Windows vs Mac: Detailed Experiment

in General Discussion edited January 2014
So, I'm a long time Windows user who has never owned a Mac. I've set out to find out what the Mac is all about and if the saying of "It just works." really holds true. Start at the beginning and follow my journey into the world of Apple.


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    nvidia2008nvidia2008 Posts: 9,262member
    Welcome, and good luck.
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    nvidia2008nvidia2008 Posts: 9,262member
    Specs are good, but also other stuff. My comments to your blog in blue

    Web Surfing

    Internet Explorer 7 -> Mac: Safari

    Use Safari3 Beta, Firefox latest, and/or Camino


    Outlook 2007 -> Mac: Tige rMail 2 or Outlook 2004 for Mac?

    You mean Entourage Office 2004 for Mac. You may like Tiger Apple Mail

    Office Applications

    Office 2007 -> Mac: MS Office 2004; What about Access? I guess this may be the one thing I would be forced to boot into Windows for?

    Firstly, try iWork'08. Pages whips Word, Numbers is killer, and Keynote makes PowerPoint look infantile. Don't boot into Windows, explore Parallels and VMWare Fusion.


    Trillian Astra -> Mac: Adium?

    Various opinions abound, but Adium is an interesting start

    Web Development

    Macromedia DreamWeaver 8 (compatible for Mac OS X)

    for Adobe, use CS3 suite for best experience. It's smooth and fast.


    iTunes (duh, it's compatible)

    ...and nicer than the Windows version... you'll see.

    Photo Management

    Picasa 2 -> Mac: iPhoto looks like it will have all the features I need, plus there is a Picasa plug-in for iPhoto that will let me upload my pictures to my Picasa Web Albums that I use frequently.

    Nice. Get up to speed with iPhoto '08, and check for Picasa Web Albums compatibility. There are also various plugins for different online photo hosting stuff, I believe.

    Photo Editing

    Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 (compatible for Mac OS X)

    You can pretty much use iPhoto '08. Otherwise, PhotoshopCS3. I hate to sound like a Mac Snob, but Photoshop Elements is .... heh...

    Video Editing

    Adobe Premier Elements 3.0 -> Mac: iMovie; It looks like Apple has some pretty decent movie editing/creation software out of the box. I am anxious to test this out.

    I think you will be blown away by iMovie '08. Be sure to get a FireWire or "i.Link" camcorder for best experience...

    Remote Desktop

    I use Windows Remote Desktop client frequently to control a remote server. Microsoft has a beta version of the client out now for the Mac which will allow me to accomplish the same tasks.

    I would suggest explore free or paid options from Also note the VNC viewer "Chicken of The VNC" ...

    PDA/Phone Sync

    Now called Windows Mobile Device Center in Vista, I need some software for Mac that will sync my MS Mobile Windows 5.0 phone/pda to my computer. I am going to try this one out first: The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile

    Yup, try out Missing Sync... Eventually, get an iPhone ??

    Financial Management

    MS Money 2007 -> Mac: Quicken? I'm not excited about having to change.

    ...Hmm... changing to the Mac will prove worth it overall, I think.

    What I would strongly recommend is you run WindowsXP2Pro in Parallels Desktop 3.0+ or VMWare Fusion 1.0+ . Bootcamp is useful for gaming, no doubt. But in non-gaming areas, having your Mac side by side with Windows apps will provide you a smooth transition and provide a large margin for peace-of-mind.
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    vineavinea Posts: 5,585member
    Hmm...about the only thing out of the MS Office suite I need via parallels/vmware/bootcamp is Outlook for better Exchange support. Entourage...meh IMHO.
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    nvidia2008nvidia2008 Posts: 9,262member
    I would say I agree. has a pretty good write-up, mainly the comments are quite incisive.

    At this stage, mostly either one would stick with Office2004, or simply switch to iWork'08. I know I have.

    The middle ground of the laggy and memory hogging Office2004 (well, admittedly because of Rosetta), or Office2008 with no macros, VBA, and whose main feature is "compatibility"... yeah, Office2004/2008 will be pretty irrelevant by end of 2008. Which is probably when Office2008 will probably be released ...

    Yeah, either iWork'08 or full Office2003/2007 in Parallels or VMWare. Or both.
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    Thanks for all the great feedback guys! I am sure I will have more questions once the machine actually shows up.
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    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    Good advice all around, but on the subject of iMovie:

    The latest iMovie in iLife '08 is a movie-organization tool (think iPhoto for clips), which the old iMovie was *completely* missing, but the actual editing features have, apparently, been reduced a bit. Apple is offering the old iMovie '06 for free as a download for those who need/prefer the old editing tools. RHI that the new iMovie will be getting those tools RSN, but just FYI.

    Obviously, that last sentence needs more acronyms. And, a disclaimer: I don't own iLife '08, so I'm going by hearsay here.
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    trobertstroberts Posts: 702member
    Originally Posted by Kickaha View Post

    Apple is offering the old iMovie '06 for free as a download for those who need/prefer the old editing tools.

    I think iMovie HD is being offered for free because the system requirements for iMovie '08 are so steep, a G5 or Intel processor, that people with a G4 powered mac wouldn't purchase iLife '08.
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    royboyroyboy Posts: 449member
    Originally Posted by troberts View Post

    I think iMovie HD is being offered for free because the system requirements for iMovie '08 are so steep, a G5 or Intel processor, that people with a G4 powered mac wouldn't purchase iLife '08.

    Not according to what Apple says. It is only for those who have purchased and installed iLife '08. Now when you download iMovie HD 6, has Apple inserted a check to see if iLife ?08 is installed and if not then iMovie HD 6 will not run?


    About iMovie HD 6

    iMovie HD 6, previously distributed with iLife ?06, is available for download for those who have purchased and installed iLife ?08

    System Requirements

    * Mac OS X 10.3.9

    * Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later

    * Mac OS X 10.4.4 recommended

    * iLife '08

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