What to install on a new MacBook

I have lots of applications installed on my MacBook, but this is the list of software I’d install first and use most.

 

Adium
http://adium.im/
Chat with multi-protocol instant messaging. I really don’t need ten applications to do the job of one.

 

BBC iPlayer Desktop
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/install
Watch BBC TV online or offline in high quality. There’s no need to be a slave to the TV schedule.

 

Dropbox
https://www.dropbox.com/
Share or publish files. I use this for ease of sharing non-confidential files.

 

GIMP on OS X
http://gimp.lisanet.de/Website/Download.html
Convert, edit, and retouch photos and scanned documents. This version includes some useful extras.

 

Gutenprint
http://gimp-print.sourceforge.net/MacOSX.php
Print to any known printer. Uses the standard Apple CUPS interface but has more and better drivers than Apple.

 

LibreOffice
http://www.libreoffice.org/download/
Read and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations. You can use this well as, or instead of, Microsoft Office.

 

Mozilla Firefox
http://www.mozilla.org/firefox/
Browse the Internet. I prefer this to Apple Safari.

 

Mozilla Thunderbird
http://www.mozilla.org/thunderbird/
Manage your email. I prefer this to Apple Mail.

 

Skype
http://www.skype.com/get-skype/
Make video and voice calls. Not everyone has Apple FaceTime.

 

Sophos Anti-Virus
http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home…
Protect yourself from malware with minimum fuss. Don’t pretend that Macs are invulnerable.

 

YoruFukurou
https://sites.google.com/site/yorufukurou/
Talk on Twitter with a power-user’s Twitter client. This is my current favourite.

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