My MacBook Pro with Retina Display is a year old, and I'm in the mood of a fresh install. (I've got random stuff lying around, etc.)
For compatibility with some software I'd like to run, I'm moving back one version. This means that I need to do a fresh install. In doing so, I don't want to forego all of the installed apps that I use. I've made a list of the apps I'd ideally like to keep.
The process that I have outlined now looks like this:
Manually move over all of my images and documents to an external disk drive. (Music and TV shows live with iTunes in the Cloud.)
Completely wipe and reinstall my OS.
Install all of the apps on my list, one by one.
Move my files back.
I suppose I'm looking for a shortcut, or a good way to manage this process. If it helps, I've got a white plastic MacBook from 2010 with Mac OS X 10.8 on, which I can probably use to create a fresh image.
Is it possible for me to modify an OS X installer so that it installs a set of applications for me? Alternatively, is it possible to move my files via Time machine and ignore the rest of the OS? What I'm really looking for is a tool do create some sort of starter image for me to work with, like what they do to deploy in enterprises, libraries, schools, etc.
What imaging tools do sysadmins use for this kind of thing?