Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1

    koastal's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 24, 2008
    Posts
    16
    Recommendations for software
    Hi new to MAC with Macbook pro 2.5ghz.

    Being new to the Mac world I was wondering what users recommend as essential, useful and good software to get.

    I've been told no viruses have been written for Mac, however, I notice Norton have an anti-virus, should I be getting an anti-virus for the Mac or is it not necessary...obviously looking at any anti-spyware etc.

    Other appz :

    -Anti-virus/spyware <if relevant for Mac>
    -Internet browsers
    -Email client
    -Burning software (currently use Image burn on PC and does all my needs and is simple)
    -Players (love Vlc player on PC)
    -Registry/system maintainance software (again if relevant stuff like CCleaner/Everest)
    -Music playing software (again i use Foosbar on PC)
    -Music software(logic/garage band/pro tools etc)
    -Newsgroup software (currently use altbinz)
    -Photo organising/editors

    ...anything else peeps recommend that I've missed.
    Preferrably freeware ...

    Thanks

  2. #2

    mdfuller's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 01, 2007
    Location
    Sconie
    Posts
    1,217
    Specs:
    15-inch MacBook Pro
    Quote Originally Posted by koastal View Post
    Hi new to MAC with Macbook pro 2.5ghz.

    Being new to the Mac world I was wondering what users recommend as essential, useful and good software to get.

    I've been told no viruses have been written for Mac, however, I notice Norton have an anti-virus, should I be getting an anti-virus for the Mac or is it not necessary...obviously looking at any anti-spyware etc.

    Other appz :

    -Anti-virus/spyware > Don't need it
    -Internet browsers > I use Firefox and Safari
    -Email client > I use Mail others like Entourage
    -Burning software >I like Toast
    -Players > VLC for Mac
    -Registry/system maintainance software > Try OnyX
    -Music playing software > iTunes, Cog, Songbird
    -Music software > No idea
    -Newsgroup software > NetNewsWire
    -Photo organising/editors > iPhoto, Elements, etc.

    ...anything else peeps recommend that I've missed.
    Preferrably freeware ...

    Thanks
    They are not all free, but most are.

  3. #3

    louishen's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2007
    Location
    London
    Posts
    8,968
    Specs:
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    -Anti-virus/spyware
    There are only a couple of trojans and no spyware, so not really necessary. You have to do some real dumb things to get infected, but you can use ClamX for free

    -Internet browsers
    Safari comes with the mac, but Firefox on the mac is also excellent

    -Email client
    The computer comes with Apple's Mail. If that doesn't suit you then Thunderbird is great

    -Burning software (currently use Image burn on PC and does all my needs and is simple)
    The OS can burn simple data using burn folders, while itunes can burn music CDs and iDVD can burn movies. You can also use the free Burn app, its on sourceforge. The commercial Roxio Toast is considered the best app by many

    -Players (love Vlc player on PC)
    You can use VLC on the mac

    -Registry/system maintainance software (again if relevant stuff like CCleaner/Everest)
    There is no registry to clean on a mac (one reason they are easier to maintain). OS X wil run various unix cleaning tools overnight itself, but MainMenu and Onyx are considered great freeware maintenance apps

    -Music playing software (again i use Foosbar on PC)
    iTunes dominates the mac music player scene so thoroughly there are few prominent alternatives

    -Music software(logic/garage band/pro tools etc)
    Not my area of expertise

    -Photo organising/editors
    You could use iPhoto, but i think there are alternatives. As for image editing there are many, including GIMP, Seashore, Pixelmator and ChocoFlop
    Member of the Month September 2008 & August 2012 | Found advice useful? use the rep system

  4. #4


    Member Since
    Aug 16, 2008
    Posts
    15
    Specs:
    MacBook Pro 'Penryn' - 2,5 Ghz - 2 Go RAM - 250 Go HD - 8600M GT 512Mo
    you should get an anti virus if you have bootcamp or other dual boot thingy installed, since windows is crap and full of flaws...
    but you dont need one for mac, thats for sure...

  5. #5

    koastal's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 24, 2008
    Posts
    16
    Thanks folks.

    Up and running now. One quick question

    How do I get the downloads to save by default to the download folder?

    A lot to get used to ... still sussing out how to setup a hotmail account on with the Mac mail program. Not planning on using bootcamp...seems to me be like having an Austin Martin and sticking a caravan on the back of it ^^

    Believe I am almost converted...hoorah

    Really appreciate the feedback so

    T H A N K Y O U

    ...the adventure begins...

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Backup software recommendations
    By srooney in forum OS X - Apps and Games
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 12-24-2012, 10:30 AM
  2. Software recommendations
    By koastal in forum Music, Audio, and Podcasting
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-14-2008, 07:03 AM
  3. Software Recommendations
    By SharifTK in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 03-13-2008, 02:06 AM
  4. Need software recommendations
    By skyecade in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 10-31-2006, 02:11 PM
  5. Software recommendations
    By y2kt in forum OS X - Apps and Games
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 02-21-2006, 03:41 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •