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Old Nov 22, 2011, 03:47 PM   #1
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Parents got me an air for Christmas...Now what software do I need?

Hi Macrumors Forums,
My mom dropped it on me yesterday that my dad had went to Bestbuy and taken advantage off the 200 dollar off deal. So, naturally I went looking for an source and found a text saying,"picked up air." Score! But...my whole life I've been a windows guy, now this windows pc goes to my mom. I need software help.
All of these categories need a free and priced product. (Try and keep it reasonable)
Best Game for Mac
Best Program to run windows, (no free I know)
Best Utility
Best Torrent client
And 3 apps which are a Must for any mac owner in your opinion!
Have a happy thanksgiving,
Niko
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 03:48 PM   #2
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Check the following link for app suggestions: Helpful Information for Any Mac User
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 03:50 PM   #3
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Check the following link for app suggestions: Helpful Information for Any Mac User
Yes Yes Yes, but that was started in 09. I want the latest and greatest
Digging the links though!
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 03:52 PM   #4
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Yes Yes Yes, but that was started in 09. I want the latest and greatest
Digging the links though!
The post was originally created in '09, but has been updated frequently. The information is current. Check the links. The first link under apps was posted in as recently as last month. There are also dozens of best/favorite/recommended apps threads, easily found by searching the forum.
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 03:53 PM   #5
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SMC Fan Control
Coconut Battery
DaisyDisk
Spotify
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 03:58 PM   #6
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The post was originally created in '09, but has been updated frequently. The information is current. Check the links. The first link under apps was posted in as recently as last month. There are also dozens of best/favorite/recommended apps threads, easily found by searching the forum.
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 04:37 PM   #7
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1Password
iStat Menus
Audacity
Transmission
Handbrake
Coconut Battery
ChronoSync
Dropbox
Firefox
EyeTV
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 06:17 PM   #8
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Best Game for Mac : This really depends on what kind of games you play.
Best Program to run windows: Parallels & VMWare are pretty much equals for paid. VirtualBox is free and pretty good (haven't tried it).
Best Utility : 1Password, Daisy Disk are great paid utilities. Coconut Battery, Caffene, Dropbox are all great free apps.
Best Torrent client: Transmission and uTorrent are good.

As far as must have (paid) apps, 1Password definitely makes the list, especially if you have an iPhone/iPod touch. Everything else really depends on what you want to do with your machine.
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 07:06 PM   #9
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First, thank God for your amazing parents.
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 07:09 PM   #10
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Watch this video by Apple. It is only 5 minutes long and pretty much sums up all you need to know when going from Windows to OS X (like using the Dock instead of Start menu, Finder instead of Explorer).

http://www.apple.com/findouthow/mac/#switcher
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 10:53 PM   #11
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NO to SMC Fan Control. There's NO reason you need it and I've seen it cause issues on various mac models. Apple designs temp sensors for a reason. They help to control the fans.

Coconut battery, while a nice GUI, is not needed because you can get battery info from System Profiler. It also doesn't actually do anything for you, so i'm not sure why it's a must have.

Torrent client - Transmission. Hands down

Video Player - VLC/Quicktime w/ Perian plugin

Ripper - Handbrake or RipIt

Cloud Files - SugarSync (only better than dropbox because 5gb free instead of 2 though I think privacy policy is nicer too.)

For Windows - Parallels or Bootcamp. Latest version of Parallels is shown to have better performance than VMWare.

Graphics - Pixelmator if you don't need to pay ridiculous amounts for Adobe.

I also suggest, don't install Flash from adobe.com. Get Chrome and use it for when you need flash content and Safari for when you don't.

Use iCloud if you have an iDevice. Learn to love iPhoto, aperture if you're more into pro stuff.

I also use XLD for music conversion if you deal with any lossless files.
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Old Nov 23, 2011, 02:52 AM   #12
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NO to SMC Fan Control. There's NO reason you need it and I've seen it cause issues on various mac models. Apple designs temp sensors for a reason. They help to control the fans.

Coconut battery, while a nice GUI, is not needed because you can get battery info from System Profiler. It also doesn't actually do anything for you, so i'm not sure why it's a must have.

Torrent client - Transmission. Hands down

Video Player - VLC/Quicktime w/ Perian plugin

Ripper - Handbrake or RipIt

Cloud Files - SugarSync (only better than dropbox because 5gb free instead of 2 though I think privacy policy is nicer too.)

For Windows - Parallels or Bootcamp. Latest version of Parallels is shown to have better performance than VMWare.

Graphics - Pixelmator if you don't need to pay ridiculous amounts for Adobe.

I also suggest, don't install Flash from adobe.com. Get Chrome and use it for when you need flash content and Safari for when you don't.

Use iCloud if you have an iDevice. Learn to love iPhoto, aperture if you're more into pro stuff.

I also use XLD for music conversion if you deal with any lossless files.
I don't see the problem with SMCFanControl. I use it all the time on my iMac, because Apple seem to have the fans only kick in when the machine is a second away from bursting into flames. If I'm watching a movie, the GPU can hit 80C, and the fans will still be going at 900 rpm. Equally, I've seen my hard drive fans on minimum when the HDD is at 50C.

SMCFanControl is a good program for those of us who are a little more paranoid .
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