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Cool Mac Apps

By  douvalis     1/16/2010    Labels:,,,,,,,, 

This is a list of some of the best free software you must have if you have a Mac and are in business...more so the website designer.

→Neo Office
→Ink Scape
→Text Wrangler
→Time Out
→Time Tracker
→Fire Fox
→Open Project


Gimp is primarily used for editing photographs. It takes a little while to get used to where all of the tools are and how they work, but after that you are on your way.

Neo Office

Neo Office is primarily an office suite to help you from downloading anything made by Microsoft. It opens Word extensions and even includes a database program.

Ink Scape

InkScape is a vector graphics drawing program. It does more than that, but it makes a lot of illustration work very easy. Be sure to go to and search for tutorials.

Text Wrangler

I am somewhat new to Text Wrangler as I am just now learning html, css, javascript, etc, but I am extremely impressed how it works. It is simple text editor, but it allows you to hold open multiple files in the same viewer and easily access your other files quickly while keeping your work area clean.

Time Out

Timeout is an alarm of sorts. When you turn it on it reminds you to 'time out' and take a break from looking at your computer screen. This is absolutely necessary for anyone spending any period of time on a computer.

Time Tracker

If you want an absolutely wonderful, simple, time tracking system for anything Time Tracker is it. Designed with the Mac OS in mind with supreme simplicity and ease of use I highly recommend it. I use it because I work on so many different projects, but you could use it to track anything. You might like trying to track how much time it took you to work on a research paper to help forecast your next projects or you were curious how long you really spent on Facebook. Either way the price is right (free) and the software is amazing, so check it out!

Fire Fox

I'm sure everyone has heard of FireFox by now, but if you have not download it on the link above. I love Safari, but I use FireFox when I am working on projects that require me to use two different browsers at the same time.


I still love Safari. Sometimes you get websites that just don't look right and it may just be your browser. Safari has the most premier viewing experience out of any browser in my opinion. The worst for security, clunkiness, and just plain bad is of course Internet Explorer. The FBI has been telling their employees not to use Internet Explorer for years.

Open Project

I used to think that Gantt Project was the coolest thing ever for being free, but it is definitely superseded by Open Project. It has a format closer to Microsoft Project and is extremely user friendly. This is quoted from their website "OpenProj by Serena Software is a desktop replacement of Microsoft Project. OpenProj has equivalent functionality, a familiar user interface and even opens existing MSProject files. OpenProj is interoperable with Project, with a Gantt Chart and PERT chart"

I will keep updating this list as I continue to find cool business software that is free for the mac. For now check out another great list, much more comprehensive than mine so far: Chris Pirillo.


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Having fun inventing cool stuff that you will use one day | business consultant | ex-NASA ISS loggy | aspiring speaker | musician | Third Wave Water | The Wright Cup | Douvalis Labs

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