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  • What is up? Andy with MyTechMethods.com.

  • True detective season finale is about to come on, and I thought what better way to celebrate

  • that is to give you guys a video. The best free Mac apps 2014.

  • So that's what I'm gonna do. Let's get right into this. This is just my personal favorite

  • list

  • of all the free apps for Mac that I always recommend to people so

  • Let's do it right now. Best free Mac apps 2014. All these apps will be linked in the blog

  • post link below so if you click that blog post link that will take you to

  • the page on my website where it lists all these apps where I link them all

  • and you can download them for free for the Mac. Kicking off this list deservingly so

  • is caffeine. Caffeine has been with me through the years for

  • I don't know how, ever since I've gotten a Mac. Basically it just does it's very simple. It keeps your

  • Mac

  • awake. It doesn't let your Mac go to sleep. It comes in handy, trust me

  • its does it's very simple that's all it does. But it does come in handy I use it

  • all the time so caffeine is number one

  • number two on the list is actually two applications they're both web browsers and

  • its Google Chrome

  • and Mozilla Firefox those are both free web browsers. I'm going to list them

  • together because I use them both equally the same and they both do different

  • things

  • for example Firefox has some awesome addons that I can't live without

  • chrome on the other hand is very fast. It also has some addons as well but

  • firefox does have some addons that chrome does not have that I use so I

  • use them both hand in hand

  • they both work great I always install them together so chrome and firefox free

  • web browsers

  • definitely cannot live without those number three on the list is transmission

  • It's a free Bit Torrent client for the Mac and I've always used this

  • as my BitTorrent client it is is lightweight it's simple

  • it's free it allows you to add block lists all kinds of stuff

  • and is is probably it's just the best BitTorrent client I've tried uTorrent

  • for the Mac

  • and I i went back to transmission transmission is the best BitTorrent

  • client so if you need something

  • to download torrents from, use transmission for the Mac

  • it is by far the best cloud storage of course I can't just choose one

  • so Dropbox and Google Drive both use those every single day

  • they both hold a very special place in my heart so i can't put one on the list

  • and leave out the other so they're both included free cloud storage

  • Dropbox and Google Drive I'm sure you've already heard of them Google Drive is

  • free

  • with a Google account also Dropbox is free

  • to start out there's actually a paid plan as well but

  • I use the free versions for both of them and they fulfill all my cloud storage

  • needs

  • so Google Drive and Dropbox definitely a must-have for Mac users

  • better touch tool this is a fantastic free app for the Mac

  • if you have a trackpad or a magic mouse this is

  • this will let you customize different gestures

  • just totally customize the heck out of it so I right now I don't have

  • a magic mouse or trackpad on this Mac Meaning so I don't have it installed on this

  • machine

  • but on my MacBook Pro I do and so if you have a a magic pad

  • or trackpad anything like that on your Mac get the better touch tool

  • and you can customize it it is definitely awesome next on the list

  • is the veteran, the all-star handbrake this has been on the best free Mac apps list

  • for

  • ever since I can remember ever since I was a young lad this is a video converting

  • application it also does some other things

  • as well so if you want to convert a movie

  • to mp4 to put on your iPhone or iPad or you wanna

  • convert all kinds of it's just a very good converting application to have

  • for videos and also does some other things as well definitely got to have that

  • on your Mac that's handbrake now sticking with the converting applications this is

  • called smart converter

  • it does the the same thing it converts video files but it also converts

  • audio files as well just a very quick and simple

  • converting application to have alongside handbrake and

  • it's it's good to have I use this a lot when I just want to do a quick

  • conversion for any time of specific device or an mp3 conversion if I want to

  • convert

  • something to an mp3 audio file I use this application

  • awesome application it is called smart converter another free converting

  • application for the Mac is called adapter

  • I'm not going to include it on my list because I personally do not use it but

  • I've heard good things it gets

  • a lot of praise it's very popular if you want to check that out it's called adapter

  • again I don't use it but

  • it's free and I've heard good things converts videos and audio files

  • VirtualBox this is an awesome application it's a free virtual

  • Machine Manager for the Mac so if you want to install Linux or Windows or just

  • any

  • virtual machine on your Mac this is a free

  • application that you can do that with it's awesome it's what I started out

  • with when I installed Windows

  • on my Mac for the first time since then I've moved to a

  • a premium application call parallels because it has some added features and

  • added functionality but VirtualBox works awesomely great if you don't wanna spend

  • any money and just try it out for free

  • VirtualBox is the way to go if you're looking to install Windows

  • on your Mac now this next app I'm not entirely sure how to pronounce it but

  • I'm gonna do my best its Libreoffice

  • that's what I'm going to go with right now I don't know if that's right but it's

  • basically a free

  • office suite for your Mac so if you don't want to shell out the cash for

  • microsoft office for mac

  • you can use this as an alternative you know it doesn't work

  • as great as microsoft office but it is the best

  • free office suite for the Mac you can have a

  • It's got a writer document calc spreadsheet so you can do all the basic

  • things you can do

  • slide presentations you can do word processing and excel sheets

  • You can do all kinds of stuff like that also database for access alternative but yeah

  • if you were looking for a free office suite for the Mac

  • Libre office is definitely the way to go next on the list

  • is Evernote evernote is one of my favorite

  • applications period I love this this is cross platform so it's not just for the Mac

  • it's free

  • it's a web app that allows you to store all your notes

  • on in evernote so it's a note-taking cloud app that syncs

  • with the cloud to all your different devices so you can never forget

  • anything again you can take notes write things down it will sync up to

  • your your Evernote account and then be synced to

  • your devices so if I'm on my Mac and I want to take a note

  • I can put it right here on my Mac it will sync to the cloud instantly and it will be

  • synced on my iPhone my iPad and on my Windows computer

  • so it's basically one of the best applications to have period

  • its it's free and I love it it'll definitely

  • it works as a productivity app you'll never forget anything again I use it to

  • store all my ideas for videos

  • anything I need to to write down and just remember so its a virtual notebook

  • pretty much

  • evernote if you don't have it get it right now

  • the creators of evernote also created another awesome application called

  • skitch

  • this is free and this is a way to add annotations and arrows

  • and text to a screen grab or certain picture

  • it's basically just a up a team app if you if you're sending something to

  • somebody and you want to actually

  • draw their attention to something or explain something on on a from a screen

  • grab or picture

  • this is a great application to have it's definitely the easiest way to edit

  • info into a picture or screen grab

  • this next app is one of my favorite all-time applications ever

  • for Windows and Mac as it works cross-platform VLC

  • VLC is a another all-star this is a media player

  • it will play any type of audio or video file

  • I don't care what it is it will play it if it's a video or audio file

  • and it also has some other functionalities as well this is definitely one of my

  • all-time favorite applications I love it

  • I install it this is one of the first applications I install on a computer

  • Mac or Windows so check that out that is VLC media player

  • this next app is not for everybody but if you're getting into programming or

  • you want to

  • edit some code Sublime Text is the best free

  • code editor on the Mac so if you're looking to

  • edit some HTML documents or any type of code document

  • Sublime Text is the best for that Sublime Text for the Mac

  • next up is FileZilla this is a free FTP application for the Mac

  • and it's actually cross platform as well but there are some other ones for the

  • Mac called I think Cyberduck

  • is one but I've always used FileZilla for

  • the FTP that I need to do on the Mac I've never had a problem with it

  • it's worked great for me so I always recommend it and I haven't really tried any

  • other ones so

  • FileZilla a free FTP app for the Mac

  • okay so this next app is for everybody out there who gets on the computer at

  • night

  • so everybody it is a life saver it's called flux

  • if you've never heard of it it's F.LUX and it's a very simple application

  • it runs in the background of your Mac and it will adjust your screen brightness and

  • color

  • actually your screen color according to what time of day it is so as the Sun Goes

  • Down

  • your screen will start to become warmer more like warmer colors

  • and it will it will be easier on your eyes

  • when it's night time so it definitely it will definitely like

  • it helps you sleep better I think because if you if you have it running

  • you will instantly see the change of what it would look like

  • if you hadn't had flux running and it's really bright when flux is not

  • running

  • your screen is really bright and that's why I always leave I always

  • leave flux running in the background

  • so my screen adjusts to time of day

  • it's easier on my eyes helps you sleep better it's honestly an awesome app

  • so get that it's flux this next app you probably heard of it

  • it's called Alfred and it is a an alternative to your finder

  • it's basically finder on steroids okay

  • You can you install it what you install it has a bunch of features but basically

  • what I use it for

  • it has a a quick shortcut a quick keyboard shortcut that you can use so if I do

  • alt plus space it will bring up the Alfred search bar here and what it does is it

  • you can search

  • anything and everything it'll search it searches your Mac but also

  • searches online too so if I wanna search true detective

  • i'm about to watch that here can't wait true detective okay when I start to type it in

  • it'll give me these lists if it doesn't find anything on my Mac it'll give me

  • I can search google I can search Amazon I can search Wikipedia and I can also

  • customize this list to where it gives me different results I have different

  • options to choose from but I'm just going to choose Google

  • and it'll automatically bring up my web browser and search Google for true detective

  • or whatever I searched so

  • its it's just basically a better way to find

  • certain things it just saves a ton of time instead of having to bring up your web

  • browser and do that you just bring up Alfred and search

  • basically use it to search anything it's your main search functionality for Mac

  • so Alfred that's an awesome application the unarchiver this application can

  • compress and uncompress any sort of compressed file

  • for the Mac and it does it bam instantly it's really fast

  • it's definitely one of the first applications I always install on

  • a new Mac so if you if you like 7-zip if you're a Windows user and you use 7-zip

  • this is basically 7 zip for Mac I mean it is the best

  • zipping compressing application for the Mac

  • and that's called the unarchiver now I love this next app so much

  • it's called app cleaner and it will uninstall

  • any application on your Mac fully it'll get rid of all the junk files left over

  • if you normally do it with the Mac when you delete an application you just drag the application

  • to the trash

  • and then empty the trash well this actually will do that it does that

  • plus it finds all the junk files left behind from that program that you no

  • longer need

  • it's very easy to use you just find the application that you want to uninstall

  • say if I want to uninstall caffeine if I search for that

  • it'll give me my main application file and all the other junk files

  • as well and then all I have to do is hit delete and it will delete

  • that application along with all the junk files so just it's a better way to

  • keep your system optimized

  • and clean and I i love it appcleaner

  • if you're a smart person you will be backing up your Mac and one of the best

  • ways to do is using a free app called super duper

  • if you never heard of this this is one of the another all-time favorites for Mac

  • applications

  • Super Duper is a free backup and recovery software for the Mac

  • you can use it to back up your Mac you can use it to create a bootable backup

  • of your Mac

  • there's a paid version that you can you can buy

  • which gives you some other features like scheduling but if you can also just

  • stick with the free version the free version will back up your Mac no problem

  • so if you don't want to use Time Machine and you want to use something more

  • conventional super duper is the way to go

  • another productivity app for the Mac is self control

  • if you've