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.

Max: Mutliformat Audio File Extractor & Converter for Mac OS X
Here's a Mac OS X Open Source project for the audiophiles out there...

Max: Audio File Extractor & Converter

It can extract audio files from a CD and then store/convert it in more than 20 different audio file formats including MP3, Ogg (Vorbis), FLAC, AAC, Apple Lossless, Monkey's Audio, WavPack, Speex, AIFF, and WAVE.

It can use the community driven music metadatabase MusicBrainz to obtain CD track information.

WebDesktop: Web Browser for Your Mac Desktop
If your Mac OS X desktop seems, hmm, to passive for you, take a look at this freeware addon...


It puts a web browser layer on the Mac desktop and lets you display any standard web page. Weather, stock quotes, news, and other dynamic information can be updated right on your desktop's background.

Gliffy: Web Diagramming Tool
I mentioned the Dia (Open Source) diagramming tool for Linux and Windows a few days ago. But, if you use a Mac or don't want to install anything, take a look at...


It is a free web diagram creation service that also allows you to share the diagrams you create. It can also save the diagrams in the SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) file format. You can import this file into numerous client-side diagramming tools.

Zoho Office Suite
Hey, has anyone tried this?

Zoho Office Suite

It is a free web-based office suite that includes the following web-based applications: word processor, spreadsheet, slide presenter, wiki, collaborative groupware (calendar, etc.).

The Zoho API exposes its features to those who want to work with Zoho data in their own apps.

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).