Apr 27 2009
Welcome! Let’s get to it, the year in freeware 2006:
Best on the Web:
The Google Browser: Browser Sync and Toolbar beta
Google grabs top web browser honors – without a browser. With tools to synchronize your data between computers and drag-to-window Word and Excel editing the Web OS is here.
OpenOffice.org meets Aqua. We know OpenOffice.org is working on a Mac native version, but for now count on NeoOffice to let OpenOffice.org 2.0 loose from X11.
Honorable mention: Abiword
This free application has grown from a novelty to a whole new way to use your Mac. QuickSilver has a cult following and powerful time-saving features.
This was the year of YouTube. Get PodTube and get all those dancing ninja clips off YouTube and on your iPod.
With 2.0 Firefox is fast and more Mac-native that 1.x. Hundreds of cross-platform extensions help Firefox deliver a great experience on both OS X and Windows.
Honorable Mention: YamiPod
Best Mac Switcher:
Skype introduced a feature-par version for the Mac, including support for video calling.
Honorable Mention: Google Earth
Best Web Service:
This web service is a do-it-yourselfer. The ability to enjoy Bascamp-like project management online for free is indispensable to the creative Mac professional.
With version 3, ImageWell is only getting better. New features offer a better interface and more editing tools to know out and upload images easily.
This Open Source page layout application runs without X11 support and includes powerful document management capabilities.
Honorable Mention: Google SketchUp
iStumbler sniffs out WiFi, Bluetooth and Bonjour. You won’t find a free wireless detector with a more refined interface and feature set.
What a year! Here’s to more great free software in 2007. Thanks for reading!