First Mac just ordered! Excitement at an all time high!!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cornerdealy, Jun 9, 2006.

  1. cornerdealy macrumors regular

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    Hello all, I am a new switcher that just pulled the trigger on my first mac!

    here's what my order looked like:

    20" iMac
    upgraded video card
    2 gig ram
    250 gig hard drive
    bluetooth keyboard and mouse

    2gig black ipod nano

    all tolled with student discount it came to $2351.74, atleast ill be getting the $180 rebate for the nano.

    it's expected to be delivered the 19th (nano) and the 21st (imac). Needless to say I'm busting with anticipation....somehow i gotta get these almost 2 weeks to pass quick!

    To make this topic more worthwhile, can you guys please point me in the direction for some must have programs for Macs? Thanks!!:D
     
  2. Miguey macrumors 6502

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    can you be a little more specific about the programs?

    some programs
    Toast-Dvd burning program
    VLC-best Video player imo
    Adium- Good IM app
    MacTheRipper-Dvd Ripper

    thats all i can think of right now
     
  3. cornerdealy thread starter macrumors regular

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    heh, thanks ill probably be more specific when i actually have it and am able to know what i need. just wanted to know if there was any must have programs or whatever (in reality i just made it to show off my new purchase lol :p )
     
  4. designed macrumors 6502

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    Congrats! I made the Switch in February with a 20" Intel iMac and it's been... well, a bit more realistic than the ads make it look like but surprisingly enjoyable. Best IT choice I've ever made, actually. "If I'd known it was this easy, I'd lost my mind a long time ago."

    So welcome to the crew :)
     
  5. FragTek macrumors 6502

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    Gratz on your first Mac purchase! I'm sure you'll be a happy new user looking to convert all of ur hardcore PC buddies ;) hehe
     
  6. wxboss macrumors member

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    Wow, sounds like you've got a nice system on the way..Congratulations!

    I switched over just about a month ago and couldn't be happier! Take some time to look over Mac OS X Support and particularly try the "Mac 101" link. It will help you get accustomed to how Tiger works.

    All I can say is, the more I use OS X, the more I like it...I'm officially hooked!

    Welcome to the clan :)
     
  7. dylan macrumors 6502

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    Here are some of my favourite apps:

    Acquisition - P2P
    NewsFire - RSS Aggregator
    Inquisitor - Safari Search Plug-in
    Proteus - IM Client
    Adium - Another IM
    Wallet - Personal Info DB
    3D Weather Globe - Atlas With Weather
    AppZapper - If you don't feel comfortable just dragging an app to the trash....
    AudioExpress - Sound Recorder
    OmniWeb - Alternative Web Browser
    CandyBar - Icon Changer
    Can Combine Icons - Icon Combiner...
    Chmox - Reads .chm's
    CoverFlow - Lets you browse you iTunes by album cover
    iBank - Financial App
    ImageTricks - Uses Core Image to apply various affects to pictures
    Intaglio - Drawing App
    iSale - eBay Auction Creator
    Delicious Library - Catalogues Books, Movies and CD's
    Mactracker - Shows info for almost every Mac
    Matinee - For sorting and playing full ripped DVD's
    OmniOutliner - Thought Organizer
    Pacifist - Opens OS X install packages
    Podcast Maker - Great for publishing a podcast
    Proxi - "OS X on steroids"
    RapidWeaver - Web Site Creator
    Solitaire XL - Solitaire...
    Transmission - Bittorrent Client
    UnRarX - .RAR archive extractor
    Voice Candy - Voice Changing App


    Sorry no links, just google them.
     
  8. cornerdealy thread starter macrumors regular

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  9. bogen macrumors newbie

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    Welcome to the Mac.


    I might be alittle late but can you tell us what apps you would like to fine replacements for and we can point you in the right direction.
     
  10. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    I've seen a few threads on P2P programs but I'm not sure which one is the best (in terms of spyware, speed etc)
     
  11. Chundles macrumors G4

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    viccies - that's the glory of the Mac, there is no spyware.

    As for programs, the greatest freeware app I know is Handbrake. Converts your DVDs to .mp4 files with either MPEG-4 or H.264 encoding. Allows you to rip DVDs and TV shows on DVD to your iPod or at full resolution for files much smaller than a ripped DVD but with the same clarity as the original disc.

    Combine it with Lostify and you have all you need to rip and organise all your movies and TV shows.

    Using the proper settings you can fit about 5 or 6 full length movies in the space one ripped DVD would take up on your hard drive and they work with Front Row.
     
  12. Felldownthewell macrumors 65816

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    And it has one of the cooler icons ever made! And that is reason enough to get it...
     
  13. GreeneGirl7 macrumors regular

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    I recommend Candy Bar too. Fun and easy to use to change your icons.
     
  14. d wade macrumors 65816

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    wow... thats a great deal. when i bought my MBP15 the total was over $2,500 (before rebates). but i also got the 2gb ipod nano, printer, office:mac, and .mac account. and you got a 20" screen! great deal!
     

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