Just got my first MB. Needing tips on software.

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  1. mappletosh macrumors newbie

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    Hey,

    Just got my first MB and im new to the scene. Have no idea whats good. Been on the pc for far to long. Just wondering if anyones got any suggestions n good software for any purpose?

    Ta
     
  2. RandomKamikaze macrumors 6502a

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    Go and read this

    I would personally recommend:

    Quicksilver
    Adium
    VLC
    Cyberduck (FTP)
    Onyx
    Appcleaner
    Cooliris
    UnRarX
    Monolingual

    It depends what you are going to be doing really?
     
  3. Ivan P macrumors 68030

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    I second:

    Adium (if you use MSN, this is by far the best program to use - Microsoft's Messenger:Mac totally sucks)
    VLC (plays virtually every video format)
    Onyx (for disk cleanup)
    Appcleaner (to totally uninstall every file associated with a app you no longer want)

    I also recommend Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr), for converting videos.
     
  4. scienide09 macrumors 65816

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    Doesn't it seem a little counter-intuitive to install Monolingual in order to free disk space? You can get rid of all those language packs yourself when doing a clean install of OS X, and you don't need Monolingual or any other program to do it.

    I submit:
    Firefox
    Flux
    Growl

    If you do any web coding:
    Smultron (or Text Wrangler)
    Opera (to check compatibility)
     
  5. testcard macrumors 68020

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  6. Corrosive vinyl macrumors 6502

    Corrosive vinyl

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    I 3rd VLC
    Neooffice
    If you don't use a backup app either use time machine or backuplist+
    check out http://www.macupdate.com/ for everything
     
  7. indigotheory macrumors regular

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    Hi there, heres my two pence after switching a month ago,

    OFFICE:
    iWork 09 - seems a cool alternative to the Microsoft Office weve all been used to. The end results of Keynote are quite impressive.

    SYSTEM TYPE STUFF:
    Coconut Battery & Coconut Identity - Monitors battery life and charge cycles, tells you the age of the mac and when and where it was made.

    Macpilot or Onyx - Seems ok for tweaking and the odd cleanup session. bearing in mind theres not much need to clean up stuff on the mac.

    Caffeine - Cool little app that sits in the finder menu at the top, click it to keep your mac awake.

    Perian and Flip4Mac - Codecs for Quicktime to let you play the majority of video files, i just have these installed instead of having two media players on my system, kinda eliminates the need to install VLC.

    Paragon NTFS or NTFS-3g - NTFS write drivers for the mac, comes in handy if you have a portable drive thats formatted to NTFS. (You can also turn the driver off in system preferences if you have the paragon one.)

    BURNING:
    Disco - A novel way to burn stuff, dmg image files and files folders etc...
    Also Burn (the freeware) is very very good.

    MISC / GAMES / ETC...
    Transmission - best torrent client for the mac.

    Chronosync - great if you have a portable hard drive, keeps things in sync.

    Deep Shredder Chess seems the best Chess game for the mac if your into chess.

    and finally...........Appzapper - uninstalling all the other stuff your trying on your new mac :)

    Theres a couple more cool ones ill post later as im not at my mac at the minute and cant remember what else there is or what ive tried.

    Im now tempted to start a thread of getting a cream of the crop software list up, any suggestions welcome?......
     
  8. indigotheory macrumors regular

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    I also second UnrarX and Adium - though it has no video support, at the min there is a beta of Windows Live Messenger 8 which has video support, the "but" is its hit or miss on peoples machines, you hear good things and bad things about it. Still could be worth a try, google is your friend!
     
  9. Buskape macrumors 6502

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    I recommend these programs as must have:

    VLC
    iStat Pro
    Coconut Battery
    Firefox
    Transmission
    Onyx
    unrarX
     
  10. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

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  11. rKunda macrumors 65816

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  12. MedHead macrumors regular

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    +1 for firefox and adium both are great.

    Also try burn its really handy, it even allows you to mount iso images!

    Enjoy the macbook, they're unreal!
     
  13. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

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    Very much agree!
    Regarding your sig... how long did it take you to get one? =0
     
  14. MedHead macrumors regular

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    This is totally off topic but in answer to the above...Months and months, I got it through a friend in apple (employee discount) but it took so long for him to get it. And in the middle of it all there was a mistake in the order and i got sent a white book(pre spec update). But the moral of the story is it was well worth the wait, I couldnt have asked for a better laptop! :D
     
  15. Yodgee macrumors member

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    I recommend:
    MacTheRipper (ripping dvds)
    Handbrake (converting video files)
    Toast titanium 10 (burning and other uses)
    Adium (had too many bugs on microsoft messenger for mac, swapped over to this and prefer it by a longshot now)
    Microsoft Office 2008 (will always be an MS office man)
    Appcleaner
    VLC (never found something it cant play)
    Transmission (best lightweight torrent program, tried all the others)
    Soulseex (p2p program)
    aMule (p2p program)

    Go download windows 7 rc and install it via bootcamp. Runs like a dream on this mac. Just handy to have it installed on a small partition if u do need to use windows for something (very rare these days)
     
  16. crackbookpro macrumors 65816

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    Adobe CS3 Master
    MS Office 08
    Toast 10
    Perian
    Cyberduck

    ...those are definites - no questions asked!

    CrackBookPro:cool:
     
  17. peepboon macrumors 6502

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    After all that software install... maybe some personalisation?

    CandyBar :D
     
  18. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Why not CS4 Master?
     
  19. mappletosh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks all everybody! Im suprised by the amount of feedback and have fallen deeply in love with my UMB!
     
  20. RandomKamikaze macrumors 6502a

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    You could just do a re-install, but what's the point if you just want to remove languages? I made the choice to spend 5 minutes to download, install and run a program, rather than 30 - 40 mins to re-install OS X. Just my 2 pence worths

    I also forgot about Handbrake and a few other ripping utilities
     
  21. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

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    If you like dark stuff you can try this: http://tinyurl.com/blackwindowmod it only changes the About This Mac, Force Quit, Log Out, Shut Down dialogs and the QuickTime Player window.
     
  22. crackbookpro macrumors 65816

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    CS4 does not have enough demanding new features for me to cough up more dough.

    I mean, CS4 will do;), but for me I always wait to purchase the newest Creative Suites because of compatibility issues. I'm a marketing director for a medical firm, and when doing projects back n' forth with other firms, the last thing I want is to make my project slow down for any reason.

    Plus, I am truly waiting for the 64bit CS5 to come out before I purchase my next Creative Suite. For me & my company, CS4 did not have many striking new features to answer the '$2000 question'.

    CS3 Rocks!!!

    CrackBookPro:cool:
     
  23. alphaod macrumors Core

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    But we're making suggestions for the OP ;)
     
  24. crackbookpro macrumors 65816

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    I would still advise the OP to get CS3 ;)...alphaod, you get your HyperMac yet?

    I'm very interested to know how you make out with your HyperMac? I remember you saying in a previous thread that you're gettting the largest size...

    CrackBookPro:cool:
     

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