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About to Buy a Mac - What Do You Recommend?

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  1. J1218

    J1218 Power Member

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    I'm about to purchase a Macbook Pro in a few weeks and want to know which programs and software you all recommend for IM purposes. I've never had a Mac before so I'm not really too sure what to get.

    The main programs I use on my Windows PC are:

    Word
    Excel
    Notepad
    Paint

    I will also need something to make power points and maybe some real simple video stuff.

    I don't do any programming/coding or any hardcore design work, so I don't really need anything that has to do with those.

    I've seen something called iWork and then there's also the basic MS Office for Mac as well. What is the main difference between these 2? They seem pretty similar.

    Also, do I need an anti-virus/firewall? I've heard Macs don't get viruses. Is this wrong? If I do need one, is Norton AV fine? That's what I use now on my Windows PC.

    Another thing I will need to do is set it up to run programs like Scrapebox and SE Nuke. I believe this would be called a Virtual Machine, but I have no idea how to do this. What is a good resource to learn how?

    Is there a way for me to link my Mac to my home PC so that I can run programs on my home PC from another location from my Mac? For example, if I'm at the library with my Mac laptop, can I connect to my PC at home and run some programs on my home PC while I'm not there?

    Anything else you guys recommend is appreciated.

    Sorry for all the questions, but I've never had a Mac so I just want to make sure I have everything covered.

    Thanks.
     
  2. GreenGoblin

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    what's your budget?
     
  3. LeBJon

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    get a pc :p
     
  4. positivcriss

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    You will have all programs you need preinstalled on mac :).
     
  5. J1218

    J1218 Power Member

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    I would like to stay around 2k. Not a big deal if I go a little over though.


    I already have one, hence why I want the Mac.


    Howcome on the website then when I go to customize my Mac, it says that programs like MS Office and iWork are add-ons?
     
  6. RightInTwo

    RightInTwo Power Member

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    I would avoid it. I have a mac right now and my next purchase is going to be a PC since I end up using my old PC for seo programs.
     
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    MS Office and iWork are programs. But you will have them when you will get mac ( come pre installed ).
     
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    I'm thinking of buying a mac too.

    Do they support excel and word?
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  9. seowizards

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    Mac's are quality, i'd advise you to get also vmware so you can use windows on mac, i have 16gb ram imac 1tb hard drive, vmware with windows 7 :) love my imac.

    Might get a macbook soon :)
     
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  10. J1218

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    @jrod: I use a lot of SEO programs as well that are only compatible on PC. I still plan on keeping my PC for home-use and so that I can run those programs, but I want a Macbook so that I can take it with me and do some work outside of the house. I also want to setup a virtual PC on my Mac so that I can run a Windows OS and still use those programs.

    @positivecriss: I wasn't aware that they came pre-installed. The way the Apple website made it out was that you had to purchase them as upgrades.

    @kingmurtaza: Yes they do support excel and word. You can install MS Office on a Mac and it comes with both of those.
     
  11. ExtraWinner

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    Only 20% of software available is for Mac. In my opinion this is just piece of **** overadvertised and targeted to people that need to be different than others to feel good...

    Just my opinion...
     
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  12. J1218

    J1218 Power Member

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    My question was not whether I should get a Mac or not so your response has nothing to do with this thread.

    Everyone I talk to with a Mac likes them and everyone that has switched from a PC to a Mac says they like it much better and won't go back.
     
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    Well, I currently have several MBP's. Couldn't live w/o them. I also have a couple PC's in the house for mundane BS worth less than the time of my Macs. ANYTHING you can do on a PC you can do on a Mac. VMWare. Problem solved. Yes, it runs all MS programs you are discussing.

    iWork is a simplified version of MS Office. Drag-n-Drop. Course, you can obviously get them both for free, so take your pick. OpenOffice is another solid choice. Use it all the time in lieu of MS. And it's free.

    Yes, you can control your PC from your Mac. Teamviewer or logmein would be my recommendations. Both are easy to use. Plug-n-play type programs.

    I've used Macs since 2000. Never had an antivirus software installed on any of my machines. Never needed it. Is it something I worry about? Nope.

    I dig my Macs. But I like my PC's, too. Macs are like a relationship. You care for them. PC's are like sluts you demolish and go pick up another one at pennies on the dollar. If they were both laying on a table, and someone said I could have one, I'd pick the Mac every time.

    All personal experience and opinion. Don't need a Mac vs PC flame war. I could care less as I use both. Just trying to answer some of your questions.
     
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  14. moremoney

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    ExtraWinner's post was about the mac, your thread is about the mac = related. Simples.
     
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  16. J1218

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    Thanks for the detailed response, this is exactly what I was looking for.

    So Team Viewer does work that way huh? I've used it before but only for purposes of support like someone showing me something on my computer. I wasn't sure if somebody had to be present on the other side in order to be able to log into the other computer and start using it or if the person on Team Viewer had full control of the PC.

    The main thing I would need to use something like Team Viewer for is doing SE Nuke or Scrapebox from my Mac on my PC. I wanna be sitting at the library or cafe, log onto my PC from the Mac, setup a SB or SE Nuke blast on my home PC, and then go back to working on the Mac. I can do this right?

    If I can do that, I probably wouldn't even need to use VM Ware since my PC will be used for all these SEO programs and I can do everything else on the Mac.
     
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    I have had Imacs, Macbooks and Macbook Pro's....can't say enough about them.....they all were/are work horses for me...I have windows pcs as well but I prefer to use the Macs every time...

    You won't regret getting a Mac...know one I know EVER has...;)
     
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  18. J1218

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    Yep, that's what I hear from everyone and what made me want to get one myself.
     
  19. pasdoy

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    mac is quality? lol no it isnt. Mac is only a stupid brand with a very, but very good marketing departement. They are abble to make you get a new PC (Yes, its the same stupid shit as a PC) and only put it in a white case and tell you: This, is quality. And you the foos behind your screen you are pretty sure it's different. Yes there is another OS on it, and its the only difference. Processor, power suply, graphic card, etc. is the same as on your actual pc. By your requirements (word and paint), I see you will only be on your VMWare windows. I also assume you are gonna do what ever SEO you do. Have you seen a lot of SEO programs on Mac? So why get anbother PC since you already have one?
     
  20. J1218

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    Well it's not like word, paint, excel, etc. are the ONLY things I use on my PC...I was just throwing out a few examples of what I need. Most of what I do involves being online anyway so technically it doesn't matter if it's a Mac or PC because the internet is no different on either one.

    But, I only have a desktop right now and I've been wanting to get a laptop so I can work on stuff outside of the house. The reason why I want to go with a Mac is because, like I mentioned a few posts up, everyone I've ever talked to that owns a Mac or has made the switch has said they like it much better, so I want to try it out. I've played around with a few of them myself and they do seem pretty cool.

    I'll still be able to do everything with my SEO programs on my PC because it's not like I plan on getting rid of it. I'll just be using both of them.