Friday, August 24, 2007

What do I use your my computer for?

This is more of a checklist for me to follow to make sure I have everything researched as to how it will work on a Mac but it might be interesting for readers as well who do similiar tasks.

My fundamentals are web surfing, email, office applications, calendar/contact/task management and chatting. Outside of those I use web development tools, games and application development.

Here's a look at some of the details:

Web Surfing
Internet Explorer 7 -> Mac: Safari

Outlook 2007 -> Mac: Tige rMail 2 or Outlook 2004 for Mac?

Office Applications
Office 2007 -> Mac: MS Office 2004; What about Access? I guess this may be the one thing I would be forced to boot into Windows for?

Trillian Astra -> Mac: Adium?

Web Development
Macromedia DreamWeaver 8 (compatible for Mac OS X)

iTunes (duh, it's compatible)

Photo Management
Picasa 2 -> Mac: iPhoto looks like it will have all the features I need, plus there is a Picasa plug-in for iPhoto that will let me upload my pictures to my Picasa Web Albums that I use frequently.

Photo Editing
Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 (compatible for Mac OS X)

Video Editing
Adobe Premier Elements 3.0 -> Mac: iMovie; It looks like Apple has some pretty decent movie editing/creation software out of the box. I am anxious to test this out.

Remote Desktop
I use Windows Remote Desktop client frequently to control a remote server. Microsoft has a beta version of the client out now for the Mac which will allow me to accomplish the same tasks.

PDA/Phone Sync
Now called Windows Mobile Device Center in Vista, I need some software for Mac that will sync my MS Mobile Windows 5.0 phone/pda to my computer. I am going to try this one out first: The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile

Financial Management
MS Money 2007 -> Mac: Quicken? I'm not excited about having to change.


Anonymous said...

I'm a very recent switcher too with many years of Windows and Linux experience behind me.

If you need a very good MSN Messenger clone then look no further than aMSN. You can get it free at

It does webcam as well as basic chat whereas Adium doesn't. Skype also has webcam support on the Mac.

Hope this helps - I'll keep an eye on your blog and will help if I can.


Mark said...

Mac Quicken is awful, I mean reeally awful, compared to MS Money 2007. I boot into Windows on my Mac just for this application.

Aaron B. (Snicker) said...

You aren't the first person to tell me of these frustrations with Quicken. I have been using MS Money for a long time too. Sounds like I may need to add it to my list of software I boot into Windows too.

Anonymous said...

Before you fork over the cash for MS Office:Mac take a look at NeoOffice. I haven't used anything but NeoOffice/OpenOffice since the mid-nineties.