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

Email
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?

Chatting
Trillian Astra -> Mac: Adium?

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

Music
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.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi,
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 http://www.amsn-project.net/download.php

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.

Regards,
Craig.

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.