Can I Replicate My Windows Work Software?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Forumuser, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. Forumuser macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2009
    I just received a new MacBook Aluminum and I'm wondering about software. I do web development and graphics work for a living, and this also necessitates a fair amount of writing. I want to leave my Windows machine as a Windows machine and try to use the MacBook solely as an OS X machine, so I'd like to be able to replicate my working environment on the MacBook in terms of software.

    I've compiled a short list of software I use on a daily basis, and it'd be great to get recommendations for OS X replacements.

    In Windows I use:

    1. Macromedia Studio 8 (primarily Dreamweaver)
    2. Microsoft Office Professional 2003 (primarily Word, Access, and Excel, but I do use Outlook occasionally for reminders)
    3. Windows Mail (Outlook Express)
    4. AbsoluteFTP or FileZilla
    5. Adobe Acrobat Professional 7
    6. Adobe CS2 (primarily Photoshop)

    So far I've come up with a OS X replacement list of:

    2. iWork or Microsoft Office, but I need an Access replacement, too
    3. Mail
    4. FileZilla, Cyberduck, Interarchy, or Transmit
    6. Pixelmator
    7. OnyX

    Keep in mind that I don't mind buying the software, although the Adobe and the (formerly) Macromedia suites are pretty much out of the question in terms of cost. Besides, I've become a little, ahem, disallusioned, with Adobe.

    Thanks in advance for suggestions.
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    5. Depending on what your using it for you might get away with OSXs built in ability to print anything to PDF...
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    1. Dreamweaver alternatives.

    2. Filemaker for Access perhaps, but I am not a big fan of iWork or any of the "Open" alternatives.

    3. Mail or Thunderbird.

    4. Transmit. Well worth the cost, and great customer support as well.

    5. What do you use Acrobat for? This will give a better idea of an alternative. If it's just reading PDFs then Preview works fine.

    6. GraphicConverter
  4. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    1. Adobe CS 4
    2. Office 2008 for Mac
    3. Entourage (part of Office 2008 for Mac)
    5. Adobe CS 4
    6. Adobe CS 4
  5. vandlism macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2007
    2. iWork '09 or Microsoft Office 2008
    3. Apple Mail or Microsoft Entourage
    4. Flow or Transmit
    5. PDF Pen or Preview
    6. Pixelmator

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