New to MacBook Pro......What "starter" applications should we install?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by STC, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. STC macrumors 6502a

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    I bought my son a new 13" MacBook Pro w/o retina for his 16th birthday. He was due for a new computer anyways and he'll use this for college too.
    We have iPhones and iPads, but this is the 1st Mac computer in the house. We are used to setting up and running Windows machines, but do not know much about Macs.

    Can you guys recommend some applications for a new user or what he/we should look out for? Thx!!!

    btw I love his MBP, I might have to get one myself..... maybe the MacBook Air :D
     
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  4. markus843 macrumors regular

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    There's a free program like photoshop called Gimp, (isn't on the app store, you can just google it), it isn't as good as photoshop but it can get the job done for simple tasks if you're going to edit any photos.
     
  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    It's not free but I bought Pixelmator. It does everything I want and it wasn't too expensive.
     
  6. A Hebrew macrumors 6502a

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  7. throAU macrumors 601

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    VLC
    Perian
    Stuffit Expander
    Transmission
    Pixelmator (worth the money over gimp, easily)
     
  8. applebro macrumors member

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    If your son is going into engineering, disregard iWorks and get Office for Mac.
     
  9. A Hebrew macrumors 6502a

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    ^

    If you do that do not get office until he actually goes to college, it will probably run much better.
     
  10. markus843 macrumors regular

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    Gimp is free, I'm like 99% sure it is http://www.gimp.org/downloads/ correct me if I'm wrong :eek:
     
  11. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    No, you're not wrong. I was just pointing out that Pixelmator, a non-free alternative to GIMP, was worth looking into.
     
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    iWork is fine if one doesn't want to shell out a ridiculous amount of money for Word; I'd say it is an essential.
     
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    Adium for chat. Handles all? the IM protocols.
     
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    - Dropbox
    - Mindnode (free version available)
    - iCircuit
     

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