Getting MacBook today! Any MUST-HAVE software/tips?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MacVault, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. MacVault macrumors 65816

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    I'm finally upgrading my old iBook G4 800Mhz.. Getting a MacBook C2D 2Ghz today via FedEx! Just wondering if you all have any tips, like should I reformat and reinstall OS right away? Any suggestions of must-have software? Do I need to run something to help keep the machine at a lower temp? etc???? Thanks. Oh, and is the MacBook going to feel so much faster than my iBook that I won't feel too sick about the $h1ty integrated graphics? Or will I be throwing up all night? I'm not really a gamer but would like to do Google Earth, X-Plane, and light iMovie/Final Cut Express stuff. I guess I'll know in about an hour.
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    If you want you can reinstall without including drivers etc to save HD space. Otherwise there is no point...
    See here...
     
  3. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    It's fast!

    You can google all of these and their respective sites should come up.
    Download:
    uApp (uninstalls apps)
    VLC (plays videos)
    DivX (lets you play certain videos)
    Flip4Mac (lets you play wmv)
    Stuffit Expander (unzips files)
    Adium (IM client for Yahoo!, AIM, MSN, iChat, etc.)
    iStat Nano widget (does everything - tells you HD space, computer temp, fan speed, CPU usage, etc.) [This is at Apple.com]
    CoconutBattery
    Senuti (transfers your music from iPod to the computer)
    iSquint (converts video to iPod format)

    That's all I can think of right now, have fun with your new Mac!
     
  4. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    Unfortunately I don think it will handle X-Plane very well. Even I cant have max settings on my PMG5 dual 1.8 with 2GB Ram and 256VRAM. :eek:
     
  5. MacVault thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yea, I was afraid of that cuz the X-Plan page says it needs a good GPU. Oh well, I'll eBay this thing after a few months.
     
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    I was just about to post a thread just like this. What is that app that lets you control the fan and do you really need it for the macbook.
     
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    Hehe, now that's hilarious!
     
  12. axboi87 macrumors regular

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    Max the Ram!

    You want as much ram as possible on the mbook. The video sucks so you want as much help as possible.
     
  13. Cristian macrumors 6502

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    smcFan Control you can control the speed of your fans on your macbook. Great so it won't get so hot.
     
  14. Mac'Mo macrumors 6502a

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    wtf does Quicksilver do? whats so great about it? I have it and all i can do is like search with it and then under it it shows what action i can do with it. Thats not that helpful an app imHo.....
     

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