Application suggestions

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

  1. Saiger macrumors newbie

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    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 :)

    Thanks!
     
  2. tersono macrumors 68000

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    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

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  5. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    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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