Thanks to the 2-3 week backorder, many of you are finally getting your Retina MacBook Pro.
What are you going to do with it?
Trust me — you want a high-resolution background. Delete all the backgrounds you thought were pretty and replace them with retina backgrounds.
Photos that are 2880 x 1800 are a bit harder to find, but here’s where you can find them:
The Retina MacBook Pro doesn’t have an optical drive. Here’s how to get the apps you want onto your new Mac.
- The Mac App store
- Amazon’s Mac Software downloads
- Games: Steam or or Amazon’s Mac game downloads.
- Install it using a remote disc drive or an external optical drive.
Apps: Acorn, Aperture, Chrome, Coda 2, Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, iPhoto, Mint Quickview, Parallels Desktop, Pulp, Reeder, Sparrow, TextExpander, Transmission, Tweetbot, Twitteriffic, VLC, VoodooPad.
Games: Call of Duty, Civilization V, Doom 3, Prey, Quake 4, Call of DutyStar Wars: Empire at War, Star Wars: Jedi Knight II.
A few of the many things I installed were:
- Apptivate for global app keyboard shortcuts
- Perian video plug-in — Lets Quicktime play just about anything.
- BackBlaze unlimited online backup
- Clean desktop cleaner
- GrowlVoice Google Voice client
- Adium chat
- iWork: Pages word processor, Keynote presentations, Numbers spreadsheets.
- Do you really need Office? Odds are, you don’t.
- Google Drive
- Steam Games
More things I do with a fresh Mac
- Measure my computer’s speed with benchmark software such as Xbench or GeekBench.
- Change screenshot directory so they don’t clutter my desktop
- Disable the empty trash warning
- Remove most of the icons in the menu bar (command+click the icon and drag it out)
- Hide the dashboard space.
You know what the beautiful thing is? Thanks to iCloud and iTunes Match, most of my mail, calendar, bookmarks, and music was synced right off the bat.
see also: 25 free mac apps