|Nov 22, 2011, 04:47 PM||#1|
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 Torrent client
And 3 apps which are a Must for any mac owner in your opinion!
Have a happy thanksgiving,
|Nov 22, 2011, 04:52 PM||#4|
|Nov 22, 2011, 04:58 PM||#6|
|Nov 22, 2011, 07:17 PM||#8|
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.
|Nov 22, 2011, 11:53 PM||#11|
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
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.
|Nov 23, 2011, 03:52 AM||#12|
SMCFanControl is a good program for those of us who are a little more paranoid .
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