The premier free, open-source browser. Tabs, pop-up blocking, themes, and extensions. Considered by many to be the world’s best browser.
Based on the same Mozilla foundation as Firefox, Camino is a more native OS X app. Fast and simple.
Video Player / Video Podcasting
Beautiful interface. Plays any video type (much more than quicktime). Subscribe to video RSS, download, and watch all in one. Torrent support. Search and download from YouTube and others.
IM – Instant Messaging
Connect to multiple IM accounts simultaneously in a single app, including: AOL IM, MSN, and Jabber. Beautiful, themable interface.
Quicksilver lets you start applications (and do just about everything) with a few quick taps of your fingers. Warning: start using Quicksilver and you won’t be able to imagine using a Mac without it.
Installs a pack of great open source apps (including many on this page) and keeps them updated for you.
Powerful spam filtering, solid interface, and all the features you need.
Uncompress RAR, 7zip, tar, and bz2 files on your Mac. Many new Mac users will be puzzled the first time they download a RAR file. Do them a favor and download UnRarX for them!
Very nice, native RSS client.
Solid cross-platform RSS client.
A simple, easy to use filesharing program. Gnutella network.
Very nice torrent downloader.
Running Windows Software on Macs
Run Windows programs on your Intel Mac at near native speed. Works on G4 / G5 Macs too, but much slower.
Solid podcasting client.
Plays more video files than most players: Quicktime, AVI, DIVX, OGG, and more. Pretty good interface.
The interface and buttons are not as nice or as Mac-like in feel, but it may play even more video files than VLC.
A plugin that allows quicktime to play additional video formats. (Included in Democracy Player.)
Get music off of your iPod onto any computer.
Copy music off your iPod in the finder, like a regular disk drive.
DVD ripper and MPEG-4 / H.264 encoding. Very simple to use.
CD / DVD Burning
CD and DVD Burner. Burn any video to a disc that plays in your DVD player!
Word Processing / Office Suites
Very fast and easy to use word processor. Live word count, autosaving, more.
Built on OpenOffice.org. Big, full featured suite of tools for word processing and spreadsheets. Compatible with Microsoft Word documents and OpenDocument Format.
A word processor. Leaner and quicker than OpenOffice. Compatible with Microsoft Word documents and OpenDocument Format.
The best wireless scanner for Mac. Find wireless access when you’re on the go.
Simple sound recording tool.
Graphics, Photo, Publishing
Based on Gimp, but doesn’t require X11.
Fast image viewer and image browser.
Photo editing application that rivals Photoshop in features (requires X11).
Vector graphics application (requires X11).
Desktop publishing. Complicated install, but a nice app.
FTP / SFTP
Very good all-around ftp program.
Simple, fast FTP, with a focus on “advanced queuing”.
Not as polished as Cyberduck (and only for SFTP) but has a side by side interface showing your files and the remote files.
HTML / Text Editing
Text / html editor. Integrates with Cyberduck for editing websites.
Visual tool for making websites (WYSIWYG html editor), comparable to Dreamweaver.
Great IRC client.