Sunday, July 12, 2009

30 Free System Tools for a Better Mac

Great article on 30 free system tools for a better Mac. Here are some that jumped out at me, as well as some of the ones I use on a regular basis. But I honestly had not encountered all of the ones on the list. I will be installing these free apps on the Macs I'm responsible for!

One omission that I would add as a free system tool is Carbon Copy Cloner. I've gotten pretty familiar with this app over the last few weeks and think it's great at making easy backups of your entire hard drive. A colleague called me up and told me, "Our Mac server hard crash yesterday!" (hardware failure) If he'd backed it up with CarbonCopyCloner, he would still be able to restore the system onto his Mac server with a replacement hard drive or external USB.
  • tags: mac, tools, tools4mac

    • 30 Free System Tools for a Better Mac
    • AppFresh

      If you want to keep all of our applications, widgets or preference panes up to date, you will definitely need AppFresh

    • Growl

      Growl is a system notification tools. Growl allows applications with Growl support to send notification on any updates made.

    • iBackup

      iBackup supports scheduled backups of files, folders and applications. Furthermore, it uses plugins to backup your settings like the dock, desktop picture, time, firewall, bluetooth and other system preferences.

    • Permissions Reset

      Permissions Reset is simple, free application developed to solve one of the most annoying problems with Mac OS X computers, Permissions problems, such as not being to save your own work into your Documents folder and not being able to update files that others have sent you.

    • Secrets

      Secrets is a simple Preferences Pane to unveil all the hidden settings of your Mac.

    • The Unarchiver

      The Unarchiver is a much more capable replacement for "BOMArchiveHelper.app", the built-in archive unpacker program in Mac OS X.

      Supported file formats include Zip, Tar-GZip, Tar-BZip2, Rar, 7-zip, LhA, StuffIt and many other more or less obscure formats.

    • Permanent Eraser

      When you delete your files, Permanent Eraser provides an even stronger level of security by implementing the Gutmann Method. This utility overwrites your data thirty-five times, scrambles the original file name, and truncates the file size to nothing before Permanent Eraser finally unlinks it from the system.

    • DMG Canvas

      DMG Canvas builds disk images from template documents that you create. Simply design your disk image's appearance using the graphical editor and click Build.

    • iDMG

      iDMG is an easy to use application to create DMG files of a folder with a simple drag and drop. It supports encryption, various file systems, permissions and AES128 or AES256 encryption.


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

1 comment:

gregcarroll said...

TinkerTool is brilliant too for unlocking menus and options.

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