Software advice for macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by anotherarunan, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. anotherarunan macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    London, United Kingdom (UK)
    Hey guys, I persuaded a friend to buy a new macbook for xmas. I just wanted to know what free software he would need, i know there was a similar thread on this earlier but i couldnt find it. So a list of any free software that people almost always install on a new macbook would be awesome :D

    merry xmas!
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    firefox for browing sites that dont support safari
    perian and for viewing xvid/divx/mkv/flv etc in quicktime + front row and flip4mac for viewing WMV in quicktime. flip4mac also includes a WMV browser plug-in
    VLC for the odd file type that perian cannot play.
    neooffice - open source alternative to microsoft office.
    adium - chat client that supports MSN, Yahoo, Jabber, Google Talk + more i.e. more than ichat supports
    skype to video chat to people who dont use ichat.
    transmission - bittorrent client
    quicksilver - allows you to control your mac intuitively with keyboard shortcuts
    the unarchiver - supports more archives than Mac OS X's built in archiver.
    onyx for maintenance
    handbrake to rip and encode dvds to mpeg4
    mactheripper to rip dvds to video_ts folders
    google earth - no explanation

    these are all my essential apps and they are all free or open source. im sure more members will recommend other free apps.
  3. Octobot macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2006
  4. doobi18 macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Doobi Essential OSX Software Addition List

    Essential Programs
    Adium (Multi-string messenger client - MSN, AOL, Yahoo!, etc.)
    Xtorrent (No. 1 mac torrent client, awesome P2P downloading)
    Google Earth (Sat images)
    Sofa Control (Awesome apple remote use for all applications)
    FileChute (FTPish thing using dot-mac)
    Conversation (IRC)
    iStumbler (Best airport tool)
    Voice Candy (Photo booth for your chops)
    Acquisition (P2P)
    Firefox (Secondary browser)
    Skype (Video conferencing)
    TabView (.ptb viewer)

    iWork (Mac office)
    Adobe CS (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc)
    Finale (Music Notation)
    Logic Express (Awesome recording/mixing)
    Toast Titanium (Pro disc burning utility)
    Parallels Desktop (Alternate OS virtualization integration)

    System Utilities/Add-Ons
    SizzlingKeys (iTunes system-wide hotkeys)
    Growl (System notifier)
    Smart Scroll X (Awesome scroll smoother & inverter)
    Inquisitor (Enhances safari search bar greatly)
    MacFreePops (allow Hotmail into Mail)
    MathType (Good looking equations for physics, etc)
    Application Enhancer (platform for other add-ons)
    Adobe Flash/Shockwave
    Stuffit 10 (Archive Expand/Contract)
    VISE X (Installer Driver)
    Airport Extreme 802.11n Enabler

    Multimedia Playback/Conversion/Utilities
    VLC (Crappy but mega-multi-codec MP)
    RealPlayer (Awesome self-format player)
    SRS iWOW (Advanced 3D audio enhancement for iTunes)
    DivX (Good codec with convert utility)
    iPodDisk (Transfer music from iPod to computer)
    Flip4Mac (Essential WMV plugin for Quicktime)
    iSquint (Fast easy video convertor)
    Airfoil (Allows all system audio through AirTunes)
    Audio Hijack (Rip any audio)
    HandBrake (DVD ripping)
    VisualHub (Video conversion)

    iStat Pro (Comprehensive system stats)
    IceTV (Aust TV Guide)
    BatteryInfo (cool little bat meter)
    SpeedSat (In/Out data meter)
    IP (Shows current IP address)
    Amazon Art (iTunes album art)
    iStat Wireless (Tachometer stye wireless meter)
    StopDashboard (Quit)

    hope my list is good for you

  5. anotherarunan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    London, United Kingdom (UK)

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