Finally Posting From My First Mac!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by DMBGuru, Jan 13, 2007.

  1. DMBGuru macrumors regular

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    And I need to know what essential software I should download, lol...

    Firefox? What sort of messenger should I use?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Zman5225 macrumors 6502a

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    Congrats on your purchase!!! and welcome to the family.

    I prefer safari (the default web browser) but some prefer firefox. I don't see why you couldn't use both though.

    Adium is a great messenger program that combines the popular ones into one program. You should check it out.

    Neoffice is pretty good.

    I use transmission for torrets, others prefer Azureus (spell check on that, google it) but its java based so some don't like it.

    www.interfacelift.com for icons and wallpaper is fun to decorate with.

    That'll get you started with a few things.
     
  3. sw1tcher macrumors 65816

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    Camino is another good web browser.

    If you want a list of the important and/or essential software, check out the Mac Beginners Guide
     
  4. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Your Mac comes with iChat, with works with Jabber and AIM accounts. It will be a blue text bubble in your dock with a video camera shape-thing in it.

    From that page you would think it only does video and audio chat. It's actually a really nice text AIM client.

    You should also use Safari for a while, and only switch to some other browser if you have an actual reason to (which most PC people seem not to other than that's what they used on their PC). Safari is the fastest browser on the Mac OS at this time, and more standards-compliant as well as featuring standards that don't exist yet (like color calibration, which is being discussed in another thread).
     
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  6. CaptainCaveMann macrumors 68000

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    What kind of mac did you get? Download adium for messenger. Just google it. Congrats on your first mac! ;)
     
  7. DMBGuru thread starter macrumors regular

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    MB White C2D|2gig RAM|80gig HDD

    The edges are kinda sharp... lol.
     
  8. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Yeah, that tends to happen on Apple products.
     
  9. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    Congrat on your purchase!

    Right off the bat, VLC for all your movie viewing needs (this program plays whatever you throw at it). GraphicConverter is an excellent imaging app. It accepts basically any image format out there
     
  10. Mammoth macrumors 6502a

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    aMSN is a great MSN Messenger clone. I like the layout over Adium because it copies MSN as much as possible. Problem is it's not Cocoa made.
     
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    Congrats on your new Mac. Just got my first Mac on Wednesday!! It is truly an amazing piece of gear! I don't know how I put up with all of the Windows issues I used to have. Granted I still use Windows at work and not everything on Windows is bad but I love having to know less to do more. If you want a printer that does everything you want and more and works perfect with a Mac, go for a HP C6180. I have my own little network set up so all my 4 computers use it to fax, scan, copy, print, etc. wirelessly.
     
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  14. AppleIntelRock macrumors 65816

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    Cocoa is an object oriented programming environment. It's one of OS X's five major programming environments. Cocoa also refers to the pods on the cocao tree :p

    As far as applications go: Adium, CandyBar, Clear Dock, Garage Sale
     
  15. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Clear Dock = Yuck!

    I like the cleanliness of keeping my dock icons in some sort of container.
     
  16. DMBGuru thread starter macrumors regular

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    What are some widgets you guys would strongly reccomend?
     
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    iStat Pro is quite useful. It gives an overview of various system stats.
     
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    Check these forums for lists of "essential Mac software"... a lot of great ideas have already been put out.

    In my opinion, Synergy (synergy.wincent.org), iStat, Adium, possibly Quicksilver, and a global note program like SoHo Notes or Yojimbo (I prefer the former) are essential :)

    Also Flip4Mac... it's great.
     
  21. DMBGuru thread starter macrumors regular

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    Why won't it let me see system temperature?
     
  22. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Congrats on getting a Mac.

    I'd get TextWrangler for text editing needs, CyberDuck for occasional s/ftp (or Transmit if you depend on it regularly), the above mentioned NeoOffice is nice and keeps Microsoft away, get TinkerTool for (mostly harmless) messing with the system and MainMenu for maintanance, OmniDiskSweeper (free one day licenses on site) is good to see where all that HD space went (;)) and finally, if you plan on using the burning capability of your Mac just get Toast Titanium which is the de facto standard for burning on Macs.

    QuickSilver is very addictive... and a must... :)

    But it's so much better to let it all hang loose... :D
     
  23. Snide macrumors 6502a

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    For those of us using a laptop, iStumbler is a great app that lets
    you see all the wireless networks in your immediate area, and most importantly,
    which ones are open (unsecured). Otherwise, you have to click on the Airport
    icon and tediously click until you find a network that doesn't require a password.

    Also, since you asked about widgets, I like AirTrafficControl for viewing wireless networks.
     

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