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    Apr 07, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Now that i have an iMac
    what software, applications and other stuff should I get?

    I only have Final Cut, but what else should I get to have some fun and do whatever else. I don't know what to look out for.

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    saxnbass's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    I'd suggest the following:

    Adium X - IM Client (allows multiple amounts of various types of IM accounts to be run in the same app at one time)

    Cyberduck - FTP Client

    iSquint - Video Compressor and sometimes converter

    VLC - Video Player (does quite a bit, including FLV)

    NVU - HTML Editor

    TextWrangler - Nice text editor that will link with other various apps (ie: Cyberduck)

    Drumatix - Drum Machine

    Ventrilo - VOIP Client

    Colloquy - IRC Client

    GIMP - Like Photoshop, but free

    Handbrake - Video ripping software

    Transmission - Torrent Client

    Stuff It - Compressor and decompression of files (Zip, etc) (there is a software version too that's more powerful, but the freeware is enough for most users)

    Senuti - iTunes, just backwards

    The above are all freeware.
    Bellow are software:

    Visual Hub - software (more powerful) version of iSquint

    License Keeper - Keeps track of all your license keys for apps

    QuickTime Pro - It comes in handy, IMO

    iBank - Personal Finance app (like Quicken); some people have problems with it, I have not had a single problem with it at all

    Office 2008 for Mac - Very good office suite, IMO (Neo Office is a freeware alternative, but Office 2008 is very good)

    Aperture - Photo Editor

    Toast - Great CD/DVD burning software

    Zinio - Digital Magazines

    That should be enough to get you started.
    MacBook: 2GHz, 2GB RAM, Core Duo; iMac: 2.4GHz, 3GB RAM, 500GB HDD. Both running Leopard; 160GB iPod Classic; and 16GB iPhone 3G, 1st 8GB Gen iPod Touch

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    Sep 13, 2006
    Nice list Saxnbass..... BUT.... you forgot the very best Mac app on the planet .....


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    Apr 29, 2006
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    I would also offer my list of "must have ware" for your Mac:

    Menu Meters ( this indispensable program places a variety of real time updating meters into your menu bar, for things such as CPU use, disk use, internet up/down rates, memory usage, etc. It is very configurable and because these meters live in your menu bar, very unobtrusive. But the information is always there when you need it. I could not live without a real time view of CPU usage in particular. It is frequently the first indicator that something is happening on your Mac that you were not aware of.

    iClock ( Another menu bar addition. This one expands the normal day and time display into something much more useful, by adding the full date, various formats for the display, and multiple font selections (color too). In addition, it provides a whole host of other goodies, such as world clocks, calenders, task switchers, and so on. Very, very useful and very attractive too.

    Classic Menu ( Classic Menu lets you build a cascading program launcher, just like Macs used to have under Mac OS "Classic" - hence the name. Think of it as the equivalent of the Start menu on Windows, or the launch button on any Linux distro. It is fully and easily user configurable. As an added goody, it lets you replace the drab monotone Apple symbol in the upper left of your menu bar with a variety of different color treatments, including the multi colored original Apple logo. This all by itself is worth the price of admission in my mind!

    iStat Pro ( this is THE definitive system monitor widget. It lets you view CPU usage, memory usage, CPU temperatures, GPU temperatures, fan speeds, internet usage, etc. etc. etc. Don't leave home without it!

    OnyX ( OnyX is a system maintenance and tweaking utility. There are several tools in this class, but OnyX is my personal favorite. Run OnyX's "clean up" routines once a week or once a month or so, and you Mac will continue to run like new. You will generally notice a speed up in your subjective experience of the Mac's performance after running OnyX, although the next boot after an OnyX run takes longer because OS X has to repopulate some caches.

    Xee ( simply the best (IMHO) image viewer for Macs that is available. Xee is a purpose built viewer, not an editor. This is not a graphics editing program such as iPhoto. Instead it is an image viewer. It has the happy capability as well of being able to start anywhere in a folder of images and go back and forth amongst the images without you preselecting which ones you want to see. I *wish* Preview would do this but it does not. Xee does it with grace and style.

    Smultron ( simply the best general purpose text editor available for Macs today (again, IMHO). Simple intuitive multi file support, easy to use, attractive to look at, stable, fast. An excellent product.

    iGlasses ( this is like the Preference panel for your iSight camera that Apple inexplicably does not provide. It lets you adjust the brightness, contrast, color settings and so on. It also provides lots of clever effects that you can apply. However, for me, the big ticket item is that it lets you adjust the iSight so that you get a decent picture in lower light situations.

    Skype ( Pretty much everyone knows about Skype. Free video calling that is cross platform. The Mac version is excellent and lets you video call your friends on both Mac and Windows. There is a Linux version as well, but I have had only limited luck with it.

    ...and finally...

    NeoOffice ( this is the best freeware office suite available and is a great alternative to MS Office. It has a very high level of compatibility with MS Office and has components for all of the big programs: Word, Excel, Powerpoint. There seems to be only one downside to NeoOffice, and that is that it is slow to launch. It has been that way for years. If you are a Linux user, check out OpenOffice on openSuSE 10.3 though (NeoOffice is the Mac port of OpenOffice). It launches with eye-popping speed. I think they are preloading it as part of startup. I can't explain it any other way.

    There you go - my list of "must have ware" for your new Mac.
    My Macs: iMac 27" 3.4 GHz, Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, PowerMac G5 Quad 2.5 GHz, G4 Cube with 1.2 GHz Upgrade
    My iStuff: 64GB iPhone 5, 64GB iPad4, 30GB iPod Video, 16GB iPod Touch
    My OS': Mac OS X Lion, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Mac OS X Tiger, Mac OS 9.2.2, openSUSE 10.3
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    Nov 28, 2007
    I don't use Quicksilver myself; I also don't use Onyx, I use MacJanitor instead.
    MacBook: 2GHz, 2GB RAM, Core Duo; iMac: 2.4GHz, 3GB RAM, 500GB HDD. Both running Leopard; 160GB iPod Classic; and 16GB iPhone 3G, 1st 8GB Gen iPod Touch

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    Member Since
    Apr 07, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanx guys!

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    Aug 08, 2008
    this thread is rally kl i think im gonna get most of the stuff u lot reccomended

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    Thanks very much for posting this up. Really appreciate it =)


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    I only have Final Cut, but what else should I get to have some fun and do whatever else. I don't know what to look out for.
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