From all of us at Download.com we hope everyone is enjoying their holiday break! As part of our year-end coverage, we've updated and added new software to our Best apps for Mac so you know exactly what to download if you just received a new Mac desktop or laptop as a holiday gift. Everything from alternative Web browsers to music discovery apps are available with rated reviews so you can weigh your options before you download.
One of the most popular and customizable third-party clients in the multiservice chat category for Mac continues to impress. Adium supports multiple services, including AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Facebook, Windows Live, and Google Chat. The app still struggles with file transfers with some clients, but the ease of use and ability to connect with multiple networks makes it a must have for those who use chat clients regularly on the Mac.
One of the most popular and customizable third-party clients in the multiservice chat category for Mac continues to impress. Adium supports multiple services, including AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Facebook, Windows Live, and Google Chat. The app still struggles with file transfers with some clients, but the ease of use and ability to connect with multiple networks makes it a must-have for those who use chat clients regularly on the Mac.
VMware Fusion is a virtualization program that lets you run Windows applications on any Intel-based Mac--and quickly switch back and forth between Windows and Mac apps. This app's Unity feature alone makes it worth trying VMware Fusion's 30-day trial. With Unity, Windows apps appear right alongside Mac apps as windows in your Mac OS, as well as in the Dock and Expose. This latest version of VMWare Fusion fixes bugs while running Mac OS X in virtualization.
You'll find plenty of keyboard-shortcut launchers floating around for Mac OS X, but Quicksilver's stylish interface, small footprint, and many customization options set it ahead of the pack.
You activate this open-source program via a user-assignable hot key that spawns a small text field for entering abbreviations to locate applications, documents, or anything else. This latest version fixes crucial bugs introduced in the previous version.
ScreenFlow is a popular screen-recording and editing tool for creating screencasts, such as presentations, tutorials, and product demos, on your Mac.
This app can handle every aspect of pulling together a screencast, from high-quality screen capture (including grabbing iSight and DV camera data, and mic and computer audio) to editing and exporting, with built-in YouTube publishing. If you're looking for a way to capture the activity on your screen--for whatever purpose--ScreenFlow is one of the best apps of its kind for the Mac.
Do you ever make charts or graphs for meetings? One of our picks this week is one of the best in its category for creating professional-looking flowcharts, mind maps, graphs, and really any diagram you might need. A longtime favorite of Download.com, OmniGraffle is the perfect solution for when you need to make your work and ideas more visually appealing.
Also this week, we have the latest version of Bean, the free word-processing program that was built for Mac from the ground up with an intuitive interface and plenty of useful extra features. Our game this week is Prison Mayhem, … Read more
If you're looking for a full-featured image editor at a relatively low price, Pixelmator fills the bill nicely.
Sporting a smooth, Mac-friendly interface, Pixelmator's layout is much like Adobe Photoshop with separate toolbars offering standard selector and paintbrush-type tools, a color picker, a layer manager, and a brush picker with large array of options. If you don't need the more advanced features and filters of Adobe Photoshop, Pixelmator is an affordable and easy-to-use alternative. Version 2.0 adds a laundry list of new features including a new look, several new tools, and new brush and gradient editors.… Read more
Fetch is one of the oldest and most well-loved FTP clients on the Mac, going as far back as 1989. Fetch can handle all your basic FTP needs, including SFTP and FTP with TLS/SSL, along with support for AppleScript and one-click remote file editing (with any kind of file and any kind of application). In the latest update, this old dog has learned plenty of new tricks, making it a worthy upgrade for fans of the classic client.
Apple's event today was largely a disappointment to most people, mainly because there was no iPhone 5 in the lineup (Read all of our coverage of the Apple event here). As was rumored, Apple instead released the iPhone 4S, adding a dual-core A5 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, an advanced voice command AI known as Siri, and several other new options in iOS 5, coming October 12. Apple also announced upgraded iPod Nanos and a refreshed line of iPod Touches. Still, the news of the day seems to be that there was no iPhone 5.
What did we really expect? … Read more