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Old Mar 14, 2008, 01:12 PM   #1
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Question Does google docs work flawlessly?

Does google docs work flawlessly on a macbook air? I would have about 5 tabs of it open in safari, be listening to music on iTunes, and probably have one or two microsoft office apps open. Would it run well, on both the 1.6 HHD and the 1.8 SSD? For my class we use a lot of google docs, and i heard that the Macbook air has some flash problems, so i need to know before i buy one.

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Old Mar 14, 2008, 01:22 PM   #2
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That shouldn't be an issue. I use google docs all the time on mine.
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Old Mar 14, 2008, 01:26 PM   #3
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I use Google Docs on my G4, and it works fine. Your Air should have no problems.

FYI- Google docs doesnt use flash, it uses Javascript.
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Old Mar 14, 2008, 01:27 PM   #4
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That shouldn't be an issue. I use google docs all the time on mine.
With more than 2 google docs open at a time? Because if that is so than that's great!
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With more than 2 google docs open at a time? Because if that is so than that's great!
Yeah, I use it A LOT. And, like geese said, it uses javascript, which is somewhat heavy, but nothing like flash.

Honestly, if what you do on your computer (outside of media stuff (movies, music, etc) and internet (email, browsing)) is word processing type stuff, whether that be on something like google docs or on native word processors, then you are an ideal candidate for the Air.
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Old Mar 14, 2008, 02:17 PM   #6
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With more than 2 google docs open at a time? Because if that is so than that's great!
Google docs will run on practically any computer.

I don't know why people think that MBAs are underpowered...

The MBA is more powerful than most notebooks that people own right now (I'm not talking about brand new models). Do you realize that the majority of notebooks didn't even have 1GB of standard memory up until about a few years ago and was running a single core processor? The MBA is a dual core and has 2GB, more than sufficient to do pretty much anything, except professional work like video processing/editing (and only a handful of machines can do this smoothly, even now). Don't even get me started with the HD space... 40GB was considered large on a notebook not too long ago. 80GB was the "Wow" size.

So take comfort knowing that you can probably do 100% of the stuff you want to do without any issues... Either that, or carry a notebook twice as heavy or 100 times uglier than the MBA.

You can buy a mighty machine for the same price(not mac), that can do everything, but it's going to be heavy, clunky and probably unsophisticated. You have to consider that there has to be a balance... You wouldn't take a backpack full of food for a day trek, would you?

I'm not saying that you think like this... I just think that all the weirdos out there fed you this misconception because of the MBA's size.

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Old Mar 14, 2008, 02:23 PM   #7
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Firefox...

Depending on what you are dooing sometimes you may need to download firefox and use that for Google Docs... But other then that Safari works 99.9% of the time... Firefox gets that extra .09999%
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Google docs will run on practically any computer.

I don't know why people think that MBAs are underpowered...

The MBA is more powerful than most notebooks that people own right now (I'm not talking about brand new models). Do you realize that the majority of notebooks didn't even have 1GB of standard memory up until about a few years ago and was running a single core processor? The MBA is a dual core and has 2GB, more than sufficient to do pretty much anything, except professional work like video processing/editing (and only a handful of machines can do this smoothly, even now). Don't even get me started with the HD space... 40GB was considered large on a notebook not too long ago. 80GB was the "Wow" size.

I'm not saying that you think like this... I just think that all the weirdos out there fed you this misconception because of the MBA's size.
I agree. I've run Google Docs on a PIII computer running Win98SE. The MBA is around the same power as the $999 range of non-ultraportables sold today and is far from weak.
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Old Mar 14, 2008, 02:43 PM   #9
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Ok, super. Thanks a lot everyone, can't wait till i get my air.
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Ok, super. Thanks a lot everyone, can't wait till i get my air.
Words of advice: Get anything important that can't be done on a computer taken care of now!

As others have said in this thread and others, while the Air isn't a workhorse by any means, it is MORE than capable for most users.
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Old Mar 14, 2008, 10:59 PM   #11
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i live on G-docs on my air...all day and night...it works fine.
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