Lacking of productivity applications will slow down our workflow and consume more time, even though we've already purchased a Mac. Using only built-in Mac applications, we can neither get the most out of our Mac nor boost our productivity.
In this article, we've compiled several free applications for Mac OS X (including application launcher, easy note-taker application, data backup tool, data sharing utility, etc) that can significantly boost your productivity.
Let us know which one is your favorite!
Quicksilver is a super fast application launcher empowered with many time-saving actions. The moment you get used to Quicksilver, you won't think of any other application launchers.
Think is a light application that lets you fully focus on your work. By forcing you to concentrate only on one active application, Think improves your concentration and hence boosts your productivity.
Cashbox is a personal finance application for Mac OS X designed to make managing your personal finances a breeze. Cashbox was designed to be a quick and simple to use application for managing personal finances.
Anxiety is a super-lightweight to-do list application for Mac OS X Leopard that synchronizes with iCal and Mail. Its sleek and simple user interface won't affect your workflow thus increasing your productivity.
Sidenote tries to catch the "Stickies" spirit but in the form of a multi-document drawer that will hide in the corner of your screen (left or right). You can use it to take all your daily notes, include images and easily modify text color and font.
Growl is a Mac OS X applications that unintrusively notifies you when something happens.
SketchBox is a Sticky Notes Managerr for your Mac. SketchBox enables you to enter text, make drawings, and set reminders for each sticky notes.
Name Mangler is a batch file renamer application, which supports several renaming tasks, such as Find & Replace (with or without regular expression), Number Sequential, Set Extension, and many others common batch renaming functions.
Appointments is an application that can assist in keeping record of customers, contact persons, and important events. Appointments save the information in several separated dictionaries to provide higher convenience in user interface, like sorting and filtering of data.
FreeMind is a free mind-mapping application written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool. Using FreeMind, you can map your ideas to a more solid state, i.e. a mind map.
iClockr is a simple Mac application that helps you in tracking your time. With iClockr, it's very easy to calculate total time used to finish a certain project.
This iTunes utility turns your Mac into alarm clock. It'll gently put you to sleep then quietly do the same for your Mac. When its time to wake up, it'll wake the computer first, and then rouse you from your slumber with music of your choice.
SnapNDrag is an application that has its own clipboard. By simply clicking on SnapNDrag button, the screenshot is saved into SnapNDrag clipboard and can be dragged anywhere you want.
SnapNDrag also supports multiple file formats for saving wider range of image quality and for supporting variety of screenshots.
Mojo is a music sharing application. It lets you browse, select, and download music from other Mojo users that can be found within the same network.
The free version of Mojo limits the number of internet buddies, but doesn't have any usage limitations (great news, folks!).
Maybe you feel that Mojo doesn't have any relation with productivity, but for me, Mojo has saved me a lot of time on searching for music that my friends have.
EverSave allows saving of all documents in a specific time interval or by changing frontmost application thus avoiding data loss during application crash.
The Unarchiver is an archive unpacker application for Mac OS X, which is designed to handle more formats than built-in BOMArchiveHelper.
The Unarchiver supports filenames with foreign character sets and also supports files created with non-English versions of other operating systems.
Service Scrubber is a free application for Mac OS X that helps you in arranging available services of your Mac. With Service Scrubber, you can restructure, change keyboard shortcut, and disable/enable services.
With modified services menu, your productivity will be significantly improved.
Using Burn, you can easily burn your files to a disc, choose different filesystems to share the file with, and for burning Audio CD, Burn offers MP3 tag editing to personalize your disc.
iBackup supports scheduled backups of files, folders, and applications. Furthermore, iBackup uses plugins to backup application settings, reducing the hassle of tweaking the Mac all over again.
AppCleaner is a small application that allows you to uninstall unwanted apps. AppCleaner unveils many related application files that are distributed in the System and deletes those small files during application removal.
Folx is a free downloader for Mac OS X. Folx can download files of any size via HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP. With the technology of multi-threading tasks, Folx can give maximum download speed.
Folx is still in its beta version. Hope that it's still free after the release of its official version.
With Dropbox, you can share your files online and across computers. If you're working with several people, Dropbox can save your time in distributing your documents as well as in backing up important files.
The free version of Dropbox can support up to 2GB of data storage, which is already quite big for normal usage.
Snippely is a basic text and code organizational Adobe AIR Application. Snippely has a nice user interface, suitable for storing bits of code, quick notes and memos, thus avoiding cluttering your hard drives with scattered "snippets".
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