New iMac - What to install!?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by fluidedge, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. fluidedge macrumors 65816


    Nov 1, 2007

    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 Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
    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

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    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.
  4. Queso Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
  5. Sesibor macrumors newbie


    Jan 19, 2008
    Kuala Lumpur
    i'll choose NeoOffice for office suite, it's free..:D
  6. Amblinman macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2007

    The most fun screen capture and photo editing software I've ever played with.
  7. lofight macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2007
  8. JohanCruyff macrumors member


    Nov 14, 2007
  9. srl7741 macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2008
    In my world
  10. Siriosys macrumors regular


    Dec 24, 2007
    New Zealand
    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 which improve it's functionality go here for a comprehensive list

  11. Senor360 macrumors regular


    Nov 20, 2007
    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


    Nov 1, 2007
    Hi, I've just found this fantastic list on 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
    MSN Messenger
    Stuffit Expander
    Panic Transmit FTP

    1. 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 -
    Speaks for itself. MSN on the Mac.

    3. VLC Video Player -
    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 -
    Import, Export, Play Windows Media files (WMV, WMA) on Mac.

    5. NeoOffice -
    NeoOffice is a full-featured set of office applications (including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing programs) for Mac OS X

    6. Transmission -
    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 -
    Useful zipper utility, usually free in OS X but the deluxe version includes additional bonus features.

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

    9. Panic Transmit FTP -
    Column view FTP program. Features include support for idisk, sidebar, ftp/ssl, search, zooming and tabs.

    10. Handbrake -
    Powerful DVD ripper and video compression utility

    Metal Adium IM -
    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 -
    Adium is a free instant messaging application for Mac OS X that can connect to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more

    MplayerOSX -
    MPlayerOSX is binary distribution of MPlayer (The Movie Player for Linux) and comes with native GUI in MacOSX.

    Toast Titanium -
    CD, DVD and image burning program. Think of Nero on the mac.

    Tomato Torrent -
    Open-source bit torrent client with an easy to use GUI and small memory footprint

    Bits on Wheels -
    Bits on Wheels is the first 100% Native BitTorrent client for the Macintosh.
    It is completely written in Objective-C and Cocoa.

    XviD Codec -
    Adds XviD support to quicktime.. perfect for those who prefer to use Apple's own media player.

    Delicious Library -
    Scan your CDs and DVDs using a webcam and DL will find all information for you. Catalog freaks will love this!

    OnyX -
    OnyX is a multifunction utility for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger).

    Pith Helmet -
    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 -
    Disk Inventory X is a disk usage utility for Mac OS X 10.3 (and later).

    TextMate -
    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 -
    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 -
    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 -
    MenuMeters is a set of CPU, memory, disk, and network monitoring tools for MacOS X.

    Meteorologist -
    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 -
    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 -
    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 - - $24.95
    Linux-originated widgets for OS X.

    Salling 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 -
    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 introdu
    Overclockers UK Forums - Edit Postced from 2003 to 2004 as well as all G4 iBooks.

    Desktop Manager -
    Easy to use virtual desktop manager for OS X.

    Panic Candybar - - $12.95
    CandyBar 2 lets you change the Mac OS X icons you usually can't!

    NewsFire - - $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 - - $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 -
    SubEthaEdit is a powerful and lean text editor. And it's the only collaborative one you can actually use.

    Goban -
    Use Goban to play the game of go against the program

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

    skEdit - - $20
    Simple, Flexible, Powerful Text Editor for the Web

    CeePeeYou -
    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 -
    KisMAC is a free stumbler application for MacOS X, that puts your card into the monitor mode.

    Temperature Monitor -
    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 -
    The ultimate backup utility for Mac. Comes in 3 flavours.

    ElectropaintOSX -
    Amazingly hypnotic screensavers for the Mac.

    Carbon Copy Cloner -
    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 -
    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 -
    You can select text and graphics in any cocoa application (safari,, etc.), go to the services menu and go to "Print Selection" and the selected stuff will be printed.

    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 -
    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 -
    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 - - $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!

    Transmits the internet location of your stolen computer/laptop and takes screenshots of the action!

    VMWare Fusion -
    Run multiple operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and Solaris, on your Macintosh at the same time as Mac OS X – without rebooting

    Burn -
    Opensource dvd/vcd/data burner for OS X.

    TextWrangler -
    TextWrangler 2 is the powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator's tool.

    GMail Notifier -
    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 -]Perrien
    Gets Quicktime to play most video types.

    MacSaber -
    Make Lightsaber sounds with your MB/MBP
  13. Loalq macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2008
  14. hamplax19 macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2008
    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


    Dec 27, 2007
    The Netherlands
    A nice open-source alternative would be The Unarchiver
    MainMenu is great too.
    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.
    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.
    or Vienna
    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


    Nov 1, 2007
    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

    Jan 19, 2008
    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


    Dec 27, 2007
    The Netherlands
    I was wrong, a new beta came out december last year, it works well under Leopard, I just tried it :)
  19. GregE macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2007
    Linky please.
  20. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2007
    das Fort
  21. skinnylegs macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2006
    San Diego
  22. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    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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    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005

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