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Stibbons
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Icon 1 posted April 20, 2011 18:15      Profile for Stibbons   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I've finally bought a Mac. 2nd hand MacBook with lozza software and three months warranty left. Winner.

So I'm wondering what software people recommend? Anything useful science-wise? Productivity? Games?

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littlefish
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Icon 1 posted April 20, 2011 19:30      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
People I know swear by papers for mac to organise pdfs. I can tell you that the ipad version is not a great standalone app. [Frown]
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spungo
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Icon 1 posted April 20, 2011 23:32      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I think "Foot Heater" is a great application -- just leave it powered on and upside-down under your desk, and then rest your plates o'meat on it whenever it gets parky. [Razz]

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Grummash

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Carbon Copy Cloner. - For bootable backups. Time Machine is great for incremental backups but if your internal HD goes tits-up you need a backup drive you can boot from.

OpenOffice - for work 'n' stuff. It used to be iffy but I think the current version is really good.

Splash ID - password manager. A phone app/desktop app combo that means I only have to remember one big long password.

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Ugh, MightyClub
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GIMP is pretty good for photo editing if you need such a thing, and it's free / open source which is always a plus.

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Zwilnik

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Pixelmator is a good step up from Gimp without being anywhere near as expensive as photoshop. (native OpenGL based rendering too, so it's pretty zippy). Not perfect yet, but getting to be very handy.

Grab the iWork apps (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) as they're all pretty damn useful, and make sure you've got the latest iLife set.

I'm a bit of a Chrono-Sync fan for automatic backups and syncing between my Macs. and Handbrake is a great free app for converting your DVDs to more portable data for when you're travelling or want to view them on your iPhone/iPad etc.

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littlefish
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Not sure what kind of science you do, but gnuplot may be worth a look, and if you are a student then photoshop has huge discounts and elements is worth having rather than gimp (IMHO). I'm enjoying portal 2 so far, but my MacBook does not have a good enough graphics card to run it so it's on the ps3.

I have iWork but don't find it that useful. Office is much easier for collaboration and also does cheaper than list versions for many. I Still try to use LaTeX where possible though.

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dragonman97

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Besides the factory shipped stuff, the /main/ app I use on my laptop is Firefox. [Razz]

Glancing in my ~/Applications folder reminds me of a few other apps† I use not infrequently:
CoRD (a rather good open source RDP client)
Google Chrome
OpenOffice.org (consider LibreOffice)
Seashore (a native but stripped down version of Gimp)
SimplyBurns
Skim (handy for fiddling w/PDFs)
Skype
SuperDuper (see Carbon Copy Cloner above - use one or the other...just use one!)
VLC
Xee (used for precisely one thing - lossless JPEG rotation)

One reason I'm so willing to use OS X these days is Terminal, and all the stuff that makes my open source heart go pitter-patter, so 'apps' aren't always that relevant to me. [Razz]

† n.b. /Most/ are open source, some are not. They are all free-as-in-beer, though.

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BBedit for coding; GraphicConverter is a nice graphic software too; Nisus Writer for word-processing and page editing.

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