new MBP owner

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bigjt11, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. bigjt11 macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2007

    i have just purchased myself a new shiny macbook pro 17", as i wanted a new laptop and decided there are much better things out there than Vista, also been a unix sys admin, i liked the reliability of the Mac, been built on a unix back end.

    Im now deciding what sort of applications i need to get hold of, can anyone give me some advice, im after media players, office suites, burning software, instant messenger, photo editing software, etc

    Any advice would be much appreciated and looking forward to playing with the Mac, and seeing how much better than windows it is

  2. Max Payne macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2006
    Brisbane, Australia
    Congratulation. Have fun with your new MBP.

    Sorry I can't be of help.

    I mainly use Quick Time Player with lots of add-ins.

    For office suite, there is MS Office 2004 or any open office compatible with Mac OS X.
  3. Diatribe macrumors 601


    Jan 8, 2004
    Back in the motherland
    Welcome :)

    Although this list hasn't been updated in ages the software list still includes some tips on where to look and what to try. The link is in my signature.

    Hope that helps :)
  4. uNext macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2006
    mac pretty much have the multimedia dpt on lock with quicktime and itunes.
    I play all my videos through quicktime and my music through itunes.
    For office application you might want to take a look at or
    you can also use microsoft office (it rocks on a mac).
    You can also try iwork from apple.

    Instant messaging use ichat or i think the name is uranium is a multi purpose messaging app.
  5. Shaduu macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2007
    Adium is the best IM client for Mac in my opinion. It's highly customisable and works with as many IM services as you can imagine, although it doesn't provide webcam functionality.

    Enjoy your new MBP, I want pics!
  6. SalukiWildcat macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Congrats on your purchase! I love my MBP, and I know you will too!

    Adium is great for managing multiple IM clients.

    Microsoft Office 2004 is the only choice for an office suite, in my opinion. It runs rather sluggishly through Rosetta right now, but you should see a HUGE performance bump when Office 2008 for Mac comes out.

    Try Aperture for photo management, or try Adobe Lightroom (currently in Beta). Both will work well with Adobe Photoshop CS3.

    Hope that helps! Enjoy the MBP!
  7. eluk macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2006
    East London, UK
  8. mantic macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2007
    I find that I can't send files through Adium.. I use iChat most of the time because it I can... pluse.. It supports audio and video chat.

    If you get tired of Safari as I did you may want to look into Camino. Seems to be the most stable and least laggy browser i've used.

    If you're gonna be trying out a lot of applications i recomend appzapper. It makes sure there are no files left behind. Sometimes dropping an app into the trash doesn't remove these.

    There are also some cool widget out there. If you wanna keep track of your system I recomend iStat Pro.

    For burning I use Toast Titanium 8 works great. Also if your into making DVDs or backing up copies.. I recomend Mac the Ripper to rip the data from DVDs. It can then be burnt using Toast.

    As for photo editing ... I'm a Photoshop man.. I'm getting by useing CS2 on my windows machine. Waiting for CS3 before I install it on my MBP.
  9. bill4588 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2006
    Kennesaw, GA
    Like others have said, Adium is great! And if you like downloading torrents, Azureus is good as well as the P2P client Acquisition. Oh and don't forget Flip4Mac!!! It is essential for viewing .WMV and .AVI files. Handbreak is great for ripping DVD's to your computer. VLC is also a good video player that plays nearly everything. Hope that helps!
  10. logandzwon macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2007
    Your a unix sys admin and you were using Vista? Anyway, I started using OS X about a year coming from linux.

    Here is what I use;
    From apple; Address book (for contact management of my IM/e-mail/cell numbers), iSync (for syncing backups, and with my BT phone), iCal, ichat (for the video chat), Mail, Safari.

    I use adium for most of my IMing needs. I'd like to ichat, but it doesn't do MS Live or yahoo. Also it only lets you be signed into one account type at a time. 10.5 fixes the second issue.

    Azureus for bittorrents

    Chicken of VNC (recently upgrade to Apple remote desktop) for VNC client (server is built-in). to add support to QT for playing most media types. Flip4mac for wmv, and VLC for whats left.

    Cyberduck for FTP

    MediaFork/HandBrake for ripping DVDs

    iPhoto for maniging photos you take with your camera. It's photo editing is limited, but does anything I need.

    iTunes for media mangement

    iWork is great for spreadsheets and text docs. You PC should include a trial for it.

    Max for ripping CDs(uses LAME).

    Poisoned for P2p

    Safari for web browsing

    smultron for editing files over FTP threw cyberduck

    UnRarX for unraring rar archives

    tunnelblick for openvpn

    visualhub for converting files to mp4 for any unix program I want to add.

    and I use VMware and Parallels for running windows and Fedora core when I need to troobleshoot something.
  11. bigjt11 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2007

    thanks for all the advice ,looking forward to setting my mac up, just found out from apple, should be receiving it on friday or monday at the latest

    thank god, no more dodgy windows system crashes
  12. johnee macrumors 6502a


    holy cow, this is the mother load of information for new mac users, this should be encapsulated somewhere....

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