Resolved 27" SSD iMac Installation Sequence

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  1. Air2, Jun 8, 2011
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    Air2 macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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    Install them in the order that you bought them.
     
  4. Air2 thread starter macrumors member

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    Startup speed, general performance and the number of blue screens are directly affected by the installation sequence. See for example
    http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/downloads/en/driver_install_order
    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

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    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

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    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

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    VMWare:
    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

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    Thanks for your advice, folks.
     

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