What cool things do you do with your Mac? Looking for inspiration

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by guvna, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. guvna macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011
    I am about to replace my 4 year old :apple: with a shiny new Macbook Pro. An amazing machine. Looking forward to getting my hands on it.

    Only thing is.. what am I going to use it for? How am I going to make the most of all this power? Facebook. Twitter. General Internet. College Work... and that is probably about all I do on a computer based on my current habits!

    I want to have a reason for sitting at my computer.. I want to actually do something productive with my spare time.

    What do you use your Mac for? What are those guys staring at their Mac's in Starbucks doing? Just looking for ideas..
  2. ScottNWDW macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    Hmmmm let's see......

    Manage Finances w/Quicken
    Keep a Journal w/DayOne
    work with Excel & Numbers Spreadsheets
    Write things with Pages and Word.
    -- Thinking about writing a book about all the stupid things guests at Disney World do.
    Create PowerPoint and KeyNote presentations
    Play Solitaire
    make Greeting Cards
    Manage my Calendar
    manage my tasks with OmniFocus
    Keep track of my Photography group membership w/Bento4
    Edit Photos
    Keep my iPad and iPhone synced with iTunes
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If you want coolness, look no further.

    I use:
    gotomypc to connect to my work computer
    Microsoft's RDP client to connect to my work serveres
    VMware/QuickBooks to manage my church's finances
    Word/Excel for helping with reports of said finances (both windows office and mac office).
    Rapidweaver for some light web dev.
    Photoshop to make my cool sig
    mail.app for email
    ical to make sure I don't miss anything
    safari because I love this place :p

    There you have it :D
  4. guvna thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011
    Well I suppose I could try to learn how to code.. that could be productive
  5. rien333 macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
    The Netherlands
  6. frankieboy macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2009
    Love letters

    Serving customers:
    • graphics with Illustrator and GraphicConvertor
    • desktop publishing with Framemaker (in a Windows VM) and Word; I love typography
    • database programming with 4D
    • creating tutorials and technical support communication in Gmail
    • updating web sites in Dreamweaver and Coda

    Working on community projects that inspire me (libertarian stuff, "Reinventing the Future of Freedom"), using:
    • OmniOutliner
    • Google Sites
    • Gmail

    Watching Movies, especially classic film noirs.
  7. duncanbrodie1 macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2011
    They're doing exactly what you aspired to be doing when you made the decision to buy a macbook. Looking "cool" while actually doing nothing.
    I like coffee shops too, but any real work is done in an office. Any one of those people sitting in some overrated cafe on their macbooks with their lattes are completely aware of what they're doing and desperately hoping that someone watches them and basks in their apple-shaped beam of coolness.
  8. Duluth Baptist macrumors member

    May 9, 2011
    Duluth, MN
    I vehemently disagree. This is nothing but bad-mouthing cool people who sit around in coffee shops with macbooks.

    I assert that they are actually checking their favorite webpages and playing Farmville. So what if they could do it on a netbook for 1/5th the price? They look cool doing it.
  9. Duluth Baptist macrumors member

    May 9, 2011
    Duluth, MN
    If you don't want to spend a lot of extra money, there are programs like the Gimp and Inkscape which do a good job approximating Adobe programs and allow you to produce some sharp stuff. If you have a graphics card in your MBP you'll have enough horsepower to edit video, but do you actually have video to edit?
  10. guvna thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011
    Thats the whole thing! What could be so important and interesting that you need to bring your Macbook to a coffe shop and sit there for 4/5 hours?

    These people can't all the posing! The ones doing the posing are the guys with the iPads these days.
  11. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    They're either working or surfing and using the coffee shops' free wifi.
  12. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Spaces to have many, many applications open at once.
    Expose to use with windows (all open spaces) and open windows in that space for fast movement.
    Myriad of keyboard commands along with powerful applications to improve productivity.
    Alfred to use in place of spotlight to find and open ANYTHING on the computer.

    With the various setup I have and the programs I have installed, I can move any file, window, open any folder, document, search anywhere, do anything from ANY screen. ALl under 3 seconds.

    ^If you put enough time and effort into fine tuning your machine, it will be so amazingly powerful you won't know what to do.
  13. Badbaw macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2011
    Download Pixelmator from the Mac App Store. The program is so beautiful that you'll want to learn image editing and graphical creation, and not nearly as cumbersome to learn as PS. It's a decent replacement for PS, to a certain extent.

    Their website (www.pixelmator.com) has some basic tutorials that'll kick start you right into action. If you want to be creative, this is it.
  14. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    I would suggest trying Aperture as well if you're spending some money; very powerful and has a TON of editing features along with great organizational features. I got it 50 percent for the organization, 50 percent editing.
  15. waynechriss macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2009
    I'm a project junkie so I'm always trying to create something.

    -Graphic Art/Portraits using either Sketchbook Pro or Illustrator CS5.
    -Taking photos with my Lumix GF2 and editing through Aperture 3.
    -Creating fun cheesy movies with friends and cousins using Final Cut Express/Audacity/Montage Screen writing software.
    -Manage calender.
    -Play games (Killing Floor, Trine, Amnesia, Machinarium, etc).
    -Sort projects and important docs in Evernote.

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