Best Free Software for Mac OS

 Best Free Home and Office for Mac OS

Best Free Comic Book Reader for Mac OS

  • iStrip

    "An application to view and archive comic strips available online, with support for over 600 strips built in. You can download comic strip and cache them for offline viewing as well"

  • Sequential

    "Sequential was originally designed for opening a folder of images and displaying them in order. It works well for viewing comics and manga, and can display folders and archives (ZIP, RAR, CBZ and CBR) of images (including JPEG, PNG, and GIF) and PDF files."

  • Simple Comic

    "An intuitive comic reader on the Mac with a clean interface gives you full control of your viewing experience. Features include archive handling, page ordering and scaling, text notes, page capture, full screen thumbnail view and more."


Best Free Desktop Publishing Program for Mac OS

  • ScribusScribus

    "It's the real thing; a professional quality page layout program capable of producing press-ready output. The feature list is impressive; basically everything you want is there including "CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.

    Graphics manipulation is handled via an interface to Gimp. Scribus can also import from and export to programs in the OpenOffice suite. The user interface is highly functional and the documentation is excellent, with lots of support from the user community." (Review)


Best Free eBook Reader for Mac OS

  • CalibreCalibre

    "An open source eBook library management application supports extensive file conversions, with the ability to convert over thirteen document formats into EPUB, PDF and MOBI formats for use on popular eBook-readers like the SONY PRS 500/505/700, Cybook Gen 3, Amazon Kindle (1 and 2) and the iPhone (with the stanza reader software).

    You can also set up Calibre to fetch news from websites and RSS feeds and convert it into a compatible format, so you can load up your eBook-reader with information from your favorite sites. There's even a built-in web server so you can access your eBook collection remotely. It even has a cover-flow browsing feature for your books." (Review)


Best Free Notes Organizer for Mac OS

  • EvernoteEvernote

    "An outstanding product provides you with an excellent solution to manage notes and snippets of information. You can create notes on the page, drag-and-drop or cut-and-paste them with material including text and images.

    This application supports multiple notebooks. To help organize your notes, the program allows for attaching multiple tags to a note. You can then choose to enter your tags, in addition to any keywords, to search for the stored information, while you can also sort your notes easily by a column title in a list view." (Review)

  • Tomboy

    "If you want to have a useful tool to relate notes and ideas together with a wiki-like linking system then Tomboy could be the answer.

    Left-click Tomboy's tray icon and select "Create New Note", you can then start describing your new note to which a link is automatically created. Right-click on selected words in a note and choose "Link to New Note", the selected words will then become an anchor text with a hyperlink to a new note, in which you can add more descriptions." (Review)


Best Free Mind Mapping Software for Mac OS

  • FreePlane

    "Freeplane is a free and open source software application that supports thinking, sharing information and getting things done at work, in school and at home. The software can be used for mind mapping and analyzing the information contained in mind maps. Freeplane runs on any operating system that has a current version of Java installed. It can be run locally or portably from removable storage like a USB drive. It can be used for knowledge and project management, notetaking, presentations, and writing essays, books and theses. Freeplane is a mind mapper; a generic tree editor, outliner and visualization tool with strong emphasis on knowledge management, presentation and manipulation. Essentially it's a knowledge/information management environment for people, not computers - that is, the aim is to make the information maximally comprehensible and manageable for the user. Freeplane is the Community Choice SourceForge project of the Month for June 2014 and the staff choice for July 2014"

  • ThinkingRock 2.2.1

    "The last free version of ThinkingRock is 2.2.1 - a cross-platform Java Mind Mapping and GTD program. ThinkingRock is a platform independent Java application for Getting Things Done (GTD) - the management methodology and best-selling book by David Allen. If you don't have time to download and use this software then you really need it."

  • FreeMind

    "FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java.  The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool."


Best Free Office Suite for Mac OS

  • LibreOfficeLibreOffice

    "A prime choice when it comes to freeware office suites. For both the average and the more advanced user the writer is easy to use and very productive, and it offers all the tools they will ever need. The spreadsheet editor, just like the writer, is very easy to understand. All modules of LibreOffice are spectacular alternatives for those who don’t wish to fork out the big bucks. (Warning!  All Apache OpenOffice versions 4.1.1 and older are affected by CVE-2015-1774 and have a serious security vulnerability/DoS fault that requires you to MANUALLY remove a library from deep within your installation in order to repair it. LibreOffice does not have that same vulnerability. You are advised to switch from OpenOffice at once!)'" (Review)


Best Free PDF Reader for Mac OS

  • Skim

    "A PDF reader and note-taker for OS X, designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file."

  • Adobe Reader

    "A PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all PDF documents. You can use it to view, search, digitally sign, verify, print, and collaborate on PDF files."


Best Free PDF Tools for Mac OS

  • PDFsamPDFsam

    "PDFsam (PDF Split and Merger) is well worth trying if you need to visually re-order or recompose multiple pages of PDF files.

    You can mix, merge or extract, split and rotate pages by specifying the page numbers. However, PDFsam also lets you re-organize PDF pages in a thumbnail view. In this mode, you can easily work with thumbnails to merge, delete, rotate or re-order PDF pages and save the results as another PDF file." (Review)

  • PDF Converter Free

    "An easy-to-use tool that allows a PDF document to be converted to a fully editable PowerPoint Mac 2008/2011 pptx presentation—preserving the original layout of the presentation complete with original fonts and embedded images, graphs/charts."


Best Free PDF Writer for Mac OS

  • PDFwriter for Mac

    "PDFwriter is a printer driver for Mac OS X, which will let you generate PDF files by simply printing. PDFwriter is heavily based on CUPS-PDF. It doesn't use ghostscript to generate PDF files, instead it uses the Mac OS X internal pdf capabilities."


Best Free Personal Finance for Mac OS

  • GnuCashGnuCash

    "If you are looking for a quick education in double entry accounting, look no further than GnuCash. It will ease you into the "Assets = Liabilities + Equity" accounting equation and help you keep tabs of your budget without using the categories commonly used in commercial personal finance applications.

    It also allows you to create various accounts in each category and a full suite of standard and customizable reports." (Review)

  • Buddi

    "Buddi is a personal finance and budgeting program, aimed at those who have little or no financial background.  In making this software, I have attempted to make things as simple as possible, while still retaining enough functions to satisfy most home users."


Best Free Project Manager for Mac OS

  • ProjectLibre

    ProjectLibre is an open source alternative to Microsoft Project.  ProjectLibre is compatible with Microsoft Project 2003, 2007 and 2010 files. You can simply open them on Linux, Mac OS or Windows. ProjectLibre key features are: Compatibility with Microsoft Project 2010, User Interface improvement, Gantt Chart, PERT Chart, Network Diagram, Earned Value Costing

  • GanttProject

    GanttProject"It is a very good project management tool and very usable for small to medium size projects, with a surprisingly good depth of features and accessories for a free product.

    As its name suggest, it's excellent for making Gantt charts, great for making logical and easy-to-understand development plans. One of the features I particularly liked was the ability to put in a percentage complete bar inside the timeline of that particular stage." (Review)

  • OpenProj

    "OpenProj is an open-source desktop project management application similar to Microsoft Project. OpenProj has a familiar user interface and even opens existing MS Project files. OpenProj is interoperable with Project, Gantt Charts and PERT charts. OpenProj is a free, open source project management solution. OpenProj is a complete replacement of Microsoft Project and other commercial project solutions. OpenProj is ideal for desktop project management and is available on Linux, Unix, Mac or Windows. It even opens existing Microsoft or Primavera files. OpenProj shares the industry's most advanced scheduling engine with Project-ON-Demand and provides Gantt Charts, Network Diagrams (PERT Charts), WBS and RBS charts, Earned Value costing and more. There is literally no time or effort involved in switching to OpenProj, and your teams can manage projects on any platform for free. "


Best Free Text Editor for Mac OS

  • TextWrangler

    "A free notepad/text editor which is programmer friendly and can also be used as a Unix Admin Service Editor. It has a built-in "plugins" section - meaning that programmers can write source code additions to the program. It also has a function browser so that you can quickly find and jump to the function you're looking for."

  • Aquamacs

    "Aquamacs is an Aqua-native build of the powerful Emacs text editor. By "Aqua-native," we mean more than just the fact that this version of Emacs runs as a standard OS X application.  Aquamacs features extensive customization: it will feel and behave mostly like an Aqua program - while still being a real GNU Emacs with all the ergonomy and extensibility you've come to expect from this world-class editor."


Best Free Word Processor for Mac OS

  • Growly Write

    "Growly Write - It’s a word processor, not a nuclear reactor The range of documents you can create in Write is staggering: multiple columns, chapters with different layouts, pictures that flow with the text or pictures that text wraps around, drop caps, tables, lists, links within a document or to web pages, borders simple and complex, and a complete toolkit of text formats. But everything is easy to find. "

  • Bean

    "A small, easy-to-use word processor that is designed to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable. Bean is lean, fast and uncluttered. It starts up quickly, has a live word count, and is easy on the eyes."


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Yes, the latest version from the Apple App store DOES cost money .... HOWEVER ... the last free version of Xee - 2.2 - is still freely available, and DOES seem to still work on Mac OS X 10.9.5 ... at least it launched when I tested it, and all of the pieces appeared to be there ... I'm putting it BACK ... it is still of use. "The Last Free Version" is still good enough.
Thank You. I will remove it.
Homebrew - The missing package manager for OS X:
No, that's MacPorts.

Since Bean is no longer being developed, I'd recommend replacing it with Growly Write, which is excellent, small, and very actively supported by its developer Chris Mason, long ago project head for Microsoft Word 5 ("back when Word was fun," as he says).

Also, nothing wrong with FileZilla, but why a separate app installed when you can use the excellent FireFTP add-on for Firefox?

Hey, Hey! Only a Year Late ... Thank you for the GREAT Suggestion!
Thank you for the suggestions. I'll add them to this category in the next few edits.
Mac Linux USB Loader - a tool allowing you to take an ISO of a Linux distribution and make it boot using EFI:
fish is a smart and user-friendly command line shell for OS X, Linux, and the rest of the family. Features: - Autosuggestions - Glorious VGA Color - Sane Scripting - Web Based configuration - Man Page Completions - Works Out Of The Box
MPlayerX provides you a super easy way to enjoy your favorite multimedia collection, without losing any functionalities:
Is Carbon Copy Cloner free? It looks like it's croakware CCC is no longer donationware. In order to grow our support and development team, we have made the transition to a commercial product. This will allow us to to continue offering frequent updates to our software, including new features. This will also enable our stellar customer support to remain that way. Transitioning from donationware to a commercial offering underscores our commitment to deliver the best Mac OS X cloning and backup utility on the market.
Thank you Reid. Carbon Copy Cloner is now removed from the list. MC - Site Manager.
Quicksilver leaves beta: Vecte is a very simple app, designed as a replacment for the OS X application switcher. Features: - Faster. Vecte is far faster then the OS X switcher. Don't wait for the window to disappear before switching apps... - No setup. Simply open the Vecte app, and hit Command-Tab. - Simple. Vecte is very simple and out of the way. Don't worry about a thing. - No system resources. Vecte is exceptionally light weight, and will not effect your battery life.

I Just found out about this Mac utility app called Magician. It has many functions-various cleaning utils,duplicate finder,memory optimization,left and right fan speed adjustment,app uninstaller, and more.

I was impressed by what this program can do, definitely worth giving it a look to compare it to CLeanMyMac and others...

Hi JTAlsman, I've added Magician to the list. Thank you for brining it to light! Alec