New Mac buyer with questions...

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  1. NCTRNL

    NCTRNL New Member

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    I am going to be buying a 17 Inch powerbook around the first of the year and I was just wondering about the software that comes with this. I have never purchased a Macintosh before. PC's come with all kinds of software and it really doesn't seem like the Mac will come with much. What kind of word processing programs will the it come with? Will I have to purchase MS Office for Mac separately? Just a newbie to the Mac world asking questions. Also, I know it comes with iMovie but is that really a very good video editing program for making your own DVD's?
     
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    NCTRNL New Member

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    So you can't just buy the Mac version of Office? Does the Appleworks have a worthwhile word processing program that can save in .doc files?
     
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    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    I think he just meant that regardless of PC or Mac, you have to pay for Office, as nobody really includes Office for free. You can usually get it pre-installed, but you're still paying for it.

    What do you need Office for?

    AppleWorks will most likely do what you need.

    But, to answer your questions, you can definitely buy the Mac version of Office seperately from the PC version (that's the only way it's sold, actually).

    ...and the Word processor in AppleWorks will work fine for most folks and will (last time I used it) save a .doc file fine.
     
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    Okay good, yeah that's what I kind of found out when I did some searching. I guess if I need a more intensive version like Office, I can always buy the student version that is much cheaper. You guys make a good point about Office, though, I guess you do always have to pay for it. I have just never purchased a Mac before so it is a little weird trying to figure out what I will get with it.
     
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    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    ...and iMovie and iDVD are both pretty capable, though Apple offers pro equivalents of both for those who need more than what iMovie and iDVD have to offer.
     
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    Yeah, I am just starting out so I definitely won't need anything more advanced than that right now. I can't wait till I can buy mine. Maybe something even better will be out by January when I buy it.
     
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    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    It's entirely possible.
     
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    Great decision. You'll love your powerbook. I know I do. :bigthumb:
     
  10. dmora

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    Here is all the software that comes preinstalled on the Mac.
    http://www.apple.com/powerbook/software.html

    I would suggested getting the student version of office. It will work fine and you can do everything you need "Office Related" between macs and PCs with it.
    :)

    In terms of the other software, its all the best in the industry. Video with iMovie, iDVD, photography with iPhoto, music with Garage Band and iTunes and the usual built in internet software.

    Hardware, Apple ALWAYS releases new product at MacWorld in Jan and WWDC in the Summer.
    If you are buying around that time, wait till MacWorld.
     
  11. dmora

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    :werd:
    However, i didnt like the 17" because its just not portable at all! :hs:
    15" is great, and i use an external monitor for extra needed space.
     
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    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    i agree. i finally gave in and bought my first Windows laptop (Athlon64 Mobile) and i looked at several of the 17" widescreen jobs, but ended up going with a 15" widescreen also. It's just right, especially given that it has a 1920 x 1200 capable video card in it - the same max resolution as the 23" Cinema Display, but slightly more portable. :)

    The 17" PowerBook would be good if it ws your only machine and you didn't have to lug it around much. Hopefully, they'll put higher res cards in them soon. I'm spoiled by this 1920 x 1200 now.
     
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    iMovie and iDVD are all you're probably going to need. If you need a more advanced video editor you can pick up Final Cut Express. It's a pretty good prosumer piece of software.
     
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    Yeah, I am definitely thinking about the 15" PB instead. I just don't know. The 15" would definitely fit better. That is probaby what I will end up going with.
     
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    um, I don't think Appleworks ships with Apple's pro machines. You should check on that before buying. Get office anyway though :o
     
  17. dmora

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    As well, LaCie has a sale on some of their 22" Electron Blue Trinitron monitors for CHEEP!
     
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    acabrera Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

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    no native version until 2006
     
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    Does anyone know if they make a docking station to use at home and plug in a keyboard and mouse into?
     
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    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    Apple doesn't but there are several third-party vendors who do.
     
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    And they work pretty well? I think I found one made by a company called Bookendz.
     
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    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    Yes. It's a pretty low-tech accessory if you think about it.
     
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    Yeah, I guess there isn't much to them really. Just don't understand why Apple wouldn't make one.
     
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    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    They did on some older models, but they aren't really necessary now with USB and Firewire being plug and play..and if you have a WiFi network and get a bluetooth keyboard and mouse for your desk, you wouldn't have to plug anything in except maybe an extra monitor. :)
     
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    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    ...and I'm speaking from experience. I bought the fancy schmancy desktop dock/stand for the Compaq laptop I bought recently and I've used it once so far. It's just not necessary since I already have WiFi for the network connection and I bought a portable wireless mouse that plugs into the USB connection when I want to use it instead of the touchpad. The only cords that ever get plugged into it are the power cord and occasionall the video and audio out if I want to watch something from my laptop on my TV.
     

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