Your Top 5 Software Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Darby, Mar 22, 2003.

  1. Darby macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I'm almost a switcher (crossing fingers and looking forward with anticipation).

    I was wondering what 5 software/shareware apps you would say are your favorites? :)

    I have been looking at: Photoshop Elements 2, StickyBrain, Deamweaver, Konfab(?), and Iconbuilder(?) (Toast is also on my wish list).

    I'd love to know what else might be out there that could be useful (and fun) for someone who loves to write, draw and is addicted to digital photography. :)

    Also, (sorry, I keep remembering all these questions :)) does anyone know of any software for creating a kind-of gallery online at a website. I would love my family/friends to see my drawings as if they were hanging in a museum (Adobe Album? seems like it might have this...not sure).

    Thank-you all in advance,
    Darby

    P.S. I wasn't sure if this forum (or Mac Questions is the right forum?) :)
     
  2. janey macrumors 603

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    shake, final cut pro, protools, photoshop, iChat (and all the iApps).
    then i'd go on and on but that's just me.
    the gallery slideshow like on .mac homepages? sorry nope.
     
  3. alset macrumors 65816

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    Go with .Mac for publishing to the web. As for Apps, it sounds like you've got a great start. I'd say add Flash, since you are looking at Dreamweaver. Maybe Illustrator, as well.

    Dan
     
  4. Darby thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank-you

    Hi,

    Thank-you ubergeek and Dan. I appreciate your replies and advice. :)

    Darby
     
  5. Wes macrumors 68020

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    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, get a game or two. I recommend Medal of Honour or Ghost Recon.
     
  6. iGav macrumors G3

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    If I didn't have access to these... I couldn't function...

    Photoshop
    Macromedia Director MX
    Discreet Combustion
    Final Cut Pro
    GoLive

    That's the basics done...... ;)
     
  7. khollister macrumors 6502a

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    Toast is pretty much mandatory IMHO.

    Beyond that, it depends on what you are doing

    Office Productivity:
    Office X
    OmniGraffle (comes with Power Macs)
    Keynote

    Still Imaging:
    iView MediaPro (industrial strength iPhoto+)
    Photoshop

    Web Development:
    DreamweaverMX
    Photoshop (again)

    Depending on your online habits, you may also need a real newsreader. I use Thoth - great binary handling.

    Basic Audio:
    Amadeus II

    More Advanced Audio:
    Mbox + Pro Tools
     
  8. mr_austin macrumors member

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    A little advanced?

    The guy is looking at Photoshop elements and you're recommending Shake and Combustion? How about Oracle 9 and 4D? Or Maya? Or SPSS? Come on....

    For basic home use, start with the iApps. Then for basic added productivity, I'd look at Dragthing + Default Folder. Konfabulator does some cool things and has a high 'wow' factor.

    For Business stuff, Omnigraffle is a great visio replacement, Keynote a great powerpoint replacement, and if you need compatability, or iCal and Mail arent' cutting it, Office ain't bad.

    For web dev - Dreamweaver + BBEdit. Don't forget a nice CVS front end if your projects are hairy. I like CVL.

    If you don't like shootem up games, try Candy Crisis, Airbust, and pop-pop. If you do, go with Wes' recs....

    A few of the other apps you mentioned expand on functionality already in the iMac. I'd try iPhoto, and if it doesn't do what you need, look at Photoshop Elements, or make the jump Photoshop. Ditto w/ Stickies/Stickybrain.

    The funnest part of being a switcher is all the cool mac only software. My current favorites are Audio Hijack Pro and Page Sender. Take a look at Chez Mark and Versiontracker, and they'll show you the things you need that you didn't know you needed....

    http://www.chezmark.com/

    http://www.versiontracker.com/

    enjoy....
     
  9. janey macrumors 603

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    Re: A little advanced?

    :D ;) :p
    Hey he asked us for our favorites, not software titles we suggest he use ;)
    Oops i forgot Project Builder, WebObjects, InDesign, Quark, Combustion, Maya, 3D Studio Max, Director, After Effects, DVD Studio Pro...:D
     
  10. Darby thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank-you all

    Hi again,

    Thank-you Wes, iGav, Keith, Mr_austin, and ubergeek. I appreciate the recommendations and will look into them all. :)

    Thanks,
    Darby

    P.S. I'm a girl. Why'd you assume I was a guy with my name? :) Silly.
     
  11. janey macrumors 603

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    Re: Thank-you all

    sorry ;)
    most ppl on macrumors are guys :rolleyes:
     
  12. vniow macrumors G4

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    Re: Re: Thank-you all

    Yeah, there's only like four or five female regulars here, three of them posted in this thread already.[​IMG]
     
  13. hacurio1 macrumors regular

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    Re: Thank-you all

    Also… if you like music and want to do some mixing once in a while there is Traktor DJ Studio. I like to do some VJ stuff once in a while as well and I use Arkaos VJ. If you do a lot of video and animation, the above-mentioned programs are indispensable, but Media Cleaner 6 is also a must.
     
  14. bwawn macrumors member

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    Check http://www.macosxhints.com regularly. They often have really great OS X tricks posted that involve specific apps that you'd might never otherwise know about, or features of apps you already have that you never knew existed.

    macosxhints.com right has got me a really cool interface for music. My iMac is my main jukebox for music now, no CD players in my system. Holding down a button on a remote control that controls my iMac from across the room, I can speak out loud: "play -- [artist name] -- [song title]" and it plays. That is about as geeky as one could get with their music, and other than the remote control's driver software, everything involved is standard software with OS X.
     
  15. janey macrumors 603

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    that's geeky?! my mac can read my mind and figure out what mood i'm in and plays music accordingly. :p
     
  16. losfp macrumors regular

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    Launchbar.

    anything else is optional :D

    well, I guess I can add more ;)

    iTunes, Mail etc are great.

    Plucker is an offline viewer thingie that I'm using as a substitute for avantgo (though it's more manul)

    BBEdit is great, but I can't afford it, so I'm using Webcode or Taco HTML

    Backlight is good fun - set a screensaver as your background

    And of course Proteus for IM madness.
     
  17. Macette macrumors 6502

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    Re: Thank-you all

    Hello girl. Welcome. (I know two boys called Darby, tho!)
     
  18. wuntrikpony macrumors member

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    Photoshop 7, Final Cut Express, Logic 6, MS Word, Maya
     
  19. mr_austin macrumors member

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    my mistake...

    you're right... she did ask for favorites...

    (and in my mind, guy is a genderless term... sorry if i offended..)

    Some..Favorites I didn't list before: After Effects (esp. Trapcode's Shine), Watson, Safari,Codetek Virtual Desktop, Photoshop....
     
  20. Chimaera macrumors regular

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    Hi Darby.

    The programs I couldn't do without on my work machine:

    Stickies
    Launchbar (check it out on versiontracker, amazing little app)
    Office X
    Photoshop
    BBEdit
    Graphics Convertor
    Camino

    And for a cool screensaver I chose Fluid :)

    As someone else said, Toast is fundamentally essential program.

    Not quite what you were asking for, but a realy good book for the OS is Mac OSX: The Missing Manual by David Pogue - that has all sorts of hints and tips, and focus on both upgraders from OS9 and Switchers...
     
  21. Darby thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank-you Thank-You!

    Hi again,

    Wow! I can't wait to go check out all these recommendations. I now have quite a list thanks to all of you. :)

    Thank-you ubergeek, vnlow, hacurio1, bwawn, losfp, Macette, wuntrikpony, mr_austin(No offense taken :)), Chimaera, and anyone else I might have missed.

    Off to go look at some software, sites and book rec's.

    Darby :)
     
  22. billyboy macrumors 65816

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    Sorry to be a boringly practical Capricorn type, but there will be times you have to actually keep your house in order with all this marvellous software rocking your Mac. So in my favourites cupboard is the maintenance freeby MacJanitor, with Carbon Copy Cloner (not free if you have a conscience) for backing up all creative digital genius on a very regular basis - regular as in like every day. And Jaguar Cache Cleaner is really sexy to have around when solving occasional petty wierdnesses.

    Then you can party with a clear conscience. It must be my old man's Scotish blood or something, but my all-time favourite software is iTunes because its free and since 10.2.4 plays Celtic rock very very loud. :p
     
  23. tjwett macrumors 68000

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    it's hard to suggest apps we're all into different things. 5 third-party apps i personally use everday are:

    Logic(work)
    Reason(work)
    BBEdit(fun)
    Illustrator(fun)
    Photoshop(fun)

    If you want to do some web and graphics stuff I'd say get an image editor like Photoshop, a WYSIWYG html editor like WebDesign 1.9(VERY cool and not buggy like Macromedia), maybe .Mac so you can post the pages you are building. If you like to draw tryout Procreate Painter, it's really a joy to use. ToonBoom Studio is awesome as well. if you ever get into video Final Cut Express is a great place to start. Good luck and enjoy your new Mac.
     
  24. Darby thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great advice...

    Thank-you for the replies.

    BillyBoy, sounds kool. I can't wait to have fun with iTunes. :)

    TJwett, organization is a definite priority. I need all the help I can get. :) (*Great* Dune sig too)

    Darby :)
     
  25. Foxer macrumors 65816

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    1. Final Cut Pro or express (Haven't used FCE, but at several hundred bucks less...)

    2. Photoshop or Elements.

    3. Illustrator.

    4. Toast

    5. (I don't want to say) Office X, but Word and Entourage are important, at least to me.

    Must have bonus: Wingnuts. It's a hoot!
     

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