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[MREVO8]
22nd April 2007, 12:32 AM
While these aren't the only alternatives to specific applications, it should get you off to a good start. You might also like to try searching a software download site like MacUpdate (http://macupdate.com/) or VersionTracker (http://www.versiontracker.com/macosx/).

Instant Messaging

Adium X (http://adiumx.com/)
Free and highly customisable, Adium X connects to many instant messaging services including: AOL IM (.Mac and ICQ), Jabber (GoogleTalk), MSN, Yahoo, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, LiveJournal, Novell Groupwise, QQ and Lotus Sametime. Overall, an excellent all in one solution.


IRC Client

X-Chat Aqua (http://xchataqua.sourceforge.net/twiki/bin/view/Main/WebHome)
Free open-source IRC client.

Colloquy (http://colloquy.info/)
Another free IRC client for OS X.


DVD Ripping

HandBrake (http://handbrake.m0k.org)
Even after a 14 month hiatus, HandBrake remained one of the top choices for many Mac users when ripping DVDs. The project has recently started up again, now providing features like surround sound decoding, chapter markers and settings to rip your DVDs into AppleTV and iPod compatible videos.

MacTheRipper (http://www.mactheripper.org/)
This application is also quite popular. While it doesn't directly convert DVD movies into other formats, it copies content off a DVD after removing the copy protection to your hard disk. You can then burn the content to another DVD. Great for making back-ups of your movies.


Burning CDs and DVDs

Burn OS X (http://burn-osx.sourceforge.net/)
Open source application that can burn CDs and DVDs in many formats.

Toast (http://www.roxio.com/enu/mac.html)
Not free, but a very popular and complete application to tend to all your disc burning needs.

Disco (http://discoapp.com)
Low cost application that can perform basic burning tasks.


Backup Tools

SuperDuper! (http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/)
A lot of your data is probably invaluable - so even this application isn't free, it's a small price to pay for peace of mind. Don't be mad at yourself later - always make backups!


Torrent Client

Transmission (http://transmission.m0k.org/)
From the people that brought you HandBrake, comes Transmission. Lightweight and easy to use, Transmission is definitely a great application to serve your torrent requirements.


Windows Media Player

VLC (http://www.videolan.org)
VLC is an audio/video playing application that supports many formats including Windows Media Video.

Flip4Mac WMV Plug-in (http://flip4mac.com/)
The Flip4Mac WMV plug-in will actually allow you to play Windows Media Video files inside of QuickTime.


FTP Client

Transmit (http://www.panic.com/transmit/)
Transmit won an Apple Design award in 2005 for "Best use of Mac OS X Tiger Technologies. It's not free, but certainly an excellent application worth the small cost.

Interarchy (http://nolobe.com/interarchy/)
A very comprehensive collection of tools for uploading, downloading, editing and more.

CyberDuck (http://cyberduck.ch/)
It's free and easily performs FTP functions.


Office

Office:mac (http://www.microsoft.com/mac/)
Not free, but from Microsoft themselves - and more likely to be immediately compatible with your various Office files.

OpenOffice (http://www.openoffice.org)
A project to make an open source suite of applications that are compatible with and offer similar functionality to Microsoft Office.

NeoOffice (http://neooffice.org)
A variant of OpenOffice.

iWork (http://www.apple.com/au/iwork/)
Apple's offering. Currently only contains a word processor and slide show application.


Editing Text

TextWrangler (http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/)
Free application that, well... edits text. Useful for when you have a more advanced requirement than the OS X included "TextEdit" can handle.

TextMate (http://www.macromates.com/)
Not a cheap application, but a very advanced text editing tool.


Web Browser

FireFox (http://www.getfirefox.com)
This application is slowly eating away at Internet Explorer's massive market share, which is sign that it is an excellent program. A nice, free alternative to the OS X included "Safari".

Camino (http://www.caminobrowser.org/)
Another free alternative browser.


Compressing/Uncompressing Files

StuffIt Expander (http://www.stuffit.com/mac/expander/)
Free and supports many file compression formats. This application only expands files.

StuffIt Standard/Deluxe (http://www.stuffit.com/mac/)
These applications can compress files in addition to uncompressing them.

The Unarchiver (http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver.html)
Free and supports many compression formats. This application only expands files.


Run Other Operating Systems

Parallels (http://parallels.com/)
Amazing virtualisation software for OS X that will not only run pretty much any version of Windows - it also runs all kinds of Linux distributions as well. With this software, you can run another operating system at the same time as you are in OS X.

VMware Fusion (http://www.vmware.com/)
Amazing virtualisation software for OS X that will not only run pretty much any version of Windows - it also runs all kinds of Linux distributions as well. With this software, you can run another operating system at the same time as you are in OS X.

BootCamp (http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp/)
Apple's solution. Currently supports Windows XP and Vista. This is a "dual-boot" solution, so you can only run one operating system at a time.


Converting Video

Visual Hub (http://visualhub.net)
Visualhub converts anything to everything. It has inbuilt settings for optimising video for TV, iPod, iPhone, DVD and many more. It costs about $25 AUD.

iSquint (http://isquint.org)
Visualhub's younger sibling, iSquint will do the same jobs as visualhub but with fewer export options.

Disko
22nd April 2007, 12:36 AM
Nice. i'll sticky this, and get rid of the msn/adium sticky from earlier tonight. Thanks heaps [MREVO8] :thumbup:

mvjs
22nd April 2007, 07:37 AM
Add iWork to your Office list :thumbup:

Nukolator
22nd April 2007, 07:47 AM
New category: text editors -
TextEdit mangles code something fierce! It's really more of a gutted word processor than a "text-editor" and not much use if you're working with scripting or web development.
Give TextWrangler a bash, free, clean, and feature-rich!

cgollner
22nd April 2007, 08:38 AM
SuperDuper under a backup tools category.

smilne360
22nd April 2007, 10:15 AM
handy. i was just coming to ask what ftp client to use... and its there allread... almost like you could read my mind.

Razer
22nd April 2007, 10:21 AM
You could add a cd burning program category as well..

Toast and Burn OS X

[MREVO8]
22nd April 2007, 03:55 PM
Updated. If you have any more suggestions for existing categories or a new category, post them here and I'll add them.

morgan
22nd April 2007, 03:56 PM
Camino is great...

kim jong il
22nd April 2007, 04:02 PM
Camino is great...

I've never understood this. I might say "I installed Camino..." (which I did). "It's so good it crashes at ramming speed..."

forgie
22nd April 2007, 04:07 PM
I've never understood this. I might say "I installed Camino..." (which I did). "It's so good it crashes at ramming speed..."
That's impressive - I run Camino 24/7, usually with 10+ tabs open. The main reason I use it is because it's the only browser that doesn't leak memory and won't crash after several days of heavy browsing. Safari clogs up and gets re a ll yy sl o w, and it is about as stable as a drunk on a unicycle when you have lots of tabs/windows open. Firefox eats memory like it's some sort of drug. That leaves Camino.

It uses the same rendering engine as Firefox anyway, so unless you did something very strange, the crash was most likely a very badly coded webpage that would also crash Firefox (on Windows and Mac).

[MREVO8]
22nd April 2007, 04:09 PM
No arguing... let's keep this on topic please.

conufsed
22nd April 2007, 04:20 PM
Its not free but Textmate (http://www.macromates.com) is a kick arse text editor, and was one of the things that pushed me over the line from Linux to Mac. Its great for programming, html, css, and general purpose text editing

forgie
22nd April 2007, 04:20 PM
Sorry, MREV08.

I would add Interarchy to the FTP clients list - many people (myself included) prefer Interarchy. Also, I would add Textmate to the text editors - Textmate isn't cheap, but it's kind of like a samurai sword of a text editor, that combines the best elements of Mac and Unix philosophies. It's very simple, but incredibly extensible. It has very nice shell integration and all sorts of other things that programmers love.

There are some other little utilities and things that I love, but I'm not sure if you should put them in the sticky or not.... MenuMeters gives you system stats in your menu bar, and USB overdrive can make some 3rd party USB mice and keyboards suck a little less. There are heaps of other things, but they're probably not "essential", they're more "luxury" programs! :)

forgie
22nd April 2007, 04:21 PM
Its not free but Textmate (http://www.macromates.com) is a kick arse text editor, and was one of the things that pushed me over the line from Linux to Mac. Its great for programming, html, css, and general purpose text editing
Damn, you beat me to it!:p

Rayd
22nd April 2007, 04:27 PM
Chuck in Growl, Colloquy, XChat, and possibly Acquisition and parallels :D

kim jong il
22nd April 2007, 04:44 PM
That's impressive - I run Camino 24/7, usually with 10+ tabs open. The main reason I use it is because it's the only browser that doesn't leak memory and won't crash after several days of heavy browsing. Safari clogs up and gets re a ll yy sl o w, and it is about as stable as a drunk on a unicycle when you have lots of tabs/windows open. Firefox eats memory like it's some sort of drug. That leaves Camino.

It uses the same rendering engine as Firefox anyway, so unless you did something very strange, the crash was most likely a very badly coded webpage that would also crash Firefox (on Windows and Mac).

Nicely argued response. :) I have to say that I really don't have that many issues EVER but Camino was one of them (MREVO8; forgie and I are not arguing). My normal web browsing involves 4+ pages and about 40 open tabs. I can cope with Safari slowdowns after 12 hrs (of intensive activity) but crashing pisses me off. Camino just didn't work for me. :)

forgie
22nd April 2007, 05:47 PM
Nicely argued response. :) I have to say that I really don't have that many issues EVER but Camino was one of them (MREVO8; forgie and I are not arguing). My normal web browsing involves 4+ pages and about 40 open tabs. I can cope with Safari slowdowns after 12 hrs (of intensive activity) but crashing pisses me off. Camino just didn't work for me. :)
Sorry for being OT, but I just thought I'd mention that Camino 1.0.x has a 3rd party session saver called CaminoSession, that will remember every tab/window that you have open, so if Camino/Your mac crashes, all you have to do is re-open Camino, and everything's back where it was. Camino 1.1.x has session saving built-in, but it is still in Beta.

darksplat
22nd April 2007, 05:47 PM
And what about
Mac the ripper for the dvd section?
cheers
jeremy

Huy
22nd April 2007, 06:14 PM
For compression section, I would actually include The Unarchiver. It has been great for everything I've thrown at it.

The Unarchiver
http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver.html

kim jong il
22nd April 2007, 06:33 PM
Sorry for being OT, but I just thought I'd mention that Camino 1.0.x has a 3rd party session saver called CaminoSession, that will remember every tab/window that you have open, so if Camino/Your mac crashes, all you have to do is re-open Camino, and everything's back where it was. Camino 1.1.x has session saving built-in, but it is still in Beta.

Nice tip :)

richbowen
22nd April 2007, 10:55 PM
Good thread.:thumbup:

Maybe include ffmpegX (http://www.ffmpegx.com/) for changing video formats (sitting somewhere between torrent clients and media players?).

And maybe a utilities/miscellaneous section?


Whatsize (http://www.id-design.com/software/whatsize) - tells you which files are taking up all your hard drive space (very useful for a laptop).

Chimoo Timer (http://www.chimoosoft.com/) - stopwatch / countdown timer.


All 3 are free/shareware that I use fairly regularly.

Gerbils
25th April 2007, 12:34 PM
Can somebody suggest a good news reader? And alternatively, a free one?

Seon
25th April 2007, 12:46 PM
Need to add SubEthaEdit for text editors.
http://www.codingmonkeys.de/subethaedit/
it rocks.

Huy
25th April 2007, 12:47 PM
Unison (not free).
www.panic.com/unison

forgie
25th April 2007, 12:51 PM
Can somebody suggest a good news reader? And alternatively, a free one?
Thunderbird makes a decent newsreader. Although it seems very strange having Mail.app next to Thunderbird.app in my dock.... here's hoping Apple add newsgroups to Mail 3!

Devil
25th April 2007, 01:03 PM
Carbon Copy Cloner for backup

Dante Kyar
4th May 2007, 11:30 PM
this is a little off topic but sort of on topic :P

um, i use mac the ripper and Handbreak (runs so bloody slow for some reason - 2hrs for a dvd - slow to me anyway), but i was wondering, is there a PC equivalent of these two tools that i can use on my desktop?

patcanuck
5th May 2007, 07:23 AM
Under the Burning CDs and DVDs I would certainly commend VisualHub and UnRarX. Not only will VisualHub stitch together videos, convert from and to just about any format (including iPod) you can use it to burn five or six movies onto the one DVD disk so they can be viewed through a dvd player.

aafuss
11th May 2007, 11:52 AM
BabyaTV or Handbrake for video capture & conversion.

marc
11th May 2007, 11:58 AM
BabyaTV or Handbrake for video capture & conversion.
Anyone thinking about clicking on any Babya links should read this first:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babya_Logic

Most importantly this bit:

The purported developer is an amusing entity on the internet, having a history of making frequent and outrageous claims for what are essentially rebadged source-code examples, and spamming forums with product releases and announcements.

aafuss, please stop posting links to your "software" on this site. Thanks.

aafuss
11th May 2007, 01:52 PM
Actually it works (creates iPod ready files) and isn't a joke.

marc
11th May 2007, 02:23 PM
I'm sure it works. As does this:
http://developer.apple.com/samplecode/WhackedTV/index.html

marc
11th May 2007, 02:37 PM
Actually it works (creates iPod ready files) and isn't a joke.
Ok. Here's your next and possibly final warning.

We know about the history of "Babya" and what you're all about. MacTalk doesn't tolerate this kind of spam. Feel free to stay on the forum and contribute, but if you continue to post links to your highly suspicious software, then you will find yourself immediately banned.

froggy
11th May 2007, 02:58 PM
Since moving to Mac about 5 years ago, I've looked for a capable and free/shareware DTP application. I liked what I used on windoze and couldn't find anything that I really liked on the Mac. RagTime really didn't work for me. All the commercial apps were too expensive for me.

Last week, I found Scribus (http://www.scribus.net/) and I'm impressed! Want to add it to your list, [MREV08]?

aafuss
12th May 2007, 01:36 PM
YouTube video downloader:
http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Internet-Utilities/TubeTV.shtml

Converts to a format suitable for the AppleTV.

bohemian_kitten
15th May 2007, 08:14 PM
Sorry for being OT, but I just thought I'd mention that Camino 1.0.x has a 3rd party session saver called CaminoSession, that will remember every tab/window that you have open, so if Camino/Your mac crashes, all you have to do is re-open Camino, and everything's back where it was. Camino 1.1.x has session saving built-in, but it is still in Beta.

Firefox remembers too ... all your open tabs, everything. :D

dotnet
15th May 2007, 11:58 PM
Firefox remembers too ... all your open tabs, everything. :D

So does Safari. Or maybe it's that Saft plug-in.

Cheers
Steffen.

forgie
16th May 2007, 12:10 AM
So does Safari. Or maybe it's that Saft plug-in.

Cheers
Steffen.
Yep, that'd be Saft, not Safari itself.

Galumay
16th May 2007, 02:57 AM
Can somebody suggest a good news reader? And alternatively, a free one?

as mentioned Panic Unison, free one is http://igrabnews.free.fr i actually prefer igrabnews to unison now and use it for all my binary downloads.

jimdrum
16th May 2007, 05:27 AM
Firefox remembers too ... all your open tabs, everything. :D

Firefox also has an excellent Scrapbook plug in, that allows you to save web pages.

silverdreamer
20th May 2007, 12:39 AM
i Have been useing Skype as my main IM Client and find it to be the best for me. Has funcion included to allow cheap phonecalls worldwide through your computer, and you can even re route your landline completely through the internet if you wish. I s also compatible with the built in i-sight camera. Only other one I have found that is compatible is Yahoo, but I prefer the greater functionality of Skype.

Peter Wells
20th May 2007, 01:42 AM
fascinating babya...

anyhoo, i cant believe you can have a noob list and not include Quicksilver. Merlin Mann will be sending hired goons to MREVO8's place.

(only here could the above sentences make any sense to anyone)

and what about MPEG Streamclip? I recommend that once a month here.

forgie
20th May 2007, 01:53 AM
as mentioned Panic Unison, free one is http://igrabnews.free.fr i actually prefer igrabnews to unison now and use it for all my binary downloads.
Thunderbird is a good free app that can be used for newsgroups. I have Thunderbird sitting next to Mail.app in my dock.... Mail for Mail, Thunderbird for Newsgroups. I wish Apple would add newsgroups to Mail.app....

avolve
25th May 2007, 06:54 AM
i am looking for a technical drawing app. I am not after the scale of autoCAD - something on the scale of Microsoft visio.

anyone have ideas??

I have looked at Verion Tracker and MacUpdate, though am do not want to mess around with apps trying to see what is good/shite - i was hoping for some recommendations based on expereince

I have come across


TurboCAD (http://www.turbocad.com/)
CADintosh (http://www.lemkesoft.com/xd/public/content/index._cGlkPTE3MA_.html)
MacDraft (http://www.microspot.co.uk/products/macdraft/index.htm)



I have already played with Live Design and EazyDraw - not what i am after... Other suggestions :confused:

detail
25th May 2007, 08:06 AM
The best selling CAD program for Macs is Vectorworks.

http://www.ozcad.com.au/

Its been around for 15 years and in recent years has been ported to windows.

Its relatively easy to learn and to use.

You can do 3D stuff with it as well.

bleach1st
25th June 2007, 12:09 PM
OMG omg i cant thank you enough for this thread... im getting a new mac next week and after being a windows user for the past 6 years its very very very daunting thinking about having to re-start from nothing program-wise... this has made my life alot easier THX SO MUCH :D :D :D

edit: although i was wondering does anyone know a program on mac that will allow me to edit videos to the extent that Virtual Dub Mod does? I often use that program and like the direct save option (no re-compression)... and also does anyone know a good PSP video converting software? thx, i don't think you could get anymore noob-y than me at the moment about macs, very daunting for someone who knows nearly every button on XP :P thx :D :confused:

paulharrop
25th June 2007, 12:22 PM
i am looking for a technical drawing app. I am not after the scale of autoCAD - something on the scale of Microsoft visio.

anyone have ideas??

I have looked at Verion Tracker and MacUpdate, though am do not want to mess around with apps trying to see what is good/shite - i was hoping for some recommendations based on expereince

I have come across


TurboCAD (http://www.turbocad.com/)
CADintosh (http://www.lemkesoft.com/xd/public/content/index._cGlkPTE3MA_.html)
MacDraft (http://www.microspot.co.uk/products/macdraft/index.htm)



I have already played with Live Design and EazyDraw - not what i am after... Other suggestions :confused:

Have you looked at omnigraffle? Lots of downloadable libraries etc to help you out?

http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnigraffle/

Paul

richbowen
25th June 2007, 12:33 PM
Welcome to Mac. Welcome to MacTalk.


does anyone know a program on mac that will allow me to edit videos to the extent that Virtual Dub Mod does? I often use that program and like the direct save option (no re-compression)

Not me, but others will know.


does anyone know a good PSP video converting software?

FFMPEGX (http://ffmpegX.com/) has a PSP preset and is free/shareware.

Toast/Popcorn as above, but they cost.

Brains
25th June 2007, 12:38 PM
... i was wondering does anyone know a program on mac that will allow me to edit videos to the extent that Virtual Dub Mod does ...

iMovie. It comes free with every new Mac.


... does anyone know a good PSP video converting software?

Not sure, but perhaps Visual Hub might do the job.

Any other questions, a good place to start is searching MacUpdate (http://www.macupdate.com) -- they list pretty much everything that's available for MacOS. Think of it as a Mac-only (and therefore much better) version of VersionTracker :)


Brains

Lionman
25th June 2007, 01:05 PM
Great list MRE!!!

I just downloaded Flip4Mac and it's pretty impressive, going to have a good look at all the links you have here... I'm sure I'll find many more invaluable.

Thanks dude!

bleach1st
25th June 2007, 01:52 PM
thx for the replies peoples :D good to see i wont be alone when trying to switch to mac :D

Not sure, but perhaps Visual Hub might do the job.

Any other questions, a good place to start is searching MacUpdate -- they list pretty much everything that's available for MacOS. Think of it as a Mac-only (and therefore much better) version of VersionTracker
thx for the site MacUpdate, has lots of apps that could come in handy, as well as Virtual Hub :D


FFMPEGX has a PSP preset and is free/shareware.
yay, great recomendation thx just what i was looking for :D :D
thx peoples :D

purana
25th June 2007, 02:05 PM
Don't forgot to add VMware Fusion to the list also.

Raphael
5th July 2007, 12:20 PM
You may wish to add a note to NeoOffice, that its probably the wiser choice between it and OpenOffice.

Whilst its guts is OpenOffice, NeoOffice doesn't use X11 and uses the fonts available to the operating system (unlike OpenOffice).

It's these features that would make me recommend it over OpenOffice for Mac users. (If you like, its the OpenOffice to use when using Mac.)

Cam
29th July 2007, 09:55 PM
You may wish to add a note to NeoOffice, that its probably the wiser choice between it and OpenOffice.

Whilst its guts is OpenOffice, NeoOffice doesn't use X11 and uses the fonts available to the operating system (unlike OpenOffice).

It's these features that would make me recommend it over OpenOffice for Mac users. (If you like, its the OpenOffice to use when using Mac.)

there is an aqua port of openoffice now.

ninja
31st July 2007, 05:00 PM
Surprised that the list didn't include an audio convertor so here is a great free ware one

http://www.nch.com.au/switch/

Useful for converting files such as .flac that itunes doesn't recognise

gmask1
4th August 2007, 12:29 AM
I've found myself beginning to standardize on certain apps - maybe I'm getting old... hope that these might help someone find something interesting!

(all the following are IMHO, of course!)

What's the best program to...

... chat on MSN, Yahoo, AOL?
Adium (http://www.adiumx.com/), of course

... burn a CD?
I'm currently using Disco (http://www.discoapp.com/) (the app, I'm not actually posting things to Disco for copying...)

... convert a movie?
ffmpegX (http://homepage.mac.com/major4/)

... backup a dvd?
HandbrakeCLI (http://handbrake.m0k.org/) or MacTheRipper (http://www.mactheripper.org/)

... list auctions on eBay?
I'm using iSale (http://www.equinux.com/us/products/isale/index.html), but GarageSale (http://www.iwascoding.com/GarageSale/) is also out there.

... launch applications and OS X tasks?
Quicksilver (http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/) - and don't forget the tutorials on TheAppleBlog: Here's one to get started (http://theappleblog.com/2007/06/29/screencast-quicksilver-for-beginners/)

... unify the look and feel of OS X apps?
Uno (http://gui.interacto.net/)

... play movies?
VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/)

... organise photos?
Aperture (http://www.apple.com/aperture/), iPhoto (http://www.apple.com/ilife/iphoto/) or Adobe Lightroom (http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/)

gaehl
4th August 2007, 01:49 AM
... burn a CD?
I'm currently using Disco (http://www.discoapp.com/) (the app, I'm not actually posting things to Disco for copying...)

Why not he is great at it :P

tachy0n
4th August 2007, 10:06 AM
i often go look at IUseThis http://osx.iusethis.com or their lesser counterparts, Deligio http://www.deligio.com and Wakoopa http://www.wakoopa.com
You can see what are the most used apps by the people who use these sites (skewed results?) and find out what is good by mere popularity. Remembering, of course, that like Windows, just because a lot of people use something doesn't mean it's any good.

Macyoshary
4th August 2007, 06:05 PM
I find Miro a useful program for video organising, playing, etc. www.getmiro.com

Peter Wells
4th August 2007, 07:29 PM
disco (the app) is pretty (i'm sure matt is kinda pretty too) but its a fucking nightmare to work with (i'm sure matt is...)


2cents.

camel
24th August 2007, 09:27 PM
Hey all, really enjoy this forum... helped me choose my MAC.. LOVING IT

just a quick one.. doesnt iWork come with and M$ excel equiv called numbers???

cheers

matt

jeremy_warnock
24th August 2007, 09:34 PM
iwork 08 sure does come with numbers, iwork 06 did not

aussieholden
13th September 2007, 01:25 AM
This has been very helpfull thanks guys for your effort in building this list for newbies to Mac.

Jordan M
13th September 2007, 06:50 PM
Hey Guys,

Whats a good program to rip audio cd's to MP3 (192kps), and hopefully/preferably Get CD Data from the net.

iTalk
13th September 2007, 06:53 PM
Hey Guys,

Whats a good program to rip audio cd's to MP3 (192kps), and hopefully/preferably Get CD Data from the net.

Have you tried iTunes ?

Disko
13th September 2007, 06:54 PM
Yup. iTunes is the one. Just adjust the importing preferences by selecting:

iTunes > Preferences > Advanced > Importing > MP3/192kbps

Mac Ram
13th September 2007, 06:55 PM
Hey Guys,

Whats a good program to rip audio cd's to MP3 (192kps), and hopefully/preferably Get CD Data from the net.

iTunes - have a look in the preferences (advanced - importing) from memory

edit - way too sloooooow

carlow1
13th September 2007, 06:55 PM
Hey Guys,

Whats a good program to rip audio cd's to MP3 (192kps), and hopefully/preferably Get CD Data from the net.

You're kidding right?? You have heard of iTunes?:)

Jordan M
13th September 2007, 10:14 PM
haha, Thanks

iTunes sounds familar something with my iPods maybe :S, :p

IIe2PB
26th September 2007, 08:03 AM
Great info.

My question is, surely there is a free gui for compression/expansion? I would have thought $50 us was a bit pricey for a basic utility like that?

decryption
26th September 2007, 08:07 AM
Great info.

My question is, surely there is a free gui for compression/expansion? I would have thought $50 us was a bit pricey for a basic utility like that?

There's a few around:

BetterZip: http://macitbetter.com/
Compress Files: http://www.apimac.com/compress_files/
Springy: http://www.springyarchiver.com/
Clean Archiver: http://www.sopht.jp/cleanarchiver/
Compress: http://www.fromconcentratesoftware.com/Compress/

decryption
26th September 2007, 08:08 AM
Hey Guys,

Whats a good program to rip audio cd's to MP3 (192kps), and hopefully/preferably Get CD Data from the net.

If you don't want to use iTunes, check out Max: http://www.sbooth.org/Max/

Ginamos
26th September 2007, 09:22 AM
If you don't want to use iTunes, check out Max: http://www.sbooth.org/Max/

Yeah, Max is pretty good, it uses the LAME encoder, which audiophiles seem to recommend. Maybe things have changed since I last looked, but I thought the iTunes MP3 encoder wasn't highly rated. The iTunes AAC encoder gets better reviews, but not everyone wants to encode to AAC.

Max is one of those Mac Apps that doesn't have a high profile, but IMHO is definitely a 5 star app.

emerson
30th September 2007, 11:47 AM
what about sound editing software?

On PC i use Sony Sound Forge, i want something that will open .mp3, .wav, etc and you can cut, edit and save part of the file.

iSlayer
30th September 2007, 12:29 PM
garageband, Fission (http://rogueamoeba.com/fission/)

emerson
30th September 2007, 03:20 PM
garageband, Fission (http://rogueamoeba.com/fission/)

fission looks like it will do what i need but i already have Garageband.
Does Garageband do it? i had a look at that but i cant get it to open .mp3 files

Deadbone
3rd October 2007, 10:55 PM
I find Miro a useful program for video organising, playing, etc. www.getmiro.com

Great program. Highly Recommended. :thumbup:

gallet
20th November 2007, 06:50 PM
6 pages and no mention of one of the most innocuous but useful apps...come on down...

snapndrag (http://www.yellowmug.com/snapndrag/)

for taking screen shots. But wait I hear you say that mac has it's own grab utility. Use snapndrag and you will be converted. Plus you can put an über handy icon in the menu bar, combine snapndrag with easycrop for a complete solution.

ninja
20th November 2007, 10:11 PM
Heres a simple and quick editing app like microsoft paint for basic cropping and circling things.. Very handy

http://seashore.sourceforge.net/

froggy
27th November 2007, 09:23 PM
Helping a High School Maths teacher friend buying his first computer - iMac, of course! - tomorrow. He says that at school they use Equation Editor within Office for … writing equations in their Maths papers.

I know that Office:Mac comes with Equation Editor, but having played with Pages at the shop the other day, he seems keen not to get Office:Mac, rather to go with iWork.

So, anyone know of a free or cheap equation editor to use in OSX? I saw LaTeXiT (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/17889/latexit)but it appears rather complicated. I also found Equation Service (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/8452/equation-service) which also looks complicated.

I am trying to make this as simple as possible for my friend as he is not at all tech savvy! I was hoping for something where he didn't have to create PDFs and then import into Pages.

Cheers,
Andrew

Pants!
1st December 2007, 02:51 PM
You're kidding right?? You have heard of iTunes?:)

iTunes doesn't use the latest LAME versions, and lacks support for V0, V1 or V2.

FreeFrag
1st December 2007, 03:48 PM
Heres a simple and quick editing app like microsoft paint for basic cropping and circling things.. Very handy

http://seashore.sourceforge.net/

YOU ARE A LEGEND!!! I cant believe how long I've looked for a simple replacement for MSPaint, and as for Gimp :eek:

Sambo
1st December 2007, 04:30 PM
iTunes doesn't use the latest LAME versions, and lacks support for V0, V1 or V2.

You can add a plug-in though that will add the functionality of latest LAME versions. :D

Huy
1st December 2007, 05:06 PM
I would now also include VMware Fusion (if not already mentioned) to virtualization apps.

VMware Fusion 1.1 :)
http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/

Edit
Whoops looks like Purana already mentioned it on Page 4. Sorry. :o

Lutze
1st December 2007, 07:03 PM
I've noticed that a few people have mentioned that their dvd backup / ripping has been taking a long time. I had that problem and came across a hint somewhere that mentioned Fairmount (http://www.metakine.com/products/fairmount/)

It's easy to use - but an odd item to get. As you can see from the link you download it as part of a trail - though Fairmount is not trial software. You do need VLC to be installed to use it though. I've found it to be faster and less of a pain than MacTheRipper. Hope this helps some!

BrettJohn
1st December 2007, 11:14 PM
Heres a simple and quick editing app like microsoft paint for basic cropping and circling things.. Very handy

http://seashore.sourceforge.net/

there's also Skitch http://plasq.com/skitch

great app..pleasure to use....and has that apple UI look :)

Pants!
2nd December 2007, 09:17 AM
You can add a plug-in though that will add the functionality of latest LAME versions. :D

Really? Sweet, do you know where I can get it? (I googled iTunes LAME plugin, but there are a few different ones)

catbert6
10th December 2007, 06:30 AM
anyone know of an app that downloads and archives websites (not just individual web pages)?

I am interested in something that preserves internal links etc and can be used either for off-line browsing or to preserve data (don't you hate going to a site that holds obscure information only to find it has disappeared?)

Hamsmyth
10th December 2007, 08:13 AM
anyone know of an app that downloads and archives websites (not just individual web pages)?

I am interested in something that preserves internal links etc and can be used either for off-line browsing or to preserve data (don't you hate going to a site that holds obscure information only to find it has disappeared?)

Safari can do it.

Go: File>Save As> Format: Web Archive. Select your destination then hit save.

something2sea
10th December 2007, 09:47 AM
anyone know of an app that downloads and archives websites (not just individual web pages)?

I am interested in something that preserves internal links etc and can be used either for off-line browsing or to preserve data (don't you hate going to a site that holds obscure information only to find it has disappeared?)

there's also Paparazzi (http://www.derailer.org/paparazzi/) (Just feed it a URL and it will render that page into a tall JPEG, PNG, etc), that's my web page archiver of choice.

gallet
14th December 2007, 09:05 AM
Has anyone mentioned

Mail Unread Menu, yet?

aokman
21st January 2008, 07:36 PM
Visual Hub is absolutely amazing!!!!

Ive been trying for ages to convert this mkv file on PC to AVI or something i can burn, nothing worked in Windows. This program didn't even flinch. 25 Minutes and done :)

Redman
2nd February 2008, 10:25 AM
Sorry - OT (?), but I found this (http://lifehacker.com/351117/the-quicksilver+for+windows-showdown) today and though that it would be useful to those who bootcamp/VM into windows and miss quicksilver.

marc
19th February 2008, 09:03 AM
It might be worth mentioning in the Compressing/Uncompressing Files section that OS X comes with a great utility to do this already, and that Stufit Expander has loads of issues and isn't recommended.

khalil
3rd March 2008, 08:57 PM
anyone know a good cisco graphical emulator like packet tracer.

been looking around but only found one which wants you to install all thee packages first.

avolve
3rd May 2008, 08:17 PM
Anyone able to recommend an app for opening GPS files (Tiger), specifically this one—The Across Canada Trails Foundation: Supporting the Free Garmin GPS Route Map (http://acrosscanadatrails.blogspot.com/)

I am not planning on getting a GPS, just want to view those maps. I am hoping to find a free/open source app...

[i have no experience with GPS—please play nice ;)]

Mike Sprawson
3rd May 2008, 09:02 PM
anyone know of an app that downloads and archives websites (not just individual web pages)?

I am interested in something that preserves internal links etc and can be used either for off-line browsing or to preserve data (don't you hate going to a site that holds obscure information only to find it has disappeared?)

Maybe this is what you're looking for:

sitesucker (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/11634)

I've found it very useful, all the best with it, cheers, Mike.

furious
7th May 2008, 10:24 PM
Safari can do it.

Go: File>Save As> Format: Web Archive. Select your destination then hit save.

Cool I never knew that.

AvvY
18th May 2008, 09:02 PM
Could someone direct me to a audio player for osx? I've currently been using foobar2000 on win32, and have a pet peeve for itunes - also I need FLAC support (and preferable wavepak also). I've heard of Cog, which looks alright, however not very complete. Do the work arounds to get itunes (on osx) to play FLAC work? (I know I couldn't get it to on win32).

Thanx!

SimplyBea
19th May 2008, 11:02 PM
Hi folks

I just wanted to pop in and say thank you for lots of good info on this thread and in the other forums.

I am just starting the crossover from Windows to virtually all Mac now that I have 'inherited' my bf's 18 month old iMac (he got a new one!!!) and trying to find the right apps to get.

My main stumbling block will be Excel as I use that a lot at work and Numbers is so pretty but the crossover doesn't seem to work..... I have not tried NeoOffice yet but from what I have read here it looks like it could be the solution for me.

I have tried OpenOffice on Windows and that was fairly decent but only JUST found out about NeoOffice..... any advice/info will be greatly appreciated!!!!

TIA and looking forward to a happy 'Mac' experience....

cheers

wabbit
21st May 2008, 06:24 PM
By default, OS X is able to read and copy files from an NTFS partition. The following free software enables writing to a NTFS partition. (useful with Hard Drives that have a NTFS Partition, without requiring Virtualisation software).



To install the NTFS-3G driver onto your system, you have to go through
these two steps (in order):

1. Download and install MacFUSE ( macfuse - Google Code (http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/) )
This package is needed to support the user space file system
facility that NTFS-3G uses.
2. Install the package "NTFS-3G" included in this disk image.
This is the main distribution.

If both packages installed correctly, you should now have NTFS-3G
installed. A reboot is often needed for the package to work correctly.Software Links:

MacFUSE: macfuse - Google Code (http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/)
NTFS-3G: NTFS-3G: Stable Read/Write NTFS Driver (http://www.ntfs-3g.org/)

** I was unsure exactly where to post this, feel free to update it as required.

nikilrules
5th November 2008, 08:38 PM
a very helpful post

drnibbles
22nd December 2008, 11:03 AM
Hi

I'm looking for something similar to Media Monkey but for mac. Don't say ITunes as I don't like it and won't use it. There must be more things out there than ITunes.

any ideas.

Joel

Kalliope
2nd January 2009, 03:39 PM
There must be more things out there than ITunes.You could try Songbird (http://getsongbird.com/). More features are in active development.

nigg
22nd January 2009, 08:15 PM
i have mac the ripper which wont burn on to cd,s

dotnet
23rd January 2009, 01:58 AM
i have mac the ripper which wont burn on to cd,s

That's right. It won't burn DVDs either, or Blu-Rays. In fact, it lacks the capacity to burn any kind of optical medium.

But, depending on version and patch level, it does a fairly good job at ripping DVDs and fixing up some of the artificial errors introduced into commercial pressings.

Cheers
Steffen.

Ronirossi
23rd January 2009, 12:11 PM
:):D:p Thanks for all of the suggestions on this post. It's been only 24 hours since my Emac has been at home and I am at work and I am having withdrawl symptoms already.:D Can't wait to download these as soon as I have the password issue (see previous post) fixed.:eek:

MissionMan
23rd January 2009, 12:59 PM
Can I make a suggestion that we delete some of the replies out of this thread with suggestions when the suggestions have been added to the first post. It would shorten the thread substantially and make for better reading.

drivebytrucker
3rd February 2009, 02:01 AM
Any plans for a 'Bank Account Manager' topic??

Anyone use any specific banking programs now and like them? I just want to manage all my expenses, planned payments, incoming payments, stuff like that.

Thanks.

robc
3rd February 2009, 06:15 AM
Any plans for a 'Bank Account Manager' topic??

Anyone use any specific banking programs now and like them? I just want to manage all my expenses, planned payments, incoming payments, stuff like that.

Thanks.

Sounds like it might be worth giving Moneywell (http://nothirst.com/moneywell/) a shot. Been using it for a bit on tracking my own expenses, and I'm finding it pretty nice to work with.

Worth grabbing the trial and seeing if it matches your needs...

abelschica
8th February 2009, 08:57 PM
What would be a good free program for someone who is writing a novel?

applebyte
6th March 2009, 10:50 PM
I just discovered plex :P

I heard about it, but never bothered to see what all the fuss is about

It's definately going onto my new mini!

GeoffP
17th March 2009, 05:35 AM
Any plans for a 'Bank Account Manager' topic??

Anyone use any specific banking programs now and like them? I just want to manage all my expenses, planned payments, incoming payments, stuff like that.

Thanks.

iBank - used it since I switched last year.

Used MS Money on my pc, iBank is pretty good - let me import MS Money data with no problems.

poo
17th March 2009, 09:21 PM
I just discovered plex :P

I heard about it, but never bothered to see what all the fuss is about

It's definately going onto my new mini!

Yep it's an awesome application, getting better by the day ATM - frequent excellent updates.

I would love a few suggestions for Music tagging applications. I used Abander Tag Control for Windows which was excellent, very powerful and loaded with excellent features. I would go as far as to say it is the Photoshop of the tagging world.

Would love something similar for OS X please...

ninja
24th March 2009, 07:44 PM
Just installed Parallels. Its a fantastic piece of software but my only concern is that am i now prone to windows born viruses? I noticed that the MS "security shield" has appeared near the clock is osx.

poo
28th March 2009, 05:34 PM
Still can't find a music tagging program that comes close to Abander Tag control for Windows... any help appreciated!

banjo
29th March 2009, 06:25 PM
Just installed Parallels. Its a fantastic piece of software but my only concern is that am i now prone to windows born viruses? I noticed that the MS "security shield" has appeared near the clock is osx.

Your Windows install is certainly vulnerable. However as far as I know there isn't (yet) anything that exploits a VM via Windows to infect OS X.


Still can't find a music tagging program that comes close to Abander Tag control for Windows... any help appreciated!

I use a little program called TriTag (http://www.feedface.com/software/tritag.html). Have no idea if it has the features you're looking for, but it's the best I've found so far.

poo
1st April 2009, 03:06 PM
Thanks banjo. Still not quite as good as what I'm after, but so far have the following to add for others looking for OS X tagging apps:

Tagr Tagr @ entwicklungsfreu.de (http://www.entwicklungsfreu.de/) Nice and simple, but limited codec support (no ALAC for example)
Jaikoz Jaikoz Audio Tagger (http://www.jthink.net/jaikoz/) Best I have found so far
Scripts Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes ♫ This Tag, That Tag Scripts v2.0 (http://dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/ss.php?sp=thistagthattag) There are others about, this is just an example.
Media Rage Welcome to Chaotic Software (http://www.chaoticsoftware.com/ProductPages/MediaRage.html) I'm yet to look into this, but looks promising. Not sure if it has any automated tagging, but has many other useful features. Downside seems to be price.

demoncharger
9th May 2009, 12:49 PM
heya
how can i share my videos to be played on ps3?!!

Cheers

Brains
9th May 2009, 04:41 PM
If you're one of those oddballs who still think full-screen apps are useful, you might like Right Zoom (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/30591/right-zoom).

marc
9th May 2009, 05:19 PM
Some suggestions:

Remove StuffIt Expander and StuffIt Standard/Deluxe. They're awful and can't expand ZIP files created by OS X's native Archiver utility.

I've heard iStat pro and iStat menus are really good... and free. ;)

Chief911
14th May 2009, 10:44 PM
I've heard iStat pro and iStat menus are really good... and free. ;)

no bias there at all...

Joe91
9th June 2009, 12:34 AM
So what's the best MS Paint equivalent for OS X? After something very basic, adding simple text and lines to existing images.

Back2Bedlam
9th June 2009, 12:45 AM
What would be a good free program for someone who is writing a novel?

Scrivener (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/22995/scrivener) or Storymill (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/26786/storymill)

nike1
13th June 2009, 11:57 PM
im after an IM app that can add MSN contacts so i can have voice chats with them, since msn doesnt do it.

ClockWork
14th June 2009, 12:54 AM
im after an IM app that can add MSN contacts so i can have voice chats with them, since msn doesnt do it.

Currently, the app known as aMSN (http://www.amsn-project.net/download.php) can do many of the things that Microsoft MSN Messenger for Windows can do, and here is a link (http://amsn-project.net/wiki/Farsight) for added support for video / audio in aMSN using Farsight, for Intel Core 2 Duo Macs.

Personally, I just use Skype (http://www.skype.com/intl/en/download/skype/macosx/) for Audio calls, as it crosses both OSes, and then attempt to convert stubborn Windows Users with the same app for Windows (http://www.skype.com/intl/en/download/skype/windows/).

Cheers,

cw

AMIT162
14th June 2009, 11:28 PM
I UPDATE MY MOBILE AND LOST CONTACT DETAILS

Phorte
15th June 2009, 12:20 AM
I UPDATE MY MOBILE AND LOST CONTACT DETAILS
http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/brick.jpg

olb42
19th June 2009, 12:14 PM
There is a free alternative to Fusion and parallels. It's called Virtual Box. It's from Sun Microsystems and it's available under GPL. It's runs everything that you want from a virtual machine program

VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbox.org/)

angusg
25th June 2009, 11:50 PM
Just thought I'd chuck in a few

uTorrent (http://www.utorrent.com) - Now that it's available for Mac
Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net) - For basic audio chopping & editing (and the LAME encoders for MP3 and WAVE export)
iAntivirus (http://www.iantivirus.com) - Condom for your Mac (can't be to careful)

Chimei
26th June 2009, 09:19 PM
Are there any other suggestions for converting programs? as VisualHub and iSquint have both been discontinued.

byrnsie
26th June 2009, 09:46 PM
Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr/) is pretty good for converting videos.

MissionMan
10th July 2009, 04:09 PM
Stomp and Easywmv also convert videos.

I also like Switch for converting audio.

Can I suggest we put all this information into a spreadsheet so people can access it?

Alan
15th July 2009, 10:28 AM
To say that iWork only contains a word processor and slide slow application is just plain incorrect. There is also a first class spreadsheet application in there - NUMBERS. Perhaps Numbers is a bit difficult to fathom out first up but once you've looked at the User Guide and get on top of it, it works like a dream!

romaverona
16th July 2009, 08:57 PM
I am looking for a program that will help me edit my photos. I need to be able to reduce the number of pixels in the image so that they can get uploaded quickly, add text and watermarks to the images and some basic editing.

Is Aperture able to do all of this? Photoshop looks really hardcore and probably way beyond me.

Thanks

froggy
17th July 2009, 11:41 AM
I am looking for a program that will help me edit my photos. I need to be able to reduce the number of pixels in the image so that they can get uploaded quickly, add text and watermarks to the images and some basic editing.

Is Aperture able to do all of this? Photoshop looks really hardcore and probably way beyond me.

ThanksIs ImageWell (http://www.xtralean.com/IWOverview.html) able to do what you want?

Cheers,
Andrew

avolve
17th July 2009, 04:16 PM
I am looking for a program that will help me edit my photos. I need to be able to reduce the number of pixels in the image so that they can get uploaded quickly, add text and watermarks to the images and some basic editing.

Is Aperture able to do all of this? Photoshop looks really hardcore and probably way beyond me.

Thanks

This works a treat, is very simple (batch rezise photos) and requires no new apps — Access hidden Preview features through Automator | Preview | Mac OS X Tips (http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/index_files/access-extra-preview-features-through-automator.html#unique-entry-id-148)

romaverona
17th July 2009, 08:08 PM
Thank you avolve and froggy. I will check out both of those.

Repsa
29th August 2009, 07:12 PM
Thanks for this thread.I'm new to mac & it helped alot. Some good programs I have found so far are TED, Netnewswire & Last.fm

sidee
29th August 2009, 08:16 PM
are there any suggestions for a download manager? i used to have flashget on windows, so looking for something similar. thanks

dotnet
30th August 2009, 01:18 AM
are there any suggestions for a download manager? i used to have flashget on windows, so looking for something similar. thanks

SpeedDownload comes to mind. It has a trial period, if you don't like wasting money...

Cheers
Steffen.

icant
30th August 2009, 01:29 AM
are there any suggestions for a download manager? i used to have flashget on windows, so looking for something similar. thanks

Folx is free.

Not yet compatible with Snow Leopard

ninja
3rd September 2009, 09:53 PM
Believe me when i say you must add the following 2 "must have" apps for OSX.. Youll need them in the darkest of hours..

Backup
Carbon copy cloner - FREE.. (time machine is too sensitive to corrupt files)
Bombich Software: Carbon Copy Cloner (http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html)

Disk Repair
Disk Warrior - $$$ (will fix almost any corrupted files on a drive)
DiskWarrior 4 (http://www.alsoft.com/DiskWarrior/index.html)

HOpe this helps someone else out there!!

Sheldor
4th September 2009, 10:31 PM
You could try Songbird (http://getsongbird.com/). More features are in active development.

Or vox if you are looking for a light player such as winamp on windows.
Yhe only thing missing you can't made a playlist ><
but a new version should come soon :p

Vox is a little and simple music player for Mac OS X with support for many file types, including FLAC, MP3, AAC, Musepack, Monkey's Audio, OGG Vorbis, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, IT, MOD, XM, Games Music and many others. Includes numerous effects like Equalizer, Reverb, Time Stretch, Pitch Shift, Echo. Moreover, all supported files can be exported to MP3, AAC, WAV and other formats with enabled effects.

Vox :: The Lightweight Music App for Mac OS X :: AleNofx (http://www.voxapp.net/)

VJ4mes
12th September 2009, 10:42 PM
I have a collection of mp4 files (encoded in H.264) that I'm looking to cut up. At the moment I've been using Quicktime to try and cut it, but it's very difficult to cut them precisely and it takes a fair bit of time to go through each frame to get to the point at which I need to splice them.

I'm hoping that someone here knows of some good software and could point me in the right direction?

andyrb
1st December 2009, 12:05 AM
I just bought my first Mac, a Macbook. I'm looking for something that can be used to to do basic graphic editing, such as resizing images from a digital camera. I did look at iPhoto, but couldn't quite work out the resizing a huge image from the cam down to something more reasonable.

Suggestions?

Mac Ram
1st December 2009, 12:44 AM
Have you tried using preview (built into OSX). Open the jpg image in preview and select tools > image size from the menu.

There are a number of presets also available there.

Preview is also able to crop, if needed.

andyrb
1st December 2009, 10:54 PM
Have you tried using preview (built into OSX). Open the jpg image in preview and select tools > image size from the menu.

There are a number of presets also available there.

Preview is also able to crop, if needed.

I haven't, but then again I didn't realise I could use Preview to do it. Will try it tonight. Excuse the stupidity, first Mac, still learning.

froggy
2nd December 2009, 02:06 PM
I haven't, but then again I didn't realise I could use Preview to do it. Will try it tonight. Excuse the stupidity, first Mac, still learning.
NOT stupid!

You made the right choice to get a Mac :)

Cheers

andyrb
3rd December 2009, 02:43 AM
NOT stupid!

You made the right choice to get a Mac :)

Cheers

All "lol windoze?!" bullshit aside, I'm actually really impressed with the Macbook and Mac OS. Everything just works, and it was easy to pick up. AAAA+++ would buy again.

dewy
6th December 2009, 08:41 AM
All "lol windoze?!" bullshit aside, I'm actually really impressed with the Macbook and Mac OS. Everything just works, and it was easy to pick up. AAAA+++ would buy again.

Dunno about easy to use, I have been using macs for around 3 years and this si the first I heard of Preview resizing photos, I had photoshop installed just to resize photos haha

kyte
6th December 2009, 01:44 PM
Dunno about easy to use, I have been using macs for around 3 years and this si the first I heard of Preview resizing photos, I had photoshop installed just to resize photos haha

Preview also does screen/window/area grabs, it seems. Never noticed before

DeKa
6th December 2009, 09:05 PM
I just bought my first Mac, a Macbook. I'm looking for something that can be used to to do basic graphic editing, such as resizing images from a digital camera. I did look at iPhoto, but couldn't quite work out the resizing a huge image from the cam down to something more reasonable.

Suggestions?

What do you want to do? Resize? In iPhoto go File, Export, Choose "File Export" at the top, and then set the size to small medium or large. It doesn't give fine control, but Medium is perfect for emailing an image to people to view on the screen.

Steeley
14th January 2010, 10:33 AM
Can anybody recommend a good blogging client for Mac that supports Wordpress blogs?

yinyang
14th January 2010, 10:38 AM
Can anybody recommend a good blogging client for Mac that supports Wordpress blogs?

try ecto (http://illuminex.com/ecto/)

Steeley
14th January 2010, 10:49 AM
try ecto (http://illuminex.com/ecto/)

Beautiful. Thanks!

soulreaver99
18th January 2010, 02:58 AM
Anyone post UnRarX? UnRarX - Mac OS X RAR Extraction Utility (http://www.unrarx.com/)

Works great on Snow Leopard!

Dux
24th January 2010, 03:56 PM
Current free video converter?

I have a bunch of .mkv files I want to transcribe to .MP4 or .mov

Lutze
24th January 2010, 07:47 PM
Current free video converter?

I have a bunch of .mkv files I want to transcribe to .MP4 or .mov

I'd probably say Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php) - I think that can do the job for you.

Trillian
6th February 2010, 08:35 PM
hi, just bought the new iMac i7(my first Mac) was just wondering if anyone could recommend a home design software program that isn't too expensive and is not bad to use. I am trying to resist using the windoze platform, but it is really difficult after 15 years of windoze :D:crazy:

avolve
6th February 2010, 10:37 PM
I'd probably say Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php) - I think that can do the job for you.

I encoded some mkv files with Handbrake earlier today

Lutze
7th February 2010, 02:40 AM
hi, just bought the new iMac i7(my first Mac) was just wondering if anyone could recommend a home design software program that isn't too expensive and is not bad to use. I am trying to resist using the windoze platform, but it is really difficult after 15 years of windoze :D:crazy:

Define how home designy you want to be?

Simple layout etc or full on CAD stuff?

Trillian
7th February 2010, 02:32 PM
not full on CAD, but something that has a good bit of detail. I want to draw some plans up of the backyard and some rooms in the house for renovation

iTy
7th February 2010, 04:16 PM
not full on CAD, but something that has a good bit of detail. I want to draw some plans up of the backyard and some rooms in the house for renovation


Well someone recommended Google Sketch somewhere here. Have you looked at Sketch?

gehenna
7th February 2010, 04:24 PM
Well someone recommended Google Sketch somewhere here. Have you looked at Sketch?

It's actually Google Sketchup (http://sketchup.google.com/)

ctoz
26th February 2010, 08:05 PM
Smultron for coding, Toyviewer for basic image cleanup.

Joe91
22nd March 2010, 08:56 PM
I'm just about to kick off a health/fitness/workout program for myself and am geezing about trying to find an app that can help. Anything out there which can track progress/goals etc.?

samanjj
23rd March 2010, 08:03 PM
i am not sure if anyone mentioned this but
iWork has Pages (word processor and publishing), Numbers (spreadsheets for personal and business) and Keynotes (the best presentation tool there is)

Also a free virtualisation tool is VirtualBox by Sun. It was great for me when I used Windows XP in OSX.

gehenna
23rd March 2010, 08:05 PM
i am not sure if anyone mentioned this but
iWork has Pages (word processor and publishing), Numbers (spreadsheets for personal and business) and Keynotes (the best presentation tool there is)

Also a free virtualisation tool is VirtualBox by Sun. It was great for me when I used Windows XP in OSX.

Both have been mentioned, please search before posting.

DIESELBOY
3rd May 2010, 12:16 PM
Thanks for sharin'. :)

sleek881
6th May 2010, 03:03 AM
heya
how can i share my videos to be played on ps3?!!

Cheers


Try using Playback, streams video, music from itunes and photos

Playback (http://www.yazsoft.com/products/playback/)

DIESELBOY
8th May 2010, 09:21 AM
I am just wond'rin, do you know any app for mac that can transfer games or videos to PSP console?

chriszor
7th June 2010, 08:15 PM
you could add unrarx, burn, cabos, ringer, d-vision, magic prefs for magic mouse, carbon copy cloner, tv row and perian. just to name a few...

idiesel
28th August 2010, 07:54 PM
Hi all.

Is there a free equivalent to MS Paint?

iryan
29th August 2010, 01:31 PM
Hi all.

Is there a free equivalent to MS Paint?

You've got a few choices really:
If you want something really simple, you can use Seashore (http://seashore.sourceforge.net)
If you want a little more power than there's GIMP: (GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program (http://www.gimp.org/))

But I would also like to recommend Pixelmator, although it's not free it's very powerful and gets better through updates. (Pixelmator (http://www.pixelmator.com/))

froggy
30th August 2010, 10:52 AM
Hi all.

Is there a free equivalent to MS Paint?

A long time since I used MS Paint, but I currently use MacPaint X (http://sites.google.com/site/macaspect/) and find it good for simple things.

I like the idea of Mac classic programmes being resurrected and updated for OS X!

gikku
30th August 2010, 12:23 PM
Hi all.

Is there a free equivalent to MS Paint?

Paintbrush
Acorn

idiesel
30th August 2010, 10:12 PM
Thanks guys - Paintbrush fits the bill for what I need

redswill
21st September 2010, 06:07 PM
moveAddict for cutting and pasting files and DockView for windows 7 dock previews (moveAddict 2.11 – cut and paste files, merge folders - Kapeli (http://kapeli.com))

angusg
21st September 2010, 06:57 PM
Long shot, but is there anyway of getting MSN to work in iChat without using Jabber? Adium's great, but I'm the kind of guy who's really annoyingly OCD with things like included core apps. (I use Safari over FireFox etc)

nibbles
21st September 2010, 07:25 PM
don't believe there is, I am the same when it comes to using software, I always use numbers over excel even when my task is to be completed in .xls format as an example.

kyte
1st October 2010, 10:51 AM
Long shot, but is there anyway of getting MSN to work in iChat without using Jabber? Adium's great, but I'm the kind of guy who's really annoyingly OCD with things like included core apps. (I use Safari over FireFox etc)

Nope, its jabber in iChat or a third party app (or MSN for mac, itself)

angusg
4th October 2010, 06:13 PM
Bugger, with Jabber, is there a way to get the contacts to display properly instead of name@hotmail@jabberserver.com or whatever it is?

skyhawkmatthew
4th October 2010, 06:52 PM
Only by adding those addresses to the relevant contacts in Address Book. I believe there's an Applescript somewhere on the 'net that will automate the process for you, but I have no idea where. (I used iChat for MSN at one point, then gave up and abandoned MSN completely)

sparky13
7th October 2010, 03:23 PM
Didn't see it listed on the first page but what's a good photo editing application? Preferably free. I see that gimp is available on a mac but from using it on windows, I HATE IT :) So any alternatives that are reasonably good? Preferably with layers

sparky13
7th October 2010, 08:54 PM
Ok, so I came across gimp shop which is meant to look like photoshop which sounds good to me. Installed it but each time I attempt to open it, it exits immediately. X11 is also installed and working and opens when I open Gimp Shop

NinjaCatfish
12th October 2010, 08:32 PM
I have a friend who just got a Mac, and they're after some kind of screen capture tool. Specifically to record video footage of her Mac's screen.
Also prefer to be free.
Any suggestions?

ttvtrung
12th October 2010, 09:45 PM
Built-in apps:

Grab: to capture still image of screen
QuickTime X: record videos of screen

NinjaCatfish
13th October 2010, 10:26 PM
Of course! I completely forgot that Quicktime X can do screen recording!
Thanks for that :D

kvc
23rd November 2010, 09:13 AM
Just wondering how up to date the list is in this sticky?
I've recently converted over to mac and am looking for a dvd movie copying program, similar to DVD Shrink for pc (freeware). Doesn't have to be fancy - just want it to be able to copy straight out, without any copyright issues. DVD2one seems to be a popular choice and much cheaper than Roxio's equivalent. Suggestions - advice?

gehenna
23rd November 2010, 09:16 AM
A combination of MacTheRipper or RipIt with DVD2OneX is the way to go.

kvc
23rd November 2010, 07:12 PM
Thanks for that Gehenna. I'll do some research, trial the DVD2one and see what works best for me.

snark
28th November 2010, 09:42 AM
The first post mentions iSquint in the 'Converting Videos' section. iSquint is no longer available.

I like MPEG Streamclip from Squared 5 as a conversion tool - it can read just about anything, and can even do basic editing. And it's free.

GrantR1961
26th July 2011, 05:49 PM
Strike MacTheRipper from the list if you are running Lion. It's a PowerPC app and will not run, no matter how nice you ask it too.

Not sure what the best replacement is, but I have found Fairmount which may be a possible replacement. (I will update this post when I evaluate it).

yinyang
26th July 2011, 06:04 PM
Strike MacTheRipper from the list if you are running Lion. It's a PowerPC app and will not run, no matter how nice you ask it too.

Not sure what the best replacement is, but I have found Fairmount which may be a possible replacement. (I will update this post when I evaluate it).


version 3.0 R14i is supposed to work okay in Lion according to this thread...

MacTheRipper doesn't work anymore... alternative program? - Page 2 - MacRumors Forums (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1193385&page=2)

Chundermuffin
26th July 2011, 06:58 PM
Fairmount is good, but it will rip the full disc (menus, extras and all) so takes a while. Though after that, you could use Handbrake to convert just the movie.

GrantR1961
26th July 2011, 07:30 PM
version 3.0 R14i is supposed to work okay in Lion according to this thread...

MacTheRipper doesn't work anymore... alternative program? - Page 2 - MacRumors Forums (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1193385&page=2)

Works a treat! Thx for the info. :D

idiesel
1st August 2011, 02:46 PM
I've bought some extra RAM whilst in the US, and will be sticking it in my 09 iMac when I get home. I have been using a Windows app called Videostudio 11 for editing home movies, but I would like to move over to a Mac friendly app.

I have tried iMovie but find it a little limited especially importing AVCHD files and keeping them in that format or exporting to 1080p. I have narrowed it down to Adobe Premiere Elements for US$99 or is Final Cut X far superior and worth the extra $100?

OlgaK
6th August 2011, 12:14 AM
PanoEdit (PanoEdit (http://www.panoedit.com)) -- new panorama stitching app for Mac. PanoEdit is available now in free beta.

DCB04
12th February 2014, 02:26 PM
i thought i would post here. I found iFlicks a few weeks ago and for all my DVD ripped tv shows it is awesome. Does everything from tagging the shows to copying to Itunes best $25 i have ever spent

Buttercup
4th August 2015, 11:11 AM
Is there an up-to-date version of this thread, please?

leon
4th August 2015, 11:29 AM
Is there an up-to-date version of this thread, please?

There isn't one sorry.

Buttercup
4th August 2015, 11:39 AM
Thank you.

I just tried to open a small, old, video file and was informed that i needed the updated Flip4Mac 3.3.6. I expect I can live without it as I've only had that happen rarely.

tinhead88
4th August 2015, 01:18 PM
Buttercup, have you tried VLC? It's rare you come across a media file that VLC can't handle. Always my first choice.
http://www.mactalk.com.au/safari-extension://com.sidetree.ReMap-S64NDGV2C5/45ce29cc/floatie.png

Buttercup
5th August 2015, 05:42 PM
Thank you tinhead, No I haven't tried VLC. Will look into it tomorrow.