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Old Dec 13, 2012, 01:51 AM   #1
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OS X Must Haves ?

I'm about to receive my first iMac - I'm sure there are a hundred threads, but I'm not even sure what I am looking for.

Are there any utilities/apps that are a real "must have" for OS X? Any help and guidance will be greatly appreciated.

Also, back in the olden days of OS 9 there was a great tetris type game called JewelBox, is it still available and does it run on OS X? I've googled it and every site is either late 90's or early 2000's and most of them dodgy.

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Old Dec 13, 2012, 02:23 AM   #2
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The MAS ( Mac App Store) is your best starting point. Apple offer bundles of starter apps, and It just depends on what you do with your Mac.

Word Processing: Pages
Spreadsheets: Numbers
Presentations: Keynote.

Bundled as iWork's

Office For Mac is also available if you need Word Excel and Powerpoint.

There are a huge amount of utilities, many free which you can browse through and select those that you will need for work. Aperture is a great choice for Camera work, and remember, you Mac comes with a lot of very powerful applications installed...Preview, Text Edit etc in your applications folder and on the dock will get you going without having to spend $$$ at first. Make a list of the tasks you do daily and go from there. Enjoy your new Mac..
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 04:02 AM   #3
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Bartender for managing your menu bar.
http://www.macbartender.com

PopClip "Instantly copy & paste, and access context-specific actions like search, spelling, dictionary and more."
http://pilotmoon.com/popclip/

And Alfred is a great Spotlight replacement that does much much more.
http://www.alfredapp.com

Love all three.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 05:33 AM   #4
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Bartender for managing your menu bar.
http://www.macbartender.com

PopClip "Instantly copy & paste, and access context-specific actions like search, spelling, dictionary and more."
http://pilotmoon.com/popclip/

And Alfred is a great Spotlight replacement that does much much more.
http://www.alfredapp.com

Love all three.
Can it copy multiple things to the clipboard or just one at a time?
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 07:55 AM   #5
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Can it copy multiple things to the clipboard or just one at a time?
Just one at a time of course... It can save stuff to like Evernote, etc though. There's documentation to make your own extensions. https://github.com/pilotmoon/PopClip...s#introduction
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 08:42 AM   #6
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Bettertouchtool- for window snapping
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I'm about to receive my first iMac - I'm sure there are a hundred threads, but I'm not even sure what I am looking for.

Are there any utilities/apps that are a real "must have" for OS X? Any help and guidance will be greatly appreciated.

Also, back in the olden days of OS 9 there was a great tetris type game called JewelBox, is it still available and does it run on OS X? I've googled it and every site is either late 90's or early 2000's and most of them dodgy.

Cheers
The following are some good apps you should have:
  • TrueCrypt
  • Spotify
  • Onyx
  • Disk Warrior
  • iStat Menus
  • Either MplayerX or VLC, both do wonderfully (Mplayer might be a tiny bit better, IMO)
  • BetterSnapTool
  • The Unarchiver
  • XCode
  • Office 2011
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 09:10 AM   #8
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search is your friend on these forums - tons of posts like this one which will give you great advice on utilities and cool apps.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 10:41 AM   #9
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1. Perain, for playing some non Apple-ish video formats in Quicktime
2. Dropbox, just take a look at their website for an explanation if you don't know it.
3. Smultron, nice little programming text editor.
4. Wunderlist, for tasks managent stuff.

But yeah, none of this things might appeal to you, so I recommend just taking a look in the App Store.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 10:59 AM   #10
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I'm about to receive my first iMac - I'm sure there are a hundred threads, but I'm not even sure what I am looking for.

Are there any utilities/apps that are a real "must have" for OS X? Any help and guidance will be greatly appreciated.

Also, back in the olden days of OS 9 there was a great tetris type game called JewelBox, is it still available and does it run on OS X? I've googled it and every site is either late 90's or early 2000's and most of them dodgy.

Cheers
All depends on what are you going to be using your Mac for? Be more specific.

General useful items
Launchbar, 1Password, DropBox, TextWrangler

^ Bartender + BetterTouchTool are gems.
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Old Dec 16, 2012, 10:12 PM   #11
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Just one at a time of course... It can save stuff to like Evernote, etc though. There's documentation to make your own extensions. https://github.com/pilotmoon/PopClip...s#introduction
Someone recommend me something that can copy to the CB with multiple items at a time that has good dev support. and is pretty to use of course. Haven't found any but i didn't look hard enough.

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Old Dec 16, 2012, 10:59 PM   #12
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Bettertouchtool= window snapping + expanding trackpad
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Can it copy multiple things to the clipboard or just one at a time?
A great clipboard tool is clipmenu for having multiple items in the clipboard.

www.clipmenu.com
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 09:49 AM   #14
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A great clipboard tool is clipmenu for having multiple items in the clipboard.

www.clipmenu.com
Don't like the way it looks.
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Don't like the way it looks.
let me know if you find something prettier.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 10:03 AM   #16
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let me know if you find something prettier.
I didn't, that's why i was asking.
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There are plenty of threads already about this on this website. Try a search.

I've got my list of apps on my website at http://almy.us/macsoftware.html
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