"Essential" apps for a Power Mac?

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  1. wiseguy27 macrumors 6502

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    [This is to gather information about what I might want to or have to buy when I get a new Power Mac. Usage will be in a non-pro-but-higher-end-user environment]

    What applications (not bundled with a Power Mac) are considered "essential"? Like for example, Office, Final Cut (for video), Photoshop, Toast (?)... - what are the alternatives and how do they compare?

    What are the "additional apps" you use that you have to have and why?

    Thanks! :)
     
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    It largely depends on what you do and like. Some shareware and freeware apps I use are:

    iController
    iSnip
    MoofMenu
    MacTheRipper
    DVD2oneX
    Matinee (version 1.3, all later versions suck)
    MacStumbler
    MacJanitor
    Mr. Tides X
    ImageBrowser
    File Juicer
    DeepVacuum
    Firefox (when safari won't work right with a web form, firefox usually does)
    Safari Bookmark Exporter (for putting safari bookmarks into firefox)
    Pastor
    Hog Bay Notebook
    MacOSaiX (version 1.0, beware of later versions)
    RandomExtra

    You can find all these at http://www.versiontracker.com/macosx/
     
  5. wiseguy27 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    "pro" apps?

    Thanks all! I'm going to copy the entire list of apps so I can check them out later! :)

    What about the "pro" apps for video/photography/audio etc.? Which ones do you use and why? alternatives?
     
  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    There is no alternative to Photoshop. Not if you're a pro... it doesn't need any explanation.
     
  7. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    Of course Photoshop. I couldn't live without it. If you do alot of digital photo processing, I think its important to have a good noise reduction plugin. I use Neat Image. Of all the trials i tested, it worked the best for me.
     
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    A third vote for Photoshop.
     
  9. deelerious macrumors newbie

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    Financial:
    Quicken 2005

    Digital Media:
    iLife '05
    VLC
    JHymn

    Internet:
    Adium X
    Transmit
    Saft

    Photography:
    Adobe Photoshop
    Art Directors Toolkit
    Polaroid Dust&Scratch
    Vuescan Professional

    Productivity:
    Microsoft Office 2004
    iWork
    Notebook

    Security:
    Little Snitch

    Utilities:
    BBEdit
    CDFinder
    Chicken of the VNC
    DropDMG
    Roxio Toast
    ToastMount
    StuffIt Standard
    MenuCalendarClock iCal
    FileBuddy

    Cross-Platform:
    VirtualPC
     
  10. Sca1pel macrumors regular

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    Maybe I read this wrong

    Maybe I read this wrong, but WHY would you want to load up programs on your computer if you have no use for them. You made it seem like you just wanted to make your computer look important instead of actualy putting it to use. I admit my desktop would look good with the adobe creative suit full office x flash pro ect. But I ONLY HAVE WHAT I NEED!!! If you have to ask yourself if you need it ya dont.
     
  11. Sca1pel macrumors regular

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    We use them because we are PRO's?
     
  12. wiseguy27 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    cool!

    Thanks a lot, all! That's a nice long list. I hope others add their favorites too. :)

    I have just started looking at some of them on the web to see what they're about (quicksilver looks gr8).
     
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  14. wiseguy27 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Knowing doesn't hurt (in this case)

    [EDIT]
    I was looking at the forum in linear mode and didn't see which post your reply was directed to - in threaded mode I see that it's not directed to me. So I'm moving my previous post WAY DOWN. :D Maybe I should delete this post...



    ----- previous post (to avoid confusing people) -----
    I'm not sure if this is directed towards me - if it's not, please ignore the rest of this post.

    The reason I asked about applications on the Mac is because I have no clue about the names of applications and what they do (except for the Apple apps like iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD, Keynote, GarageBand etc.). And it really helps to know about ALL kinds of applications on a platform that I'm planning to move to (and have no experience using). Like for example, a new Mac user may not even know about quicksilver - but those who use it know that it's a very good application that makes things more convenient. Similarly, there are other applications that media professionals and advanced users (the ones I referred to as "pro") like and use. And I'm interested in getting more information and opinions from others so that I have a broader list of things to check out and make my computing experience better.

    As you said, my intention is not to load the computer with all kinds of apps that are not used (I consider that "junk") - far from that! It is to know what's out there and what it can accomplish for me. And knowing doesn't hurt in this case. :)
     

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