Here is a list of recommended software. It concentrates on software mentioned in our meetings, presentations, and newsletters. Suggestions for additions to this page may be sent to the webmaster or any group officer (see the Officers section of the "About" page on this site).

In June 2010 the entire page was tested and updated for all the entries.

Shareware and Freeware
Commercial Software for Emergencies
Selected Commercial Graphic Software
Where to buy computer gear

Shareware and Freeware

Amadeus II Shareware ($30)
Requirements: OS X
Martin Hairer
This cool audio program allows you to record, manipulate, create, and analyze sounds. It features tools for recording, resampling, encoding MP3s, frequency filtering, eliminating background noise, modulation, mixing, and more. Use it to remove pops and scratches from your vinyl to MP3 recordings, or create unique sound effects with up to 2GB support. It also features powerful sound synthesizers to reproduce practically any instrument, sonograms to visually analyze frequency versus intensity, and spectrograms to view a sound's different harmonics.

AppleJack Donationware
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2.x or later. AppleJack 1.4.3 is now Intel-compatible.
AppleJack is a user friendly troubleshooting assistant for Mac OS X. With AppleJack you can troubleshoot a computer even if you can't load the GUI, or don't have a startup CD handy. AppleJack runs in Single User Mode and is menu-based for ease of use.
Using AppleJack, you can repair your disk, repair permissions, validate the system's preference files, and get rid of possibly corrupted cache files. In most cases, these operations can help get your machine back on track. The important thing is that you don't need another startup disk with you.

AppCleaner Shareware ($12.95)
Requirements: Mac OS X 1.4 or higher
AppCleaner is a small application which allows you to thoroughly uninstall unwanted apps.
Installing an application distributes many files throughout your System using space of your Hard Drive unnecessarily. AppCleaner finds all these small files and safely deletes them.
Simply drop an application onto the AppCleaner window. It will find for the related files and you can delete them by clicking the delete button.

Audacity Freeware
Requirements: Requirements: Mac OS X 10.1.3 or higher
Wanna make music but don't want to drop a dime on some fancy shmancy audio recording program? This may be the ticket. This free, multitrack audio recorder and editor lets you record audio, edit waveforms, mix tracks together, apply sound effects, and export your music as a WAV, AIFF, OGG, or MP3 file. It features a built-in amplitude envelope editor; a gain and pan control for every track; a customizable spectrogram mode; a frequency analysis window; bass boost, wahwah, and noise removal filters; and supports VST plug-ins too.

BatChmod Freeware
Requirements: Requirements: Mac OS X
Renaud Boisjoly
File Permissions made simple - For years, BatChmod has helped thousands of users adjust permissions on their Macs through a simple and elegant interface. Full control of POSIX permissions, unlocking of disks and files and getting rid of pesky undeletable files.

Carbon Copy Cloner Freeware
Requirements: Mac OS 10.1.2 and higher
Bombich Software
Have you ever wanted a simple, complete, bootable backup of your hard drive? Have you ever wanted to upgrade to a larger hard drive with minimal hassle and without reinstalling your OS and all of your applications? Have you ever wanted to move your entire Mac OS-X installation to a new computer? Then CCC is the tool for you! You can setup a regular backup regimen that occurs in the background, even if you are not logged in.

Ciphsafe Freeware
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 later
CiphSafe provides an easy-to-use method for storing account/password pairs as well as any general notes you wish to keep safe. The application encrypts with 320-bit Blowfish, includes random password generation and has a very clean interface.
This software still works but is no longer supported by SourceForge.

ClamXav Freeware/Donationware
Requirements: Mac OS-X
ClamXav is a free virus checker for Mac OS X. It uses the tried, tested and very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end.

Back in the days before OS X, the number of viruses which attacked Macintosh users totalled somewhere between about 60 and 80. Today, the number of viruses actively attacking OS X users is...NONE! However, this doesn't mean we should get complacent about checking incoming email attachments or web downloads, for two reasons. Firstly, there's no guarantee that we Mac users will continue to enjoy the status quo, but more importantly, the majority of the computing world use machines running MS Windows, for which an enormous quantity of viruses exist, so we must be vigilant in checking the files we pass on to our friends and colleagues etc.

Cocktail Shareware ($14.95 single user)
Requirements: Mac OS-X 10.2 or later, an administrator account.
Kristofer Szymanski
Cocktail is a general purpose utility. The application simplifies the use of advanced UNIX functions and gives access to hidden Mac OS-X settings. All of Cocktail's major features are arranged in five basic categories. In addition, a "Pilot" lets you optimize your system with one click of the button and schedule miscellaneous maintenance tasks. Built-in Help provides an overview of features in Cocktail. Click on a specific section, or use the search feature at the top of the on-screen Help window. Now fighting trojans and other bad guys.

DesktopLyrics Freeware
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.7 or later
core code
DesktopLyrics is an application that displays the lyrics of the song currently playing in iTunes right on your desktop. The lyrics for the song have to be set in iTunes, DesktopLyrics does nothing to fetch lyrics if they aren't available in iTunes. If you don't want to set all your lyrics manually you can use an application like Harmonic.

EasyFind Freeware
Requirements: OS-X 10.6.8 or later
Devon Technologies
EasyFind finds files, folders, or contents in any file without the need for indexing - and therefore immediately. This is especially useful if you are looking for missing features like case-sensitive search, boolean operators, wild cards, or searching for phrases. In addition, EasyFind uses multithreading and is therefore very responsive even with multiple search processes running. It provides Contextual Menus and Mac OS X services and displays the location of each item in a separate column for a better overview. EasyFind uses little memory, supports drag-and-drop and the clipboard, and optionally finds invisible items or items within packages.

Filetype Freeware
Requirements: OS-9 or OS-X
Frederik Seiffert
FileType is an application to change the file types (type- and creator-codes) of files. You can save the file types you frequently use in a database so you don't have to remember them. It's very easy to use. FileType is pretty much self-explaining to most users. Just click around and you will see that most of what you have expected to happen will happen.

FontNuke Freeware
Requirements: Mac OS X
Romoves bad fonts from the font caches. Should be used after Font Book has verified all the fonts and identified bad ones.

GIFfun Freeware
Requirements: Mac OS-X 10.2 or later
Stone Design
GIFfun™ by Stone Design is the key to creating Web Animations quickly - you can use Create™ to make the individiual slides, or drag in any Image File directly into the GIFfun window, and the best part is that GIFfun is totally free, including the well-commented source code.

GraphicConverter Shareware ($35)
Requirements: Mac OS 8.6 and later
Thorsten Lemke
Looking for a fantastic graphics editor, but can't afford Photoshop? This all-purpose, image-editing program lets you open, tweak, and save files in just about any graphics format. It features high-end editing tools for graphic manipulation, filters for special effects, and even supports Photoshop plug-ins. Plus, it also offers batch-conversion capabilities, lets you build your own slide show, supports AppleScript, and can import and export a helluva lot more file formats than you even knew existed.

Handbrake Freeware
Requirements: For Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6
PC Tools
An application for ripping DVD movies to a form that you can use to play in iTunes, QuickTime, on iPods, on iPads, etc.

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3.8 or higher
Marcel Bresink
Hardware Monitor is an application to read out hardware sensors in Macintosh computers. Several hundred sensors in more than 70 model series are supported. The program can display and visualize measured values in a large variety of fashions, including speech output. Readings can be stored and exported. In addition, artificial software sensors monitoring macOS can be defined, and external LCD units can be controlled. The application also allows you to explore other technical data of your computer, like exact processor type, logicboard data, battery, display, and drive information, or manufacturing details.

iDefrag Shareware ($30)
Requirements: Mac OS X
Coriolis Systems
Supports internal and external disks. After paying the fee - The latest version can defrag any volume hard drive including the boot volume (not flash memory).

ImageTricks Freeware
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or later
BeLight Software
Image Tricks is a free image editor for Mac OS X Tiger, based on Apple Core Image filters. This cool app lets Tiger users apply the special effects like pro image editors. Also Image Tricks supports LinkBack technology, which enables users to open and edit images modified in Image Tricks in other LinkBack-enabled applications:

Jiggler Freeware
Requirements: Mac OS X
Stick Software
Jiggler is a little freeware app with one purpose: to keep your Mac awake. When you have some lengthy task for your computer to do, it's annoying to have to turn off your screensaver and turn off the sleep timer, only to have to turn it all back on again when you're done. (The "never sleep" corner will keep your screensaver from kicking in, but still won't prevent your machine from falling asleep.) What you really want is a little helper who will bump your mouse every once in a while to keep your machine alert. That's Jiggler.

LaunchBar Shareware ($19.95 - home use)
Requirements: G3 or faster Mac, Mac OS-X 10.1 or later
Objective Development
LaunchBar is a file-finding utility that allows you to find any folder, file, app, or what have you on your hard drive - just type a few letters of what you're looking for and the app will find it for you, lickety-split. Use it to find documents, email addresses, preference panes, apps, bookmarks, and more.

Little Snitch Shareware ($24.95)
Requirements: G3 or faster Mac, Mac OS-X 10.2 or later
Objective Development
Little Snitch alerts you on outgoing network connections. Spyware or Trojan horses - i.e. programs transmitting unconsciously data stored on your computer - can be detected by Little Snitch and prevented on the transmission of data. Little Snitch runs in the background and hooks into the operating system kernel while you are logged in. When an application tries to establish a network connection, Little Snitch intercepts the attempt and brings up an alert panel, telling you all the connection details including the name of the application which initiated the connection. You can either allow the connection, deny it or add a permanent rule for similar future-connections.

MacTracker Freeware
Requirements: most Macs
Ian Page
Mactracker provides detailed information on every Apple Macintosh computer ever made, including items such as processor speed, memory, optical drives, graphic cards, supported Mac OS versions, and expansion options. Also included is information on Apple mice, keyboards, displays, printers, scanners, digital cameras, iPod, AirPort Base Stations, Newton, and Mac OS versions.

Meshwork Shareware ($30)
Requirements: Most Macs from 68k to OS-X
Joe Strout
Meshwork is a 3D triangle-mesh modeling program for MacOS. It is designed especially for making compact, efficient objects for use in 3D games or on the web. It imports and exports several file formats, including DXF and optimized 3DMF. It can also be used to produce VRML for the web, models for POV-Ray ,sprites , models for OpenGL applications, and more. This 3D triangle-mesh modeling program was designed with the 3D game designer in mind. This program will allow you to create high-efficiency, low-polygon-count models for games and other applications where rendering speed is important.

Monolingual Freeware
Requirements: Mac OS-X
J. Schrier
Monolingual is a program for removing unnecesary language resources from Mac OS-X, in order to reclaim 160-200MB of disk space. It also speeds up OS-X by removing these unwanted languages.

Mouseposé Shareware ($16.95)
Requirements: OS-X
Boinx Software
Mouseposé is a tool that is essential for everyone doing demos at tradeshows, presentations, trainings or those individuals with huge and high resolution displays. If turned on, Mouseposé dims the screen and puts a spotlight on the area around the mouse pointer, easily guiding the audiences attention or to quickly locate the mouse pointer. Also a number of other features that are useful during presentations.

Mouse Locator Freeware
Requirements: OS-X 10.7 or later
Code Race
Computers with multiple high resolution displays present us with the "where is my mouse" problem. Simple Mouse Locator reveals the mouse position via a momentary or permanent locator.

Onyx Freeware
Requirements: Mac OS-X 10.2 or later
Titanium Software
OnyX is a maintenance, optimization, and personalization utility for Mac OS X. It allows you to run misc tasks of system maintenance, to configure certain hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, Safari, Dashboard, Exposé, Disk Utility... to delete cache, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, to see the detailed info of your configuration, to preview the different logs and CrashReporter reports, and more.

Photo to Movie Shareware ($49.95)
Requirements: OS-X
LQ Graphics, Inc.
Add the dramatic "Ken Burns Effect" to any photo of your family, friends, teammates, or co-workers. Show the movie proudly on your big-screen TV, laptop -- even your website! It's fast, easy and FREE to try!
Photo to Movie creates slide shows with motion effects, music, and captions. Burn your movies to DVD or publish to the web. It gives you custom control of your slide show and produces higher quality movies. Drag in some photos, adjust the motion and timing, add some music, render for DVD. You can add an unlimited number of music tracks and titles. You can also precisely control timing and record audio too.

Printer Setup Repair Shareware ($15)
Requirements: Mac OS-X 10.2 or later
Fixamac Software
This tool kit can fix incorrect permissions of printing-related files (a common source of printer errors), delete corrupted printer-related preferences and cashe files, and delete and reinstall printer drivers.

PrintWindow5 Freeware
Requirements: OS-X 10.7 or greater
A file listing utility for Mac OS-X. Print listing for any Finder window with full control over listing appearance and contents. Also create CD or DVD cover inserts.

Sierra Cache Cleaner Shareware ($9.90)
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
Northern Softworks
Sierra Cache Cleaner is an award winning general purpose tool for macOS X. SCC makes system maintenance simple with an easy point and click interface to many macOS X functions. Novice and expert users alike will appreciate the powerful toolset SCC provides. Sierra Cache Cleaner is one of the world's leading maintenance tools with millions of downloads around the globe.

SMARTReporter Freeware
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3 ("Panther") or later ("Tiger" compatible)
At least one ATA or S-ATA hard-drive
Julian Mayer
SMARTReporter is an application that can warn you of ATA hard-drive failures before they actually happen! It does so by periodically polling the S.M.A.R.T.-status of your hard-drives. S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a technology built into most modern hard-drives that acts as an "early warning system" for pending drive problems. Because SMARTReporter relies on the S.M.A.R.T. implementation of Mac OS X, it only supports ATA or S-ATA hard-drives.

SnapNDrag Freeware
Requirements: Mac OS-X 10.2 or later
Yellow Mug Software
This simple little tool lets you capture an image of whatever's on your Mac's screen. Just click a button to capture, and then drag the result from the interface to another app or to the Finder. You can have the app capture the entire screen, a window, or a selection. You can also choose to save the capture as a JPEG, PNG, or TIFF file. Works better than OS-X's Command-Shift-3 capture.

Sophos Anti-virus Freeware
Requirements: OS-X
Sophos Home for Mac antivirus protects every Mac (and PC) in your home from malware, viruses, ransomware, and inappropriate websites. It uses the same award-winning technology that IT professionals trust to protect their businesses and was named 'Best Free Antivirus for Macs' by Tom's Guide. Best of all, you can manage security settings for the whole family from any browser.

Sound Studio Shareware ($50)
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
Felt Tip Software
Record, edit, and produce your audio with Sound Studio, an easy-to-use Mac app for recording and editing digital audio on your computer. Digitize tapes and vinyl records, record live performances, create your own mixes with crossfades, tweak the levels and EQ, apply digital effects and save in all major file formats with Sound Studio!
With Sound Studio you can record professional sounding Podcasts and other audio dialog. Spoken word, speeches, presentations, music, and other audio can all be recorded and edited with the same high fidelity. And from the high quality master, you can save in many standard file formats such as AIFF, WAVE, MPEG-4 AAC, Ogg Vorbis, and more.

SuperDuper! Freeware or Shareware ($27.95)
Requirements: Mac OS-X 10.2.8 or later
Shirt Pocket
SuperDuper is an advanced, easy to use disk copying program available for OS X. It can make a straight copy, or "clone" - useful when you want to move all your data from one machine to another, or do a simple backup. In moments, you can completely duplicate your boot drive to another drive, partition, or image file.

TextWrangler Freeware
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3.5 or higher (use BBEdit lite for earlier systems)
Bare Bones Software
If you're a programmer, system administrator, or any breed of text jockey, you'll want TextWrangler for a spin - it's got all the textual mojo of the mighty BBEdit, lacking only the Web tools, but the best part is it's free!

TinkerTool Freeware
Requirements: Mac OS-X
TinkerTool is an application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into Mac OS-X. This allows to activate hidden features in the operating system and in some of the applications delivered with the system.

The tool makes sure that preference changes can only affect the current user. You don't need administrative privileges to use the tool. With this design, it is no problem to use TinkerTool in professional networks where users have restricted permissions. The program will never change any component of the operating system, so the integrity of your system is not put at risk, and there will be no negative effect on system updates.

All preference settings changed by TinkerTool can be reset to Apple's defaults, or to the state that existed before using the tool. No dangerous background processes are used for TinkerTool's operation.

Commercial Software for Emergencies

Products mentioned during the August 2004 Presentation.

Drive Genius $99.95
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.3 or higher
Prosoft Engineering
Drive Genius is an OS X utility designed to provide unsurpassed storage management. Featuring an easy-to-use interface, Drive Genius is packed with powerful tools such as a drive optimizer, a comprehensive repair facility for analyzing, repairing and rebuilding volumes, plus excellent testing capabilities with media surface scanning, performance benchmarking and data integrity checking. It can be used to initialize drives, create and delete partitions, and erases them securely as per Department of Defenses standard. Drive Genius can also hide partitions and duplicate volumes or drives swiftly. Last but not least, Drive Genius features advanced tools for resizing and moving of volumes without reformatting, and sports a sector editing tool to modify the data on any sector of the drive - powerful features that will satisfy even the seasoned Mac experts.

DiskWarrior $80
Requirements: Mac OS-X
Disk Repair Utility.

TechTool Pro $98
Requirements: Mac OS-X
Disk repair utility plus.

Selected Commercial Graphic Software

Products mentioned during the October 2004 Presentation.

Photoshop Elements $79.99
Requirements: OS-X
This Application is the most economical of the Photoshop series of products and will satisfy the needs of most MAGIC members. It creates and edits raster (bitmap) graphics. Photoshop Elements accepts and uses most filter plug-ins.

DAZ Studio freeware
Requirements: OS-X
What Is Daz Studio?
Bringing 3D Art & Animation To Life
Powerful and free 3D creation software tool that is not only easy to use yet but feature and functionality rich. Whether you are a novice or proficient 3d artist or 3d animator – daz studio enables you to create amazing 3d art.

Pixelmator $29.99
Requirements: OS-X
Create Exceptional Photos and Stunning Images Pixelmator is an easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editing program that has everything you need to enhance, edit and transform your photos. Made for the Mac, Pixelmator takes advantage of built-in iPhoto® support and one-click access to iSight®. Use layer-based image editing, color management, filters and special effects to quickly achieve impressive imagery.