Resolved 27" SSD iMac Installation Sequence

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  1. Air2, Jun 8, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2011

    Air2 macrumors member

    May 24, 2011
    Let's pass the time waiting for our 27" SSD iMacs by helping me out on what might be a stupid Mac novice question (yes, I googled and searched the forums but it did not help):
    Is there a specific order of software installation that you can recommend for my new iMac? In Windows it makes an incredible difference, does it on a Mac, too?

    These are the programs I will use/run apart from iLife and iWorks:
    - Bento
    - Caffeine
    - Cyberduck
    - Delicious Library
    - Evernote? - What's the point with iCloud?
    - EyeTV
    - Flip4Mac?
    - gpg
    - Google Chrome
    - Growl
    - Roxio Toast
    - SpellCatcher
    - StoryMill
    - VLC
    - VMWare Fusions (XP/Win 7 emulator)
    - VPN Client
    - WDTools (for Western Digital mobile Drives)
    - XStream Ripper

    - Microsoft Office 2011
    No flames about that, please - it's the price to pay for an Apple at a Windows-based university. I am nonetheless a bit worried about it. Ever since I installed Office 2011 Academic my early 2010 MacMini Server (2.53 GHz Core 2 Dua, 4 GB) and MacBook Air (Late 2010 11" Ultimate) show lots of Beachball of Death paging. How can I installit without making it such a resource hog?

    I am also looking into
    - Camtasia
    - Aperture
    - Final Cut Express
    - Frizziz or Fritz4Mac
    - VUEScan or SilverFast Ai
    and a YouTube Downloader

    What is the installation order you suggest (if it matters on a Mac)?
    Is there anything important missing?
    Are there any redundant programs you recommend skipping?

    Thanks for your advice.
  2. bpeeps macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2011
    No, the install order does not matter.

    And how does installing applications in a particular order affect Windows? What/how does it affect?
  3. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    Install them in the order that you bought them.
  4. Air2 thread starter macrumors member

    May 24, 2011
    Startup speed, general performance and the number of blue screens are directly affected by the installation sequence. See for example
    Quote: "Some devices may not function properly if the drivers are installed out of order."
    Especially for older OS like Windows XP, finding a good order for installing drivers/software is an artform. That time-consuming nuisance is one of the reasons for my switching to a Mac.
  5. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    Actually wouldn't be a bad idea, especially for any that are disk-based. Install, upgrade to latest, continue down the list.
  6. dfine1966 macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2011
    Quick question? Are you doing bootcamp or just VM Ware. If I was you I would just do bootcamp. It will make your programs run a lot smoother. You won't have to worry about what order you install your programs.
  7. Air2 thread starter macrumors member

    May 24, 2011
    1.) speed will not be an issue I worry about: My 27" iMac is the top of the line (3.4 GHz, 6970M 2 GB GPU, , SSD+2 TB HD, 12 GB RAM) and the typical Windows applications that I use are not resource hogs.
    2.) I want cut & paste but sandbox security, so virtualization is a must.
  8. Air2 thread starter macrumors member

    May 24, 2011
    Thanks for your advice, folks.

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