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Should you buy a Mac?

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Elliott

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After the Vista fiasco (no driver for the HP 2200) I decided
to buy a friend a iMac....and because I was a good boy
this year, I got a MacBook Pro for Christmas (she knew a
Apple employee who bought 10 of them, so got a really good
price).

Mac is foreign territory to me, but bought VMware
Fusion, and after I figured out how to start it, I
loaded my PC programs, namely SFREP, and the
thing really runs sweet. Faster than any PC I've
ran. And so far I've not had a total freeze, either
in XP or Mac 10-Leopard.

I might even buy a iMac someday, especially since
Vista is now known as ME II.
 

Couch Potato

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Enjoy it Elliot. I've been using a Mac exclusively for more than a year now.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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:rof:

I bought a laptop with ME...didn't work period. Finally installed XP and it works much better.

However I can only dream of a machine that handles graphics fast and does not lock up. My next machine will be a Mac. I will "pass" on Vista.
 

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I love my Mac; I just haven't figured it out completely yet. I've ordered the program Parallels so that I can access MLS through Explorer as well as install some programs that I've been running on windows that won't otherwise install.

I love the widgets portion of the screen. It totally sucks my time away with the games I have installed though....
 

Abester

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Please post your experience with Parallels (when you have some). I've long contemplated the Mac, but I'm too used to MS Office.
 

Couch Potato

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Office is readily available.

Please post your experience with Parallels (when you have some). I've long contemplated the Mac, but I'm too used to MS Office.
Word and Excel were originally written for the Mac. Although one would be wise to wait a couple weeks for the release of the new version scheduled for this month, a desire to use MS Office is not a barrier to using a Mac.
 

Elliott

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Don't know about Parallels, went with VMware's Fusion, cause,
as I understand it, it isn't a dual boot. I've played with
Mac Excel & Numbers, but they were too slow trying to contend with
a 3 Meg spreadsheet--though I probably should convert most of
it to text since it is static data.

When I tried Office 2007 under Vista, of course I lost my macros,
so didn't like that. Apple's mail program is as good as Outlook.
I think I'll probably load Excel 2003 on the XP side of the Mac.
 

Couch Potato

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Try CrossOver

I now have ClickFORMS running on my Mac without windows. I tried CrossOver last year at about this time, and the program was disappointing to say the least. I gave it another try recently, and it is much, much better. I now use CrossOver regularly for web sites that need Internet Explorer for Windows and have now installed and successfully used ClickFORMS using CrossOver. I have not yet installed and tested any of the typical sketch programs, but mapping and photo management work as expected. PDF creation works normally, with the file popping open in preview when made.

My Mac is running the latest version on the Mac OS with all updates installed. CrossOver can be installed as a fully functional demo, and is only $40 for the license. I strongly suggest giving it a try. I will post more details of success or failure as it occurs.
 

Randall Garrett

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CP,

Let me know if you have any issues with Apex or any of our other programs and I'll try to address them right away.

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