Best programs/apps

snowwhite007

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Just wondering what everyones running on there air and what programs/apps are worth getting.
 

nexsta

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My essentials:

dropbox - best free cloud data service

chrome - best internet browser

steam - mac games platform, sometimes I play team fortress 2 (free) or half-life 2 deathmatch

unrarx - extraction utility

f.lux - it makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
 
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theSeb

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1PasswordPro - secure password / logins / software licenses / bank details/ etc manager
Xcode 4
Automator
Codebox - code snippet / pattern manager
Desktop monitor - shows temps etc in a nice overlay on the side
Dropbox
Evernote
Handbrake
iDentify - tag m4v/mp4 movie files so they look nice iTunes/iPhone/iPad
makeMKV - rip DVDs and BluRay into mkv containers
MediaInfo - allows you to view various codec etc info on audio files
MS Office 2011
Omnigraffle - drawing tool similar to visio for pretty diagrams, mock ups etc
Path Finder - replacement for Finder
Pixelmator - drawing program
VLC
XLD - allows you to create lossless FLAC movie files
 
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joshuaginter

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Needless to say, whatever is considered an app that is "worth it" is dependent on what you use your computer for.

I use my Air for consuming media and writing. So I am constantly using:

Reeder
Twitter for Mac
Pages
Word
Wikibot
Day One

I also edit the occasional photo and find Pixelmator to be pretty fantastic. Lastly, for heavy duty writing purposes, Scrivener is second to none.
 

convergent

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My stack:

OmniFocus
DevonThink Pro Office
Adium
MS Office 2010
1Password
Parallels w/Win7
Adobe Lightroom
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Cyberduck
Growl
LittleSnitch
MoneyWell
PandoraJam
Ripit
VLC
Tinkertool
TextWrangler
PandoraJam
Path Finder
OmniGraffle
OmniPlan

Also have Lotus Notes and Symphony for work.
 

TheRealDamager

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Download it straight from the internet.

I would also recommend f.lux. Smartest app ever!
There have been several recommendations for f.lux - I just dont get it. Can you help me understand what you love about this program? It just seems like its forcing me to use my screen with a weird gamma setting that I don't like much of the time....
 

TheJing

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There have been several recommendations for f.lux - I just dont get it. Can you help me understand what you love about this program? It just seems like its forcing me to use my screen with a weird gamma setting that I don't like much of the time....
Use it when it's dark. Set it to a low setting (3000K) and use it for an hour or two. Turn it up to normal suddenly and you will realize why I love this program.

Your eyes will thank you.

If my English was better I'd probably be able to explain it in more detail but I think it's easier for you to just try it out and see for yourself.
 

aph3x

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There have been several recommendations for f.lux - I just dont get it. Can you help me understand what you love about this program? It just seems like its forcing me to use my screen with a weird gamma setting that I don't like much of the time....
As TheJing said - you really need to try this at night. If you are a person that uses your device before going to sleep programs like f.lux are a lifesaver. It *does* take a while to get used to but it can really benefit you at night. I especially like it on my iPad when I read because I have an easier time falling asleep if I haven't been staring at blue all night (disruptive to your sleep).
 

TheRealDamager

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As TheJing said - you really need to try this at night. If you are a person that uses your device before going to sleep programs like f.lux are a lifesaver. It *does* take a while to get used to but it can really benefit you at night. I especially like it on my iPad when I read because I have an easier time falling asleep if I haven't been staring at blue all night (disruptive to your sleep).
Thanks for the responses guys - I appreciate it. I'll try it out.
 

Seasought

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As TheJing said - you really need to try this at night. If you are a person that uses your device before going to sleep programs like f.lux are a lifesaver. It *does* take a while to get used to but it can really benefit you at night. I especially like it on my iPad when I read because I have an easier time falling asleep if I haven't been staring at blue all night (disruptive to your sleep).
Glad I found this thread. At first I was a bit put off by it, but my eyes certainly feel better after using this. I don't know if it's placebo, or if it genuinely works (time will tell), but so far my eyes are grateful for it.
 

cedwhatev

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I use BitTorrent, Evernote, CoconutBattery, VLC, Chrome and my latest one would be iA Writer, which is the best writing app I've ever used. Absolutely love it!
 

TheJing

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Glad I found this thread. At first I was a bit put off by it, but my eyes certainly feel better after using this. I don't know if it's placebo, or if it genuinely works (time will tell), but so far my eyes are grateful for it.
Try it at a low setting and turn it up suddenly. It's not placebo. ;)
 

snowwhite007

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O notice ppl use Utorrent wat torrents are worth downloading?
 

chipz

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Best programs/apps

Added to the others already mentioned, consider iBank as a replacement for Quicken and Libre Office as a replacement for M$ Office. Libre Office can read and save files in the M$ Office formats. Download it from libreoffice.org.
 

nexsta

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O notice ppl use Utorrent wat torrents are worth downloading?
The world, chico. And everything in it. torrentz.com
 

Kyllle

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I just downloaded f.lux and have been using it for about 20 minutes now. I set it to the slow transition (1 hour), and it's interesting to watch it change over time, as the sun is just setting for me.
 
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