Application suggestions

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Saiger, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. Saiger macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2007
    I'll be switching to a Mac since my Dad computer's busted and I'm doing the good son thing and giving him mine since I was needing a laptop sooner or later. Since I've been using Mac's a lot at uni I've been really liking them over windows and decided to get a Macbook.

    Now I need your help.. I need some good recommendations for some program replacements.

    I need one for the following;

    - Internet browser: Firefox, Safari, Camino or Other?
    - Notepad Replacement: Preferably one with tabs.
    - FTP App.
    - BitTorrent: I heard Transmission is pretty good?
    - Media Player: Want something like Media Player Classic.
    - Codec Pack: Like DefilerPak but for mac (unless defilerpak is for mac).
    - Unzipper: Like IzArc but for mac.
    - Instant Messenger: I only use Google Talk but I heard that's not out for mac's so which is the best? iChat?

    If you could post your recommendations and also a reason why and if you have any other apps that are a must then let me know :)

  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    Browser - try 'em all, but I tend to use either the Firefox 3 beta or Omniweb. FF3 feels much more like a native app than earlier versions (especially with the GrApple theme for FF3), so might well be the top recommendation for a lot of people over the coming months. Camino is essentially a native GUI wrapped around the Mozilla rendering engine - it's good, but lacks FF's plugins. I _want_ to like Safari, but just can't get on with it - your mileage may vary.

    Notepad: Free - try TextWrangler or Smultron - both excellent. Shareware - BBEdit and TextMate are the kings - BBEdit is a tad overpriced IMHO, but TextMate is equally awesome if you're a power user and much less expensive.

    FTP: Free - Cyberduck. Great little app. Shareware - Fetch, Interarchy and Transmit all have their proponents. All good - give 'em a try.

    BitTorrent: Transmission is liked by a lot of folks. Personally I use BitsOnWheels, which is freeware and has been 100% reliable here.

    Media Player? iTunes + Quicktime does it for me... If you need WMV support, take a look at Flip4Mac, which is a QT plugin. Perian is another plugin package that adds a few more codecs

    .zip is built into OS X, but The Unarchiver is a more powerful alternative and free. BetterZip is also well worth a look if you want to create archives other than .zip. I'd avoid Stuffit, though (which is the other major contender) as it's expensive and buggy.

    IM: Googletalk is just a Jabber-based service, so works fine with iChat. If you want a multi-protocol messenger, though, try Adium - it's possibly the best available on any platform (although still not perfect *grin*).

    You'll find all of the above software with a quick search on MacUpdate or VersionTracker.
  3. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
  4. Saiger thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2007
  5. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    Azureus isn't pretty, but it's a lot better at handling a large number of torrents than Transmission is. If he won't be working with more than a dozen or so at a time (seeding, downing, etc), Transmission is simple and attractive. If he needs µTorrent-like maneuverability, recommend Azureus.

    There isn't anything like Media Player Classic on the Mac; the closest thing is VLC, which has the same flaws in OS X it does in XP.

    For browsers, Firefox is consistent from XP to OS X.

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