OS X Shareware
Here's a list those "must have" OS X utilities and applications.
Also, we've added a link to MacFixit's similar page listing their "favorite OS X utilities" here.
And here's a link to C/Net's most popular OS X utilities.
Get a copy of the TarMac the handout used in the September 11th presentation on OS X utilities. It discusses a wide variety of new OS X utilities and identifies the functions each performs. To download a copy of the updated handout in .pdf format, click here.
To display it on your screen, click here. To see the associated notes,click here.
|Basic OS X Utilities|
|Escape Pod 1.0.0d3||Ambrosia Software||Kills front most application which appears to hang OS. Built in to Panther.|
|Back up user prefs 4.3||MT Software||Backs up a user's ~/Library/Preferences folder in the event of corruption of individual or the entire folder. OS 10.1 Version here.|
|SWIM3 0.96 floppy driver||Darwin Development||Read floppy disks with OS X on older G3 Macs.|
|Print Center Repair 3.0.3||Fixamac Software||OS 10.2 application. Repairs 16 printing problems. Highly rated in Version tracker. OS 10.1 Version here.|
|Printer Setup Repair 4.0.2||Fixamac Software||OS 10.3 application. Repairs numerous printing problems in OS 10.3.|
|TinkerTool 3.3c||Marcel Bresink Software||Gives access to a multitude of OS X features not otherwise available. Updated for 10.3. See Tinker Tool homepage for details.|
|System Optmizer X 4.1||MKD Software||Speed up Mac OS X system performance by updating executable library prebindings.|
|MOX Optimize 2.1.2||Infosoft Software||With some simple clicks to configure many hidden Mac OS X options and the User Interface to get major speed boosts and a productivity increase. Configure many hidden Mac OS X options and get a noticeable overall increase in performance. Free up disk space and configure more settings than in the built in system preferences.|
|BatChmod 1.3.2||Arby Software||Easily change ownership and privileges associated to the Owner, Group or others for files and folders.|
|PerfBoard 2.1||Pepsan & Associates Software||Extensive readout of system performance data include CPU load metrics, memory statistics, network bandwidth, and disk I/O operations.|
|DMG Tool 3.0.1||Them Software||Create compressed disk images. OS 10.1 Version here.|
|Tweaker 1.1||Them Software||Modify OS X hidden options, such as screen shot format, file visibility and scroll bar style.|
|Carbon Copy Cloner 2.3||Bombich Software||Move your entire Mac OS X system from one partition/hard drive to another easily. Updated for Panther. OS 10.1 Version here.|
|BrickHouse 1.1b6||Brian Hill Software||Makes using the network firewall built in to Mac OS X quick and easy.|
|MacJanitor 1.2.1||Brian Hill Software||Manually runs maintenance scripts that the OS runs during the night.|
|xFiles 1.0b1||Brian Hill Software||Change the HFS+ type and creator, filename, Posix owner and group, modification date, and permissions of files. Drag & Drop|
|Diablotin 1.2.7||White Box Software||Preference pane to manage items which have been added to Mac OS X in the /Library folder.|
|Renicer 1.2.6||Northern Softworks||GUI tool running in background that automatically sets priority values for applications.|
|FileXaminer 2.2||Gideon Softworks||A file/folder attribute editing application. Puts graphical interface on setting permissions (and many other attributes. OS 10.1 Version here.|
|Silk 2.0.5||Unsanity software||Enables Quartz text rendering for Carbon applications in MacOS X 10.1.5 and newer.|
|Repair Privileges 1.1||Apple Software||Restores the privileges of Mac OS 10.1.5 files and Apple-installed software to their default configuration. OS 10.1.5 only|
|Transparent Dock 2.2||Free Range Mac||Set tranparency of your dock background or put picture in it's background. OS 10.1 Version here.|
|Boot CD 0.6||Charles Software||OS 10.3 application. Create OS X Bootable CD's with repair apps. ( OS 10.2 Version here.)|
|Share Points 3.4.3||HorneWare||OS 10.3 application. Share any given folder and create users who can access specific shared folder. OS 10.2 Version here.|
|"Make it look like OS 9 " Utilities|
|ASM 2.1b5||Frank Vercruesse Software||Reincarnation of the OS 9 Application Switcher Menu in the upper right corner.|
|X-Assist 0.7||Peter Li Software||Like ASM (above) but adds a user-defined hierarchical menu of files, folders, and disks.|
|Classic Menu 2.7.2||Sig software||Brings back the functionality of the classic apple menu in Mac OS X.|
|Fruit Menu 3.0.1||Unsanity software||Customizes and enhances Apple and contextual menus in MacOS X.|
|Window Shade 3.5||Unsanity software||Adds several ways to minimize windows including roll-up, minimize-in-place, make-transparent.|
|Xsounds 2.1||Unsanity software||Add audio feedback when you navigate through menus or drag your windows around.|