New Macbook Pro i need software

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kabbajPatchKid, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. kabbajPatchKid macrumors newbie


    Mar 21, 2009
    Hi guys i just purchased my very first mac and got the new macbook pro. I have no idea what software is out there that is good. Can you guys give me some tips for what i should download??
  2. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

    John Doe 57

    Jan 26, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Basic Applications:
    iLife '09 (
    iWork '09 (
    Microsoft Office 2008 (

    Professional Photography:
    Apple Aperture (

    Professional Film Editing:
    Final Cut Studio (
    Final Cut Express (
  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Transmission - Bittorrent client
    Skype - VOIP
    Firefox/Opera/Camino/SeaMonkey - web browsers
    VLC - media player
    Handbrake - for converting audio and video
    doubleTwist - media management for non-iPhones (BlackBerrys, LGs, etc)
  4. Bacong macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2009
    Westland, Michigan
    He already bought a MBP, let's not kill his wallet even more!

    For good FREE apps:

    Mozilla Firefox
    Moziila Thunderbird (If you don't like the native Mail software)
    Adium (instant messaging client extraordinaire)
    Conversation (IRC Client)
    AppCleaner (Fully removes all apps)
    ImageSmith (for basic image resizing)
    KeyboardCleaner (for when you wanna clean the keyboard and other things that are press sensitive, this turns the keyboard off and lets you clean without pressing buttons)
    Caffeine (allows your computer to never go to sleep)
    Transmission (for torrenting)
    SuperDocker (cool dock skin editing program)

    Maybe more later, if you specify what you're looking for.

    Also, you can find all those easily by just googling them.
  5. skaertus macrumors 68040


    Feb 23, 2009
    It'll depend on what your needs are. Let's see:

    Safari is a great web browser, but you can also try these ones:

    Mozilla Firefox (free) - the second most popular web browser, definitely worth it
    Camino (free) - Firefox-based web browser for MacOS, aims to provide better integration with the system
    Stainless (free) - sort of a Google Chrome clone
    OmniWeb (free) - Mac-only web browser with a unique experience
    Opera (free) - the same as in Windows

    Internet Explorer 5 is available, but it is seriously outdated. Don't even try it.

    Office suites:

    Microsoft Office (US$ 149.95, US$ 114.95 at MS website) - the standard office suite, it has Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Entourage (for e-mail); the 2008 version is the counterpart of Office 2007 for Windows, but it lacks one feature or another, and it is slower and not so polished up
    Apple iWork (US$ 79.99) - the Apple office suite, very intuitive and easy to use but lacks some important features (free) - an open source office suite, the standard in Linux, and also quite popular on Windows
    IBM Lotus Symphony (free) - OpenOffice-org based office suite

    Word processors (stand-alone):

    Nisus Writer Pro (US$ 79.00) - general-use word processor for MacOS, has great features; there is also Nisus Writer Express (US$ 45.00), with less features
    Mellel (US$ 49.00) - word processor with multilingual support and a full set of features for technical and academic writers
    Bean (free) - a simple word processor, fast but doesn't even support footnotes
    Scrivener (US$ 39.99) - word processor for creative writers

    What else would you need?
  6. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Alot of the software you need, audio/video edit, photo management, etc. is already preinstalled on the Mac. All Macs have iLife, which includes iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iDVD, and iWeb.
  7. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    FYI for da newbie.....if your intent is to actually seek legitimate sources for software for your new mac, then the info posted already should be of great help......... advised that you are no longer in the land of bogarts, droids & thugs, where 99% of software is illicitly obtained........and as such, asking for or implying that you want to (continue) acting like a windblows-using peeweecee schmuck will not be taken lightly :D
  8. bingalo macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2009

    That's not really fair. Computers don't hack and crack, people hack and crack. I know plenty of folks on all platforms that act, er, in a less then honorable fashion in regards to software licensing. :cool:

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