|Sep 25, 2012, 05:28 PM||#1|
Must have Mac apps? new to Apple
This is my first OSX. I am on the retina MBP.
I have been an avid Windows user.
What are the must have Mac apps? Looking for Mac exclusives (already am using Evernote, Dropbox, Microsoft Office 2011)
What is the best chat program that aggregates all AIM, fb, msn, etc?
|Sep 25, 2012, 08:53 PM||#4|
|Sep 25, 2012, 09:55 PM||#7|
"The reason I talk to myself is that I am the only one whose answers I accept." - George Carlin
|Sep 25, 2012, 11:02 PM||#8|
HTML editor: TacoHTML
To do/task managers: Appigo Todo or Cultured Code's Things or OmniFocus
Personal database: Tapforms or Bento
Video encoding: Handbrake
|Sep 26, 2012, 02:49 AM||#10|
Well it depends on what your usual tasks are. But in terms of general-use applications...
* Adium -- Agreed with this choice; it's the best text messaging app on the Mac (it doesn't do video). Free and open source.
* Little Snitch -- A two-way firewall, letting you know when applications try to contact servers without your knowledge.
* Grab -- A basic screenshot utility which can capture windows, screens, or specific areas. This actually comes with the Mac, but because it's in the /Applications/Utilities directory a lot of people don't know about it. Snapz Pro is commercial software that can do full desktop movie captures.
* Speed Download -- A download manager, commercial software. Great for speeding up http and ftp transfers. Some people like using Firefox extensions for this or whatever, but I prefer a native app. YMMV.
* Max -- Audio file encoder. Free. Good for batch changing FLAC files to Apple Lossless format, and things of that nature.
* SuperDuper -- Clones a drive, making fully bootable backups. Flexible options. Does what it does very well. Commercial software.
* The Omni suite of software is great for various business needs. OmniGraffle is great for flowcharts, org charts, that sort of thing. OmniPlan is a nice competitor to MS Project.
|Sep 26, 2012, 07:42 AM||#11|
|Sep 26, 2012, 07:50 AM||#12|
I just did a clean install on my new mba so was culling apps. These are the some of the ones which I found to be essential to my workflow:
1password - never worry about misplacing your pw again (have it on my macs and iphone + ipad)
speed download - best downloader for me, blazing speeds with great functionality
notational velocity - my fav minimalist writing app, syncs across devices too. second only to my other parallel app, writeroom
alfred - my goto launcher
dropbox - must have
totalfinder - i can't live without tabbed finder windows now
Mac Pro 3,1 3.2 GHz Octocore 16GB RAM GTX 570 Intel X25-M 160GB SSD 4TB Caviar Black 30" ACD
MBA 2012 11" 1.7 GHz 8GB 128GB
|Sep 26, 2012, 08:27 AM||#13|
VLC media Player, iStat pro or menus (to monitor system info), XLD (to burn musics), OpenOffice/LibreOffice (free word processing apps)
my favorite go-to mac app web site: Mac Update
"Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal."
"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. " -Einstein
|Sep 26, 2012, 09:49 AM||#14|
|Sep 26, 2012, 10:35 AM||#16|
I'll add Evernote to this list as well.
iPhone 5 "Vader", i5 MBP 15", MBA 11' i5, iPad, iPad 2, MBP 2.5, , 32 gig Wifi iPad & iPad 2, Canon 50D
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|Sep 26, 2012, 03:56 PM||#17|
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