Macbook Pro App suggestions

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bkitchen0406, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. bkitchen0406 macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2012
    What apps would you recommend to a new macbook pro owner. Excluding the obvious apps made by apple.

    Thank you
  2. Fed macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    I mainly use Pocket, Day One, VLC and iStat Menus. Other than that, it's the usual Google and Microsoft suites and a few games.
  3. Ploki macrumors 68030

    Jan 21, 2008
    Why on earth do you people even use macbook pros? just use airs... I know I would.
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    there are already a gazillion threads about this. a search will find a lot of them.

    App suggestions depend entirely on what you are planning to do with the machine. Video editing? web design? writing books?
  5. Fed macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    I like being able to grip my technology products.

    And, of course, the Air is for kids ;)
  6. bkitchen0406 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2012
    I am a network Engineer at work, but when I come home I want a powerful computer that do anything creative, entertainment, or productivity wise. This computer also has to be as ultra portable as possible and reliable as possible. I use to have a macbook air, and it was not powerful enough for my needs. It's a wonderful product though.

    To answer your question, some people actually use all the raw horse power the macbook pro provides and need something portable.
  7. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    I had an MBA and returned it for a MBP 2012 BC storage is way too much money on a MBA then I can get on a MBP, also I can have a HDD where the Superdrive is, so having two drives is a bonus. I did love the portability of the AIR. but the fact that I could not upgrade the ram and SSD without buying a whole other unit was frustrating, even though OWC has aftermarket SSD's, just cost too much.

    I try to use the minimal apps needed, however since I do a lot of video editing and creation, I have loaded:


    coconut battery

    Firefox - some web sites just do not work perfectly on Safari and I do not like chrome

    MS Office 2011 - iWorks does not play with Office files well and I use Office for work, so it was an easy fit for me

    Stuffit Deluxe for compressed files

    Carbon Copy Cloner - many uses
  8. Barna Biro macrumors 6502a

    Barna Biro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Zug, Switzerland
    Why not start with installing the same software you had on your Air? I mean, you're not someone who has never worked on a computer before... not sure what were you expecting when asking: "what software should I get?" As if we have a clue who you are, what you are / were doing in the past or what you are planning on doing...

    Everyone has different needs and likes. Would it really help you if I'd enumerate the software I find useful for my professional interests ( programming ) or hobby? I highly doubt it...

    Just saying...
  9. Mdwall macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2012
    Because some folks want a 15" screen perhaps?
  10. trigonometry, Jan 3, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2013

    trigonometry macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2010
    South Carolina
    Wifi Explorer - in depth wifi breakdown
    Bartender - customize the way menu bar icons are displayed
    iStat Menu - monitor system
    Diptic - photo montages
    Cheatsheet - hold down command key in any app to see all shortcuts
    Hazel - easy Mac automation tool
    Detune - great for getting content on/off iOS devices when switching Macs
    GeekTool - customize your Mac desktop
    Pinpoint - customize your pointer with flames, text, fullscreen crosshairs, etc.
    Caffeine - keeps your screen from sleeping
    TorBrowser - explore the depths of the internet
    uTorrent - self explanatory
    BBedit - text editor
    Omnifocus - high powered task manager
    Things - friendly task manager
    Colorstrokes - another great photo editor
    Pixelmator - superb photo editor
    Chrome - good alternative browser to Safari
    Handbrake - convert movie formats
    Ten Thumbs - typing tutor
    Quickres - change screen resolutions
    DaisyDisk - elaborate disk space manager for people with small hard drives
    PixelSafari - pixelated old school Safari browser
    Textwrangler - free text editor
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  12. Ploki macrumors 68030

    Jan 21, 2008
    Funny, the whole first paragraph applies to rMBP. :(

    I don't like the fact what apple did with the MBP sector. It annoys me, they never did that, they just replaced a model and be done with it.

    Makes sense.
  13. runebinder macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2009
    Nottingham, UK
    BetterTouchTool, you can customise your trackpad gestures and enables Windows snap functionality. My favourite piece of freeware.
  14. Ledgem macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2008
    Hawaii, USA
    I'll list some of my favorites.

    Bartender (mentioned previously)

    iStat Menus (also mentioned previously)

    CopyLess - an extended clipboard manager. You know how the system clipboard replaces its contents every time you perform a copy command? CopyLess stores copied text, images, etc. and allows you to easily re-paste older items without having to go to the original source. The free "lite" version in the app store stores a maximum of 10 items; the paid version can store up to 100. (There are a few other programs that perform similar functions but have different interfaces; CuteClips and Clips are two that I've used in the past, but I prefer CopyLess.)

    RipIt - for DVD ripping. Creates an image file that can be opened in DVD Player, and rips out copy protection. If you have a lot of DVDs that you want to encode and some disk space to spare, RipIt can be a nice first step in the process, followed up by using HandBrake and queuing all of the files. RipIt has an encoder built-in, but I always use HandBrake.

    HandBrake - for DVD encoding and light re-encoding of other media files.

    Transmission - free BitTorrent client.

    gfxCardStatus - allows you to see whether you're using the integrated graphics chip or the discrete graphics card. You can also disable dynamic switching and force the system to use integrated-only or discrete-only. Some programs inappropriately activate the discrete graphics card and drain your battery very quickly in the process; I use this program to force integrated-only.

    Meteorologist - a free weather application that resides in your menu bar. There are a number of other paid types that look a bit snazzier. I used to use the weather widgets in Dashboard heavily, but it looks like Apple might remove Dashboard at some point in the future; hence I'm transitioning to menu bar applications. (If you have Bartender, having more menu bar applications isn't a big deal.)

    Little Snitch - a network monitor that alerts you to and allows you to block outgoing network connections. I like to know if a program is "phoning home" or connecting to weird websites, and Little Snitch allows me to see that and block those connections. It would also potentially alert me to an infection on my system if and when that infection attempted to make connections.

    Reeder - RSS client.

    Those are the applications I use that would appeal for general usage, I'd imagine. If you're constantly on the lookout for new applications, I can recommend the website Appstorm. They frequently look over different applications and give an explanation and review of their functions. It's pretty useful - I've discovered two or three new applications through them.

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