Researching Mac OS X Software Setup

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  1. ewiley28 macrumors newbie

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    I made the decision to switch to a Macbook Pro a few weeks ago and began the process of researching that would enable me to make the transition. My research definitely isn't done, but I went ahead and ordered it anyway. It's a Macbook Pro 15” 2.5 GHz 4 gig memory 200 gig @ 7200 Matte screen with iWork, Final Cut express and Mobile Me added.

    I have identified many potential programs, but in many categories I have only been able to identify a couple options rather than figure out what the selection should be. If you have any familiarity, feedback, or suggestions about any of these programs, please let me know! This first list is programs that I've reviewed and categorized and am considering making a part of my tool set.

    Webeditor/blog:
    www.karelia.com
    Rapidweaver

    FTP:
    Yummyftp
    Cyberduck http://cyberduck.ch/
    Extendmac.com/flow

    Torrent:
    Transmission: http://transmission.m0k.org/

    Browser:
    Firefox
    http://www.igetter.net/ maybe if using enough safari
    Inquisitor http://www.newsfirex.com/blog/ also for safari
    Saft: http://haoli.dnsalias.com/Saft/index.html extensions for safari

    RSS reader:
    Netnewsreader
    Or just stick with Google Reader and iGoogle

    Mail addons:
    http://www.bronsonbeta.com/mailappetizer/
    Other addons http://www.tikouka.net/mailapp/

    Chat:
    Adium (look at it. Might stick with ichat, but look)

    Screen capture: (not sure why I think I need this, but there are such cool options)
    Screenflow www.varasoftware.com/products/screenflow/
    Whole webpage captures: http://www.derailer.org/paparazzi/
    Whole website captures: http://www.sitesucker.us/home.html
    Snapz pro x http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/

    App Launcher:
    Quicksilver http://theappleblog.com/quicksilver-the-guide/

    Appearance:
    http://www.iwascoding.com/UnCoverIt/
    Neat desktop: http://macrabbit.com/deskshade/
    http://www.panic.com/candybar/
    Dock dividers: http://www.artofadambetts.com/archives/000046.html
    Pixadex http://www.iconfactory.com/px_home.asp

    Useful across purposes:
    Sidenote: http://www.chatelp.org/?s=Sidenote
    Growl!: http://www.growl.info/about.php
    Sofa Control: http://www.caseapps.com/sofacontrol.html
    Wordservice: http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/10398

    Video stuff:
    VLC http://www.videolan.org/
    Handbrake http://handbrake.m0k.org/
    Video record w/ teleprompter: www.software.com/products/videocue/
    http://www.flip4mac.com/wmv.htm maybe, but i think vlc will address this need

    Backup (think about having something bootable):
    http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html
    backitymac
    http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html
    Carbon copy cloner http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html

    Utilities/Performance/Maintenance: (bootable backup first)
    Menumeters http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/
    Onyx http://www.titanium.free.fr/pgs2/english/download.html
    Main menu http://www.santasw.com/
    Tinkertool http://www.bresink.com/osx/TinkerTool.html
    menumeter
    Appzapper http://appzapper.com/ (check appdelete)
    Diskutility http://guides.macrumors.com/Disk_Utility
    virus thing http://www.clamxav.com/
    hard drive issues http://homepage.mac.com/julianmayer/smartreporter/index.html

    Slim os – remove architecture, languages, etc. . . http://guides.macrumors.com/Mac_OS_X_On_A_Diet
    http://xslimmer.com/ - easier for basic users
    http://monolingual.sourceforge.net/

    Virtualization:
    VMware Fusion

    Trackpad things:
    http://greg.vario.us/cornerclick/
    http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/sidetrack/
    http://www.bitart.com/CocoaGestures.html

    Organization:
    http://www.busymac.com/
    http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omniplan/

    Random:
    Finance manager – Squirrel
    Timeline software – http://www.beedocuments.com/index.php
    Wikipedia pathway – http://pathway.screenager.be/about-pathway/
    Media Library – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delicious_Library/
    Keychain alternative – http://www.waterfallsw.com/wallet/
    Spam Sieve http://c-command.com/spamsieve/
    White and Pink noise: http://www.blackholdmedia.com/noise/
    Dvd and Cd burning: Toast Titanium




    I also have a list of "random" programs that I saw enough about to be interested in, but have not researched at this time. If you have a reason to include or stay the heck away from one of these, I'd love to hear your thoughts as well!

    http://www.acqualia.com/picturesque/
    http://www.thelittleappfactory.com/application.php?app=Connoisseur
    http://www.omnigroup.com/
    http://jerakeen.org/code/shelf
    http://www.barebones.com/products/yojimbo/index.shtml
    http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.asp?p=31932&rl=1
    http://www.silverspider.com/2007/os-x-software-and-widgets/
    MactheRipper http://www.mactheripper.org/
    Audio hijack
    Witch http://www.manytricks.com/witch/
    http://homepage.mac.com/julianmayer/smartreporter/index.html
    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/23049
    Screen sieve
    FolderShare http://foldershare.com
    MindNode – mind mapping
    Filemagnet
    Tofu
    Aurora
    Cocktail http://www.maintain.se/cocktail/index.php
    Voodoo pad http://www.flyingmeat.com/voodoopad.html
    Déjà vu
    Diskinventory x
    Desktastic
    Sailing clicker http://homepage.mac.com/jonassalling/Shareware/Clicker/
    Supercal http://www.bergdesign.com/supercal/
    Anxiety http://www.anxietyapp.com/
    Caffiene http://lightheadsw.com/caffeine/
    http://www.conceptdraw.com/en/products/mindmap/main.php
    Skim for PDFs http://skim-app.sourceforge.net/index.html !!
    http://haoli.dnsalias.com/Saft/index.html
    http://www.smileonmymac.com/TextExpander/
    Timetoast www.timetoast.com



    Last, but not least, I'd love any recommendations of feeds that provide useful user tips, software information or other mac-centric updates that produce a reasonable quantity of information. Lifehacker always contains some information, but what are some other good feeds? Ideally, I'm looking for ones that are no more than 3-4 posts a day and would be happy with ones that had good, infrequent (less than 1 post/day on average) posts, but I'm open to any recommendations from your experience and expertise.


    Thanks for any thoughts and your help in making this transition to the Mac world the best possible!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The good news is that this subject has been discussed repeatedly in dozens of threads in the forums, so you can get a much faster response if, before starting a new repetitive thread, you'll first use this link to search the forums to see what has already been discussed. If you don't find your answer there, let us know and we'll be happy to help! :)
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  4. ewiley28 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Not needing hand holding.. just looking for individual feedback

    I actually have already worked through both of those links among my research. I’m not looking for a certain list or anything. My reason for posting this was mainly to get responses from individuals who happen to be shockingly passionate about one program or another. I’ve read the various software websites as well as a pretty good chunk of the Mac fan sites, for someone who’s only been looking into Macs for less than a month at least. I was not meaning to offend anyone for a basic post. But the bit of information that I haven’t come across yet is individual people’s passion.

    So, please feel free to ignore this if you don’t have a certain spark for a product that you just have to pass along. I’m not looking for basic help to make sure that I get my machine turned on. I’m sure that I will get it working well and finetune the connections between my software relatively rapidly. But if there is some thought that’s burning a whole in you that you need to share, I’d appreciate your time and experience.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, you haven't offended anyone. We're just trying to help. These subjects are discussed in multiple threads over time, and those who are passionate about different programs weigh in on those threads. It's just a faster and simpler process to search the forums first, to see what they've already said, rather than having to wait for them to find your new thread and then repeat everything for the 23rd time. You get faster results without waiting. But if you'd rather not, it's up to you.
     
  6. ewiley28 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I definitely understand the value of searching forums and researching old threads as well as tracking posts from users who I notice consistently provide information that helps me in this process. I guess I viewed this post as basically a craps shoot. Nothing may turn up, but I might get information that I'd been unable to find in various site's documentation or forums.
     

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