What should I install?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Trichotillo, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. Trichotillo macrumors newbie

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    Hi all, new Macbook owner here (white Penryn 2.4). I've been a Windows sufferer for a long time and I finally saw the light. Anyway, what essential applications do you suggest I put on my MacBook?
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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  3. makismagoo99 macrumors regular

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    Quicksilver (app launcher)
    Adium (AIM/gchat client)
    Firefox
    VLC (media player)
    Flip4MacWMV
     
  4. lwcoffer2 macrumors member

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  5. lazydesi macrumors 6502

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    Firefox

    VLC

    Quicksilver

    Transmission (torrent)

    flip4mac

    Perian
     
  6. DaBrain macrumors 65816

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    Other than what others wrote:
    Menu Meters, AppZapper, Hand Brake for ripping stuff,RSS Owl, License Keeper, Pastor,and I prefer Apples Safari web browser, Safari AdBlock or better yet Pith Helmet.
     
  7. krye macrumors 68000

    krye

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    I always find these posts silly, like everyone uses their computers for the same things, but here goes.

    What you really need to do is make a list of what you used your Win PC for. Write down all the applications you used. Then come back here with the list and ask people to give you a Mac alternative.

    Also, you can look at places like http://osx.iusethis.com/ for things you might think are "handy".
     
  8. smooth macrumors 6502

    smooth

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    I've found that Firefox is better than Safari (even with the new Safari update). Also, I suggest MonoLingual. You can get rid of all the languages that you don't need on your computer. It freed up about 5GB on my MacBook.
     
  9. Kalafut macrumors regular

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    WORDS OF FALSIFICATION!!!!

    naw jk i just like safari, although Firefox is a very good browser (hell of a lot better than IE7)
     
  10. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    The best way to keep your Mac from becoming cluttered like your Windows PC is to install lots of random programs suggested by strangers on the internet who won't have to use your computer.
     
  11. Cyroceon macrumors 6502a

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    Here is my current application list:

    A52 Universal Sound Codec (For use with AC3 sound encoded videos)
    Adobe Photoshop CS3 - You know
    Azureus - Torrents
    Crossover - Run Steam and a couple other windows apps
    Firefox - In case I can't run something with Safari
    Handbrake - Conversion from DVD to MP4 etc...
    InsomniaX - Keeps your screen on when you close lid
    Limewire - P2P
    MactheRipper - Ripping from DVD to Video_TS folder
    MS Office 2008 - You know
    Perian 1.1 - All in one video codec
    Roxio Toast Titanium 8 - Burning software to burn ISOs, Bins, etc.
    Skype - Video Conference
    Turbo Tax - Taxes
    UnRarX - Zip/Rar utility
    Visual Hub - Any type video conversion (ex. avi to mp4, mp4 to avi, etc..)
    VMWare Fusion - Virtual Machine Emulation for Windows
    Wavepad - Good basic sound editor
    WM Components (Flip4Mac) - Codec for .wmv and a few other extensions
    XBench - Simple benchmarking program
     
  12. smooth macrumors 6502

    smooth

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    I should have clarified. I don't think there's a browser I don't like. For what I use the internet for, any browser would work for me. I like Safari and I don't mind IE. However, what I've found is that Firefox loads the fastest - so that is the sole factor on which browser I use.
     

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