New to MACs.. required software?

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  1. gregd33 macrumors member

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    Being that the machine my wife is picking up today is my first ever Mac, I am wondering if there are some apps that the veterans deem required?

    For example, on a PC you should really install:

    VLC Player
    7Zip
    Browser of choice
    Flash and Reader (though I dislike Adobe products)
    etc...

    Are there similar types of apps or utilities that should be on my 'to download' list?

    Thanks... and be gentle with this newbie. :)
     
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  3. applefan289 macrumors 68000

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    Honestly, leave everything as is out of the box unless you need extra software. I've found that the best web browser is Safari and the best email program is Mail. I used to have Photoshop, so if you need an all-around digital art/photo/graphic design tool, get Photoshop. If it's just for photos get Aperture. Apple made applications usually run the smoothest on Mac.

    So basically, unless you really need to install more software just rely on what it brings out of the box.
     
  4. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Essential Apps

    Adium - best IM client on any platform, IMO
    VLC
    iWork
    Springy - WinRAR for OS X, basically
     
  5. hashilli macrumors member

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    Who RARs files anymore?
     
  6. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Preview works fine for PDF files. I dont have the adobe reader installed anyway and I can read and print pdf files just fine.

    I dislike the recommendation threads; they are enormous. Why not just try using what's installed and see what is missing and then install that based on what you need.
     
  7. archer75, May 3, 2011
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    I actually hate VLC on the PC. I use MPC-HC(media player classic Home Cinema) plays everything, had GPU acceleration LONG before VLC and alot of flexability. I use it on both of my HTPC's.

    In terms of required software that all depends on you. Nothing is required.

    My list is:
    winrar
    transmission
    unison
    remote desktop connection
    Microsoft office
    steam
    chrome
    flash and java
    dropbox
    macpar deluxe

    My favorite widget is tv forecaster

    I'm sure i'm missing a ton of things
     
  8. yakkowarner epi macrumors member

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    What I use are....

    Handbreak
    VLC
    Neo office (unless you want to spend money on similar products)
    Thunder bird and firefox
    VLC converter if you want to convert files from youtube.

    and these are free.

    And of course, plants vs. zombies.
     
  9. Hastings101 macrumors 68010

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    VLC, Stuffit Expander, a browser other than Safari (like Firefox or Chrome), and that's really about it.
     
  10. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    I've unrarred two files today, and I haven't even had breakfast yet ^_^
     

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