Must have apps for the Retina Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by bowlman23, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. bowlman23 macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2007
    Hey everyone,

    Finally picked up my rMBP and even lucked out and got a Samsung screen. Anyway, I was wondering what apps do you consider "must have" for your MBP? Obviously, there's the iLife suite, and Office for Mac, but I was wondering what programs you put on your rMBPs (or cMBP) when you get a new computer?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Why obviously? I almost always never use any of the iLife applications unless I test something for others to answer in an appropriate thread and MS Office is rarely used too.

    Alfred and CarbonCopyCloner, then iStat Menus, then gfxCardStatus and then some others.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    This may be useful, especially the Need application suggestions? Look here: section of the first link:

  4. xShane, Jan 9, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2013

    xShane macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2012
    United States

    Here is quick list (there's many more but these are right off the top of my head):
    - All included apps (iTunes, Safari, Stickies, etc.)
    - Mozilla Firefox
    - Microsoft Office
    - Grooveshark
    - VMware Fusion
    - Skype
    - Ankidroid (it's a spaced repetition flashcard app; good for studying)
    - All my games (Steam, WoW, COD, Battlefield, Minecraft, etc.)
  5. Redwyvern macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011
    Yonkers, NY
    I NEED all of these!

    Alfred, Utorrent, Unison, Bettertouchtool, Daisydisk, DashExpander, Firefox, Handbrake, Logmein, and Weather HD.

    These apps go on all of my macs. I can't live without them!
  6. James Craner, Jan 9, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2013

    James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    Congratulations on your new rMBP it is a awesome computer.

    Here are some of my favourite productivity Apps that I use on a regular basis:

    1Password (Password, Form filling and Identity manager)

    PDFPen (90% of the functionality of Adobe Acrobat at a fraction of the cost)

    Alfred (App Launcher)

    Dropbox (Cloud based document storage and sync App)

    Textexpander (expands keyboard shortcuts into frequently-used text and pictures)

    Skitch (Screen Capture and annotation)

    Evernote (notes, sync files , save webpages, and share your ideas with friends and colleagues.)

    DragonDrop (Utility to make moving files between folders much easier)

    Moom (Tame those OS X Application windows)

    Tweetbot (Twitter Client)

    OmniFocus (Task Manager)
  7. ai3crossover macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2013
    Must have apps for the Retina Macbook Pro?

    Hey, just got a 15" retina macbook pro. What are some of the must have apps that can improve the computers overall performance or help sustain its battery life? Also looking for any apps that can help with productivity and programming..

  8. Godf1st macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2012
    I have WinZip, office 365, pages, Roxio toast, vlc player, and text wrangler.
  9. tgi macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012
    VLC is a must! What does text wrangler do?
  10. King Shady macrumors 6502

    King Shady

    Aug 22, 2010
    Princeton, NJ
    Pixelmator, Chrome, Final Cut Pro, those are just some of my favorites
  11. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    No apps are really going to help the performance of the machine. It's already good enough. But apps for productivity would depend on what you need to get done. Me personally, I'm a writer so there would be certain writing apps I would use.
  12. dastinger macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2012
    Even if in his post it looked like he was just trolling, it's true. No apps are needed to help with performance or battery life under OSX. Don't start installing Ccleaner, Mac Keeper and all that crap. You don't need it. It is not a Windows PC.
  13. Dwinguel macrumors member


    Feb 2, 2010
    Geneva, Switzerland
    I would recommend Disk Inventory X (drill down inside you hard drive or SSD to find out which files are taking a lot of space and get rid of the junk you don't need), Dropbox, Evernote, Flip4Mac (if you want to watch WMV files), Onyx (to keep your Mac clean and lean), VLC, Wunderlist (to-do list App).
  14. Steve121178, Jul 31, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2013

    Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    You are wrong, CCleaner is like a one-stop-shop for deleting a load of crap and cached stuff you don't need. It works and works well. As does OnyX.

    Obviously utilities like those two will not do anything for battery life, but they do exactly what they claim to do, and they do it well. They are also free so it's a no brainer.
  15. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    As far as productivity, Alfred looks great on the retina display.
  16. dastinger macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2012
    Do they tell you exactly what you don't need? Do you have to know exactly what you don't need having a ton of files to pick from? Because you are slowing down your system deleting caches that may be needed for example.. what harm does it make to let OSX do it's job?

    Plus, wanting to do such a thing on a powerhouse machine like the rMBP... what for? Would you really feel a difference from deleting caches on such a machine? I don't think so..
  17. halledise, Jul 31, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2013

    halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    surely you have to be kidding us all ;)
    Firefox - maybe - at a pinch
    but the rest??

    "what's the world coming to - it is the end of civilisation as we know it. children are being disobedient to parents and everyone's writing a book."
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
  18. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    The software gives you a choice of what to delete. It normally populates browser cache, temporary files & trash by default, it's then down to you to decide what else you would like to get rid of.

    CCleaner on Mac is a dumbed down version compared to the Windows version but it's still very useful.

    As for the 'power house' rMBP, it will slow down as the drive gets full of crap and traces of old deleted/upgraded applications remain etc. Every machine suffers from this, be it one running Windows, OS X, Linux or whatever.

    It's quite ignorant to think that your brand new powerful machine won't slow down over time. Some of the utilities mentioned in this thread simply help keep the machine running as optimised as possible. And remember, OS X generally looks after OS X, it won't do jack for all your apps and data apart from some limited automated optimisation.

    What people do not need to do is pay money for apps that take over the maintenance of your machine by running automated tasks, as that is a waste of money.
  19. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Precisely the problem with these threads. Must have is always highly subjective. The OP was asking for suggestions and the post you're replying to did just that. Post your list if you have a problem with the lists of others.
  20. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    There are many factors that impact your battery life. See the BATTERY LIFE FROM A CHARGE section of the following link for details, including tips on how to maximize your battery life.
    The link below should answer most, if not all, of your battery/charging questions. If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend you take the time to read it. If you're having performance issues, this may help:
    You don't need "cleaner" or "maintenance" apps to keep your Mac running well, and some of these apps can do more harm than good. Most only remove files/folders or unused languages or architectures, which does nothing more than free up some drive space, with the risk of deleting something important in the process. These apps will not make your Mac run faster or more efficiently, since having stuff stored on a drive does not impact performance, unless you're running out of drive space.

    In fact, deleting some caches can hurt performance, rather than help it, since more system resources are used and performance suffers while each cache is being rebuilt. Many of these tasks should only be done selectively to troubleshoot specific problems, not en masse as routine maintenance. OS X does a good job of taking care of itself, without the need for 3rd party software. Among other things, it has its own maintenance scripts that run silently in the background on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, without user intervention.
    False. A Mac will not slow down because there are traces of apps stored on the drive. As already stated, having things stored on the drive has absolutely no effect on performance, unless the drive is almost out of free space. That is one of the myths told by the sellers of such apps.

    As for deleting app-related files, app removal software doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this and this. If you just want to delete the app, drag the .app file to the trash. No other software needed. If you want to completely remove all associated files/folders, no removal apps will do the job.
    The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
  21. Godf1st macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2012
    Sorry for the late response, lol. Text wrangler is like notepad ++ on windows.:)

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