To all mac lovers - long-time fans and recent converts alike.
Best Mac Apps?
August 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm #136944
August 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm #136978
just scroll through the webpage, you'll see others have asked similar question. Kudos your on your way to becoming a mac head like the rest of us.
August 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm #136976
August 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm #136974
No problem, just make sure you really use the paid for apps. What mac product did you purchase anyway?
August 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm #136972
We are so proud to welcome you! You are going to love it. Okay, so I would start with iWork because you may need some word processing, spreadsheet and presentation apps. You could get Microsoft Office for Mac, but iWork is cheaper and it can export to standard office formats for sharing and it can import the formats as well.
I love OmniGraffle for flowcharts, but that depends on what you might be doing with the Mac. I use MindNode for mindmapping, it's free! I love Evernote, it's free but you can upgrade the account, it syncs with your smartphone. I have Things for a to-do list and project management and it syncs to your iPhone.
What are you doing with the Mac? And, congratulations!!!!!!
August 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm #136970
Nice, Andy! You know what they say.... "once you have a Mac, you NEVER go back!" YAY for you, I loooovvvveee my MAC! "-)
August 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm #136968
There's some cool apps for taking photos - like Photobooth that would be fun to take cool photos of the kid to share with folks
August 2, 2011 at 4:06 pm #136966
Great suggestion on the Photo Booth, Steve. I use iPhoto the most, so will have to try Photo Booth to compare the difference...
August 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm #136964
There is a great article on lifehacker today that has a list of free apps check it out -
August 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm #136962
Jose Luis MannersParticipant
congrats Andrew on moving to the bright side 🙂 I'm a long time Microsoft-centric software developer and I switched to a MBP about a year ago and I'm very pleased with my decision. I love Mac OS X, even Windows 7 runs better in my Mac.
August 2, 2011 at 5:36 pm #136960
MacBook Pro 15" monitor...so psyched!
August 2, 2011 at 5:58 pm #136958
August 2, 2011 at 5:58 pm #136956
Thanks, Ryan! Awesome to meet you last week, man...
August 2, 2011 at 5:59 pm #136954
Well...helping to run this social network!
Lots of content creation, presentations, etc.
I use Producteev for my project / task management as a cloud solution.
Love music...but not an iTunes user...
August 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm #136952
Taking this to heart....though already seeing the value of getting iWorks or MS Office for Mac, as Terri suggested.
Open to other opinions on the better of those two...
August 3, 2011 at 2:26 am #136950
Great meeting you also!
August 3, 2011 at 2:58 am #136948
When my wife started school a few years ago, I got her a macbook. I was also deciding on whether to get iWorks or MS Office. In the end, I decided to get MS Office and it has worked out quite well for class. Not only do most instructors use Word for their syllabus, but have many classes have presentations in powerpoint format. One thing you may want to check is whether or not your wife's school have a student discount for MS Office. If so, it will probably be cheaper than buying from the App Store...just a thought.
August 4, 2011 at 10:51 am #136946
Welcome to stepping into the light. <G>
This is what I make sure is installed on every one of my machines.1. TextexpanderThis is a third party software that allows you to use a couple of letters to automatically create snippets ... single words or letters or paragraphs. Serious time saver.2. SkitchThis is my favorite screen capture software. Like Windoz, mac comes with a screen capture installed, but this is far superior.3. EvernoteFree mind dump software. I use this for everything. You can take notes, audio notes, photos .... it then syncs over the web and your mobile phone so you always have the information with you. I can not recommend it highly enough. It also has the best search I have ever found.4. HandbrakeRipping software to rip your DVDs.Free5. SpamsieveIf you use the Mail app, this is the best spam filter.6. SuperDuperThe best backup software I have ever found and it creates a bootable drive.iWork vs MS OfficePersonally, I prefer iWork over MS Office any day of the week. I have both and I do use both, but I find Pages, Numbers, and Keynote far easier and less bloated then Office. Pages is far easier to design in.I also recommend Scrivner if you are a writer. http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.phpHope that helps.
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