Software for a new rMBP

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Qaanol, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. Qaanol macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    I just got a new Haswell rMBP, the base 15″ model, I’m making a list of programs to install, and I’d appreciate any input you may have.

    (some kind of TeX renderer…)

    TinkerTool (I might wait until it’s updated for Mavericks)
    iPhone Configuration Utility
    Ukelele 2 (to finish updating my keyboard layout…)
    Symbolic Linker
    The Unarchiver
    smcfancontrol (actually maybe not, I don’t need it)
    (a resolution switcher, maybe RDM or QuickRes, I might try SwitchResX, anyone have experience with Pupil?)

    The GIMP
    Pixelmator (I might wait on this and see if GIMP is enough)
    QuickTime 7
    (items below this line I may not actually install since I don’t really need them)
    Atom Inspector

    I don’t really play any computer games, so that’s an empty category.

    Anyone have recommendations for a TeX package, a resolution switcher, or any other neat programs I might not be aware of?
  2. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    If you're doing any photography yen a digital asset manager like Aperture or Lightroom is recommended. Managing photos in a folder structure is archaic.
  3. Raima macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2010
    You're going the wrong way about it. You'll only end up with useless software on your machine taking up space, and slowing the computer down.

    A computer is only a tool that helps you complete a certain task.

    The question you should be asking is, what problem do you have that the computer can solve? and what software is required to solve that problem?
  4. rfle500 macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2012
    TeXshop is really nice for latex documents, and includes XeLateX for extra prettiness
  5. Qaanol thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    Thanks, it’s good to know this exists in case I find myself needing it.

    I am strictly an amateur when it comes to taking pictures. I just have my iPhone as a camera. That said, I’ll certainly keep your suggestion in mind if I find my basic folder structure becoming unwieldy.

    Thanks for the recommendation. I found a lot of different TeX programs, so I’ll try this one first.

    Say, does anyone have input on available versions of the GIMP? I have seen three different ones:

    2.9 (experimental build) from
    2.8.6 (with extra plug-ins) from
    2.8.4 (stock) from

    How silly of me. Here I was thinking, “Maybe if I post some examples of the programs I intend to use, that will give people an idea what sorts of programs might interest me, and they can tailor their recommendations accordingly.”

    Now I see the error of my ways. The only reasonable approach would have been for me to already know a priori the name of every program I might possibly want, and for me to already have extensive experience with each of them so I could determine which would best fit my needs. Seriously, asking for input from other people, what possible use could that ever be? I am glad you were here to set me straight.
  6. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    It's a Qaanol. Hello there. I hear is pretty good for resolution switching.
  7. BinaryTim macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2011
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  8. caughtinfire macrumors member


    Jul 2, 2011
    Bellevue, WA
    If you tend to work with multiple windows open, Divvy is a neat tool that lets you set keyboard shortcuts to resize and send windows to preset screen positions, similar to Windows' snap feature but way more customizable. I have to do a lot of comparing files and copying back and forth between web sites and documents and it's super helpful.

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