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A Switchers guide to recommended free Apps to download to your new Mac


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Thanking you ....
Hope your ready for a re-write of this thread mate

Got a bt of work ahead of you lol

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Yep I'm ready
I'll just need to get a consensus from the mods/other well informed members here as to the format/style the re-write should take. After that I'll need to work out if I can link directly to the App store. Doesn't matter too much if I can't. Then I can get busy on the re-write.
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Here is the appstore link to caffeine
Caffeine on the Mac App Store

It seems like you have to right/context click on the app icon, or on the link up above to copy it. Right now if I put it in firefox it takes me to an appstore preview page. From there you can click on a link to see it in the appstore itself. Don't know how long that is going to last.
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I just wanted to take the time to thank you for your help. I just received my first mac yesterday and found this info very helpful. Thanks again
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Thanks for sharing!!!! I wished I stumbled upon this before I for my mbp 2 weeks ago!!!

Oh can I add Apple - Downloads - System/Disk Utilities - Caffeine great app to keep my mac off from sleeping... especially when i'm downloading something or watching a movie.

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Thanks for sharing!!!! I wished I stumbled upon this before I for my mbp 2 weeks ago!!!

Oh can I add Apple - Downloads - System/Disk Utilities - Caffeine great app to keep my mac off from sleeping... especially when i'm downloading something or watching a movie.

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Just be careful with that app.
If you forget it is activated and you store your laptop in a bag or something for any decent amount of time, it's a sure fire way to fry your Mac.
It also keeps the display on when it is closed....
End of the day I have many reasons to advise against using this app, so I say proceed with caution, as with any app that alters the way the Hardware and OS operates by default.
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Just be careful with that app.
If you forget it is activated and you store your laptop in a bag or something for any decent amount of time, it's a sure fire way to fry your Mac.
It also keeps the display on when it is closed....
End of the day I have many reasons to advise against using this app, so I say proceed with caution, as with any app that alters the way the Hardware and OS operates by default.
I agree with this. Don't download caffine. Your Mac's system prefs has an option to let the screen go to sleep but not have the hard drive spin down. That way your screen won't say on for hours and you can keep downloading that large file. I use it on my imac sometimes and it works just fine. I dunno how it's work on a Mac notebook though.
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I disagree, Caffeine is an app I like when watching a movie. You can turn it on and off so it's not like it's constantly preventing your screen from going to sleep. Click it to activate it when you need it. Click it to turn it off when you're done.

Caffeine does not prevent your Mac from sleeping if you close the lid or anything else like that. It's simply a way to prevent the machine's display from dimming or sleeping while the lid is open.

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End of the day I have many reasons to advise against using this app, so I say proceed with caution, as with any app that alters the way the Hardware and OS operates by default.
This description could be used for many of the recommended programs already found in this thread. That doesn't make it a bad thing necessarily.

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Just like a sharp knife or a gun isn't inherently bad, a program that alters the way the Mac hardware reacts isn't inherently bad. I agree with schweb on this as well. Caffeine isn't the bad one - it is Insomniax that prevents OSX from sleeping when you close the lid. Caffeine just prevents the dim. Now insomniax is just another tool - and you can damage your Mac. It is the first time I overheated my Mac by putting it in a bag with Insomniax enabled. That being said I still use it all the time - but you do have to be careful, just like with a gun and a knife, and any other tool that could potentially hurt you.

I like caffeine for movie watching and presentation watching on WebEx.
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You can set Hot Corners to stop the screen saver starting (System Prefs>Exposé & Spaces>Exposé. It’s under Active Screen Corners).

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My mistake, I was thinking of Insomniax which is the app I was referring to.
I stand by my warning against using 'Insomniax' for reasons such as you have just stated.

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I'm not a fan of guns or knives either, even though it is the person using the weapon, and not the weapon itself that can kill or harm, but if that weapon weren't in the person's hands, such harm would not be possible.

I know this could start up the "right to protect myself" debate regarding guns, etc, so if this does, I am staying out of it
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Your right - I chose my examples poorly - lets say a circular saw or a laser pointer. I went with knife as I just finished making dinner, gun came naturally afterward.

The point was - be careful with dangerous things, but there are plenty of dangerous things out there that are useful.
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Your right - I chose my examples poorly - lets say a circular saw or a laser pointer. I went with knife as I just finished making dinner, gun came naturally afterward.

The point was - be careful with dangerous things, but there are plenty of dangerous things out there that are useful.
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I disagree, Caffeine is an app I like when watching a movie. You can turn it on and off so it's not like it's constantly preventing your screen from going to sleep. Click it to activate it when you need it. Click it to turn it off when you're done.

Caffeine does not prevent your Mac from sleeping if you close the lid or anything else like that. It's simply a way to prevent the machine's display from dimming or sleeping while the lid is open.
OK I have my new MBP 2 days now and I'm a MAC virgin. I downloaded Caffeine after reading about it on this forum but now I'm scared I'll fry something.

My problem is that I can't uninstall the app, I've tried removing it with AppCleaner but it's not in my Applications folder....?!?!?!?!?
And to make matters worse, the documentation on this app is non-existent.

Can someone please advise how to remove this or even confirm that it's perfectly safe and won't burn my display or overheat the system?

thanks. joemac
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Mine was in my Applications folder. Did you download it from the App Store? If not, I'd check your Downloads stack.

And, just a tidbit: it's 'Mac' not 'MAC'.
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