8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 15, 2009 7:51 AM by Michael Flynn
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still a relative newcomer to mac, just bought my second macbook pro - any suggestions for software that you think very mac user should have? mainly use mac for entertaiment and work, thanks

Mac Book Preezy, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • 1. Re: New Macbook Pro - need software suggestions
    Dai Bach Level 2 Level 2 (480 points)
    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
  • 2. Re: New Macbook Pro - need software suggestions
    Michelle & Randy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    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.
  • 3. Re: New Macbook Pro - need software suggestions
    RonAnnArbor Level 4 Level 4 (2,695 points)
    I would suggest you also do a search of the forum, since there have been many threads like this one, with lots of people offering software suggestions.
  • 4. Re: New Macbook Pro - need software suggestions
    S.U. Level 6 Level 6 (8,360 points)
    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:

    http://www.corecode.at/smartreporter/

    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":

    http://www.giantmike.com/widgets/Maintidget.html

    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!
  • 5. Re: New Macbook Pro - need software suggestions
    Kevin Hwang Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    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.
  • 6. Re: New Macbook Pro - need software suggestions
    Travis A. Level 6 Level 6 (14,970 points)
    but there are such things as Mac viruses


    Please, qualify this statement with some sort of evidence.

    --Travis
  • 7. Re: New Macbook Pro - need software suggestions
    tthiel1 Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
    There are no active Mac viruses of any sort.
  • 8. Re: New Macbook Pro - need software suggestions
    Michael Flynn Level 4 Level 4 (3,490 points)
    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.