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Hi folks
I recently bought a powerbook
My big issue is that i hate windows
And i dont want to wait for Longhorn
And im looking for an OS that can replace my personell needs
And my companies needs
I need alot of software to work on it that isnt compatible
But i am open to alternatives
MicroSoft Word
MicroSoft Excel
MicroSoft PowerPoint
MicroSoft Outlook
MicroSoft Publisher
MicroSoft Access
MicroSoft Frontpage
MicroSoft OneNote
MicroSoft Visio
MicroSoft Infopath
MicroSoft Project
Roxio Easy Media Creator 7.5
Adobe Photoshop CS2
Adobe ImageReady CS2
Adobe InDesign CS2
Adobe Illustrator CS2
Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Proffesional
Adobe Golive
Adobe Premeire Pro 1.5
Adobe After Effects 6.5
Adobe Encore DVD 1.5
Adobe Audtion 1.5
Adobe InCopy CS2
Adobe PageMaker 7
Macromedia Flash/Shochwave Player
Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004
Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004
Macromedia Breeze
Macromedia Flex 1.5
Macromedia Coldfusion 7 MX
Macromedia Central
Macromedia Roboinfo 5
Macromedia JRUN
Macromedia Freehand MX
Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004
Macromedia Director MX 2004
Macromedia Captivate
Macromedia Robohelp X5
Macromedia Authorware 7
Macromedia Contribute 3
Macromedia Flashpaper 2
Corel Painter 9
Alias Maya Unlimited 6.5
Alias Image Studio 2
Alias Motion Builder Pro
Intuit Quicken Premier 2005
Acronis True Image 8.0
Norton Go Back
Quickbooks 2005 Pro

These are the exact software that my company currently runs on, im willing to convert my company entirely to mac if i can find alternatives that are compatible
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hmm... Adobe are also on mac(adn they just bought Macromedia)... and for M$.. some of them can be replaced by iWork,,, the rest i dont know...

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I believe there are an Apple version of the following:

MicroSoft Word
MicroSoft Excel
MicroSoft PowerPoint
MicroSoft Outlook
Roxio Easy Media Creator 7.5 <- Roxio Toast Titanium
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe ImageReady
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Proffesional
Adobe Premeire Pro 1.5 <- Final Cut Pro
Adobe Encore DVD 1.5 <- DVD Studio Pro
Macromedia Flash/Shochwave Player
Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004
Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004
Macromedia Freehand MX
Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004
Macromedia Director MX 2004
Corel Painter 9
Alias Maya Unlimited 6.5
Intuit Quicken
Quickbooks 2005 Pro

Some one else will either correct me or add to the list.

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Now, really, you could've done this yourself with Google....

Let's see...that's quite a list...
+ MicroSoft Word
+ MicroSoft Excel
+ MicroSoft PowerPoint
* MicroSoft Outlook (Microsoft Entourage)
- MicroSoft Publisher (Pages is a popular replacement)
- MicroSoft Access (FileMaker is a popular replacement)
- MicroSoft Frontpage *shudder*
- MicroSoft OneNote (Word:Mac has a note-taking view, but is not compatible.)
? MicroSoft Visio (Try OmniGraffle Pro)
- MicroSoft Infopath
- MicroSoft Project (Google for "project managment mac")
* Roxio Easy Media Creator 7.5 (Roxio Toast and Jam)
+ Adobe Photoshop CS2
+ Adobe ImageReady CS2
+ Adobe InDesign CS2
+ Adobe Illustrator CS2
+ Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Proffesional
+ Adobe Golive
? Adobe Premeire Pro 1.5 (Try FinalCut Pro or Avid Express DV)
+ Adobe After Effects 6.5
? Adobe Encore DVD 1.5 (Try DVD Studio Pro)
? Adobe Audtion 1.5 (Try BIAS Peak)
+ Adobe InCopy CS2
? Adobe PageMaker 7 (OS 9 only)
+ Macromedia Flash/Shochwave Player
+ Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004
+ Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004
- Macromedia Breeze (viewing only)
- Macromedia Flex 1.5
? Macromedia Coldfusion 7 MX (See Macromedia for details. Alternatively, check out WebObjects, which is available for free from Apple.)
- Macromedia Central
- Macromedia Roboinfo 5
+ Macromedia JRUN
+ Macromedia Freehand MX
+ Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004
+ Macromedia Director MX 2004
- Macromedia Captivate
- Macromedia Robohelp X5
+ Macromedia Authorware 7
+ Macromedia Contribute 3
- Macromedia Flashpaper 2
+ Corel Painter 9
+ Alias Maya Unlimited 6.5
- Alias Image Studio 2
+ Alias Motion Builder Pro
* Intuit Quicken Premier 2005 ("Quicken for Mac")
- Acronis True Image 8.0 (Try Dantz Retrospect)
? Norton Go Back (Not necessary)
+ Quickbooks 2005 Pro

+ Mac version available
- Not available
* Mac version goes by different name
? (Special circumstances, see comments)
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For page layout, consider InDesign, which is far better than PageMaker. Or even RagTime which is quite competent (and there are OS X, OS 9, and Windows versions).

And for MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, the Mac versions are very competent; however, especially in Excel VBA is crippled on the Mac side, because it is based on VB 5, and PivotTables are not as complete, no PivotCharts, and no ActiveX support (for Control toolbox items). But for 98% of what people use these programs for, you won't find any problems. And you might like the interface much better.
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Now, really, you could've done this yourself with Google....

Let's see...that's quite a list...
+ MicroSoft Word
+ MicroSoft Excel
+ MicroSoft PowerPoint
* MicroSoft Outlook (Microsoft Entourage)
- MicroSoft Publisher (Pages is a popular replacement)
- MicroSoft Access (FileMaker is a popular replacement)
- MicroSoft Frontpage *shudder*
- MicroSoft OneNote (Word:Mac has a note-taking view, but is not compatible.)
? MicroSoft Visio (Try OmniGraffle Pro)
- MicroSoft Infopath
- MicroSoft Project (Google for "project managment mac")
* Roxio Easy Media Creator 7.5 (Roxio Toast and Jam)
+ Adobe Photoshop CS2
+ Adobe ImageReady CS2
+ Adobe InDesign CS2
+ Adobe Illustrator CS2
+ Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Proffesional
+ Adobe Golive
? Adobe Premeire Pro 1.5 (Try FinalCut Pro or Avid Express DV)
+ Adobe After Effects 6.5
? Adobe Encore DVD 1.5 (Try DVD Studio Pro)
? Adobe Audtion 1.5 (Try BIAS Peak)
+ Adobe InCopy CS2
? Adobe PageMaker 7 (OS 9 only)
+ Macromedia Flash/Shochwave Player
+ Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004
+ Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004
- Macromedia Breeze (viewing only)
- Macromedia Flex 1.5
? Macromedia Coldfusion 7 MX (See Macromedia for details. Alternatively, check out WebObjects, which is available for free from Apple.)
- Macromedia Central
- Macromedia Roboinfo 5
+ Macromedia JRUN
+ Macromedia Freehand MX
+ Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004
+ Macromedia Director MX 2004
- Macromedia Captivate
- Macromedia Robohelp X5
+ Macromedia Authorware 7
+ Macromedia Contribute 3
- Macromedia Flashpaper 2
+ Corel Painter 9
+ Alias Maya Unlimited 6.5
- Alias Image Studio 2
+ Alias Motion Builder Pro
* Intuit Quicken Premier 2005 ("Quicken for Mac")
- Acronis True Image 8.0 (Try Dantz Retrospect)
? Norton Go Back (Not necessary)
+ Quickbooks 2005 Pro

+ Mac version available
- Not available
* Mac version goes by different name
? (Special circumstances, see comments)
So nice neat and organized, goog job, looks time consuming lol

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So nice neat and organized, goog job, looks time consuming lol
I agree.

Is it wrong to argue that you should stay on Windows? Eyeballing it that is about 9K worth of software. And chances are with a load out like that you have a fairly good box to boot. I like OS X and all that but you seem to have a rig pretty tweaked for your needs. Why switch platforms and go through an extreme investment in software, hardware, and configuration not to mention adjusting your workflow all at the same time?

Keep your PC and move peices of your workflow over to the PowerBook rather than going cold turkey. This way you can taste the waters and see how they are rather than pounding your head against 30 learning curves at once.
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those are great ideas thanx
as for the complete switch
i have most of these pieces of software
but not all of it
im going to get the software for my business
the money isnt a big issue for me
the ones that are alternatives are they compatible with the more popular format
and
what do you think about virtual PC
i notices nobody mentioned that
im looking to replace all of my companies computers with macs when leopard comes out
i want to ride out the current hardware as much as possible
for now i want to try out a few laptops and desktops on my own
on a long term basis to see how it will work
i visit the apple store every now and then
but living with an apple is quite differnt
im wondering wat would you suggest laptop, desktop, and server wise for my needs
i wont be using all of this software, its mostly for my employees
but the office, some adobe and macromedia and the accounting software will be used intensly
i want to have those other apps on my computer either way
just in case i need to veiw something
but productivity is my main usage
thanx
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So nice neat and organized, goog job, looks time consuming lol
I should note that that list may contain errors. Much of it is from memory, which is why I was able to come up with it so quickly.

As for VPC...I wouldn't count on it for daily use. It's like having all the disadvantages of Windows piled on those of a Mac, only at really painful speeds. Maybe for one or two apps, once or twice a week, but not for daily production use.
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i forgot to mention
what about developer suites
a program that allows app devel. for : mac - windows - linux
thanx
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i forgot to mention
what about developer suites
a program that allows app devel. for : mac - windows - linux
thanx
REALBasic (http://www.realsoftware.com/products/)

Or Java. Don't discount Java, especially on the Mac.
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I was gunna scream Linux but then I read the list.
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If your a business why dont you lease a couple of macs first?

that way they will help you when you tell them what s/w your running in winblows
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