First time Mac owner advice?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jshtroutman, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. jshtroutman macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2016
    Hey guys I just purchased a new 13inch MacBook Pro. I've never owned a mac computer. Any must do or must have apps you guys think a mac owner should have?
  2. diggy33 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2011
    Just use it and enjoy it! The only two must have apps for me is iStat Menus, and Caffeine. I like a quick system status check, and Caffeine is good if you just want to use an external monitor
  3. Scepticalscribe macrumors Westmere


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    In my case, I have always used Office for Mac, as everyone in my work world uses Word (and mostly use Windows computers), and I need to be able to use it natively and produce stuff that everyone else can work with as needed..
  4. AngerDanger, Feb 5, 2017
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    AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    F.lux – NightShift for the Mac. Features gradual day/night transitioning that matches the sun setting.

    BetterTouchTool – Allows for gesture customization and window-snapping. (I prefer to show the desktop by swiping three fingers up instead of showing Mission Control. You can also add pinch-to-zoom to apps that don't support it by assigning the keyboard shortcut Cmnd + to the pinch gesture.)

    Right Zoom – Changes behavior of green button to maximize windows (like the middle button atop Windows programs) instead of entering fullscreen. Probably a relief for ex-Windows users. As @Don MC pointed out, BetterTouchTool can do this too.
  5. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    The Apps I like most...

    • 1Password
    • Office 2011
    • OneNote
    • OmniFocus
    • OmniPlanner
    • OmniGraffle
    • VMWare Fusion (to run Windows, Linux, and older versions of OS X)
    • Onyx
    • Bartender
    • Chrome Remote Desktop
    • Little Snitch
    • Weather Dock
    • iStat Menus
    • CarbonCopyCloner
    • TextWrangler
    • Alfred
    • VLC
    • The Unarchiver
    • ABBYY FineReder Pro
    • Paintbrush
    • Converto
  6. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68040


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
    There are a number of threads dealing with this question. One of them, have a look.
    Anyway, what I consider to be useful:
    AdGuard Extension for Safari
    ZoomBySite Extension for Safari
    Locko (not worse than 1Password)
    The Unarchiver
    VLC Player
    Who's On My WiFi
    WiFi Explorer
    MS Office
  7. jshtroutman thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2016
    Holy Smokes this thing is nice. I got the base 2016 non touch bar model in space grey. The last laptop I had was a Asus with windows 7 from many years back. Have not used it since I purchased my iPad 4. I recently started a new position at work and need to have a computer to do some work at home. After being so happy in Apples eco system for so long now I refuse to buy a pc. I'll be downloading One password and Microsoft Office for sure.
  8. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    You will like 1Password. It's expensive but worth it IMO, because the implementation/sync of it for iOS & OS X blends very nicely. If you ever use Windows, they have a 1Password for it that syncs with Mac devices (usually via a cloud service like DropBox), but IMO it is not nearly as refined as the 1Password for iOS/OS X. They at least used to have a trial for the OS X version (I doubt they do for iOS).
  9. jshtroutman thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2016
    I currently use 1password for iOS and its great.
  10. BarracksSi Suspended


    Jul 14, 2015
    A couple tips:

    ALWAYS install applications into the Applications folder. All apps you get in Apple's App Store already go here anyway; most apps that you might find elsewhere also set themselves up in the Applications folder. I'm saying this because I've seen people store multiple apps on the Desktop; doing this only makes your Home folder bigger and less simple to back up and/or migrate later.

    Keep your Desktop clean and tidy. Think of it like a virtual physical desk. Store documents in Documents, photos and movies in Pictures, music-related things in Music, etc. Don't be like my mom and end up with a hundred gigs of nested folders on your Desktop (which is funny, because that's exactly how she "organizes" things on the dining room table).

    I use Photos and iTunes to manage my pictures, videos, media, and mobile apps. If you don't want to use Photos, you can use Image Capture to import pictures and videos from your phone and organize them in your own folders old-school-style.

    Quick Look FTW.

    Take some time to browse through System Preferences, too.
  11. Broke boi macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2017
    first time Mac owner as well. bought this "13 ntb about 2 weeks ago
  12. Don MC macrumors member

    Don MC

    Nov 25, 2010
    BTT does that too, and better might I add. I use two monitors and with BTT I can maximize the window to either display by clicking the green traffic light with either my left or right mouse button. The drag and snap to resize function is cool as well.
  13. craig1024 macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2016
    The unarchiver is pretty useful when you need to extract files and TextWrangler is a good text editor, Also, Thunderbird is a good email client.
  14. wolfaaron macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2012
    If you make movies: Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premier

    If you are a programmer: Xcode, Eclipse, Android Studio.

    If you are a Photographer: Photoshop, GIMP, Pixlr, Adobe Lightroom
  15. kipwheeler macrumors regular


    Nov 1, 2016
    I second the shout-out for OmniGraffle. Lovely, simple little program for quickly making charts and labels and whatnot.
  16. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    My advice? Learn some shell scripting. Will give you so much more utility.

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