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tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 05 1:16 pm    Post subject: Free Mac/Linux software  Reply with quote    

NickG suggested that it might be worthwhile compiling a list of useful free Mac and Linux software, any suggestions?

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bagpuss



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 05 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

well there are the obvious standards

http://www.mozilla.org/ mozilla for web browsers and mail programs

http://www.openoffice.org/ for word processing

http://www.gimp.org/ for image manipulation (only work on osx+ in macs)

http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/emacs.html as a general text editor

dougal



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 05 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Here's a roundup of plugins for Apple's Mail.app
http://www.tikouka.net/mailapp/
many (or more?) of which are freeware

Mat S



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 05 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bagpuss wrote:
well there are the obvious standards
http://www.mozilla.org/ mozilla for web browsers and mail programs
http://www.openoffice.org/ for word processing
http://www.gimp.org/ for image manipulation (only work on osx+ in macs)
http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/emacs.html as a general text editor


All of the above are cross-platform - mac, windows, linux, whatever.

bagpuss



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 05 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

as far as I am aware there are version of these software about for most versions of linux and windows and osx not sure about old versions of macs

tigerminxy



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 05 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The Quicksilver launcher/productivity thing for the Mac is my must-have, as I mentioned on this relevant discussion Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/topic/55703/

dougal



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 05 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

An editor. For Mac OS X.

But not quite your ordinary, everyday sort.
Of course it does HTML, with live preview.
And syntax colouring, indenting, that sort of stuff.

But that's not all


"Your favorite language
Modes: SubEthaEdit features built-in support for most common programming languages, like AppleScript , ActionScript , C, C++, CSS, HTML, Java, Javascript, LaTeX, Lua, Objective-C, Pascal, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, SQL and XML. Missing your favorite language? Try our growing repository of user contributed modes.

Make your own
If there is no mode for your favorite language available yet and you aren't afraid of getting your hands dirty a little bit, you can create your very own mode. Just check our extensive mode format documentation including a development kit and make your own set of syntax definition, function popup and autocomplete dictionary to create a custom working environment. If you created a mode, you can also send us an email, so we can put it online for others to use."


Oh yes, nearly forgot, its *specifically* designed for *collaborative* editing - multiple people *simultaneously* editing the same document/webpage/whatever...

And its free. ($35 for a commercial license)

http://www.codingmonkeys.de/subethaedit/
and be sure to click on the "Collaborate" and "Customise" tabs...

dougal



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 05 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There's a nice article (with links) about Open Source and Mac OS X here:
http://software.newsforge.com/software/05/09/20/166254.shtml?tid=132&tid=6

Worth noting that ClamXav (anti virus software running on OS X) doesn't actually check for *any* Mac-specific viruses (there's a good reason why it doesn't) - but it will scan for MS Office viruses and PC viruses that you might potentially pass from one PC user to another.

dougal



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 05 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Some other folk have also had the idea of compiling lists of Mac specific shareware


http://nothickmanuals.info/doku.php?id=opensourcemac
http://www.opensourcemac.org/



dougal



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 07 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Here's a nifty little thing.
Its only 1/3 of a mb to download - thats little these days.

It resizes pictures. In png, jpeg, tiff, pict, bmp and PhotoShop formats.
One at a time, a group or a whole folder.
You tell it what size you are after, and errr, that's it...

You want it/them to be 600 pixels across? (the long side of the rectangle) Drop your file(s) on the application and it pops up a window into which you type 600 and click the button.
It saves a copy shrunk to 600 pixels/dots across, and names it with the 600 added to the old name.
Mac easy or what?

Its called Pixer.
Its free (but a donation is requested).
Info & download http://www.1802.it/pixer.php
EDIT PS its written for OS X 10.4 (untested on anything earlier)

It'll do other things, like shrink to a percentage, convert to jpeg, mirror flip, rotate ... see the site! (And be prepared to make allowances for his English - its way better than my Italian...)

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Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 07 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can't comment for Macs, but for Linux Ubuntu provides an entire machine of free operating system and assorted applications. And it's a doddle to install too.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 07 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dougal wrote:
Its only 1/3 of a mb to download - thats little these days.


I remember when applications used to be measured in Kb.. single digits too. Halcyon days
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dougal



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 07 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't see the point of this thread being hihacked to a discussion of software that might be included with any particular distribution, or the merits (or otherwise) of any OS.

I think its best to be focussed on specific recommended useful *additional* offerings...

... such as PearLabelizer (v 0.6 is just 250k to download) which makes printing on specific labels on a sheet trivially simple.
Great little program. OS X 10.3 or later
http://www.pearworks.com/pages/software.html

Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 07 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This might be a bit specialist perhaps, but I can recommend Subversion version control software from Tigris. It's available for various flavours of Linux, Win32, Solaris and Mac OS X.

I'm also using the Tortoise SVN GUI client - but this is specifically a plug-in to Windows Explorer. Other SVN GUIs may be available for other platforms. (For example the RapidSVN GUI client is multi-platform, but it's an immature product.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 07 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A techie friend of mine has tipped me off about this: http://www.virtualbox.org/ - free virtualisation software.

I've not played with it myself (as I have VMware), but apparently it runs on a good range of host systems and runs a good range of guest systems.
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