So what are the first things I should do after getting my MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Zakoth, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. Zakoth macrumors member

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    It's being delivered on Thursday and I would like to know what to do and how to do it (this is my first Mac).
     
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  3. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    Disneyland!!!!!


    No but seriously, the MBP has a very user-friendly intro system to show you the basics. I would play with the OS. Remember that with OS X, there are usually 3 or more ways you can do one command, and you can customize it further to your liking. Also, the multi-touch trackpad will become something you fall in love with quickly as your most common commands can be done via that.

    Then, check out apps. For OS X, you can get a lot of great programs for free. And of course some are paid. My top apps are:

    -1Password
    -Seasonality Core
    -Office 2011
    -Onyx
    -OmniFocus
    -Nisus Thesaurus
    -Adium
    -Virtual DJ
    -iPhoto (which you already may have if you bought iLife...if not its $15)
    -iBooks Author
    -Adobe Creative Suite 5.5

    Those are just a few but that is to give you an idea of what exists. Browse the App store and you will find all sorts of apps that will fit your lifestyle. :)
     
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  6. MadMitch89 macrumors regular

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    Run software update; install the apps you use; enjoy it.
     
  7. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    Get really excited, because it's the most elegant machine you've ever unopened. Feel genuinely proud of your purchase.

    The best thing is you can just turn it on and surf the web or do whatever you want straight off the bat. It's not like those stone-age windows machines where the first thought is "I better install this antivirus software ASAP before I touch the web".
     
  8. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    Just enjoy it.

    I strongly recommend not installing lists of third party apps you probably don't need. Use the Mac, see how you get on with it, if there's stuff you find you can't do or performance issues you encounter then come here and post and we'll help you out :)
     
  9. Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

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    Really, really, really explore the customisation options. Look at all the System Preference panes. Look at "Customise Toolbar" in every app on the machine. Open the Preferences window in every app.

    Experiment with all the options to get it like YOU want it.

    After using your Mac for a week do it again.

    If there is something you can't get to work like you want, Google it, you won't be the first, and there is almost certainly an Apple way of doing it, or a third party solution.

    I have friends and relatives who have switched to Macs, who have not done this. Months, even years later, I show them something really simple on their machine, and they say Wow, I wish I had known....

    Only other thing I would say is not mac specific, but get your back up regime sorted...Time Machine is amazing, but you might want to have bootable clone too,
     
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  11. srxtr macrumors 6502a

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    Lend it to me. I'll give it back to you within 3 years, I promise :D
     
  12. kathryn27 macrumors newbie

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    This is a great thread! Taking some tips from it myself :) enjoy!
     
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  15. shardey macrumors 6502a

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    YES!!!

    Get on the Mac App Store and browse around!
     
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  18. iLukeJoseph macrumors 6502

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    Unless you are playing games just get Paralells or VMware.

    Before all that though, as I didn't see specs. Upgrade the ram to at least 8gb. And get a SSD.
     
  19. Jperez51 macrumors newbie

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    I would agree with a few other people on this post to familiarize yourself with the OS. I recently switched to Mac from Windows and took plenty of time in order to familiarize myself with the ins and outs of the system but it is definitely a very fun and easy system to work with and customize.
     
  20. Zakoth thread starter macrumors member

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    I prefer Vista :)

    Thanks! Shouldn't I update it or something?
     
  21. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    Nobody prefers Vista. Don't be that guy. :eek:
     
  22. Zakoth thread starter macrumors member

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    I actually do. I don't know why I just do.
     
  23. hajime macrumors 68040

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    Inspect the machine and the LCD to see if there is any defect.
     
  24. salacious macrumors 6502a

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    perhaps telling us what you will use it for could help.....
     

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