What are the must have apps for a MacBook Pro you couldn't do without?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Brad9753, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. Brad9753 macrumors member


    Jun 7, 2012
    I am waiting for the retina pro to become available in the high street at the moment. In the mean time I was wondering what the essential apps are. This will be my first apple product other then my phone.
    For one thing, I have seen people mention a lot about laptop temperature. Is this a built in feature or an app? If so what are the better ones? Also ones that monitor usage of ram and resources would be good, and any other apps you could not live without, I am after productivity ones rather then games etc though.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    iStat Pro will give you accurate reading of temps, fan speeds, battery condition, etc. As far as other apps, this should get you started, with links for app recommendations:

    Helpful Information for Any Mac User
    Portables Fast Start: The New User's Guide to Apple Notebooks
  3. valleydesign macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2012
    Im a big fan of dropbox to completely eliminate the need for a flash drive. Thats really the only one I couldn't live without. That and CS6 :D

    Oh almost forgot about spotify!! Awesome music app and no more wasting half your hard drive on a music library.
  4. atlasica macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2011
    iStats, as previously mentioned is really useful. Nice to know which apps are hogging your CPU.

    Jitouch. How did I ever live without it. Adds in a whole bunch of multi-touch gestures such as switching between tabs, closing windows, etc.

    Note: I technically don't own a MBP (yet), but...close enough.
  5. musty345 macrumors regular


    Feb 28, 2010
    United Kingdom
    These are all the free apps I love:
    As valleydesign said, Dropbox
    Cloudapp Basically lets you upload files just by right clicking on the file and selecting 'upload with Cloud app' and then give a link to your friend.

    iWork suite/Microsoft Office- I prefer iWork (Pages, keynote and numbers).
    Ommwriter is very good for writing anything because it gets rid of distractions and plays soothing music
    Mindnode is great if you want to do mind maps.

    They're just a few I can't live out, others like RapidWeaver/CS6 depend on your personal needs :)
  6. SMacDuff macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2006
    Stockholm, Sweden
    The Unarchiver
    Microsoft Office/iWork (I also prefer iWork)
    Calibre (for e-book management)
    Parallels 7 (fo those few Windows programs that still have no OSX equivalent)
  7. Burrel macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2012
    Birmingham, England
    Thank you very much for all the contributions in this thread. I bought a new MBP 13" on Saturday (my first ever Mac) and so all of these recommendations will come in very handy.
  8. jamin00 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2012
    Essex, UK.
    SMC fan control
    colour splash studio
  9. Crazy Badger macrumors 65816

    Crazy Badger

    Apr 1, 2008
    I'm still working with people in a predominantly Windoz environment so would be lost without Office and the Omnigroup products that provide Project & Visio replacements for the Mac. Still need Windoz for a few things so probably add Parallels to the list.

    Also like iCompta as a personal money manager and Dropbox for file sharing (although also have a Skydrive account which I use more as a backup cloud service as it gave me 25GB)
  10. wct097 macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2010
    VMWare Fusion, since I have to make a living from the machine and can't just sit there using Safari & iTunes while hanging out in the coffee shop all day. ;)
  11. vow macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2010
    Path Finder - Finder replacement
    LiteSwitch X - Task switcher replacement
    Divvy - Windows management

    Little Snitch
    VMWare Fusion
  12. Zwikker macrumors regular


    May 28, 2012
    Morgantown, WV
  13. scarred macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2011
    I thought transmission was the recommended one for OS X? That's what I've been using, and it works well.

    Also for the list:

    Cobook (address book replacement)
    Disk Inventory X (not on app store, but free)
  14. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    If you need to use any Windows applications or plan to install Windows via Bootcamp, I'm loving Parallels. I can access my bootcamp partition, run windows applications, etc.

    I also like Keynote, Pages, & Numbers.
  15. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
  16. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    In most cases, app removal software doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this and this. If you just want to delete the app, drag the .app file to the trash. No other software needed. If you want to completely remove all associated files/folders, no removal apps will do the job.

    The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
    You don't need "cleaner" or "maintenance" apps to keep your Mac running well, and some of these apps can do more harm than good. Some remove files/folders or unused languages or architectures, which does nothing more than free up some drive space, with the risk of deleting something important in the process.

    These apps will not make your Mac run faster or more efficiently, since having stuff stored on a drive does not impact performance, unless you're running out of drive space. Some of these apps delete caches, which can hurt performance, rather than help it, since more system resources are used and performance suffers while each cache is being rebuilt.

    Many of these tasks should only be done selectively to troubleshoot specific problems, not en masse as routine maintenance.

    Mac OS X does a good job of taking care of itself, without the need for 3rd party software. Among other things, it has its own maintenance scripts that run silently in the background on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, without user intervention.

  17. Burrel macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2012
    Birmingham, England
    I'd be quite interested to know whether transmission (which I'd not heard of until now) should be used over uTorrent, and if so for what reasons.
  18. satchow macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2011
    Chrome, Diablo 3, Echofon, Linkinus, League of Legends, Skype, Messages and StarCraft 2.
  19. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

    May 1, 2009
    Perian (though it will be discontinued, still a must have tweak to enhance Quicktime).
  20. Burrel macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2012
    Birmingham, England
    Hardly 'must have' applications! ;)
  21. jbg232, Jun 20, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2012

    jbg232 macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2007
    I just had to answer this question myself as I upgraded to an SSD and started from scratch. Given that space was a premium I only re-installed my really used programs (I had been accumulating 4 years of junk on my computer).

    Here are the non-apple programs that I use in order of benefit:
    Google Chrome (maybe to be replaced by Safari in 10.8)
    Reeder (my favorite app ever)
    Wunderlist (soon to be replaced in 10.8 by Reminders)
    Notational Velocity (soon to be replaced in 10.8 by Notes)
    Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint for Mac 2011
    Aperture and Photoshop
    VMware Fusion running Office for Windows

    Utilities not in my dock that I really like (and use):
    Daisy Disk
    Coconut Battery

    Edit: I forgot about my two system preference add ons - printopia and bettertouchtool
  22. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    See post #18
  23. jbg232 macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2007
    I received the app for free as part of a bundle and like the way it works although I agree it's probably not the BEST way to delete a program.

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