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    Must have Mac Programs?

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    Must have Mac Programs?
    Hello!

    What are some of the must have/good to have mac programs?

    Since it's been only a few hours since I've decided to seriously use Mac (and only started using mac about a week ago, few formats later and everythings working fine) and I would really like to know what's good/what other people have!

    I have currently installed on my Leopard 10.5.2 machine;

    Firefox 3 Beta 5
    Office 2008 (and latest updates)
    Latest Mac Updates

    What's next?

    Adobe programs?

    Other programs?

    Torrent programs?

    IRC programs?

    p2p programs?

    syntax highlighting programs?

    Please give suggestions!

    Thanks in advance,

    Panarchy

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    Must have Mac Programs?
    rob.h's Avatar
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    How do you mean Adobe programs? Adobe do all sorts of software so it really depends on what your requirements are and how much you have to spend. Do you want to edit photos? Create pdf files? Design websites?

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    Must have Mac Programs?

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    By Adobe programs I mean, all I know about Mac programs is;

    a) theres a version of office for it
    b) there are a few hacking tools for it
    c) it's based on UNIX
    d) it's made by Apple
    e) Firefox makes versions for it
    f) Adobe make software for it

    And I do want dreamweaver and photoshop...

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    It really all depends on what you want to do. If you are into video editing, your Mac should already come pre-installed with iMovie, but if your more serious into it like me, I'm a indie film maker, I would suggest Final Cut Studio. Quite pricey, but definatley worth it.
    Why ask?

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    Must have Mac Programs?
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    Get oynx its a must have

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    Must have Mac Programs?
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    Adobe do make excellent software plus they support OSX well, although their software can be pricey. For example Photoshop CS3 is fantastic for image creation & editing, but costs a whopping $649. But if all you want to do is to tweak photos, etc. then Photoshop Elements at $99 may be a better bet.

    My personal list of Mac 'fave' software (that doesn't ship free with OSX) is:
    • Firefox
    • VMWare Fusion
    • NetNewsWire
    • 1Password
    • Office 2008
    • Aperture
    • iStatMenu
    • ChronoSync
    • Adium
    • EyeTV
    • TrueCrypt
    • Transmission

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    Don't forget Flip4Mac if you ever intend to run any Windows Media,WMV files.

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    Quicksilver
    CoverSutra
    Transmit
    VoodooPad
    iSale
    Skitch
    Subethaedit
    Transmission

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    Must have Mac Programs?
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    15" Matte Macbook Pro 2.5Ghz 4gb RAM 250gb HD, 60gb iPod Classic maxed, iPod shuffle
    flip4mac
    firefox (add ons: adblock, foxmarks, .com fixer)
    adium (for iming)
    alarm clock (to wake me with my itunes)
    appcleaner
    cube 2 (an incredible, free, mac os game - check it out if you're into gaming)
    google earth
    insomniaX (to keep my computer from going to sleep while lid is shut)
    pandoraboy
    parallels (to run a VM of windows XP)
    solitaire XL
    songbird (beta but awesome way to discover new music)
    stuffit (for extracting compressed files)


    thats pretty much it for me...never really got into onyx since there is spotlight but if anyone could describe why people think its so amazing, please do.

    Hope that helps
    Loving my MBP more and more everyday

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    Must have Mac Programs?

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    LittleSnitch.

    Tells you what programs try to connect to the internet, and allows you to decide whether or not they do.'

    NeoOffice

    Free, albeit somewhat unpolished, office suite for mac. Based on the OpenOffice.org code. I started using this after discovering that it's somewhat better with backwards compatibility than Office 08. Added bonus: it's stable as rock, at least in comparison with Office 08. And it supposedly has some VBA compatibility.

    Quicksilver

    Already mentioned, but this is a great program. It's an app-launcher and much more. Saves up a lot of Dock space, and is simpler than using the Dock much of the time.

    Fink and Macports

    Lots of great ports to Mac of open source programs. Requires some use of the Terminal though, so if you're not into that might as well leave it alone.

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    Must have Mac Programs?

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    appcleaner
    iTerm
    iStat menus
    a mac

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    Must have Mac Programs?

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    why do you want "hacking" tools for your mac? there are hardly any for mac, most are linux ports

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    Must have Mac Programs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Panarchy View Post
    By Adobe programs I mean, all I know about Mac programs is;

    a) theres a version of office for it
    b) there are a few hacking tools for it
    c) it's based on UNIX
    d) it's made by Apple
    e) Firefox makes versions for it
    f) Adobe make software for it

    And I do want dreamweaver and photoshop...
    The best hacking tool that I know of for Mac is Vim (actually, I use MacVim...I like the pretty GUI :-) ) http://code.google.com/p/macvim/

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    You should all check out a program my professor just emailed me.

    It's called "songbird" and its awesome...its a music app where you can hear lots of new music
    Loving my MBP more and more everyday

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    2008 8-core mac pro. 4GB RAM 1.5TB storage. Dual LCDs (one IPS monitor for the colour).
    Quicksilver and Finderpop.

    Actually just Quicksilver. Finderpop would be just perfect for me if I could've had it go to my Places rather than just my desktop and processes because expose does a better job.

    The Visual Portfolio
    I hate mac zealots as much as windows/other OS zealots.

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