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  1. #1
    mh10190
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    I want to switch, but
    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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    Thanx,
    Michael

  2. #2
    I want to switch, but
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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...
    - It's like - he was got - they'd just like. It was like so hush hush. They were so... quiet about it. And then the next thing you know...

  3. #3
    I want to switch, but
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    Cool
    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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  4. #4
    I want to switch, but

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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)

  5. #5
    I want to switch, but

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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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    I want to switch, but
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    Quote Originally Posted by technologist
    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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  7. #7
    Kokopelli
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    Quote Originally Posted by PowerBookG4
    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.

  8. #8
    mh10190
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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

  9. #9
    I want to switch, but

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    Quote Originally Posted by PowerBookG4
    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.

  10. #10
    mh10190
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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 want to switch, but
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    To replace Onenote try this



    http://www.circusponies.com/safari.aspx

  12. #12
    I want to switch, but

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    Quote Originally Posted by mh10190
    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.

  13. #13
    I want to switch, but
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    ibook G4 12 inch running mac os 10.4 with: 60 gb HD+256 mb ram+Radeon 9200
    I was gunna scream Linux but then I read the list.

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    I want to switch, but
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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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