Essential program download's

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by JosephEsquivel, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. JosephEsquivel macrumors regular

    May 30, 2007
    my girlfriend is getting a Mac Mini, it will be our first Mac, i am getting an iMac in november. What are the essential download's, like Flip4Mac, to let her get used to her Mac and ease her into the transition from a PC?
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


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    Jan 20, 2005
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  3. RedBarchetta macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2007
    well it all depends on what you are planning on using your Mac for.

    For messaging there is a :apple: version of most if not every instant messaging client available for Windows. (personally for MSN I prefer to use Adium).

    Flip4Mac is a good little tool for watching Windows Media Player files in Quicktime. It's not a must but if you feel she needs it than go for it. Though, again, I just use the Windows Media Player for OSX.

    For media playing though, watching downloaded movies and things off of the internet or DIVX or other codecs. I found the VLC Player to be my favourite.

    For anti-virus ClamXav is free and easy to use. It also won't hurt your system like some of the bigger branded anti-virus apps do.

    FOr downloads, I use both Transmission (Bittorrent client) and Acquisition.

    Any of these can be foudn by using Google.
  4. M@lew macrumors 68000


    Nov 18, 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
    Seek and you shall find. a.k.a Search.

    Anyhoo here's a few just to be helpful.

    SMART Reporter (Definately get that. You won't even notice it and it'll warn you should your HD start to break down in the future)
  5. Toniola macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2006
    Oh yeah...<a href="">Flip4Mac</a> is definitely essential. Pretty much one of the first things I download when setting up a new system. And, if you want any other capabilities for dealing with video, then the upgrade is worth the few $$. I can import and export stuff for iPod use and other things.
    There are several more essentials, like Cleardock of the Unsanity haxies <a href="">HERE</a>. I also use Fruit Menu and Window Shade X from them.
    A good site to check out is <a href=""></a>. That's actually a link to my personal profile, but you can get to their home page from there and see all the other apps with people use.
    One more thing that I find handy is <a href="">iBackup</a>.
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    As corrected:

    Please learn how to use the forum.

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