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What Software You Need the Most When You Get A Mac

As the question in the title of this article: What software you need the most when you get a new Mac? If I were you, the browser and the instantmessaging tools may be the fisrt things I care more. Today I will share the useful two software I use on my Mac to you so that you can have more choices when you get your new Mac, now here we go.

Chrome for Mac-The Fantastic Brower for Mac User

chrome for macYes, I don’t use safari. I don’t know why but I really prefer Chrome more. The Mac browser market might be better off if Google applied some of the innovation it touts in other areas of its business to its Chrome Web browser. The latest version is once again a lightning-fast, efficiently functional browser, at or near the top of the pack in every benchmark I ran. But the things that have changed about Chrome since this time last year don’t seem quite as significant as those that have remained stubbornly the same.

Not Much New-But Sitll Best

The pace at which Google turns out new Chrome iterations has slowed from “brain-melting” to just “really fast.” While Chrome leapt from version 8 to version 21 between 2011 and 2012, it’s “only” advanced to version 29 since then.

A review of Chrome’s release notes reveals numerous security patches and bug fixes. Since version 21, Chrome has also gained occasional speed boosts and other small new touches, including the ability to quickly display what permissions each of your installed extensions has.

A reset button, new to the latest version, claims to let you restore your browser to its original settings, including resetting your homepage, themes, new tab pages, and search engine of choice. It preserves your bookmarks, happily, and disables but does not delete your extensions. It also leaves your browser history intact, oddly. The reset button is buried at the very bottom of Chrome’s initially hidden advanced options, and I wasn’t overwhelmed by its effectiveness.

The release notes mention improved guesses in the “omnibox”—the combined URL and search bar—for what you might be typing, plus new support for MathML, a markup language for easily displaying complex mathematical equations. However, none of the MathML demo pages I tried would display their samples correctly in Chrome.

Bottom line

Chrome 29 gives you dazzlingly fast, reliably stable performance. But for fresh ideas about navigating the Web, or clever features that make browsing more useful, look elsewhere. If you’re comfortable with that trade-off, Chrome 29 could satisfy your need for speed.

Face Time for Your Mac

facetime for your MacDon’t be surprise, the guy in the photo wasn’t me. Once exclusively the province of iOS users, FaceTime for Mac now lets you reach out and touch someone from your computer—or see how they look the morning after the big party. We’ll skip the usual buildup—yes, FaceTime for Mac is great for making high-quality video calls to friends and family on iOS devices and other Macs over Wi-Fi. But as futuristic as that killer feature is, FaceTime’s contact management needs to catch up with the 20th century.

First things first: if you’re using a MacBook Pro introduced this February, you already have FaceTime in your Applications folder. Everyone else will have to drop a buck in Apple’s pocket and download it from the App Store. Launch it, then sign in with your Apple ID or create a new one (that email address will be used to receive calls on your Mac, but you can add others). FaceTime automatically imports Address Book groups and contacts, and you can create, delete, or edit them in FaceTime. Unfortunately, you’re stuck viewing contacts in alphabetical order by first name, and must manually call up a search field to find one quickly. It feels a bit beta, and we’re surprised that Apple would release something so clunky, given its emphasis on integration and “it just works” philosophy.

When you make a call, the sidebar showing contacts, favorites, and recent calls slides away to leave you with a resizable video window and controls to mute, end, or take your call full screen. Otherwise, the Mac FaceTime experience is just what you’d expect from the iOS version. You can even turn the picture-in-picture preview of yourself horizontally to give callers a wide view of whatever you happen to be doing. Best of all, you don’t need to leave FaceTime running to be alerted to calls, and you can turn off incoming calls in the app’s preferences or Dock icon.

Bottom line

FaceTime video calling has arrived on the Mac. It works, but clunky contacts integration leaves us thinking FaceTime feels a little bit behind the times.

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