New Imac User! Need recommendations!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Xodd, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. Xodd macrumors regular

    Nov 16, 2009
    Hey Everyone

    I have finally got my imac 21.5'' and have officially converted from windows to apple hahahaa.

    I was just wondering if you guys could recommend me some softwares/apps for my imac? My imac is just a home computer and an entertainment system. I use msn alot as well, but I hate using the one provided by Microsoft for macs.

    If you guys could tell me any good ones than that would be amazing :p

    P.s Imac rules!
  2. Shawnstra macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2008
    Adium is by far the best for IM (MSN, AIM, Facebook) basically every IM protocol, it supports. Go try it! (

    I guess you already know about Firefox

    VLC for media playback, huge selection of formats playable!

    That's about it for now really.
  3. khollister macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    iWork (word processing, spreadsheet and presentation) is a quite nice, low cost alternative to MS Office from Apple if you need that sort of thing.

    Roxio Toast is very handy if you do a lot of CD/DVD authoring/burning. Otherwise the built in capability is fine.

    TinkerTool is a handy free app to customize some UI things that Apple doesn't easily give you access to in System Preferences

    If you're into making music, some of the Jam Packs for GarageBand are handy

    Frankly, I rarely use Firefox. Safari is a fantastic browser IMHO. But the price is right on Firefox :)

    Not sure what to recommend without a little more info on what you use your current computer for
  4. kroeks macrumors regular

    Guild Wars. It's awesome. ;)

    I seriously recommend iWork and iLife. basic but beautiful <3
  5. Shawnstra macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2008

    I second the iWork. It is way better than the Office suite in terms of stability, user friendliness, and in the design (your work turns out better) It's also cheaper. Only drawback is some of the design elements gets mucked up if you change it to .doc, .xls or .ppt for compatibility.
  6. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007

    Handbrake + VLC

    These two programs will rip dvd's to iTunes format. VERY handy. Handbrake rips the file (VLC just needs to be installed on the machine). Both are free.
  7. lasuther macrumors 6502a

    Feb 13, 2004
    Grand Haven, Michigan
    Handbrake and VLC like people have said.

    Open office if you don't want to buy iWork or MS Office.

    Gimp for some photo work.

    Hulu desktop is really nice on the new iMacs with the Apple Remote.
  8. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    +1 for:

    iWork (seriously I'm so glad I bought it!)
    Adium (Excellent messenger and very customizable!)
    Handbrake (A must on any mac)

    I also like:

    Paragon NTFS (Read and Write for NTFS drives.)
  9. TabulaRasa macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2007
    Congrats for getting your new iMac. You can check this site which lists interesting Mac OS X applications with ratings from users.
  10. BelowTheBelt macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2009
    9 Awesome screen savers

    I found these the other day while surfing around
    9 Great Savers
  11. iMerlin macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2008
    I have to say coming from Windows about a year or 2 ago, these are the apps that I needed most...

    1. Parallels to run Win 7. A little note about this, I only need windows for a couple of DVD/Bluray apps I run (Any DVDHD and Clone DVD). I have an external monitor hooked up to my MBP and have Win 7 running in Parallels on that monitor, my wife thinks its 2 separate computers. She doesnt understand how it works!

    2. Onyx or Snow Leopard Cache Cleaner to keep things clean and running smooth.

    3. I agree with the recommendations of Handbrake also. Great app!

    Also, get familiar with Expose and Spaces. Those 2 Mac features alone made switching well worth it.
  12. Xodd thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 16, 2009
    Thanks everyone! I will deffo take your advice and download Handbrake. Ahhhh i should have got the iwork and not microsoft office 2008... damn lol
  13. Fozzybadfeet macrumors 6502


    Oct 7, 2009
    Orange County, CA
    It really is no different from previous versions of Office if you have used them in the past. You'll be fine.
  14. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Some have already been mentioned, but here is my list.
  15. MT0227 macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    Hmmm...last thread like this was closed pretty quickly, here is a few I like that have yet to be posted.

    All2MP3 - Will encode just about any audio format to MP3

    xACT - Great app for encoding/decoding ...splitting/combining various forms of lossless audio formats

    Stuffit Expander - File compression tool

    Carbon Copy Clone - Clones your HD

    OmniDiskSweeper - Great app to locate the files that are filling up your iMac

    Lame Library - MP3 Encoding.
  16. Xodd thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 16, 2009
    Any apps for cleaning clutter or useless files on the imac?
  17. Alan64 macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2009
    I just downloaded iStat Nano (iStat Pro seemed like more info than I needed). A very cool widget. I was surprised to see that I was using 1.9GB of RAM while running iPhoto (just viewing pics), Safari & iTunes. I may buy an extra 2X2GB of memory sooner than I thought.
  18. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    By the way, here was our last thread on this, the closing might have suggested the importance of searching.
  19. ljonesj macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    Kingsport TN
    I would recommend open office its a great word processor program
  20. MT0227 macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009

  21. sfmountainbiker macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2009
    I like Mactheripper and Popcorn for ripping/burning DVD's.

    I also used to use OmniDiskSweeper for my MBP since my hard drive was full (no longer needed thanks to my 1 TB iMac HD). :cool:

    I use Drive Genius 2 for first aid, defraging and slimming my HD as well.

    iStat is a handy widget indeed.

    I love Google Earth, but it's not Mac specific.

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