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barebackbadger8
Jan 21, 2011, 02:00 PM
sorry if this should be in the Software section, but this is a specific MBA question:
now we know the 11" only comes with either 64gb/125gb SSD and 256gb on the 13"
so especially for the 11" users/owners. with storage space at a premium, what are your must have apps/software??
do you just generally install everything you want to??
or are do you just have the bear minimum?



altecXP
Jan 21, 2011, 02:08 PM
sorry if this should be in the Software section, but this is a specific MBA question:
now we know the 11" only comes with either 64gb/125gb SSD and 256gb on the 13"
so especially for the 11" users/owners. with storage space at a premium, what are your must have apps/software??
do you just generally install everything you want to??
or are do you just have the bear minimum?

You can use Xslimmer that pulls all the unneeded languages and binary's out of apps. Saves about ~1GB.

Lbatson21
Jan 21, 2011, 02:10 PM
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

You can also remove printer drivers you dont need and i'm guessing xslimmer is like monlingual the removes languages but i remember saving like 3 gb after doing all this

macproguy77
Jan 21, 2011, 03:28 PM
I don't have an air yet, but here's a start to what I'd call essential

Evernote
Angry Birds or Portal (LOL)
Firefox
NetNewsWire
VLC Media Player
DropBox
Facetime (or Ichat)

Toodledo on MBA synced with appigo todo for iphone
TinyGrab (screenshots)

afireintonto
Jan 21, 2011, 03:38 PM
my 13" has the 256 flash storage, so i just treat it like i would any other machine. (this is my new main machine)

but i always use,
iwork
transmission
safari(i prefer this browser over all others)
candy bar
i do lots of work in garageband, dubstep mostly
and of course itunes.

kory108
Jan 21, 2011, 03:42 PM
For Air specific apps, I use Monolingual to remove all of the extra language packs and the old PPC code from applications. This saves me about 3 GB.

I also removed Garage Band and its related loops in the Library folder to save space.

If you're looking for extra battery life, I'd recommend CoolBook. I have it installed on my Air running at the highest CPU setting (1.4 GHz) and the lowest voltage and squeak out an extra hour or so of battery life.

Retops
Jan 21, 2011, 04:25 PM
Office
Evernote
Devonthink
Tinderbox & Twig
Dropbox
Jumsoft money

jdavtz
Jan 21, 2011, 04:51 PM
I don't think many people will have problems with the space taken up with apps. It's the associated media files that can cause problems.

A vote here for Coolbook, and all the same apps as on the iMac (Aperture, Pixelmator, Office 2011, OsiriX, Skype, Google Earth, Dropbox, etc.)

shootingstar64
Jan 21, 2011, 05:08 PM
No question about that:

NO. 1 essential Software on my MBA is "Slink",....

... for remotely accessing all my media and work files when abroad!

barebackbadger8
Jan 21, 2011, 05:32 PM
its great seeing all the different apps/software people have on there macs.
when i get mine i think i will go with:
office 2011/iworks
itunes (a defo)
logmein (i have a pc aswell, not sure of any other software that allows remote access between mac & pc for free)
I use chrome, but might go back to Safari
VLC Player
FM2011 (although fm2012 might be out by then)

and as long as i can get my gmail account syncing properly on mac (calendars, contacts) ill be happy, because the calendar on my iphone NEVER updates my google calendar

champ01
Jan 21, 2011, 06:17 PM
- Perian codec eliminates VLC and lets you play almost anything using Quicktime. (add divx web player to view some streaming sites)

- Mobile Me keeps everything just easily organized (Mac/PC/iPod/iPhone/iPad) and gives you some cloud storage.

- Little Snitch denies websites and applications to send information from or to your computer.

- Iwork or Office for Mac (whatever you like best)

- Pixelmator is a cheap but usefull paint program (or if you want real basic stuff download Paintbrush)

These should be standard on every mac you use from now. :)

Bakari45
Jan 21, 2011, 06:20 PM
Nope, don’t import everything. Maintain the minimalist form of the Air.
My essentials include:

Dropbox
Hazel for automatic file management
Spirited Away to hide apps I‘m not using
ClipboardSharing
Butler for file launching and other stuff
Default Folder X—essential for any Mac
MarsEdit and Scrivener for my writing and blogging

I’m testing out DragThink and Berokyo for file management and quick access to stuff, but both seem kinda buggy.

barebackbadger8
Jan 21, 2011, 06:28 PM
-Nope, don’t import everything. Maintain the minimalist form of the Air.
My essentials include:

- Mobile Me keeps everything just easily organized (Mac/PC/iPod/iPhone/iPad) and gives you some cloud storage.


this will be my main computer though so i need itunes etc

mobileme if it was cheaper i would do e.g £20 a year! but not at what it currently is
i can use google mail and dropbox for nowt!

AMDGAMER
Jan 21, 2011, 06:29 PM
Is there a facetime app? I heard I could facetime with iphone 4 owners but I'm yet to see the app?

champ01
Jan 21, 2011, 06:49 PM
mobileme if it was cheaper i would do e.g £20 a year! but not at what it currently is
i can use google mail and dropbox for nowt!

You'll forget the price tag once you use it everyday. (its getting an nice update soon too!)

Got my iPhone back when I lost it thanks to Mobile Me.
Plus iDisk almost feels like its there on your internal drive (only slower of course)

tom vilsack
Jan 21, 2011, 07:04 PM
not air owner...but use on my G3 ibook (20 gig drive)..always looking for fast,free,small programs

-monolingual,removes languages ect
http://monolingual.sourceforge.net/
-camino browser,fast,built in flash/ads turn off ect
http://caminobrowser.org/
-flash
-mactubes,utube viewer/downloader
http://macapps.web.infoseek.co.jp/mactubes/index_en.html
-vlc player,does video fast and simple
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
-seashore,graphics (based around gimp)
http://seashore.sourceforge.net/The_Seashore_Project/About.html
-paintbrush,simple paint
http://paintbrush.sourceforge.net/
-carbon copy,simple imaged backup
http://www.bombich.com/index.html

macproguy77
Jan 21, 2011, 07:04 PM
Is there a facetime app? I heard I could facetime with iphone 4 owners but I'm yet to see the app?

Yes there is an app.. its in BETA but works pretty well. Probably not in the app store, since its beta, but google for it.

Bakari45
Jan 21, 2011, 07:25 PM
this will be my main computer though so i need itunes etc

mobileme if it was cheaper i would do e.g £20 a year! but not at what it currently is
i can use google mail and dropbox for nowt!

I have MobileMe and iDisk, but I still use Dropbox more for syncing between Macs. You can though possibly get MobileMe cheaper on Amazon—at least in the States.

zulumonk
Jan 21, 2011, 08:19 PM
Mariner Write
Adium
Inkscape
Evernote
AppCleaner
Google Chrome

ZenoVT
Jan 21, 2011, 08:26 PM
For my MBA 11.6" I have the following:

Microsoft Office
Google Chrome
Movist
MoneyWell
Twitter
Plex
Dropbox
Caffeine

and that's pretty much it.

MultiFinder17
Jan 21, 2011, 08:34 PM
A far as stuff that doesn't come installed on the machine already, here's my list:

Alfred - Similar to quicksilver, but streamlined and actually supported
iWork - Productivity
Jitouch - For a zillion more trackpad gestures, some of which I've come to depend on
DoubleCommand - Swapping around the function keys
SmartSleep - Turns off safe sleep unless the battery is low, letting the machine sleep faster
Menumeters - Meters in the menu bar showing system stats
Colloquy - IRC client
TextWrangler - Programming
Bean - Quickie basic word processing - throw it in Pages later for final tweaks
Pixelmator - Think photoshop lite
Xcode - Serious Business™ programming
DeepSleep - Forces safe sleep and power off for when I'm not going to use the machine for a while

Bakari45
Jan 21, 2011, 11:45 PM
Jitouch - For a zillion more trackpad gestures, some of which I've come to depend on


Thanx for sharing this app, but I can get it to work on my Air. Is there some trick to it?

DarwinOSX
Jan 22, 2011, 12:06 AM
I like to use fast light apps in keeping with the fast light but not processor intensive nature of the MBA.
Bean for word processing with Office installed just in case.
1Password which every Mac, iPad, iPhone user should have.
Fission for sound editing.
Appzapper for keeping apps off the SSD that I don't use on a regular basis.
Caffeine for keeping the MBA from sleeping when i don't want it to.
Burn for fast lightweight CD/DVD burning.
Carbon Copy Cloner
Cocktail
Safari
Dropbox
Ecoute iTunes player
Grand Perspective for keeping an eye on disk usage
Kindle for easy eBook reading
PandoraJam
Pixelmator
Ripit
TextWrangler
Pacifist so I can selectively install OS X apps.
Looking at XPad for a TextEdit replacement.

Some other odds and ends but these are the apps that are more specific to MBA usage.

Check the One Thing Well website for other apps that are fast and light.
http://onethingwell.org

macnerd123
Jan 22, 2011, 12:25 AM
chrome to play flash videos

T4R06
Jan 22, 2011, 01:17 AM
Slink
RDC

MultiFinder17
Jan 22, 2011, 07:24 AM
Thanx for sharing this app, but I can get it to work on my Air. Is there some trick to it?

You should be able to just turn it on and have it work - I know that often Apple changes a few little things in newer revisions of their trackpads, and the developer winds up needing to update Jitouch for them, so you might want to try e-mailing them and asking them if it has been confirmed to work on your Air. Here's how I have mine set up working right now if it helps:

silentsim
Jan 22, 2011, 04:22 PM
jiTouch does not work on my 11" air. Is yours 11" or 13"? It works fine on my 17" Pro.

St. G
Jan 22, 2011, 04:35 PM
The most essential piece of software loaded on my MBA is Windows 7.

MacsAreBetter\
Jan 22, 2011, 04:45 PM
Only thing I've got that's not Apple is VLC, Steam and Vuze.

Psilocybin
Jan 22, 2011, 06:09 PM
microsoft word-for work and presentations.
vlc-watching media
xcode-programming
boot camp-haven't decided if im going to waste space on windows or not
cleanmymac-self explanatory
idisk-mobileme (i love mobileme)- i use this for the cloud and to keep my things in sync with my iphone and ipad.
drop box- just to make another backup of things
jiTouch- although some of the gestures don't work on my 13 MBA 2010
1password-keep my info in sync with my iphone and ipad.

atr
Jan 22, 2011, 07:52 PM
jiTouch does not work on my 11" air. Is yours 11" or 13"? It works fine on my 17" Pro.

Doesn't seem to want to work on my 11" either.

solowmodel
Jan 22, 2011, 09:33 PM
Only thing I've got that's not Apple is VLC, Steam and Vuze.

I wondered what Vuze was; see it used to be Azureus!

Psilocybin
Jan 22, 2011, 10:00 PM
there seems to be alot of issues with jitouch

MultiFinder17
Jan 22, 2011, 11:26 PM
jiTouch does not work on my 11" air. Is yours 11" or 13"? It works fine on my 17" Pro.

Mine is an older 2009 13" Air.

sorc1
Jan 22, 2011, 11:53 PM
apple remote desktop to control my mac mini

neteng101
Jan 23, 2011, 12:13 AM
SmartSleep - Turns off safe sleep unless the battery is low, letting the machine sleep faster

Does SmartSleep do anything on the MBA? I thought the MBA doesn't behave like a typical MBP when put to sleep?

MultiFinder17
Jan 23, 2011, 12:16 PM
Does SmartSleep do anything on the MBA? I thought the MBA doesn't behave like a typical MBP when put to sleep?

No, it does indeed. If you notice when you put your Air to sleep, the light stays on for a little bit, then starts pulsing. SmartSleep keeps it from writing the contents of RAM to the hard disk, which is especially nice with an SSD, as it saves a good bit of wear and tear. Naturally, this applies to the older Airs.

I'm honestly not really sure what's going on in the new ones, as they seem to have their own special sleep setups.

ChristianJapan
Jan 23, 2011, 12:41 PM
All what I need for on-the-road development:

XCode
Pixelmator
TestWrangler
iWorks

A second icon maker; name I forgot but recently shopped in AppStore

No VLC, Thunderbird, Firefox or AngryBirds. It's only for dev-work. If more my iMac would get envy.

thejadedmonkey
Jan 23, 2011, 01:12 PM
The most essential piece of software loaded on my MBA is Windows 7.

How does 7 run on the new macbook air?

neteng101
Jan 23, 2011, 01:16 PM
I'm honestly not really sure what's going on in the new ones, as they seem to have their own special sleep setups.

That's what has me confused since it has no light. I still haven't been able to figure out how it works exactly.

MultiFinder17
Jan 23, 2011, 02:48 PM
That's what has me confused since it has no light. I still haven't been able to figure out how it works exactly.

It's Magical™ :D

Revealing how it works would break the illusion, everyone knows that!

kryca
Jan 23, 2011, 03:28 PM
CoolBook :-)

DarwinOSX
Jan 24, 2011, 07:04 PM
Heres a good article on one mans setup for his MBA 13"

http://blog.frankchimero.com/post/2799470127/the-setup

KPOM
Jan 25, 2011, 09:04 AM
How does 7 run on the new macbook air?

Quite adequately. In Boot Camp, it flies on the 4GB model and generates a mid-4 Experience Index. Windows 7 has good SSD support. In virtualization, it runs acceptably (much better than it did in the Rev B).

Starlights
Jan 25, 2011, 08:36 PM
Quite adequately. In Boot Camp, it flies on the 4GB model and generates a mid-4 Experience Index.).
Are you talking about the 11" MBA?

I just finished installing Win 7 (64) on my MBA 13 and with the Bootcamp drivers my Windows Exp Index is 5.3 ...... So i guess no point installing the manuf drivers...

KPOM
Jan 25, 2011, 09:03 PM
Are you talking about the 11" MBA?

I just finished installing Win 7 (64) on my MBA 13 and with the Bootcamp drivers my Windows Exp Index is 5.3 ...... So i guess no point installing the manuf drivers...

Actually, you are correct. I was quoting from memory. For some reason I thought one score was in the mid-4s but that might have been the Rev B. I have been very pleased with Windows 7's performance on the Rev D.

kory108
Jan 25, 2011, 09:07 PM
Here's the full list of my most important mac software. A lot of this isn't Air specific.

Sparrow - A light weight mail client for mail:http://www.sparrowmailapp.com/
Transmission - A light weight torrent client:http://www.transmissionbt.com/
Facebook Notifications - a menu bar app:http://www.facebook.com/notifier
LimeWire Pirate Edition - LimeWire Pro for free: Search for a Torrent...
coconutBattery - Provides statistics on your batteries health:http://www.coconut-flavour.com/coconutbattery/
CleanMyMac - Cleans out universal binaries, extra languages, log files, etc (paid): http://macpaw.com/
Disk Inventory X - Categorizes file usage:http://www.derlien.com/
CoolBook - Undervolt your processor to get extra battery life:http://www.coolbook.se/CoolBook.html
GeekTool: Allows you to add live unix commands to your desktop: http://projects.tynsoe.org/en/geektool/
Growl: Live notifications for apps: http://growl.info/
HyperDock: Live thumbnails for open dock apps:http://hyperdock.bahoom.de/
iStatMenus: Live statistics for memory, CPU utilization, etc:http://mac.brothersoft.com/istat-menus-2.0.html
PhotoBook - Allows you to view and download any albums from Facebook and import them into iPhoto:http://www.caffeinatedcocoa.com/
AppCleaner - Uninstalls apps, including the library files:http://www.freemacsoft.net/AppCleaner/
AutoRate - Rates iTunes songs based upon play usage:http://code.google.com/p/autorate/