It's the Mac Thread - Fan the fanboy flames
When should I buy my Mac?http://buyersguide.macrumors.com
will let you know the lowdown on when to pull the trigger. Students get 10% off at the Apple Store for Education.
What upgrades do I need?
You need as much RAM as you can afford. But don't buy it from Apple, go to http://crucial.com
and buy it there, it's orders of magnitude cheaper.
I have my Mac, I need sexy applications!
You can Google for all of these. If you ever need applications for other needs, head over to http://macupdate.com
. Satan got all the clicky-linkys. Isn't he nice?
- The only chat client you need...Colloquy
- ...unless you IRC, in which case you need this too
- The best RSS clientNewsFire
- The second best RSS client, if you don't like NNW
- A text editor for programmers, amazing functionality, well worth the handful of euros.Smultron
- A great free alternative to TextMateTeXShop
- If you write papers using LaTeX, this is the best editor to get the job done on Mac OS X. You should also look into BibDesk
for your BibTeX repository.
- The best CSS editor money can buy, on any platform. Saves me hours of time scanning CSS files daily.
There's more than Safari (but Safari is arguably best).Camino
- If you like the way Firefox renders, Camino is the Mac-native browser that uses Firefox's rendering engine, Gecko.Firefox
- If you can't live without FF, it's OK on Mac, but not native. So you lose niceties like the Cocoa window widgets, and keychain access.
- Plays pretty much any format on Earth.Mplayer
- Popular rival to VLC.Perian
- Popular codecs like Xvid packaged as Quicktime components, so you can watch these videos in any Quicktime-enabled program.Audio Hijack
- Record the sound output from any program on your Mac.Airfoil
- Divert any audio you want to your Airport Express.Handbrake
- Handbrake is your one-stop DVD rip shop.
Yes, you can do better than Spotlight for application launching.
/ direct download
) - The benchmark keyboard navigation program. Free and open-source, heavily customisable.LaunchBar
- A lightweight alternative to Quicksilver. Less features, but noticeably faster.
- Transmission is hands-down the best Mac native BitTorrent app. Download the nightly build, and you'll get blocklist functionality as well.Azureus
- Azureus runs pretty well on Mac OS X, but it's Java code-base does mean it is slow, and just a little bit ugly. The plugins help a lot.
- Still the best option, but the current version is really expensive. Get a second-hand copy of Office X 2004 off eBay. If you absolutely need VBA support, you have to use the 2004 version -- support has been removed in 2008.NeoOffice
- A Mac wrapper for OpenOffice. Much better than wrestling with X11.iWork '08
- The office suite developed by Apple. Keynote is a PowerPoint killer, Pages is perfectly capable as a Word replacement and Numbers is a good (basic) spreadsheet editor (note that I didn't say Excel replacement)
- If Twitter is the crack, Twitterific is the dealer.
- MacFuse allows all sort of fancy disk mounting, including drives connected via SSH. Really nifty.
- You could use the built-in server, or you could get MAMP and have an Apache/MySQL/PHP install out of the box.CocoaMySQL
- A great GUI to manage MySQL databases.
I could keep going, but I'm tired now.