The Switcher Essential Kit !!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by noway, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. noway macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2007
    I'm getting my first Mac in 2 days and I can use your knowledge. Plz keep in mind I'm a switcher, that's why I have so many insecurities.

    1. For internet, should I use Firefox, Safari or Camino ?
    2. For mail, there's the mail in MacOS. My question is, can I check my gmail and yahoo mail using Mail in MacOS? (or should I use another program)
    3. For video viewing, (wmv, avi ...) should I get something like Flip4Mac or WMP for Mac or both!??!
    4. I intend to buy iWork but should I get NeoOffice (only for excel files)?
    5. What about Xcode for C++ programming?
    6. Last, but not least, should I download MSN for Mac or amsn !?!

    Thank you very much.
    PS: If you have any recommendations, feel free, it would be appreciated
  2. Sbrocket macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2007
    1. I like Firefox, personally, because that's what I've used for a while now and I like the open-source community built around it. But that's just me -- what browser you use is purely a personal choice. You'll have different people give you excellent reasons to use each of those three.

    2. Not sure on Yahoo mail, but I know you can setup POP3 access for gmail access. Obviously not as ideal as IMAP, and I wish they would build it in rather than outdated POP3, but its possible. Not recommended if you use multiple machines for your work.

    3. Flip4Mac and Perian.

    5. Xcode is an excellent environment to use for many languages, including C++.

    Get it. You won't regret it.

  3. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I'm testing out Safari 3 right now and it's pretty good, although I like to have multiple homepages so I'll probably just end up going back to FireFox. FireFox uses less memory too. So unless you are getting 512MB of RAM and like more than one homepage, Safari will be fine.

    Yep, I'm using Mail with my Gmail account and it's working perfectly, not sure about Yahoo mail though, check to see if it supports POP3, if it does then it should work fine with Mail.

    I personally use VLC for AVI files and the like, but I also have Flip4Mac installed and use Quicktime for the rest of the video formats.

    Try NeoOffice first, since it's free, and see if it fits your needs.

    Sadly I'm not a programmer, so I cannot answer that.

    I would highly recommend Adium, I use it instead of MSN Messenger and find that it is much better.
  4. 66217 Guest

    Jan 30, 2006
    I use Safari, it is simple and elegant. But Firefox is also very popular and much more customizable.

    You can use the OS X mail, search in google and there you would find the instructions to use it with GMail. It is a simple procedure.

    Get Flip4Mac, much better. VLC is also a good player that can come in handy.

    You could wait and see if the new iWork has a spreadsheet app. If you are planning on buying iWork right away, NeoOffice is a very good app, higly recommended.

    What is XCode?:)

    Nooooo!! Download Adium.

    But my best recommendation is to enjoy your Mac and don´t get frustrated if you don't understand things at first. The first time is always so good:D
  5. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    I love Safari, with Inquisitor, especially now the Safari 3 beta has arrived. However, Camino is much better than Firefox, and is my backup browser for when (very rarely) a site doesn't work with Safari
    Flip4Mac, Perian and VLC
    Yes, I also use it when I need better formatting compatibility with windows than Pages gives me.
    Adium is by far the best there is, but does not have video. I use Mercury for video when I need it, but some like aMSN.
    Check out these links, and the beginners guide :)
  6. noway thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2007
    Wow I just started to write today on this forum. (although I've been reading everything since March) and I must say that this forum/website/ and MEMBERS ARE GREAT AND HELPFUL.

    Thanks a lot guys (and girls) for your knowledge.

    Message for those who read but do not write or register: you are making a big MISTAKE. go register!!!!!
  7. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Try all three browsers to see which one you like best.

    Freepops for integrating yahoo with Mail.

    NeoOffice is the only native VBA spreadsheet for the Intel Mac.

    XCode is good for C++ but try and learn Objective-C.
  8. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Use the browser and mail reader comes with Mac OS X unless you see some reason to switch. Most people will not see any reason to.

    Yes xcode is the way to go. Unless you are moving from a pure UNIX environment, then just stick with the terminal window and move to xcode slowly.

    NeoOffice or OpenOffice, same thing both will read excel files unless there are some really complex macros or forms in them. But mostly it works well.

    Flip4Mac seems to do the job
  9. noway thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2007
    So far everything you guys told me to have is great thank you again.

    That being said i have 2 little questions (newbie questions)
    1. Is there a place where we can "defrag" the disk or clean it up (after installing/uninstall/etc.)
    2. Where the hell is Xcode on this computer ?!?!
  10. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    You don't need to, Mac OS X automatically defrags the disk for you :).

    Here you go.
  11. shipdestroyer macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    New Hampshire
    3. Take a look at Niceplayer. Similar to VLC, but I find it works a little better.

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