First Mac baby!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Yizi, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. Yizi macrumors regular

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    Hello,

    Got my frist Mac and i got iMac, it is simply amazing, i wish i was using mac way before. I'm fairly new to the Mac system and i'm a designer so i would appericiate if people could give me some tips with programs.

    My systems spec is:

    24" 3.06 dual core 2
    4GB RAM
    500GB HD

    Thanks,
    Yizi
     
  2. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

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    Adium for your instant message goodness.
    Perian for your codec goodness.
    Neo Office for your Office goodness.

    All free BTW :)
     
  3. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68020

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    Sweet Machine, sounds like you got my Christmas present.:rolleyes:
    These are the Mac programs I'm using, (I like) on my BMB.

    FIREFOX 3, Love the tabs!
    HEAR, awesome sound program for music, Hear what you have been missing
    1PASSWORD, remembers those secure passwords instantly
    CHECKBOOK PRO,puts your check book on your PC where it belongs.
    SANDVOX, Website/blog creator
    MAC JOURNAL, keeps all your stuff, notes etc, in one place
    NOTEBOOK, more advanced version of Mac Journal
    MISU, copies music from one iPod to another
    APP FRESH, Keeps everything updated, not just apps:cool:
    OFFICE 2008 for MAC,not cus I want to, believe me, need it for business
    CLAMXAV, antivirus app, cus it makes this old XP Boy (me), feel better!

    Enjoy using my Christmas present, lucky bastage!:D:D:D:D:D:apple::apple::apple::apple:
     
  4. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    My lists for you:

    Apps you need: (All Free)

    XQuartz - required for apps like Gimp, Inkscape
    Neo Office (or Open Office for Mac) - Free MS Office clones
    SMC Fan Control - For controlling fan speed
    ClamXav - Antivirus
    Perian - codecs so you can watch .wmv files

    Optional, but highly recommended :p:D: (All Free)

    Gimp - Photoshop clone (sort of; Gimp is a raster editor)
    Azureus (otherwise known as Vuze) - Torrent client, tons of features
    Inkscape - Illustrator clone (sort of; Inkscape is a vector editor)
    Mac the Ripper - Rips DVDs
    Handbrake - Turns ripped DVDs into movies you can watch on ipods, iphones, :apple:tvs, etc.
    Wallsaver - Uses screensavers as your desktop background.
    Candybar - Allows you to apply skins

    Wii apps: (Once again, Free)

    DarwiinRemote - Lets you control the mouse with a wii remote. Can also use sensor bars!
    Wiisaber - Name says it all

    You really do need everything on the top list. Don't forget to repair permissions about once a month. Welcome to the (mac) club! :cool::D:apple:
     
  5. Yizi thread starter macrumors regular

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    wow guys the stuff was amazing!
    tested all and i must say they pretty good!

    Thanks very much! :apple:
     
  6. Clyde099 macrumors regular

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    Congrats!

    VLC Media Player to play almost all kind of video files.
    Google GMail Notifier
    Simplify Media to stream your library to your iPhone or to others' computers and vice versa.
    iScrobbler for your Last.fm page
     
  7. kabunaru Guest

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    As for games:
    Halo Demo - Free
    Age of Empires II - Not free but very fun.
     
  8. Muncher macrumors 65816

    Muncher

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    Oh, I forgot something really really important! no mac is complete without a plasmatube!
     
  9. macwall macrumors 6502

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    this is pretty much what i run on my mac
     
  10. lorenwade macrumors 68000

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    I'm glad I found this thread. I just bought the 20" with standard features but with 320 gig hard drive.

    This is great info!
     
  11. SDLSteve macrumors 6502

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    Congratulations. You'll never go back.
     
  12. applecybergirl macrumors newbie

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    super Yizi

    congratulations on becoming a mac head super you will love it every single minute of it . Have a long and happy mac life . Here's a little something for your data through put and processer usage and everything else about systems usage a great util works great with lepoard. I didn't see posted enjoy http://http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/




    :apple::D:apple::D:apple::D:apple::D:apple::eek:
     
  13. ZiggyPastorius macrumors 68040

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    My biggest recommendation is to ignore those who say use Firefox, and instead get the greatest browser in the world.

    You won't be sorry.

    When I saw the thread title, I was expecting a baby born with an apple logo in its head or holding a note that said 1 infinite loop or something.
     
  14. chainprayer macrumors 6502a

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    welcome to the mac world my friend! this site is a great resource! i suggest just playing with everything! i always learn by experience.
     
  15. Aranince macrumors 65816

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    May I ask why you recommend Opera?
     
  16. johto macrumors 6502

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    If you do graphics i would highly recommend you to calibrate your monitor under system prefs, display... you should aim for 6500K and 2.2 gamma is very common (sRGB)... good calibration software for doing it "by hand" is "SuperCal" http://bergdesign.com/supercal/

    On default apple uses gamma 1.8 and it was at least in my opinion very washed out and not life like at all. Huge improvements after calibration :cool:


    Oh, another good program is the "istat pro" widget and istat menu. These shows you all kinda good technical info about your Mac :) Install them both at http://www.islayer.com/
     
  17. kabunaru Guest

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    I use 1.8 Gamma 6500K AppleRGB and it is fine too.
     
  18. ZiggyPastorius macrumors 68040

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    Give me a few minutes and I'll dig up an old thread with Clevin and I. I had a huge post with pictures and everything detailing many reasons why I recommend Opera, including:

    Faster,
    More stable in my experience,
    better looking,
    Works better out of the box, with more features and such, but still has a lot of add-on capabilities like Firefox,
    More innovative than other browser, including:

    -First mainstream browser to implement tabbed browsing,
    -First browser, and one of two that has implemented mouse gestures effectively,
    -First to implement widgets, and effectively,

    Et cetera.

    The list goes on, you could try to find the thread. Might've been the Opera 9.5 release thread or something.
     
  19. johto macrumors 6502

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    No way man, Safari all the way!
     
  20. Aranince macrumors 65816

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    I just downloaded Opera 9.5 onto my Windows computer(no mac yet :() It does seem faster than FireFox 3. I like the way it scrolls.
     
  21. rfruth macrumors regular

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  22. ZiggyPastorius macrumors 68040

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    As I've said before, superiority isn't for everyone.

    And yes. My only complaint with Opera is that the Mac version is way behind the Windows version...fortunately, it still beats everything else, so it's okay :D
     
  23. iwuzbord macrumors 6502

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    id completely agree. i made the switch a few weeks ago, and i found that playing around with apps and free trials and such really helps out and gets you familiar. as for a designer however, adobe illustrator is a great app, that im sure youve heard of, that works great on a mac. and with that 24" screen, and 4gb of ram, it should look beautiful and operate with great speed.

    congrats and enjoy!
     
  24. Yizi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Once again thanks guys, i sometimes use Firefox because of its firebug which i use for the coding, other then that i just use Safari!

    Thanks,
    Yizi
     

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