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Hello everyone,
I am very new to the world of Mac and I have a few questions for you all.
1. Am I understanding this right, in order to do much of anything with Microsoft Office files I am going to have to a.buy Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac or b.buy a full version of Microsoft XP Home or Pro to use with Boot Camp? Are there any Mac programs that come standard with the Mac Pro that are as good (or better) than MS Office? If I create a resume on a standard MAC program and email it to someone, will they be able to open it on a PC?
2. Do any of you have a account with .Mac? If so is it worth it? It seems interesting to me, but I don't really want to waste a lot of money on a membership I am not going to use a month from now?
3. Last but not least. Since I started looking into getting a Mac I have read a ton about them being sooo safe. So with that being the case, do I need to be installing McAfee on my system? Is it even possible to install Mcafee on a Mac? Do I need virus protectors, firewalls, etc. or are those tings built in to the Mac OS system?
OK, you all have a good one and thanks in advance for all of your help!
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1. OpenOffice for Mac can read and edit Microsoft Word (.doc) files, and is completely free!

2. I don't, because I don't have a Mac yet, but I find .Mac to be unneeded in most cases. You probably won't use it that much, so I don't really think it is worth it, but it's all preference.

3. No, probably not. You may want too, but it really isn't needed. You probably won't have any issues.

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Thanks for the reply!
Also, I just found the Switchers Hangout section of this forum, I think I'll go spend some time in there!
Later,
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Thats what I am doing. If you have any more questions, ask away!

You may want to check out Switch 101 when you get your new system. I don't have a Mac yet, but I found it very useful.

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Welcome Callen 727! I'll try to help with some of your questions:
1. There are several word processing apps that are very good. I don't know of a standard one, you'd have to buy what fits your needs best. I personally use iwork (and love it) but if you need MS office, you'll need to buy it for Mac. And yes, you can e-mail anything that you create on your Mac to a PC.

2. When you buy a Mac it should come with a free trial. I used my trial then decided I didn't need it. If you're going to need a web page or sync your mail between computers and other things it offers then it would be worth it. For me it wasn't but everyone does different things with their computers.
3. You don't need any virus protection on your Mac but you might get some answers from others here that might recommend some free ones. Mac doesn't get viruses though so you wouldn't want to waste your $'s on buying one.
Hope this helps. Come back often and good luck with your new Mac purchase.

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You don't need any virus protection on your Mac but you might get some answers from others here that might recommend some free ones. Mac doesn't get viruses though so you wouldn't want to waste your $'s on buying one.
To clarify this a little... Macs certainly are capable of getting a virus. NO computer is immune to viruses.
Currently, there are no viruses for Mac OS X (and there hasn't been any since it was released over 6 years ago), but that doesn't mean that they can't, don't or won't ever get them.
Will you be safe without any AV protection? Yeah, you probably would be.
Just don't fall into the myth that Macs are somehow impervious to virus attacks because it simply isn't true.

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I switched in October last year . I used the following book and this forum to get started.

the "Missing Manual" series of books
This one explains the whole switching to Mac senerio

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Switching-Ma...3256607&sr=8-2

It is well written, not like some of the Dummies books you can get on the same subject

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1. As long as you use a compatible formats, you can exchange files. I always use PDF when sending documents I don't need other people to edit, because PDF is bound to work on any computer. Even DOC files may not open on a PC, because Office isn't on all PC's either.

If you make a document with a certain program, your counterpart needs the same or a similar program to open it. Always check with your counterparts if your sending special kind of files.

2. There is a free trial-period for .mac on the Apple website. I tested it and found I hardly use any of the features at this point, but maybe later when I'm at college and have two Macs. Test it out.

3. No. Simply, no. Don't even go there.

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Hello
i am a rookie here 2. I want to know that do openoffice support other languages like Chinese or Japanese? Thx.:tusks:
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To clarify this a little... Macs certainly are capable of getting a virus. NO computer is immune to viruses.
Currently, there are no viruses for Mac OS X (and there hasn't been any since it was released over 6 years ago), but that doesn't mean that they can't, don't or won't ever get them.
Will you be safe without any AV protection? Yeah, you probably would be.
Just don't fall into the myth that Macs are somehow impervious to virus attacks because it simply isn't true.
As good as impervious though! Nothing in life is certain, but no viruses during the six years is good enough for me to not even think about virus protection.
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