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The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 28, 2015 05:03PM
MacWorld article here.

[www.macworld.com]

My list is different:

CCC
1Password
Dropbox
Onyx
Smart Utility
Firefox
TeamViewer
Skype
VLC

only 9, but I am sure I forgot something. I will update when I get home and check the Mac smiling smiley
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: April 28, 2015 05:20PM
I've had seven of those and dropped five for non-use. The only ones I still have are CCC and VLC.

1Password - I got burned by a password app that locked me out and have never trusted them again.
Dropbox - I have plenty of space, just never use it.
Onyx - Never got it to work the way I wanted
Firefox - did not care for it
Skype - Would love to use it for international calls, but the family doesn't have broadband


However, I would add Appcleaner (hmm, to get rid of those must have's you don't want?), Perian, and monolingual.



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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: sekker
Date: April 28, 2015 05:29PM
Onyx messed up my Mac the last time I used it. Could have been user error, I admit - but I would not install on every machine.
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: April 28, 2015 05:38PM
I didn't click on the link, but here is what I put on pretty much every Mac I setup. In no particular order.

Firefox
Chrome
VLC
Office Suite of some kind

Preloaded Apps:
iTunes, Photos, Messages, iWork, Safari, Notes.



I use a lot of other programs, some that are above, but I wouldn't consider them "must have on every computer" apps.



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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: April 28, 2015 05:41PM
I usually opt for Chrome vs. Firefox. Onyx is just the free version of Cocktail. I've used both but I got Cocktail in a bundle so I use that now. 1P can't be beat. I also use App Zapper to remove stuff. Perian? They don't even make that anymore. And VLC can play anything under the sun.



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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 28, 2015 05:45PM
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Ombligo
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1Password - I got burned by a password app that locked me out and have never trusted them again.
...

can you please explain what happened? Thanks.
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: colonel panic
Date: April 28, 2015 05:50PM
Since I upgraded to Mavericks, Onyx has done more harm than good. I deleted it from all my Macs.



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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: MikeF
Date: April 28, 2015 05:51PM
Little Snitch?
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 28, 2015 05:53PM
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colonel panic
Since I upgraded to Mavericks, Onyx has done more harm than good. I deleted it from all my Macs.

I never had an issue with Onyx, but I admit I don't use it that often, and I always make sure I have the correct version for that OS. But when I use it, it seems to help.
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: April 28, 2015 06:06PM
Handbrake - use it to convert movies for iOS devices.
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 28, 2015 06:44PM
Monopoly$oft Office. barf smiley



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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: April 28, 2015 06:50PM
CCCloner
Bean
Tex-Edit Plus
VLC
HandBrake
Memory Monitor
Pixelmator
Firefox
DiskWarrior
iWork
maybe LittleSnitch

Oops that's 11
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: mikebw
Date: April 28, 2015 06:52PM
Adding-

MacX YouTube Downloader - http://www.macxdvd.com/install/free-youtube-video-downloader-mac.htm?run.myoutubedl

MPEG StreamClip - http://www.squared5.com/svideo/mpeg-streamclip-mac.html

But not everyone needs these.
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: April 28, 2015 07:15PM
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Ombligo
1Password - I got burned by a password app that locked me out and have never trusted them again.

Okay, but 1Password never stores your passwords on their servers. They’re kept on your computer or iOS device, synced via your wifi or your dropbox or your iCloud. The only time 1Password phones home is to see if there’s an update available, and you can disable that.
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: Robert M
Date: April 28, 2015 07:30PM
Space,

My list is very different than Fleishman's. In fact, I'd go as far to say his list includes an item or two or three I wouldn't recommend to most people, especially if they are new to the Mac. BTW, I'm not going include on my list apps that Apple includes as a part of the OS, i.e. Pages, TextEdit, iTunes, etc. It's a given that they'll be on the machine and available for use by its owner. I'm focusing on non-Apple apps that make all the difference in my computing experience.

Here's what I would recommend to a new user in no particular order:

1. Carbon Copy Cloner
2. 1Password
3. Dropbox
4. Firefox
5. Moneydance 2014
6. LibreOffice
7. MS Office
8. Email Archiver Pro
9. Specific to that individual user*
10. Specific to that individual user*

I left #9 and #10 as non-specified because each user is going to need at least two apps that critical to him/her/them. It could be a Windows emulator like Parallels. It could be a business accounting app like Quickbooks. It could be a desktop publishing app like Adobe Indesign. It could be a database management app like Filemaker Pro. The individual is going to have to make the last selections.

Here are some explanations for the first nine choices on the list:

1. Carbon Copy Cloner

Nothing beats a clone for quick restoration of a machine. Let's you get up and running nearly immediately. That way, you get your work done and then, when not under pressure, restore from a Time Machine backup. Compliments Time Machine for backups. Critical app.

2. 1Password

Used multiple times every day.

3. Dropbox

Ensures data is synced properly across multiple machines. Works in conjunction with several apps. Indispensable for sharing docs with other people.

4. Firefox

I like Safari but all too many web sites still aren't compatible with it. firefox covers the ones that give Safari agita. Truth to say, I use Firefox more than Safari now.

5. Moneydance 2014

Everyone should be using a personal finance app to manage his/her/their finances. I prefer Moneydance 2014 for a slew of reasons but will probably move to Moneydance 2015 once The Infinite Kind resolves the interface problems and squashes a few annoying bugs. Moneydance is just one of many solid personal finance apps out there.

6. LibreOffice

Handles MS Office files for those who need quick and dirty compatibility and goes farther by providing a database app and more! Sure, you can use Pages, Numbers, etc but I find LibreOffice superior to them for compatibility. LibreOffice can't replace office but offers a tremendous bang for the buck and then some and it can do something I find very handy. It can open Appleworks word processing files. Even Pages has issues opening old Appleworks files and believe you me, I still have a ton of them! On the list because it's free, offers a tremendous amount of features and is a godsend for people with Appleworks documents. Boo hiss to Apple for making such a pain to open Appleworks files!

7. MS Office

Nothing can replace MS Office for word processing, number crunching, presentations and easy compatibility with Windows. No doubt other apps such as Pages, Numbers, LibreOffice, Keynote and such are handy and let you access files produced by Microsoft apps. Nonetheless, the real thing offers solid features and the most transparent compatibility.

8. Email Archiver Pro

Yups. Email Archiver Pro. It takes email from Apple Mail and converts it into PDF format and stores it in a folder hierarchy. Attachments are stored with the emails. Easy to access the email without a dedicated email app. Easy to backup

For giggles, here is a list of apps that I wouldn't necessarily recommend to everyone but find handy to have on my machines:

A. Smart Utility
B. Crashplan
C. Swift Publisher
D. Kindle App
E. Drive Genius
F. Video Lan Client
G. Printopia
H. Vuescan

Robert



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 04/28/2015 07:49PM by Robert M.
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: April 28, 2015 07:32PM
I like Glenn Fleishman but that is a stupid list. Everything listed largely duplicates built-in functionality. Why pollute your system with this stuff?

I have only one of the items—VLC.
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: April 28, 2015 07:37PM
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Ombligo
1Password - I got burned by a password app that locked me out and have never trusted them again.

Similar logic: "I got burned by buying a Yugo and have never trusted automobiles again."

Now how much sense does that make?



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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: April 28, 2015 07:41PM
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Article Accelerator
Everything listed largely duplicates extends built-in functionality.

FTFY.



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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: wowzer
Date: April 28, 2015 08:03PM
PTHPasteboard
USB Overdrive
karabiner
Super Duper
Text Wrangler
Galerie
CyberDuck



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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: Bernie
Date: April 28, 2015 08:07PM
VLC
GraphicConverter

MS Office
Flash (Adobe)
Firefox

KeyCue
Typinator
Little Snitch
Snapz Pro X (I have the new beta version and it is working with Yosemite)
Flv Crunch for Mac




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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: sekker
Date: April 28, 2015 08:36PM
Love 1password, but I've had some glitches with it over the years.
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: Golfer
Date: April 28, 2015 08:42PM
The only one on the list I use is 1Password and I just recently started using it.
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: April 28, 2015 09:17PM
I use SuperDuper! for cloning my HD. Seems to work fine.

I use Safari for most web browsing; Firefox for an occasional site that doesn't like Safari, and for my second Yahoo Mail account (trying to have two in Safari seems not to work).

For text documents I use TextEdit or an old version of Mariner Write, which works fine in Mountain Lion. Mariner Write is like Word 5.1, i.e. good.

I filled up free Dropbox quickly (just 2GB). Now I use Copy.com (15GB free, more with referrals),* and works fine for synchronizing files between Macs, also for public downloads.

I keep meaning to try 1Password, but never get around to it.

I have MS Office, but mainly use Excel. Word is for stuff people send me. Wish they would use PDFs.

Robert: Never heard of Email Archiver Pro, but I want it!

/Mr Lynn

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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: April 28, 2015 10:08PM
I love USB Overdrive but it started causing problems with Mavericks so I switched to SteerMouse and have never looked back.



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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: silvarios
Date: April 28, 2015 10:23PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
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Article Accelerator
Everything listed largely duplicates extends built-in functionality.

FTFY.

I agree.
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: silvarios
Date: April 28, 2015 10:26PM
Carbon Copy Cloner is the big one, then a browser, sometimes Firefox, sometimes Opera.
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: April 29, 2015 08:17AM
My must-haves:

CCC
Firefox with Xmarks
Evernote
DiskWarrior
FontExplorer Pro or Suitcase
NeoFinder
Photo Transfer App
Little Snitch
Transmit
TextWrangler
Dropbox

On most installs: VMware Fusion or Parallels

For Yosemite, cDock and the FiraSans system font, plus other customizations.
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: sekker
Date: April 29, 2015 09:00AM
Chrome
Dropbox
1password
Firefox
office (whatever flavor you prefer)
handbrake if you edited video files
Pandora/Amazon music, etc
Adobe Acrobat reader for those pesky pdfs that Preview works poorly on
Skype
CCC
Calibre if you like ebooks
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: silvarios
Date: April 29, 2015 09:06AM
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sekker
Calibre if you like ebooks

So true.
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: April 29, 2015 09:32AM
Forgot to mention the one app I cannot live w/o and feel something is missing if I use a machine w/o it. Default Folder.



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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: modelamac
Date: April 29, 2015 11:54AM
IMHO, that is a good list.

I'd add for the second group:

Disk Warrior
Data Rescue
Pacifist
OmniDisksweeper
Easy Find
Namebench (if you have cable or DSL)
SyncTwoFolders
AdwareMedic
SurplusMeter (if your ISP has quotas)
Cookie
PrinterPro Desktop (for iDevice printing)



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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: tlh828
Date: April 29, 2015 01:35PM
I'v only got 7 must haves for my people:
1. BonMot - for passwords, documents, URL's, shoe sizes, Credit card info, bank accounts info,passport info, etc, etc. Wrote it myself w/Filemaker Pro Advanced - works great and the way I want it to.
2. Firefox
3. Quicken 2007 or 2015
4. Super Duper
5. DiskWarrior
6. Klondike Forever
7. Dock Locker Varsity
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: billb
Date: April 29, 2015 04:29PM
For my own use on the newest mini:


Airport utility
Adblock
Flash
Lightroom 5
dropbox


Laptop:
Office
Chrome
Adblock
Airport Utility
Flash



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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: silvarios
Date: April 29, 2015 08:33PM
Airport Utility no longer ships with OS X?
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: billb
Date: April 30, 2015 08:06AM
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silvarios
Airport Utility no longer ships with OS X?

Mavericks and Yosemite are supposed to, although with Yosemite you may want to make sure you have the most recent updated version.



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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: Robert M
Date: April 30, 2015 11:36AM
Silvarios,

Airport Utility is included as a part of the OS. That's why i didn't list it. Same goes for iTunes, Photos, etc. I didn't think listing apps that are preloaded as a part of the OS or free from Apple was as useful as focusing on apps you don't get from Apple but are very useful to have on a new machine. Or old one for that matter!

Robert
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: silvarios
Date: April 30, 2015 01:20PM
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Robert M
Silvarios,

Airport Utility is included as a part of the OS. That's why i didn't list it. Same goes for iTunes, Photos, etc. I didn't think listing apps that are preloaded as a part of the OS or free from Apple was as useful as focusing on apps you don't get from Apple but are very useful to have on a new machine. Or old one for that matter!

Robert

That's what I thought, but I topped out with Lion. By the tone of the previous comment, almost seemed like it was now a download.
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Re: The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
Posted by: silvarios
Date: April 30, 2015 01:20PM
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billb
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silvarios
Airport Utility no longer ships with OS X?

Mavericks and Yosemite are supposed to, although with Yosemite you may want to make sure you have the most recent updated version.

Thanks for the update.
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