The perfect App-set
March 7, 2013 11:30 AM Subscribe
I've got a brand new (refurb) Retina MacBook Pro, fresh out of the cellophane wrapper. I've been eking out a slow and cluttered existence on a combination of my iPad mini, my oldish Mac Mini, my iPhone, and a desktop Windows machine (for gaming) for a couple of years. I haven't had a laptop in... I can't even remember if I have ever had a laptop. Help me find the perfect set of apps for it? Snowflake details inside.
posted by kythuen to computers & internet (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
When I was in the decision phase of which laptop to buy, I struggled with defining myself. Am I a writer who sometimes plays games? Or a gamer who sometimes writes? Choosing a decently tricked-out refurb meant I didn't have to choose. Here are some of my laptoppy priorities:
1) Fiction writing. I've been using Byword, for the cloudsync/dropbox - is there something better out there? I used to use Scrivener, and would be willing to again.
2) Web surfing/email. I've always used Mail for, well, Mail, and some combination of Firefox/Chrome/Safari for surfing. I've read that Chrome and Firefox aren't yet Retina-ready; is that info out of date?
3) Chat. Right now, this is is handled with a combo of the built-in Message app (for syncing across iPhone and iPad) and Adium. Is there something awesome out there I'm missing? Must be able to handle IRC.
4) Random avi/mp4/mkv viewing for entertainment (also Hulu and Netflix)
5) World of Warcraft and Guild Wars (I have a desktop for raiding, if I ever raid again, but I can do random questing and such even on my old Mac Mini, so I think I should be good to go for light MMO gaming on the RMBP.)
6) Other random games - would welcome recs for things that would not set this laptop on fire; it's new. I like MMO's, but also other random adventury/puzzly games. Not a big FPS fan.
7) Image viewing/editing
I have a smallish (256 GB) flash storage hard drive, so my space is limited, and I'd like to keep my app set pretty streamlined. All recs welcome!