Essential downloads for new Mac user?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Cadence, Sep 3, 2004.

  1. Cadence macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA
    I bought my first Mac since owning a PowerPC 7500 around 10 years ago! Picked up a G5 dual 2.0 ghz today!

    Anyone have a list of absolute essential software downloads for an excited Mac Newbie? I'm interested in ANY recommendations, anything you may have found helpful and use daily!
  2. mms macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2003
    There's been many threads about this, so you could probably search in the archives to get a lot. Off the top of my head:
    Launchbar - keyboard shortcuts to most files and applications on your hard drive
    SubEthaEdit - great plain text editor with syntax highlighting
    Transmit - the best FTP if you want a GUI
    MacJanitor - for all those system maintenance tasks that don't get done
    SoundStudio - audio file recording and editing app
    NetNewsWire Lite- RSS
    Adium or Proteus - multiprotocol chatting

    Search macupdate to download these.
  3. Kingsnapped macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Don't get suckered into Konfabulator. It's all fun until the demo runs out and you realize how much ram it's eating.
  4. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man said above - search as there have been lots of threads just like this. But if you really must start your own, at least tell us what you will be doing with your great new Mac (ie - graphics, audio, gaming, whatever your specific interests are) are that will give us a better idea of what apps may be of interest to you...oh yeah!
  5. munkle macrumors 68030


    Aug 7, 2004
    On a jet plane
  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    • MacJanitor (runs housekeeping routines – Mac ones, not doing the ironing unfortunately)
    • Carbon Copy Cloner (for disk cloning)
    • Silverkeeper (backup utility)
    • Snood (stoopid but addictive little game)
  7. macidiot macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2002
    Of the top of my head, these are the apps I think are most handy (Free or shareware apps):

    Safari Enhancer - a must
    VLC - the best video app out there, pretty much plays everything, including hd
    Transmit - awesome ftp app.
    ChitChat or Charla - a must if you ever do Yahoo chat.
    Yahoo Messenger
    TinkerTool - a bunch of nifty customization tools
    Watson - strips out the web, just leaves the whitemeat
    mlMac - p2p, does gnutella, fasttrack, bittorrent, etc.

    Fun apps:

    TransparentDock - pretty selfexplanatory
    iPulse - groovy activity monitor
    Konfabulator - does all sorts of desk accessories.

    Watson is great btw. Unfortunately, they will be giving up Mac support soon. And it looks like Konfabulator might be next.
  8. friarbayliff macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2004
    MN / IN
    Quicksilver - it takes an inventory of all of your applications and allows you to access them via the keybord. You hit Ctrl-space and then type the name of the program, or a partial name of the program and it brings up the icon. I've found this program to be essential, especially, when I'm trying to open several applications very quickly.
  9. aswitcher macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    Onyx is a pretty fine app like macjanitor

    X Resource Graph is a nice system monitoring tool

    Colloquy is a good irc program

    Firefox is a good backup browser for when safari has trouble

    VLC as mentioned

    OSX planet as its just cool
  10. Cadence thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA
    wow, lots of great apps to check out. Sorry if I started yet another one of these threads without a search.

    Duff-man, I'm primarily using the new G5 for video editing. I plan to upgrade my ram to 2 gigs from crucial and then pick up another 250gb sata drive dedicated to video files. Next big buy will be the 23" ACD...heft tag, but looks beautiful!

    Thanks for all the recommendations guys, I'm going to be up all night checking these programs out!


    here's a pic of the new G5 still in the, even the box is beautiful!
  11. iLikeMyiMac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2004
    St. Louis
    Fetch Art is great to get all the album artwork for your itms songs.
    iEatBrainz will get the right tags for your songs

    and the PDF Browser Plugin is great for quickly veiwing pdfs in safari.

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