Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today's epsisode, let's look at my list of must have applications for Lion. I've seen so many lists of must have applications that I just don't agree with. It's not that the applications listed aren't useful or good, it's just that they're not for every user, they're for specific types of users, maybe web developer or video producer.But I've got a list of applications that I think just about any Mac user could use. Let's take a look. So first, we have iWork. Now, this doesn't come on your Mac, iLife does, but I think most Mac users should get these applications right away. They're only twenty bucks, and if you don't like these specific applications, then another office suite would do, for instance, Microsoft office. You can also find some free ones, but I find that for twenty bucks apiece, these are well worth it. Specifically pages, because most users are going to have to write something, whether it's a report or a journal or an essay, or just a nicer to place to write an email or message to somebody before sending it to them. Numbers and Keynote, maybe not for everybody. Keynote can be a lot of fun to play with, but if you don't need to make presentations, you may want to put of getting that until you need it. Numbers, mostly for people that want to work with figures, but of course, if you balance your checkbook at home or something like that, Numbers can come in really handy. Now, Jumpcut is a free extention that works perfectly in line, and what it does is adds this little menu up here at the top. Let me show you what it does, you can copy something to the buffers as you know, like I'll command C copy MacMost dot com there, and I could paste it below. I can copy something else, like an email address, copy that paste it there. But what if I wanted to actually have more than one thing in my copy buffer, and be able to paste which one I want? Well, if I look up here at the Jumpcut menu, I can see that I've got both of the two things that I've pasted previously in there, and I could actually paste the one before the last, or I could just copy as many things as I want. The more I copy, the more appears in here, and so you can see you've got this history of your clipboard. It's very useful. Another good one that does basically the same thing but it's more bells and whistles is ClipMenu. Jumpcut is great for most users because it's very simple and it works, ClipMenu has some advanced functionality, both are free. Now the next four things I want to show you will add functionality to your browser. If you don't have Flash installed on your Mac already, you're going to want to get it. And even if you do, you're going to want to download the latest version, because there are always updates. You do that by going to get dot adobe dot com slash flash player. And that's where you can download it there. And while you're tyou're there, get the Shockwave player as well, which is get dot adobe dot com slash shockwave. This plays a lot of older content on the internet, usually and some 3D games that are on there as well. Both are free, you can just get them, they work great online. In addition to that, you're going to want to sometimes playback WMB files, these are Windows Media video files. They don't play back on your Mac unless you have an extension for QuickTime. You can go here to this Microsoft page to get it, actually I've created a shortcut because it's such a long url. Just go to MacMost dot com, slash j dash wmv, which will take you to this page here which is actually is on Microsoft, but it allows you to download a third party application called Flip For Mac, it's free, and it allows you to then play back Windows Media videos in Quicktime and Quicktime player, and also in the browser. And last but not least, there's also Java, which doesn't come installed with Lion, but you can get it just by going to this page here, at the Apple website. Not only does it support more websites then, but there's some applications that will actually require Java for some parts of them to run. Now Dropbox.com is another must have, it's free, go to Dropbox dot com. I've discussed it in many videos in the past. With iDisk going away next year, it's great for users to have a way to post files online to share between other users and to sync between your Macs. Last but not least, we've got OnePassword, which is very important because it allows you to use strong passwords on all your websites and protects you from phishing attacks, so you can't be fooled into actually using a strong password on a site that't not the real site. It does cost a little bit, but it's worth every penny. There are alternatives, like for instance, LastPass, whatever you do get one of these utilities that allows you to use strong passwords and store them securely on your Mac. I want to encourage everybody to check out my guide to online password security, I consider it a must read. It will teach you just the basic things you need to know to stay safe while surfing online, so your passwords and accounts aren't stolen by others.
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- Links to apps mentioned in the video:
- iWork: Search for Pages, Numbers and Keynote in the Mac App Store
- Jumpcut: http://jumpcut.sourceforge.net/
- ClipMenu: http://www.clipmenu.com/
- Flash: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
- Shockwave: http://get.adobe.com/shockwave/
- Flip4Mac: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/windows-media-player/wmcomponents
- Java: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1421
- DropBox: http://dropbox.com
- 1Password: http://agilebits.com