One reason I enjoy writing for Mac Mania is that I love writing and trying out software for Mac Computers. Of course the software I use changes from time to time but more often than not I use the same software. Here is my dock with all included Mac software I use daily:
After you’ve got your Mac Computer home from the store (or even better from Amazon because it´s much cheaper there…) you don’t need much additional mac software because Apple already included a good amount of software in their Snow Leopard OS but there is still some software I installed. Here is my list:
- MacRenamer (renames large amounts of files at once) – here a tutorial on how to use the Renamer
- [easyazon-link asin=”B008YTAKJA” locale=”us”]Parallels[/easyazon-link] (allows me to add Windows parallel – means I can have both operating systems running at once in case I cannot come around using a Windows program)
- [easyazon-link asin=”B004Q0PT3I” locale=”us”]Windows 7[/easyazon-link] (in Parallels)
- [easyazon-link asin=”B0014X2UAK” locale=”us”]iWork[/easyazon-link] (the word processing program)
- [easyazon-link asin=”B007S02Z76″ locale=”us”]Adobe Creative Suite for Mac[/easyazon-link] (Photoshop, Dreamweaver)
- Cyberduck (FTP program) – FREE
- Printer software (depends on your printer – you just go to the homepage of your printer and download the software)
- Yahoo Messenger (chat program)
- Skype (phone friends everywhere on earth for free)
- Screenflow (screen recording software)
- Bento (database software – helps me to stay organized)
That is pretty much all I need. I remember well the times when I had to reinstall my Windows computer and add 30+ programs just to have the system filled with the functions I need. You do not need an anti virus program – your Mac OS protects itself. You also don’t need a firewall or run an updater – again the operating system does it itself and runs an update checker for all programs each and every week – you are just informed and have to agree before the update is installed.
With the new Mac App Store things got even easier. Now – if I ever have to install my computer again – I download all the purchased software from the Mac App Store, with just one click. I’m not sure how it is for you but when I installed my Windows computer one hassle was to put all the CDs and DVDs together, find the serials and run each of them separately – just to do it all over after a year of using your computer because it did not run smoothly anymore but was a mess. While Windows puts waist on you carry with over time Mac OS X usually maintains itself – you need to do very less to keep your system clean.
I´ve linked all products so you can see the best deals of the mac software or download them for free.