Just got a Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by lazerbyte, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. lazerbyte macrumors newbie

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    I just got a macbook and I was wondering what cool free apps I should get and any other helpful information you can provide as I'm a Windows user and using a mac now and any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.
     
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    Also have a look at the following links (if you haven't already), as the information presented there might be helpful in your future endeavours into Mac OS X and could clear up initial confusion and may even prevent harm to your system or your files.

    Mac OS X Basics
    Switch 101 - guide with articles made by Apple on how to accustom yourself, after you switched to Mac OS X from Windows​

    Mac 101 - How to get started with Mac OS X​

    Find out how - tutorial videos made by Apple on how to do certain thing in Mac OS X​

    Pro tips - tips made available by Apple for easier ways of doing certain tasks​

    Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts - Learn about common Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts.​

    Mac OS X Beginner's Guide by MacRumors - learn about software, media players, shortcuts and some useful tips, tricks and hints​

    Mac Guides - tutorials, product guides and more​

    MRoogle - a very effective tool to search these fora using Google and made available by edesignuk, introductory threads: 1, 2 and 3

     
  3. lazerbyte thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow that is a lot of information I really appreciate it as I want to be a good mac user and not damage my system!

    Thanks this will be quite helpful!
     
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    Be sure to bookmark MRoogle, as most questions will have been already answered.

    Examples:

    How to get applications icon back into the Dock?

    How to use Boot Camp?

    Why is my battery only lasting for six hours?

    And so on.

    As you have a MacBook, read the following links for more information about batteries.

    Apple on notebook batteries

    Apple Portable: Calibrating your computer's battery for best performance

    Laptop Battery Guide


    Also of great importance:
     
  5. R94N macrumors 68020

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    Welcome to the Mac! I hope you soon find it's awesome ;)

    (I always say something like this to new users :))
     
  6. TOYSTER17 macrumors regular

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    is there an application that shows your ram usage? like a widget on windows.
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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  8. kwood72 macrumors newbie

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    Activity Monitor in applications > utilities. I keep it in the dock to check on RAM and HD usage.
     
  9. lazerbyte thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Must have apps

    So what are some of the must have apps i need for my mac since I'm a mac newbie?
     
  10. R94N macrumors 68020

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    hmmmm...depends what you want to do really. A good Twitter client - HelTweetica or Tweetie for me. IRC client - Colloquy is something I like to use...iStat Pro is a dashboard widget that is pretty useful when it comes to troubleshooting and just keeping an eye on your system...there are probably others but they're the main ones that I use.
     
  11. lazerbyte thread starter macrumors newbie

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    how about a zip program or do I really need one?

    I know on my pc I use winzip and it really helps a lot.

    I will check out those programs you mentioned.

    I'm still learning the mac but when I was using my PC last night I kept looking for the red X button to close the window so I'm already starting to convert :)

    I even got a magic mouse for my macbook!
     

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