Please Recommend Programs/Software for new iMac owners!

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  1. mgzilla macrumors member

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    As you may have already realized, A LOT of new Mac users are just now getting their brand new beautiful 21.5" or 27" iMac. Also, some are still waiting for theirs to arrive (currently waiting for the i7 in my sig to get here Monday or Tuesday!) so this would be great to pass the time.

    I'm a beginner Mac user (though I have used my friends' before), and I just want to know, free or not, what programs/software do you recommend? Whether it keeps your Mac going strong, helps with this or that, or is just plain fun...

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    Handbrake + VLC player + Meta-X

    this rips DVDs to iTunes format. All are free and are amazing. Handbrake does the work, meta x tags the files. Vlc is just needs to be installed so the DVD can get ripped.
     
  3. Poonaka macrumors member

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    *puts on flame retardant suit*

    Windows 7 and VMware or Parallels
     
  4. 53x12 macrumors 68000

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  6. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

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    Paperless, for storing digital copies of receipts.

    Transmit, for FTP.

    Synergy (the KVM, not the iTunes helper) for single keyboard/mouse sharing with your old PC. :)
     
  7. Jiten macrumors 6502a

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    You can also take a look at this apps bundle that they are giving away for free at the moment:

    http://www.macheist.com/

    Most of these are shareware costing 20 bucks each but they are now given away for free. I'm sure you will find at least one of these apps useful :)
     
  8. Poonaka macrumors member

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  9. belvdr macrumors 603

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    How about Windows 7? Seriously, google what you're looking for.
     
  10. Carressa macrumors member

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    Handbrake, VLC player, Vmware Fusion 3.0, I would hold on off windows 7 till bootcamp has drivers for it....yes people have managed to get it running but if you are just starting out I would stick with vista or XP if you have to have a windows side to boot too. I have windows 7 in VMware that takes care of any windows needs I might have.
     
  11. Shawnstra macrumors regular

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    Internet browser - Firefox
    IM Client (AIM, MSN, Facebook, Yahoo!, etc.) - Adium
    Bittorent Client - Transmission (lightweight), or uTorrent
    Media Player - VLC
     
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  14. MT0227 macrumors 6502

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    Here are some in no particular order:

    xACT, Max, ALL2MP3, iTunes-Lame, Stuffit Expander, AppZapper, Toast, Carbon Copy Cloner, Disk Inventory X, OmniDiskSweeper, iStat Menus, Perian
     
  15. mindquest macrumors regular

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    Will this work with Win 7 and OS X? If not is there another free or paid software that can do this?
     
  16. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    SMC FanControl, iStat and Caffeine. All can be downloaded free from the net.
     
  17. Zach Schible macrumors member

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    Adium, smcFanControl, Google Earth, Onyx, Transmission, VLC, Perian, Glimmer Blocker, TweetDeck, Little Snitch, Firefox, Mac Fuse, Growl & iWork.

    Those are some of the first things I put on my Mac.
     
  18. neonkru macrumors regular

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    hi i ordered my imac27, and it will be my first mac computer. someone told me i need open source drivers to use usb external harddrives in ntfs file format. could you link me to a good one please?
     
  19. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Visage is also cool, although its not 100% free. Plus VLC player and Google Earth are great (they're free)
     
  20. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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    As already pointed out we have existing threads on this. Please use those instead. Thanks.
     
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