Top 10 Open Source Apps for Mac OS X

Every Mac user should consider making these applications and utilities part of their standard toolkit.

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AppleJack

One of the simplest ways to fix a sluggish Mac is to run AppleJack, an open source tool that triggers many of the standard housekeeping scripts such as disk repair, cache cleanup, and permission fixes. For more details on each app, read our full story.

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Boxee, Plex, XBMC

If you attach your TV to a Mac with some decent speakers, Boxee, Plex, or XBMC will let you play music and Internet video directly from your couch. XBMC provides many of the same features as Apple's Front Row. Plex is a fork of XBMC tailored specifically for the Mac. Also built on XBMC, Boxee mixes in social networking. For more details on each app, read our full story.

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Fink

The Fink project unlocks the world of BSD and Linux open source for the Mac, modifying packages for these platforms so that they can be compiled and run on Mac OS X. The Fink package manager puts thousands of these apps and tools at your fingertips. For more details on each app, read our full story.

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Firefox

Add-ons make Firefox not simply an open source tool, but an open source ecosystem. For instance, Firebug and Web Developer turn any version of Firefox into an amazing tool for diving into the behavior of a Web page. There's even an add-on, Greasemonkey, that accepts simpler JavaScript plug-ins in case the main Firefox API is just too difficult. For more details on each app, read our full story.

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GIMP and Seashore

Like Firefox, much of the value of the GIMP image editor comes from the wide variety of plug-ins built by programmers and artists. Some tagged "script fu" are amalgamations of GIMP operations linked together by the built-in scheme programming language. For basic image tweaking, look to Seashore, a simple version of GIMP with only a few of the most essential routines. It's already a Cocoa app, so there's no need to install X11. For more details on each app, read our full story.

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jEdit

jEdit is like a Java IDE without the compiler and the execution mechanism, and its plug-ins handle more than just Java. There's support for the usual suspects like Perl, PHP, Python, and Ruby, and a number of tools for balancing tags in HTML and XML, not to mention formatting tools and plenty of features that enhance any kind of text editing. For more details on each app, read our full story.

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OpenOffice.org

OpenOffice.org reads Microsoft Office document formats and supports all of the major document types, including text, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing. There's also a database like Microsoft's Access. Office compatibility isn't perfect, but the documents are often quite close to the original, and that's good enough for most purposes. For more details on each app, read our full story.

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RSSOwl

RSSOwl is a cross-platform tool built out of Java, Lucene, and the Eclipse Rich Content Platform. It doesn't set up its own open source ecology; it's part of a bigger one. You can add new menu items, new views, or preferences pages just as you might with any other version of Eclipse. Not only is the UI very configurable, but you can override all of the handlers for each XML element, particular formats like RSS or Atom, or the protocol. For more details on each app, read our full story.

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Thunderbird

As with Firefox, there's a wide range of plug-in applications available for the Thunderbird mail reader. Leet Key will translate your e-mail into either L337 speak, ROT13, or several other useful formats. Russ Key takes Russian words typed phonetically with a roman alphabet keyboard and translates them into proper Cyrillic. Enigmail handles all of the OpenPGP encryption so that you can scramble your communications. For more details on each app, read our full story.

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VLC

The Swiss Army Knife for video, VLC diplays almost every video format known on all of the major operating systems and even some long-forgotten favorites like BeOS. It even knows how to deal with some of the Ogg Vorbis files you've got laying around. For more details on each app, read our full story.