First time Mac user - Apps to get?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by BrittQ, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. BrittQ macrumors regular

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    I will be getting a MBP as soon as they are updated. This will be my first mac.
    I can basically get almost any application for next to nothing. Legal and Legit.

    I'm trying to compile a list of the apps I will need. Here is what I have so far.

    Parallels
    Quicken 2008 Premier for Windows
    Adobe photoshop for Mac
    Final Cut Express 4
    Aperture 2
    Logic 8 Express

    Any other recommendations?

    Thank you.
     
  2. harrisone23 macrumors member

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    How do you get your "legal and legit" apps?

    And I would get Adium. Its an AIM client.
     
  3. callmemike20 macrumors 6502a

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    Flip4Mac is a must have if you watch any WMV videos online. I would also make sure you have growl because there are many apps that use it.
     
  4. Hankster macrumors 68020

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  5. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    A few more you may want:

    Adium - Same as Trillian, multi chat system
    Office for Mac
    Limewire - P2P
    Flip4Mac - Helps with sites that gear video for Windows
     
  6. chris001 macrumors regular

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    mactheripper, rip dvds
    acquisition, much beter than limewire imo.
    toast titanium 8 -> burning software
    VLC player - since quicktime can't expand =0 unless u go pro.
    appzapper , easily delete and uninstall apps plus their hidden files
    what size, to help you assess where you are allocating your space
     
  7. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

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    Is there any particular kind of apps you're interested in? There's a lot of threads about great free, open source apps floating around if you use the search.

    But as far as good $$ apps go?

    I'd say invest in iWork unless you're tied to MS Office for work purposes. Even then, it's worth it for home use. It's a little lacking in Numbers vs. Excel, but Pages is a much better interface than Word, IMO, and Keynote blows Powerpoint away.

    Hmm Toast 8 is also a good one.

    Also, look into VMWare Fusion, too, unless you're already set on Parallels or can get it cheaper. Many find Fusion to be a better virtualization software. There are trials of both, though, so you can check out either before committing to one or the other. I use Fusion to run XP when I need it and it's worked great for me.
     
  8. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Handbrake
    MarsEdit
    NetNewsWire
    Caffeine
    Transmission
    Camino

    To name a few...
     
  10. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    Quicktime can full screen in the non-Pro version, and i think it has been able to do so since 7.1 maybe
     
  11. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, regular Quicktime has been able to go fullscreen for a while...

    I have VLC anyways for those files Quicktime handle, but Perian and Flip4Mac handles most of what I need, so I just use Quicktime usually.
     
  12. chris001 macrumors regular

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    oops, my bad, i guess i haven't been using quicktime since wayyy back.
    i usually use vlc player thats why. sorry.
     
  13. BornToMac macrumors 6502a

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    ffmpegx -- video conversion tool converts from and to anything. Use it to import all sorts of video files into:
    iMovie 06 -- forget about iMovie 08 if you'd like to edit video beyond the very basics.
     
  15. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    Transmission
    Perian
    The Unarchiver

    More Dashboard widgets!
    Some games!
     
  16. drgrafix macrumors regular

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    Two Thumbs up for this link.:D

    I'm a bit paranoid and I've heard that Little Snitch is a great app for people worried about traffic to and from a machine that is on 24/7. I guess they have a new version and its only $25? or so. I'm using comcast so I get a free firewall and antivirus from McCafee... the question is whether I should bother?

    And if anyone would comment on Little Snitch's value and ease of use... that'd be helpful.
     
  17. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    Well, i can tell you that the leopard compatible beta of LittleSnitch2 broke my leopard install. And yes, I realize that it is a beta, and there are concerns, but this was ridiculous. It wouldn't let Software Update run (so no updating the OS), Preview couldn't open images, and iPhoto wouldn't import from my camera... and those were just some of issues.
     
  18. drgrafix macrumors regular

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    Stu...

    Sounds like Beta-itis :). That's always a risk, or at least it was in the MS/PC world. Many people waited until a noted stable version was released, and avoided all betas.

    Hope that a few users of the current [working] version will jump in an offer an opinion.

    Mike
     

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