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Old 02-07-07, 02:05 PM   #1
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iMac software recommendations?

OK, so I just purchased one of the new iMacs. I'm not a computer geek, the only software I've got for it so far is whatever comes standard. Safari is the internet browser, and there's some sort of Apple mail program. I think both of these could be upgraded, and I'm looking for suggestions. Also, do I need to upgrade my internet security, firewalls, etc.?

I trust you guys and gals, thanks in advance for whatever advice y'all can provide.
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Old 02-07-07, 02:28 PM   #2
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I like Firefox for my browser and Eudora for email. Eudora uses separate files for each of the mail-folders so I can make back-ups easily on an as-needed incremental basis rather than having one huge 2gb file to deal with like Outlook/OE.

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Old 02-07-07, 02:53 PM   #3
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Mail.app is decent, but I prefer Thunderbird or Eudora for mail. Firefox is a good de facto standard for web browsing, so its worth getting and using.

Other than that, maybe Toast for burning CDs, and a backup program.
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Old 02-07-07, 04:40 PM   #4
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Mac Mail is a great mail program. And it ties in very well with iCal and Address Book.

And I like Safari better than Firefox.

It's not like the preinstalled stuff is any cheaper version of the real thing (like Outlook Express on Windows); it's all full, real stuff.
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iSync if you plan to do back ups (just google isync)
VLC for video formats unsupported by quicktime (download.com)
I've used diskwarrior before and it's helped me out of a couple jams with my external drives. (http://www.alsoft.com/index.html)

Mail & Address Book are perfect
Safari is better than Firefox, but I use both for sh*ts and giggles
Preview will open PDF's so you don't even need Acrobat (if you deal with these files at all)

The preinstalled stuff is excellent software and runs flawlessly with the system and with each other.

Other than that... I'd say Cubase, Photoshop, Illustrator, & MS Office... but that's just me

oh yeah... no need to upgrade any security. Turn on your firewall in the system prefs (apple menu > system prefs). Set a master password. If you plan on running wireless internet, then set up a WEP password when configuring it (or having it configured by someone else).

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OK, so maybe my problem is that this is my first Apple, and I'm just not used to it yet, having gotten to this point on a steady diet of MS-Dos PCs for the last 20 +/- years. Any tips on making the transition go smoother?

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OK, so maybe my problem is that this is my first Apple, and I'm just not used to it yet, having gotten to this point on a steady diet of MS-Dos PCs for the last 20 +/- years. Any tips on making the transition go smoother?


Go see a therapist and quickly erase the 20 +/- yrs of MS-Dos/PC exposure with shock treatments

I am unfortunately forced to use PC's at work and have nothing but issues. I had to have a dell laptop rebuilt SIX times in 2yrs.. new motherboard, monitor... everything but the plastic case. Well, my old college Mac (a Centris 650 circa 1994) is still running fine. My lombard G23 laptop from 1999 is still my around the house internet surfing computer and I use photoshop on there all the time too. My iMac G5 is obviously kicking a$$ ... give it time and you'll soon come to realize how excellent of a decision you made . It can do everything a PC can and more... and look good at the same time.

FYI... If you have the iMac w/ the Intel chip, soon (how soon is debatable) you'll be able to run both windoze and mac software simultaneously on it... although with programs like MS Office, you can already pass files back and forth and work them on either platform.

Here's a couple Mac sites for 'stuff':

What's coming:
http://www.macrumors.com/

Software:
http://www.versiontracker.com/

http://www.concepthouse.com/products/ <--- fluid is the coolest screensaver you'll ever see

http://www.resexcellence.com/ <--- personalize your mac

Oh yeah... and if you want to 'back up' DVD's... get "Mac the Ripper" off of versiontracker.com. You can rip DVD's onto your mac and burn them or store them... for back up purposes of course. Works really well.
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I switched to Mac from PC about a year and a half ago. I wish I'd done it sooner. It took me a couple days to figure stuff out. It's so much more intuitive and straight forward than Winblows is. I use the bundled software for 99% of my computer usage. I bought MS Office and use that instead of Appleworks. I have Firefox for opening pages that don't work well with Safari, but those are few and far between. VLC is good to get since some files don't mesh with Quicktime (really my only complaint). Oh, make sure you download the Windows Media Player and the Stuffit Expander. Both are free on Apple's support site. If you still have a hard time switching to Mac, check out the Apple store nearby (if there is one). They offer free classes to those who are switching over. I never took one, but I hear they are really helpful.

Prior to my iBook, I had two Toshiba laptops. The first one got me through three years of college before kicking the bucket. The second lasted 5 months. My iBook has been been shut down twice since I bought it Aug. 2005. It's never froze or had any problems with compatability. I love it and can't say enough good things about it.
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One of the five things [1] I promise myself eventually when I graduate college is a Mac.

[1]: List of things for now:

1. New vehicle. (probably a hybrid pickup, if they have good horsepower, as I need to tow stuff occasionally.)
2. An Apple XServe with a RAID array. This is for running Cubase and interfacing with toy #3.
3. A Korg OASYS synth.
4. A decent touring bike/recumbent, with a Rohloff hub.
5. Four decent PC servers, which will be used for network stuff as well as program development.

Now come to think about it... I could replace one of the PC servers with a Digidesign DigiDelivery Serv GX... yes, its a glorified FTP server, but it has that cool Pro Tools glow about it...

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Old 02-08-07, 09:13 AM   #11
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I switched to Mac from PC about a year and a half ago. I wish I'd done it sooner. It took me a couple days to figure stuff out. It's so much more intuitive and straight forward than Winblows is. I use the bundled software for 99% of my computer usage. I bought MS Office and use that instead of Appleworks. I have Firefox for opening pages that don't work well with Safari, but those are few and far between. VLC is good to get since some files don't mesh with Quicktime (really my only complaint). Oh, make sure you download the Windows Media Player and the Stuffit Expander. Both are free on Apple's support site. If you still have a hard time switching to Mac, check out the Apple store nearby (if there is one). They offer free classes to those who are switching over. I never took one, but I hear they are really helpful.

Prior to my iBook, I had two Toshiba laptops. The first one got me through three years of college before kicking the bucket. The second lasted 5 months. My iBook has been been shut down twice since I bought it Aug. 2005. It's never froze or had any problems with compatability. I love it and can't say enough good things about it.
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Sounds exactly like my experience. The difference is that I have an iMac and not an iBook. My daughters, 3 and 6 years old, love to use the Photobooth application. They'll wander over and start snapping away.
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Apple Works is OK, but somewhat scaled down in features. If you want the bells and whistles, check out the free OpenOffice (http://www.openoffice.org) instead of taking the commercial route with M$ Office.

If you have no use for the full Office package but just need a versatile word processing application, you might like AbiWord (http://www.abiword.com).

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