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What next?

Unread postby RageX » Fri Dec 21, 2007 11:06 am

Well I just took the dive and bought my first Mac. It's a 17" MacBook Pro with all the specs maxed (all of them!). I'm taking it to China for business but it will also become my main computer (sorry Onyx2). Anyway, I've installed a few things so far, Parallels, NeoOffice, Joost, Firefox and Thunderbird. Quicksilver, but I haven't really started to use that one. I'm just curious what killer apps Nekochanners have on their systems, or even what tweaks/utilities you always install right away on a fresh machine? Comming from IRIX/Windows I'm sure there are a bunch of great apps and tricks for the Mac that I'm totally ignorant of ... enlighten me.

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Re: What next?

Unread postby noisetonepause » Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:46 pm

I'd start by removing Firefox. It's shit on any platform IMO, OS X most of all. There's Camino if you really must have Gecko, but I've tried all the browsers on Mac and I prefer Safari by far. It doesn't get in the way and it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb.

Quicksilver I use almost constantly. It's very interesting..
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Re: What next?

Unread postby SAQ » Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:51 pm

Final Cut's pretty nice, but keep in mind I haven't been looking for ~4 years.

TextWrangler is a must in my opinion. Stock systems don't come with much in the way of ASCII editors.

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Re: What next?

Unread postby porter » Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:07 pm

RageX wrote:Comming from IRIX/Windows I'm sure there are a bunch of great apps and tricks for the Mac that I'm totally ignorant of ... enlighten me.


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Re: What next?

Unread postby milatchi » Fri Dec 21, 2007 11:59 pm

In addition to what others have recommended:
ffmpegX
QuickTime Pro
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VLC
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Re: What next?

Unread postby josehill » Sat Dec 22, 2007 1:26 am

SAQ wrote:TextWrangler is a must in my opinion. Stock systems don't come with much in the way of ASCII editors.

...or make sure that you've installed X11 (it should be on your MacOS disks as an optional install package) and then download nedit for that good, old-fashioned, chewy, IRIX-flavored, text-editing goodness. Now available with special MacOS X Intel binary packaging!

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Re: What next?

Unread postby SupremeCmdr » Sat Dec 22, 2007 1:28 am

Congrats, I made the jump to Apple a few years ago and can't imagine using anything else.

A few apps no-one else has mentioned:

- Adium for IM
- MacPorts for all the open source software.
- Emacs a must have http://emacs-app.sourceforge.net/
- Apple Developer Tools

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Unread postby josehill » Sat Dec 22, 2007 1:33 am

..and, just for fun, a few screen savers might be cool.
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Re: What next?

Unread postby SAQ » Sat Dec 22, 2007 9:03 am

josehill wrote:
SAQ wrote:TextWrangler is a must in my opinion. Stock systems don't come with much in the way of ASCII editors.

...or make sure that you've installed X11 (it should be on your MacOS disks as an optional install package) and then download nedit for that good, old-fashioned, chewy, IRIX-flavored, text-editing goodness. Now available with special MacOS X Intel binary packaging!


Yeah, I've got a bunch of X11 stuff, but Apple still makes the X progs feel like second-class citizens. Much like Classic apps.

Definitely make sure you install all the stuff from the OS disks- not sure what things are like on the newer releases, but for a while Apple had some essential utilities (for a UNIX-head) as optional installs, including X.

Make sure you put on the dev stuff, too.
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Re: What next?

Unread postby shyouko » Sat Dec 22, 2007 9:19 am

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Re: What next?

Unread postby josehill » Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:53 pm

Just came across a list of 16 Killer Apps to Put On Your Brand New Christmas Mac.

As a bonus, it has a picture of Alessandra Ambrosio (a Victoria's Secret model) with some Mac hardware.

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Re: What next?

Unread postby kitsune » Tue Dec 25, 2007 12:45 pm

congrats! i have the 15" model; nice machines.

like stated before, get x11 installed. then you can ssh into the onyx and display your windows on the mac. works better than vnc imo; more responsive.

a good place to pick up mac up hw and other stuff is otherworldcomputing. http://otherworldcomputing.com/ they have great prices and support is top-notch. load that mbp up with 4gb of ram for around $100. =)

802.11n really is much faster than g for large local file transfer too, especially if you plan on backing up to nas or such. apple's airport extreme gigabit also includes a usb port for disk drives and printers. fairly competitive price too compared with other n routers with the feature. i use time machine to backup to my nas, and it works great. if you have a spare external drive time machine is extremely functional and works very well.
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Re: What next?

Unread postby josehill » Tue Dec 25, 2007 7:41 pm

kitsune wrote:a good place to pick up mac up hw and other stuff is otherworldcomputing. http://otherworldcomputing.com/ they have great prices and support is top-notch. load that mbp up with 4gb of ram for around $100. =)

I have to agree with that recommendation. I've been buying stuff from them for years, and they've always been great, including when I've had to return faulty hardware. They're not necessarily the cheapest, but they're usually close enough. (I don't know if they do any biz outside of the US & Canada.)

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Re: What next?

Unread postby fu » Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:58 am

RageX wrote:...Quicksilver, but I haven't really started to use that one...

QS is an instant love or hate affair (or not)

sometimes i love it sometimes i don't: it can be really addictive (kinda replacing the finder) it can also be very annoying (it adds one more interface layer)

noisetonepause wrote:...There's Camino if you really must have Gecko..

ditto, faster one i ever tried

if u want to stick to WebKit browsers you can also check out Shiira and (if u are into web development) Sunrise

RageX wrote:or even what tweaks/utilities you always install right away on a fresh machine?

depends on what kind of work u want 2 do with your mac

my desktop macs are customized for visual (film/video/photo) work, my pb is split into 2 partitions (one for net/email/word processing/etc mumbojumbo, and another for visual work on the road).

if u r thinking of film/video editing, ignore all apple marketing bs stating that you can do it all with a default mac os x installation in just one partition... it will only end in tears

u can find some helpful tips on installing/managing/customizing mac os x from Mike's Mac OS X Deployment and Management Solutions and Setting up your OS X from scratch

there's also a Mac OS X FOSS directory with a dedicated Portable Apps section

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Re: What next?

Unread postby nekonoko » Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:52 am

fu wrote:depends on what kind of work u want 2 do with your mac


That pretty much sums it up; my applications/utilities of choice may not mesh with yours. Here are some of the items in my dock though - I try to keep it down to things I use on a fairly regular basis, but I admit I don't use the 3D apps as much as I'd like.

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