Just got MBP, What apps?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MattZani, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    Basically, looking for anything useful, i already got istat, but thats it. Also, must be free, as im saving for CS3 :p
     
  2. Elven macrumors 6502a

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    Transmission for torrents.

    Adium for msn etc.

    Colloquy for IRC

    Neooffice for office functions

    VLC Player for those online movies

    Just a few :)
     
  3. GuntherS macrumors member

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    - Adium instant messenger
    - OpenOffice or NeoOffice or something like that :)
    - VLC Media Player
    - Perian Codecs + FlipForMac (for viewing most videoformats)
    - Audacity (editing music)
    ...

    Also visit the following links for more software:
    http://macupdate.com/
    http://www.apple.com/downloads/

    EDIT: Woops, I was too late :)
     
  4. MattZani thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks, tried Audim, but couldnt get used to it, so using MSN For Mac 7.

    And getting Office 08 soon, so thats not a problem either.

    Downloaded coconut battery, and its saying my MBP is 3 months old!?!?!? I havent calibrated it properly yet i will do tomorrow.
     
  5. James17 macrumors 6502

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    It means the laptop was manufactured 3 months ago, not how long you've had it.
     
  6. stormbob macrumors newbie

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    flip4mac - wmv/wma in quicktime.
    awaken - use your mac as a alarm
    coffiene - make sure you mac dosnt go to sleep in the wrong moments
    kill monty - braindead, yet fun, game.
    writeroom - full envoriment writing program
    transmission - torrent
    transmit - ftp
    adium - IM
    colloquy - irc
    quicksliver - program-launcher program
    aperture 2 - photo-organzing program
    AppZapper - nice for cleaning programs
    iStat Menus - as widget
    textmate - the Missing Editor for Mac OS
    cssedit - playing with css? then get this
    Toast Titanium - burning software
    shimo - vpn client, owns cisco
    Little Snitch - check (block/allow) which programs get acces to the net
    unrarx - unrar .rar

    some of those i think you should check.
     
  7. techlover828 macrumors 68020

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  8. MattZani thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks, coming from about 9 years of PC Use, installing stuff was confusing, i had no clue how to uninstall! App Zapper downloaded!

    Also, on a PC, the Windows Key + L Locks the PC, is there a similar function on OS X? Also, how do i set a password? My Account has a password, but it still auto logs me in...
     
  9. techlover828 macrumors 68020

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    click on the apple in the menu bar then go to system preferences, check out the accounts tab there.
     
  10. stormbob macrumors newbie

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    You uninstall by dragging the programs from the application folder to the bin, welcome to the mac world. :)

    Oh and the lock, i use: http://chriscook.info/?p=8 - then the programs keep running in the back, nice and fast.
     
  11. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    In Windows the WindowsKey + L (Login) is used for fast user switching... taking you to the login screen without shutting down apps. If you have multiple users defined on the Mac, the name of the current user is in the top right area of the Menu Bar. Click that and you'll see any other users, as well as "Login Window", which is the equivalent of WindowsKey + L in Windows.

    If you're a single user, you can define a screensaver with password lock and define a Hot Corner to activate it just by moving your mouse.
     
  13. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Not forgetting that some progs/apps do actually have uninstaller's
     
  14. MattZani thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Ok, when i say lock, on my PC, im a single user, so pressing (w) + L puts a password box, with my username above, and my desktop, only way out is entering password or rebooting the PC, only to be faced with login.

    Thanks for helping a switcher out, im learning!
     
  15. kalimba macrumors regular

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    That sounds like what XP Pro does when Windows-L is pressed. I believe it is regular XP that goes to the user login screen.
     
  16. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I was referring to XP Pro
     
  17. a4abt macrumors regular

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    visualhub: great application to convert videos in any formats!

    Roxio Toast: for all your cd/dvd burning needs
     
  18. MattZani thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Got Lock Desktop, now looking for:

    System Prefs App that adds Keyboard shortcuts to open apps
    Free - $20 DVD Ripper, At Full Quality, including 5.1 track, and maybe even menu's?
     
  19. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    Programs I use:

    http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/
    http://www.ntfs-3g.org/
    -useful for reading those ntfs-formatted disks

    http://sbooth.org/Max/
    -CD ripper/encoder . . . more customization than iTunes . . . also a little faster way to get my music onto my Mac

    http://cogx.org/
    -Because I don't like using iTunes for playing my MP3s

    MPlayer OS X
    -Unless you want to use CCCP on VMware fusion/Parallels/Bootcamp, this is one of the better ways to play subbed anime (enter -ass -embeddedfonts -fontconfig in the advanced part of prefs and hit "j"--no quotes--for english subs)

    http://perian.org/
    -Because QuickTime doesn't have all the necessary codecs to play anime, etc.

    http://handbrake.fr/
    -So you don't have to bring your DVD with you when you want to see a movie on the plane

    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/23049
    -Customizes the speed of your fans

    Hope this helps,
    Esther
     
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    Definitely check out SMCFancontrol. It might have been posted earlier in the thread. Your inner thighs will appreciate it if you plan on using your laptop on your lap a lot :p
     
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    The Unarchiver - for all zips and .rar's
    Visual Hub - for changing video formats and sizes... works an absolute charm!
    Apimac Timer - free and useful. I like the full screen clock mode for when Im working (although you have to pay for the pro version for perks like that! ha)
     
  24. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    I guess I did miss that! :eek:
     

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