New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Switcher Hangout The place for switchers to discuss their new machines, and how to work with OS X. General support can be had here for newbie stuff, like "How do I restart my new iMac?" :)

new (to me) imac


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
Ttaylor394

 
Ttaylor394's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 15, 2011
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 358
Ttaylor394 will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: '10 21.5iMac self update-1TB 16GB-'12 MBP13 self update 1TB 16gb-32GB&16gb iphones-32GB iPad,

Ttaylor394 is offline
I won an autcion on ebay for a 4 month old 21.5 Inch, 3.2g, 8gb, 500gb iMac for 1100 (best offer).

Old computer was ailing to say the least.. dell inspiron 600m.. 2 gb ram maxed, idk botu the cpu.. back light on screen was shot so i had to buy a monitor to plug into it..

We will use the iMac (shipping tuesday i hope) for the usualy, light-mod photo, beginner video, music play, internet movies, Civ 5 gaming, and face time, and maybe student work in the summer.

Couple of questions for the masses..

1. I remember reading a list of 'must have apps' on here that I couldnt seem to find. I know a lot of the entry level stuff.. iphoto, imovie, itunes, vlc. But what are some of the good freebies/paid ones to have? Really need something to open MS Excell and edit it. Our finances are in there.

2. I have a 1TB external Seagate drive, I've been on here before about that being used for Time Machine, but what should i format it as so I can use it?
And after i do that, is it just plug and play via Airport Ex Ba.St.? which i have yet to buy. anybody get that from appple referb? how was it? 180 is A LOT to pay.

3. I'm excited about Lion, I've been shopping for a mac since the release of Snow L. Anything i should know about that?

thanks all
tt
QUOTE Thanks
jkr77

 
jkr77's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 04, 2011
Location: Northern NJ
Posts: 15
jkr77 will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: iMac 27" i7 quad core, 8GB, 2TBHD, ATI 5750

jkr77 is offline
Hello and congrats from one switcher to another. You are going to love your imac.

You will soon likely find that the 'bundled' iLife apps and other apps that come with your mac are outstanding in their own right, but there are certainly plenty of free and paid apps that you have to choose from. Keep in mind that for Excel, you have the option of MS Office for native functionality on OS X. A good list of "must have" apps I found here: 35 Absolutely Essential Mac Apps | Mac.AppStorm This site also adds a great deal of info and review of the apps with some candid feedback from users.

You can let Time Machine format the external HDD for you. Its extremely plug and play and if you have the option of Firewire, use that for improved speed. I dont have any experience with Airport base station.

Good luck to you

iMac 27" i7 quad core / 8GB RAM / 2TB HD / 5750 ATI
QUOTE Thanks
Ttaylor394

 
Ttaylor394's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 15, 2011
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 358
Ttaylor394 will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: '10 21.5iMac self update-1TB 16GB-'12 MBP13 self update 1TB 16gb-32GB&16gb iphones-32GB iPad,

Ttaylor394 is offline
THanks for the input, and it is safe to say I have never heard of any of those apps. haha
QUOTE Thanks
chas_m

 
chas_m's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 22, 2010
Location: Victoria, BC
Posts: 16,191
chas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 2009 MBP, Black speakers, Black Benq second monitor, black(ish) iPhone 5s, Black 2012 iPad, etc.

chas_m is offline
Numbers, part of the iWork suite, will open Excel documents.

So will (of course) Excel, since it was originally a Mac-only program and the Mac version of Office is still a popular choice today.

There's also OpenOffice if you can put up with the ugly (I can't). Does the job.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« can i add pictures option under the go menu | natd and ps3trophycard.com ? »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Transferring Ipod music to iMac tadd5181 Music, Audio, and Podcasting 2 02-07-2010 03:05 PM
The New iMac (merged) EDIT-XTREEM Apple Desktops 7 07-21-2006 04:29 PM
Swap a PowerMac for an iMac? Smileyguy Apple Desktops 4 12-27-2005 11:17 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:47 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?