First Mac just ordered! Excitement at an all time high!!

cornerdealy

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May 30, 2006
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Hello all, I am a new switcher that just pulled the trigger on my first mac!

here's what my order looked like:

20" Imac
upgraded video card
2 gig ram
250 gig hard drive
bluetooth keyboard and mouse

2gig black ipod nano

all tolled with student discount it came to $2351.74, atleast ill be getting the $180 rebate for the nano.

it's expected to be delivered the 19th (nano) and the 21st (imac). Needless to say I'm busting with anticipation....somehow i gotta get these almost 2 weeks to pass quick!

To make this topic more worthwhile, can you guys please point me in the direction for some must have programs for Macs? Thanks!!:D
 

Miguey

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Jan 5, 2006
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can you be a little more specific about the programs?

some programs
Toast-Dvd burning program
VLC-best Video player imo
Adium- Good IM app
MacTheRipper-Dvd Ripper

thats all i can think of right now
 

cornerdealy

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May 30, 2006
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heh, thanks ill probably be more specific when i actually have it and am able to know what i need. just wanted to know if there was any must have programs or whatever (in reality i just made it to show off my new purchase lol :p )
 

designed

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Nov 8, 2005
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Congrats! I made the Switch in February with a 20" Intel iMac and it's been... well, a bit more realistic than the ads make it look like but surprisingly enjoyable. Best IT choice I've ever made, actually. "If I'd known it was this easy, I'd lost my mind a long time ago."

So welcome to the crew :)
 

wxboss

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May 13, 2006
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Wow, sounds like you've got a nice system on the way..Congratulations!

I switched over just about a month ago and couldn't be happier! Take some time to look over Mac OS X Support and particularly try the "Mac 101" link. It will help you get accustomed to how Tiger works.

All I can say is, the more I use OS X, the more I like it...I'm officially hooked!

Welcome to the clan :)
 

dylan

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Here are some of my favourite apps:

Acquisition - P2P
NewsFire - RSS Aggregator
Inquisitor - Safari Search Plug-in
Proteus - IM Client
Adium - Another IM
Wallet - Personal Info DB
3D Weather Globe - Atlas With Weather
AppZapper - If you don't feel comfortable just dragging an app to the trash....
AudioExpress - Sound Recorder
OmniWeb - Alternative Web Browser
CandyBar - Icon Changer
Can Combine Icons - Icon Combiner...
Chmox - Reads .chm's
CoverFlow - Lets you browse you iTunes by album cover
iBank - Financial App
ImageTricks - Uses Core Image to apply various affects to pictures
Intaglio - Drawing App
iSale - eBay Auction Creator
Delicious Library - Catalogues Books, Movies and CD's
Mactracker - Shows info for almost every Mac
Matinee - For sorting and playing full ripped DVD's
OmniOutliner - Thought Organizer
Pacifist - Opens OS X install packages
Podcast Maker - Great for publishing a podcast
Proxi - "OS X on steroids"
RapidWeaver - Web Site Creator
Solitaire XL - Solitaire...
Transmission - Bittorrent Client
UnRarX - .RAR archive extractor
Voice Candy - Voice Changing App


Sorry no links, just google them.
 

bogen

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Jun 22, 2006
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Welcome to the Mac.


I might be alittle late but can you tell us what apps you would like to fine replacements for and we can point you in the right direction.
 

gadgetgirl85

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Mar 24, 2006
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I've seen a few threads on P2P programs but I'm not sure which one is the best (in terms of spyware, speed etc)
 

Chundles

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Jul 4, 2005
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viccies - that's the glory of the Mac, there is no spyware.

As for programs, the greatest freeware app I know is Handbrake. Converts your DVDs to .mp4 files with either MPEG-4 or H.264 encoding. Allows you to rip DVDs and TV shows on DVD to your iPod or at full resolution for files much smaller than a ripped DVD but with the same clarity as the original disc.

Combine it with Lostify and you have all you need to rip and organise all your movies and TV shows.

Using the proper settings you can fit about 5 or 6 full length movies in the space one ripped DVD would take up on your hard drive and they work with Front Row.
 

Felldownthewell

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Feb 10, 2006
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Chundles said:
viccies - that's the glory of the Mac, there is no spyware.

As for programs, the greatest freeware app I know is Handbrake. Converts your DVDs to .mp4 files with either MPEG-4 or H.264 encoding. Allows you to rip DVDs and TV shows on DVD to your iPod or at full resolution for files much smaller than a ripped DVD but with the same clarity as the original disc.

Combine it with Lostify and you have all you need to rip and organise all your movies and TV shows.

Using the proper settings you can fit about 5 or 6 full length movies in the space one ripped DVD would take up on your hard drive and they work with Front Row.
And it has one of the cooler icons ever made! And that is reason enough to get it...
 

d wade

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Jun 27, 2006
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cornerdealy said:
Hello all, I am a new switcher that just pulled the trigger on my first mac!

here's what my order looked like:

20" Imac
upgraded video card
2 gig ram
250 gig hard drive
bluetooth keyboard and mouse

2gig black ipod nano

all tolled with student discount it came to $2351.74, atleast ill be getting the $180 rebate for the nano.
wow... thats a great deal. when i bought my MBP15 the total was over $2,500 (before rebates). but i also got the 2gb ipod nano, printer, office:mac, and .mac account. and you got a 20" screen! great deal!