First iMac! What to do

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ltzraymond, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. ltzraymond macrumors member

    May 16, 2008
    Hey guys i just made the switch over the macs, and this is my first. I am freaking loving it, the screen is gorgeous and there are so little wires, its amazing. Im wondering what kind of application or some suggestions i should do on my new mac?
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
  3. Resist macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    You bought a new computer and don't know what to do with it?
  4. ltzraymond thread starter macrumors member

    May 16, 2008
    No, i do im just wondering what beneficial stuff i can get with mac only
  5. bcrguy macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2009
    Burlington Ontario Canada
    welcome to the apple side... heres my answer.. do whatever you want.. you can do everything you did on your old pc on your mac.. so ask in the forums surf the web and find out..
  6. MacDawg macrumors P6


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Here is also some free Open Source software

    Personally, I would recommend these right off the bat

  7. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2007
    Adium if you need an IM client (seriously, don't use MSN for Mac).
    Transmission if you are planning on downloading torrents.
    Perian if you need Quicktime to support more filetypes.
  8. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
  9. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    So, since you're looking for software, I'll post my favorites/the ones I find most useful.

    Aperture 3 + Photoshop CS4 - picture editing/t-shirt design/anything else I feel like making.

    iStat Pro - Probably the most useful piece of software out there to know what your Mac is doing and how it's working.

    Echofon - If you're on Twitter, this is perfect. I actually Twitter a lot, and like to be up to date with everything, so it's easy for me to just have it on my desktop and not have to go to every time.

    UnRarX - Alright, so it's REALLY rare to run into a .rar file, most of the times it'll just be compressed to send via email, but UnRarX is probably the best one out there for uncompressing .rar

    Perian - A codec for Quicktime that lets you play most of the formats out there. I actually haven't encountered a format that I wasn't able to play with it. So definitely recommend that.

    Obviously I use iChat, Mail, PhotoBooth, iPhoto, Time Machine and all the other little apps that come with your Mac already that make life easier.

    But yeah this wasn't a really big list, those are just some of the apps that I use most out of all. I hope I didn't miss out any.

    I'm glad you made the switch to Macs. I hope you like it :)
  10. Seychelles macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2010
    #11, nada, nothing.
  11. KonichiJ macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2009
    great thread, in the same boat, just got mine today. Subscribed!
  12. scooterguitar macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2008
    Yep, this is helping. I've used a mac on and off, but just got my new one yesterday. Still scared about not running security for when I use CC"s and paypal online though.
    I've found for Mac's programs, their tutorials are great!
  13. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    Get your Expose and Spaces set up! They should be in Preferences :D
  14. InfoSecmgr Guest


    Dec 31, 2009
    Ypsilanti, Michigan
    Thanks for the chuckle.
  15. scooterguitar macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2008
    THis is a helpful thread, I'd liek to see this keep getting nice simple suggestions.
  16. wilycoder macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2008
    If you possess a single creative bone in your body, the mac will help you realize it in ways you didn't imagine.

    After getting into Macs I realized I was a photographer and also a music producer. A far cry from my scientist day job...
  17. MelvynG macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2010

    Got my Imac two days ago.

    Used to use Greeting Card Factory on PC. Anyone know best alternative.

    Some videos in emails not opening, can I improve Quicktime safely?

    Otherwise very impressed by how quiet machine is and how fast.
  18. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    i prefer " camino " browser nice an simple and small
  19. mac-matt macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2009
    not sure if you got a magic mouse with it but "a better touch tool" is awesome. makes the mouse 100 times more usable. also iWork and iLife are quite handy. Autorate and Get Lyrical are a couple good apps for itunes. Enjoy your mac. just outta curiosity what one did you get.
  20. mac-matt macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2009
    get VLC.

    and to make it the default player:
    Right click on the type of file (in Finder) you want to always open in VLC. Click 'Get Info'. In the 'Open With' section, select VLC from the drop down menu. To apply this change to all files of this type, click the 'Change All' button.
  21. Jimbobo macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2009
    Yup, get your expose and spaces set up. Also try to use hot corners. I got my bottom right corner set up as desktop and my bottom left as dashboard. My secondary mouse button set up as All windows Expose. Switching through programs was never so fast. And I don't really need standard right click anyways (ctrl+click works fine). This is the true power of Mac. The ease and speed of navigating through programs.
  22. SpitUK macrumors 6502


    Mar 5, 2010
    East Yorkshire, UK
    Getting my first mac next week. I have been reading about spaces and it sounds great. One question I have, can it be set up so that you can hear sounds from the other desktops while using another? If i have a chat room set up in another desktop will i be able to hear the ping from someone posting when im editing photos on another desktop? Thanks.
  23. Talarspeed macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2009
    One piece of Mac-only software that I find to be excellent is Scrivener. This software gives logical flow to writing. Best writing software out there!
  24. martynmc7 macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2008
    When I got my iMac about two years ago I spent lots of time looking at the downloads page on the apple website. It's certainly not a full list, but it gives a great sense of the applications that are out there. They've buried it a bit thanks to the iPad tab, but here's the url:

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