'Must Have' Mac software?

My dad just bought my mom a Macbook for her birthday yesterday. She uses computers mainly for email, internet, music, and document writing...

Of course the Macbook comes with a suite of pre-installed software, but my question is: Are there any must-buy software packages out there that she ought to get?

She's looking at Microsoft Office (our family has been PC-based since 1986 but with the Intel Duo-Cores and all this jive I've heard about OS X, I recommended for my dad to make the Macbook her birthday present over a PC laptop)... is that the best document software out there, or what did Mac users use before MS came to town?

Thanks in advance for the input...

Mac owners have been using Office for a while. If she wants an office suite, that's really the best way to go.

As far as other software for email, internet, and music, the software on the Macbook has probably already got that handled. I love Apple's Mail client, iTunes is 400% better in OSX than in XP, and she's got Safari for her browser. If you really want to give her some browser options, get Camino and Firefox.

The Mac app I always recommend is Adium. It's a multi-protocol IM client that is nothing short of brilliant. It's my favorite application for OSX.

Thanks for the input... I emailed her information on Openoffice, but she may be more in tune (and familiar) with MS Office.

All of the major bases are covered with the included software with Mac, which is pretty nice...

Demi nailed most of it.

A native OpenOffice is supposedly coming Real Soon Now, which would certainly be great to the 95% of Office users that don't use any of the functionality that's in MS Office but lacking from OpenOffice.

*Legion* wrote:

Demi nailed most of it.

A native OpenOffice is supposedly coming Real Soon Now, which would certainly be great to the 95% of Office users that don't use any of the functionality that's in MS Office but lacking from OpenOffice.

Jesus, they still don't have OO.org running in Aqua? What's the holdup?

They don't get paid for delivery dates?

My brother says there is awesome DVD-ripping software for Mac. That alone interests me (I like to watch movies on my laptop on planes, and leaving the DVD at home and saving precious battery power is nice).

(for those who know me and haven't heard, my brother switched to Mac this summer)

Garageband is what intrigues me most about Macs....

So... for the middle aged non-gaming woman, OpenOffice or MSOffice sounds like it should round out the bases...

Demiurge wrote:

Jesus, they still don't have OO.org running in Aqua? What's the holdup?

They didn't want to bother doing a port of the 1.x program when they had 2.0 coming, or so I've read.

Right now you can build a version of OO.org for Aqua, while waiting for them to get to a point where they release official builds.

Or you can use NeoOffice's 2.0 betas, which are apparently MUCH better than the dog-slow 1.x versions of NeoOffice. If I still had a Mac (or if I end up installing Mac OS X on my Dell), I will try it out myself.

My only suggestion would be this: if she spends a lot of time on the web, I HIGHLY recommend Omniweb. Yes, it is a pay-for-it browser in a world of free browsers. But everything it does it does extremely well, and while I use Firefox on all my other machines, I do so only because I can't get Omniweb for any other platforms. It is that good. And heck, OmniGroup is a really cool little Mac shop, and I like supporting them.