What do you do with your Mac?

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  1. Mac Addict macrumors member

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    I'd like to hear what other users do with their Macs. Macs have decent hardware & a great efficent OS.

    Besides the basics: mail, web, ect... I love iPhoto and enjoy using the photos with iLife making websites, web gallery and so on. I rip/compress/burn DVDs & play with garage band. Waiting till end of march for the release of the panasonic hdc-sd9 to start making/editing home movies.

    But with such horsepower under our Macs I feel like there's more that I should be trying. I use the mac mostly at home, maybe more of the powerful software is work related? I've been thinking of taking the photo thing up a notch.
     
  2. Bendy Walker macrumors regular

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    I use my Mac to manage my websites, and to edit and publish podcasts. I love it. :D
     
  3. boonleng macrumors regular

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  4. valdore macrumors 65816

    valdore

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    Photography is my big, big hobby, and I use my Mac Pro (2007 version 8 core 3.0 ghz) for photo storage and editing. Currently two hard drives at 750 GB each, forming a JBOD of 1.5 TB).

    Also, an unassuming white MacBook so I can have Internet when traveling.
     
  5. jaathan macrumors newbie

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    i do alot of photoshopping as a hobby. Plus with a beautiful crisp 24" inch, theres no doubt about it. But sadly my iMac is in for repairs suffering from dead pixels :(
     
  6. BullBoyKennels macrumors member

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    Video, Audio, Podcasting, Photoshop, Website, & basic usage.
     
  7. czachorski macrumors 6502a

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    I use it to weave all my content into great HD home movies. Check these out.
     
  8. ryannel2003 macrumors 68000

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    Basic apps. Mail, Safari, iChat, iTunes, iPhoto etc. Don't do much with heavy apps... unless you would include Halo as a demanding app :rolleyes:
     
  9. Theatrics macrumors member

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    Besides the basics, I do a lot of art, mainly in Illustrator. I also use Photoshop and Pixelmator. As far as games go, I play Second Life and EVE Online. I use Garageband to record music with my midi keyboard and guitar. I use Skype, Colloquy, and iChat to stay connected. I do a bit of web stuff with Text Mate, Cyberduck, and Rapidweaver. I use it for everything.
     
  10. Mac Addict thread starter macrumors member

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    Great movies
     
  11. aross99 macrumors 68000

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    Maintain some web sites, some Photoshop, Photo Editing, Text and Video chats...
     
  12. KJdanReuben macrumors regular

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    Final Cut. School work. And, of course, the basics with a few games. Well, really only two games, Age of Empires II & III.
     
  13. Siriosys macrumors regular

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    Well, apart from the usual suspects: mail, safari, transmission and iLife, I also have to admit using my mac as:

    An object of desire, caressing and adoring it every day I turn it on (or vice versa):D:D:D

    I also use it as a VMware Host machine which it seems to do very well and I know it's old-skool, but I love playing Quake on it.

    ....oh, that's right, the main reason I purchased it was to create music....
     
  14. tersono macrumors 68000

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    Earning a living :p (including design work and admin of a mixed Windows/Mac network).
     
  15. Bobbi Flekman macrumors regular

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    Several things, but apart from the usual suspects (mail, websurfing, office stuff like wordcrunching), the two things that set it apart are developing programs and music.

    The development is maintenance and creation of programs to aid in the fight against malware. This is done in VMware Fusion with Borland Development Studio as main development tool. I also use Fusion to analyse malware, as it helps to know what you are fighting.

    The second thing I do is music (I am a keyboardist/guitarist). I have Logic Studio running for that. And a bunch of synthesizers that are manipulated through it, most notably the Native Instruments Komplete bundle. One of the things I will be checking out in the new Studio is MainStage as that can help in program changes in live situations.
     
  16. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

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    iPhoto, iMovie, World of Warcraft like 2 hrs average a day, Handbrake (100+ movies so far), iWeb, Skype, Reason, Office 2008, Podcasting.
     
  17. Joko macrumors 6502

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    WoW about 10 hours per day, besides that..porn.
     
  18. dbam987 macrumors regular

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    MBP For Everything!

    I currently have my MBP hooked up to my monitor, keyboard and mouse. It currently serves as my main machine for software development, office, all things iLife, 3d scene animations (using bryce 6), and movie creation. i'm a hobbyist, so i don't need something too powerful like the Mac Pro (although that would be nice).

    I could sure use a higher-end Mac Mini than the one's currently available... as that will allow me to stack extra hard-disk drives without adding too much clutter.
     
  19. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    Gotta like that honesty. :p
     
  20. nazuk macrumors 6502

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    The usual surfing stuff and iTunes, plus EyeTV (record TV shows, archive and watch on iTouch when traveling). Transmission for downloads, Handbrake and Visual Hub for video conversion and extraction. Use iPhoto for family pictures, and Soho Notes for organising my life and computing life with an archive of anything and everything!
     
  21. Gerard. macrumors member

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    Clean it, then sit on my bed and stare at it. Then when i manage to get on it i usually use Transmission for torrenting movies, Photobooth, Adium for chatting, iPhoto, Dashboard, iDvd for burning discs.
     
  22. nickf macrumors member

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    I use my mini at work for protein homology modelling and molecular graphics work with VMD, alongside the usual office apps.

    The iMac at home is strictly Warcraft only :)
     
  23. khosna macrumors member

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  24. a104375 macrumors 6502

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    i use them mainly for web and music but at school i use it for graphic design which they work great for both
     

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