What do you recommend?

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  1. StokeLee macrumors 6502

    StokeLee

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    My New iMac G5 is due to arrive sometime this week, has anyone got some recommendations to what software i should be getting, anti virus, pop up blocker etc etc, and any other software that you recommend.
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Welcome to the light side!

    Anti-virus: Do not need, there is not a single virus for OS X.
    Pop-up Blocker: Do not need, there is one already built into Safari, just remember to turn it on.
     
  3. russed macrumors 68000

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    a quick search will bring up the necessary threads required to answer this question!

    there are so many like this!
     
  4. wwooden macrumors 68000

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    I think an important application is the VLC media player. It can play everything and it really quite good.
     
  5. neut macrumors 68000

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    Sounds like you need to review the pages at apple.com.

    Have fun with the new virus-free, pop-up blockin' iMac. ;)


    peace | neut
     
  6. StokeLee thread starter macrumors 6502

    StokeLee

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    what i meant

    hi again, thanks again everyone for posting so far,, Ive read your replys,, but i think i mite not of said what i mean, I kow what comes with my new imac software wise,,, but im after the software that you must have,, for example,, on my windows based laptop, i dont use internet explorer, i use firefox, etc etc, any killer widgets that i should download, what should i go and buy, , im a mac newbie converter, and every since ive placed my order ive been reading and reading everything i can about the mac. But more help would be gladly appreciated.

    regards
    Lee
     
  7. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    You might want to tell us more about what you do...like graphics, word processing, etc.

    You should definitely look into Office 2004:Mac if you are converting from a PC user. This will allow you to open your documents on the mac flawlessly, provided that you were using MS Office on the PC (good chance you were). The student/teacher edition of Office:Mac is only $149 if I remember right. That's a bargain!

    Good luck with the new iMac, and welcome to the Mac word. I'm sure you'll love the iMac G5!
     
  8. neut macrumors 68000

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    Firefox is available for Mac, but i would give Safari a try first. Widgets are mostly subjective ... it all depends on what you want to do. Are you going to actually do something with you Mac (ie. create things ... web-pages, art, video, documents, photos) or are you just looking for time-wasting stuff?

    Check out MacCentral.com for some reviews on mac related hardware and software, plus a lot of OSX tips.


    peace | neut
     
  9. StokeLee thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Its for everything...

    Its going to be for everything,,,, almost,,,,
    im into making my own websites, nothing fancy,, the last two i made was using ms frontpage, but would like to get a bit more involved. I want to put some videos on dvd for my parents of my sisters kids for them, just basic dvd authoring,, menu, bit of back ground music,, for starters,, and then itunes, ive got an ipod foto, which ive got the envious task of transferring 20 gig from my laptop to my new imac,
    what else,, im going to be connecting my imac up to my sounds system, got an av receiver, and the correct cables to join it all up, is there any software out there, that i would benefit from?

    Lee

    ps. thank you for the last few posts, ill be checking out the ms office, and the website link
     
  10. sjpetry macrumors 65816

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    My recommendation...

    I recommend that you use a more specific title and search the forums. ;)
     
  11. neut macrumors 68000

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    You should be set for DVD creation and authoring with iMovie, iDVD, and iTunes (and possibly iPhoto). For web-sites ... it depends on how much you want to get into it. For ease of use, .mac (dot mac) will give you web space plus web creation software. TextEdit can be used to write an HTML (if you know how to code) or BBEdit for better control. Then, there's always Dreamweaver and GoLive for WYSIWYG. :)


    peace | neut
     
  12. zap2 macrumors 604

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    iWork'05, much better the appleworks
    pop-up/virus blocks are really not needed for mac osx as of today(5/30/05) one day i think they will be, but not as much as they are needed for windows today.
     
  13. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    A three button mouse. The one button Apple one will probably drive you nuts.
     
  14. sjpetry macrumors 65816

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    Many people including I love the one button mouse.

    You get used to it. And I am now faster at "mousing" than with a two or three button mouse. :cool:
     
  15. spinne1 macrumors 6502a

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    Here is a good start for you, but it by no means comprehensive! It is only one Mac users' perspective (mine).

    Check versiontracker.com or macupdate.com (my favorite) and download to your hearts content. I've listed some stuff I found on my computer I think you may like. You will find most of these at the above two sites, but for the rest Google them and you'll find them no problem.

    Stuff in my System Preferences I consider essential:

    APE Manager
    ASM
    MouseZoom
    SkipVerify
    WindowShadeX

    Stuff in my Utilities folder you should look into:

    Application Enhancer 1.4.6
    BootCD 0.6.3
    Carbon Copy Cloner
    CloneX
    CLIX
    CINEBENCH 2003
    Cocktail
    Data Rescue X
    DVDBackup1 Folder
    File Buddy 8
    iBackup
    Monolingual
    OnyX
    Pacifist-package extractor
    Preferential Treatment
    Quicksilver
    RapidWeaver
    Renicer
    Safari Bookmark Exporter
    SafariSpeed
    SiteSucker
    Speed Freak
    SuperDuper
    TinkerTool
    Trash It!
    Trash X
    URL Manager Pro 3.1.1
    yade X us 0.99b Folder

    Killer apps:

    Office 2004 (hey, it works good for me, but I still do word processing on the OLD WordPerfect 3.5e)
    Logic or Digital Performer
    Firefox (download extensions to speed it up)
    GraphicsConverter (not meant as a Photoshop sub, but a supplement)
    VLC or MPlayer to watch movies QuickTime won't play (there aren't many that fit that bill)
    DivX (not really an app, but a codex)
    Toast (for more powerful burning capabilities)
    PDF Shrink (for shrinking huge PDF files for web distribution)
    RadioLover (record any internet radio--but it's not free)
    MP3 Trimmer
    TextWrangler
    Sound Studio (for basic audio editing)
    WireTapPro (record any sound on computer as an .aiff (.mp3 as well?))
    MacTheRipper
    Popcorn
    Batch (for photos)
    NoiseNinja (for photos)

    Newsreaders: Unison, Hogwasher, Thoth, etc.

    Lastly, here is good set of links for "mac os x power tools," for the real tinkerer:

    http://homepage.mac.com/frakes/MOSXPT/content/software.html
     
  16. Kelmon macrumors 6502a

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    A Couple More Essential Applications

    Hi,

    Here's a few more essential applications for me that I note are missing from some of the lists:

    AdiumX - Fab multi-protocol instant messenger
    Growl - Has many uses but essentially allows event notifications to be posted on-screen, such as the current iTunes track playing or the arrival of a new email
    OmniGraffle Pro - Awesome graphics tool for making Visio-style diagrams and, in the new version, includes the ability to create complex shapes using bezier curves
    OmniOutliner Pro - I store my life in this application now but its a great tool for making lists
    Transmit - My FTP client of choice at the moment
    Macromedia Studio MX 2004 - Great if you want everything for the web and the student edition costs peanuts

    Aside from those applications I think most essentials have been covered. There's a lot of great applications for the Mac and it's taken me a while to find some of the stuff that doesn't exist for the PC. Quicksilver is a great example of this and definitely an essential for me, even with Spotlight installed with OS X 10.4. To be honest, I think you'll be in for a lot of fun.
     
  17. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    Maybe, but chances are, if he's a long time windows user, he'll get angry with control-clicking all the time. I find it hard to believe that Mac users will the Pro Mouse are faster at "mousing" than those with two or three button mouse.
     
  18. StokeLee thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you everyone

    Hi Everyone,

    Thanks for your input, im looking forward to all things apple Imac, i know its going to be different, but hey,, whats life if not somat to look forward to.

    Im going to have a look at the all the software suggested, the free to d/l or try at least first, then have a look at buying them, though it does look like im going to have to buy ms office, ive tried openoffice, and excel is just not good enough,,,

    Anyway thanks again

    Lee
     
  19. JzzTrump22 macrumors 65816

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    I don't think you really need any software, mabey Office but thats about it.
     
  20. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    You mean, iMac. ;)

    Welcome to the world of Apple!
     

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