Just got a new mac, what software do you recommend downloading and getting?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by rodami, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. rodami macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2008
    As in essential applications that i should get, either for office, home, or school use. Or also internet,what apps do you guys recommend that I should get, or do you say is essential for every mac owner??
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Welcome to Mac ownership and welcome to MacRumors:Forums! You'll find a lot of information both here and on the web. Here are a few resources that may be helpful:

    Mac 101 a tour of the Mac OS X
    Switch 101 a tutorial on the process of migrating to a Mac
    Apple Support search Apple Support and the Knowledge Base
    MRoogle for searching the forums with Google (always a good idea before posting new questions)
    How to set up a quick right-click search of the MR forums.
    MacRumors FAQ
    MacRumors Rules
    MacRumors Guides Very helpful stuff!
    A list of the MR Forums (so you'll know which forum is best to post a new question)
    Maximizing your MacRumors troubleshooting experience. (if you really need help, this is valuable to know!)
    Apple Find Out How
    Apple Keyboard Shortcuts
    You can find lists of essential applications here and here and here.....and here.

    If you search the forums and don't find what you're looking for, just ask! There's lots of friendly help here! Enjoy your new Mac!
  3. rodami thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2008
  4. Adamo macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2006
    Firefox, Open Office, Final Cut Express, Iris, MSN/Adium, Transmission, Photoshop, VLC, Last.fm.
  5. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    You need an office suite so here are the contenders:

    NeoOffice free
    OpenOffice free
    iWork paid
    Office for Mac (MS stuff) paid

    For multimedia:

    VLC free
    Perian free
    Transmission (don't download illegal stuff) free
    Quicktime paid

    For Web:
    Safari 4 Dev Preview (has a neat web app thing, can't say anymore due to the NDA stuff) register, but free to
    FireFox free
    Google Earth free
    Skype free

    If you do programming like I do:
    Textmate paid
    Textwrangler or BBEDIT free, later is paid

    Editing multimedia (photos, movies, etc)
    Final Cut Express (Studio if your a professional) paid
    Logic Express (studio if your a pro) paid
    Photoshop paid
    Seashore/GIMP/Pixelmator (photo editor, similar to photoshop) free

    Customization of the GUI (interface):
    Candy Bar see below
    DockIt not sure about price

    App removers (you'll need these, only one though for uninstalling stuff)
    AppClean free
    AppDelete free
    Appzapper (paid)
  6. rodami thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2008
    Than you for all the suggestions guys! I'm looking forward to them
  7. snowmaan macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2008
    Sydney Australia
    I just got my first mac 2 weeks ago
    Apart from the above, or in further support of things from my 2 weeks experience, I would say:

    1. Definitely hand brake
    2. Visual hub
    3. Office 2008 if you want to pay
    4. Transmission
    5. Meta X

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