What are your MUST HAVE applications for your MBP??

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  1. bds120 macrumors member

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    So I am getting prepared for my new 2015 MBP to arrive.

    Key apps I have used since getting my 2008 MBP are

    1. Trim Enabler
    2. Caffeine
    3. NoSleep
    4. Office 2011
    5. VLC Player
    6. Adobe CS6
    7. LibreOffice
    8. TrueCrypt
    9. VirtualBox

    What are you apps that you use? I am going to be looking for a good video editor. I am also going to be looking for Password Application something like Passwd Safe
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    TRIM Enabler isn't needed, as TRIM is enabled by default on Apple OEM SSDs that ship with rMBPs.

    VLC Player is a resource hog - I use MPlayerX instead (free App Store app).

    Office 2011 is outdated. Use the Office Preview instead (it's stable).

    I don't use VirtualBox because of its inefficiency and also, its USB 3 drivers are buggy. I use VMware Fusion instead.

    CS6 and CC are pretty good.

    Instead of using Caffeine or NoSleep, I use InsomniaX. It's more stable and works all the time. It gives you the option to either disable lid sleep, idle sleep or both. Useful for enabling clamshell mode without having to plug in. Disabling idle sleep also works well for me as it means that when I hit Ctrl+Shift+Pwr, the display goes to sleep but InsomniaX will prevent the computer from entering sleep when the display is asleep (on battery power).

    TrueCrypt is useless as it's discontinued and no longer receives security patches. I just enable FileVault and create AES-256 encrypted DMGs using Disk Utility.
     
  3. Fluttershy macrumors regular

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    Currently transitioning from my Late-2011 17" to a Mid-2015 15"

    My key apps are:
    - Office 2011 (or 2015 beta)
    - Lotus Notes & SameTime
    - Wunderlist
    - iTunes
    - Chrome
    - Sparrow (to be replaced by Airmail)
    - iMessage
    - Skitch
    - smcFanControl
    - Fantastical
    - Dropbox
    - TextExpander
    - menuBarRearranger 2
    - 1Password

    just to name a few
     
  4. bds120 thread starter macrumors member

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    Excellent info. Will definitely look into these items mentioned. Thanks a ton
     
  5. RichardC300 macrumors 65816

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    Alfred 2
    BetterSnapTool
    Dropbox
    Macs Fan Control
    MplayerX
    Spotify (premium account)
    Office 2011
     
  6. bds120 thread starter macrumors member

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    I see you both are using a fan control. I did also on my 2008. I figured it would not be needed on the new model. Guess I will take a look.
     
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    Bettertouchtool
    Macsfancontrol
    Virtualbox + windows + office 2010
    Google chrome
    adium
     
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    Office 2011
    Kodi
    Google Play Music
    Skype
    LockDown Browser
    Clementine
    Google Chrome
    Mail
    Messages
    Photos
    iMovie
     
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    Evernote
    Pixa
    Skype
    Airmail
    Chrome + Lastpass
    Alfred 2
    Cleanmymac 3
    Beamer (Airplay to Appletv)
    Pushbullet (Push files, text to iDevices)
    Junecloud Delivery Status (Widget)
     
  13. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    You don't really need it anymore, but I prefer my laptop to be cooler in exchange for a little more fan noise.
     
  14. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    BetterTouchTool
    is the best thing about OSX. The one thing you just cannot have on Windows. Definitely a must have IMO.
     
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    Evernote
    Dropbox
    Handbrake
    OBS
    Photoshop
    Firefox/Chrome
    Parallels
    XCode
    Skitch
     
  16. ayzee macrumors 6502a

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    Waiting for my 15" Rmbp to be delivered Wednesday. Am going to start from scratch with my install, and re-download all apps instead of transferring from my old 2012 Rmbp

    Evernote
    Snapndrag
    Titanium x
    No sleep
    Vlc
    Office 2011
    Photoshop CS6
    Dropbox (must have! My backup drive)
    Chrome
    Disc Cover 3
    Skype
    Handbrake
    Backblaze
     
  17. KarmaRocket macrumors member

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    Chrome
    Postbox
    Alfred
    uBar
    TotalTerminal
    Teamviewer
    Evernote
    Dropbox
    Xcode
    Final Draft
    Scrivener
    LibreOffice
    Vmware
    Steam
    Final Cut X
     
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    • iTerm
    • MAMP
    • Atom
    • GitHub
    • VMware Fusion
    • Firefox Developer Edition
    These are the absolute minimum requirement for me.
     
  19. OneMike macrumors 603

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    PHPStorm
    1password
    VMware
    MAMP
    FileZilla
    MySQL workbench
     
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    Aviator
    Spotify Premium
    Hotspot Shield
    Parallels
    Better Touch Tool
    Mac ID
    Alfred
    Bartender
    Caffeine
    Lastpass
     
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    What are your MUST HAVE applications for your MBP??

    1Password - password manager
    Bartender - menu bar manager
    Dropbox
    Fantastical - calendar
    Filezilla
    Firefox
    Moom - window manager
    MS Office 2011
    Pathfinder - finder on steroids
    Photoshop Elements
    Reeder
    TextExpander
    Tweetbot
     
  24. Fthree macrumors 6502a

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    do you pay monthly for the Photoshop or did you purchase?
     
  25. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    Final Cut Pro X & Motion are REQUIREMENTS for Video Editors.

    Alfred for productivity. Seriously, since installing Alfred my productivity has increased by a factor of ten. It's amazing how much I get done with it.

    For photography management, Lightroom is perfect. Aperture works well also.

    For photo manipulation or work, if you can afford it, Photoshop, otherwise Pixelmator.

    Coding and Scripting requires BBEdit or TextWrangler.

    The Unarchiver is great for unpacking archives.

    If you work with graphics, there's literally no reason to NOT have Sip installed.
     

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