Whats your top 10 programs to have on a iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by micke1967, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hi Im going to get an iMac next year or late this year..
    And would really want to know of good-to-have softwares and why one should get them...

    So if you please could post a list or 2 about your top 10 or so softwares on a mac??
    best regards micael:)
     
  2. Jenni8, Nov 7, 2012
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    For functionality:
    -BetterTouchTool (Free!) best way to add and modify gestures. Also has handy window snapping which I love.
    -Quicksilver (Free!) - Hard to figure out at first but works way better than spotlight IMO.
    I barely use any available features for either. But both have turned into highly needed all the time.
    -Growl now with Hiss added for ML. Makes Notification Center work more seamlessly.
    -Chrome - I prefer Safari as my main browser. But some things just don't work right such as Flash.

    Any other apps would determine WHY you want a Mac anyway. For me it's photo editing so I'd add Photoshop and Lightroom for my must haves. But that is where apps become very user specific per needs. So when it comes to industry specific app that is too specific for a list such as this and not too helpful for you unless you are looking for that field.
     
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    Graveyard

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    Here's what i'd get.

    1.iLife. If your Mac doesn't come bundled with it, i say you get it. It's a great bundle of apps and can prove usefull.
    2.iWork. Even my wife started using it instead of ms office a few years ago for everyday work. You should have seen her college classmates when she showed a psentation made in keynote... She was the only Mac user around.
    3.MS Office. If you need complete compatibility with documents made on a P(ieceof)C(rap). It works great, i haven't had any hiccups as i have almost everyday on windblows machines.
    4.MPlayer OSX Extended and VLC to handle your movies.
    5.Messages comes bundled with OSX. It can handle your YM account quite nice. Skype you need to download yourself.
    6.MenuMeters is a great way to have important data about the system right on the menubar. You can see cpu usage, ram usage, network usage, and so on.

    I guess this would be a minimum of apps i'd have on my Mac. I don't care for other browsers since i have never had problems with Safari. Flash player is a pain in the butt, but there are workarounds for it. I use flashplayer and still will untill it gives me some reason to throw it in the trash.

    WARNING! Stay away from the so called "optimization programs" like MacKeeper. It's a piece of crap that does nothing good for you. I'd personally shoot the guys behind it if i had the chance for cheating so many "really stupid" people into buying it. Also try and keep away from antivirus software. There are more chances of you getting Aids from a rusty nail than infecting your Mac. That doesn't mean you gotta be foolish and install every piece of bloatware you can find...
     
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    RebornTheGame

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    I won't repeat the above

    Rather than repeating the above excellent recommendations, as a recent Mac convert (using the rMBP while I wait for my iMac), I'd also add a few:

    1. Ultradock - Which brings IMO one of the few useful features across from Win7: Mini previews of open apps as you move along the doc, and being able to jump from the preview of one item into that item (eg open MS Word file) from amongst a few open items of that type.

    2. Divvy - A simple way to position and resize windows.

    3. Hazel - Great way to set auto destination rules for different document types and rules like auto management for your trash.

    4. Clipboard History - Being able to select amongst the last 50'ish of the items you've copied to your clipboard.

    5. iStat Menu 3 - Lots of great system information in your menu bar.

    6. Living Earth - Just coz it's so damn cool. Okay I find it useful to be able to check time, temp and weather for a couple of locations around the globe.

    7. Tab launcher - Because I have too many programs I like to be able to access without opening launchpad.

    8. Parallels - Because there are a few Windows programs I need to keep using.

    Enjoy the switch. I definitely am.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi Great really good tips...
    A detail question...
    is Parallells better than VM Ware fusion on handling virtual images?

    Can both migrate if I have existing VPC images??(microsoft) or existing VM Ware player images (created on windows)?
     
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    MonkeySee....

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    App's I use are....

    iPhoto

    Aperture

    Snapseed (may get rid now google bought them)

    NZBVortex

    Handbrake

    ConverterPro

    iDentify

    iTunes

    Rowmote
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    What the "top 10" are going to be depends a lot on what you will be using your Mac for.

    1Password for managing passwords and private notes
    TextExpander 4 (not from the app store) for increasing productivity
    Omnifocus for managing to-do lists (if you are into Getting Things Done approach to productivity)
    Fantastical as an enhancement to the built in Calendar
    Evernote to manage "reference" material and notes
    Day One if you are into journaling
    Pixelmator for photo editing
    MindNode Pro for mindmapping
    Alfred for launching apps & other quick tasks
    Reeder for managing & reading rss feeds
    MacGourmet for managing recipes
    PandoraJam for playing & recording Pandora
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    TotalFinder - To make the Finder work like it should
    BlueHarvest - Life saving process to remove Apple's multitude of hidden files for my NAS boxes
    Mac Blu-ray Player - Plays anything I throw at it and a nice non-intrusive ui
    Boxer - Greatest DOSBox design ever. GoG.com uses it for their Mac releases
    XCode - Main reason I have an iMac.
    VMware Fusion - Still need my Windows stuff occasionally. Bootcamp aware too
    Virtual ][ and Sweet16 - Apple ][ emulators for me to go back to a simpler time
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    Here are mine:
    Photoshop elements
    Premiere elements
    Toast
    Openoffice
    Osirix
    Clipboard history
    Firefox
    Thunderbird
     
  10. macrumors member

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    Chrome
    Calibre
    Flux or Shades (for making the screen a bit less bright. iMac screens are really bright even on lowest setting!)
    Spotify
    VLC
    Transmission
    Open Office
    Dropbox
     
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    LeandrodaFL

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    CandyBar
    TotalSpaces
    Google Earth
    LionDesigner
    Skype
    Vuze
    Firefox
    OpenOffice
     
  12. macrumors member

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    Chrome
    Adobe suite
    Utorrent
    Unarchiver
    VLC player
     
  13. Guest

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    Here are my essentials (some free, some paid):

    MS Office 2011
    Handbrake
    OnyX
    iLife Suite
    Firefox or Chrome as alternative browsers
    VLC Player
    MPlayer OS X
    Steam and some of its games
    Adium
    Mac DVD Ripper Pro
    Unarchiver
    Google Earth
    Skype
    Dropbox
    1Password
    Sweet 16, a wonderful IIGS emulator
    iWork
     
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    costabunny

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    mine are:

    textmate
    wget
    CS5 Photoshop
    VMWare (for Winslows and CorelDraw)
    VLC
    Blender
    MS Office
    AirVideoServer
    XCode
    Transmission

    :)
     
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    gmanist1000

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    Cinch. Best thing I've ever paid for. It's almost identical to Windows 7's Snap feature.
     
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    CrickettGrrrl

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    Apps I use:

    SuperDuper!
    ClamXav
    iWork
    iLife
    Pixelmator
    iDraw
    Sketchbook Express
    Adobe Creative Suite
    Bento
    Calibré
    iBooks Author
    Dropbox
    Facetime
    TeamViewer
    The UnArchiver
     
  17. macrumors 6502

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    Coda v2
    Chrome
    Divvy
    Adobe Creative Cloud
    Reeder
    Twitter
    1Password
    Tincta
    Dropbox
    MS Office 2011
     
  18. TheZA, Nov 7, 2012
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    I'm not going to include the standard Apple stuff like iLife, Safari, and iTunes. I'm going to keep my list strictly to add-on programs.

    In no particular order, the ones that come to mind:

    -VLC
    -Handbrake
    -MS Office 2008 (I would like to have 2011, but I purchase through the home-
    use program and I'm not eligeable for the upgrade yet)
    -Firefox (for when Safari doesn't cut it)
    -MetaX
    -MacTheRipper (Versons 3.X and 4.X)
    -DVD2OneX
    -DVDImager
    -Quicken 2007 with appropriate Lion upgrade
    -MPEG Streamclip

    [edit]
    Should add Carbon Copy Cloner - the donationware one. Since that brings me to 11, probably take off DVDImager as I almost always use DVD2OneX. But I don't even do that much anymore since it is rarer and rarer that I'm going to DVD.
     
  19. macrumors member

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    Perian (why has no-one mentioned this?)
    Adobe Lightroom
    Toast Titanium
    Pages (don't use the others - $22 only)
    VLC Player
    Dropbox
    1Password
    Evernote
    EyeTV (TV Tuner/Recorder)
    Turbo.H264 HD (Converter)
    Identify
     
  20. macrumors regular

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    Purchased or Free
    iPhoto
    EyeTV
    Dropbox
    Carbon Copy Cloner
    Zinio
    iWork - Keynote/Pages
    Openoffice
    Shave (Video Editor)
    VLC
    X-Plane 10


    Included with Mac OS:
    Safari
    Mail
    iTunes
    Grab
    Messages
    Notes
    Quicktime
    Image Capture
    Facetime
    Calendar
     
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    Graveyard

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    About virtual machines.

    Well, since nobody answered your question about virtual machines, here's my opinion. I have used virtual pc from micro**** quite a lot years ago. But when i discovered vmware, i moved to that. Don't ask me why... I just did. Vmware works like a charm on all my current macs so i haven't had a reason to give Parallels a try. They pretty much do the same thing and they both work fine. I think there is a way you can import older virtual machines into vmware. Not really sure since i never needed to do that. Vmware player images might work, but you might need to do an "update" on the virtual machine on first boot.
     
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    Ddyracer

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    Alfred (get with power pack otherwise spotlight is on par)
    Hyperdock
    Screenflow
    MacX Free ripper
    Tinkertool
    Red Crucible 2
    Geektool
    Safari
    Candybar
    Photoshop
     
  23. macrumors member

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    Vmware is a good solid program. And yes you van load your virtual images created in Windows in there. However parallels desktop's new version is much faster then vmware
     
  24. thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi and thanks for all good tips...even better if you also state both a good program..+ a short desc on what it does...

    Also about Parallells since it was said to be faster than VW Ware Fusion...so maybe more interesting...
    Does Parallells has its own extension and build of virtual images??
    Can it use or convert microsoft vpc images to its own??or convert vm ware images to its own??
    best regards micke:)
     
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    Evernote

    Alfred

    Sparrow

    VLC

    Reeder

    Dayone

    iClip

    Handbreak

    Popclip

    1password
     

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