, and GIF) and PDF files."

  • Simple Comic

    "An intuitive comic reader on the Mac with a clean interface gives you full control of your viewing experience. Features include archive handling, page ordering and scaling, text notes, page capture, full screen thumbnail view and more."

 

Best Free Desktop Publishing Program for Mac OS

  • ScribusScribus

    "It's the real thing; a professional quality page layout program capable of producing press-ready output. The feature list is impressive; basically everything you want is there including "CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.

    Graphics manipulation is handled via an interface to Gimp. Scribus can also import from and export to programs in the OpenOffice suite. The user interface is highly functional and the documentation is excellent, with lots of support from the user community." (Review)

 

Best Free eBook Reader for Mac OS

  • CalibreCalibre

    "An open source eBook library management application supports extensive file conversions, with the ability to convert over thirteen document formats into EPUB, PDF and MOBI formats for use on popular eBook-readers like the SONY PRS 500/505/700, Cybook Gen 3, Amazon Kindle (1 and 2) and the iPhone (with the stanza reader software).

    You can also set up Calibre to fetch news from websites and RSS feeds and convert it into a compatible format, so you can load up your eBook-reader with information from your favorite sites. There's even a built-in web server so you can access your eBook collection remotely. It even has a cover-flow browsing feature for your books." (Review)

 

Best Free Notes Organizer for Mac OS

  • EvernoteEvernote

    "An outstanding product provides you with an excellent solution to manage notes and snippets of information. You can create notes on the page, drag-and-drop or cut-and-paste them with material including text and images.

    This application supports multiple notebooks. To help organize your notes, the program allows for attaching multiple tags to a note. You can then choose to enter your tags, in addition to any keywords, to search for the stored information, while you can also sort your notes easily by a column title in a list view." (Review)

  • Tomboy

    "If you want to have a useful tool to relate notes and ideas together with a wiki-like linking system then Tomboy could be the answer.

    Left-click Tomboy's tray icon and select "Create New Note", you can then start describing your new note to which a link is automatically created. Right-click on selected words in a note and choose "Link to New Note", the selected words will then become an anchor text with a hyperlink to a new note, in which you can add more descriptions." (Review)

 

Best Free Mind Mapping Software for Mac OS

  • FreePlane

    "Freeplane is a free and open source software application that supports thinking, sharing information and getting things done at work, in school and at home. The software can be used for mind mapping and analyzing the information contained in mind maps. Freeplane runs on any operating system that has a current version of Java installed. It can be run locally or portably from removable storage like a USB drive. It can be used for knowledge and project management, notetaking, presentations, and writing essays, books and theses. Freeplane is a mind mapper; a generic tree editor, outliner and visualization tool with strong emphasis on knowledge management, presentation and manipulation. Essentially it's a knowledge/information management environment for people, not computers - that is, the aim is to make the information maximally comprehensible and manageable for the user. Freeplane is the Community Choice SourceForge project of the Month for June 2014 and the staff choice for July 2014"

  • ThinkingRock 2.2.1

    "The last free version of ThinkingRock is 2.2.1 - a cross-platform Java Mind Mapping and GTD program. ThinkingRock is a platform independent Java application for Getting Things Done (GTD) - the management methodology and best-selling book by David Allen. If you don't have time to download and use this software then you really need it."

  • FreeMind

    "FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java.  The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool."

 

Best Free Office Suite for Mac OS

  • LibreOfficeLibreOffice

    "A prime choice when it comes to freeware office suites. For both the average and the more advanced user the writer is easy to use and very productive, and it offers all the tools they will ever need. The spreadsheet editor, just like the writer, is very easy to understand. All modules of LibreOffice are spectacular alternatives for those who don’t wish to fork out the big bucks. (Warning!  All Apache OpenOffice versions 4.1.1 and older are affected by CVE-2015-1774 and have a serious security vulnerability/DoS fault that requires you to MANUALLY remove a library from deep within your installation in order to repair it. LibreOffice does not have that same vulnerability. You are advised to switch from OpenOffice at once!)'" (Review)

 

Best Free PDF Reader for Mac OS

  • Skim

    "A PDF reader and note-taker for OS X, designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file."

  • Adobe Reader

    "A PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all PDF documents. You can use it to view, search, digitally sign, verify, print, and collaborate on PDF files."

 

Best Free PDF Tools for Mac OS

  • PDFsamPDFsam

    "PDFsam (PDF Split and Merger) is well worth trying if you need to visually re-order or recompose multiple pages of PDF files.

    You can mix, merge or extract, split and rotate pages by specifying the page numbers. However, PDFsam also lets you re-organize PDF pages in a thumbnail view. In this mode, you can easily work with thumbnails to merge, delete, rotate or re-order PDF pages and save the results as another PDF file." (Review)

  • PDF Converter Free

    "An easy-to-use tool that allows a PDF document to be converted to a fully editable PowerPoint Mac 2008/2011 pptx presentation—preserving the original layout of the presentation complete with original fonts and embedded images, graphs/charts."

 

Best Free PDF Writer for Mac OS

  • PDFwriter for Mac

    "PDFwriter is a printer driver for Mac OS X, which will let you generate PDF files by simply printing. PDFwriter is heavily based on CUPS-PDF. It doesn't use ghostscript to generate PDF files, instead it uses the Mac OS X internal pdf capabilities."

 

Best Free Personal Finance for Mac OS

  • GnuCashGnuCash

    "If you are looking for a quick education in double entry accounting, look no further than GnuCash. It will ease you into the "Assets = Liabilities + Equity" accounting equation and help you keep tabs of your budget without using the categories commonly used in commercial personal finance applications.

    It also allows you to create various accounts in each category and a full suite of standard and customizable reports." (Review)

  • Buddi

    "Buddi is a personal finance and budgeting program, aimed at those who have little or no financial background.  In making this software, I have attempted to make things as simple as possible, while still retaining enough functions to satisfy most home users."

 

Best Free Project Manager for Mac OS

  • ProjectLibre

    ProjectLibre is an open source alternative to Microsoft Project.  ProjectLibre is compatible with Microsoft Project 2003, 2007 and 2010 files. You can simply open them on Linux, Mac OS or Windows. ProjectLibre key features are: Compatibility with Microsoft Project 2010, User Interface improvement, Gantt Chart, PERT Chart, Network Diagram, Earned Value Costing

  • GanttProject

    GanttProject"It is a very good project management tool and very usable for small to medium size projects, with a surprisingly good depth of features and accessories for a free product.

    As its name suggest, it's excellent for making Gantt charts, great for making logical and easy-to-understand development plans. One of the features I particularly liked was the ability to put in a percentage complete bar inside the timeline of that particular stage." (Review)

  • OpenProj

    "OpenProj is an open-source desktop project management application similar to Microsoft Project. OpenProj has a familiar user interface and even opens existing MS Project files. OpenProj is interoperable with Project, Gantt Charts and PERT charts. OpenProj is a free, open source project management solution. OpenProj is a complete replacement of Microsoft Project and other commercial project solutions. OpenProj is ideal for desktop project management and is available on Linux, Unix, Mac or Windows. It even opens existing Microsoft or Primavera files. OpenProj shares the industry's most advanced scheduling engine with Project-ON-Demand and provides Gantt Charts, Network Diagrams (PERT Charts), WBS and RBS charts, Earned Value costing and more. There is literally no time or effort involved in switching to OpenProj, and your teams can manage projects on any platform for free. "

 

Best Free Text Editor for Mac OS

  • TextWrangler

    "A free notepad/text editor which is programmer friendly and can also be used as a Unix Admin Service Editor. It has a built-in "plugins" section - meaning that programmers can write source code additions to the program. It also has a function browser so that you can quickly find and jump to the function you're looking for."

  • Aquamacs

    "Aquamacs is an Aqua-native build of the powerful Emacs text editor. By "Aqua-native," we mean more than just the fact that this version of Emacs runs as a standard OS X application.  Aquamacs features extensive customization: it will feel and behave mostly like an Aqua program - while still being a real GNU Emacs with all the ergonomy and extensibility you've come to expect from this world-class editor."

 

Best Free Word Processor for Mac OS

  • Growly Write

    "Growly Write - It’s a word processor, not a nuclear reactor The range of documents you can create in Write is staggering: multiple columns, chapters with different layouts, pictures that flow with the text or pictures that text wraps around, drop caps, tables, lists, links within a document or to web pages, borders simple and complex, and a complete toolkit of text formats. But everything is easy to find. "

  • Bean

    "A small, easy-to-use word processor that is designed to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable. Bean is lean, fast and uncluttered. It starts up quickly, has a live word count, and is easy on the eyes."

 
 
 
 
 Best Free Internet and Email for Mac OS
 

Best Free BitTorrent Client for Mac OS

  • qBittorrent

    "I was amazed at how quickly qBittorrent got going on the torrents. Many of the other clients would have speeds jump around, but qBittorrent ran at a stable speed level throughout the download." (Review)

  • µTorrent

    "This is a top flight bittorrent program with excellent speeds on torrents, an efficient and stable client with a large amount of features packed into a tiny program. It's also by far and away the most popular bittorrent client with the excellent support by FAQs, guides and forums. Wide acceptance at private sites." (Review | Guides for Optimizing µTorrent)

  • Transmission

    "Transmission is a cross-platform BitTorrent client that is open source, easy, lean and powerful." (Guides for Optimizing Transmission)

  • Vuze

    "The Vuze Bittorrent Client is an end-to-end application for all your torrent needs. Although it is a complete bittorrent downloader, Vuze maintains a lightweight footprint, doesn't slow your computer down, and quickly downloads torrents. Vuze makes it easy for you to find torrents anywhere, whether you are downloading torrents from a tracker site or anywhere else on the web. Once you find a torrent the Vuze Bittorrent Client makes it simple to download torrents and automatically optimizes torrent download speeds. Once your downloaded torrents are finished Vuze makes it straightforward and simple to watch and listen to the content you downloaded. Vuze simply covers anything you'll run into when downloading bittorrent torrents." (Guides for Optimizing Vuze)

 

Best Free Download Manager for Mac OS

  • 4K Video Downloader

    "4K Video Downloader allows to download video, audio and subtitles from YouTube, and many other video sites, in high-quality and as fast as your computer and connection will allow. Downloading is simple and straightforward: just copy the video link from your browser and click 'Paste Url'."

  • MacX YouTube Downloader

    "MacX YouTube Downloader is specially designed for Mac users to not only download videos from YouTube for free but also download videos from Facebook, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Vevo, and another 300+ video sharing sites. It supports free downloading YouTube videos on Mac of different resolution and format, including common YouTube videos or HD videos in 8k/5k/4K Ultra HD, 1080P or 720P."

  • Progressive Downloader

    "A free download manager for your Mac that supports multi-thread downloading and mirror search. It's also capable to download files from the most popular file hosting services."

  • JDownloader

    "An open-source download management tool with a huge community of developers that makes downloading as easy and fast as it should be. Users can start, stop or pause downloads, set bandwidth limitations, auto-extract archives and more."

 

Best Free Email Client for Mac OS

  • Mozilla ThunderbirdMozilla Thunderbird

    "A free open source POP and IMAP email client with an intuitive user interface, customizable and expandable through add-ons.

    A notable extension is Webmail, allowing POP3 access to webmail services operated by Yahoo, Hotmail, Lycos, MailDotCom, Gmail and Libero. Thunderbird email files can be indexed by the Google and other desktop search programs." (Review)

  • Opera Mail

    An email client built into your browser - right where you need it the most.  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.

 

Best Free File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Client for Mac OS

  • FileZillaFileZilla

    A very credible alternative to commercial programs, lightweight, totally reliable and easy to use with a simple layout. It has most features including a site manager, firewall and proxy support, SFTP, SSL and Kerberos GSS security, restart, drag 'n drop and a lot more. (Review)

  • Cyberduck

    "Cyberduck is an open source FTP, SFTP, WebDAV and Amazon S3 browser licenced under the GPL with an easy to use interface, integration with external editors and support for many Mac OS X system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, QuickLook and the Keychain." (Review)

 

Best Free Hotspot Finder for Mac OS

  • Angry IP Scanner

    " Angry IP Scanner (or simply ipscan) is an open-source and cross-platform network scanner designed to be fast and simple to use. It scans IP addresses and ports as well as has many other features. It is widely used by network administrators and just curious users around the world, including large and small enterprises, banks, and government agencies. It runs on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X, possibly supporting other platforms as well. "

  • Wireshark

    "Wireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer. It lets you see what's happening on your network at a microscopic level. It is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions."

 

Best Free Instant Messaging Client for Mac OS

  • GQMessenger

    "GQMessenger is an open-sourced cross platform all-in-one messaging client. The client includes AOL OSCAR, IRC, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, and ICQ (OSCAR). Written in Java for cross-platform support. Additional Project Details: Languages English Intended Audience Developers, End Users/Desktop User Interface Cocoa (MacOS X), Win32 (MS Windows), X Window System (X11) Programming Language Java."

  • Psi

    "Psi is an instant messaging application for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X that connects to the free, open XMPP network. XMPP is an open instant messaging protocol that drives the world's largest open IM network. Whether you use Windows, Linux, or a Mac, Psi is right at home on your desktop. From the system tray icon on Windows to the dock badges on Mac OS X, Psi takes advantage of each operating system's unique features and appearance to provide a first-class IM experience on almost any computer."

  • Trillian

    "Trillian for Mac is a free messenger that makes it easy to chat with your friends no matter where they are. Ad Supported! Use Trillian to connect to Facebook, Twitter, GTalk, AIM, Yahoo, and much more. As an added bonus, Trillian for Mac syncs beautifully with Trillian for iPhone when you're on the go!"

 

Best Free Remote Access Software for Mac OS

  • LogMeIn

    "LogMeIn is the highest rated product in the 'unattended' category. This is a web-based service that's extremely easy to set up and use and can be accessed from any computer with a browser. The free version won't allow file transfer or remote printing but is a great solution for accessing your remote data as well as file sharing. Registration is required before using the product, free for personal and commercial use." (Review)

  • TeamViewer

    "It is very reliable, allows both attended and unattended control and has great features. There is a portable version of the viewer if you want to use an application or they also have a web-based control site that requires no installation to remotely control computers. TeamViewer is a commercial product and only allows you to use it for personal use." (Review)

  • Screenhero

    "Collaborative screen sharing allows both users to have a mouse and easily take turns using applications from a distance."

 

Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator for Mac OS

  • RSSOwl

    "RSSOwl can be used on all major platforms like Windows, Linux (32 Bit and 64 Bit) and Apple Mac OS X. You can even run it as plugin inside Eclipse. With RSSOwl it is easy to keep your list of subscriptions and articles synchronized with your Google Reader account. Every feed that is synchronized will keep its article unread state, labels and starred state in sync with RSSOwl. RSSOwl is available in many languages including English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Traditional Chinese and Chinese Simplified."

 

Best Free Web Browser for Mac OS

  • SeaMonkey Suite

    "Web-browser, advanced e-mail, newsgroup and feed client, IRC chat, and HTML editing made simple ... all your Internet needs in one application. Under the hood, SeaMonkey uses much of the same Mozilla source code which powers such successful siblings as Firefox and Thunderbird."

    I prefer SeaMonkey for its compatibility with Firefox extensions (Firefox no longer supports extensions ... SeaMonkey still has them available from here), its Data Manager, The retro looking "Tabs-on-the-Bottom" old Mozilla standard UI, and its extensive customization options. The SeaMonkey Data Manager has ALL of the settings for each website in one place - sensibly laid out in tabs. From the Data Manager you can quickly access any domain's settings for Cookies/Permissions/Preferences/Passwords/Data Storage/or Form Data without having to crawl through several preference panes - and you can quickly search/sort by domain and/or data type also. (And SeaMonkey's Composer pane is an up-to-date 'Bug-Fix' version of "NVu" or "Kompozer": and is in my "Top 3" WYSIWYG HTML Design Tool list. Bonus.) NOTE: looks like it is unsupported. No updates in a while.

  • Opera

    "It might be the most feature rich browser ever. Its eye candy interface combined with speed, security and lightness gives us a rich browsing experience.

    If Opera Turbo was the main highlight in its earlier version, release of version 11 provides further surprises. A faster javascript engine with improved HTML 5 support, CSS3 rendering, and a one-third reduction in disk burden with respect to the last version (despite the new features) makes us WOW." (Review)

  • Google ChromeGoogle Chrome

    "Based on the open source WebKit engine and Google's V8 Javascipt engine, Google Chrome has been one of the fastest browsers available across multiple benchmarks. It's pleasant, fast, standards compliant and versatile. Google's fastest browser tuned itself from a fast, lightweight browsing alternative to a sad browser with no competitive features. (NOTE: Google no longer supports Netscape Plugins! No JAVA Support ... MANY 'JAVA Based Games' web sites are recommending you install any browser EXCEPT Chrome! This Editor uses sites that still use JAVA as a part of their web design: and no longer recommends Google Chrome to anybody.)" (Review)

  • Apple Safari

    "Apple's new Safari, along with the release of the God phone I-Phone 4, are certainly good news to browser fans. Not much has changed in version 5 except for some neat features. With a slight improvement in performance and standards support, Safari is still the best browser for MAC. Safari STILL supports Plugins (AND JAVA Also!) ... Chrome no longer does ... so I switched back to Safari." (Review)

 

Best Free Webpage Photo Representation software for Mac OS

  • SiteCapture

    "SiteCapture is a software application for Mac OS X that creates image representations of web pages. With the click of one button SiteCapture loads a set of web pages and creates images in the format you want. The pages are rendered using WebKit, the browser engine used by Safari. What for? Fill your website portfolio page with screenshots, effortlessly. And because you can create them with one click, it's very easy to keep such a page updated with the latest screenshots. What pages? Choose a Safari bookmark folder and SiteCapture will process each single bookmark contained in it. Or manage your own list of web pages within SiteCapture. Or synchronise the web addresses with a server. What size? Choose which size the virtual browser window should be and specify a thumbnail size — you can either save only the thumbnails or keep the original sized images too. The supported image formats are JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF or BMP. What then? Use Automator to streamline your workflow: Append a date to the image file names or upload them to your web server or do whatever you want."

 
 
 
 
 Best Free Photos & Graphics for Mac OS
 

Best Free CAD Program for Mac OS

  • FreeCAD

    " FreeCAD is a parametric 3D modeler. Parametric modeling allows you to easily modify your design by going back into your model history and changing its parameters. FreeCAD is open source (LGPL license) and completely modular, allowing for very advanced extension and customization. FreeCAD is multiplatfom, and reads and writes many open file formats such as STEP, IGES, STL and others."

  • LibreCAD

    "LibreCAD is a 2D CAD drawing tool based on the community edition of QCad. LibreCAD is a free Open Source CAD application for Windows, Apple and Linux. Support and documentation is free from our large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers. You, too, can also get involved!"

  • Sweet Home 3DSweet Home 3D

    "This software package is sure to tickle every bone in your body. You can model your dream home, along with all of its cherished appointments, and then watch it come to life. You can start simple with just the bare walls or import an image of your intended floor plan to serve as a basis for the design-to-be.

    The user interface is as intuitive as it gets; drag and drop furnishings from the built-in catalog onto your floor plan. Clear graphic handles then make it easy to edit the items. Once you've finished your home design and tweaked every niche and corner to your liking, the fun has only just begun." (Review)

  • BlenderBlender

    "A complete software package for 3D modeling, texturing, rendering, animation and physics. It has a complex but merciful user interface, and the entire repertoire of its capabilities are made available through a scripting language, so the creation of 3D games beckons.

    The software can import from and export to more than 20 different file formats. There is a large and growing community of Blender users who've already contributed numerous add-on scripts that can make your going easier. If it can be imagined then it can be realized, with Blender freeware." (Review)

  • BRL-CAD

    "BRL-CAD is a powerful cross-platform open source solid modeling system that includes interactive geometry editing, high-performance ray-tracing for rendering and geometric analysis, image and signal-processing tools, a system performance analysis benchmark suite, libraries for robust geometric representation, with more than 20 years of active development."

 

Best Free Color Picker for Mac OS

  • Color Picker

    "Color Picker is a brand new utility application, designed for all Cocoa developers and application designers. You can create your UIColor or NSColor using a hex value, Red Green Blue (RGB) or by selecting the color with the built-in color picker. It is an efficient color picker, for professionals and beginners too, who mostly care about optimizing their workflow and speeding up their process. With Color Picker, you can choose any color from everywhere in your screen using the magnifier and selecting your desired pixel. Then a preview of the color, its Hexadecimal, RGB value, NSColor and UIColor is displayed. You can copy the code with a single click, drag 'n drop or use the new shortcuts to paste it into your source code. With the new Menubar option you can quickly access your recently copied or recently saved colors. The magnifier tool instantly displays a preview of the color (HEX or RGB). Drag and drop your code from the application to any program you are working on. (e.g. Xcode) Additionally, the app can read any HEX or RGB values that you might type and show you the corresponding color and code. ?Last but not least, Color Picker gets you out of trouble by remembering the colors you used, as it contains a library, where you can store the colors for any use in the future, simply by dragging the preview box to the library."

  • Colibri

    "Colibri is a free Mac screen color picker for displaying the RGB color value of pixels (e.g A Digital Color Meter, Colorimeter). By using shorcut keys, you can display the RGB color value as percentage, absolute or hexadecimal, you can also save the solid color as a PNG/TIFF image on your Desktop. The color you copy goes in the history view and the string representation to the pasteboard.  Drag and drop a color anywhere: Applications, System Color Picker or Folders.  Double click on a color to remove it from the stack."

  • Spot Color

    "Spot Color is a simple application that allows you to use the standard Mac OS X color picker as a stand-alone app. Spot Color gives you the possibility to quickly grab colors without having to be in an image editing app like Photoshop. Since it uses the built-in color picker, you can utilize the system wide color picker plugins and swatches. "

 

Best Free RAW Image Editing Software for Mac OS

  • RawTherapee

    " RawTherapee is free and open source software, meaning you can use it free of charge, wherever you like on whatever hardware you like, as long as you abide by the copyleft GPLv3 license. Download the source code, modify it, feel free to do what comes to mind. We believe in open software. It is cross-platform: Linux, Mac, or Windows, be it 32-bit or 64-bit - you pick, we provide. International: it is available in 25 languages!"

  • ImageJ2x

    "ImageJ2x is medical image processing program inspired by NIH Image for the Macintosh. It can display, edit, analyze, process, save and print 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit images. There can be many image formats including TIFF, GIF, JPEG, BMP, DICOM, PNG, FITS and "raw" and ... Read and supports "stacks" (stack), a series of images that share a single window. The program supports simultaneous that number of windows (images), limited only by available memory. It is multithreaded, so that time-consuming operations such as reading lists in parallel with other operations are performed. It can calculate area and pixel value statistics of user-defined selection. It can measure distances and angles. It can record density histograms and line profiles. It supports standard image processing functions such as contrast manipulation, sharpening, smoothing, edge detection and filtering it through all kinds of geometric transformations such as Zoom in / out and rotation. Images can be enlarged up to 32"

  • Phocus

    "Phocus, Hasselblad’s powerful, free image processing software, has both brains and brawn. Hasselblad photographers can work with their Hasselblad files in most widespread third party software environments, but only in Phocus can you join us on the very cutting edge. Requests Registration, and full access to your Contacts - be warned that it then 'calls home' behind your back!"

 

Best Free High Dynamic Range (HDR) Software for Mac OS

 

  • Luminance HDRLuminance HDR

    "Luminance HDR is the best option if you want to experiment. Nine different tone-mapping algorithms, that means - if you want 'that' particular HDR look - there's a fair chance you'll achieve it with Luminance HDR. More realistic? Sure. A little like a drawing? Sure. Maybe surrealistic? It's all here." (Review)

  • HDRtist

    "Meet HDRtist, the easiest HDR software program for the Mac, thanks to its intuitive design & streamlined interface. Mac HDR Software will never be the same. Shooting HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photos can be great fun, we wanted a program that would be easy and just as fun to use. So we made one."

 

Best Free Image Editor for Mac OS

  • GIMPGIMP

    "The only freeware package I am aware of that can be called an advanced image editor. It has a steep learning curve but is feature rich, using a multi-windowed interface." (Review)

  • Seashore

    "An open source image editor features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes, supports multiple layers and alpha channel editing.

    It is based around the GIMP's technology and uses the same native file format, but aims to serve the basic image editing needs of most computer users, with an all-new Cocoa UI that will fit right in on Mac OS X."

  • ImageJ

    "ImageJ is a public domain Java image processing program inspired by NIH Image for the Macintosh. It runs, either as an online applet or as a downloadable application, on any computer with a Java 1.4 or later virtual machine. Downloadable distributions are available for Windows, Mac OS, Mac OS X and Linux. It can display, edit, analyze, process, save and print 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit images. It can read many image formats including TIFF, GIF, JPEG, BMP, DICOM, FITS and "raw"."

 

Best Free Image Viewer for Mac OS

  • Xsee

    "An image browser and viewer, developed in Cocoa, with a beautiful Aqua interface. Supporting gif, jpeg, tiff, png, icons and more, full drag and drop interface, built-in tools for renaming files, convert images, create thumbnails. Integrated slide show for viewing images in window or full screen, customizable toolbar, full support for mouse or keyboard navigation and much more."

  • Xee 2.2

    " Xee³ was created as an almost complete rewrite from scratch of the older Xee 2.2. If you for some reason prefer Xee 2.2, or if you use an older computer which can not handle Xee³, the old version is still available for free on the Google Code download page. Note that this should not be used as a demo version of Xee³. Xee³ contains many large changes from Xee 2.2, and they can not be directly compared. Also note that development has ended on the 2.x branch of Xee, so no new features will be added, nor will bugs be fixed. However, the source code is available, if you want to make changes yourself. Xee 2.2 should run on both Intel and PowerPC machines, on Mac OS X versions as far back as 10.4. The last free version of Xee - 2.2 - is still freely available, and DOES seem to still work on Mac OS X 10.9.5 ... so, I put it back. "

  • Sequential

    "Sequential is an image viewer originally designed for opening a folder of images and displaying them in order. It works well for viewing comics and manga.

    It can display folders and archives of images (including JPEG, PNG, and GIF) and PDF files, and has mature full screen support and can display images' Exif data."

 

Best Free Paint Program for Mac OS

  • Paintbrush

    "Paintbrush is a simple paint program for Mac OS X, reminiscent of Microsoft Paint and Apple’s own now-defunct MacPaint. It provides users with a means to make simple images quickly, something that has been noticeably absent from the Mac for years."

  • ArtRage Starter Edition

    "An amazing natural paint program that allows users to achieve realistic paint effects without the messy clean-up. It's a simple-to-use tool with a wonderfully designed user interface that will suit the young adult through the experienced artist.

    Even in its limited version, it's an amazing program. Bottom line is that you can concentrate on your creativity, rather than wrestle with menus." (Review)

  • Hexels

    "Hexels is a new kind of art tool based on patterns and tessellations instead of pixels. Use it to create beautiful works of art, hex-based maps for games, or anything in between. Start with the default hexagons and experience a cool new way of drawing. Switching shape modes lets you work with multiple shapes, as well as a choice of several different "glow" overlay styles, a wide range of art styles is possible. The free version of Hexels features a totally new way of creating art, standard hexel shape mode plus 6 bonus shape modes, standard and other glow maps and export .png files up to 1280x1280."

 

Best Free Image Resizing Program for Mac OS

  • PhotoScale

    "PhotoScale is a picture resizing and format changing tool. It can scale all the images inside a directory to a defined resolution quite quickly. It's pretty useful for users of social networking and photo sharing sites. It's an ideal tool when you have to upload to the web huge amounts of pictures. Most social networking sites use quite low image resolutions and uploading 3072x2304 (7 megapixels, approximately 4.5 megabytes) pictures is both a waste of time and bandwidth. There aren't many system requirements actually, you just need to have the latest version of java runtime edition installed on your system to run the program."

  • Super Image Resizer

    "Super Image Resizer can resize, rotate using camera data and create thumbnails for image folders. It is designed to be easy to use, can process tons of files within just a few clicks and does not need any installation process! This standalone cross platform Java .JAR file can be launched from a local drive and gives most users a useful tool for quickly resizing an image or images."

  • iResize

    "iResize can resize, compress and save as JPEG the image files GIF, JPEG, PICT, PNG, TIFF and PSD files. Some key features of iResize: Check before resizing with the new JPEG compression/quality preview / Rename and sequential numbering of the resized images and/or add some text (example: -small) at the end of the file name / Handles accented characters (à,ü,ç etc.) in the file names / Rotation of images in 90° steps / Reading of the EXIF data / Localized in Italian, French, English and Spanish / Control for the brightness of the resized images."

  • BatchResize'em

    "This application enables you to batch resize images by simply entering the number of pixels required in the new images' width or by indicating the percentage required of the original size. The width to height ratio of the images is preserved. Operating System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or later ... for Macintosh systems ONLY."

  • PhotoSlimmer

    "PhotoSlimmer is an extremely easy-to-use photo resizer, specially made for emailing or uploading images. Using PhotoSlimmer couldn't be easier: Drag photos into PhotoSlimmer, then Drag them out to where you want them. Special features: Very simple to use / Fully Automatic / Free, open source (GPL3) / Works on all major platforms. PhotoSlimmer is firmly in the "Don't bother me with details: just do this for me!" category of use - best for novices that don't know a GIF from a JPG."

 

Best Free Photo Organizer for Mac OS

  • JetPhoto Studio

    "JetPhoto Studio is a feature-rich and easy-to-use digital photo software that provides great flexibility for organizing, editing and sharing photographs. With JetPhoto Studio users can create professional Flash or web galleries, can geotag photos with GPS, send photos to mobile phones and publish photo albums on the internet. JetPhoto Studio can download photos directly from a connected camera or receive files by drag-and-drop. Besides JPEG photo files, JetPhoto Studio version 5 also enables to import and manage video, raw, panorama and stereo files captured by your digital camera as well."

  • XNViewMPXNViewMP

    "XnViewMP is the enhanced version to XnView. It is a powerful cross-platform media browser, viewer and converter. Compatible with more than 500 formats. XnViewMP supports more than 500 image formats (including Multipage and animated still formats APNG, TIFF, GIF, ICO, etc..) and export to about 70 different file formats. XnViewMP is provided as FREEWARE (NO Adware, NO Spyware) for private or educational use (including non-profit organizations). If you enjoy using XnviewMP, feel free to help the developer with a small donation. " (Review)

  • Picasa

    "A superb choice for those who want an organiser which will take control of the way in which you organise your images. Once installed it will offer you several ways of organising your image collection, adopting by choice a 'timeline' which places your most recent images at the top of the tree.

    It is ideally suited for easy integration with web albums and on-line sharing of images. Simple highly automated features offer image correction, full-screen slide shows and you can now see your pictures arranged on a global map." (Review)

 

Best Free Vector Graphics Editor for Mac OS

  • Inkscape

    "The application uses W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Supported SVG features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. Inkscape also supports Creative Commons meta-data, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more. It imports formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats." (Review)

 
 
 
 
 Best Free Programming for Mac OS
 

Best Free HTML Editor for Mac OS

  • BlueGriffon

    "The next-generation Web Editor based on the rendering engine of Firefox! BlueGriffon is a new WYSIWYG content editor for the World Wide Web. This is our new first choice for novices. Powered by Gecko, the rendering engine of Firefox, it's a modern and robust solution to edit Web pages in conformance to the latest Web Standards. Open source, Cross-platform, Multilingual, and Free."

  • SeaMonkey Suite

    "Web-browser, advanced e-mail, newsgroup and feed client, IRC chat, and HTML editing made simple ... all your Internet needs in one application. Under the hood, SeaMonkey uses much of the same Mozilla source code which powers such successful siblings as Firefox and Thunderbird."

    SeaMonkey's Composer pane is an up-to-date 'Bug-Fix' version of "NVu" or "Kompozer": and is one of the most intuitive WYSIWYG HTML design tools I know of. There is a Site Manager that helps make publishing updated or new pages to your site as easy as saving files locally.

  • KompoZer

    "One of the best free editors, and it is open source/cross-platform, too. It's designed for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive web site without needing to know HTML. Features include integrated file management, tabbed editing, and support for forms, tables and templates." (Review)

  • Netbeans

    "Experienced users might prefer Netbeans. It started life as a Java Editor but with recent releases has developed into a powerful text editor for web scripting. At first glance, Netbeans is a little intimidating. Most of the menu items can be ignored by ordinary mortals. Using it as an HTML/PHP editor is akin to using a steam hammer to crack a peanut. Nevertheless the code completion, code colouring and the professional look and feel make it an excellent choice." (Review)

 

Best Free NFO Viewer for Mac OS

  • NFOViewer

    "NFOViewer is a MacOSX application for viewing documents containing ASCII art ("nfo", "asc" or "diz" documents)."

  • Yet Another NFO Viewer

    "A handy tool to properly view ASCII artwork files in DOS encoding (with extensions NFO, ASC and DIZ). This tool is intended for Intel-based Macs only, running on the Mac OS X 10.6 operating system."

 

Best Free Programming Editor for Mac OS

  • BluefishBluefish

    "A lightweight yet powerful editor designed for experienced programmers and web designers, and works as a general-purpose editor as well with the IDE.

    This program provides options to write websites, scripts and programming codes in many programming and markup languages. Its user interface is complete with toolbars, dialogs and user-customized menus. Other useful features include code collapse, matched code highlights, in-line spell checker, etc." (Review)

  • Editra

    "Editra is a multi-platform text editor with an implementation that focuses on creating an easy to use interface and features that aid in code development. Currently it supports syntax highlighting and variety of other useful features for over 60 programming languages. Editra is freely available for use under the terms of the wxWindows License. Currently the project is in the alpha development phase but test builds of "stable" points are available for download and trial as Windows and Mac OSX (Universal) binaries."

  • Aquamacs

    "Aquamacs: The Emacs for the Mac! An Editor for Text, HTML, LaTeX, C++, Java, Python, R, Perl, Ruby, PHP, and more... Aquamacs is a modern editor based on GNU Emacs. Aquamacs is a user-friendly build of the powerful Emacs text editor. Aquamacs integrates with the Mac and offers the same comforts that any application on the Mac provides. Yet, it comes with all the ergonomy and extensibility you've come to expect from GNU Emacs. Aquamacs has been available for about a decade and is used daily by thousands of academics, programmers, and authors. "

 
 
 
 
 Best Free Security and Privacy for Mac OS
 

Best Free Anonymous Surfing Service for Mac OS

  • TOR

    "Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location. (TOR also has available a preconfigured Tor Browser set to use the TOR Proxy by default.)"

  • Hotspot Shield

    "A free VPN client based on OpenVPN. Unlike other anonymous surfing options, such as JonDo, Hotspot Shield encrypts all of your Internet activities and not just web browsing. This is ideal for people who want to anonymise other applications without the need to 'proxify' them, which can be a complicated and tedious task." (Review)

  • JonDo

    "A VPN client written in Java that routes data across the JonDo network. It has an attractive and user-friendly GUI, and displays lots of visual information about your connection to the JonDo network. The free service offers 30-50 kbps speeds and unlimited bandwidth." (Review)

  • proXPN

    "A VPN client based on OpenVPN. It encrypts all of your Internet activities and uses a 512-bit level of encryption with 2,048-bit certificates for users to achieve high levels of anonymity. Free accounts are limited to 100 kbps and registration is mandatory in order to use the service." (Review)

 

Best Free Antivirus for Mac OS

  • Avast! Free AntivirusAvast! Free Antivirus

    "Avast has steadily been improving its detection rates over the past few years and now ranks with the some of the best. It has the most features of all the free antivirus with full real-time capabilities including web, e-mail, IM, P2P and network shields, boot-time scanning, and a behavioural blocker.

    The new version brings even more features including an internet site ratings plugin, script malware protection and a limited (non-configurable) sandboxing feature. Although the sandbox is a very useful semi-automated security feature, the default settings involves a pop up to ask whether a software should be sandboxed for not. Lastly Avast is relatively light on resources." (Review)

  • ClamXav

    "A free virus scanner for Mac OS X, using the very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end and has the ability to detect both Windows and Mac threats.

    ClamXav can be setup up as passive or active: scan only the files you tell it to or your entire hard drive. You can also choose to activate Sentry to monitor your hard drive and scan new files as they arrive."

 

Best Free Firewall for Mac OS

  • NoobProof

    "NoobProof is a firewall configuration tool for Mac OS X. It has a list of services. Each service can be allowed or blocked. You can also selectively allow or block specified hosts or subnets. You can add or remove services from the list, and you can create new services."

  • WaterRoof

    "A more powerful graphic frontend for Mac OS X built-in IPFW firewall. You can build ipfw rules easily, scan your mac for running network services and filter open ports with one mouse click, list and ban remote hosts connected to your mac, and more."

 

Best Free Internet Safety Check for Mac OS

  • WOT (Web of Trust)WOT (Web of Trust)

    "WOT (Web of Trust) from WOT Services is the Editor's Choice because it leads in many areas: compatibility and integration with seamless operation; flexible options; searching; warning and blocking; and user input. It only loses in areas that it doesn't compete in: meta-rating (combining the results from several raters as in Link Extend) and scanning.

    WOT is the best implemented and the best documented rater - you can even view the source code, but it is also the most heavily criticized." (Review)

 

Best Free Password Manager for Mac OS

  • LastPass

    "LastPass is a combination of both web service and software. With the web service you can access your data anywhere, while the software which runs on your computer allows you to view your data even when you're not connected to the Internet. When you install the software, the plugins or extensions for supported browsers are automatically installed.

    It is as safe as it can possibly get and uses the same encryption algorithm that the US Government uses for top secret data. The key to decrypt the data is only known to you as all encryption/decryption occurs on your computer, and the entire site is encrypted and verified by Comodo." (Review)

 
 

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