10 Free Mac applications You Can’t Live Without

There are thousand of great applications for the Mac OSX, and many of them come with a price. For someone who are used to using open-source software, or just don’t feel like paying the money for every single app, here is a list of the top 10 free applications that you (seriously) cannot live without. Rest assure that they are not any worst than the paid apps, some of them are even better.

ApptrapAppTrap help you to eradicate all the unnecessary files when you uninstall an app. While Apple teaches you to simply drag and drop to the trash to uninstall the applications, it does not get rid of those library files that you created when installing the app. With AppTrap, you simply drag the application to the trash, and a window will pop up to ask if you want to delete the associated system files too. Simple as that.

AppfreshWhile Apple built-in Software Update helps keep your software like iTunes and Mac OSX update, it doesn’t update your the third party apps that you have installed. What AppFresh does is to check your third party apps for new versions and let you download and install the latest update all in a single window. I have only started to use this app and I instantly fall in love with it. It not only save your money (it’s free), but also save your time in updating your application.

adiumHaving trouble juggling with various instant messaging accounts? With Adium, you can now have one software to ‘rule them all‘. Adium allows you to connect to any number of messaging accounts on any combination of supported messaging protocol and display all your contacts in a single window.There is no need for you to install various IM clients anymore.

VLCVLC is a versatile media player that plays almost every media format that you throw to it. Yes, including Microsoft’s proprietary wmv format. Did I also mention that VLC is capable of encoding media content, streaming server and client, play movies with subtitles and timeshifting?

handbrakeHandbrake is a DVD to MP4 converter that anyone can use with simple ‘click and run‘ interface. You don’t have to understand all the jargon such as frame rate, bit rate, sampling rate etc. Just pick the preset option and Handbrake will do the rest for you. (In case you don’t know, all version of iPod only supports MP4 (or H.264) video format. You need a converter to convert your DVD to iPod format)

Carbon copy clonerCCC does what Time machine don’t do; create a bootable clone. Time machine does incremental backup such that lose your file, but if your system crashes, you can’t boot from your Time capsule. What Carbon copy cloner (CCC) does is to create a bootable clone of your Mac disk to a backup drive. In the event that your Mac crashes, you can boot right off from the backup drive and restore all the setting.

GrowlGrowl is a notification management app that is often overlooked by many. It integrates with many applications such as Adium, iTunes, Gmail notifier to send you notifications during events such as when your friend come online, the name of the current iTunes track, or when new mail arrives.

Main MenuMain Menu optimizes, maintains and ensure that your Mac runs smoothly. You can rebuild your Spotlight library for faster searching, repairing permissions, cleaning caches to improve application performance, and even more advanced settings, such as enabling and disabling the Dashboard. MainMenu is full of powerful maintenance tools to keep your Mac running like new, within a slick, simple interface.

Neo OfficeCan’t afford iWork or Microsoft Office? Neo Office is here to the rescue. NeoOffice is a port over from the popular Open Office suite. It contains the full set of office applications, including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, and database programs.

TransmissionTransmission is a simple, lightweight, yet powerful bit-torrent client. While keeping its size small, there are plenty of features that make it on level with powerhouse – Azureus.

Did I say 10 apps? Sorry, I lied. Here is one more:

caffeineCaffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menu bar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Click it again to go back. Hold down the Command key while clicking to show the menu.