New iMac - things to do?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by carrollf, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. carrollf macrumors regular

    carrollf

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    Can anyone give me a quick breakdown of what I should install (plugins etc..) now that my new iMac is up and running? I have decided to use Firefox instead of Safari (not sure if thats a good idea) but it seems better.

    There are websites out there that will scan a Windows PC running IE and give a list of missing plugins - any such site for the Mac?
     
  2. bc008 macrumors 68000

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    well, some things you might want to do is download Stuffit expander, so you can download some stuff that requires it

    also, a new color profile could help
     
  3. glennyboiwpg macrumors 6502

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  4. rds macrumors regular

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    Quicksilver (Not an app launcher) - http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/
    Onyx - http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/11582
    VLC (When QT+Perian fails, for subtitles) - http://www.videolan.org
    Perian (QT components) - http://perian.org
    RealPlayer (BBC, etc.. much better than the Windows version) - http://forms.real.com/real/realone/mac.html
    Flip4Mac (Windows Media tosh) - http://flip4mac.com/wmv.htm
    Unarchiver (Handles most compression formats - rar, sit(x), 7z, etc) - http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver.html

    Shareware
    AppZapper - http://appzapper.com/
    Little Snitch - http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html

    Also look at Camino - http://www.caminobrowser.org/ - if you prefer Firefox over Safari.
     
  5. vanmacguy macrumors 6502a

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    Firstly, I'd agree with RDS's comment about Camino. It's a great browser.

    I'd also agree with bc008 regarding Stuffit. It's pretty much necessary.

    I'd add Adium as an IM client.
    Growl as an activity display,
    CoRD for if you need to connect to any Windows machines
    and TextWrangler if you use Text files a lot
    and iStatPro to keep an eye on things system-wise - you can get this one to run as a Widget or on the desktop, whichever you prefer.

    I would also recommend MagiCal-1. It relaces the time display on the menu bar with it's own time display and the date. Otherwise you need to click the time on the menu bar to see what date it is, or have iCal open to see the date in the icon change. But if the current date is not important, then don't bother with it.

    Enjoy your new Mac.
     
  6. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    uApp instead of AppZapper because it's free as opposed to Shareware.
     
  7. chuckiehina macrumors member

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    Depends what commerical application you plan to use. For example if you plan to use Toast, you should be careful about Perian, they do not play well togther. I think it is actually a DivX incompatiblity on Toast's part but it is easier to live without Perian as compared to Toast.
     
  8. suneohair macrumors 68020

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    Some great apps listed. I use:

    Quicksilver (couldn't live without it)
    Growl
    Safari 3 (I like Camino, but.. yeah)
    iStat Pro
    Candy Bar
    Little Snitch
    GarageSale

    Some others. Can't remember them all right now.
     
  9. Boulderer2001 macrumors member

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    Whats a good one to import videos and such into i-tunes?
     
  10. ironjaw macrumors 6502

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    Mactheripper to rip movies from DVD
    Handbrake to encode DVD rip to itunes movie
    MetaX to give your movie that iTMS feeling
    Shades to lower the brightness of your LCD display

    Perian as already mentioned
    Flip4Mac to play wmv
    Temperature Monitor
    iStat Pro Widget

    Official Gmail Widget if you have Gmail
    BBC Radio Widget
    Firefox
    Quicksilver
    RealPlayer
    VLC
     
  11. Gosh macrumors 6502

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    If this is your first Mac, I would spend a while getting used to all the lovely stuff that comes with it.

    Try Safari for a while! On a Mac - you're spoilt for excellent web browsers (OmniWeb, Camino, Opera, Shiira). Granted Firefox does have plenty of plugins if you need them. If you start with Safari there are several apps that will sync/copy over your bookmarks eg Bookit http://www.everydaysoftware.net/bookit/

    A few have suggested QuickSilver which is an amazing "power-user" app but it has a learning curve (Mac Format mag is currently running tutorial series).

    Stuffit Expander, RealPlayer are pretty essential and Onyx or Macaroni esp for regular maintenance. AppZapper is good if you intend to try lot's of different stuff and want to get rid of them cleanly later.

    My favoutite app is Yojimbo information organizer - nicely balanced!

    Apple.com - Mac - Downloads has tons of stuff.

    Safari plugins try: http://pimpmysafari.com/about/
     
  12. daneoni macrumors G4

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    ViddyUp?
     
  13. Gosh macrumors 6502

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    how did that happen! - must have clicked twice?
     
  14. jwp333 macrumors member

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    Check your Adobe Flash Player plugin. I had to download the latest version after I did the Setup Assistant. Had the Power PC version I guess. I'm not sure which version automatically comes with the new iMac.
     
  15. erandall38 macrumors 6502

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    quicksilver is a must. If u don't know how to use it or what it is for find out it is amazing. One of my favorite apps!
     
  16. Wayfarer macrumors 65816

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    I highly highly reccommend those apps.

    PLUS one more I'd like to add to the list....

    Journler - htttp://journler.com
    This software is amazing. It's basically personal journal software that works like iLife. Very useful and easy to use. I use it frequently to chronicle every facet of my life.

    (And wheeeee for password protection!) :)
     
  17. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    I can't tell at the moment as the site is having problems and I can't download any, but if they're all abandonware, wouldn't they be OS9/classic, therefore wont work on any intel mac, like the OP's new mac?
     
  18. Wayfarer macrumors 65816

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    Yes, I'm familiar with that site and all of those games run only on OS 9. I can still boot in "Classic" mode with my iMac G5 and play those games perfectly. All the Intel users (All new macs) are out of luck, however.
     
  19. rds macrumors regular

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    Yes but does it come with a cool ZAPPING!(TM) sound? I think not. :)
     
  20. jczubach macrumors 6502

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    AppFresh checks all your 3rd party apps for updates
    Monolingual gets rid of unwanted languages
    Versiontracker for all sorts of goodies
    IStat menus to track all sorts of goodies
    FastIcns to create your own icons
    And much, much more...get crackin';)
     
  21. Blazer5913 macrumors 6502

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    For all you limewire people out there, I would strongly recommend using Frostwire. Same interface, and basically same app, but its just much smoother and cleaner. You can definately tell a difference and there are reports out there that says it won't "slow" down your computer as much as limewire, but i really don't notice it any with limewire to begin with. definately check it out.... azureus for torrents too!
     
  22. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    Does AppZapper come with a price tag of nothing? I think not. ;)
     
  23. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    I tried it and didn't see any reason whatsoever to change from limewire to be honest. Seemed to run exactly the same at first glance, just seemed to have a different splash screen. What exactly is so different?
     
  24. rds macrumors regular

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    That's cheating! You cannot return volley the same point with a different sentence!
     

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