I'm about to get a mac. What programs do I need?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by morgothaod, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. morgothaod macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2009
    So far my list includes:

    MSN and AIM
    Open Office (for excel, powerpoint, and word)
    What program can open .doc files? (when I open them through open office on my PC, I see gray squares).

    What video player should I install?
    What program can open .pdf files (does Adobe work on a Mac OS)?
    Does Limewire work on a mac?

    I can't think of anything else that I'll need because I'm mainly using this for school and watching porn videos. Are there any other programs that I need? I won't be using Windows at all.
  2. martychang macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2007
    OpenOffice is fine with .doc, the files you had might be corrupted or just formatted weirdly.

    Preview comes with OS X and handles PDF perfectly, even on Windows Adobe is the wrong answer(Foxit or SumatraPDF).

    VLC is the best media player for any platform, if you have some unsubstantiated reason to hate it, Perian codec pack enables Quicktime to play just about anything.

    Adium handles all IM protocols as far as I know.

    I think Limewire or Frostwire is available for Mac.
  3. HBOC macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2008
    Limewire? I didn't know that was still around.. Utorrent or tranmission..

    Some great programs that are mostly freeware..

    Xact - converts FLAC to AIFF or WAV
    Handbrake - for videos..converting them to the iPhone, ripping DVDs
    VLC - a great program, although QT X is a lot better
    audacity - great for messing around with audio of mp3s, etc..
    cyberduck - ssh program (ftp)
    little snitch - although this costs like $50? can't remember, but you get a trial
    unrar X - just like unarchiver.. opens rar'd files...
    magnifique - customize the look of iTunes/OS X..
    iSTAT - really cool program!
    iTune statistician - cool app.

    PAYWARE programs..
    BBEdit - text edit program, great for HTML programming
    Candybar - allows you to change the icons easily. Costs $29, and they are located here in PDX.

    It just depends on what you are needing to do. There are a TON of other programs, like coversutra, bowtie, geektool, ...
  4. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    That's rather,.. upfront.
  5. Buzz Bumble Guest

    Oct 19, 2008
    New Zealand
    That's what happens when you let 13 year olds access the Internet without supervision. :(
  6. morgothaod thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2009

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