New iMac - What to install!?

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  1. fluidedge macrumors 65816

    fluidedge

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    HI,

    Writing this post on my shiny new 24" iMac!! :D

    I've put my iTunes Library on it from my old iBook, and run the software updates.

    What are the most important Apps/updates/plugins to install next?

    I was thinking Flip4Mac, and RealPlayer and MS Office

    Can anybody suggest the other things i need to do?
     
  2. Queso macrumors G4

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    You'll want some form of media compression software like Handbrake or VisualHub (Mac the Ripper too if choosing the latter), Firefox or Camino for when a website doesn't render properly in Safari, the obligatory Google Earth, either the commercial Toast or open-source Burn for disc authoring, VLC for viewing AVI files that don't work in flip4mac, a messenger that the rest of the world uses (such as MSN), and probably a photo editor such as Seashore (I recommend Pixelmator).

    Then it all depends on what you use. Google Notifier if GMail is your provider, LeopardMOD for changing interface settings, that sort of thing.
     
  3. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    First thing to do is get TV in that thing:D Elgato's Hybrid does a swell job. There now your computer is complete. whats a entertainment center without TV.
     
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  5. Sesibor macrumors newbie

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    i'll choose NeoOffice for office suite, it's free..:D
     
  6. Amblinman macrumors regular

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    www.skitch.com.

    The most fun screen capture and photo editing software I've ever played with.
     
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    I use the following free apps or add ons which has pretty much covered all my surfing and usage needs. The exception is VMware Fusion which is commercial software (yes, I purchased it)

    Perian - QuickTime component that adds native support for many popular video formats

    Flip4Mac - WMV playback

    Transmission - Probably the best and simplest BitTorrent Client there is

    Appdelete - Nice way to clean up installs

    Audioswitcher - Awesome soundcard switching app allowing me to switch between my internal soundcard and my external USB DAC - on the fly!

    iStat Menus - Probably the best system resource monitor for the mac - Nice graphics

    MorePhotobootheffects - cool stuff for Photobooth :)


    VMware Fusion - Because I want it!

    Aso there are a number of plugins that you can get for Mail.app which improve it's functionality go here for a comprehensive list www.hawkwings.net


    Cheers
     
  11. Senor360 macrumors regular

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    Yay you!

    Forgot to mention in my other post congrats. Also it looks like I'll be doing the same thing on Monday, but on a 20", 2.4ghz iMac. Glad you posted this message as I was going to ask the same thing. I'll also be looking for a good torrent client and something along the lines of DVDShrink to backup future movies. My daughter/son are notorious with their DVD's, and I've already had to burn new copy of THE INCREDIBLES and ATLANTIS for them. :rolleyes:

    Next time I post I'll make sure to add the Apple goodness to my signature.
     
  12. fluidedge thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hi, I've just found this fantastic list on overclockers.co.uk forums. I'm not sure if i should reproduce it in full. But it's too good, so here goes:

    (If we could tidy this thread up a bit i think it would make a great sticky!!)


    *****************************************************************

    Essential Applications


    Ok's heres a list of essential apps.. I have broken this up in to the top/most popular apps first, followed any remainder of suggestions.

    10 Most Popular Applications
    Firefox
    MSN Messenger
    VLC
    Flip4Mac
    NeoOffice
    Transmission
    Stuffit Expander
    Quicksilver
    Panic Transmit FTP
    Handbrake


    1. Firefox - http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
    The award-winning Web browser is now faster, more secure, and fully customizable to your online life. With Firefox 2, we’ve added powerful new features that make your online experience even better.


    2. MSN Messenger IM - http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloa...1_download.xml
    Speaks for itself. MSN on the Mac.


    3. VLC Video Player - http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
    VLC (initially VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.


    4. Flip4mac - http://www.flip4mac.com
    Import, Export, Play Windows Media files (WMV, WMA) on Mac.


    5. NeoOffice - http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php
    NeoOffice is a full-featured set of office applications (including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing programs) for Mac OS X


    6. Transmission - http://transmission.m0k.org/
    Transmission is a free, lightweight BitTorrent client. It features a simple, intuitive interface on top on an efficient, cross-platform back-end.


    7. Stuff It Expander - http://www.stuffit.com/mac/index.html
    Useful zipper utility, usually free in OS X but the deluxe version includes additional bonus features.


    8. Quicksilver - http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/
    A unified, extensible interface for working with applications, contacts, music, and other data. Open apps in a few keystrokes.


    9. Panic Transmit FTP - http://www.panic.com/transmit
    Column view FTP program. Features include support for idisk, sidebar, ftp/ssl, search, zooming and tabs.


    10. Handbrake - http://handbrake.m0k.org/
    Powerful DVD ripper and video compression utility




    Metal Adium IM - http://homepage.mac.com/andrewnesbitt/MetalAdiumX/
    Metal Adium is a free recompiled version of the popular multi-protocol instant messaging application for Mac OS X, which removes the aqua window style and replaces it with the 'Polished Metal' theme.


    Adium IM - http://www.adiumx.com/
    Adium is a free instant messaging application for Mac OS X that can connect to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more


    MplayerOSX - http://mplayerosx.sourceforge.net/
    MPlayerOSX is binary distribution of MPlayer (The Movie Player for Linux) and comes with native GUI in MacOSX.


    Toast Titanium - http://www.roxio.com/en/products/toast/
    CD, DVD and image burning program. Think of Nero on the mac.


    Tomato Torrent - http://www.sarwat.net/bittorrent/
    Open-source bit torrent client with an easy to use GUI and small memory footprint


    Bits on Wheels - http://www.bitsonwheels.com/
    Bits on Wheels is the first 100% Native BitTorrent client for the Macintosh.
    It is completely written in Objective-C and Cocoa.


    XviD Codec - http://n.ethz.ch/student/naegelic/download/
    Adds XviD support to quicktime.. perfect for those who prefer to use Apple's own media player.


    Delicious Library - http://www.delicious-monster.com/
    Scan your CDs and DVDs using a webcam and DL will find all information for you. Catalog freaks will love this!


    OnyX - http://www.titanium.free.fr/pgs/english.html
    OnyX is a multifunction utility for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger).


    Pith Helmet - http://www.culater.net/software/Pith...PithHelmet.php
    PithHelmet is an extended site preferences and ad blocking plugin for Apple's Safari browser. The basic purpose of the plugin is to empower you the user to view the web as you like. You can block ad images, Flash, Shockwave or horrible midi loops - the world is your oyster.


    Disk Inventory X - http://www.derlien.com/
    Disk Inventory X is a disk usage utility for Mac OS X 10.3 (and later).


    TextMate - http://macromates.com/
    By bridging UNIX underpinnings and GUI, TextMate cherry-picks the best of both worlds to the benefit of expert scripters and novice users alike


    iSquint - http://www.isquint.org/
    iSquint is an iPod video conversion app for Mac OS X.
    It's many times faster than QuickTime Pro, works with almost all popular video formats


    Cyberduck - http://cyberduck.ch/
    Cyberduck is an open source FTP and SFTP (SSH Secure File Transfer) browser licenced under the GPL with an easy to use interface, integration with external editors and support for many Mac OS X system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, the Keychain and AppleScript.


    MenuMeters - http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/
    MenuMeters is a set of CPU, memory, disk, and network monitoring tools for MacOS X.


    Meteorologist - http://sourceforge.net/projects/heat-meteo
    Meteorologist is a free weather program for OS X. It allows users total control over their weather viewing, including simultaneous interlaced weather reports from multiple weather servers, multiple weather locations, weather alerts and much more.


    iStumbler - http://www.istumbler.net
    iStumbler is the leading wireless discovery tool for Mac OS X, providing plugins for finding AirPort networks, Bluetooth devices and Bonjour services with your Mac.


    Delocalizer - http://www.bombich.com/software/local.html
    DeLocalizer will remove all non-American English localization resource files that you request. This application is geared towards American English users, as it will not remove localization resources for American English. Users that use other languages may still use DeLocalizer to remove languages that they do not use (except, of course, American English).


    Konfabulator - http://www.konfabulator.com - $24.95
    Linux-originated widgets for OS X.


    Salling Clicker - http://homepage.mac.com/jonassalling/Shareware/Clicker/ - $19.95
    Salling Clicker is our award-winning remote control software. It lets you control popular applications from a mobile phone or handheld computer through a user interface similar to a portable media player.


    iScroll2 - http://www-users.kawo2.rwth-aachen.de/~razzfazz/
    A modified trackpad driver that adds two-finger scrolling capabilities to supported pre-2005 PowerBooks and iBooks on OS X 10.3. Supported models include aluminum PowerBooks introduhttp://forums.overclockers.co.uk/editpost.php?do=editpost&p=9575484
    Overclockers UK Forums - Edit Postced from 2003 to 2004 as well as all G4 iBooks.


    Desktop Manager - http://wsmanager.sourceforge.net
    Easy to use virtual desktop manager for OS X.


    Panic Candybar - http://www.panic.com/candybar/ - $12.95
    CandyBar 2 lets you change the Mac OS X icons you usually can't!


    NewsFire - http://www.newsfirerss.com/ - $18.99
    RSS web feeds and podcasting are hot technologies, and NewsFire is even hotter. Packed with features, blindingly simple to use, and ground-breakingly elegant, NewsFire is the ultimate RSS experience for the Mac.


    BBEdit - http://www.barebones.com/products/bbedit/index.shtml - $199.00
    BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Macintosh. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides an abundance of features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. BBEdit transforms text with high performance.


    SubEthaEdit - http://www.codingmonkeys.de/subethaedit/
    SubEthaEdit is a powerful and lean text editor. And it's the only collaborative one you can actually use.


    Goban - http://www.sente.ch/software/goban/
    Use Goban to play the game of go against the program


    BluePhoneElite - http://www.reelintelligence.com/BluePhoneElite/
    BluePhoneElite brings your Bluetooth cellphone's call and text messaging of your features to OS X with a simple, yet powerful interface.


    skEdit - http://www.skti.org/skEdit.php - $20
    Simple, Flexible, Powerful Text Editor for the Web


    CeePeeYou - http://www.unsanity.com/products/free
    Cee Pee You is a Menu Extra that displays CPU(s) load in your menu bar. The load averages are updated every second. Simple as that!


    KisMAC - http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/10133
    KisMAC is a free stumbler application for MacOS X, that puts your card into the monitor mode.


    Temperature Monitor - http://www.bresink.de/osx/TemperatureMonitor.html
    Temperature Monitor is an application to read out all accessible temperature sensors in Macintosh computers. The program can visualize the history graphs of the readings, display measured values in a large variety of fashions, or announce readings by speech output. It can also store and export values.


    Synk - http://www.decimus.net/synk/
    The ultimate backup utility for Mac. Comes in 3 flavours.


    ElectropaintOSX - http://www.lloydslounge.org/entry.php?id=1104393606
    Amazingly hypnotic screensavers for the Mac.


    Carbon Copy Cloner - http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html
    In its simplest form, CCC will clone one hard drive to another, copying every single block or file to create an exact replica of your source hard drive. This is very useful if, for example, your laptop is damaged and you must send it in for repair.


    Alarm Thingy - http://stout.hampshire.edu/~bjk02/software.htm
    set an alarm to go off at a specific time or in a certain number of minutes, and then it'll play a random track from an iTunes playlist. To add variety, it won't play any of the last 10 tracks it has already picked.


    Print Selection - http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/22665
    You can select text and graphics in any cocoa application (safari, mail.app, etc.), go to the services menu and go to "Print Selection" and the selected stuff will be printed.


    Shapeshifter - http://www.unsanity.com/haxies/shapeshifter/ - $20
    ShapeShifter is a revolutionary new product that lets you change the overall appearance of your Mac using 'themes'. We're not talking about just desktop backgrounds and icons here, we're talking about everything - the look of windows, menus, apps, buttons, absolutely everything.


    Cleardock - http://www.unsanity.com/haxies/cleardock
    ClearDock removes the semi-transparent white background from the Dock so the Dock icons are "floating" on top of your desktop picture. Additionally, it can change the colors of application triangles and of the Dock background to customize your desktop!


    SharePoints AutoMounter - http://www.hornware.com/sharepointsautomounter/
    SharePoints AutoMounter is an application that makes it easy to add and delete auto mounts in the /Network directory. Mac OS X provides the ability to have network volumes automatically mounted at startup. SharePoints AutoMounter brings this functionality to everyone.


    Little Snitch - http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/ - $24.95
    ittle Snitch tells you when a program tries to send info to the internet so you can see what's going on in the background!


    Undercover- http://www.orbicule.com/products/
    Transmits the internet location of your stolen computer/laptop and takes screenshots of the action!


    VMWare Fusion - http://www.vmware.com/products/beta/fusion/
    Run multiple operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and Solaris, on your Macintosh at the same time as Mac OS X – without rebooting


    Burn - http://burn-osx.sourceforge.net/
    Opensource dvd/vcd/data burner for OS X.


    TextWrangler - http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/
    TextWrangler 2 is the powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator's tool.


    GMail Notifier - http://toolbar.google.com/gmail-help...ifier_mac.html
    The Google Notifier is an application that shows you alerts in your menu bar, so you can see when you have new Gmail messages or upcoming Google Calendar events without having to open a web browser.


    Perian.component - http://perian.org/]Perrien
    Gets Quicktime to play most video types.


    MacSaber - http://isnoop.net/blog/2006/05/20/ma...a-jedi-weapon/
    Make Lightsaber sounds with your MB/MBP
     
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  14. hamplax19 macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the list!

    I'm a Mac newbie too, just bought a 20" 2.4ghz iMac yesterday! This computer ROCKS, plus with all of your input from MacRumors, I'm able to transition from PC to Mac very easily!
     
  15. nout72 macrumors regular

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    A nice open-source alternative would be The Unarchiver
    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/22774
    MainMenu is great too.
    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/17111
    Unfortunately PithHelmet doesn't work well with Safari 3
    Konfabulator has died, it's now called "Yahoo Widgets" and you no longer have to pay for it.
    http://download.yimg.com/ycs/widgets/us/4.5.1x10a39_r2/yahoo_widgets_4.5.1.dmg
    But why install it when you have Apple's Dashboard?
    Leopard has Spaces, so there's no need for this (great) app
    A better and free alternative would be NetNewsWire.
    http://www.newsgator.com/Individuals/NetNewsWire/
    or Vienna
    http://www.opencommunity.co.uk/vienna2.php
    I wouldn't recommend this app, many problems people will have are because of haxies like Unsanity's
    And it doesn't run under Leopard.
     
  16. fluidedge thread starter macrumors 65816

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    thanks for the updating - like i said i only "⌘+c/⌘+v" this from another site (list made before leopard and maybe tiger!)
     
  17. tattoodjay macrumors newbie

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    Just a thanks to all who posted on this thread, I het my iMac on Tuesday hopefully and this thread and others will help me switch to a mac quickly and easily :)
     
  18. nout72 macrumors regular

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    I was wrong, a new beta came out december last year, it works well under Leopard, I just tried it :)

    http://www.culater.net/thc/index.php?entry=/Development/PithHelmet/beta_v2_8_2.txt
     
  19. GregE macrumors 6502

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    Linky please.
     
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    There are a lot of people who have turned the brightness all the way down and it's still too bright for them.
     
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