Most useful apps for Air on app store?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by SpiffyChee, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. SpiffyChee macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2005
    So I have been a windows 7 only user for the past few years, and with lion and my new air, I'm really enjoying the mac os again. Since I bought my new air on a student purchase, they gave me a $100 app store gift card and since I don't have an iPhone or iPod touch, I really don't know what in the world to do with it. I rarely buy music on iTunes..

    The app store is overwhelming to me since I haven't really used mac apps in a while and sure I could just let my 100$ credit just sit there till I notice something, but that could take a long time...

    In your opinions, what are the most useful/fun apps on the app store?
  2. PecanEater macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2007
    I don't think there's much useful there. Send it to me.
  3. bjett92 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2007
    Indy, IN
  4. JSalig macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2010
    So far I've bought iWork and Reeder. Haven't found anything else I'm interested in so far. The cost of some of these apps are on the high side so it shouldn't take long to run through the gift card.
  5. scarred macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2011
    Evernote and Wunderlist are great additions for the Air.
  6. JonLa macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2009
    If you're a big gmail user then Sparrow is a rather neat email alternative to Mac Mail. I like it because it replicates the gmail labelling system, but it does depend on whether you've set up rules to filter your mail with labels.. Try it - there's a Sparrow Lite option.
  7. scenemissing macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2010
    I can't recommend The Unarchiver enough. It uncompresses every format, and is free.

    Mactracker is a great free database of Mac models and specs if you need that sort of thing.
  8. CHSeifert macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2010
    Copenhagen, Denmark - Scandinavia
    I got Aperture for cheap at the app store. Also bought 'Things' and 'pixelator' :)

    Already have the iWork family pack (5 licenses) but you can spend the money on numerous apps - no problem, trust me ;)
  9. lukekarts macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2009
    As a Windows 7 user I am sure you'll really like Cinch, which replicates the 'Snap' feature from Windows 7.

    I've also downloaded MPlayerX, which is a good/prettier alternative to VLC.
  10. Catdog12349 macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2011
    iclearmemory, if you do a lot of multitasking with your air then your ram usage can often get close to 3gb and even 3.5, this app clears up ununsed memory, ranging from .2 gb to about 1gb or more depending on what you are doing. Great app for a buck
  11. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Can't go wrong with Photoshop Elements 9 if you are into that kind of thing.
  12. ccsicecoke macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2010

    You have to have it for playing any media files! Far more better than VLC and also QuickTimes
  13. tripletaker macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    You could possibly use the $100 for music/movies in the iTunes store.
  14. bigp9998 macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2007
  15. Kafka macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2011
    -The Unarchiver

    All free.
  16. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

    Nov 3, 2009
    That app is a silly waste of money. The OS handles memory quite well.

  17. Xikum macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2011
    Personally I bought a RAM cleaner for 59p. It is hardly a fortune, and it does clean up about 400-600mb each time I use it, so.

    OP, you said you were a student. Depending on what you are studying, MindNode Pro is actually a very useful piece of software. It is basically used to creating mind maps very simply. Its really easy to use, and its very easy to put pictures into the maps, link your points, etc. I use it for studying, and it genuinely helps.
  18. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
  19. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2011
    Memory freeing utilities are the underdogs of scams. Completely and utterly useless.

    OSes (especially Linux and OS X) do an excellent job at managing memory. Don't think for a second that you can do better manually. Greater amounts of "free" (unallocated) memory don't equal more "useable" (allocatable) memory. OSes make room by unloading and paging away as needed, and they do it well.
  20. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    Best advice ..ever.
  21. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Land of the Unexpected
    It will also consume your battery faster, interface is better than VLC playback in fullscreen is basically identical. presently VLC is the most efficient player for MKV playback
  22. stevenpa macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2011
    Is lightroom on the store? If so I'd probably buy that since it offers more options than PSE and Aperture if you're mainly editing photos.





    VLC is by far better.
  23. altecXP macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009
    I moved from VLC to MPlayer, I won't go back.

    On the App store I bought:
    iWork, LimeChat, Unarchiver, xCode

    Off the internet I got:
    Adium, Cloud, Dropbox, MPlayer
  24. Roman2K~, Dec 3, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2011

    Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2011
    VLC vs. MPlayerX (or command-line versions: MPlayer and mplayer2):

    I have settled on VLC after having tried both for years. Video played back through VLC is consistently sharper, easier on the eyes, and less CPU intensive -- across all the video files I have played, and across all computers I have compared both players on (desktop Radeon 5970 software and hardware decoding, notebook Radeon 6750M, notebook HD 3000, notebook NVIDIA 320M).
  25. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    I have Suffit Expander. Is this any different than The Unarchiver?

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