The essentials?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by TJaames, May 5, 2010.

  1. TJaames macrumors member

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    Hey guys.
    I apologize if this has been asked before, but I'm a first-time mac owner with no experience with OS or anything of the sort. I received my 17" i5 MBP Friday night, and I had to send it back to Apple to be repaired today.

    I'm just curious, being a new and first-time owner, what are essential programs, accessories (internal and external), and other things that are absolutely a must have for MBP.

    I have the 17" i5 hi-res glossy machine, and the only things I own right now for it are Microsoft office business edition and AppleCare.
    I don't plan on doing anything too crazy with the computer. I'm a pretty bare-bones user. I'll be listening to music, internet, skype/ichat, possibly WoW if I decide to immerse myself back into it, etc.

    Thank you in advanced for all your help.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You can get by with the default software just fine. It's usually better to determine what kind of program you need and then search for a solution- different things work for different people.

    Bookmark Mroogle- you'll be able to find your answers on the forum a lot faster that way.
     
  3. Fuzzy14 macrumors 65816

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    Unless you want to use it for anything specific, it probably comes with all you need. But try this list anyway.

    Oh, and VLC is a must.
     
  4. elpmas macrumors 68000

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    I think there's a thread somewhere below this one that says something about "Applications I love...". It pretty much has programs that users, just like yourself, likes to use on a daily basis. Hope this helps :]
     
  5. bigjobby macrumors 65816

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    MS Office Business Edition? I might be wrong but don't you mean Office 2008 for Mac? BE I thought was distinctly for Windows.
     
  6. TJaames thread starter macrumors member

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    Nope BE 2008 for Mac.

    Thank you guys for the lists! I also want to know about things like the best cases, mice, etc. !
     
  7. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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  8. RELOAD911 macrumors member

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    I would recommend coconutBattery for monitoring your battery life condition and The Unarchiver for various types of archives extraction. Oh, and Perian instead of VLC but that's a matter of taste AND you'll still need VLC if you want to watch anything in MKV.
     

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