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Software to run on Apple's OS X operating system.

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Screen-recording GIF 'video' tool for Mac OS X

I'm looking for a free program that allows me to record my screen and save the 'video' as an animated GIF. This will be useful when making instructions / steps to do something. Requirements: free (...
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Markdown editor for OSX that includes a preview, ideally in real time?

I'm looking for a native OSX desktop application (needs to work offline) in which I can edit plain text documents, and preview how they'll look with markdown formatting applied. At a minimum, I need ...
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File integrity checker

I have a large amount of files that should never change, including RAW photographs and video files. I'm worried about silent bit rot. I do have backups to restore lost/corrupted files, but comparing ...
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What is a good LaTeX editor for writing thesis?

I'm writing my thesis with latex (for technical text, it's way easier than Word). However, writing LaTeX on editor, and then manually compiling PDF for preview is rather slow and cumbersome. Is there ...
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Email client that supports Markdown?

I somewhat like (read: am in love with) Stack Exchange's implementation of markdown. In fact, I often try to use it when writing emails. Much to my disappointment, this never works. Is there an OS X ...
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Record screen section as animated GIF

Often while trying to explain a problem I have with my PC, a screenshot is not enough. Is there a tool that lets you capture a section of the screen and save it to a .gif file? It needs to Work on ...
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Free PDF comparison tool

I am looking for an application to compare two PDF files. Application must: be able to highlight differences between the two documents be mac-compatible as I will be using it on a mac be free, I do ...
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Tool for optical character recognition (OCR)

Is there a tool that can recognise text in a scanned document (PNG, JPG) and convert it into a regular text file (DOC, TXT)? It should Work on Ubuntu and Mac OS X Be free Work with most common ...
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Open-source image organiser with face recognition (alternative to Picasa) with OSX/Linux support

I'm looking for free (ideally open-source) image viewer and organiser which has the following features: Full screen preview of images with basic zoom in/out abilities. Image thumbnail grid view of ...
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Keyboard and Mouse sharing between Windows and OSX

At work I use both Mac OSX (laptop) and Windows (desktop). I frequently have to switch between keyboards, the mouse and the trackpad. I'm looking for recommendations for software that allow for ...
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Syntax highlighting text editor for Mac OSX

When I'm writing or reading code (Java, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, XML, etc.), I prefer something more lightweight than an IDE, that highlights syntax but doesn't do much else. What options are there for ...
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Is there a faster Android emulator?

I'm playing with Android development, but the emulator is sooo... slow... It takes upwards of five minutes just to start up! I'm not interested enough in Android development to continue pursuing it ...
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Software to create automatic subtitles (OS X)

You know how Youtube creates "automatic" subtitles based on the sound on a video? (sound-to-text) I have an MP4 file on my computer. How do I create "automatic" subtitles based on the video's sound, ...
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Is there a program to control other computers from another computer?

Is there a good remote desktop software tool that I can use to control my Windows and Linux PCs from my Mac, and vice-versa? I don't care if it uses up lots of internet bandwidth. Desired features: ...
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Software to wipe old hard disks, USB sticks and memory cards?

I have bunch of old hard disks, USB sticks and memory cards I want to sell / give away. However, there's private content that must be cleared before that. What is a good, preferably free, software ...
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What is a good newbie friendly graphical Git client for OS X?

Personally I'd just pop open a terminal and brew-up the usual *nix shell tools, but I need to make a software recommendation to some clients that need something a bit more newbie friendly. The ...
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Drag and drop animation software similar to Muvizu

I am looking for a drag and drop animation software for Mac. I did a little research and found Muvizu which I loved but it seems to be only for Windows. Here are the requirements the software needs: ...
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App to quickly generate correctly resized iOS app icons

In iOS development, there are quite a few different sizes of icons needed to make your app look the best throughout the system. Here's what the average list of icon files looks like in an iOS project: ...
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foobar2000-like audio player for OS X (and bonus: GNU/Linux)

I am considering migrating to Mac OS X. But I like music too much, so I must find an audio player that will be comparable to foobar2000. Some features that I will miss when using another audio player ...
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Cross-platform calendar that stores data locally - I want to sync it myself

I'm looking for a calendar application, ideally one that can run on windows, Mac, and iOS. I want my data to be available offline, and -- here's the kicker -- I don't want to store my data on Google's ...
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App to convert existing image files to vector graphics?

I have some rather large PNG files, and I'd like to convert them to vector images for future use. Is there an app that can do this? I'm thinking something like I have to specify what is what in the ...
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Software to collect information from employees over internet

I need to capture information from client employees by having them filling out a form. For now the best way to do that is by EXCEL sheet, since the table format best supports the information to ...
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Data analysis/plotting on OS X

I am searching for an easy to use software for OS X that is capable of the following: data analysis (load/process/manipulate data) via scripting plotting the data configuring the plot directly (not ...
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Cross-platform LAN messenger that can run on multiple user accounts of the same machine at once?

I'm looking for a (free) program that allows me to chat to other computers on my network (over LAN). Desired features: Internet connection not required Available for Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6.8 (...
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Smear/blur text/image in a screen shot

I often seen screen shots with areas of sensitive information smeared/blurred to make it unintelligible. How can I do that image-smearing simply and inexpensively as a Mac user? The words "simply" ...
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Which LaTeX editor can I use to create a sane book publishing workflow for non-savvy writers?

I'm in a bit of a sticky position having to introduce several people to work that is inherently harder than what they are going to be comfortable with. I would like to ease this transition my making ...
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Software to put company-specific info on the desktop

I need to place company specific info (phone numbers, reports etc.) on the desktop background of our company computers. It's dynamic data, so I need a quick way to change it on over 20 computers. We ...
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Is there a scientific calculator app that runs on OS X?

I am looking for a scientific calculator app for Mac OS X. I don't mean anything like Matlab (or Octave, etc.), but more powerful replacement for Calculator.app. Features should include: History: ...
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OS X PostgreSQL client with a GUI?

I've recently found a need to work with a PostgreSQL database. As I'm completely new to PostreSQL, I'd like to have a nice GUI for it, much like one for MySQL. It must: Support tunneling over SSH ...
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Simple Mac To-Do list

I love lists. I made list for everything, since shopping to what todo today ... Even lists of options for movies or food. But one of the most usabilities for lists for me is, ToDo lists for tasks to ...
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Nano-like terminal text editor supporting undo/redo, softwrap

I am looking for a lightweight text editor that runs in the terminal. I currently use nano 2.2.6, but I am slightly dissatisfied with it (particularly the fact that it doesn't have working undo/redo). ...
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DjVu reader for Mac

I am looking for a fast, convenient and reliable DjVu reader application for OS X. Requirements: responsive continuous scrolling must be standalone (not browser plugin) retina support I.e. ...
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OS X client for Google Docs/Drive, incorporating the real-time collaboration feature?

I have several documents that are collaboratively edited in Google Drive. I'd prefer to use a more responsive, easier-to-open desktop client to edit these documents. It must: Be able to see all my ...
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PHP editor with live view for Mac

I'm a rookie PHP programmer and want to find the easiest way to use PHP editor that has a live preview functionality built in. I have a server where I currently test out my new found skills, but ...
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OS X app to show GPU usage?

As a developer, I push my machine to its limits quite often. It's often quite useful to know how much capacity you're currently using. I use the built in Activity Monitor for checking my CPU usage, ...
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A good editor for technical tutorials on Mac?

I write a lot of tutorials and publish them as HTML. Usually, I type them directly in HTML but each time I use <code> tags to show a code example, I have to manually update the content of the ...
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General purpose database application alternatives for iOS and Mac

I am looking for a way to manage inventory in the field. I want to use an ipad/iphone for taking inventory, and use a mac to generate reports. This can be a single app or a pair of apps. I can do ...
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CD Ripping Software for OS X

When I was primarily a Windows user, I used a program called CDex to rip CDs to my hard drive. I loved this program primarily because of the following features: Automatic ID3 tagging using CDDB ...
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Visio alternative for OSX

I am looking for a free or paid alternative for Mac OS X (macOS). I have used Microsoft Visio a lot, but I can't find a good alternative which works for OSX. It should support these diagrams at least....
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OS X MySQL client?

I'd like to have a nice GUI for MySQL on OS X. The app must: Support connecting to external databases Support tunneling over SSH Show a nice GUI for editing and creating table schema Give access to a ...
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Remote Desktop/Viewer from Windows to Mac

I'm looking for some software that will allow a remote desktop connection from a Windows 7 machine to an iMac (OSX) across the internet. I use the term "remote desktop", but the primary requirement ...
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Alternatives to Google Drive with emphasis on privacy and user experience?

Could you please recommend some alternatives to Google Drive? I am concerned about my privacy, security; plus I need to have an Android, OS X, and a web client as well. If there are such alternatives ...
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Any apps that “type” what you paste in OS X?

I am creating some screencasts and as I have been doing this I realized that there must be some way of pasting code from pasteboard and having it appear in my text editor as though I'm typing it so ...
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Reliable virtualization software for OS X?

I want to run Windows 7 virtual machine on my OS X laptop (late 2012 model with 8GB of memory) to use some simple Windows software from time to time. I don't want to use bootcamp to dual-boot. I have ...
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IRC client that would preserve the history?

I use MacOS and Colloquy. I'm not 100% happy for several reasons: on laptop every time when device goes to sleep it disconnects me I don't see history of the channel when I reconnect I would like ...
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Cross platform disk encryption solution without admin privileges

I am looking for a cross platform (OS X 10.10 + Windows 7) encryption solution which can fully encrypt, decrypt and modify a USB disk (full disk encryption). Truecrypt does this, but you need admin ...
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Integrated addressbook/email client

I need a single app that replaces both the functionality of Apple Mail and Address Book/Contacts. Or I need a brower extension that integrates Gmail/Contacts. I run OSX but I'm open to alternatives, ...
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What's the best (simplest) free software to beat-match and mix two tracks?

I want to mix a few tracks (in .mp3 format for example) together to create a seamless bit of dance music for a performance. I'd like to pick a particular section in two songs and the software should ...
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Limit bandwidth on a per-app basis on OS X?

I have an app that is rather particular about my bandwidth - namely wanting nearly all of it. This app runs quite well when I don't have anything else open, but it starts to lag and sound ugly when I ...
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2D / 3D CAD design and simulation software for OSX?

What options are available for Mac to design 2D and 3D CAD drawings? Preferably open-source or freeware but not a requirement of the question. SolidWorks seems to be the most popular for Windows ...

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