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    Freeware reccomendation
    is there any free(or shareware) software that you think its good and seems better than others or is just very helpful

    some that i already use is:

    VLC
    Adium
    Quciksilver
    AppDelete
    Firefox
    NeoOffice
    Disk Inventory X

    any suggestions?

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    Here are some freeware apps that I use:

    SongBird (media player)
    GIMP (PhotoShop alternative)
    YamiPod (move music to and from an iPod)
    Audacity (if you do music recording)
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    Try using BootPicker with BootCamp

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    Use the search feature, there are a lot of threads on this. I notice you are new, so for future reference, search feature is your friend. Even if you have to dig through results for 10 minutes, you'll probably get your answer a lot faster than waiting for responses.
    Eric
    MacBook: 2GHz, 2GB RAM, Core Duo; iMac: 2.4GHz, 3GB RAM, 500GB HDD. Both running Leopard; 160GB iPod Classic; and 16GB iPhone 3G, 1st 8GB Gen iPod Touch

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    I agree with the above.

    But I'll help too. Here is a few free apps I really fund useful.

    Onyx (System maintaince and tweaker)
    Transmission (Torrent downloader)
    Mactracker (Info and technical specs on every apple hardware product ever released)
    Audio Overload (Plays video game music in their native formats)
    The Unarchiver (A great expander for compressed files)
    DOS Box (It's DOS!)
    Disk Inventory X (Graphical interpretation of your hard drive contents)
    Split And Contact (For when you need to break a file up into more manageable parts and connect the parts at a later time)
    Sheep Shaver (Pre OS X on intel Macs.)
    Easy WMA (Converts unprotected WMAs to other more useful formats)

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    in addition to some of the great apps already listed...

    renamer4mac - awesome full featured renaming utility - so useful, i've added it to my tool bar on my finder windows.

    max - provides a very nice cd ripping alternative to itunes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eric View Post
    in addition to some of the great apps already listed...

    renamer4mac - awesome full featured renaming utility - so useful, I've added it to my tool bar on my finder windows.

    max - provides a very nice cd ripping alternative to itunes.
    Eric - Thanks for the pointer to Renamer4mac. I've been searching for something as versatile as this to rename my photo collection as renaming thousands of photos all in the format DSCNxxxx is no fun if you want a life. Max looks great too. I don't have a need for it just yet but I've downloaded it ready for a future need.

    Thanks to for the original poster for asking the question again - otherwise I'd never have known about these two products.
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    glad i could help


    just found max myself - was reading an old macworld, and after finding some weakenesses in itunes rip quality, this sounded like a nice alternative.
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    How is renamer4mac as opposed to using Automator? I use Automator to do things like photo renaming.
    Eric
    MacBook: 2GHz, 2GB RAM, Core Duo; iMac: 2.4GHz, 3GB RAM, 500GB HDD. Both running Leopard; 160GB iPod Classic; and 16GB iPhone 3G, 1st 8GB Gen iPod Touch

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    i have used automator quite a bit to rename large numbers of files, and it would often put them out of their original order. also, renamer just has a more intuitive interface and is easier to use, and to switch between different sort of renaming. so if you had to do a couple different things to the file names to get them how you wanted them, renamer will do it very fluidly and show you a preview of how the filenames will look after the change.

    completely worth trying it.
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    Growl - System wide notification (site is currently having problems)
    Reader Notifier - Menubar item that checks your google reader account for new posts
    Camino - Light weight browser built on the gecko engine
    ByteController - menubar itunes controller with growl notification and universal hotkeys
    MainMenu - (another) menubar item that gives you quick access to osx maintence scripts and such

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    Gee, I don't know maybe:
    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37727

    or one of the other threads on this very topic?
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    try Neo Office .. not literally freeware but is open source. Break the nexus of microsoft!

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    Quote Originally Posted by schweb View Post
    Gee, I don't know maybe:
    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37727

    or one of the other threads on this very topic?
    ye sorry i now know that lol at least ive now learned my lesson

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