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Old Jan 25, 2013, 10:37 AM   #1
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I was wondering if there was interest, or if it was a good idea, to perhaps make a professional software subforum. Often times I see people discussing AutoCad or Solidworks on some of the other forums, and sometimes about performance on certain machines.

We have forums dedicated to digital software like photography and video/graphic editing, so it's at least consistent.

If there is enough interest I think it could be a good location since many of us use our computers for our professional lives.

Or perhaps this is bundled somewhere else.
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 11:58 AM   #2
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I find the audio and visual media sections pretty vague, so I agree that there could be an additional sections. I always struggle with my Autodesk software, and it would be nice to ask a question here, and I know people around here know this stuff better than me because I always get help in the MacRumors IRC channel.

There's a lot of forums about Autodesk stuff, but they aren't very good for novice users, nor are they Mac friendly.
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 12:03 PM   #3
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I'm glad you agree. I felt foolish posting this, but I'm hoping for a positive response.

It also may not necessarily be exclusive in the sense that it could be a general Mac in the work-place type of forum. People could ask about professional software, but also about hardware for their business and it's applications.
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 12:29 PM   #4
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We tend to get some discussion of some engineering software in the Programming sub-forums.

I think one challenge here would be in defining "professional". For some, Microsoft Office is plenty professional.

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We tend to get some discussion of some engineering software in the Programming sub-forums.

I think one challenge here would be in defining "professional". For some, Microsoft Office is plenty professional.

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I'm an engineering student myself, and don't really go to the programming subforum at all, so I never would have saw that.

I think Microsoft Office could be inclued in the professional forum. The whole point, ideally, for this forum is that it's a discussion of software used in the professional environment, and for users to discuss merits, demerits, etc...

at least that's my opinion
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I think one challenge here would be in defining "professional". For some, Microsoft Office is plenty professional.

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That it is. There is a lot of stuff in Word I would never use, can't say the same about Pages.

I think people know the difference between Office and iWork, Coda vs Dreamweaver, and GarageBand vs Pro Tools.
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So what threads from Mac Applications and Mac App Store would you exclude from such a forum? A quick glance shows that most of the apps discussed there could be used in some professional setting?!?

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So what threads from Mac Applications and Mac App Store would you exclude from such a forum? A quick glance shows that most of the apps discussed there could be used in some professional setting?!?

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Just looking at the names

I would exclude:

How do I upload single photos from iPhoto/Aperture to Dropbox
App Store down?
Anyone think Apple will being Push Notifications to OSX?
Best utilities for OS X
Give away:Ultimate PDF Converter -- Never Stop
Best for graphic EQ for music?
iPhoto '11 library update problems?
Tuneup Analyse Playlist Tracks Missing
iBooks authors question.
10.6.3 missing/"losing" mouse click; Problem with USB Overdrive?
Genius mix help.
iBooks Fairplay DRM removal
Infuriating iTunes issue.. difficult to summarize.
Can you disable info autofill in iTunes?
Pdf flip page for mac ?
iPhoto not copying 100% of photo's across to external hard drive

etc....

I would include:
Adobe Creative Cloud Compatibility ?
Mac Mail separating accounts
Final Cut Pro X - How do I render?
Formatting problems for emails in Outlook 2011

now of course that is just a quick glance, but hopefully it gives some more insight into my suggestion.

either way, it's just a suggestion. If people like it, cool, if not, no big deal. Just trying to make the sight better organized (at least I think it would be) without hopefully causing too much segregation.
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and it would also include hardware and applications of it in a professional setting

*should my company buy iMacs? yes no maybe why*
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I was wondering if there was interest, or if it was a good idea, to perhaps make a professional software subforum.
This


says: No.

Probably only a small amount of Apple customers uses Macs AND professional software.
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