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Sep 30, 2005, 02:35 PM
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nagromme
Sep 30, 2005, 05:08 PM
Good points--most people use common filetypes and don't need any extra software to use their PC files.

Let me add:

1. Keeping your old machine (no matter WHAT OS)--even unplugged in the closet--is a comforting safety net. Keep it accessible if you need it--and soon you'll find you don't.

2. You MAY need to buy (or sidegrade) some new apps when you switch to Mac. But for many people, you were GOING to buy (or upgrade) some new apps anyway:

* Because you're finally moving to XP on the new system (or eventually, Vista) and something you use is too old. So why not go OS X?

* Because you've been waiting for a machine that can HANDLE newer software. So why not buy that software for Mac instead of Windows?

3. If you do need to buy some apps, there's no need to do it all at once. Buy what meets your common needs first. (Keeping your old machine a while helps the transition.) You think you need Word to write the occasional letters. Why not use TextEdit or AppleWorks or OpenOffice (all free) at first, and buy Word (or Pages) later if you need it?

4. Looking to the future: I expect a new version of VPC will run VERY well on Intel Macs. Still not free, but I bet Micrsoft (or someone else) gives us some really good options (more convenient than dual boot) next year, for those who may need some specific Windows-native app.

solvs
Oct 1, 2005, 02:11 PM
Not to mention, if you're going to update something like Photoshop, Adobe will often do cross-platform upgrading. Some things will cost to switch platforms, but it's not as bad as people think.

MontyZ
Oct 1, 2005, 02:38 PM
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solvs
Oct 2, 2005, 01:33 AM
Adobe will not, however, allow you to transfer licenses for font libraries to another platform.
Wow, I didn't know that. That's awful. Aren't most fonts supposed to be cross platform anyway?

shamino
Oct 3, 2005, 11:09 AM
Wow, I didn't know that. That's awful. Aren't most fonts supposed to be cross platform anyway?
The standard font formats (PostScript Type-1 and TrueType) are portable, in that they share a common data format. But the packaging (that is, the files the data is wrapped in) are not the same on every platform.

For example, Type-1 fonts on Windows use separate font-data and font-metrics files - .PFB and .PFM. On the OS/2 platform, the metrics are in a different format - .OFM, but the system will auto-convert .PFM to .OFM on installation. On Macs, there is only one file. I think the metrics are stored as resources associated with the font's data file.

I don't know if TrueType suffers from the same issues, but it wouldn't surprise me.

So, although the fonts may be portable, some amount of conversion may be necessary in order to actually move them from one computer to another.

MontyZ
Oct 4, 2005, 04:23 PM
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