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Five Useful Programs & Utilities For Your Mac Laptop

The following list of Programs and Utilities are all free, easy to use, and sure to increase the capabilities of your computer. If you have a Program or Utility that you feel should be on this list then by all means leave a comment with the name and a short description of what it does.
1.) VLC Media Player- This open source media player is available on all operating systems. It is especially useful for Macs because it plays just about every format of music or video you can think of, which the default media player, Quicktime, can not.
2.) Mac The Ripper- This handy program allows you to take any DVD, insert it into your computer and save it directly to your hard drive. It is great for movie lovers on vacation who don't want to use up space packing 15 or 20 of their favorite movies to watch.
3.) Translator Free- It is exactly what you think it is. A free, easy to use translator utility that will translate text from its original language to whatever language you choose. It has over 50 languages stored including English, German, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, and many more. When started, an icon that looks like a black-and-white globe will appear on the command bar at the top of your desktop. Simply highlight the text you wish to translate and drag it over the icon.
4.) Handbrake- This program is a media converter that takes a video in one format and converts it into either .mp4 or .mkv. It allows videos in almost any format to be converted and leaves no watermarks (those annoying bits of text in the middle of your movie screen that won't go away) on the output video.
5.) Open Office- Again, this is a program that is not exclusive to Macs, but it is most useful for Mac users. Open Office is a word processor, spreadsheet creator and power point maker all in one. It can recognize more document formats than most other word processors, and can save in multiple formats as well.
So there you have it, 5 simple, easy to use programs that will make tasks on your Mac much much easier. Below are download links to all the above programs. Hope you found this helpful.
VLC - http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html
Mac the Ripper - http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/14414/mactheripper
Translator - "Downloaded from the Apple App Store"
Handbrake - http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php
Open Office - http://download.openoffice.org/
Until Next Time, Tricky1991

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