Just bought my first Mac. Any tips for noobs?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Nistilian, Jun 27, 2009.

  1. Nistilian macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2009
    I just bought the College deal: iPod Touch, printer, and of course, the Mac: the entry level 13" MBP bumped to 4GB RAM.

    I've needed a new computer for a long time. I was all set to buy a Dell XPS 13" laptop, when a friend suggested I give Apple a try. Did some research and became interested--wanted a 13" uMB, but didn't like the screen quality. Apple did a silent panel upgrade, but then forum members here said to wait for WWDC; and I'm glad I did.

    Since I purchased online from Apple, I have maybe a week before I get it. Where should I start? Just turn it on and go? I recall a post somewhere on here saying that a new MBP should have its battery synced or something like that so that it will display accurate life/time remaining.

    Any other tips or tricks for a new Mac user? :D
  2. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2009
    At the top of this page in the link, there is a plethora of information. Sure, you don't have to read it all, but it is a handy resource IMO.

    Also, back up your hard-drive; if your college work with it is pretty important, then keeping an external drive or huge flash disc of your important documents is a good idea; remember to not delete anything on your backups! One never knows when they will need data again (hence the term). If you are worried about the hard drive failing, make a weekly clone to an external one - Intel OSX allows boot from external devices (somebody correct me if I am wrong)

    At anyrate, in terms of batteries, it is always recommended that if you have the opprotunity with any laptop to plug it into a wall instead of using the battery, go for it. Increases lifespan (number of recharges is limited). In a sense, yes, you should fully charge the battery before you actually take it anywhere. Another thing to do (if you really want to) is after a month or so, check the battery to see if it looks normal (i.e., no swelling or "interesting" crusts); then its time to call AppleCare. As a chemistry major, I know that a lot of those solutions are pretty hazardous.
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Just play with it bro. You learn a lot that way. U can also hit the bookstores and read up on books about OS X and stuff.
  4. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    Congrats on the purchase!

    My #1 recommendation is to visit macrumors more often. I learnt so much here over the years...
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
  6. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    Seconded! It has saved me a few times...
  7. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Best advice you can get...

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  8. TRAG macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2009
    Louisiana, USA
    I second that motion. Get an external HD and time machine once a week or so. You have no idea how helpful this is at recovering old data, files, or just phone numbers. If you want a new Mac, hook up your external and all your files, settings, and info gets transfered. Easily one of the best things about having a Mac running OS X. Read this too. Majorly helpful. I found this earlier this week but found out most of them on my own after months of usage. :D Have fun with it.
  9. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

    Mar 19, 2009
    Install (google the App names):
    -Perian so you can playback DivX media in Quicktime,
    -Xee. If you want a really cool / fast image viewer,
    -Transmission. If you torrent,
    -Tweetie. Ad Supported if you use Twitter,
    -Otis. Good time wasting game,
    -iStat Menu's from islayer.com,
    -AppCleaner, to get uninstall Apps you don't want anymore,
    -Burn. Really good CD/DVD burning software,
    -MacTubes. Easy way to get YouTube content onto your Mac or iPod.
    Just some Apps I can't live without. :D
  10. TRAG macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2009
    Louisiana, USA
    Don't forget Mactheripper and Handbrake.
  11. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    coconut battery, loads of info on your mac's battery + it's age
  12. PhixionFilms macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2008
    Deployed atm
    In the past years ive been through many apple computers.
    This is what i install first right off the bat -
    Caffeine for mac - Never lets your screen go dim. Very useful if you read things
    Vuze - Awesome torrent downloader
    Quicksilver - takes awhile to learn, but go educate yourself
    Perian - you can watch different formats in quicktime.

    These are just a few. You can find many more on the web. Just google it.
  13. iCantwait macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    get office / iWork.

    But as student to student I would recommend office.
  14. fastbite macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007
  15. EricBrian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2005
    Congrats! :)

    Here is my list of apps:
    - Adium IM
    - Adobe Lightroom ($)
    - Adobe Photoshop ($)
    - Billable ($)
    - CSSEdit ($)
    - Fetch
    - Firefox
    - Google Earth
    - Google Quick Search Box
    - Growl
    - Handbrake
    - iShowU HD
    - iWork '09
    - Microsoft Messenger
    - Microsoft Office 2008 ($)
    - Navicat ($)
    - Oxygen XML Editor ($)
    - Paparazzi!
    - Parallels (with Windows XP and CentOS) ($)
    - Pathfinder ($)
    - Quicksilver
    - SmartSVN ($)
    - Subethaedit ($)
    - Textmate ($)
    - TweetDeck
    - VirtualBox (with CentOS 5)
  16. Nistilian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2009
    Thank you all! I will look into these apps/programs. I'll definitely use the keyboard shortcuts.

    I'll do some MacRumors searches for best browser. I'm using Firefox now. I hope my MBP gets here before the holiday weekend. :D
  17. TRAG macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2009
    Louisiana, USA
    Glad to help. Look into Plex too.
  18. Nistilian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2009
    It came a day early! :D This is my first post, with my first Mac, which is also my first notebook.

    I ran a bunch of software updates, and the firmware update as well. Now it's time to play and look into some of the things you all suggested.

    I vaguely recall something about the delete key; it acts like backspace. Is there an option to make it function as a delete key? Yes, I'll try a search. Kind of thinking/typing out loud. Just giving the keyboard a workout.

    LOVING the trackpad gestures BTW. :D

    EDIT: Found it. fn+del This forum is so helpful.
  19. Airforcekid macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America
    Get glimmer blocker if you plan on using safari you can find it on download section of apples website. Check out www.boxee.tv as well!
  20. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Congratulations on your new MBP and enjoy it; may you both live long and prosper together. My advice would be to give yourself time to get used to the differences between Apple and the world of Windows; it took me a while, thus I'd recommend that you have a list of MacUser tips and keep it on your desktop or in a handy place where you can easily check it.

    I also got Office for Mac; many Mac users stress how much better iWork is and I don't doubt them, but the world I live in and work in uses Word and I found I simply had to have it.

    Cheers and good luck
  21. Steve-M macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2009
    Hey Nistilian,

    Just a little over a month with my first mac, and I love it. I'm sure you won't be disappointed either. A few things I haven't seen listed so far but are worthy of a look are...

    OpenOffice (Open source Office replacement)
    Switch (Audio file converter)
    Gimp (Open source graphic solution)
    VLC (Plays almost any video format)
    Audacity (Audio editor)
    MacSword (Bible study)
    Skype (Cross platform video conference)
    Frozen-Bubble (For fun)
  22. ecstasy macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2009
    I second the VLC recommendation.

    Greatest video player ever. :D

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