1. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    My 2013 MacBook Air 13" model will be in tomorrow evening! What are some free and paid apps from the Mac App Store that are must haves? And I would appreciate any OS X tips and tricks as this is the first Mac I've ever owned, or used ( For more then 45 minuets). Thanks in advance!

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    03-06-2014 05:49 PM
  2. taz323's Avatar
    Congrats on your new Mac, looking to grab one myself. Enjoy
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    03-06-2014 05:57 PM
  3. phreddyl's Avatar
    nice! congrats on the new Mac! I like the air mail app- streamlines all my email accounts
    03-06-2014 06:04 PM
  4. pr1nce's Avatar
    Congrats on your new Mac. Enjoy
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    03-06-2014 06:40 PM
  5. kataran's Avatar
    Nice👍


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    03-06-2014 06:48 PM
  6. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Bartender
    Dropbox
    Evernote
    Pixelmator as a cheap alternate to photoshop
    Pages
    Numbers
    Keynote
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    03-06-2014 07:12 PM
  7. pearlyrob's Avatar
    I just an air last week. I love it so far.
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    03-06-2014 07:26 PM
  8. TurboTiger's Avatar
    Congratulations. You'll love it.
    Here are a few apps that I have:
    FireFox
    Dropbox
    Flip Player
    All are free.

    Good Luck
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    03-06-2014 07:42 PM
  9. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Alfred
    Caffeine
    DragonDrop
    Handbrake
    KeyCue (helps to teach you program hot keys)
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    03-06-2014 08:01 PM
  10. Bazza1's Avatar
    If you have come from a PC, save yourself some function frustration and use an ordinary 2 button/ scroll wheel mouse when you can - wireless or wired, it doesn't matter.
    Macolytes love their keystroke combos (and you'll learn them in time) and the trackpad is nice, but if you want familiar access to right-click functionality and scrolling, a mouse is still the way to go. And no need to blow the big bucks on a cool looking Mac one. The OS will see and use a regular one exactly as you would expect.

    Further, if you're coming from PC (and maybe you've used older versions of Word, etc), you may want a familiar-looking Office Suite. While Apple's own iWork Suite (Pages, etc) syncs with iCloud - if that's important to you - you may find its layout, frankly, bizarre and it's proprietary file system nearly worthless if you plan on creating and sharing documents with others. Short of the online options (like Google Drive or Microsoft Office 365), if you want an onboard office suite, I'd recommend the free LibreOffice product - https://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/
    You can set it to Save in the Microsoft format (Word, Excel, etc) of your choice by default and its rendering of existing files is pretty accurate.
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    03-07-2014 06:31 AM
  11. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    If you have come from a PC, save yourself some function frustration and use an ordinary 2 button/ scroll wheel mouse when you can - wireless or wired, it doesn't matter.
    Macolytes love their keystroke combos (and you'll learn them in time) and the trackpad is nice, but if you want familiar access to right-click functionality and scrolling, a mouse is still the way to go. And no need to blow the big bucks on a cool looking Mac one. The OS will see and use a regular one exactly as you would expect.

    Further, if you're coming from PC (and maybe you've used older versions of Word, etc), you may want a familiar-looking Office Suite. While Apple's own iWork Suite (Pages, etc) syncs with iCloud - if that's important to you - you may find its layout, frankly, bizarre and it's proprietary file system nearly worthless if you plan on creating and sharing documents with others. Short of the online options (like Google Drive or Microsoft Office 365), if you want an onboard office suite, I'd recommend the free LibreOffice product - https://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/
    You can set it to Save in the Microsoft format (Word, Excel, etc) of your choice by default and its rendering of existing files is pretty accurate.
    Thanks for the advice! I've read up on differences between the trackpads/mice on Macs and PC's. So I think I'm good to go on that. As far as office suites go, I'm 16 and this is my first computer. I've never used office at all. The only office software I've used is pages on my iPad. So i don't think that will be a problem either, but I'll definitely check out LiberOffice.


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    03-07-2014 07:07 AM
  12. bravesfan007's Avatar
    I recommend Wunderlist as a great way to keep track of lists. The good thing is that it'll sync between devices to keep the lists updated.


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    03-07-2014 07:09 AM
  13. Bazza1's Avatar
    Thanks for the advice! I've read up on differences between the trackpads/mice on Macs and PC's. So I think I'm good to go on that. As far as office suites go, I'm 16 and this is my first computer. I've never used office at all. The only office software I've used is pages on my iPad. So i don't think that will be a problem either, but I'll definitely check out LiberOffice.
    Cool.
    As for Office Suites, Pages on iOS operates quite differently from on the Mac, but with iCloud, its kinda cool to have stuff you create on one device in Pages show up on the other automatically. That said, the app does save in a proprietary file format which - for school or, eventually, college or university - might be problematic, even though you can Export it in Word .doc or .pdf format. But it is worth blowing $20 for that?

    As for other useful apps: I'm guessing (at 16) you're relying on purchasing iTunes cards to pay for apps for your iPad and, now, your MacBook via their respective stores, but, as an Air user (with it's limited onboard storage), there's an app out there - not in the store (and therefore will require a credit card from a sympathetic owner) - that I cannot recommend too highly.

    Its called Xslimmer and it automatically scans and pulls unnecessary bumpf from apps (unused languages, unnecessary code for older machines and OSs, etc) which take up a lot of room on our Airs. Its Genie is very accurate and I was stunned the first time I ran it how much I was able to reclaim and I've never had a issue with it or the cleaned apps. I run it every month or so to catch any updated software that has stuff that can be culled. Its the best $15 I've spent on an app.
    There's also a trial version you can try - it'll cull 50MB of junk. Check it all out here - www.xslimmer.com

    Also on the maintenance front, there's also the freebie Ccleaner, available in the Mac Store - and I would be remiss if I did not suggest that you should pick up a free anti-virus app (I use Avira). Yeah, I know, Macoytles will tell you that Macs don't need it - blah, blah, blah - but it will help stop you passing on stuff accidentally to PC users and/or issues with malware, etc. And if it's free and automatic, why not?

    Enjoy your new Air!
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    03-08-2014 09:15 AM
  14. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    Pages come free on OS X. But thanks for the advice! I've had others tell me about those apps you mentioned, so I'll be sure to check them out cuz every one likes them!


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    03-08-2014 09:35 AM
  15. Speedygi's Avatar
    Make sure to load your Mac up with some good apps. I know you need those. The Mac App Store is perfect for that.
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    03-08-2014 04:07 PM
  16. saichick04's Avatar
    Congrats! I love my Macbook Air. My partner uses it more than I do for school but when I do I love it. Enjoy yours!
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    03-09-2014 07:45 PM
  17. pearlyrob's Avatar
    Another question. Hope I make sense. On a PC. When the delete dialog box came up. The "cancel" selection is highlighted and I could push tab to forward the highlight to the "ok" box. On my Mac. Pressing tab doesn't move the highlighted option. How can I do this
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    04-01-2014 05:55 PM
  18. Bradley Spence's Avatar
    Congrats! Welcome to the Mac family. I love my Macbook Pro. My tip: To take screen shots hold down Command + Shift + 3. A tad more tricky than the PC but everything else works just so much better.
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    04-01-2014 06:02 PM
  19. smileyboy's Avatar
    Don't forget to backup. Buy a 500/1T hdd just for that


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    05-11-2014 03:43 PM
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    Don't forget to backup. Buy a 500/1T hdd just for that


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    05-11-2014 03:54 PM
  21. Tartarus's Avatar
    Congrats with your Mac
    05-11-2014 05:57 PM
  22. smileyboy's Avatar
    Congrats!


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    05-11-2014 07:15 PM
  23. taz323's Avatar
    just received the MacBook Air, have to say so far its awesome device.
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    06-13-2014 06:00 PM
  24. HankAZ's Avatar
    Congrats to you both on your new Macs. I highly recommend the MagicMouse - as you can get 2-button function without the ugly buttons. And you can do gestures right on the mouse surface - just like on a trackpad.

    There are at least 5 other threads about what apps/utilities to get, so I won’t go through that, but there’s plenty of good stuff out there.

    Just bought a MacBook Pro 15inch
    I just bought my first Mac!
    Must have APP for rMBP 13 Inch ?
    What are your 'most used' Mac apps?
    new to MacBook Pro
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    06-13-2014 06:10 PM
  25. taz323's Avatar
    Congrats to you both on your new Macs. I highly recommend the MagicMouse - as you can get 2-button function without the ugly buttons. And you can do gestures right on the mouse surface - just like on a trackpad.

    There are at least 5 other threads about what apps/utilities to get, so I won’t go through that, but there’s plenty of good stuff out there.

    Just bought a MacBook Pro 15inch



    I just bought my first Mac!
    Must have APP for rMBP 13 Inch ?
    What are your 'most used' Mac apps?
    new to MacBook Pro
    Thanks for the heads up, i will check the out.
    and congrats on the MacBook Pro
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    06-13-2014 06:22 PM
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