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Zinfan
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« on: August 04, 2011, 07:45:55 PM »

Just got a Macbook Air 13" and was wondering if there are any must have apps out there.  I'm new to the Mac world other than the iPod touch that I have so don't really have a handle on what might be needed for this thing.  I put Peggle, Bookworm and a journal app called Day One on the machine so far but what might I be missing? 

I think I may look into adding Windows 7 via bootcamp once I figure out how to do that (this thing has no DVD drive) and seeing if I could try putting The Witcher (saw a quick look on Giant Bomb that got me wanting to try this game again) on this laptop.
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2011, 07:54:19 PM »

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The Witcher

On an Air? Sounds painful... it's pretty GPU intense.
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2011, 12:59:33 AM »

If you use Google Reader a lot, then Reeder is a must.
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2011, 01:21:38 AM »

Caffeine is a great little unobtrusive program that lets you stop your display from going to sleep for X minutes.  You just click a little coffee cup in the upper right whateveritscalled bar and it keeps the display awake for your preset default, or right click to specify some other time.
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2011, 01:26:23 AM »

Congrats - I just updated my old Macbook Pro for one of the new 13" MBA's as well.

Here's some of the Apps that I use a lot

Twitter client
Reeder for Google Reader (seconding GuidoTKP's recommendation)
Adium for Instant messaging
Skitch for capturing/sharing screenshots
MacVim for most of my software development
Xcode for programming ios
OmniGraffle for creating diagrams
Spotify / iTunes for Music
Toast for moving videos to/from my Tivo
Handbrake for "backing up" DVD's
ScreenFlow for capturing screencasts

I also order a lot of stuff online so I use the "Delivery Status" dashboard widget to keep track of all my packages
I don't play a lot of games on my Mac - but I've been contemplating re-activating an old World of Warcraft account once I start traveling again.
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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2011, 02:44:54 AM »

Quote from: DarkEL on August 05, 2011, 01:26:23 AM

Congrats - I just updated my old Macbook Pro for one of the new 13" MBA's as well.

Here's some of the Apps that I use a lot

Twitter client
Reeder for Google Reader (seconding GuidoTKP's recommendation)
Adium for Instant messaging
Skitch for capturing/sharing screenshots
MacVim for most of my software development
Xcode for programming ios
OmniGraffle for creating diagrams
Spotify / iTunes for Music
Toast for moving videos to/from my Tivo
Handbrake for "backing up" DVD's
ScreenFlow for capturing screencasts

I also order a lot of stuff online so I use the "Delivery Status" dashboard widget to keep track of all my packages
I don't play a lot of games on my Mac - but I've been contemplating re-activating an old World of Warcraft account once I start traveling again.

Those are some of the best software written for OS X.

Listen to this man. smile
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2011, 07:41:09 AM »

Thanks for all the good ideas.  As for The Witcher, I have the i5 chip and it seems to do well enough, the graphics could be a roadblock but the game is a few years old now so why not try?
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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2011, 04:25:45 PM »

Quote from: DarkEL on August 05, 2011, 01:26:23 AM

Congrats - I just updated my old Macbook Pro for one of the new 13" MBA's as well.

Here's some of the Apps that I use a lot

Twitter client
Reeder for Google Reader (seconding GuidoTKP's recommendation)
Adium for Instant messaging
Skitch for capturing/sharing screenshots
MacVim for most of my software development
Xcode for programming ios
OmniGraffle for creating diagrams
Spotify / iTunes for Music
Toast for moving videos to/from my Tivo
Handbrake for "backing up" DVD's
ScreenFlow for capturing screencasts

I also order a lot of stuff online so I use the "Delivery Status" dashboard widget to keep track of all my packages
I don't play a lot of games on my Mac - but I've been contemplating re-activating an old World of Warcraft account once I start traveling again.

Thats a pretty good list. Xcode is essential for development on OSX/iOS. But MacVim is even more essential. Hehe. I would also add the following:

Dropbox

DTerm - Brings up a little input box that lets you execute shell commands in whatever folder is in the active Finder window.

Go2Shell - In Finder, when you launch this app it will launch the Terminal(shell) with the current directory set as the folder in the Finder window.

VLC Player - Plays tons of video formats

StuffIt Expander - Great for all your unzipping/unraring/un-anything needs

img2icns - Takes an image and converts to an .icns file. Great for replacing stupid icons for your apps or creating icons for custom AppleScript Applets and what have you.

iCombiner - Combines PDFs with PDFs, images with PDFs, etc. Good for adding covers to your PDF books/papers (like the Apple Developer Docs). I like to have nicer covers. Also good for ebooks that chopped up into multiple PDFs or whatever.

ColorSnapper - Lets you "eyedrop" colors from anything on your screen. Zooms in so you can get the color you want. Pretty neat.

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Boxer and ScummVM - I've got 93 high quality DOS games working with these two emulators including basically all of the Sierra/Lucas Arts classics(full voice) among other gems like Sherlock Holmes, Kyrandia, Broken Sword, Last Express, etc.

MagicPrefs - Not really necessary with OS X Lion on a MacBook. But if you decide to use a Magic Mouse this app is still really nice.

Quicksilver - Acts like SpotLight, but you can also configure lots of custom hot key triggers (like, maybe, cmd-shift-F to launch a Finder window. Don't know why there isn't a default key combo for launching Finder.)
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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2011, 05:17:38 PM »

Oh, forgot OmniOutliner. If you're creating a lot of written material, great tool for organizing your thoughts and work product.
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2011, 06:18:38 PM »

Quote from: Belgedin on August 05, 2011, 04:25:45 PM

VLC Player - Plays tons of video formats

In that vein, Perian is also a must - a plugin for QuickTime that pretty much plays every format out there except for WMV.

Add Flip4Mac, and you can play basically anything in QuickTime.
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