First things to do with a new blackbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by impact, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. impact macrumors newbie

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    Taking delivery of a new blackbook today. First mac. What would you suggest as any tweaks/programs neccessary to enhance performance? TY.
     
  2. David G. macrumors 65816

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    My Favorites

    Onyx - OS X maintenance & optimization tool, Leopard only.
    GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program
    Google Earth
    Handbrake - Convert DVDs to h.264/mpeg-4
    VMware Fusion - if you want to run Windows side-by-side Mac OS X
     
  3. H&Kie macrumors regular

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    Perian - Play DivX, Xvid, MPEG 1, 2, Flash and many more using Quicktime
    Flip4Mac - Play Windows media on Quicktime
     
  4. tmelvin macrumors 6502

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    Depends on specs really. How much ram do you have, etc. Hopefully it has at least 2GB. Not knowing how it's going to be used makes it hard to say if it needs more ram or not. I always err on the side more is better, so I have 4GB on mine. No issues at all.

    As for programs...I have Office '08, solely for work stuff I do, but I also have iWorks '08 which is great. I've heard NeoOffice is good, but I never cared for it.

    I use a lot of FTP, so I downloaded Cyberduck...awesome little tool. So is CoRD if you need to remote to Windows desktops, etc.

    I've heard of Handbrake on this forum a lot. Never used it, but it's supposed to be the cats fanny...

    Mail, Web, and the like; use what OS X comes with. iMail, iChat, Safari, etc. are all solid programs, and work well. I may be adding .me soon, for sharing, web, etc.

    Enjoy!!!!
     
  5. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

    Insulin Junkie

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    ^^ good choice.

    Me personally I also love Miro, it'll come in handy if you like to Youtube.
     
  6. H&Kie macrumors regular

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    Yup. I Second that!
     
  7. marvel2 macrumors 6502

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    Can't work without it.
     
  8. David G. macrumors 65816

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    I've never used it and am happier than a tornado in a trailer park.
     
  9. Zadiek macrumors member

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    I myself have never found a need for quicksilver either. You should go to www.opensourcemac.org and review the free software they have. Good stuff.
    Also, take a look at SMC Fan control to help keep the macbook cool.
     

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