Apps for iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by WRXiceman, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular


    May 6, 2012
    England, UK
    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 :)

  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2012
    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)
    VLC (best media player)
    The Unarchiver (free extractor, must have)
    Wunderlist (task management)

    Others that people rave about that I don't actually like:
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  3. macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Logic ( Only if you are into music production)
    Handbrake ( DVD Ripping
    VLC ( also free works with Handbrake)
    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.:)
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2012
    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
  5. thread starter macrumors regular


    May 6, 2012
    England, UK
  6. macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2013
    More Apps

    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.
  7. macrumors member


    Jun 1, 2012
    Qld, Australia
    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
  8. thread starter macrumors regular


    May 6, 2012
    England, UK
    Going to be looking all these up tomorrow. Thanks :)
  9. Giuly, Feb 10, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2013

    macrumors 68040


    Just click on this guy in the lower left corner of the screen:
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2013
    Let me add to the above lists:

    Adobe digital editions (ebook reader)
    Spotyfree (mutes the ads in spotify, simply brilliant)
  11. macrumors 601

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    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.

    Also, the Mac App store does show the top 10 downloaded softwares.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2013
    You can also use the gimp which is free, works very similar to photoshop but not as expensive!
  13. thread starter macrumors regular


    May 6, 2012
    England, UK

    Thank you :)

    I've had a quick look in the App Store. Will have a proper browse soon.
    Thanks again
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2012
    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.
  15. macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    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.

    I'm not a big gamer, but I do enjoy pinball games. I picked up Zen Pinball and Pinball HD from the App Store.
  16. macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2009
    You mean pirate?
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2012
    what? nooo... ;)
  18. pukingpixels, Feb 11, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2013

    macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2012
    - 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.
  19. macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2009
    Ah quit beating 'round the bush :D
  20. macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    Does anyone know if Appcleaner was removed cant seem to find it in the app store
  21. macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2009
    I don't see it.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    smoking monkey

    Mar 5, 2008
    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?
  23. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    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:
  24. macrumors 68020

    Nov 2, 2006
    Too bad there's no open-source alternative to Adobe Illustrator!
  25. macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2013
    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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