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« on: January 22, 2012, 11:26:29 PM »

This is my first Mac...what good apps should I be on the lookout for? Especially for a web developer...
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2012, 11:34:16 PM »

Not for web developing, but put Quicksilver on it - super handy launcher utility.
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2012, 01:59:07 AM »

I like Reeder if you want RSS reader. Aperture is awesome if you have a lot of pictures (iPhoto kind of sucks). iBank is probably the biggest Quicken contender until they give us a real Quicken (rumored). The official Twitter app is pretty good. Yojimbo is a good note taker/scrap book program.

With the app store it's so easy to find anything you could want nowadays, if it exists for Mac, it's usually in the store.

Congrats, I keep a gaming PC (gaming in Bootcap runs VERY hot and the fans don't seem to come on), but my iMac is used for my everyday machine. Love the thing.
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2012, 02:11:59 AM »

Quote from: Teggy on January 22, 2012, 11:34:16 PM

Not for web developing, but put Quicksilver on it - super handy launcher utility.

Actually, I prefer Alfred these days.

As for other apps: Skitch, Coda, Transmit, DaisyDisk, xScope are all good.

Printopia allows you to use connected printers with iOS devices (print directly from iOS no matter what printer you have).

Handbrake for video re-encoding stuff.

Also, a great photoshop alternative is Pixelmater.

What specs on the iMac? We just got the 27" 3.4 Ghz Core i& with 8GB memory (about to order more third party) and AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2048 MB


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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2012, 05:30:38 PM »

Quote from: th'FOOL on January 23, 2012, 02:11:59 AM

Quote from: Teggy on January 22, 2012, 11:34:16 PM

Not for web developing, but put Quicksilver on it - super handy launcher utility.

Actually, I prefer Alfred these days.

As for other apps: Skitch, Coda, Transmit, DaisyDisk, xScope are all good.

Printopia allows you to use connected printers with iOS devices (print directly from iOS no matter what printer you have).

Handbrake for video re-encoding stuff.

Also, a great photoshop alternative is Pixelmater.

What specs on the iMac? We just got the 27" 3.4 Ghz Core i& with 8GB memory (about to order more third party) and AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2048 MB


27" 2.7GHz i5 4GB RAM and AMD Radeon HD 6770M 512MB

I have a friend that's going to hook me up with another 4GB (2x2) in the meantime. In a couple of months, I'll buy 16GB http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Memory-Module-KTA-MB1066K2-8G/dp/B001PS9UKW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1327339379&sr=8-2
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2012, 06:06:48 PM »

Sweet.  I'm still trying to hold out for the next refresh.

Adium is an obvious app to get for IM.  Xcode is nice for an easy/free way to get an iOS simulator up and running to test websites.  Evernote and the aforementioned Skitch are my favorites as well.
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2012, 10:54:00 PM »

Homebrew is essential for installing utilities at the command line. You can do things like "brew install git" and it will install git and all of the needed dependencies.
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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2012, 01:33:38 AM »

Good apps for web development I would look at are:

Textmate - awesome text editor and version 2 I believe is in beta. What I use for coding
Chocolat - an up and coming text editer, it looks to be good.
Snippets - great program for holding snippets of code for later us.
Codebox - another snippet program, less feature, it seems ok.
Transmit - ftp program, has great features and works awesome,
Parallels - If for some reason you need to run windows in a vm.

Other programs I use regularly:

Sparrow Mail App - This is my favorite mail application and the integration to gmail is great.
Socialite - great app for viewing multiple social networks with multiple accounts, facebook, twitter, digg, google reader
iStats Menu - If you like to see your cpu, memory, temperature usage
Fantastical - calendar app that sits on the menu bar that access iCal info, works great
Chronicle - bill paying app, has nice reminders and logging of paid bills
1Password - password manager. even will sync with dropbox across other devices and machines.


There has to be more, but that is what I can think of right now.

Welcome to Mac!

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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2012, 01:38:36 AM »

Steam!

Just wanted to say that we got one of these for xmas and it's been a huge hit with the family. Wife and kids absolutely love it. The machine is fast and I was able to add 8 gigs of ram for $40. I switched to Scrivener for all of my writing about a year ago - if you have any interest in writing, look into this program. I don't know how I used to organize books before this.

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