Internet Alternatives: August’s Disc of the Month

Nicholas Pyers
29 June, 2009
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Long before the World Wide Web existed, the Internet had many uses and even today there are many services you can use without ever opening a web browser.

Here is a collection of sixty applications that allow you to:

  • download files, images and movies;
  • chat instantly with people from around the globe;
  • socialise with friends;
  • purchase and sell goods and services online;
  • play games; catch up on news and events;
  • and even talk on the telephone!

Adium: Connects to any number of messaging accounts on any combination of supported messaging services. Open Source

AIM: Instant Messaging client using AOL (compatable with iChat). Free

Aperture to Picasa Web Albums: Easily upload images to Google’s Picasa Web Albums from inside Aperture. Shareware

Atlantis: MUD (Multi User Dungeons) client specifically designed to aid in playing those type of games. Freeware

BeHolder: Queries web image search engines and quickly arranges their results. Demo

Captain FTP: Powerful FTP client that features Scheduled Sync jobs. Shareware

CyberDuck: FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Mosso Cloud Files and Amazon S3 browser. Open Source

Cyndicate: Easy-to-use, next-generation, RSS/Atom syndication feed reader that gives you command over your news. Demo

DeepVacuum: Useful download utility based on wget command line tool, but with Graphic User Inferface. Shareware

EventBox: Social Networking client that works with Twitter; Facebook; Goggle Reader; Flickr; Digg;; Reddit and RSS. Shareware

ExpanDrive: Acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac – Open, edit, and save files to remote computers from within your favorite programs—even when they are on a server half a world away. Shareware

Fetch: Reliable, full-featured file transfer client. Shareware

FileChute: Makes sending large files easy by placing on MobileMe and generating a link to email. Trial

flickery: A desktop client that lets you easily upload your photos to flickr. Trial

FlickrBoth: Simple little plugin for Apple’s Photo Booth. Donationware

FlickrExport for Aperture: Export plugin for Aperture which provides direct upload to Flickr. Demo

FlickrExport for iPhoto: Plugin for iPhoto which provides a direct export interface to Flickr. Demo

ForkLift: Powerful file manager and ferociously fast FTP client clothed in a clean and versatile UI. Demo

GarageBuy: Slick, full-featured client application for all of your search and purchasing on eBay. Freeware

GarageSale: Edit, track and manage all your eBay auctions with one single application. Demo

GarageSale Basic: All the essential features for listing on eBay you dream about. Demo

Headline: Designed to make catching up with the latest blog posts, articles and news feeds quick and more enjoyable. Shareware

iGetter: Greatly improve the speed of your downloads using segmented (accelerated) downloading. Shareware

iPhoto to Picasa Web Albums: Share your photos directly to Picasa. Trial

iSale: eBay certified auctioning solution that offers a huge variety of integrated template layouts. Shareware

GameRanger: The first and largest Internet multiplayer game matchmaking service for the Macintosh that lets you play over 500 classic, action, strategy, and simulation games and demos, online with friends and opponents worldwide. Freeware

iSoftPhone: Easy to use Internet phone using VoiP to provide crystal clear voice quality in an attractively sleek interface. Trial

LimeWire: Fastest Peer-To-Peer (P2P) downloads on the planet. Various

MaxNews: Very flexible and effective Usenet newsreader supporting reading and composing both news articles and e-mail messages. Shareware

Meerkat: An easy to use SSH tunnel manager. Shareware

Messenger: Communicate or collaborate on the fly with family, friends, or co-workers—down the hall or around the world. Freeware

MudWalker: MUD client with a compact connection windows that use no unnecessary screen space. Freeware

Mumble: Low-latency, high quality voice chat software primarily intended for use while gaming. Open Source

MySpace Chat for Mac: Powerful and convenient MySpace client that supports multiple chats in one window, smiles support, manage contacts, no annoying ads. Shareware

Nemo: Newsgroups/Usenet reader with an elegant and powerfull user-interface that is designed to look and behave like an Apple Application. Shareware

net4mac: Social Networking built for Mac users. Freeware

NetNewsWire: Easy-to-use RSS and Atom reader that has a familiar three-paned interface (aka Mail) and can fetch and display news from thousands of different websites and weblogs. Freeware

Newsgroup Image Collector: Perfect tool for collecting images from Usenet newsgroups. Shareware

NewsLife: Simplest way to stay up-to-date with tons of websites without even having to touch your web browser until you see something you want to read. Shareware

Osiris: Usenet Auto-Poster for Thoth or MT-Newswatcher, that Supports multiple news servers and multiple personalities. It can also randomize body text. Donationware

SeaMonkey: All-in-One Internet Application Suite containing an Internet browser, email & newsgroup client, HTML editor, IRC chat and web development tools. Open Source

ShareTool: The fastest, easiest, and most secure way to access all of your Bonjour services from anywhere in the world – Secuely access your home or office network from anywhere! Shareware

SightSpeed: Cross platform video, voice and text cha application. Various

Skype: Make calls from your computer – free to other people on Skype, cheap to phones and mobiles across the world. Freeware

SkypeCap: Captures and records audio calls made from Skype. Recorded calls are saved as MP4 files, to be replayed, shared, archived, or studied. Demo

Syrinx: Fully customizable twitter client designed for Leopard (OS X 10.5+). Donationware

Thoth: Popular NNTP/Usenet reader, with support for multiple servers. Shareware

Tickershock: RSS, RDF and Atom news reader inspired by the tickers of 24-hour cable news, that displays news feeds anywhere on your desktop in a animated crawl or billboard display. Freeware

Times: Instead of treating news like email (as most RSS readers do), Times presents you with headlines and photos from a variety of sources all in one place, letting you more easily discover the news you want to read. Shareware

Tooble: Find any video on YouTube! Download it to your computer! Watch anywhere at any time! Freeware

Transmission: BitTorrent client that is designed from the ground up to balance power with simplicity. Open Source

Transmit: Award winning FTP client. Shareware

Tweetie: Twitter client for the Mac that keeps track of entire conversation threads. Various

TwitterPod: A Twitter client with message store capability. The messages by your friends and by yourself will all be stored and displayed on an easy-to-navigate window. Freeware

ÜberUpload for Aperture: Streamlines the process of uploading photos from Aperture to a variety of remote servers. Trial

ÜberUpload for iPhoto: Add the power of FTP and SFTP exports to your workflow without ever leaving iPhoto. Trial

Unison: Discuss. Download audio. View pictures. Find video. And more. It’s all on Usenet, the global sharing network, and all possible with Unison, an award winning Usenet client. Shareware

Vienna: RSS & Atom newsreader that provides a simple and intuitive user interface with customisable toolbar, along with a Built-in tabbed browser. Open Source

Vuze: Easiest way to find, download, and play HD videos – the most powerful p2p bittorrent app in the world. Formerly known as Azureus. Freeware

Web Image Collector: The perfect tool for collecting images from one or more web sites. Trial

X-Lite: SIP based softphone combining voice and video calls, Instant Messaging and presence management in an intuitive and familiar interface. Freeware

Yahoo! Messenger : Instant Messaging client for use with the Yahoo! and Windows Live Messenger services. Freeware

ZOC Terminal: Telnet client, secure shell client and terminal emulator. Demo

The applications supplied on this CD are supplied as is and we make no representations regarding the applications nor any information related thereto. Any questions, complaints or claims regarding the applications must be directed to the appropriate software vendor.
Various different license types apply. Some titles require further payment direct to the application publisher to enable the full feature sets and functions. Some functions require additional hardware for full functionality.

Internet Alternatives is available on CD for $10 from participating Apple User Groups, including;

Many User Groups allow you to purchase the Discs of the Month from their meetings – often at a discount; or to order via the web, postal mail, fax or telephone.

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