Absolute Must-Have Software for the MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Totty1987, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. Totty1987 macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2011
    I've just had my Macbook Pro 15-inch delivered this morning and I'm about to open it up from the packaging. I freeking can't wait to get this up and running :D

    Could you guys kindly recommend any must-have software/apps for the system as I'm totally new to OSX.

    Oh and can anyone recommend any tutorials for OSX as well.

    Thanx in advance
  2. mape2k macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2011
    This is a good start.

    If you are looking for a specific app for a task, this might help.
  3. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    For OSX in general not specific tasks and which are not available in Windows.
    gfxCardStatus for 15/17".
    BetterTouchTool to get everything out of the touchpad and not just what Apple dictates. Also offers a Windows snap feature like Windows 7.
    Alfred ro replace Spotlight
  4. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    Completely disagree with dusk007 :p

    Keep everything as-is as far as possible. If you're going to use Safari (I'd recommend you do unless you have specific reasons to use something else, particularly if you're using iCloud) then the only thing I recommend is ClickToPlugin to stop Flash and other stuff loading automatically as you browse. Flash in particular is nasty on Macs and having to click to activate it is much better than all those banner ads bogging down your browsing.

    gfxCardStatus is only required if you find you're getting bad battery life due to your MBP using dedicated graphics for applications where it could use integrated. You can see the status of your graphics at any time in About This Mac > More Info.
  5. Steve.P.JobsFan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2010
    CleanMyMac from MacPaw is a MUST. Think of it as CCleaner for Windows, but on steroids, and on OS X. Run CleanMyMac once a week, and you'll save a massive amount of hard drive space, and your Mac will be significantly faster.

    NOTE: CleanMyMac is a PAID application.

    Click this link to go to the CleanMyMac homepage!
  6. eternalife macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2011
    I complete agree with miniConvert and dusk007. :D
    I keep my MBP as clean as possible but do use and love Alfred and BetterSnap(?). With alfred you don't need Spotlight, the dock or Launchpad (and so much more if you get the 'pro' version. It is such an awesome tool (and super fast). I still have a dock but really don't need it. It is just as fast to hit CmdSpace iT to launch iTunes as it is to take my hand off the keyboard and trackpad to the dock icon.
  7. t0rr3s macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2010
    My mac pro recently went through a one click cleanup using Magician (free app) and it seems zippier already. On SL btw.
  8. roxxette macrumors 68000


    Aug 9, 2011
  9. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    launchpad, absolutely.
    the istat widget.
    check out flux.
    lion tweaks is nice too..
  10. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    Been using it for 18 months. Great app - especially for uninstalling things. Tells you exactly what it's going to do. It's come a long way since inception.

    That said, I'm sure GGJstudios will be pasting his anti-CleanMyMac links real soon now. :D
  11. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    OS X is Unix based and does not need any such utilities to run correctly, I'm not anti-CleanMyMac, it's your money, but it could've been better spent on something that's actually useful.

    To the thread starter: Depends on what you actually intend to do with your computer.
  12. Steve.P.JobsFan, Dec 15, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2011

    Steve.P.JobsFan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2010
    Your right. It doesn't need any utilities to run correctly. OS X runs perfectly fine without any cleaning utilities, or something like OnyX. I use CleanMyMac for two primary reasons. It looks for leftover .plist files, and other things left behind by Applications that aren't deleted when you drag the app to the trash, and because it does a darn good job at cleaning out user cache files, logs, unneeded languages in your applications, universal binaries, system junk, and old widgets, iOS updates, and many other things. All that for $29.95? In my opinion, CleanMyMac gives a great bang for your buck. It's really helped my 2007 iMac. In general, if you have an older Macintosh, this app really helps.
  13. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    Who said this utility was necessary for a unix system to run correctly? That said, folks using a puny 64gb SSD might disagree about the merits of removing excess junk (binaries, language files, etc). :D

    I mainly use it as an app uninstaller. It beats searching and sifting through plist folders and system libraries for all the crap most apps leave behind. Try manually uninstalling MS-Office "properly" and completely.

    Edit: JobsFan said it better. :)
  14. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I love CleanMyMac too.

    I use A LOT of apps but mainly because I need them, such as FTP, Adobe Suit, MS Office, etc, etc, etc.

    But "MUST HAVE"... I would highly recommend

    1. Growl
    2. CleanMyMac
    3. MenuTunes
    4. BetterTouchTool
  15. Steve.P.JobsFan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2010

    If your running OS X Lion, you have to get their Lion-compatible version of Growl, and you have to pay for it. It's 99¢ in the Mac App Store.
  16. jsgreen macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2007
    OP - my most often used (or very handy when I do use them) apps are:

    flip4mac (allows you to view wmv files)
    caffine (prevents the screen from sleeping for a period of time)
    perian (allows quicktime to play lots of file types)

    Other cool apps you might explore (not knowing what you are going to use the MBP for, but these are neat apps):

    MindNode Pro
    Timeline 3D
    Pandorajam (Pandora player which also records)
  17. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I am on Lion and I still have the previous version and it runs fine with no issues.


    totally forgot about the following, which are MUST haves for me.

    1. flip4mac
    2. perian
    3. the unarchiver
  18. Steve.P.JobsFan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2010
    I installed the previous one, and it told me that I had to purchase the version in the Mac App Store. I guess I just wasted 99 cents.
  19. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Clean My Mac is worthless and using it can well result in an unbootable system. There are a number of threads on MacRumors from people who have been burned by this app. Don't waste your money.

    BTW..do you work for MacPaw?
  20. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Yea lol. I didnt buy it because of the horrid reviews, so I stuck with the previous version. It still reports everything it did in Leopard.
  21. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    There are no must have apps. I would stay away from most of the "control tools" like iStatPro, gfxcardstatus, fancontrol, etc. Unless of course, you enjoy looking at numbers.

    Some apps that I find useful:
    Keynote (for presentations, the rest of iWorks I don't like that much)
    Dropbox (easy sharing of files, backup)
    Enthought (collection of python tools and libraries)
    XCode (there might be better options, but it's free, and very solid)

    Very short list. Most other apps I use are very specific, like macTeX, mathematica, etc.
  22. Steve.P.JobsFan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2010
    No, I don't work for MacPaw. I'm still in school.
  23. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    Then these people are idiots for allowing CleanMyMac to do that. :D It clearly shows you what it's about to nuke and gives you plenty of prompts to back out of it.

    Over the past 18 months I have "cleaned" no less than 50gb of useless "crap", and removed 100's of apps using its uninstaller and have zero issues.

    Have you ever tried it? Download a trial copy and see exactly what it does. You don't have to remove any files it lists - just look at them. No, I don't work for MacPaw either. :)
  24. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You sound like a shill for the company. :rolleyes: One app that I would not recommend, based on the number of complaints that have been posted in this forum and elsewhere, is CleanMyMac. As an example: CleanMyMac cleaned too much.
    While you may not have experienced problems yet, enough people have that it's wise to avoid it, especially since there are free alternatives that have better reputations, such as Onyx.

    You really don't need "cleaner" or "maintenance" apps to keep your Mac running well, and some of these apps can do more harm than good. Most only remove files/folders or unused languages or architectures, which does nothing more than free up some drive space. It will not make your Mac run faster or more efficiently, since having stuff stored on a drive does not impact performance, unless you're running out of drive space.

    Mac OS X does a good job of taking care of itself, without the need for 3rd party software. Apps like CMM are capitalizing on the "Windows mentality" that you have to manually tinker with your system to keep it running well. That simply doesn't apply to Mac OS X. Those who understand Mac OS X know that such apps are unnecessary and certainly not worth spending money on, especially when a novice can easily damage their system by using such apps.
    Yes, I have.
    You have an issue that you don't know about. CMM did not remove all files and folders related to those apps, so you still have wasted space on your system. In most cases, app removal software, including CleanMyMac, doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this.

    The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
    Helpful Information for Any Mac User
  25. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Must have varies from person to person. Can you tell us what you're interested in so you can get relevant recommendations rather than just a random list that you might or might not be interested in?

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