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Old Mar 7th, 2006, 07:08 PM   #1
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Software Q's.

Keep in mind that all questions are in regard to a MBP. Universal.

I come here because sometimes the workers in the Apple store just really don't know their Apple stuff when asked.

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What software should I use to replace Microsoft Office? (or should I buy Microsoft version for mac?)

What software for AIM, and MSN? (do they include most features such as webcam feed, or file sharing, etc..?)

What software for email?

What software for listening to music? (i assume itunes, any other type of players would be worth a look??)

What for watching dvd's and/or movies? (Quicktime? or are there better players? like divx etc?)
- Will i need any special codecs such as divx or xvid or does Quicktime come with everything?

What web browser is best? (obviously Safari is topnotch, what about mozilla or camio? differences??)
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Old Mar 7th, 2006, 07:22 PM   #2
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What software should I use to replace Microsoft Office? (or should I buy Microsoft version for mac?)
Office for Mac is great. That is what I use

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What software for AIM, and MSN? (do they include most features such as webcam feed, or file sharing, etc..?)
I prefer Adium, it work on many networks [ICQ/MSN/iChat/GTalk]

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What software for listening to music? (i assume itunes, any other type of players would be worth a look??)
iTunes for me

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What for watching dvd's and/or movies? (Quicktime? or are there better players? like divx etc?)
For DVDs use DVD Player [built into OS X] This can take some work. Quicktime is great for MPEG but it can take some work to get some third party codecs going. VLC is another great player.

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What web browser is best? (obviously Safari is topnotch, what about mozilla or camio? differences??)
I use Firefox, a universal binary will be here soon.
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Old Mar 7th, 2006, 08:00 PM   #3
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What software should I use to replace Microsoft Office? (or should I buy Microsoft version for mac?)

What software for AIM, and MSN? (do they include most features such as webcam feed, or file sharing, etc..?)

What software for email?

What software for listening to music? (i assume itunes, any other type of players would be worth a look??)

What for watching dvd's and/or movies? (Quicktime? or are there better players? like divx etc?)
- Will i need any special codecs such as divx or xvid or does Quicktime come with everything?

What web browser is best? (obviously Safari is topnotch, what about mozilla or camio? differences??)
Microsoft Office 2004:Mac remains the best office suite out there despite what you might hear about open source office software, they're ugly, excruciatingly slow, and lack some of the features I use at work such as fields. Mind you, you get what you pay for. If you fancy yourself a creative type who wants beautiful presentation quality documents, iWork '06 is hands down the winner in that department, not a Word replacement but it holds its own. And KeyNote '06 beats PowerPoint any day.

I use MSN for MSN (lol), Yahoo for Yahoo (lol), and iChat for AIM. Adium while a great all-in-one IM client much like Trillian is for Windows, has its obvious drawbacks by being an all-in-one IM client and I do prefer running separate authentic IM clients.

I use Apple Mail for my mail but if you get Office:Mac you have the option to use Entourage as well.

iTunes for music, no competition whatsoever.

I use DVD player to watch DVDs, Quicktime to watch DivX, Mov, and WMV, and VLC to watch ASF files. And if you get a FrontRow enabled computer, you can do DVDs, DivX, Mov, and WMV all from that one awesome program.

Finally I prefer Safari it's just so much faster and has a lot of cool features such as a more powerful RSS client, but I'll fire up Firefox for websites that Safari can't handle, which is fortunately few and far in between.

That's my opinion and hope your transition to Mac computers is a pleasant one.
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Is it true that MSN does not allow videocam?
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Is it true that MSN does not allow videocam?
That is correct. You can use aMSN which will allow you to do video, but no audio.
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Hmm it isn't universal.. i wonder how the webcam would function on mbp..
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iChat only for now is my understanding (for cam)
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