Nothing beats finding just the right application to fill a common need, fix a problem or boost your productivity. Give yourself an early Christmas present with 15 of the most popular Mac downloads of 2009.
Like last year’s most popular Mac downloads, this list is based on the popularity of apps we’ve covered in 2009, regardless of the original release date of the app. Many were brand new this year, while others were solid updates to popular software. If you took a look at yesterday’s Most Popular Free Windows Downloads of 2009, a few of the cross-platform favourites may look familiar. (I’ve rounded up the most popular cross-platform downloads at the bottom of the post.)
Snow Leopard: The Feisty Kitty That Could
2009 Was Still a Year of the Jailbreak
People fed up with iTunes’ restrictive stance on non-Apple devices (see Apple and Palm’s dance, for example) were very interested in doubleTwist, a universal media manager that automatically converts files to the appropriate formats and seamlessly syncs them to your PSP, Android device, BlackBerry and more.
Popular Cross-Platform Apps:
Google Chrome — Dev Releases and Beta At Last
We’re sort of junkies for maps and 3D, so when Google Earth 5 was released, we were pleased as punch. The update featured historical imagery, ocean map, and improved world touring capabilities. Maybe we just like saving ourselves some dough in these tough economic times with a little Google Earth sightseeing.
And Then There Was Firefox
Got a favourite Mac download from 2009 that you’d add to your list of favourites? Let’s hear about it in the comments. If you’re craving still more popular Mac downloads, you can also take a look back at the most popular free Mac downloads of 2008.