4 free OS X utilities that all Mac users should have

“OS X may come with plenty of great apps and utilities to get you started, but there are a few incredibly helpful utilities that are either missing or could be improved,” OS X Daily writes. “That’s what we’re focusing on here, with four of the most helpful utilities for OS X that everyone should have on their Mac.”

OS X Daily writes, “Best of all? They’re all free!”

4 free OS X utilities that all Mac users should have:
1: Dropbox – Cloud File Storage & Sharing
2: The Unarchiver – Decompress Any Archive Format
3: AppCleaner – Advanced Application Uninstaller
4: ClipMenu – Clipboard History Manager

More info, links, and screenshots in the full article here.


  1. Another vote for Onyx, although I use Cocktail.

    Default Folder X… super-charged Open/Save dialogue boxes
    SuperDuper! for backups and cloning drives.

    For designers:
    PopChar X… see EVERY available character in every installed font
    ArtView… view Illustrator, inDesign, eps and other file types using QuickView in the Finder

    1. Agreed on SuperDuper! The free version saved my ass when my iMac disk croaked. I just copied my clone over to the nice new Hitachi disk I bought, swapped in the new disk, and my iMac booted right up like nothing happened. I was so pleased I bought the full version and I still use it.

  2. – Epic Web Browser: Strong privacy, faster than Tor.
    – CheatSheet: Hold down CMD to see all keyboard shortcuts.
    – Img2Icns: Replace ugly app icons with nicer ones.
    – Sophos Anti-Virus: If you work with PC users and want to make sure that you aren’t a Typhoid Mary, passing along Win viruses unintentionally.
    – Monolingual
    – Onyx

    Paid apps:
    – 1Password
    – App Zapper
    – Carbon Copy Cloner
    – Fantastical

  3. Dropbox isn’t a utility.

    It’s a subscription-based syncing service like iCloud (many people would say much better than iCloud) that gets unsuspecting users hooked with a free sample, just like drug pushers. Although it claims that SSL transfers and AES-256 encryption will keep your data safe, it has the same issues as all 3rd party data management services: no real privacy guarantees. Why do you think it’s “free”? A “free” 2GB of server space is enough to share a few albums of tunes or a couple movie files, yippee. Here’s what they want in return:

    Dropbox “automatically records information from your Device, its software, and your activity using the Services. This may include the Device’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, the Web page visited before you came to our website, information you search for on our website, locale preferences, identification numbers associated with your Devices, your mobile carrier, date and time stamps associated with transactions, system configuration information, metadata concerning your Files, and other interactions with the Service.”

    One wonders how much the NSA pays Dropbox for their info gathering.

      1. Since you’re worried about grammar, how about using the correct number?

        None [e.g., the contraction of “not one”] _is_ available …

        You don’t score any better than Snoop.

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