2258 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 15, 2009 7:51 AM by Michael Flynn
The only software you really need is iLife. iWorks is also good, but try OpenOffice as an alternative to MS Office.
I guess it comes down to what you want to do. If you used to run something on Windows, there's usually an open source or Mac only alternative.
Some apps I use:
TweetDeck - twitter client
Evernote - note and document organiser
Omnigraffle - visio alternative
Adobe Elements - image editor
iBank - MS Money alternative
TextWrangler - text editor
I have two freeware programs that I really like because of my fun activities that include travel and being out in the middle of nowhere. Garmins RoadTrip which works great with my Garmin GPS and Google Earth.
And because of the nature of my business I have microsoft office and Adobe Creative Suite 4.
Welcome to Apple Discussions!
Something very nice to have is the widget "iStatPro", which you can download for free from the Apple site. It allows you to see what is going on with your computer.
Another nice free utility is S.M.A.R.T. Reporter:
It puts a green hard drive icon in your menu bar which will turn red if it senses that your hard drive is about to fail.
I also like the free widget "Maintidget":
This will allow you to monitor the maintenance scripts which should run at night, and will allow you to run them manually if you need to.
Enjoy your new Mac!
Definitely get iWork (every new Mac comes with iLife), then maybe Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac (but really...iLife can probably do more.), maybe something from Adobe Creative Suite 4, like Photoshop. And you'll need some sort of Anti-Virus software. Macs tend to be more secure and less vunerable to viruses and stuff lie that...but there are such things as Mac viruses.
NeoOffice for MS office replacement
iBank for financial management
Transmit for an FTP client
iWork if you desire to have an apple produced office suite.
OmniDiskSweeper - produces a sorted by size list of your files/folders - useful to see what's consuming your hard drive
LittleSnapper - useful firewall can block income and outgoing traffic. Very helpful to see what apps "phone home"
VMware Fusion - if you need to run windows and don't feel like rebooting the computer to use bootcamp.
Depending on what your specific needs and usages are will produce a more target response. For instance if you develop web pages, then I can recommend Coda from panic software, but if you do design work, then of course the old stand by Photoshop is a recommendation.