Mac Advice?

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Found 5th Jun 2008
Hi
I've decided to take the plunge and bought a Mac, had it a few days now and really loving it. Im just after some advice about any must have software i should be looking at. I've got Toast, Aperture, ilife (think thats what its called) and Office 2008 Home. Any suggestions???

Thanks in advance and will leave rep for any answers.

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windows xp or vista??!!;-)

Windows XP! Depends what you want to do... games? video editing? VOIP? Install Boot Camp - you might as well for all the Win XP stuff you'll miss!

It will be best if you give us a list of software you used on your old PC, then we can suggest Mac alternatives

Original Poster

Its a Mac book air ive got so size is limited. Need it for traveling although i've got an external drive for it.

Defo wouldnt put Vista on!! had enough of that on my two other laptops. Ive got skype on as well.

Wouldn't mind a half decent strategy game.
Any alternative to Visio?
A decent video editor would be handy as well for my camcorder.

Thanks for the replies!

united002;2250830

Its a Mac book air ive got



Jealous!!! Although, im looking to trade in my MacBook at some point for one, but that'll have to come after the 3G iPhone purchase.


united002

Any alternative to Visio?



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I dont really game on my Mac or do any video editiing so cant help you with the other 2.

Original Poster

Yeah the 3G iPhone will be my next purchase i think!!

Thanks for the Visio alternative! looks good.

What apps have you got on your Macbook? whats the ones you couldnt live with out?

Got to admit im really impressed with osx so far.

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should have bought a macbook

Proximo;2251171

should have bought a macbook



Why?



Well, i dont really do anything on my MacBook that requires any extra software. I use iPhoto for all my photo needs (with a flickr exporter), Safari for web surfing and Mail for email. I use the built in VNC client for managing computers remotely, Terminal for SSH. That's pretty much it.

I was readyt o go straight out of the box.

Although, i do love MenuMeters so i can keep an eye on my system stats

how do you cope without a cd/dvd internal??? like to here your personal view on whats its like to have this config

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Proximo;2251171

should have bought a macbook



i did think about the Macbook but i was after the portability, weight can be an issue in my work. Oh and i love gadgets!!!

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JayBird;2251192

Why?Well, i dont really do anything on my MacBook that requires any extra … Why?Well, i dont really do anything on my MacBook that requires any extra software. I use iPhoto for all my photo needs (with a flickr exporter), Safari for web surfing and Mail for email. I use the built in VNC client for managing computers remotely, Terminal for SSH. That's pretty much it.I was readyt o go straight out of the box.Although, i do love MenuMeters so i can keep an eye on my system stats



Maybe thats the thing? im so used to windows and having to find all the software i need to add on. I have noticed the Mac is ready to go straight away and is so user friendly!

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jackt010;2251237

how do you cope without a cd/dvd internal??? like to here your personal … how do you cope without a cd/dvd internal??? like to here your personal view on whats its like to have this config



To be honest its not bothered me, i bought the superdrive with the laptop so i've got that option. But everything at home is wireless and i mainly use memory sticks anyway. I think the biggest issue is the size of the hardrive really that was the one thing i wasnt that happy with.

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JayBird;2251192

Why?Well, i dont really do anything on my MacBook that requires any extra … Why?Well, i dont really do anything on my MacBook that requires any extra software. I use iPhoto for all my photo needs (with a flickr exporter), Safari for web surfing and Mail for email. I use the built in VNC client for managing computers remotely, Terminal for SSH. That's pretty much it.I was readyt o go straight out of the box.Although, i do love MenuMeters so i can keep an eye on my system stats



united002;2251251

i did think about the Macbook but i was after the portability, weight can … i did think about the Macbook but i was after the portability, weight can be an issue in my work. Oh and i love gadgets!!!



JayBird;2251192

Why?Well, i dont really do anything on my MacBook that requires any extra … Why?Well, i dont really do anything on my MacBook that requires any extra software. I use iPhoto for all my photo needs (with a flickr exporter), Safari for web surfing and Mail for email. I use the built in VNC client for managing computers remotely, Terminal for SSH. That's pretty much it.I was readyt o go straight out of the box.Although, i do love MenuMeters so i can keep an eye on my system stats



Because it's cheaper and offers far far more for the money in every respect. It looks like the OP is going to be using this as more than just a way to check email on the move etc

Good luck editing high resolution 4mb big photos in Aperture on a 1.6ghz machine, you would need to close down all other apps to do it. It has exactly the same footprint on a flat surface as Macbook in reality the extra money is going towards how thing it is, something which extra USB ports , Ethernet, Firewire, a DVD-RW, Line-In, Upgradable HD, Battery and RAM are sacrificed to gain. The trade off is just simply not worth it if you want to do more than check email, write up a word document browse the net on the toilet on a machine.

I suppose you would only notice it so much over the next few weeks of use when you need to use any of the above and they are not there.

The worst part is that lenevo are making laptops just as thin and can fit in ethernet, usb ports, a DVD Drive

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^^^ I think this illustrates my point

http://daviddoctorrose.wordpress.com/files/2008/03/lenovo_art_of_thin.jpg

united002;2250830

Its a Mac book air ive got so size is limited. Need it for traveling … Its a Mac book air ive got so size is limited. Need it for traveling although i've got an external drive for it.Defo wouldnt put Vista on!! had enough of that on my two other laptops. Ive got skype on as well. Wouldn't mind a half decent strategy game. Any alternative to Visio?A decent video editor would be handy as well for my camcorder. Thanks for the replies!



Starcraft? I know the PC version (update 1.15.2) will run from the hard drive

there were a couple i had a while ago - application zapper was good for deleting programs

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Proximo;2251289

Because it's cheaper and offers far far more for the money in every … Because it's cheaper and offers far far more for the money in every respect. It looks like the OP is going to be using this as more than just a way to check email on the move etc Good luck editing high resolution 4mb big photos in Aperture on a 1.6ghz machine, you would need to close down all other apps to do it. It has exactly the same footprint on a flat surface as Macbook in reality the extra money is going towards how thing it is, something which extra USB ports , Ethernet, Firewire, a DVD-RW, Line-In, Upgradable HD, Battery and RAM are sacrificed to gain. The trade off is just simply not worth it if you want to do more than check email, write up a word document browse the net on the toilet on a machine. I suppose you would only notice it so much over the next few weeks of use when you need to use any of the above and they are not there.The worst part is that lenevo are making laptops just as thin and can fit in ethernet, usb ports, a DVD Drive



The Lenovo is nearly £1800 on Dabs and its not a Mac. I did think seriously about which one to get. To be honest i preferred the Air. Ive got a 12.1" Windows tablet as well and i still prefer the Mac. Like you say only time will tell.

Proximo;2251289

Because it's cheaper and offers far far more for the money in every … Because it's cheaper and offers far far more for the money in every respect. It looks like the OP is going to be using this as more than just a way to check email on the move etc I suppose you would only notice it so much over the next few weeks of use when you need to use any of the above and they are not there.The worst part is that lenevo are making laptops just as thin and can fit in ethernet, usb ports, a DVD Drive



I guess everyone has their own opinion, and obviously from what you have said the MacBook Air wouldn't be to your suiting, but there are many people (including me) that dont need all those extras.

I have a MacBook and have not once used the DVD drive. I have not once needed to or wanted to plug anyhting in via USB or Firewire. Also, i have never had an ethernet cable plugged in. This isn't just and email machne, i use it for my job (Web Developer) and the MacBook Air would fit my needs perfectly. Also, OS X is my OS of choice.

Besides, the Lenovo X300 is almost thicker in its thinest part than the MacBooks Air's thickest!!

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JayBird;2251592

I guess everyone has their own opinion, and obviously from what you have … I guess everyone has their own opinion, and obviously from what you have said the MacBook Air wouldn't be to your suiting, but there are many people (including me) that dont need all those extras.I have a MacBook and have not once used the DVD drive. I have not once needed to or wanted to plug anyhting in via USB or Firewire. Also, i have never had an ethernet cable plugged in. This isn't just and email machne, i use it for my job (Web Developer) and the MacBook Air would fit my needs perfectly. Also, OS X is my OS of choice.



HERE HERE !!!!! :thumbsup:

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JayBird;2251592

IBesides, the Lenovo X300 is almost thicker in its thinest part than the … IBesides, the Lenovo X300 is almost thicker in its thinest part than the MacBooks Air's thickest!!



almost? any difference in size is negligible, it also weighs less which is funny because it has more hardware in it


apple engineers :thinking:


also i think maybe it was worth waiting a week or two after WWDC i think they are due for a speed bump/ hard drive bump

Proximo;2251656

almost? any difference in size is negligible apple engineers :thinking:



Weight difference is 0.1 pound + or - depending on configuration.

Anyway, lets not debate the detail. I have always said. If a certain machine doesn't suit your needs (or your price bracket), move on to the next one and buy that :thumbsup:

So, Starcraft? I'll give you a game on Battlenet if you like Used to run it on my 233Mhz VAIO back in 1998!
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