I'm getting a new MBP, had questions about software

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  1. synth3tik macrumors 68040

    synth3tik

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    So, a friend of mine is selling me his 2.16 C2D MBP. I have a mac pro at home and am currently using a 1.33G Powerbook for my portable. I am well versed in UB programs and the what not, but I was wondering what were some programs specific to an Intel portable that you all could not live with out? For example I know I could not live with out iStat Pro.

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  2. sotl macrumors member

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    Parallels Desktop hands down. It is just amazing. They update it frequently at no extra charge and when they do they make big improvements like fixes and new features. They don't fail to impress.
     
  3. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    The MBP has the Sudden Motion Sensor - there are a couple of apps that use it for anti-theft. iAlertU is a fun one. You can set it to capture an image from the iSight camera when triggered and email it. I can't think of anything else that's Intel only.

    A few other things to keep in mind when going from the PB to the MBP:

    If you use the PB's internal modem, you will need Apple's USB Modem.

    Any PC Card (PCMCIA/Cardbus) devices, they will need to be replaced by an ExpressCard/34 equivalent. Card readers are the first thing that come to mind. I always kept my SD reader installed in the slot, so I found an ExpressCard/34 that fits flush (Belkin). Delkin makes a CF reader, if you use those.

    Connections to a TV will require an additional adapter to go from DVI to composite or S-Video. The PB had a build-in S-Video port and came with a S-Video to composite adapter.

    Enjoy your new MBP!
     
  4. synth3tik thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks
    That was right up the ally of what I am looking for. I remember hearing about a game someone made that uses the sudden motion sencor.
     
  5. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Just pointing out...no fair you have a Mac Pro, and are getting a MBP. Oh yeah, can't forget those ACD's...
     
  6. synth3tik thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, sorry. Well, I don't need this MBP, I should not get this MBP, the problem is that I am offered a really good deal on it, and oh oh oh the keyboard back light that showed up on the model after my powerbook.

    hehe, toys are fun.
     
  7. e12a macrumors 68000

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    A free alternative to Parallels is the VMWare Fusion Beta 3. Download and install VMWare Tools and you'll have Direct X 8 compatibility. I have yet to test it however. You can also boot from your Bootcamp installation if you have one already.

    I have it. Just register and they'll give you a SN.
     
  8. kolax macrumors G3

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    As already said, Parallel's Desktop ($79.00) is a fantastic piece of software. Lets you run Windows natively on your Mac without having to restart. You can either view Windows in a window (how ironic), kinda like a web browser or view it in full screen.

    Loads within 10 seconds too. Not good for games, but good for everything else!
     

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