Must have/basic programs/applications for first time Mac owner

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ryanqc, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. ryanqc macrumors newbie

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    Hello all

    I just recently purchased a BTO rMBP. It's my first Mac of my own but I have used them quite extensively (We have a Mac Mini as a family computer and my sister has one for her personal use). I was wondering what are some "must have/basic" programs/applications to have my computer running smoothly? For example on a PC, anti-virus, deleting all the bloatware, ASIO driver, anti-spay ware, anti-malware, etc. This is coming from years of Windows and finally fed up with it. It'd be nice to get advice from you Mac vets.

    BTW, I'm primarily using the computer for Logic and Adobe CS.
     
  2. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

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    Anti-spay ware, eh?


    I'd get iStat menus, gfxCardStatus, and 1Password.
     
  3. stevelam macrumors 65816

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    i hope you realize that neither logic or any adobe app has been updated for retina display and will look blurry/fuzzy for a long time to come.

    as for 'basic' apps, all the stuff you mentioned isn't even necessary to go through. no anti-malware/virus/blah blah blah generally needed. i suppose you could hunt down an asio driver if you really need it. but if you're actually doing work with audio i would assume you'd have an audio interface of some sort anyway.

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    i dont see why a basic user would ever need istat menus or gfxcardstatus.
     
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  6. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    A forum search will reveal a large number of threads about "must have" applications.

    the "must have" depends a great deal on what you plan to do with the computer.
     
  7. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    Good to have

    1Password
    DaisyDisk
    Handbrake

    Pixelmator
    TextWrangler
     
  8. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    ^ This. OP should clarify the types of applications that the OP is looking for. Recommendations that aren't relevant to the OP are fairly pointless.
     
  9. Ddyracer macrumors 68000

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    Forgot VLC.
     

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