The Mac App Store brings a number of benefits to Mac users. It offers a way to find good utilities to enhance your Mac life, and it makes updating to new versions as easy as it gets (although auto updating would be a nice touch).
Here are four free Mac utilities you’ve likely never used, probably wouldn’t buy anyway, but are useful enough to keep around.
Brightness Slider – It’s easy enough to change the Mac’s screen brightness. Open System Preferences, click Displays, move the Brightness slider bar as needed. Or, add Brightness Slider, a free utility that lives in the Menubar and makes it even easier to adjust brightness.
MenuBells – Think of this as a bell tower that lives in your Mac. MenuBells is a tiny Menubar icon. Click to choose a specific bell chime and change the ring volume independently from your Mac. Bells can be enabled to ring all day, or specific hours or half hours, or on a schedule. Bells include chapel, church, Vatican, cathedral, temple, Westminster, Chinese, and more.
Photos Duplicate Cleaner – You won’t use this often, but it’s indispensable for ridding iPhoto of duplicate photos. Photos Duplicate Cleaner couldn’t be easier to use. Open, select the photos folder, and scan. It scans and lists the dupes, and displays how much storage space you’ll save.
Mactracker – OK, maybe you’ve heard of Mactracker. It’s the free database of Apple products through the years. Not only do you get details on every Mac computer ever made– details such as CPU and speed, RAM, optical drives and graphic cards, and supported OS versions– there are more details on Apple devices– mice, keyboards, displays, printers, and more.
More? iPod, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Wi-Fi products, Newton Mac OS and OS X versions and much more. It’s like a digital encyclopedia for everything Apple made. And it’s free.