FFOSS (Freeware/Free & Open Source Software) Friday
by Todd Ogasawara
xPad Ultimate Notepad just became Freeware
There was a bit of a flamewar leading up to this change from fee to free. But, the main thing is that a very useful application is now free for Mac OS X users.
xPad The Ultimate Notepad
I haven't tried it yet (though I plan to download and try it real soon). But, its one-line description sounds great: xPad is the ultimate notepad, TextEdit and Stickies replacement for Apple's OS X. It can also export text notes to the iPod.
HandBrake: Convert DVD to MPEG4 Video
Here's a handy Mac OS X Open Source appliaction for iPod owners.
The author describes it as: ...a GPL'd multiplatform, multithreaded DVD to MPEG-4 ripper/converter. HandBrake was originally available on the BeOS, but now has been ported over to MacOS X and to GNU/Linux. A Windows port is being worked on.
iLounge has an easy to read HandBrake tutorial:
The Complete Guide to Converting DVDs to iPod Format (Mac)
iSquint 1.5 Video Converter
iSquint 1.5 is a freeware video converter for Mac OS X that formats videos for playback on iPods. There is a universal binary for Intel Macs.
There is also a for-fee version called VisualHub that provides more features and many more platform formats (e.g., Sony PSP).
CGSecurity PhotoRec & TestDisk
PhotoRec & TestDisk
...Open Source utilities can help you analyze and (sometimes) recover files from a variety of disk formats including flash cards.
CGSecurity provides executable binaries for Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. I tried the version for Windows XP (sorry 'bout that :-) on a known bad Lexar 1GB SD memory card. You can see in the image that TestDisk identified a number of sector errors on the card.
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).
New email client that may appeal to some. It's seems to be supposed to be kind of a matching pair with Camino. Only at 0.1 as yet.