what to do first, with a brand new macbook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by e8w117, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. e8w117 macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    hello ladies and gents... using macmall's great prices and their inauguration sale, i just scooped the aluminum macbook for around $1300, shipped.

    now, i'm a complete n00b when it came to apple products and apple applications but i was REALLY frustrated with my current 8 year old desktop.

    so.... i'm expecting the mac tomorrow and wanted to get ideas of thing do first, preventative measures, things to add/delete... whatever....

    any help would be greatly appreciated, thnx....

    if this is a repost, sry.
  2. yousoldtheworld macrumors member


    Jan 6, 2009
    nowhere, Indiana
    plug it in when you turn it on. The setup is quick and painless.

    Let it charge fully and stay charged for at least 2 hours, then calibrate the battery (search on apple.com for detailed directions on calibration).

    Other than that, you should be good to go. Macs tend to be ready to go right out of the box.

    Reading around on these forums should give you ideas about good apps to get.
  3. Nero9171 macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eastern Shore, MD
    First thing to do is calibrate your screen. To do this, head to "System Prefernces", then under "Hardware" you will see a "Displays" button. Go there, and choose the "Color" tab, then select "Calibrate...". From there, everything is self explanatory.

    Get some cool wallpapers from Interfacelift

    Here are a list of applications that I consider must haves.
    The free stuff
    Slim Battery Monitor
    OpenOffice (if you only do semi basic office work and do not want to spend money on Office or iWork)
    Adium (an iChat replacement that handles more protocols)
    Transmission (for torrents)
    Quicksilver ( best to check it out on youtube, but it is cool :) )
    VLC Media player (Better than spending the money on Qucktime Pro, because it will play almost anything you throw at it)

    The not so free stuff
    Microsoft Office (it is worth the money if you need the features, or are just familiar to how it functions.)
    VMWare (purchase this over Parallels)
    Final Cut Express
    Candybar ( if you want to customize your icons, dock, folders, ect. I made my theme sweet thanks to this app)

    You can also give Opera or Firefox a try for a web browser, but I find that Safari runs faster than the two, plus it handles multitouch gestures better.

    Hope that helps.
  4. angemon89 macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    The place where Apple designs stuff
    There is nothing to delete, it's a Mac! It doesn't come bloated with crapware.

    You will need this for sure:
    and this

    As for Apps, it's all up to you and what you will need. The above two just add components to Quicktime player so that it can play pretty much any video. :D
  5. yousoldtheworld macrumors member


    Jan 6, 2009
    nowhere, Indiana
    Oh, and the iStat widget is incredibly useful. It helps you keep track of your system and keep an eye on your memory, battery, fans, temp, etc.
  6. Henk Poley macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2008
  7. Chase R macrumors 65816

    Chase R

    May 8, 2008
    Congratulations with your purchase. As for first things to do... turn it on, do the quick setup, fully charge the battery and then fully drain it.

    Some must have apps are:
    iStat Pro

    Depending on what you wanna do with your computer, there are some other great apps that are either free or well worth the small charge.

    I also spent weeks fiddling with all of the system preferences and different app preferences and toolbars until I got them and the system just the way I like it (this was my fist Mac).

    Good Luck!
  8. yousoldtheworld macrumors member


    Jan 6, 2009
    nowhere, Indiana
    Another good one is Xslimmer. It goes through your Apps and allows you to delete universal binaries and other unnecessary files.

    On my month old MacBook, it freed up nearly 3 GB of space!
  9. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    No,but it does come with alot of stuff you may or may not need ie 30.000 printer drivers & additional languages, I'd re-install the OS first and use the optional install to get rid of these first
  10. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    Thats a good app but if you arnt experienced with macs you can get it to delete stuff your programs need to operate.
  11. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
  12. pesc macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2006
    First step: Connect an external hard drive (or a Time Capsule) and make sure Time Machine is set up properly. Let it do its initial backup which may take several hours.

    Step two: In my opinion, don't download the ten most indispensable must-have apps just yet. If you are not used to OS X yet, start to learn the new environment. Watch the iLife movies on the apple site, for instance. Read the help files in Finder and the various apps. Learn iLife and the Mac way of working. It is different from Windows. When you know what OS X can and can't do, find the apps that provide the stuff YOU need.
  13. pagansoul macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2006
    There are a few things you may not need, like all the languages and the 'test drive' of Microsoft office. You may want to wait till you are used to the machine before you start nuking the programs you don't need. Go to MacUpdate to see all the Mac programs that are around. You can set up your search on just the free stuff to begin with but after awhile you will love places like MacHeist and MacUpdate package sales for paid programs (you get them around twice a year and you buy 10-12 programs for about $50 total where if purchased on their own they run about $20 or more each.
  14. yousoldtheworld macrumors member


    Jan 6, 2009
    nowhere, Indiana
    Yes, I definitely agree with that! Even now that I've owned several Macs and know my way around them, when I get a new one I play with it for a few days and add apps and things once I need them. It's best to get a good feel for your new OS and system before you add MORE new things to it.
  15. MattyK macrumors 6502a


    Man you gotta do what you gotta do; Get use to the OS, have a browse around finder, check out some features like what happens when you press the dashboard shortcut and drag a widget onto the dashboard, It's easy after you get to know it.. ;)
  16. e8w117 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    AWESOME..... this is ALL VERY HELPFUL.... i took delivery of the MacBook last night...

    i've gone thru all the basic setup instructions. organized the Finder to how i like it and setup the hot corners.

    coming from windows, configuring the AirPort took afew more minutes. i've also figured out what the blue little blob was and how to 'hard' quit an already open app.

    is there a way to hard quit the Finder?

    pls keep the ideas coming.

    again, thnx for the ideas.....
  17. e8w117 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    i've also found afew uses for the widget, Tinkertool
  18. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    Have you Calibrated the Battery? or you'll be back here complaining its dead sooner than you thought it would be.
  19. VSMacOne macrumors 601


    Oct 18, 2008
    This is the first time i've heard about Slim Battery Monitor, and I tried it out.. it's AWESOME!! Thanks for the tip :cool:
  20. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    Under the not so free stuff, 1 Password http://agilewebsolutions.com/products/1Password?version=2.9.7-7328,
    Check Book Pro,http://www.splasm.com/:D
  21. sk8mash macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2007
    Finder can't be quit. I thought that was really strange when I first got my iMac :p
  22. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
    quitting Finder would be kinda like quitting explorer in windows, not a good thing!
  23. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2003
    Yes it can:

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  24. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    Smell it. Savour unwrapping it. It's an experience all to it's own!

    I love opening new Mac products!
  25. rs7 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2008
    I have the quit Finder button too. I believe I added it with some terminal command I got from a list of my useful terminal commands. It actually comes in handy sometimes.

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