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    Quote Originally Posted by the8thark View Post
    I can only add so much to the list before I can't edit the original posts anymore. And the posts can only hold 10k characters. That's why I had to have 2 posts for it.
    My thought is that this would be the brainstorming thread. Use this to get feedback from others, and then when it's time, I'll have you create what will become the "official" sticky thread.

    Secondly I wanted to do more then just a simple list of apps. I wanted to tell the people new to the Mac what each App does and why they should download it. Sure you can google up many app lists. But very few go into detail as to why a new Mac user should have them.
    I agree descriptions are better than a list, but the feedback I would still give is that your descriptions need to be pared down pretty substantially. Very few people take the time to read stickies and if there's too much text to read, they just won't do it.

    Look for redundant words or sentences you can remove that aren't key to what you're saying. Another great trick is bullet pointing if you absolutely need to include the info, makes it look shorter.


    Thirdly I'm not putting in things like firefox or thunderbird. Sure they are great apps. But as many people have said in many switcher topics here it's best to use the Apple versions (safari and mail for example) first.
    Don't really disagree with this approach, makes sense for switchers. But I would then also question things like Click2Flash or AdBlocker...are they really necessary for beginning switchers? And if you do think they're important enough, I'd probably link to the Safari extension versions to make it even easier for people to install them.

    And lastly all of the apps on my list are free. We could have a paid list too if you wanted.
    Probably would make sense...actually what might be nice is thinking of common Windows software and what the Mac equivalent is and creating a list from that.
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    I would like to add a couple:

    Xee: Since moving to the mac, I have missed the best photoviewer ever created, irfanview. Sadly, they do not make a mac version. After exhustive installing and uninstalling, I finally came across Xee. It's still only a shadow of irfanview, nowhere near as fast (irfanview is twice as fast on my 6year old PC, than my top of the range iMac27") but for basic and beautiful full screen photo viewing from your folders (rather than iPhotos libraries) it's so far the best I have found on the Mac.
    Xee

    TV-Browser: For UK TV watchers, Digiguide is a great source for browser listings on the PC. Like Xee, they won't do a Mac version, but here is a free alternative. It's not as pretty (actually quite ugly) but is pretty much the only application based TV Guide for UK TV out on the Mac. Great for those millions of UK TV watchers living on the continent.
    TV-Browser.org - Downloads

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ-linux View Post
    While these are wonderful intentions, you might consider the whole package of who your target audience is. Switchers - the name itself implying that they are coming from something else to Mac OS X. It is likely that these people would be coming from Windows or Linux. You might consider that in either of these cases, Thunderbird has a somewhat special (and free) capacity to allow importing of Outlook (and Mozilla) mail into the Apple Mail.app you are favoring. You might consider mentioning this, at least in passing, as a Switcher intending to switch to Mail.app may well need an application to import their messages to their new Mac.

    Or don't. It really doesn't effect my paycheck one way or the other...
    Well you do make a rather good point there. I'm not favouring mail. I never use it. I'm just saying use what Apple supplies first. But a switcher might find TB's outlook importing service a good idea. I didn't think of this honestly. To me new to computers or switchers is still new to the Mac. I wrote it more towards a new to the Mac person.

    But in the end you do make a good point. And it's ok to get advice from others right? I'm not perfect. And your idea is a good one. I'll see how I can incorporate it into my original posts if I have the space to do so (max 10k characters per post).



    Quote Originally Posted by schweb View Post
    My thought is that this would be the brainstorming thread. Use this to get feedback from others, and then when it's time, I'll have you create what will become the "official" sticky thread.
    I agree 100% and in January we can make a final topic with all the info from everyone collated into it. And having App store links too.
    Quote Originally Posted by schweb View Post
    I agree descriptions are better than a list, but the feedback I would still give is that your descriptions need to be pared down pretty substantially. Very few people take the time to read stickies and if there's too much text to read, they just won't do it.
    Well we can take it out or leave it in or edit it for the final topic you mentioned above. I had my ideas. If they work cool. If not get rid of them. Then we can make the best final thread in January.
    Quote Originally Posted by schweb View Post
    Don't really disagree with this approach, makes sense for switchers. But I would then also question things like Click2Flash or AdBlocker...are they really necessary for beginning switchers? And if you do think they're important enough, I'd probably link to the Safari extension versions to make it even easier for people to install them.
    Another good idea. You don't need click to flash or ad block. But they do make the web experience way better. Again they might make the cut for the final topic in January, or they might not. Time will tell.
    Quote Originally Posted by schweb View Post
    Probably would make sense...actually what might be nice is thinking of common Windows software and what the Mac equivalent is and creating a list from that.
    Good idea I really like this.

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    Cinch is a nice little app that I discovered today. Forgive me if it has already been mentioned. Basically, it works the same as Aero Snap in Windows 7.

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    VLC- A great no fuss alternative to Quicktime without having to add flip4Mac and perian.
    Right Zoom- Make a lot of Windows switchers feel right at home.
    It is something that I use quite frequently, and with expose and spaces, it works a treat when working on things like Garageband, while having documents that I have put together of song arrangements and lyrics open.
    I also like having my browser windows open full screen too, and know that I'm not alone out there

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    I think AppZapper is pretty useful. This app deletes everything the app came with, example a .plist file. If you just dragged the app icon to the trash and delete the app, the .plist file will still be left behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wavinwayne View Post
    Cinch is a nice little app that I discovered today. Forgive me if it has already been mentioned. Basically, it works the same as Aero Snap in Windows 7.

    Irradiated Software - Cinch
    Thanks for the app!! It is the single thing that I missed the most from Windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmac_17 View Post
    Thanks for the app!! It is the single thing that I missed the most from Windows.
    Maybe I didn't make this very clear - Better touch tool does windows snapping for free. Here is the dialog box. You can also assign the snap to a gesture.



    Speaking of windows management I forgot about Zooom2. It is not free but I use it all the time. It is how I am used to moving and resizing windows from linux - using a combination of keys and the mouse to move/resize windows. Plus it has magnetics for both resize and move.
    Zooom/2: Window management for your Mac made easy

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    Anyone have a suggestion for a alternative to WinRAR? Or is WinRAR compatible ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by declan27 View Post
    Anyone have a suggestion for a alternative to WinRAR? Or is WinRAR compatible ?
    The unarchiver is what I use - has support for many of the compression algorithms.
    The Unarchiver
    http://www.apple.com/downloads/macos...narchiver.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by IvanLasston View Post
    The unarchiver is what I use - has support for many of the compression algorithms.
    The Unarchiver
    Apple - Downloads - System/Disk Utilities - The Unarchiver
    Just remember today (6th January) the Apple downloads site is supposed to die. Replaced with the App store. So yeah that  downloads site link will only be good for a few hours at best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the8thark View Post
    Replaced with the App store. So yeah that  downloads site link will only be good for a few hours at best.
    On this ^^ when are we going to know its open ?? I mean the home page is still on the MBA and there is nothing that stands out to say it will open . . . Like the *Beatles* they promoted it weeks before.... I havnt heard a great deal on the opening of it ???
    Any ideas anyone ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by TattooedMac View Post
    On this ^^ when are we going to know its open ?? I mean the home page is still on the MBA and there is nothing that stands out to say it will open . . . Like the *Beatles* they promoted it weeks before.... I havnt heard a great deal on the opening of it ???
    Any ideas anyone ??
    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/app...ml#post1164615

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