View Full Version : Getting my first Mac...any ideas on what software I need?
12-20-2007, 01:41 PM
Hey, my first Macbook is in the mail and I'm kinda excited. Unfortunately, I have little experience with the OS, so I was wondering if anyone could recommend some "must have" programs for it, or a place with tips for beginners.
12-20-2007, 02:02 PM
Tips for beginners: Go to your favorite bookstore and buy David Pogue's Leopard: The Missing Manual (http://www.amazon.com/Mac-OS-Leopard-Missing-Manual/dp/059652952X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1198180769&sr=8-1)
Software: check out VersionTracker http://versiontracker.com , MacUpdate http://macupdate.com and Mac Game Files http://macgamefiles.com
If you would like advice on specific software (like, "I want a program to keep track of my home finances", or "I want a program to edit my home movies", or whatever), feel free to ask more specific software questions.
12-20-2007, 03:54 PM
right here.... is a good place for beginners, ask any questions you want... no matter how daft they may seem... we were all beginners once.
As for software.... what do you currently use?
Must have's for me are:
OpenOffice Aqua... its like MS Office
Skype... to video chat with friends
Adium... to IM with friends on MSN, Yahoo and gmail
Perian... plugin for Quicktime that will let you play loads of movie files
Flip4Mac... plugin for Quicktime that will let you play loads of movie files
all of the above are free.
welcome to Mac :D
12-20-2007, 04:07 PM
Here's some free Open Source apps:
Your Mac also comes with some bundled apps, like iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, Safari, Mail, Address Book, Preview, etc.
12-20-2007, 04:43 PM
Hey, my first Macbook is in the mail and I'm kinda excited. Unfortunately, I have little experience with the OS, so I was wondering if anyone could recommend some "must have" programs for it
What do you want to do?
12-20-2007, 04:52 PM
I agree, we do not know what you want to do. However, one thing is for sure, you will want to get a handle on Mail and Safari (which comes with the Mac). If you are not pleased with Safari, consider Firefox or another browser. Get those going first.
12-20-2007, 06:12 PM
I'd wait for the new MS Office to come out early next year. If you don't do too much word processing and just need to make a document and print it every now and again, you can probably settle of Open Office.
The only other thing I could suggest is having Disk Warrior on hand. I haven't needed to use it too often on too many of my clients but when I've needed to, I was happy I had it. Out of the approximately 1200 OS X systems I manage, I've probably used it less than 20 times so maybe you'd be better off waiting till something goes horribly wrong.
P.S. backup your data
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