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Originally Posted by NTL1991
Hello. I need to know what software I need to download or buy for a basic Mac OS X Computer....Does anyone know anymore software that is essential for normal use of a Mac?
Microsoft Office 2004 - Essential for school/work perhaps, otherwise not needed. Free alternatives include NeoOffice and OpenOffice
iLife '06 - Included with every new Mac, no need to purchase
Toast 7 - not a necessity. Discs can be burned using iTunes or Finder
Maybe Photoshop 7 - Extremely expensive image editor that is definitely not an essential piece of software for an average user.
AppleWorks 6 - Old and outdated, yet still useful. Not needed if another office application suite is used
Firefox - Good to have, free download. merely a personal preference
Thunderbird - Nice to have, not needed. Again, a personal preference
Adium - Very good mulit-IM client. Not a necessity, but good to have. Free download
Windows Media Player 9 - Nice to have, not needed. A plethora of other alternatives exist. Most are free downloads.

In a nutshell, none of these are essential to the normal use or operation of a Mac or any computer for that matter. The included software with a new Mac would be plenty to get an average consumer through his daily computing. The majority of the software you listed is more a matter of personal preference and not essentialness.

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