I've never owned or really used a Mac before, what are some cool and must have apps?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by iPhone7ate9, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. iPhone7ate9 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2014
    Or things to do with the Mac?

    Now that I have one I'm not sure where to start. Thanks!
  2. satcomer, Sep 12, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2014

    satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
  3. jeremysteele macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2011
    What are you going to use it for? Such a wide range of apps, but depends on your needs.
  4. Celerondon macrumors 6502a


    Oct 17, 2013
    Southern Cal
    Which - Mac model - RAM? - CPU? - Ghz?

    I think that jeremysteel was correct. It has been months since you asked but your query only collected a few responses. These Macrumors forums are full of opinions. If you asked a more specific question you would have drowned in answers by now.

    Are you interested in music, video production, photography, or using your computer with your home entertainment system? Do you want to share files or hard drives between Windows machines and your Mac? Do you want to run Windows or Microsoft Office on your Mac?

    Many of these tools are free or shareware. Some of the best ones come free with every new Mac. Although all will run on a 4 Gb OS X machine, some like Google Earth, perform better with more resources.

    iMovie - Easy learning curve / Videos can be formatted for specific devices or platforms.
    Seashore - Powerful yet simple video editor / layers / effects
    iDVD - Because it still works great
    Serious Photography Tools (Lightroom, Photoshop, Digital Photo Professional)
    Audacity - Great sound editor
    iTunes - Works with iPhones, iPads, iMovie, and iDVD
    Google Earth - Because you can
    Handbrake - Video tasks often require video conversion / This is the go-to video transcoder
    Paragon NTFS for Mac® 12 - To read AND WRITE Windows NTFS volumes with ease
    Time Machine - Because you should :apple:
  5. MacInTO macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2005
    Canada, eh!
    I use iStat Pro and coconut Battery. Two great utilities.
  6. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Switchresx lets you adjust your screen resolution.
  7. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Some of the reasons to buy a Mac are that it runs these:

    1) Final Cut Pro X. This is a great video editor, even if it is not like the old one Apple used to sell. It really has improved.

    2) Logic. Good for music production and audio work

    Then the Apps it comes with if you bought a NEW Mac. Of those I live by "Pages" and "Keynote". I have them up on the screen full time. I think I am much more productive with those then with Microsoft Office
  8. sunfire7 macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2012
    In addition to what is already said:

    1password - One password to rule them all
    Caffeine - Avoid your mac to sleep/turn off screen
    The unarchiver - Great to handle zip, rar etc files
    Disk Doctor - to clear cache and temp files every once in a while
    VLC - Great Video Player
    WakeOnLan - Tool to WOL your machines
    Amadeus Pro - Powerful audio editor
    uTorrent/Jdownloader - To download stuff
    WMware Fusion - full windows OS in a swipe
    JRiver Media Center 19/20 - Profesional Audio player, handles large libraries
    Microsoft Remote desktop - self explain
    Parcel - Keep track of your deliveries
  9. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
    What I consider to be "must have" Mac apps:

    Firefox and/or Chrome.
    Microsoft Office 2011 or OpenOffice or LibreOffice.
    Additional dictionaries for Dictionary.
    Nikon ViewNX2 and/or PhotoScape X.
    Dick Doctor.
    Handbreak and SmartConverter.
    Who's On My WiFi.
  10. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Firefox, Spotify, Adium, Skype, Transmission, Stuffit Expander, Steam, DOSBox, ScummVM are just a few off the top of my head.

    Microsoft Office is obviously a must have too.

    Depends what you're wanting to do really. :)
  11. see.solve. macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2012
    CoRD instead of MS Remote Desktop.
    Transmission for torrents.

    Dittos for
    The Unarchiver

    Don't recommend
    Stuffit Expander. (I didn't know anyone used that anymore.)
  12. Republius macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2014
    I need to address this issue with my new MacBook Pro Retina in switching from a Windows laptop.

    Won't downloading Adobe Reader be mandatory in order to be able to read and create PDF documents?

    What other downloads might be absolutely necessary for a user whose focus is Internet, e-mail, word processing, and video streaming?

  13. snorkelman macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2010
    PDFs can be read with preview, and any app that can print will have option of printing as a pdf. You can also combine pdfs together by pasting from a file and rejiggle the order of PDF pages. For a lot of folks thats all the PDf capabilities they need.

    On Mavericks theres some basic annotation features in Preview, those still exist in Yosemite but some folks find they're a bit more restricted/screwed up versus the way previous versions did it - things like where text areas get created and how the text area shifts when multiple lines of text are entered
  14. peapody macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    Mine are:

    Battery Guard (available from Appstore. Coconut battery I don't believe is. I like the interface of the battery guard- sits in menu bar).
    Dropbox - cloud storage
    Evernote - note taking
    Alfred - quick launcher
    Daisy Disk - disk usage at a glance
    istat - I don't use this much anymore though
    Memory clean - cleans up memory; sits in menu bar
    pixelmator - photoshop replacement
    Adium - instant messaging

    I used to download chrome and firefox anytime i got a new computer - but safari has really been good to me - fast, pleasant UI and syncs with my phone nicely. Other than that I don't keep a lot of apps on my machines.
  15. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
    1. You dont have to install anything to read .pdf files on your Mac.
    2. Word processing and .pdf file creating: I have tried a lot of apps as it is also one of my priorities, but none satisfied my needs coming from Windows environment. The only solution, to my mind and experinece is Microsoft Office Mac 2011 (Home and Office) (Price: 139.99$). Buy it. It simply works for all your needs.
    3. I am satisfied with the stock e-mail client of Mac. It handles three of my accounts, sends notification when an e-mail arrives etc. That is all what I need. If you want something more, then you can try Airmail (MacAppStore). Price: 9.99$
    4. Video streaming: StreamToMe (MacAppSore). It is free.

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