i just bought my first ever mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by manutd, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. manutd macrumors member

    Sep 8, 2006
    just ordered a 17inch iMac with 2gb of ram and 2.0ghz core2duo processor.

    just wanted to ask what software should i get to improve my mac experience.
    also i would like to hear from 17inch mac owners, with all the talk about the 24 inch model the 17inch sounds tiny, so is it really as small as people are making it out to be
  2. Josias macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2006
    Microsoft Office 2004 or iWork '06 - both good, but iWork is nicer and cheaper.
    VLC Media Player - for playing .avi, DivX and XVid files.
    aMSN - for video conferencing over MSN.
    Flip4Mac - to play WMV/WMA content in Quicktime.
    The QT Full Screen widget - to go fullscreen without Quicktime Pro.

    No, the 17" is a reallt nice standard screen. The 20" is gigantic, and 24" is exceeding anything you can imagine. Trust me, when you see the 17" in real life, you'll find it a very nice size. It's just because the 24" looks 3 times larger than the 17" on Apple's site.;)
  3. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2006
    PM me for a different thing.
    Um, iConquer is good for a bit of time wasting. Version 1.3 was free last month in Macworld.
  4. SpankyPenzaanz macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2006
    congrats on the purchase and i think you would be better off with office...I think iwork needs a few more issues to be ironed out . I do like keynote alot better than powerpoint and i think entourage is ass. Then again they could have made excel to be more like the functionality of excel on pc
  5. Erendiox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2004
    Brooklyn NY
    Here are a few suggestions.

    Quicksilver is a free application launcher, among other things. I don't know how i'd get around my mac without it.

    Many users prefer Adium for their instant messaging, although I prefer iChat augmented with Chax personally. It's a matter of preference.

    Google Earth is buckets of fun of you haven't tried it already.

    Superduper makes backups painless. Whatsize is also good for measuring what's taking up all the space on your HD.

    Many many other great applications out there. Just browse the forums or go to Apple's site for a look at some other cool apps.

    Have fun :)
  6. SpankyPenzaanz macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2006
    I can't remeber google earth's system requirement but you maybe pushing your luckwith g4 550 and the video card that is in the tibook

    Ignore this comment
  7. slackersonly macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2006
    Congrats and welcome.

    Tip #1: check out the guides. they are lengthy but very useful.

    Tip #2: use the search feature in the forum section. no matter how odd the question, some has likely asked it before.

    Tip #3: browse through the forums and checkout the 'stickys' as they cover some of the things that are really neat but too small to make a guide just for it.
  8. manutd thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 8, 2006
    thanks for all the help, seems to me like the mac community is very freindly and helpful. thanks again
  9. amac4me macrumors 65816


    Apr 26, 2005
    Congrats on the purchase of your first Mac.

    It would be helpful if you discussed to some extent what you plan on using your Mac for. We'd then be able to provide better feedback.
  10. capone2 macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2005
    are you kidding

    we are the BEST !
  11. Clydefrog macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2006
  12. manutd thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 8, 2006
    i will be using my mac for general use and for using C++ and C# , anyone know any good tools for C++ and C# on the mac.

    Also i do need some time to relax so some fun software will be good. :D

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