Applications I Just Love On The New MBP (And You Should Too)

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  1. rmbrown09 macrumors 6502a

    rmbrown09

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    {All Photos From My MBP, all these apps are free}
    1. Little Snitch
    (Alerts you to all information being SENT from your computer by an application. Handy for those programs trying to send serial numbers to check, set the rule once, never worry about it again.)
    http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html

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    2. TweetDeck
    (Lets you combine your facebook and twitter accounts into one nice feed, letting you see everything at once in real time)
    http://www.tweetdeck.com/

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    3. Cocktail
    (I came from the PC world, and so maintenance, keeping things clean and optimized is a hard habit. Cocktail will run scripts, clear log files and do other under the hood tweaks to keep your mac running beautifully)
    http://www.maintain.se/cocktail/index.php

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    4. Ventrilo
    (Chat client, used in competitive gaming, but is also just a quick fun way to get a bunch of people together to chat. Easy to setup, plays with Windows well)
    http://www.ventrilo.com/

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    5. Steam
    (When finally released out of beta on the 12th [most likely] will bring a whole new world of mac gaming with it. The Half Life Series, Counter Strike, Portal, TF2, DODS, L4D(2) and others to follow)
    http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/5506930/Steam_for_Mac_(Closed_Beta)

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    6. TeamViewer 5
    (Allows for free remote connection and control of other desktops, be it a PC or Mac, simple to use)
    http://www.teamviewer.com/index.aspx
    Note: Password changes every time you start the app, so don't get any funny ideas :)

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    7. iChat with Google Talk
    (Letting you use the best chatting app on earth (iChat :) ) but with anyone on any OS. Plus you can have video sessions with the build in iChat feature. It acts just like iChat but allows everyone to join! Though I saw the google talk client on Windows 7, it's fine, but definitely not as sleek.)

    http://www.google.com/talk/#utm_cam...a-na-us-bk&utm_medium=ha&utm_term=google talk

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    8. SuperDuper
    (Back up everything you have, simple)
    http://www.shirt-pocket.com/superduper/

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    Guys have any others feel free to post!
     
  2. realz macrumors member

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    Thanks for the list, they are all very good applications.... Except tweetdeck (because it uses AIR) ;)


    I would like to add
    Adium
    NetNewsWire
    Things
    Evernote
     
  3. DKatri macrumors 6502

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    Personally I much prefer Tweetie over twitter.

    Other essentials:
    Things
    Skype
    iWork
    VLC
    Boxee
     
  4. Sharky II macrumors 6502a

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    tweetdeck is an utter resource hog - absolutely ridiculous!

    i use tweetie too, but i think there could be something better out there...
     
  5. rawd macrumors regular

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    Once Steam is out, what are some titles to get
     
  6. realz macrumors member

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    May I recommend Echofon.
     
  7. fehhkk macrumors 6502a

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    Tweetie is another good twitter client
    BetterTouchTool if you have a Magic Mouse
    smcFanControl to manually control your Fan Speeds in your MBP
    QuickSilver (once you get used to it, it's a must have)
     
  8. WisdomWolf macrumors regular

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    BetterTouchTool is great even if you don't have a Magic Mouse.

    I've only had my mac for a few days, but I'd also recommend:

    -Sugarsync (like dropbox but better)
    -Plex/XBMC (the best media player, especially if you connect to a TV)
    -Chrome
     
  9. rmbrown09 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Counter Strike Source is a classic game, runs great on lower end hardware, but still looks pretty good considering all turned up.

    plus it's only 20 bones

    there is of course the whole HL series, L4D is also a good nab
     
  10. macuserx86 macrumors 6502a

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    You're going to get a warning for that tbp link, I suggest you remove it if you want to avoid moderator butthurt.

    As long as we're pirating though:
    Adobe Creative Suite 5 master collection is a must have (even if you only use Photoshop :cool:)
     

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  11. rmbrown09 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's not illegal. :)

    I agree, notice my dock contains that and AE
     
  12. Sharky II macrumors 6502a

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    thanks - i got it. it seems just to be the same as tweetie, but not as pretty?

    it'd be nice to have tweetdeck but a proper native app...
     
  13. realz macrumors member

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    Unison sucks though! its a memory hog...
    i find NZBvortex much better and efficient.
     
  14. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    You realize that your Mac does most of the things that Cocktail does on a regular basis anyway, right? Most OS X "maintenance" utilities are pretty redundant. That's why nobody charges for them. At least, they shouldn't!
     
  15. rmbrown09 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Actually you can only use half the features of Cocktail unless you purchase it.
     
  16. murdercitydevil macrumors 68000

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    +1 for adium
    +1 for bettertouchtools (makes cinch unnecessary)
    superduper for backups
    coversutra for itunes notifications
    growl for ALL notifications
    handbrake/mactheripper for video ripping/encoding/conversion/etc
    Appcleaner is good if you're like me and hate leaving any unnecessary files on your machine
    transmission or utorrent for torrents (I just tried transmission and love it)
    vmware fusion
    +1 smcfancontrol
    monolingual
    xslimmer
    gfxcardstatus
     
  17. realz macrumors member

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    Cyberduck for FTP
    1Password for umm.... Passwords & Personal Data
    TextMate for text editing

    and most importantly The Unarchiver for ... all archives
     
  18. BlackZ macrumors member

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    Is Unarchiver free? I Use Stuffit at the moment
     
  19. King Apple macrumors regular

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    is it really safe to download things off piratebay?
     
  20. rmbrown09 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If you know what you're doing absolutely. I also use a private tracker site for a lot of my stuff, and that is 100% safe :)
     
  22. Pavia macrumors regular

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    Ah Cocktail, thanks.

    I'm also one of those PC persons who just need crap* to be clean.
     
  23. rmbrown09 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have been looking for an alternative to cocktail (besides onyx) but can't find anything good.
     
  24. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    Yes, but your Mac does most/all of this maintenance on its own anyway.
     
  25. rmbrown09 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    there are somethings that it also does that you must do manually, repairing disk permissions (helps prevent future issues) clearing old files and downloads, etc

    Edit: Added Google Talk with iChat to the list at number 7.
     

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