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Hey guys,

Knowing very little about mac's I recently bought the 24" imac. To a certain extent i feel like apple gives you a very basic piece of equipment for the amount of $ i spent. Office is approx. 500$?? Gimme a break. If i want Final Cut, Final Draft, Office and a few other programs, how much money am i going to need to spend on software? Can't i get these off torent sites?
Why the SAM HILL MICHIGAN don't they give you a program like office and sell garage band, photo booth and these other useless applications seperately? im enraged and am seriously considering returning this thing.
With tax i spent $2,200, if i have to spend another k on software im taking a dump in the apple store.

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Um... you spent all that $ before knowing what you were spending it on?
No other OS maker gives big apps for free.

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Um... you spent all that $ before knowing what you were spending it on?
No other OS maker gives big apps for free.
I guess one should never assume anything but i thought that i would at least get a program where i could write documents. Not a computer full of games for kids. I'm sure the computer is amazing once you buy the programs you like but then drop the price tag on the thing.
It's like saying "here's your lamborghini for 250k, it has an engine but the seats, steering wheel, gas pedal, guages and everything else is extra."
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Hey guys,

Knowing very little about mac's I recently bought the 24" imac. To a certain extent i feel like apple gives you a very basic piece of equipment for the amount of $ i spent. Office is approx. 500$?? Gimme a break. If i want Final Cut, Final Draft, Office and a few other programs, how much money am i going to need to spend on software? Can't i get these off torent sites?
Why the f*ck don't they give you a program like office and sell garage band, photo booth and these other useless applications seperately? im enraged and am seriously considering returning this thing.
With tax i spent $2,200, if i have to spend another k on software im taking a dump in the apple store.

Have you forgotten that you received the following free and with your purchase???

iMovie
iPhoto
iDVD
GarageBand
iTunes
Bootcamp
etc.

Not to mention the absolute plethora of high quality opensource/freeware apps available to Mac users. Check out the FREE alternative to MS office... OpenOffice or NeoOffice... also check out iWork... $79 direct from Apple.. cheaper elsewhere.

Textedit.. is a word processor... VERY basic though.
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if you want to save some bucks get the student copy of MS office for mac. you can find it for 130-150. it comes with 3 licenses. The other option is iwork. It is an apple program that is the equivalent of MS office. It will set you back around 80 bucks.

Although i have both, there is no need to have both
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To be honest with you i had no clue that i got all these things. I got the mac because i knew that it was a computer that would compliment my creative side. What free apps are you talking about?
do they offer a crash course on macs because i am literally the biggest noob.
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Also, a few friends who have macs were saying that you can download a ton of these expensive programs from torrent sites? is this legit or will i end up with a virus on my computer?
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Apple don't have to GIVE you anything, saying that however they do.......they GIVE you the iLife suite, the best suite of its kind. They GIVE you OS 10.5, the most stable, user friendly & secure OS on the market & they GIVE you a life without windows which is worth more than any money you could spend.

That said if its not for you, you just need to return it & spend the money on something that is.
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It comes with TextEdit at least, which can read/write word docs.

Look in the folder /Applications/ for apps that you can use. If you see some you don't know, look it up in google or post here "what does XYZ.app do?". We'll help you out.
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Apple don't have to GIVE you anything, saying that however they do.......they GIVE you the iLife suite, the best suite of its kind. They GIVE you OS 10.5, the most stable, user friendly & secure OS on the market & they GIVE you a life without windows which is worth more than any money you could spend.

That said if its not for you, you just need to return it & spend the money on something that is.

What the PRANCING PINK PONIES is ilife suite? I've been browsing around my mac and have found garageband, photobooth, imovie, idvd and all that stuff but no ilife suite.
don't get me wrong, i like the computer alot i was just stunned when i realized how much more $ it would cost to get a couple of programs that i like.
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What kind of functionality are you looking for? What do you want to be able to do with your computer?
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What kind of functionality are you looking for? What do you want to be able to do with your computer?
Ideally i'd like to be able to write some screenplays (i hear Final Draft is good), edit a few movies, make some music and play around with sone graphic design. How much of this can i teach myself?
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Also, what is this i hear about a program that allows you to run windows on your mac??
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Apple don't have to GIVE you anything, saying that however they do.......they GIVE you the iLife suite, the best suite of its kind. They GIVE you OS 10.5, the most stable, user friendly & secure OS on the market & they GIVE you a life without windows which is worth more than any money you could spend.

That said if its not for you, you just need to return it & spend the money on something that is.
In your opinion why is OS so superior to windows?
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Parallels and VMware allow you to run Windows WITHIN the Mac Operating System.

Bootcamp helps you through the process of partitioning your Hard Drive and running Windows natively on a separate partition.
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