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Scuba629
Jul 24, 2011, 04:25 PM
Getting my MBA on Tuesday. I have a $100 dollar gift card to spend in the apple store and want to pick up either VMware or Parallels. I am not sure which is better but I have used VMware before so that most likely will be my choice unless some suggest otherwise.

As the title says are there any apps I must/should get from the apple store? Or from another place?

I was thinking about getting Microsoft Office but it has quite a few bad reviews. So im not sure?

So far I have...

Dropbox
HandBrake
World of Warcraft
Starcraft 2
Trillian(like iChat but does all the chats)
Skype
Chrome(seems to be the best besides Safari)
Adobe Flash Player
Adobe Reader
Logmein

Any others? I'm also looking for a 13 inch case that will keep it protected from scratches. Looks like others also recommend a USB hub and external hard drive too.

Thanks for the help



Velin
Jul 24, 2011, 04:31 PM
Get the hub and external drive only if you are certain you will use them. I haven't needed either with the MBA.

If you use ebooks get Calibre (free), and if you do a lot of math/calculations you could try Soulver from the app store, love the program.

Chrome is what we use. Also, we use both iWork and MSOffice. iWork's Keynote is vastly superior to Powerpoint so if you do presentations just get the iWork suite, it's pretty good (I also like Numbers better than Excel).

Also, Office isn't horrible. But you can tell it's a Windoze program, as I always can when using PC programs on the Mac. Plus it comes with a bunch of stuff we don't uses, including Outlook, Remote Desktop, etc. Mac OSX programs are way better than the Office suite programs for these kinds of tasks.

Oppressed
Jul 24, 2011, 04:34 PM
Photoshop Elements 9 recently hit the App store. Its cheaper then the actual boxed version too.

PaulWog
Jul 24, 2011, 04:39 PM
Aside from what was mentioned above, I have two to recommend. I also got a $100 gift card... having difficulties spending it all. I already have the Microsoft Suite... and I obtained the iWork suite outside of the card... so spending it all is somewhat difficult, as it seems like the Mac App store isn't exactly littered with absolutely must-have apps for the average user.

The two apps I'd recommend are:

- Byword
- Angry Birds

:D

Angry Birds you should probably have heard of. It's pretty fun to pass some time on, and it's rather cheap. I think it's $5.

Byword I purchased for $10 and it's worth it to me. It's a particular kind of word processing program. If you search it, you just have to read up on it and you'll see what it's about. It's quite simple... I wish it were $5, as that would be a more appropriate price... but it's $10. That's what I paid and I'd do it again... it has already been useful for me. You might not care for it, but it's worth a look.

Oppressed
Jul 24, 2011, 04:41 PM
Just so you guys know the $100 gift card works on the iTunes store and the iBooks store. So you can buy music, book, or iPhone apps instead if you can't spend it all. The credit is tied to your Apple ID.

cpnotebook80
Jul 24, 2011, 04:44 PM
most important is get an anti theft software here is what im using and its free
and browser based

http://preyproject.com/

Cynicalone
Jul 24, 2011, 04:44 PM
I like to have iStat Menus on all my computers.

I personally use Reeder for all my RSS needs (it has even been updated for Lion with full screen support).

You already use a lot of the Apps I use.

Office 2011 for Mac is actually pretty good for a Microsoft product.

Bob Coxner
Jul 24, 2011, 05:07 PM
Go to www.appshopper.com

Click on the Mac button in the upper left. Then click on the Top 200 button. Those are the 200 most popular apps. You can sort by price, rating, etc. There's also a pull down menu that says "All Categories". You can change that to Games, Utilities, etc, to see the top 200 in each category.

You can use Appshopper to set email alerts. Pick an app you like and click on the name. Under the price you'll see two buttons: Own It and Want It. Click the Want It button. You will get an email alert whenever a new version is released and/or when the price changes up or down. It also shows the price history, so you will know how low it's gone in the past.

It's an absolute must site for me.

Scuba629
Jul 26, 2011, 03:59 AM
I like to have iStat Menus on all my computers.

I personally use Reeder for all my RSS needs (it has even been updated for Lion with full screen support).

You already use a lot of the Apps I use.

Office 2011 for Mac is actually pretty good for a Microsoft product.

Picked up Reeder as I use it on my iphone 4 too. Didn't know there was a mac version too. Thanks!

Where did you get iStat Menus? App Store? I see a couple others using it so why not. :)

Ill most likely end up with Microsoft Office. :)

Scuba629
Jul 26, 2011, 04:01 AM
Go to www.appshopper.com

Click on the Mac button in the upper left. Then click on the Top 200 button. Those are the 200 most popular apps. You can sort by price, rating, etc. There's also a pull down menu that says "All Categories". You can change that to Games, Utilities, etc, to see the top 200 in each category.

You can use Appshopper to set email alerts. Pick an app you like and click on the name. Under the price you'll see two buttons: Own It and Want It. Click the Want It button. You will get an email alert whenever a new version is released and/or when the price changes up or down. It also shows the price history, so you will know how low it's gone in the past.

It's an absolute must site for me.

Great Site! Wish most weren't games as I want to find the useful apps first. :)

Jaro65
Jul 26, 2011, 09:16 AM
You can get iStat Menus here: http://bjango.com/

Also, you may want to look at Caffeine, 1Password, Evernote, etc.

Scuba629
Jul 26, 2011, 09:27 AM
You can get iStat Menus here: http://bjango.com/

Also, you may want to look at Caffeine, 1Password, Evernote, etc.

What do you get if you pay? I already grabbed Caffeine. Whats 1Password and Evernote do?

Cynicalone
Jul 26, 2011, 10:07 AM
You can get iStat Menus here: http://bjango.com/

Also, you may want to look at Caffeine, 1Password, Evernote, etc.

I really can't believe I forgot about 1Password. I use that on everything.

http://agilebits.com/products/1Password/Mac

lukekarts
Jul 26, 2011, 10:15 AM
Cinch, which brings the 'Snap' feature from Windows 7 to OSX.

Pretty good IMO, though they've ramped up the price recently.

hiPad
Jul 26, 2011, 10:15 AM
Are you creating any documents, spreadsheets, presentations ?
If ues I advice to install OpenOffice (free) or IWorks (paid)

dissemin8or
Jul 26, 2011, 01:41 PM
You can get iStat Menus here: http://bjango.com/

Also, you may want to look at Caffeine, 1Password, Evernote, etc.

You can also get the free iStat Pro widget for Dashboard here: http://www.islayer.com/apps/istatpro/

Pipper99
Jul 26, 2011, 02:13 PM
Lots of good suggestions in this link:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=796263&highlight=best+mac+apps

GoCubsGo
Jul 26, 2011, 02:15 PM
This is not an app store app (I don't think) but Click to Flash ... invaluable in my opinion.

Cynicalone
Jul 26, 2011, 03:07 PM
Cinch, which brings the 'Snap' feature from Windows 7 to OSX.

Pretty good IMO, though they've ramped up the price recently.

Cinch was once an easy recommendation but they went crazy with the price. If it was .99 or 1.99 it would sell a lot better.

It is one of those Windows 7 features that should be copied by Apple.

I use it, but rarely recommend it since the 6.99 price is steep for a window management app.

Jaro65
Jul 26, 2011, 03:14 PM
Cinch was once an easy recommendation but they went crazy with the price. If it was .99 or 1.99 it would sell a lot better.

It is one of those Windows 7 features that should be copied by Apple.

I use it, but rarely recommend it since the 6.99 price is steep for a window management app.

Agreed. Cinch is super handy, but the pricepoint is a bit out there.

Scuba629
Jul 27, 2011, 07:41 AM
This is not an app store app (I don't think) but Click to Flash ... invaluable in my opinion.

Where can you find this? I did some searching and got a lot of links.. Not sure which is right.

Cynicalone
Jul 27, 2011, 09:01 AM
Where can you find this? I did some searching and got a lot of links.. Not sure which is right.

Go here...

https://extensions.apple.com/

Scroll about half way down the page and you'll see it.

Scuba629
Jul 27, 2011, 09:41 AM
Go here...

https://extensions.apple.com/

Scroll about half way down the page and you'll see it.

Will this install it for Chrome too?

Cynicalone
Jul 27, 2011, 10:01 AM
Will this install it for Chrome too?

No.

But I believe there are extensions for Chrome that do basically the same thing.

Unfortunately I'm not a big Chrome user so I don't know much about it.

vijayvasa
Jul 29, 2011, 09:18 AM
Guys ,

please let me know if pulp rss or reader rss will work without an active internet connection ? Kinda offline rss reader ? Any feedback is appreciated

oyibo45
Jul 29, 2011, 10:09 AM
Gimp?
VLC?

Scuba629
Jul 30, 2011, 09:19 AM
I like to have iStat Menus on all my computers.

I personally use Reeder for all my RSS needs (it has even been updated for Lion with full screen support).

You already use a lot of the Apps I use.

Office 2011 for Mac is actually pretty good for a Microsoft product.

Trying to like iStat Menus. How do you have yours setup?

mitup
Jul 30, 2011, 09:25 AM
MPlayerX for video playback. It's free by the way.

Cynicalone
Jul 30, 2011, 09:28 AM
Trying to like iStat Menus. How do you have yours setup?

I have the following sections on...


CPU
Memory
Disk Usage
Disk Activity
Network
Sensors


I use black graphs and icons in the menu. So it looks like this.

296728

blkonblk17
Jul 30, 2011, 09:34 AM
Unrarx (Mac's Version of Winrar) - It's Free

Scuba629
Jul 30, 2011, 09:34 AM
I have the following sections on...


CPU
Memory
Disk Usage
Disk Activity
Network
Sensors


I use black graphs and icons in the menu. So it looks like this.

296728

Do you turn off other things on your bar? Like the Wifi default icon?

Cynicalone
Jul 30, 2011, 09:56 AM
Do you turn off other things on your bar? Like the Wifi default icon?

Nope I just leave it like this. I only remove items I'm not using like Bluetooth. And I removed my name since I'm the only one using the laptop.

296731

It looks crowded but it works really well for what I need it for.

Scuba629
Jul 30, 2011, 10:09 AM
Nope I just leave it like this. I only remove items I'm not using like Bluetooth. And I removed my name since I'm the only one using the laptop.

296731

It looks crowded but it works really well for what I need it for.

Mines that way too with logmein and dropbox, caffeine, trillion, and a couple others. How are you taking screen shots like that?

Ubuntu
Jul 30, 2011, 10:17 AM
Mines that way too with logmein and dropbox, caffeine, trillion, and a couple others. How are you taking screen shots like that?

Cmd + Shift + 4

Typswif2fingers
Jul 30, 2011, 10:33 AM
I really like the BetterTouchTool (http://blog.boastr.net/).

Also Kainjow's BootChamp (http://www.kainjow.com/) (for launching Windows on Bootcamp)..

Cynicalone
Jul 30, 2011, 10:51 AM
Mines that way too with logmein and dropbox, caffeine, trillion, and a couple others. How are you taking screen shots like that?

This way

Cmd + Shift + 4

thatdrewguy
Jul 30, 2011, 11:00 AM
I really can't believe I forgot about 1Password. I use that on everything.

http://agilebits.com/products/1Password/Mac

previously i just synched the iphone with the desktop thru wifi. This morning I was able to add in the air and use dropbox to synch all 3.

Cynicalone
Jul 30, 2011, 11:01 AM
Guys ,

please let me know if pulp rss or reader rss will work without an active internet connection ? Kinda offline rss reader ? Any feedback is appreciated

Reeder will work offline if you have the stuff you want to read synced. It has a ton of settings for what you want to store locally.

Scuba629
Jul 30, 2011, 11:05 AM
Nope I just leave it like this. I only remove items I'm not using like Bluetooth. And I removed my name since I'm the only one using the laptop.

296731

It looks crowded but it works really well for what I need it for.

Just found it can control fan speeds too. Did you add any profiles for this?

Cynicalone
Jul 30, 2011, 11:08 AM
Just found it can control fan speeds too. Did you add any profiles for this?

No I always leave my fans alone. I'm always afraid to mess with that stuff. I'm afraid I would just screw it up.

Scuba629
Jul 30, 2011, 11:08 AM
This way

Did that and it gives me a target. I left click and I'm not sure what it does after..

Cynicalone
Jul 30, 2011, 11:21 AM
Did that and it gives me a target. I left click and I'm not sure what it does after..

Push Command Shift 4 and then you can drag a box around what you want to take a picture of.

Here is the guide for taking screenshots.

http://guides.macrumors.com/Taking_Screenshots_in_Mac_OS_X

Beaverman3001
Jul 30, 2011, 11:45 AM
You might want to consider Virtual Box instead of Parallels or VMWare to save a bit of money. It works great.

takao
Jul 30, 2011, 12:43 PM
You might want to consider Virtual Box instead of Parallels or VMWare to save a bit of money. It works great.

thanks for the tip ! i'll check it out when mine arrives

PaulWog
Jul 30, 2011, 12:55 PM
Quickcal is actually quite nice. It lacks a few features that I'd have liked to see (ex. when you type "October", it doesn't set the date of the note to october), but it's decent.

It's a calendar program which is just a one-liner entry. You enter in "Lunch with friend at 1pm next saturday" and it will enter that into your iCal calendar perfectly.

To have it be useful though, you have to keep it on your dock (or else it's not a quick click and enter in kind of thing). I think it was a decent way to spend $2 on an app.