Your Mac comes with a lot of built-in apps designed to help you browse the internet, send email, listen to music, and much more.  However, there are many things that this software just can’t do (or there are better options out there for doing it).  For that, you have to turn to third-party software.  Here’s a list of some great free apps for the budget-conscious Mac-user, in alphabetical order (the baked-in Mac app will be listed in parentheses, if available). Please note that the developers of this software may, at some time, require payment for their apps or simply stop development. If you see any software that should be removed, or if you know of any software that should be added, please let me know:

 

Antivirus (Gatekeeper): Avast! | Avira | Bitdefender | MalwarebytesSophos

 

Application Launcher (Launchpad): Alfred | Quicksilver

 

Archive Utility (Archive Utility): StuffIt Expander | The Unarchiver

 

Audio/Video Editing (iMovie): Audacity | Burn | Handbrake | Smart Converter

 

Backup (Time Machine): Box | Dropbox

 

Data Management (Notes): Evernote | Simplenote

 

Email (Mail): Mailsmith | Thunderbird

 

FTP (Finder): CyberDuck | FileZilla

 

Instant Messaging (Messages): Adium | Skype

 

Image/Graphics Management (iPhoto/Photos): Blender | DrawBerry | Gimp | JetPhoto | Picasa | Seashore

 

Music (iTunes/Apple Music): Clementine | Pandora | Spotify

 

Office Suite (iWork: Pages, Numbers, Keynote): LibreOffice | OpenOffice

 

Text Editor (TextEdit): TextWrangler

 

Uninstaller: AppCleaner

 

Utility/Maintenance (Disk Utility): EasyFind | OnyX

 

Video Player (QuickTime): Miro | VLC Player

 

Web Browser (Safari): Chrome | Firefox | Opera