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    Aug 17, 2010
    West Midlands, UK
    MacBook Pro 15" (mid-2012) 2.3 GHz, OS X El Capitan
    Advice/Suggestions for MacBook Pro Apps/Software
    So I just bought a refurbed mid-2012 15 inch MacBook Pro with 2.3 GHz processor and 4 GB memory, and a GeForce 650M graphics card. Since my last Mac was a PowerBook G4 that ran Tiger and then Leopard, I am pretty out of the loop re new apps and software in general. It came with Mountain Lion but I installed Mavericks on it yesterday without incident.

    I mainly use my laptop for coding, some simple graphics (I tried downloading GIMP yesterday but the installer wasn't recognised), and web surfing. I do a bit of gaming (would love to have the Sims 3 on it but am not terribly hopeful as Mountain Lion users reported problems with running it).

    My question is, what apps/software would people recommend as 'essential' or 'good to have'? I'm not one for cluttering up memory with a lot of hardly-used apps, so want to stick to the mainly useful ones. I'm ignorant of apps since I was in the Dark Ages on the PowerBook till yesterday!

    I put Text Wrangler on it, may upgrade to BBEdit since I used to run that in the past and liked it.

    So.. any recommendations for 'must haves'?

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    Jun 01, 2010
    Early 2015 13"MBA 2.2GHz i7, 8GB RAM, OS X 10.11.6
    I recommend Pixelmator over GIMP for user friendliness and over Photoshop for price. It's hard to beat free, I know, but just the sheer simplicity yet power of it makes the $15 a good spend. Couldn't tell you how it would run on Mavs, cuz I haven't upgraded yet. Great app, tho.

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