Your essential Macbook Air Software

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by barebackbadger8, Jan 21, 2011.

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    barebackbadger8

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    #1
    sorry if this should be in the Software section, but this is a specific MBA question:
    now we know the 11" only comes with either 64gb/125gb SSD and 256gb on the 13"
    so especially for the 11" users/owners. with storage space at a premium, what are your must have apps/software??
    do you just generally install everything you want to??
    or are do you just have the bear minimum?
     
  2. macrumors 65816

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    You can use Xslimmer that pulls all the unneeded languages and binary's out of apps. Saves about ~1GB.
     
  3. macrumors newbie

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    You can also remove printer drivers you dont need and i'm guessing xslimmer is like monlingual the removes languages but i remember saving like 3 gb after doing all this
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    I don't have an air yet, but here's a start to what I'd call essential

    Evernote
    Angry Birds or Portal (LOL)
    Firefox
    NetNewsWire
    VLC Media Player
    DropBox
    Facetime (or Ichat)

    Toodledo on MBA synced with appigo todo for iphone
    TinyGrab (screenshots)
     
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    afireintonto

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    #5
    my 13" has the 256 flash storage, so i just treat it like i would any other machine. (this is my new main machine)

    but i always use,
    iwork
    transmission
    safari(i prefer this browser over all others)
    candy bar
    i do lots of work in garageband, dubstep mostly
    and of course itunes.
     
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    kory108

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    For Air specific apps, I use Monolingual to remove all of the extra language packs and the old PPC code from applications. This saves me about 3 GB.

    I also removed Garage Band and its related loops in the Library folder to save space.

    If you're looking for extra battery life, I'd recommend CoolBook. I have it installed on my Air running at the highest CPU setting (1.4 GHz) and the lowest voltage and squeak out an extra hour or so of battery life.
     
  7. macrumors member

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    Office
    Evernote
    Devonthink
    Tinderbox & Twig
    Dropbox
    Jumsoft money
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think many people will have problems with the space taken up with apps. It's the associated media files that can cause problems.

    A vote here for Coolbook, and all the same apps as on the iMac (Aperture, Pixelmator, Office 2011, OsiriX, Skype, Google Earth, Dropbox, etc.)
     
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    shootingstar64

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    No question about that:

    NO. 1 essential Software on my MBA is "Slink",....

    ... for remotely accessing all my media and work files when abroad!
     
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    barebackbadger8

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    its great seeing all the different apps/software people have on there macs.
    when i get mine i think i will go with:
    office 2011/iworks
    itunes (a defo)
    logmein (i have a pc aswell, not sure of any other software that allows remote access between mac & pc for free)
    I use chrome, but might go back to Safari
    VLC Player
    FM2011 (although fm2012 might be out by then)

    and as long as i can get my gmail account syncing properly on mac (calendars, contacts) ill be happy, because the calendar on my iphone NEVER updates my google calendar
     
  11. Guest

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    - Perian codec eliminates VLC and lets you play almost anything using Quicktime. (add divx web player to view some streaming sites)

    - Mobile Me keeps everything just easily organized (Mac/PC/iPod/iPhone/iPad) and gives you some cloud storage.

    - Little Snitch denies websites and applications to send information from or to your computer.

    - Iwork or Office for Mac (whatever you like best)

    - Pixelmator is a cheap but usefull paint program (or if you want real basic stuff download Paintbrush)

    These should be standard on every mac you use from now. :)
     
  12. macrumors regular

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    Nope, don’t import everything. Maintain the minimalist form of the Air.
    My essentials include:

    Dropbox
    Hazel for automatic file management
    Spirited Away to hide apps I‘m not using
    ClipboardSharing
    Butler for file launching and other stuff
    Default Folder X—essential for any Mac
    MarsEdit and Scrivener for my writing and blogging

    I’m testing out DragThink and Berokyo for file management and quick access to stuff, but both seem kinda buggy.
     
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    barebackbadger8

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    this will be my main computer though so i need itunes etc

    mobileme if it was cheaper i would do e.g £20 a year! but not at what it currently is
    i can use google mail and dropbox for nowt!
     
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    Is there a facetime app? I heard I could facetime with iphone 4 owners but I'm yet to see the app?
     
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    You'll forget the price tag once you use it everyday. (its getting an nice update soon too!)

    Got my iPhone back when I lost it thanks to Mobile Me.
    Plus iDisk almost feels like its there on your internal drive (only slower of course)
     
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    tom vilsack

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    not air owner...but use on my G3 ibook (20 gig drive)..always looking for fast,free,small programs

    -monolingual,removes languages ect
    http://monolingual.sourceforge.net/
    -camino browser,fast,built in flash/ads turn off ect
    http://caminobrowser.org/
    -flash
    -mactubes,utube viewer/downloader
    http://macapps.web.infoseek.co.jp/mactubes/index_en.html
    -vlc player,does video fast and simple
    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
    -seashore,graphics (based around gimp)
    http://seashore.sourceforge.net/The_Seashore_Project/About.html
    -paintbrush,simple paint
    http://paintbrush.sourceforge.net/
    -carbon copy,simple imaged backup
    http://www.bombich.com/index.html
     
  17. macrumors newbie

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    Yes there is an app.. its in BETA but works pretty well. Probably not in the app store, since its beta, but google for it.
     
  18. macrumors regular

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    I have MobileMe and iDisk, but I still use Dropbox more for syncing between Macs. You can though possibly get MobileMe cheaper on Amazon—at least in the States.
     
  19. macrumors member

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    Mariner Write
    Adium
    Inkscape
    Evernote
    AppCleaner
    Google Chrome
     
  20. macrumors regular

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    For my MBA 11.6" I have the following:

    Microsoft Office
    Google Chrome
    Movist
    MoneyWell
    Twitter
    Plex
    Dropbox
    Caffeine

    and that's pretty much it.
     
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    MultiFinder17

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    A far as stuff that doesn't come installed on the machine already, here's my list:

    Alfred - Similar to quicksilver, but streamlined and actually supported
    iWork - Productivity
    Jitouch - For a zillion more trackpad gestures, some of which I've come to depend on
    DoubleCommand - Swapping around the function keys
    SmartSleep - Turns off safe sleep unless the battery is low, letting the machine sleep faster
    Menumeters - Meters in the menu bar showing system stats
    Colloquy - IRC client
    TextWrangler - Programming
    Bean - Quickie basic word processing - throw it in Pages later for final tweaks
    Pixelmator - Think photoshop lite
    Xcode - Serious Business™ programming
    DeepSleep - Forces safe sleep and power off for when I'm not going to use the machine for a while
     
  22. macrumors regular

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    Thanx for sharing this app, but I can get it to work on my Air. Is there some trick to it?
     
  23. macrumors 65816

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    I like to use fast light apps in keeping with the fast light but not processor intensive nature of the MBA.
    Bean for word processing with Office installed just in case.
    1Password which every Mac, iPad, iPhone user should have.
    Fission for sound editing.
    Appzapper for keeping apps off the SSD that I don't use on a regular basis.
    Caffeine for keeping the MBA from sleeping when i don't want it to.
    Burn for fast lightweight CD/DVD burning.
    Carbon Copy Cloner
    Cocktail
    Safari
    Dropbox
    Ecoute iTunes player
    Grand Perspective for keeping an eye on disk usage
    Kindle for easy eBook reading
    PandoraJam
    Pixelmator
    Ripit
    TextWrangler
    Pacifist so I can selectively install OS X apps.
    Looking at XPad for a TextEdit replacement.

    Some other odds and ends but these are the apps that are more specific to MBA usage.

    Check the One Thing Well website for other apps that are fast and light.
    http://onethingwell.org
     
  24. macrumors regular

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    chrome to play flash videos
     
  25. macrumors 65816

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    Slink
    RDC
     

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