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Brian Parish
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Username: Upsidedown

Post Number: 23
Registered: 05-2001


Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 11:42 am:   Edit Post Print Post

After checking out Vista and the previews for Leopard, I've decided that it's time to switch back to a Mac after almost 12 years. Work will probably always be PC based, but for personal use, the Mac just seams a better choice. I'm looking at getting a MacBook Pro so we can take it to work if need be.

My question is, what are some of the best sites for Mac software (freeware/shareware/reviews)? I have amassed such a collection of software over the years, I'm a little afraid of what will happen when I switch over. What are some of the essential apps that most people will need on a home Mac?

-Office (or is there something better that's still compatible?)

-Something to make copies of legally purchased DVDs

-Music (I know I'm in the minority, but I hate iTunes and the whole way it manages music. Subscription is the future, but as far as I know, Rhapsody is the only thing that works on a Mac, and that's in a web based player).

-Photos. Is the included software good enough for 80-90 percent of what people normally need with the rest being done in Photoshop at work?

-Remote Desktop. I know it works Mac-Mac and PC-PC, but has anyone had luck remoting into a Windows server from a Mac?

Anything else I'm missing?

Thanks for the help.
Brian
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Ulrich Kirchhoff
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Username: Uki

Post Number: 83
Registered: 09-2006
Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 11:55 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Brian,

This is basically not subject of this forum, but be welcomed to Mac community.

Buying a MacBookPro will give you the chance to boot the two systems. If you cannot find your favorite Dos sharewares for Mac, just boot W...s via bootcamp. According to a PCWorld review, the MacBookPro is faster with W...s than any comparable Dell as well.

It didn't need Vista to find out...
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Bernd Meissner
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Username: Bmeissner

Post Number: 45
Registered: 04-2001
Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 12:14 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

> Office (or is there something better that's
> still compatible?)

Office: MS Office 2004 works on IntelMacs. Not an UB, but speedy enough. Alternatives: NeoOffice (a bit old, but free, running without X11), several cheap alternatives to Word (Mellel, Papyrus...)


> Something to make copies of legally purchased DVDs

If the're copy protected, no official or legal Mac software does this (afaik). Copies of unprotected DVDs can be done via the HardDisk Utility (image > burn).

> Photos. Is the included software good enough for
> 80-90 percent of what people normally need with
> the rest being done in Photoshop at work?

Managing digital photos, removing red eyes etc., yes, iPhoto does that all.

Bernd
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Christopher Lund
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Username: Clund

Post Number: 127
Registered: 05-2003


Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 12:19 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Brian,

http://www.tucows.com for shareware/freeware.

Open office has a derivative called neo office for the mac.
http://www.neooffice.org/
I find it to be slower than m$ office, especially when launching.
but it does work.

DVD's http://www.mactheripper.org/
Use Disc Tools that come with the mac to burn back to a DVDr.

iTunes has definitely taken over the mac. Audion was a good one before iTunes killed it. You can get it free from
http://www.panic.com/
No subriptions that I am aware of.
There may be others Personally, I hate subscriptions so...

tinker tool: Modifying system prefs at a deeper level
http://www.bresink.com/osx/TinkerTool.html
http://www.bresink.com/products.html


For a large # of photos to catalog, I prefer iView. Much better at managing images.

Never Tried Remote desktop. I do fileshare between the two. I use the mac as the server as it has windows fileshareing option. Samba...

Get;
little snitch... helps you to know when any thing is accessing the internet when you would normally not know. Just in case of spy ware, or your internet browser tying to make a weird connection.
http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html

Dock fun or some other kind of dock management utility. Works great if you use a lot of apps.
http://www.donelleschi.com/dockfun/

Filemaker is probably the best database.

Billings for billing and time tracking.
http://www.billings2.com/

Transmit is my preferred app for ftp.
http://www.panic.com/

Unison for news groups
http://www.panic.com/

Pandora; mining the net for inspiration pics
http://www.positivespinmedia.com/shareware/Pandora/

Cheers,

Chris Lund
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Bo Atkinson
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Username: Boa

Post Number: 70
Registered: 05-2001
Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 01:27 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Goodness Chris, That Snitch thing sounds effective for what i've wondered about in the back of my mind, all the times my computers have gone sour... Those things, who knows how to define them, where to start solving them for good. At the moment i might make it 10.5 without rebuilding my system, something i utterly hate to fool with. Thanks!
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Craig Williams
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Username: Craigwilliams

Post Number: 156
Registered: 04-2001


Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 02:09 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Hey Brian,

I use Remote Desktop all the time when logging into my work's PC from my Mac at home.
No problems...

Although I can see why you like them, I don't know if I'd go as far as to say subscription services are the future (at least not anytime soon). Many people still want to own their music. The more tangible the better, which is why CDs are still so popular. We've seen a similar struggle for many years between public transportation and the automobile...people refuse to take public transportation because they love their cars.

But, I'm not a fortune teller and you may be correct. Maybe we'll even see the second coming of BetaMax.

Welcome back to Mac!

Craig
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Brian Parish
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Username: Upsidedown

Post Number: 24
Registered: 05-2001


Posted on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 04:29 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Thanks guys! That's exactly the kind of stuff I was looking for. I use Tucows now and didn't even know it had a Mac section (never would have looked either considering what it stands for).

On the subscription thing (and way off topic for this forum)... I can't say it any better than this.
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Adam
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Username: Adzling

Post Number: 33
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Sunday, February 04, 2007 - 12:37 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

hey brian here are few must-have 3rd parts apps that i used constantly and would not be able to survive without on the mac:

Voodoo Pad (wikipad for storing notes on projects)
www.flyingmeat.com

flysketch (very simple and clever screen capture/ notation utility for sending project notes on works in progress to collaborators)
www.flyingmeat.com

Apples iwork apps
(pages & keynote are xclnt)

vlc (for playing video that is troublesome in quicktime)

chicken of the vnc (for remote desktop control)

SMARTreporter (for advanced warning of impending hard-drive failures)

sketchup 6 (quick and dirty conceptual models before getting into formz)

vectorworks 12.5 (cad drawings once i'm done with formz modelling)

controllermate (for controlling my spacepilot's buttons)

art director's toolkit (on-screen rulers and other useful tidbits)
http://www.code-line.com/

chronosync (for syncing my powerbook and desktop)

flip4mac (for viewing windoze movies in-line with safari)

xscope (for capturing color references from anywhere onscreen)

hoep this helps!

Adam