FFOSS (Freeware/Free & Open Source Software) Friday

by Todd Ogasawara

Here's a summary of last week's Mac Freeware & Free & Open Source Software (F/FOSS) from my personal blog. If you have freeware or Open Source software to recommend for Mac users, please post it in a response here (or email the information to me if you prefer to remain anonymous).

KeePass: Password Safe
Here's an Open Source application this is even more multi-platform than usual.

KeePass:: The Open Source Password Safe

The original version was written for for use with Microsoft Windows. However, its author lists unofficial ports for Linux/Mac OS X (X11 required for the Mac), Palm OS, Pocket PC (Windows Mobile), and even the USB flash memory U3 portable smart technology format.

The application's official description reads: KeePass is a free/open-source password manager or safe which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way.

TextWrangler 2: Mac Text Editor
If you ever want to waste a lot of time, bring up the topic of favorite text editors in a group of software developers.

Even though I have a couple of favorite text editors, I'm always looking at other editors just in case they do something better than the ones I'm using.

Here's a freeware text editor for the Mac that might be interesting if you are one of those people who keep looking at other text editors too.

Bare Bones Software TextWrangler 2

I don't see Ruby in the list of programming language syntaxes supported for highlighting and function navigation.

VLC Media Player
When I bought my Mac mini I had a couple of video files I had created under Microsoft Windows that did not play on the Mac. More recently, when I wiped Windows XP Home Edition off of my PC and installed Windows XP Media Center Edition in its place, I found that I couldn't play commercial DVDs on the system because Media Center did not include the necessary CODECs.

In both cases, I turned to the Open Source...

VLC Media Player

...to quickly get running (I have yet to bother to look for CODECs for Windows Media Center Edition) to play my videos.

Yahoo! Bookmarks Beta
Until recently Yahoo!'s MyWeb and Bookmarks were separate web features. Yahoo merged MyWeb into Bookmarks recently (I'm guessing within the last two months or so). All my MyWeb site links and descriptions were moved over to...

Yahoo! Bookmarks Beta

This merged beta looks better than MyWeb did IMHO. I like the thumbnail image of each bookmarked page. And, the new color scheme is a lot easier on my eyes. The one thing I miss though is an RSS feed of my bookmarks.

It looks like Yahoo! is trying to move its Bookmarks (formerly MyWeb) away from a social networking tool to simply a personal bookmarking tool and keeping del.icio.us as its social network bookmarking site.

Gigavox Levelator Upgraded to Version 1.1.0
Gigavox has an upgrade for their popular audio leveling freeware tool...

Levelator 1.1.0

Versions are available for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. There's a note on the site that says Linux coming soon.

The java-based tool is aimed about podcasters/netcasters who have two or more people on a podcast. The two helps to adjust the audio levels for multiple speakers.