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We regularly feature commercial software on AppStorm, so decided it was time to bring a roundup of completely free (and often open source) apps to your attention. If you’re on a budget, you’ll be pleased to know that a variety of great OS X software is available free.

Applications are broken down into various categories, with each one containing a ‘featured’ app and several other free solutions. I hope you find something useful, and do let me know if your favorite freeware app isn’t on the list!

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With digital cameras becoming ever cheaper and easier to use, just about everyone is a photographer these days – Mac users are no exception. I’ve been searching for the perfect photo management software for my Mac to help me keep my photographs organized and tagged.

My requirements aren’t too complex; an app which is both effective, yet simple to use. This is a selection of various photo management software for the Mac, ranging from a simple and inexpensive solution for an amateur to use, through to applications with a range of complex features.

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Anyone who has owned or operated a computer for any period of time knows the importance of a password. We have them for everything; your OS X account password, online banking, email, shopping sites and the rest. The result can often be a big mess of difficult-to-remember passwords, especially as sites often require the inclusion of numbers and special characters in your password.

If you have this problem, I suggest you check out these password management applications. They allow for the storage and retrieval of these passwords in an easy and secure environment, and can go a long way towards preventing a security induced headache.

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Icons provide the basic means of interaction on your Mac. A well designed set can ensure you always know what to click on, and at the same time experience an attractive visual interface. Icons are extremely easy to customize on a Mac, so we’ve gathered together a collection of 50 exceptionally beautiful sets.

Talented icon designers aren’t always that easy to find, and I hope you enjoy being pointed in the right direction towards some really brilliant collections! They’re classified into Apple Hardware, Metallic & Professional, Photorealistic, and Sketch & Cartoon.

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Recently, MacHeist announced the applications to be included in their MacHeist 3 bundle. MacHeist is a Mac software reseller with a twist. They offer games and puzzles called “heists”, where you can win free software and gather discounts off their bundle.

Not only do they offer Mac apps at a significant discount, they donate 25% of the proceeds to charity. Additional apps are ‘unlocked’ within the bundle as more are sold, with arguably the best applications only being unlocked at the last minute.

This year, a wide variety of software is included – there’s something for everyone, and you can bag a fantastic deal. The whole suite of apps costs $39, and this post will take you through the basic features each piece of software on offer.

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Changing the theme of your Mac allows you to completely alter the look and feel of the interface. We posted an overview of the two main applications able to deal with themes earlier this week; ShapeShifter, which is best for pre-Leopard systems, and Magnifique, which is Leopard compatible.

Once you’ve settled on an application to try, you’ll need to find a few beautiful themes to apply. Fortunately, we’ve gone away and researched 10 stunning examples for each application, so whether you’re running ShapeShifter or Magnifique you’ll be spoiled for theme-ing choice!

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I’m sure many of you have been let down by your trusty alarm clock at one time or another – don’t you wish there was a better way? Fortunately, there is! It’s easy to leverage the power of your Mac to help you be more punctual and productive.

Depending upon your budget and requirements, there are plenty of applications which function as feature-rich and good looking alarm clocks. All of the following programs have free trials, so you can try them out to see what features you need in your perfect alarm clock application.

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A stylish wallpaper need not be confined to your desktop (though some beautiful ones are available), and I wouldn’t want your iPhone to feel left out of the action. For this reason, I’ve been hunting for a collection of 50 gorgeous, stylish and funky iPhone/iPod Touch wallpapers to use with your device. Many are sized for the iPhone in particular, but would work with any mobile device.

I’ve split the collection down into a few different categories for easier browsing; Apple & Technology, Typography & Design, Cartoons, Photo Manipulation, and Abstract. There’s something for everyone, and I hope you end up with an iPhone sporting wonderful wallpaper attire!

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For many people, the audio functionality of their Mac is something that just works – there’s no need to mess with it, and no real requirement for anything more advanced. If you’re willing to spend a few minutes looking at what’s on offer, however, you may well stumble upon a few apps which can really enhance your experience of music and radio.

This roundup will take a look at a variety of different tools allowing you to better record audio, try an alternative to iTunes, listen to satellite radio, have your Mac speak to you, or stream music around your house.

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Having a beautiful desktop background can be a fantastic motivator – unfortunately it can be difficult to sort the great from the ghastly when it comes to wallpaper design. To make the search easier, we’ve hand picked a selection of 50 stunning desktop images for your viewing pleasure.

I’ve split the collection down into a few different categories for easier browsing; Apple & Technology, Design & Typography, Abstract, and Nature & Architecture. Do let me know if you have any other favorites which I’ve missed!

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