Hey guys. I'm getting my new MacBook Pro sometime this week, and it's be my first Apple computer. So, for a new user making the switch to Mac, what are some essential apps that I should get? Note: I'm not asking for the top Mac apps, or best apps. There are already two threads out there that extensively covers the best/useful Mac apps, but I'm pretty sure that most of them are for users who are already accustomed to the Mac environment. What I want are apps/plugins that I will need to install, such as: Flash (do I need to download and install it or does it come pre-installed))? Java? IM clients? Video chat? Simple notepad replacement? Replacement for all the essentials that come built in with Windows? etc. And I would like free, well known apps, meaning that they probably exist on almost every Mac system; not some anonymous app from an unknown developer (as Windows Live Messenger is on a PC, or MS Office, Chrome, etc.) And one more request: please don't give me a long, extensive list, as I don't want to search through pages and pages to decide for myself (I hope I don't sound too rude or lazy, but if I didn't state that, I'm sure I'll end up with a million IM apps that I'd have to search through when I just need the most well-known one). Just give me one of two that I probably will use. It might help to mention that I'm a university student (that should narrow down 'the essentials'). Thanks a lot, ~SW EDIT: Another specific request: is there a free, non-trial Sharepod replacement and an iFunbox replacement (non-SSH) for Mac? Thanks. Oh and also, does a Mac come out of the box with the latest version of OSX, or do I need to download updates?