I have been a Mac man for almost ten years now, and though many Web developers swear to working on a PC, I find my Mac has everything I need to develop, design and program Web sites. Luckily there are tons of great free apps available to help any developer work more efficiently on their Mac.
Here is a list of 10 great free Mac apps for Web developers that I use:
TextWrangler is the powerful general purpose text editor with some great features. Whether you are working with HTML, CSS, PHP or any other Web programming language, TextWrangler has everything you need to easily edit your code.
MAMP installs Apache, Mysql and PHP on your Mac to create a fully functioning Web environment which will allow you to test all aspects of your Web site locally. It’s smart to have an environment to test and work with offline before making your changed on your live site.
Paparazzi! is a small utility for Mac OS X that takes screen shots of Web pages. This is helpful for creating your portfolio or sending screen shots to clients.
YemuZip is an easy-to-use application for making zip files. Just drag, drop, name your zip file and you’re done. The native Mac file compressor utility adds Mac-specific info to zip files that, when extracted on a PC, looks like garbage.
VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware that allows Mac user to load Windows software on their desktop. Creating an IE testing environment on your Mac is pretty simple using VirtualBox.
Everyone probably already uses this, and if you don’t, you should. Skype is great to communicate with clients from around the globe. Skype to Skype is free for instant messaging and calls.
GIMP is an open source versatile graphics manipulation package similar to Adobe’s Photoshop, but it won’t put you in the poor house. It may not be as robust but GIMP has some amazing features and who can beat the price.
Cyberduck is an open source FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Cloud Files and Amazon S3 browser for the Mac. It features an easy to use interface with quickly accessible bookmarks.
SvnX is an open source GUI for most features of the svn client binary. It allows you to browse your working copies, spot changes and operate on them but also to browse logs and revisions of your repositories.
Sequel Pro is a fast, easy-to-use Mac database management application for working with MySQL databases.