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Autodesk is bringing Mudbox, AliasStudio and Toxic to the Mac this year. Rhino is coming to the Mac at some point. All these are CG related. What other PC centric products need to come to the Mac in order to grow market share? AutoCad would be a nice addition. 3DS Max another.
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I would rather see Boot Camp work without issues instead. I like Mac OS and don't like the idea of Safari starting to resemble Windows. Yuck! I have bad eyesight and that is the only reason I use a Mac. I have Windows 7 Beta running via Boot Camp. It is okay, but still not as clean a look as Mac OS X. I don't care for iTunes and would like more options. Also, renting audiobooks from my local library has just now become compatible with the Mac. The choices are limited. I am frustrated when things just don't work on the Mac. I would like to see Apple make an option for Windows 7 pre-loaded on a Mac, with all the bugs worked out. Maybe a special version of Windows, optimized for Boot Camp.
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http://www.samplitude.com/eng/seq/

Sequoia. Master audio app.
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More native (Cocoa) dual pane file managers. I know, ForkLift is there already, yet I'd appreciate a better one, being extensible by plugins.

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After more thought, I would have to add SolidWorks to the list.
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Autodesk is bringing Mudbox, AliasStudio and Toxic to the Mac this year. Rhino is coming to the Mac at some point. All these are CG related. What other PC centric products need to come to the Mac in order to grow market share? AutoCad would be a nice addition. 3DS Max another.

Great to see Autodesk moving AliasStudio [formerly only Unix] to OS X. Nice start, but until AutoCAD arrives, there won't be the big porting for Pro/E, Ansys 11, CATIA and the rest which naturally follows in similar circles.

If Altair would bring products to bear fruit besides just buying SolidThinking would be a plus.
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I would love to see Microsoft Access included as part of Mac Office, but I doubt we will ever see it.
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a nice GPS mapping program similar to MS streets and trips would be nice. I tried map buddy but the UI was a little clunky to use.
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I second the mapping software request -- but not necessarily one that needs GPS. I used to use Delorme Street Atlas, and it was fabulous! Much better than the MS app. We really need a good mapping app.
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Great to see Autodesk moving AliasStudio [formerly only Unix] to OS X. Nice start, but until AutoCAD arrives, there won't be the big porting for Pro/E, Ansys 11, CATIA and the rest which naturally follows in similar circles.

Here is an Autodesk survey about how or if to put AutoCad on the Mac. I think it is safe to say that in 2009 Autodesk is serious about the Mac now.

http://architosh.com/2009/04/autodes...on-of-autocad/
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I would love to see Microsoft Access included as part of Mac Office, but I doubt we will ever see it.

I second that!!!

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Every game needs compatibility with mac, and allow multiplayer cross-platform. Ah but such is a dream.
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Dragon Naturally Speaking, for the love of God. I have a manual to write and I need something good.
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http://www.samplitude.com/eng/seq/

Sequoia. Master audio app.

Sorry dude but Logic beats the pants off this...
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I would love to see Microsoft Access included as part of Mac Office, but I doubt we will ever see it.

We actually used to have access on the Mac. it was good, but then Microsoft pulled the plug on it stating something about the code being too old!
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Microsoft Windows Journal Viewer, or at least something that can read jnt files.
I had to start Windows in a VM because my instructor used a Tablet PC and the notes, and homeworks were posted in jnt.
If there are such apps, please let me know.

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MacSpeech's Dictate is built with the same recognition engine used by DNS.


My suggestions:

ACT would accelerate the adoption of Mac into business far more than anything else.
A Streets and Trips GPS solution, as first proposed by axxman.


It's funny how short this list is. Even five years ago, it would have been far different.
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MacSpeech's Dictate is built with the same recognition engine used by DNS.


My suggestions:

ACT would accelerate the adoption of Mac into business far more than anything else.
A Streets and Trips GPS solution, as first proposed by axxman.


It's funny how short this list is. Even five years ago, it would have been far different.

ACT is a good one, although web-based competitors like SalesForce.com and SugarCRM are gaining in popularity.

SugarCRM in particular is really taking off because it offers a free opensource edition.

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It's funny how short this list is. Even five years ago, it would have been far different.

QFT !

I remember there being a few PC apps that I just pined for and now I struggle to think of any that I want that cannot be replicated on Macs.

I'd say most of it are apps that rip HD-DVD or Blu-ray discs. DVD ripping is cake nowadays.
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post #20 of 26
More CAD programs would certainly help.

I would say a big thing would be a full-featured version of MS Office, including programmability.

I have iWork at home, but I don't really have much personal need and it always suffices. My wife uses it more than me, but gets frustrated because she also uses MS Office at work and on our PC, and has a hard time moving back and forth.

However, at work I am a bit of an MS Office Power user. I do a fair amount of VBA work (mostly Excel) and have used Access regularly - although moving up to SQL. We use Visio all the time, and getting going with Infopath (Cool, but still not very mature). Looking at using Visual Studio Tools for Office in the future. I bring my ancient Dell to it's knees almost daily!

But of course, this is not in Microsoft's best interests, so it will never happen... Even if it's not strictly necessary for most people (iWork and OpenOffice seem good), I think this is one of the biggest barriers to widespread business adoption of Macs.

BTW, I actually like the Ribbon in Office 2007, I just wish it was consistently used.
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VirtuaGirl is an app Mac users don't get. Desktop-based strippers are sorely missed.

I guess some accounting software would be good too but strippers first so that the accounting isn't so boring.

Sage and Quickbooks. I know that Quickbooks has a Mac version but it's only really good for the US AFAIK.

Proper thin client support perhaps even for running an OS X desktop from ultra-thin client PCs. It would be cool to have just one Mac, maybe a low end quad Mac Pro for an office of say 10 people who do email and web browsing that centralizes the data and keeps costs down. Obviously Apple wouldn't be too happy with this as you'd be spending £1900 with them and 10 x £100 PCs = £2900 but it sure beats buying 10 x £500 Minis + 10 x £100 displays = £6000.

The costs could be cut down even further on the thin client setup.
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I second the mapping software request -- but not necessarily one that needs GPS. I used to use Delorme Street Atlas, and it was fabulous! Much better than the MS app. We really need a good mapping app.

Definitely!!!!!!!!

Whatever happened to Route 66? You can't even tell they used to make Mac map software now on their site. You'd think they'd make an iPhone app at least. Also it's too bad DeLorme disappeared. Both had poor interfaces but they got the job done. There is nothing like them now. I still fire up Route 66 2004 sometimes but its dataset is showing its age, since, well, roads have changed.

ESRI bring us ArcGIS!! With a Mac interface! I can dream...that and AutoCAD would be great. And Access.

Anyone else here do GIS? I'm thinking of doing a MS in geography with a focus on GIS and GPS. Making maps is just fun, especially when you collect the data personally and then map it.
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post #24 of 26
I'd be happy if Microsoft/Apple just made Office play nice with Spaces.
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Clone DVD, Clone DVD Mobile and Any DVD If anyone doesnt know what they are, one removes all CSS keys etc from DVD/HDDVD and BluRay and the other allows copying and re-encoding of DVD/HDDVD and BluRay.
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iBank 3.4.2 is so far, IMO, the closest finance app on Mac to what MS Money offers. You can try a demo out to see if it fits. www.iggsoftware.com

I've used it for about 4 months and have been very happy with it. the developers are quick to respond/fix issues and implement suggestions.

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