FFOSS (Freeware/Free & Open Source Software) Friday

by Todd Ogasawara

Here's a summary of Mac Freeware & Free & Open Source Software (F/FOSS) discussed last week in my personal blog.

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).


2007-01-12 12:57:50
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.