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Old Feb 9, 2013, 11:27 AM   #1
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Hi all,

What apps would you all recommend for my new iMac?
What are the apps you use everyday that are essential, what ones do you use for fun?

Thanks in advance

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Old Feb 9, 2013, 11:55 AM   #2
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Hi all,

What apps would you all recommend for my new iMac?
What are the apps you use everyday that are essential, what ones do you use for fun?

Thanks in advance

Photoshop is an easy must have
Screenflow (screencasting)
Alfred (Must have!)
AppCleaner (completely remove apps)
CloudApp (online storage drag n drop)
DayOne (I use this to write down ideas)
iPhoto (great image storage)
Blender (open source 3D software very powerful)
Skype
VLC (best media player)
The Unarchiver (free extractor, must have)
Wunderlist (task management)

Others that people rave about that I don't actually like:
1Password
Evernote
text expander
pixelmator
Fantastical
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 12:06 PM   #3
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Aperture
Logic ( Only if you are into music production)
Pages
Numbers
Handbrake ( DVD Ripping App...free)
VLC ( also free works with Handbrake)
Dropbox
Thunderbird ( alternative email client...Also free)
MakeMV ( for use with Blu-Ray drives)

I have a bunch of other things, but the above are what I use the most...Add a few games of your choice and some of the apps in the post above and I'd say you'd be good to go.
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 04:28 PM   #4
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you would either love or hate angry birds.

some astronomy apps are pretty cool. I have one called Solar Walk but I think there is a better one out now.

"Caffeine" app is great
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 04:35 PM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestions
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 04:39 PM   #6
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Thunderbird is a brilliant email client if you've used it on PC, but on Mac I personally prefer "Sparrow".

Adobe Photoshop + Lightroom, 100 times better than Aperture

I use 1Password and Love it!

Pages, Numbers, Keynote not Microsoft Office (you've made the move to Mac OS, why bring Windows Office Suites with you?)

AppCleaner - Brilliant for novices to uninstall Apps efficiently.

Handbrake - Brilliant for Ripping DVDs, however you don't have a DVD drive (presuming new iMac)

VLC - Great Media Player which plays everything under the sun!

Coda 2 and Transmit 4 - If you do a lot of Web Work

Google Chrome - I find Safari very annoying and frustrating, Chrome solves this.

VMWare Fusion/Parallels - for running Windows Apps from within OS X.
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 04:40 PM   #7
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Here's my recommendations:

* Ultradock - For floating preview of items in your dock
* Divvy - for easy sizing and location of windows
* Bartender - for management of the menu
* iStat Menus - for tracking temps, hdd and other stuff
* Clear - for simple to do lists
* Smcfan control - for fan speed management
* Clipboard history - for a list of items you have copied
* Dropbox
* Living Earth - weather app, world time, screensaver, desktop
* Pathfinder - for a better Finder functionality
* Roboform - Password, auto complete of forms
* Tablauncher - For quick launch of programs I can't fit on my dock
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Old Feb 9, 2013, 06:35 PM   #8
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Going to be looking all these up tomorrow. Thanks
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 10:46 AM   #10
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Let me add to the above lists:

Adobe digital editions (ebook reader)
Spotify
Spotyfree (mutes the ads in spotify, simply brilliant)
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 10:58 AM   #11
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Why are people recommending such expensive software to the OP? Adobe Photoshop? Really? He didn't say he needed extensive photo-editing software. And somebody recommended iPhoto which already comes on the Mac.

@OP I would highly recommend that you do take a good look at the Mac App Store. There are a lot of good alternatives to expensive softwares already recommended here. For example, you can try "PixelMator". I use it constantly for our office to touch up and enhance photos for banners, business cards. Has very good layering features and blur options. Unless your office requires Adobe, you won't look back at Photoshop once you use Pixelmator. It's only $15 on the Mac App Store. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pixe...07963104?mt=12

Also, the Mac App store does show the top 10 downloaded softwares.
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You can also use the gimp which is free, works very similar to photoshop but not as expensive!
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 11:11 AM   #13
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Why are people recommending such expensive software to the OP? Adobe Photoshop? Really? He didn't say he needed extensive photo-editing software. And somebody recommended iPhoto which already comes on the Mac.

@OP I would highly recommend that you do take a good look at the Mac App Store. There are a lot of good alternatives to expensive softwares already recommended here. For example, you can try "PixelMator". I use it constantly for our office to touch up and enhance photos for banners, business cards. Has very good layering features and blur options. Unless your office requires Adobe, you won't look back at Photoshop once you use Pixelmator. It's only $15 on the Mac App Store. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pixe...07963104?mt=12

Also, the Mac App store does show the top 10 downloaded softwares.

Thank you

I've had a quick look in the App Store. Will have a proper browse soon.
Thanks again
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he didn't say there was a money limit he just said he wanted fun apps lol. Who knows he might be a billionaire. Plus lets face it there is probably a 95% chance he would *whistle* it if he does jump for it.
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I was using Pages and Numbers, but my company subsidized Office for Mac, so now I use that instead, and like it much better!

I'm considering get a higher end photo tool (such as Aperture), but not sure if it's worth it at this time as my only camera is my iPhone 5.

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probably a 95% chance he would *whistle* it if he does jump for it.
You mean pirate?
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You mean pirate?
what? nooo...
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 01:52 PM   #18
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- Photoshop - Everyday for work, studies etc
- Zbrush - Trying to learn it
- Spotify - Everyday for listen to music
- Skype - Everyday for talking to people
- Ableton Live - When I like to produce something ambient-ish
- Dropbox - It's a must
- VLC - For watching movies, tv shows etc
- AppCleaner - For uninstalling apps
- The Unarchiver - Extractor
- PokerStars - For ballin'
- PokerCruncher - For ballin' even more
- Pokertracker 3 - For keeping track of the ballin'

That's about it.

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what? nooo...
Ah quit beating 'round the bush
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Does anyone know if Appcleaner was removed cant seem to find it in the app store
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Does anyone know if Appcleaner was removed cant seem to find it in the app store
I don't see it.
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App cleaner or something similar as others have said it no longer appears.

Gemini - I like this. 2 computers can sometimes mean duplicate files appear if you aren't on top of things.

Dropzone looks kind of interesting.
I might see if there is a free trial of it around. I'd love to be able to drag and drop a document and have it set up so it just automatically sends to a predetermined recipient without me needing to do anything.

And of course VLC.
Wickedly good Video Player. It was a bit dodgy a few years ago, but I love what they've done with it.

Anybody know an email app that can help me with mac mail?
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Does anyone know if Appcleaner was removed cant seem to find it in the app store
You don't need it, anyway. In most cases, app removal software such as AppCleaner doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this and this. If you just want to delete the app, drag the .app file to the trash. No other software needed. If you want to completely remove all associated files/folders, no removal apps will do the job.

The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
Best way to FULLY DELETE a program
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You can also use the gimp which is free, works very similar to photoshop but not as expensive!
Too bad there's no open-source alternative to Adobe Illustrator!
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Too bad there's no open-source alternative to Adobe Illustrator!
I know man but remember that open source exist as long as there is a bulk of people willing to spare some of their free time to maintain it.. Everyone wants free stuff but very few are willing to give them...
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