what are some apps every mac should have?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by bchamorro, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. bchamorro macrumors regular

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    like for ripping dvds, video codecs, etc...

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  2. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Well, VisualHub was one of those... wait for Handbrake's new release.

    Get:

    Appcleaner (uninstaller)

    MainMenu (systen clean)

    Handbrake (ripping dvd)

    Transmission (torrent)
     
  3. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    VMware - so you can run Linux.
    Firefox - less buggy then Safari and snappier too.
    Thunderbird - less features then mail, but seems to be stabler.
    Songbird - From Mozilla, It's like iTunes, Firefox and last.fm all in one ( it is in beta and still needs a lot of work, but I think it has a ton more potential then iTunes.

    VMWare is the only commercial application. Firefox, Thunderbird, and Songbird are all open source, and a lot off people have developed some great plug ins for all 3.
     
  4. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Update to the post concerning Handbrake. You could download the beta version. It works fine, but I will definitely upgrade to the official version when it's out.

    Every mac should have firefox, VLC (plays anything...), and Google earth.
     
  5. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    you can still use VisualHub you just need to find a download link for it and politely ask the developers if you can buy a license knowing it is now not supported. if that doesnt work try ffmpegX.

    Perian - adds codecs to QuickTime Player (not iTunes)
    VLC - for the obscure video that you cannot play in QuickTime
    Toast - media burning app
    MacTheRipper - to rip exact copies of DVDs which can then convert with VisualHub/ffmpegX or burnt with Toast.
    Handbrake - rip and convert DVDs

    also check out the sticky at the top of this forum.
     
  6. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Perian - Additional codec support
    VirtualBox - Like VMWare only free
    App Update - Checks all your installed apps for newer versions
    GimmeSomeTune - Pop up for iTunes to display your album art works when not registered at the iTunes store as well.
    iStat Menus - Displays system information like net & cpu usage, temperatures, memory...
    MacTheRipper - Rips DVDs plus the already mentioned Handbrake to encode and VLC the Swiss army knife of players.
    Renamer4Mac - Batch renaming of files.
     
  7. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    Flip4Mac so you can view .wmv files. Installing Windows Media Player 9 is a hassle since you have to download Stuffit Expander to unpackage the WMP9 installer...
     
  8. redmeister macrumors 6502

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    adium
    flip4mac
    transmission
    firefox

    edit: whoops sorry, only read the title. not sure about vid ripping
     

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