Essential programs?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by WickedPuddin, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. WickedPuddin macrumors member

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    I just received my new macbook pro 13' 2.7 i7 model today and was wondering what programs are very useful and can make my experience on the computer better.
     
  2. Blondie :) macrumors 6502a

    Blondie :)

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    That depends on each and every user individually. It depends on what you plan on using your computer for. For starters though, you may be curious to see how your computer is running. I would suggest downloading iStat Pro (not iStat menu).
     
  3. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    I wouldn't live without:

    Handbrake
    VLC Player
    Roxio Toast
    Mac the ripper
    CS5
     
  4. head honcho 123 macrumors 6502

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    appzapper
    xslimmer
    istats menu
    super duper
    coconut battery
    disco
    adium
    chrome
     
  5. head honcho 123 macrumors 6502

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    also perian
    and growl

    if u use android phone i recommend:

    android notifier
     
  6. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    perian
    vlc
    growl
    adium
    microsoft office
    firefox
     
  7. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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    For what I do:
    Chrome Canary, or Dev if you want 99.9% stable releases. Even though canary has been perfect for me.
    ThunderBird
    Transmission
    VLC
    VMWare Fusion
    Office


    The ones listed below are MUST HAVES for everyone, regardless of what you use your computer for:

    Better Touch Tool
    Growl
    iStat Menu
    HyperDock
    CoolBook
    TotalFinder
    SMC Fan Control(just because you can have fan speed and CPU temp listed in 2 lines in the menu bar)
     
  8. palpatine macrumors 68040

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    yikes! i only have istat from your "must have" list, and i could happily do without it. i have been using my computer for a couple of months now with no problems. i think these are not "must haves" :)

    what's essential and what's not depends entirely on what you use your computer for. here's my list. i'm a grad student/researcher/lecturer. i'd call it my top eight, but i realize they might not make it into some other people's lists at all. i use more stuff, of course, but these are the ones that are open every day.

    1. chrome (browsing)
    2. microsoft office (work)
    3. adobe acrobat pro (pdf manipulation--good if you are going paperless, and inexpensive if you can get academic discount)
    4. bookends (bibliographic app)
    5. evernote (everything goes in here--good if you are going paperless, and great if you sync across devices)
    6. houdahspot (good for searching)
    7. sugarsync (online backup)
    8. voodoopad (personal wiki)
     
  9. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    VLC
    Handbrake
    Plex
    Alfred
    Disk Inventory X
     

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