ET OSX is a list of useful tools for the MacOS X, most of which live in the Applications folder on my startup drive. It started as a 'what's on my Mac' page on my personal site but quickly evolved into a blog of its own. I'm trying to focus most on of the tiny but useful utilities that sometimes save you lots of trouble and effort, and to omit for the most part the list of big guns, that one normally uses on a daily basis. The list serves two purposes, lets me easily answer 'how do I do this on the Mac' questions asked by other users, and helps me remember answers to the same questions myself.


xACT ( - a nice gui frontend for a couple of unix tools alowing you to transcode audio file formats. Currently the most popular format for losses audio compression on the net is FLAC, APE coming somewhat second, and I can't play any of them on my iPod, which is why I need to transcode files to something more playable such as AAC. xAct(which stands for Audio Compression Toolkit) is capable of many different format transcoding, support for batch jobs, artwork, tagging, etc. The sourceforge project doens't look like it is being maintained actively, but the current version is quite useful.

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