Best programs/apps

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    Just wondering what everyones running on there air and what programs/apps are worth getting.
     
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    Pages is handy for word processing etc.
     
  3. nexsta, Nov 17, 2011
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    My essentials:

    dropbox - best free cloud data service

    chrome - best internet browser

    steam - mac games platform, sometimes I play team fortress 2 (free) or half-life 2 deathmatch

    unrarx - extraction utility

    f.lux - it makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
     
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    What do these actually do? Would be handy to know
     
  5. theSeb, Nov 17, 2011
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    1PasswordPro - secure password / logins / software licenses / bank details/ etc manager
    Xcode 4
    Automator
    Codebox - code snippet / pattern manager
    Desktop monitor - shows temps etc in a nice overlay on the side
    Dropbox
    Evernote
    Handbrake
    iDentify - tag m4v/mp4 movie files so they look nice iTunes/iPhone/iPad
    makeMKV - rip DVDs and BluRay into mkv containers
    MediaInfo - allows you to view various codec etc info on audio files
    MS Office 2011
    Omnigraffle - drawing tool similar to visio for pretty diagrams, mock ups etc
    Path Finder - replacement for Finder
    Pixelmator - drawing program
    VLC
    XLD - allows you to create lossless FLAC movie files
     
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    Needless to say, whatever is considered an app that is "worth it" is dependent on what you use your computer for.

    I use my Air for consuming media and writing. So I am constantly using:

    Reeder
    Twitter for Mac
    Pages
    Word
    Wikibot
    Day One

    I also edit the occasional photo and find Pixelmator to be pretty fantastic. Lastly, for heavy duty writing purposes, Scrivener is second to none.
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    My stack:

    OmniFocus
    DevonThink Pro Office
    Adium
    MS Office 2010
    1Password
    Parallels w/Win7
    Adobe Lightroom
    Adobe Photoshop CS5
    Cyberduck
    Growl
    LittleSnitch
    MoneyWell
    PandoraJam
    Ripit
    VLC
    Tinkertool
    TextWrangler
    PandoraJam
    Path Finder
    OmniGraffle
    OmniPlan

    Also have Lotus Notes and Symphony for work.
     
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    I can't find VLC in the appstore?
     
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    Download it straight from the internet.

    I would also recommend f.lux. Smartest app ever!
     
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    There have been several recommendations for f.lux - I just dont get it. Can you help me understand what you love about this program? It just seems like its forcing me to use my screen with a weird gamma setting that I don't like much of the time....
     
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    Use it when it's dark. Set it to a low setting (3000K) and use it for an hour or two. Turn it up to normal suddenly and you will realize why I love this program.

    Your eyes will thank you.

    If my English was better I'd probably be able to explain it in more detail but I think it's easier for you to just try it out and see for yourself.
     
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    VLC Player
    Office (or iWork equivalent)
    Chrome
    Unrarx
     
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    As TheJing said - you really need to try this at night. If you are a person that uses your device before going to sleep programs like f.lux are a lifesaver. It *does* take a while to get used to but it can really benefit you at night. I especially like it on my iPad when I read because I have an easier time falling asleep if I haven't been staring at blue all night (disruptive to your sleep).
     
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    Thanks for the responses guys - I appreciate it. I'll try it out.
     
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    Glad I found this thread. At first I was a bit put off by it, but my eyes certainly feel better after using this. I don't know if it's placebo, or if it genuinely works (time will tell), but so far my eyes are grateful for it.
     
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    I use BitTorrent, Evernote, CoconutBattery, VLC, Chrome and my latest one would be iA Writer, which is the best writing app I've ever used. Absolutely love it!
     
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    Try it at a low setting and turn it up suddenly. It's not placebo. ;)
     
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    O notice ppl use Utorrent wat torrents are worth downloading?
     
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    Best programs/apps

    Added to the others already mentioned, consider iBank as a replacement for Quicken and Libre Office as a replacement for M$ Office. Libre Office can read and save files in the M$ Office formats. Download it from libreoffice.org.
     
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    The world, chico. And everything in it. torrentz.com
     
  21. Troneas, Nov 19, 2011
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    MPlayerX is in the appstore. Its better than VLC.


    My Apps:

    1Password
    MPlayerX
    Office 2011
    Trillian
    Transmission
    AppCleaner
    Caffeine
    Dropbox
    Handbreak
    Onyx
    The Unarchiver
    PS CS5
    Skype
     
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    Why is MPlayerX better than VLC?
     
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    I just downloaded f.lux and have been using it for about 20 minutes now. I set it to the slow transition (1 hour), and it's interesting to watch it change over time, as the sun is just setting for me.
     
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