Owning a Mac: Week 3

I just switched over to using a MacBook Pro a couple of weeks ago and I think like most switchers, it has been a pretty drastic change. The operating system is different, software installation is different, there’s the Mac App Store, the Dock, the really really cool trackpad, multitouch gestures….in short, it was quite overwhelming.

To make myself feel at home, I installed MS Office to get my e-mail done, but the interface is also pretty different than the version on Windows. I swapped Safari for Firefox, as I was really never comfortable with that browser on Windows anyways. Stuff like VLC and Plex were installed for my media files and I discovered some pretty nifty stuff as well.

For starters, there’s Simple Comic, a comic reading program and Text Wrangler, which is kinda like Notepad++. Time Machine is doing regular backups of my system and it comes included with Mac OS. So far it’s been pretty good, and the App Store is just one click away if I need something interesting installed on my system….hehe….I just installed Angry Birds earlier this week.

Any other recommendations?

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  2. xenohawk January 22, 2011

    For media and video codecs try, Perian, MPlayer OSX Extended and Movist
    For playing lossless like FLAC try, Vox, AyreWave, Channel D Pure Music
    For fun while playing music, Bowtie
    For media server try Plex
    For graphics, try Pixelmator
    For download, try Transmission
    For general OS operation, try Alfred, iStat Menu
    If you use magic mouse or want more multigesture, try BetterTouchTool or MagicPrefs

    That’s about it for what I use mostly haha… enjoy OSX world man…