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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 1:54 pm    Post subject: Just Switched (well almost) any 1 recommend software? Reply with quote

Is there any software any one can recommend for a first time mac user as my macbook will be arriving in 2 or 3 days. Im thining of software for general tasks like burning dvd's ripping dvd's and an email client and other everyday software?
Also what sort of maintenance does a mac need, i read some where they defrag themselves but what's repairing permisission about and when/ how do i need to do it. is there any thing else a mac needs 2 keep it running well?
Thanks for the help in advance.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 3:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Just Switched (well almost) any 1 recommend software? Reply with quote

[quote="trustory"]Is there any software any one can recommend for a first time mac user as my macbook will be arriving in 2 or 3 days. Im thining of software for general tasks like burning dvd's ripping dvd's and an email client and other everyday software?
Also what sort of maintenance does a mac need, i read some where they defrag themselves but what's repairing permisission about and when/ how do i need to do it. is there any thing else a mac needs 2 keep it running well?
Thanks for the help in advance.[/quote]
To burn DVD's I use Toast. Its very reliable and I know many people like it. To rip DVD's Almost everyone on this forum uses Mac The Ripper. It does an amazing job. For maintenance, Most people here use OnyX. It is free and very reliable and works flawlessly. Dont worry about repairing permissions. Thats only used when some things mess up. I wouldnt worry about it till something happens. For an Email client just use the Mail program that comes on the Mac. Other than that, If you use Instant Messaging, get Adium. It is amazing also and many people on here use it. To burn CD's I use Disco, it isnt free but I like it alot. Most people just use Itunes though. For writing essays and such get NeoOffice. Its free and I like it better than Microsoft word. Everything else is just basically personal preference for what you need. To get a better response reply with what you wanna do and we can provide you with a program to do it. Everything I have listed is free except for Toast and Disco.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take a look at these two sites.

http://www.opensourcemac.org/

http://www.pure-mac.com/
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Just Switched (well almost) any 1 recommend software? Reply with quote

[quote="heavy_nutz"]Everything I have listed is free except for Toast and Disco.[/quote]

I would definitely pick Toast over Disco. Even in light of my recent trouble burning certain Video_TS folders. Burn is cool if you just want something basic and free. To be honest though, most basic burning can be done right from the Finder.

Here is the link for Burn.
http://burn-osx.sourceforge.net/
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Just Switched (well almost) any 1 recommend software? Reply with quote

[quote="LaRoche"][quote="heavy_nutz"]Everything I have listed is free except for Toast and Disco.[/quote]

I would definitely pick Toast over Disco.[/quote]

Well you cant really compare Toast and Disco since Toast is mainly for DVD's and Disco is mainly for Music Cd's and Data Cd's.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Just Switched (well almost) any 1 recommend software? Reply with quote

[quote="heavy_nutz"]Well you cant really compare Toast and Disco since Toast is mainly for DVD's and Disco is mainly for Music Cd's and Data Cd's.[/quote]
Since when? Both are optical drive burning softwares, both handle various forms of data, both write to DVDs or CDs equally well.

Toast, being a full fledged retail software title and much more expensive than Disco certainly has more features, but I would hardly say one is for CDs and the other DVDs...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would recommend ClamXav for a free virus checker for Mac.

For cleaning up your Mac, I personally use OnyX, and it works very well.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Just Switched (well almost) any 1 recommend software? Reply with quote

[quote="ClunkClunk"][quote="heavy_nutz"]Well you cant really compare Toast and Disco since Toast is mainly for DVD's and Disco is mainly for Music Cd's and Data Cd's.[/quote]
Since when? Both are optical drive burning softwares, both handle various forms of data, both write to DVDs or CDs equally well.

Toast, being a full fledged retail software title and much more expensive than Disco certainly has more features, but I would hardly say one is for CDs and the other DVDs...[/quote]
Since Disco cant burn playable DVD's. They can only burn Data Cd's and Music Cd's.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Just Switched (well almost) any 1 recommend software? Reply with quote

[quote="heavy_nutz"]Since Disco cant burn playable DVD's. They can only burn Data Cd's and Music Cd's.[/quote]
I suggest you re-read Disco's webpage. It clearly states it works with "Hybrid, HFS+, UDF, PC Joliet, ISO 9660" filesystems. UDF is the filesystem that all DVDs use, regardless of data, video, etc. I also have first hand knowledge of this, because I own Disco.

It's even smart enough to add in a blank AUDIO_TS folder if it detects you're using a VIDEO_TS to make a video DVD.

DVD also isn't just for video. It can store data, audio, and video all using the UDF filesystem.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 11:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Just Switched (well almost) any 1 recommend software? Reply with quote

[quote="ClunkClunk"][quote="heavy_nutz"]Since Disco cant burn playable DVD's. They can only burn Data Cd's and Music Cd's.[/quote]
I suggest you re-read Disco's webpage. It clearly states it works with "Hybrid, HFS+, UDF, PC Joliet, ISO 9660" filesystems. UDF is the filesystem that all DVDs use, regardless of data, video, etc. I also have first hand knowledge of this, because I own Disco.

It's even smart enough to add in a blank AUDIO_TS folder if it detects you're using a VIDEO_TS to make a video DVD.

DVD also isn't just for video. It can store data, audio, and video all using the UDF filesystem.[/quote]
Yes i got that, Im saying you cant burn a movie to a DVD and have it play in a DVD player with disco. It just burns the files onto the DVD disc.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 11:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Just Switched (well almost) any 1 recommend software? Reply with quote

[quote="heavy_nutz"]Yes i got that, Im saying you cant burn a movie to a DVD and have it play in a DVD player with disco. It just burns the files onto the DVD disc.[/quote]
I know you're saying that, but you're wrong.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:32 am    Post subject: Re: Just Switched (well almost) any 1 recommend software? Reply with quote

[quote="ClunkClunk"][quote="heavy_nutz"]Yes i got that, Im saying you cant burn a movie to a DVD and have it play in a DVD player with disco. It just burns the files onto the DVD disc.[/quote]
I know you're saying that, but you're wrong.[/quote]
I just tried it, it doesnt work, all it does is put the files on the disc, when I put it in a DVD player it doesnt play. When I put the disc in another computer, i can access the files.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:40 am    Post subject: Re: Just Switched (well almost) any 1 recommend software? Reply with quote

[quote="heavy_nutz"]I just tried it, it doesnt work, all it does is put the files on the disc, when I put it in a DVD player it doesnt play. When I put the disc in another computer, i can access the files.[/quote]
DVDs should have a file/folder layout with the various video files in a VIDEO_TS folder at the root level of the disc, along with an empty AUDIO_TS folder. There should not be any files directly on the root level of the disc, just two folders. Does your disc have that layout?

Also have you enabled UDF writing in Disco's preferences?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look at this site too: http://www.freemacware.com/
I have found it invaluable and stuff.
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