Lifehacker's iPhone, Mac and Linux Best Free Software downloads
Ever wanted to accomplish a task but did not have a necessary piece of software to do it? You could shell out the money for the well known version of the software from a company like Adobe or Microsoft, or you could go with a lesser known but completely comparable and functional product.
The great team at Lifehacker have put together the best of the best when it comes to comparable products to the big boys like Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite. Most of these products are completely free and have most of, if not all the same features that their more expensive counterpart does.
Lifehacker has compiled a pack of applications for the Mac, Linux and iPhone. They have included the products name, a description and a link to download each app individually or you can download the entire pack with one click!
I have had some experience with a lot of the products offered in the iPhone and Mac package so I will give you my thoughts on those.
From the iPhone pack you have a wide range of apps that cover productivity to media. I have had a chance to spend a few months using Dragon Dictation which allows you to speak into your iPhone and have your words dictated out onto the phone which you can then use to send a text message or email. It is extremely accurate for being a free product.
I have also fallen in love with two media offerings in the pack; Remote and Pandora. The Remote app allows you to control your iTunes, Airport Express or Apple TV with your iPhone. It is extremely easy to use and set up. Your entire library of music will be displayed on your phones screen and you can start, pause and browse right on your phone from anywhere within range of your computer. I have also been using Pandora internet radio daily now since I got my iPhone. I was a big user of the online offering of Pandoraand now with Pandora‘s ability to play in the background while I use my phone for other things, there really is no better choice for online radio. With the ability to create multiple stations and listen on the go you are ready to listen anywhere, anytime.
When it comes to the different camera apps offered in the Lifehacker pack, I have used Hipstamatic to great extent. It is pretty easy to use and produces very fun and spacey looking pictures. With the ability to purchase new lenses and flashes you can really create some cool stuff.
For the Mac, I absolutely love Quicksilver for an application launcher. I try to avoid using a mouse or trackpad if I can so being able to launch any application with a set of hot keys is fantastic. Just hit your desired hot keys and up pops Quicksilver, then type in the name of the app you want to use, hit enter and you’re set to go.
I have taken quite a liking to minimalistic text editors. I don’t use half the features in programs like Microsoft Office or even Open Office’s Writer, so I like to use Bean. With a variety of file extensions to save your documents in, you shouldn’t have a problem exporting them to a more robust editor if need be. Bean will give you a lightweight text editor without all the bloat of more complex programs out there.
For FTP I am using Cyberduck and it works very well. With the option to save certain connections you can save time when trying to FTP to your files. With the full ability to upload/download you don’t need to look anywhere else for a great, free FTP client.
And finally, my favorite app from Lifehacker’s pack has been the vector program, Inkscape. Inkscape is the counterpart to Adobe Illustrator without the bloat in my opinion. So far I have been able to do anything I could do in Illustrator with Inkscape. I find the interface is easier and more intuitive. Most of the drawings for this blog are done in Inkscape, which is also available for Windows.
So, take a look at the provided links to the packs and pick and choose what you want to try or just get the entire bundle. You have lots of great options now for your iPhone, Mac or Linux.