First time mac user

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ripcrod, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. Ripcrod, Jan 9, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2014

    Ripcrod macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2013
    Been using MBP for almost 10 days now. I come from Windows background & still use Windows @ work.

    Somehow I feel strange to use Mac in the beginning and now I am getting comfortable but still a long way to go

    What applications you guys suggest for 1st time mac user?

    Also how was your experience while moving from other OS to Mac?

    Are there any good websites (except appstore) where i can see apps?
  2. qtx43 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2007
    You don't need any special apps to use you mac, the interface is great as is. I have smcFanControl and gfxCardStatus (tells whether integrated or discrete GPU is in use, if you don't have a dGPU it's not useful). But both of those are for curiosity, I don't really use them for anything.

    One thing Windows doesn't have is trackpad gestures, be sure to go into settings and look through them all. Expose and multiple full screen apps is very useful, much moreso than fiddling with arranging a bunch of overlapping windows.

    Nobody can tell you what apps to use without knowing what you are doing with your computer. There's another subforum for Mac apps, you might look there.
  3. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    App need and choice is highly personal depending on your likes and needs but these sit in my Dock and are in regular daily use:

    Cloud Commander

    I also have a stack of Safari Extensions installed and Glims

    No clues! Have fun, if they are not on the App store then Google will find them, they will show you a reasonable range of the kinds of Apps and functions you can add to your MBP...
  4. Wuiffi macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2011
    there really is nothing you must have, just many things that are nice to have

    personally the first apps. i'd download are
    twitter (tweetbot)
    istats (menus)
    bittorrent sync
    the unarchiver

    if you like any other browser than safari (chrome, firefox) the get it too

    and then there is the stuff, that you probably won't need in the beginning, but it's a nice to have: bettertouchtool,evernote, omnidisksweeper
  5. Ripcrod thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2013
    thanks all..still trying to get my way around using Mac...
  6. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Don't forgot to download free apps from Mac App Store (MAS):

    Pages - Like Microsoft Word if you used on Windows Office
    KeyNote - Like Microsoft PowerPoint
    Numbers - Same as Excel but not many people use it.
    iPhoto - Photo Organizer
    iMovie - if you like to make basic video editing much like Movie Maker from Microsoft.

    Anyway enjoy your new toy! :apple:
  7. solsearchin macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2012
    Windows is an operating system, a track pad is what has gestures. I can assure you windows based trackpads have the same gestures as macs.

  8. 53kyle macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2012
    Sebastopol, CA
    I have never come across a windows PC that can pinch to zoom, 3 finger drag, etc. The only gesture I ever see in windows computers is scrolling.
  9. solsearchin macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2012
    I'm looking at the gestures right now on my acer v7 and mac air, they are identical. Élan and synaptics track pads all do this, just because you have never seen it doesn't mean it's not there :cool:

  10. jkcerda macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2013
    Criminal Mexi Midget

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