Apple Mac Software to install, coming from 20 years of PC Windows

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Apple Mac Software to install, coming from 20 years of PC Windows

As soon as I came back to France I went to the electronic shop and bought a Mac Book Pro.
I have a Mac Air 11" since over a year, I use it as a bedtime video player and morning web browser :-)

But otherwise, since 1993 I only have had Windows PC, before that it was Atari and Amiga but that's so long ago now..

Anyway I've decided that in 2013 I'll try to switch to Apple almost exclusively for the computer usage. Now I've invested quite a lot in this Mac Book Pro (15.4" retina display, 512GB SSD, Intel I7, 2.6Ghz, 1GB graphic card, etc.)

So first thing I did with a sloppy internet connection was to update to the latest OS X 10.8.2 and update the stock applications, then I was looking for FREE SOFTWARE to replace what I do on the PC, so here goes the list of things I've installed so far:

Firefox
Chrome
Evernote
TextWrangler
Google Earth
Google Quick Search Box
Filezilla
VLC
Gimp
Freemind
Libre Office
Dropbox
Alfred
Picasa
KisMac
Window Tidy
Wunderlist
Adium
Producteev

So first all the software that are the same on PC and Mac, for me at least:
Firefox
Chrome
Evernote
Google Earth
Google Quick Search Box
Filezilla
VLC
Gimp
Freemind
Libre Office
Dropbox
Picasa

And so we're left with the software I've installed for the first time on this mac, I don't know if they're all that useful but here it goes:
- TextWrangler (it is to replace Notepad++ on PC which I like very much for editing text files, html / php, I don't yet know if TextWrangler is good enough for my needs or if I'll have to install something else like Komodo Edit)

- Alfred (it is to be able to quickly find and launch applications and other documents, I simply push ALT + SPACE and a text box appears and as I type the first letters it shows me applications and documents then I can simply type enter or down arrow and enter to launch it... Maybe Google Quick Search Box does the same, I don't know I installed the Google Search later and didn't try it)

- KisMac (it is a tool for looking at wifi networks, I don't really need it, but since the mac book pro doesn't have an ethernet port by default, I installed that software in case I have a problem with Wifi in the future)

- Window Tidy (it is a simple tool to align windows easily on the screen, like when you want to have two windows side by side, like a browser and a text file, or two browser windows, etc.)

- Wunderlist (I believe it is available on PC also, but never used it, it is meant to help me achieve more in terms of tasks, I'll need it if I want to make it in affiliate marketing this coming year)

- Producteev (It is the same I think as Wunderlist, so far I have only installed those two and will need to start using one or the other. Also the Mac has one simple task reminder, I could use this one, but I was in an installation frenzy I guess..)

- Adium (Don't know if that was a bright idea, but it is a software to regroup all IM accounts (facebook, twitter, gtalk, yahoo) in one software, so that if I want to waste time chatting, or networking, I'll have only one software to launch and close)

So here you go, that was all I needed to get ready to work on my new Mac. I still have my PC Windows laptop and still using it, like now I'm writing on firefox on the PC, the mac is switched on and waiting aside :-)

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