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Gone over to the mac side of life

#1
Hey all

Finally got a 13 inch mac book white 2.4 ghz 2gb ram version with leopard installed on it. Just wondering what essential software i'd need free or otherwise. I listen to alot of music, read news, check facebook and playing abit of spore on it at mo. So whats kool thats out 4 it? 100% new to macs.

Thanks,

Steven
 
#2
Well Music = iTunes pretty much, News and Facebook can be done with Safari.

I'd also recommend these apps.

Growl - http://www.growl.info/
A system notification system, most windows like equivalent is the MSN Messenger task bar pop-ups

Little Snitch - http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html
An outgoing firewall monitor. Alerts you when an application wishes to make an outgoing connection. You can then permit or deny the connection.

AppZapper - http://appzapper.com/
Makes removing applications as easy as installing them. Installing you just drag the .app file to the Applications folder (though this isnt required) then run. When they run they will install various support files to the system. AppZapper helps you easily find these support files when you want to remove an application. I recommend this application, especially at the beginning when you install loads of free apps which you then want to remove.

Flip4Mac - http://www.flip4mac.com/wmv_tech.htm
Enables the playback of WMV files in QuickTime.

Colloquy - http://www.colloquy.info/
Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client

Adium - http://www.adiumx.com/
Well rounded IM client based on LibPurple.

You can find more at http://www.apple.com/downloads/
 
#3
Woo welcome to the better side of information technology ;) I agree with Geoffs suggestions;

Growl - http://www.growl.info/
A system notification system, most windows like equivalent is the MSN Messenger task bar pop-ups

Little Snitch - http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html
An outgoing firewall monitor. Alerts you when an application wishes to make an outgoing connection. You can then permit or deny the connection.

AppZapper - http://appzapper.com/
Makes removing applications as easy as installing them. Installing you just drag the .app file to the Applications folder (though this isnt required) then run. When they run they will install various support files to the system. AppZapper helps you easily find these support files when you want to remove an application. I recommend this application, especially at the beginning when you install loads of free apps which you then want to remove.

Flip4Mac - http://www.flip4mac.com/wmv_tech.htm
Enables the playback of WMV files in QuickTime.

..also I use Skype (phone calls), Transmission (Torrents) and Cyberduck (ftp) regularly :)

Have fun with your mac.
 
#4
Thank you. I'm trying bittorent beta for mac at moment. Hardly had chance to browse net for transmission as i'm at work at the moment. is it better than bittorrent you think?
 
#5
as far as my opinion goes... Transmission is a much better client than the Bittorent official client :) its lightweight, simple and i always get quicker speeds through transmission :)
 
#7
The official bittorrent client is now utorrent. I don't think transmission comes anywhere close from what I've used of transmission for linux over the years.
 

fitz

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#9
The official bittorrent client is now utorrent. I don't think transmission comes anywhere close from what I've used of transmission for linux over the years.
I don't think uTorrent released a final version of uTorrent for the OS X.. my understanding was it was still in development but not released as a final release.
 

X-Istence

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#10
TextMate if you do any programming
PixelMator for a PhotoShop replacement that works extremely well and is fast
Awaken to turn your new laptop into a very expensive alarm clock
Disco to burn CD's and DVD's. I prefer it over the Finder built in one
HandBrake to rip DVD's
NetNewsWire for RSS feeds
VLC to play any and all video files
 
#11
Once again thank you. I've been browsing June 2008 Desktops and some of the Mac ones have an album art display and transparent controls for what i'm guessing is iTunes. Anyone know what this program is?
 

X-Istence

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#15
Don't forget to get anti-virus software :)
Point out on good piece of anti-virus software for Mac OS X that is not a resource whore, and does not cause major slow downs while doing its work and I will use it. Until then I will just practice safe browsing and not being a general dumb ass.
 

Sazar

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#17
Hey all

Finally got a 13 inch mac book white 2.4 ghz 2gb ram version with leopard installed on it. Just wondering what essential software i'd need free or otherwise. I listen to alot of music, read news, check facebook and playing abit of spore on it at mo. So whats kool thats out 4 it? 100% new to macs.

Thanks,

Steven
How are you liking the form-factor?

I am SERIOUSLY looking at a light-weight, small form-factor product that will serve as a mobile device only. Doesn't even need to have an internal optical drive (a la the Air).

Is Leopard pretty snappy? I think there are plenty of Mac power-users on the forums here to help you eke out every little ounce of productivity out of your system :)

I am not sure if you do much with video packages but I have found the pro version of quicktime to be decent for fixing up a lot of videos that I have taken with either my camera or my camera-phone which other tools can't really save. I have noticed QT to be a little quirky and a little too quick to usurp media playback defaults from other players, but it does what it's supposed to well enough.
 
#18
Well i do work for Apple here in the UK but was mainly there to help users convert from windows to Mac. I know about hardware etc so the main reason i got a mac was to aid my job because i cant sell a product 100% if im not used to the operating system. The 13" mac book is more than easy to carry around especially in a Tucano Second skin folder. Easy to clean, always looks neat and for the size...very powerfull. Hell of alot more powerfull than the air, and i'd go as far as to say that because of its size it can be quite difficult to use on the go. Something abit heavier i.e the pros of normal macbooks are far more easier to use.

What do you mean by form factor exactly?
 

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