Essential progams for my new MBP tomorrow?!

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  1. Race Johnson macrumors member

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    My new MBP is here tomorrow! Ive never owned a mac and dont really know where to start. My question is: what are the essential programs everyone uses? What programs can you not live without?
     
  2. Sdao macrumors 6502

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    I like Adium for instant messaing (MSN, AIM, Yahoo, etc) it can manage all your IM contacts in one huge list.

    I like transmission for torrents, i just started using it for downloading and its nice and quick, easy to use, simple interface.

    The iStat Pro widget is also very helpful, it shows your batteries health, cpu usage, fan usage, etc...
     
  3. creator2456 macrumors 68000

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    If you are on facebook, here is a great thread (although long) for "necessary" mac apps.
    http://uic.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=2204894392&topic=10783


    I personally always have the following downloaded immediately on a new mac:

    Adium (IM app that allows most IM clients)
    smcFanControl (allows user to set fan speed...notebooks only)
    Onyx (system optimization app)
    WhatSize and/or Disk Inventory X (lets you find what is taking up HD space)
    Dock Dividers (a 'do nothing' app that sits in your dock to act as dividers)
    MacTheRipper (strips region codes and copies DVDs to HD)
    HandBrake (converts/compresses from DVD or from MacTheRipper files)
    Flip4Mac (allows playback of WMA files in Quicktime)
    Perian (adds most other formats for Quicktime playback)
    VLC (secondary media player)
    ClearDock (allows user to remove/change color of dock)
     
  4. deadpixels macrumors 6502a

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    must get QuickSilver best free app launcher utility there is (better than payed ones actually) :D
     
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  6. deadpixels macrumors 6502a

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    he he, nice :D
     
  7. creator2456 macrumors 68000

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    This made me laugh.

    I forgot one on my list.

    Inquisitor - it turns the google search field (in safari) into a google search field ON STEROIDS...aka it adds spotlight functionality for the internet
     
  8. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Some I like are:
    Coconutbattery (shows you a lot of information about your battery)
    LabTick (Gives you control of the backlit keyboard)
    MacSaber (it's fun.)
    uApp (application uninstaller)
     
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    Candybar (change icons if that's your thing)
    Audacity (basically SoundForge for Mac)
    Pacifist (lets you extract individual files from dmg's and CDs)
    Switch (converts audio to/from just about any format)
    Toast (best burning software ever)
     
  11. semaja2 macrumors 6502a

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    You might want to look at InsomniaX, but besides that be sure to check out the list i compiled of applications to use the SMS/LMU

    http://semaja2.net/cool-mac-apps/
     
  12. ToXicWaSTe macrumors member

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    AppZapper (application uninstaller)

    And I second Quicksilver:p
     
  13. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816

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    a few that havent been mentioned already that i love:

    cabos - p2p
    firefox/camino - browsing
    neo-office - office suite
    gimp - photo editing (needs x11)
    inkscape - vector editing (needs x11)

    have fun! and congrats on the new MBP!
     
  14. Masher500 macrumors member

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    Camino
    Final Cut Studio
    VLC Media Player
    Fetch
    Toast Titanium

    thats all i can think of now.
     
  15. jdavtz macrumors 6502a

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    At the risk of being repetitive:

    Adium for chat AIM/MSN/Yahoo/GTalk/etc...
    Camino for browsing
    Cabos for v. occasional p2p stuff
    Flip4Mac so I can see .wmv files in Quicktime
    Google Earth
    Skype for video chat
    Smultron (text editor) for sitting in the dock for dragging random files to when I want to see their content
    Perian for viewing most codecs through Quicktime
    VLC Player (probably obsolete for me now that Quicktime has fullscreen and I've discovered Perian)
    Transmission for torrents
    The Unarchiver for unarchiving everything
    UnRarX for the few .rar files that The Unarchiver can't handle
     

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