I've just got an Macbook

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I've just got an Macbook

Postby Huw » 07 Aug 2015, 19:34

Looking at the useful Mac list here I note it's fairly out of date.

I've just got a MacBook and would be interested in any ESSENTIAL programs I should download (CD burning/maintaince etc).

I am totally new to Apple computing, so would appreciate any guidance.

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Re: I've just got an Macbook

Postby Fonz » 10 Aug 2015, 17:52

Toast for burning/copying media. There may be freeware that does the same thing...

Handbrake is essential for file conversion.

Gemini, for eliminating dupes.

Onyx has a good rep for maintenance. I'm not sure it's essential though.
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Re: I've just got an Macbook

Postby Fonz » 10 Aug 2015, 17:54

Disk Warrior also has a good rep for disk maintenance, but it's pricey.

I use Chronosyncbor making clones. Useful when I put in an SSD last month.
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Re: I've just got an Macbook

Postby Fonz » 10 Aug 2015, 17:55

If you're new to Mac stuff get David Pogue's 'Missing Manual'.
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Re: I've just got an Macbook

Postby Huw » 13 Aug 2015, 08:08

Fonz wrote:If you're new to Mac stuff get David Pogue's 'Missing Manual'.


Thanks. Excellent recommendation.

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Re: I've just got an Macbook

Postby Jimbo » 15 Dec 2015, 20:25

Huw wrote:Looking at the useful Mac list here I note it's fairly out of date.

I've just got a MacBook and would be interested in any ESSENTIAL programs I should download (CD burning/maintaince etc).

I am totally new to Apple computing, so would appreciate any guidance.

Ta.


RealPlayer for Mac.

I have a Macbook up at my school in the mountains and my remote modem sets a monthly time limit on my video viewing and it is slow. What I do now is make copies of videos at home on my MacMini using RealPlayer, drop the files into a thumb drive and watch them at my leisure at school or while traveling.

One problem I find - and maybe you know how to fix this - is that the RealPlayer downloader automatically opens up for some streaming sites and not others. YouTube is one where it doesn't open and I wonder how to transfer YouTube videos to a file enabling me to watch them later without an internet connection.
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Re: I've just got an Macbook

Postby ConnyOlivetti » 19 Dec 2015, 19:41

Jimbo wrote:
Huw wrote:Looking at the useful Mac list here I note it's fairly out of date.

I've just got a MacBook and would be interested in any ESSENTIAL programs I should download (CD burning/maintaince etc).

I am totally new to Apple computing, so would appreciate any guidance.

Ta.


RealPlayer for Mac.

I have a Macbook up at my school in the mountains and my remote modem sets a monthly time limit on my video viewing and it is slow. What I do now is make copies of videos at home on my MacMini using RealPlayer, drop the files into a thumb drive and watch them at my leisure at school or while traveling.

One problem I find - and maybe you know how to fix this - is that the RealPlayer downloader automatically opens up for some streaming sites and not others. YouTube is one where it doesn't open and I wonder how to transfer YouTube videos to a file enabling me to watch them later without an internet connection.



RealPlayer! Why? :?
You have a mac so why not use Quicktime?

As for your YouTube, use this site
http://www.keepvid.com/
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