Ok, I've been advised........

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by javelin, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. javelin macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2006
    I am very new to this forum. My husband would like to get rid of hi :eek: PC laptop. He wants a MAC laptop because we love them. Anyhow, he needs to run the PC software that comes with his curriculum on this machine to do powerpoint presentations for his students on a screen in the classroom. He would like to walk around the classroom talking and using a bluetooth or wireless mouse to access the pages of the program he's using. We were not impressed with the MacBook Pro at accessing these PC discs. We are looking at powerbooks on ebay. We want airport at home to connect with our iMac in the kitchen with DSL... also, we wanna be able to hook up to a hot spot, say, in Starbucks or whatever.

    What RAM, Hardware memory, whatever should he be looking at?

    thanks in advance!!!
  2. mjstew33 macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    OK, I can answer a few of those.

    What software? PowerPoint is for the Mac, you know...

    I'd get a Apple Wireless Mouse, They really do reach 30 feet. Make sure your PowerBook your gonna get has built-in Bluetooth though.

    You can set your iMac to be an access point, or just to connect to it, I think. I know it's possible. Does your iMac have Airport Extreme or Airport? I think you need those to do this.

    Your PowerBook will most likely have an AirPort Extreme card.. then, you can just connect to any network extremely easy from the top menu bar in the Finder. It looks like a UFO and looks like the picture attached.

    Hope that helps. :)

    EDIT: I don't know why it's saving as a .pdf, but, you can open it still. Weird.

    Attached Files:

  3. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    If you're wanting to attach a picture viewable in your post, and it is initially in PDF format, just open it in Preview, go to File>Export, select JPEG and save. Attaching a JPEG with your post will give you the desired results.
  4. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Get a MacBook Pro - you're not impressed with how the Mac accesses PC discs? PC programs don't run on Macs you know...

    Microsoft Office is available for Mac and is in my opinion, better then it's PC counterpart - PowerPoint presentations are no big issue, they'll work equally well on both platforms. I don't think you need any special software to run PowerPoint presentations, besides Office:Mac of course, just plug the laptop into the projector and away you go.. I use a program called "Salling Clicker" (two "l's") with my Mac and my bluetooth phone - it allows you to control PowerPoint presentations whilst displaying the slide and notes on my phone's screen. It can access and control nearly every part of your Mac.

    The MacBook Pro has built-in wireless (802.11b/g and I think a now with the MacBook Pro) so hooking up to hotspots is easy - my iBook never had any problems at Starbucks (blergh, chain coffee stores) and I would expect the same from the MBP.

    Actually, if you can wait a while, rumour is (you can put whatever level of faith in rumours as you want, just don't blame us if it's wrong) that the replacement for the iBook will be out sometime in early April. It's likely to be smaller and cheaper than the MacBook Pro but not short on ability.

    My recs:
    1.83GHz MacBook Pro
    1GB RAM
    120GB Hard-drive
    Office:mac 2004


    iBook replacement (Intel based, preferably Core Duo, when it arrives)
    1GB RAM
    Biggest HDD you can get
  5. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    If he wants to walk around a classroom and click onwards with a Bluetooth device, it's perfectly possible.

    There's a very cool piece of software called Sailing Clicker which can turn phones/PDAs with Bluetooth into a remote control for your Mac. You can even see what the next slide or the notes for the current slide are on the screen of your device. Very impressive.
  6. Angrist macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2005
    MI or NJ
    If he wants to give presentations .... I highly recommend looking into Keynote as a PowerPoint replacement, particularly if he'll primarily be presenting on his Mac.
  7. discoforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2004
    Vermont, USA
    Thank You!

    Applespider and Chundles you have introduced me to the coolest software I've seen in a long time. I give presentations pretty frequently, but I had no idea I could use my Palm as a remote for them, and iTunes, and iPhoto, and...

    I love Macrumors :) (now where's my credit card?)
  8. jsalzer macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2004
    Filling in the Holes

    I'll try to fill in the remainder of the holes.

    Every piece of software is developed for a platform (Windows, MacOS, etc.). If his textbooks come with Windows-only software, he'll either need to have a Windows machine on the side to access it, or he'll need to get Virtual PC, a software program developed by Microsoft that allows Macs to run Windows software (by emulating a Windows environment - which means there will be a speed loss involved.)

    Microsoft does make PowerPoint (and Word and Excel) for Mac. It's most cost effective to get the whole Microsoft Office suite than individual pieces. However, as someone else mentioned, he should get to know Keynote. It's easier to use than PowerPoint, and has the ability to make nicer slides (though, of course, the artistic ability of the slide maker has more to do with it.) And, it's a heck of a lot less expensive.

    PowerPoint for Mac should be able to access his old PP files with no problem. Keynote can also open them, but they'll need to be cleaned up (transitions don't line up, etc.).

    For future reference, "MAC" is a networking term. "Mac" is an operating system. You own an iMac.

    Accessing his PC disks should not be a problem. Macs have always been great at reading DOS-formatted disks. Opening the files, however, requires that you own the Mac equivalent programs (or similar programs.) For example, to open up a Microsoft Word (Windows) file, he'll either need Microsoft Word (Mac) or a program (we call them applications) that reads Word files (such as Pages). I'm not sure where you got the idea that using a PB would be any more helpful than a MBP - it's a software issue.

    Hope that helps!
  9. Les Kern macrumors 68040

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002
    Wow, spend their money!
    I'm going to give you a much cheaper alternative.
    Get the 14" iBook, and pick up a wireless keyboard/mouse combo from Kensington. Not only will you save a TON of money, your battery will last a LOT longer, and the Airport range will almost double. I banned PBooks where I work becasue when it comes down to performance/price the iBook wins every time.
  10. discoforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2004
    Vermont, USA
    I think folks have addressed this a bit, but we'd really need to know what you mean by accessing PC discs.

    I can't think of any situations that a MBP wouldn't be able to access a disk but a powerbook could.

    If you mean: He needs a mac to install and run PC programs; you cannot do this on a mac. You could buy and install Virtual PC as jsalzer said, but it'd be simpler (and much faster) to buy the mac equivalent (e.g., Powerpoint).

    If you mean: He needs a mac to run files/documents on a PC disk; you shouldn't have any problems.
  11. Mord macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    i think she might mean, shock horror floppy disks.
  12. discoforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2004
    Vermont, USA
    Surely not! :eek:

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