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Old Sep 1, 2013, 12:04 PM   #26
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Hi All

I've purchased a MacBook Air 11in 2013 version and it arrived two days ago. I've spent some time researching some good apps for it, and so far i've installed:
  • Adium
  • Alfred
  • Skype
  • Microsoft Office 2011
  • FM 2013

Does anyone have any apps that they recommend for the mac? Alfred is pretty awesome so i'm really happy with that.

Its a very very fast machine, even though the clock speed is a little lower than last years model. I've never owned a Mac before, and it was my iPhone usage combined with a deal that was on at a local retailer that made me purchase the Air.

Some of the simplest things on the PC are a bit difficult to master on here at first such as the mystery of the "maximise" button that doesn't always maximise. And the fact that there is no DEL key? only a backspace.
If you have the free version of Alfred and like it, you should check out the power packs for Alfred. It makes an awesome app incredible.
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Old Sep 1, 2013, 12:28 PM   #27
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Does anyone have any apps that they recommend for the mac?
See my list here: http://almy.us/macsoftware.html

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Some of the simplest things on the PC are a bit difficult to master on here at first such as the mystery of the "maximise" button that doesn't always maximise. And the fact that there is no DEL key? only a backspace.
It isn't a Maximize button but an "Optimize" button. Just think of it that way. If you want something truly maximized, consider the full screen mode, if available, using the double-headed arrow in the upper right corner of the window.

All the "missing" PC keys are accessible using the Fn key, not just Fn-Backspace for Delete. Also check out "Keyboard Shortcuts" in Help.
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Old Sep 15, 2013, 03:50 PM   #28
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It is a very powerful planning tool for me. It is meant for people that use Omnifocus in their job, planning projects and working towards goals.
Have a look here for more information:
http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnifocus/

Omnifocus is not for people that want something simple. It allows a complex organization of tasks, allows me to focus on my current tasks very easily and provides an interface that gives me the opportunity to review the progress of my projects.
very cool - thanks for the link. i'm always looking for ways to be more efficient... i have severe ADD and it has been a lifelong struggle to control it.

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Old Sep 15, 2013, 03:56 PM   #29
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Old Oct 5, 2013, 11:58 PM   #30
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Password Keeper

I used to use LastPass, but switched a few months ago to Dashlane. It's free for 1 device, and will sync unlimited cross-platform for $20/year. I really love it.

https://www.dashlane.com/en/cs/3ba005d1
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Old Oct 6, 2013, 09:43 AM   #31
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Before getting DiskWarrior I would read up on it. There are strong mixed reactions to newer versions.

I just upgraded to TechTools 7. Thankfully I've not had to use it much.

For a password manager my choice is 1Password. They just released version 4 and there is a special price in the app store I believe.

For financial I use MoneyDance.

I have both Office 2008 and an OpenOffice based app called NeoOffice (no longer freeware BTW).

My creative side is photography so those tools may not be of interest to you.
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Old Oct 6, 2013, 05:52 PM   #32
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For a password manager my choice is 1Password. They just released version 4 and there is a special price in the app store I believe.
Yes, I have been using 1Password for three years. Well worth the money.

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I have both Office 2008 and an OpenOffice based app called NeoOffice (no longer freeware BTW).
Check out LibreOffice, it is free and in v. 4 has improved considerably.

For writing, Scrivener is essential. For three years I used it for editing a magazine, worked like a charm. I am now putting the entire seminary curriculum and course materials into Scrivener. And I write my blog posts for three separate blogs. Convenient, easy, reliable. You can export to .doc, .docx, .rtf formats.

An excellent word processor is Nisus Writer Pro, which I use for general use. If I have to use Hebrew, then Mellel is my choice, superb, powerful, and rock-solid.

At one time I had Adobe Creative Suite 4 Premium, but gave it to my son and his family. For replacements, I have Pixelmator for photo work, and PDFPen Pro for PDF work.

For high powered note taking, thinking, and more, consider Tinderbox. Expensive, but its expendability will far outreach any use you have.

Depository and storage, DevonThink Pro Office.

For bibliography I use Bookends, for seamless integration with NWP and Mellel.

Utilities I have found useful:

Caffeine
Flux
InfoClick (find any email with extensive options for searching. So much better than search in Mail.app. Has been a life saver Ina few cases)
TextExpander, invaluable for all the writing I do.
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Old Oct 7, 2013, 02:26 PM   #33
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I'll be using it for:
Music Notation(Sibelius)
Word Processing
Web Surfing
Some Music Creation
Music Mixing
Acoustic Instrument Recording(eventually)
General University uses I'm forgetting about.

Really, I only need help with the general apps though. I know that I want Sibelius and Logic X(whenever it comes out) for the music end, and I'm going to use Chrome for web browsing. I'm sure that Byword and Keynote work great, but I'm already know how to use Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Plus, I get a free copy of Office '11 from the University anyway.

Thanks for the app suggestions though, I'd love to see more general utility stuff like that.


Edit: Is Prey worthwhile, or is it redundant with find my mac?
For Web Surfing; I was going to say Chrome, but I see you are already using/or planning on using Chrome:

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...I'm going to use Chrome for web browsing....
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Old Oct 9, 2013, 04:10 PM   #34
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Some of the simplest things on the PC are a bit difficult to master on here at first such as the mystery of the "maximise" button that doesn't always maximise.
Have a look at Moom. It's a neat little utility that you can use for automatically resizing and relocating windows. It would be nice if some of these things were built in to OS X like they are in Windows, but this helps out somewhat.
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Old Oct 9, 2013, 05:53 PM   #35
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I am a big fan of Keka. It's a wrapper around 7zip, which is an app I put by default on every PC Win/Linux box as well.

TextWrangler is another default. Whether I'm actually writing scripting or writing a journal, it's nice to have a text editor which lets you see exactly what you have typed, with no formatting. It's also one of my favorite apps just for scrolling through texts.

Gimp and Seashell have come a long way. Seashell is appropriate to install on any generic install, just so the end user has some application to open/resize various image formats. Gimp is a big footprint, but if you want to touch up images or play with something photoshop-like, it's a no-brainer.

Personally, I have found OpenOffice to be more stable than LibreOffice, but one or the other are a must-do.

I also always install VLC because sometimes I like to listen to a single audio track without the rattle and clatter of iTunes starting up and shoving it's store right in my face.

Am I the only person who finds that Quicksilver gives me more options than Alfred? Maybe I need to look harder at Alfred.

Thanks for the note on Onyx. I have recommended people look into it if they want to monkey with cleaning their system. I haven't seen it do much of anything myself, so it's good to know others have found it redundant.

I also run McAfee (provided by my employer) if only to prevent being a carrier of anything that might end up on a PC.
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Old Oct 12, 2013, 04:02 PM   #36
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I have;
Pages
Microsoft Office 2011
Roxio Toast 11
Handbrake
Winzip
1Password
BetterSnapTool
Skitch
Text Wrangler
VLC
Andriod File Transfer
ADB + Fastboot
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Old Nov 5, 2013, 11:33 PM   #37
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What are you planning on doing on your Mac? There are thousands of applications that vary from games to utilities to productivity.

As far as general-purpose utilities, a few favorites of mine are:

Dropbox (file syncing)
1Password (or another password manager)
F.lux (adjusts the temperature of your LCD based on time of day)
Caffeine (keeps your mac from going to sleep)
Evernote & Notational Velocity (my external brains)

Those are "essential" to me. If it's a work computer, for me AutoCAD and SketchUp are essential, but I doubt most people will find it essential. Likewise, I'd personally eschew Office for Byword and Keynote.

Thanks for the F.lux tip, awesome with my new Haswell 15" Retina!

For people using Dropbox, I HIGHLY recommend Barracuda Networks' Copy App, especially during their beta storage bonanza. It's Dropbox, with desktop/mobile/web apps, but you start with 15gb! And use my referral link to get 5gb extra for yourself, so 20gb to start! Then sign up your mom, wife, roommate, etc, and you can get to 40-50gb easy. Crazy while it lasts...

I also love:
Chrome
Omnifocus
VM Fusion 6 (w Windows 8 virtual machine)
Hazel
Found
Bartender
AppCleaner
BetterSnap
Autograph
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Old Nov 6, 2013, 03:41 PM   #38
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I see that a lot of people need Office for Mac.

That actually shocks me.
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Old Nov 6, 2013, 07:24 PM   #39
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I see that a lot of people need Office for Mac.

That actually shocks me.
Why? There really is no alternative. Its the most popular document format and essential for many. I asked this same question because I thought I could use the old Pages, and the consensus was Office.
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Why? There really is no alternative. Its the most popular document format and essential for many. I asked this same question because I thought I could use the old Pages, and the consensus was Office.
Because for 90% of users, you don't need even 20% of what Office actually offers. It's like everybody getting a truck. Yeah, some people do need a truck to carry all their stuff. Most people can do with a car, though.
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Old Nov 7, 2013, 08:42 AM   #41
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Because for 90% of users, you don't need even 20% of what Office actually offers. It's like everybody getting a truck. Yeah, some people do need a truck to carry all their stuff. Most people can do with a car, though.
It's not just a matter of using all the features of MS Office. There are also factors such as compatibility when sharing files with others, familiarity, portability of files to other systems, etc.
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It's not just a matter of using all the features of MS Office. There are also factors such as compatibility when sharing files with others, familiarity, portability of files to other systems, etc.
Ah, okay.

Yeah, it can get annoying to have to export again if I make a change. -_-
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