Programs to put on a new Macbook Pro?

tardman91

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Just got a new Macbook Pro this week and it's my first Mac. I was wondering if there are any "must have" programs or utilities that I should make sure to get for it (preferably free), what they're usefulness is, and where I might find them.
 

GGJstudios

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Welcome to Mac ownership and welcome to MacRumors:Forums! You'll find a lot of information both here and on the web. Here are a few resources that may be helpful:

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MrCheeto

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iStat Menus - Free - monitors your CPU temp, fan speed, hard drive usage, network activity, hard drive activity, CPU activity, memory usage and so forth.

Caffeine - Free - deactivates your screen saver so long as the coffee cup is full

Dashquit - Free - Quits your dashboard whenever you need to save battery or whenever. click the button, dashboard quits, done.

Quinn - Free - It's tetris :p

LiquidMac - Free - It's free...

Enjoy your first mac! Be sure to calibrate the battery ;)
 
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GGJstudios

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Wow, GGJstudios, you are one fast typer.
Have you stored some of your standard answers somewhere, and if, how? I could need that a lot of times around here.

Here is also a link: http://guides.macrumors.com/List_of_Mac_Software
I just type really fast! :D Not! I just have a .txt file of some standard forum responses that I keep in a stack on the Dock.... easy to copy and paste, like the response to the virus question just posted. As you can see, I develop and refine them over time, to be as thorough and helpful as possible.
 
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spinnerlys

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I just type really fast! :D Not! I just have a .txt file of some standard forum responses that I keep in a stack on the Dock.... easy to copy and paste, like the response to the virus question just posted. As you can see, I develop and refine them over time, to be as thorough and helpful as possible.
Yeah, I thought about this too, as there are many repetitions around here.

I'm not sure, if I could use a text file and leave it intact and organized though (I'm a bit of a chaotic man), so do you maybe know a software that lets you have topics on the left side, like "video", "Mac Basics" and so forth, problems in the middle, "can't play that basic video", ... , and solutions on the right, "download windows media player do view all your QT movies"?

It can also be the other way around. Just some kind of database software.

Thanks, and have a good response. ;)
 
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GGJstudios

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Yeah, I thought about this too, as there are many repetitions around here.

I'm not sure, if I could use a text file and leave it intact and organized though (I'm a bit of a chaotic man), so do you maybe know a software that lets you have topics on the left side, like "video", "Mac Basics" and so forth, problems in the middle, "can't play that basic video", ... , and solutions on the right, "download windows media player do view all your QT movies"?

It can also be the other way around. Just some kind of database software.

Thanks, and have a good response. ;)
I don't know of any software to accomplish this. I just put all the responses in a text file with topic dividers and headings, so it's easy to find what I need in seconds:
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I don't know of any software to accomplish this. I just put all the responses in a text file with topic dividers and headings, so it's easy to find what I need in seconds:
May I ask how big that file is and how many pages of A4 paper it would take to print?
I have thought about putting an MacRumors answer folder onto the doc, with different text files for each topic, like "video" and so on, as my text file would be quit big over time.
 
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mscriv

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Congrats on your mac purchase and welcome to MacRumors. You've already been given some good info to research on programs so I won't add more at this point. However, if there are any specific uses or regular tasks for which you want software then let us know and we can be more detailed in our answers about the programs we find helpful for those identified user goals.
 
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GGJstudios

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May I ask how big that file is and how many pages of A4 paper it would take to print?
I have thought about putting an MacRumors answer folder onto the doc, with different text files for each topic, like "video" and so on, as my text file would be quit big over time.
Printed, it would only be about 6 pages.
 
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tardman91

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Thanks guys. I'm a little familiar with Macs as I have an old POS iBook G4 at work, but I don't really do anything personal on it at all, so I never really get to play. I've been watching the online videos and tutorials and coming here for the past couple of months in anticipation of my purchase. I loaded all my pictures into iPhoto last night and am trying to figure out how to best organize them. Next it's my music library, and then I'm going to start playing with my new hi-def camcorder and making movies in iMovie. I'm really loving it so far.
I was basically just looking for some utilities/useful programs like the type that MrCheeto suggested. Stuff that might not be as obvious to a new user. Thanks!
 
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MrCheeto

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Oh, my pleshuh!

I've been at it for almost a year and I finally have a real good rhythm with all my pictures and music and such. I make videos in iMovie plenty and I gotta tell ya, it's best. I never could make a decent movie until I got my mac ;)
 
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