Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
by Mike Demers
According to Seth Frisbie-Fulton, the Client Services Coordinator, over 60% of the Class of 2011 has registered a computer running Apple’s OS X. This number more than triples past years which saw 10-25% students running OS X.
Since there are so many new Mac users, the Gazette wanted to suggest a few great freeware and shareware tools for the shiny new Macbooks.
Adium is an instant messenger application. It can connect to AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, and even Jabber (also known as Google Chat). With dozens of themes and plugins, the appearance of this application is far more flexible than Apple’s iChat, and it has nearly a cult following.
Transmission is a versatile and beautiful BitTorrent client. It allows fine tuned control over downloads, helping to manage massive queues of files.
Quicksilver is one of the coolest and most powerful applications made for the Mac. A launcher and mini-command line, Quicksilver can dramatically increase your productivity. It’s creators describe it as “a unified, extensible interface for working with applications, contacts, music, and other data.” In non-tech speech—just imagine sending emails, changing songs in iTunes, opening any software, searching your computer and editing images with a few short keystrokes in the same interface.
VLC Media Player
VLC is a powerful video player for the mac. It supports many more file types than Quicktime, and it can even act as a server to stream video across a network.
If you have more Mac software you love, suggest it in the comments!