HELP !!!!!! Finally Switched

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  1. vramd macrumors newbie

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    Anyone have suggestions on must have software or accessories that I should pick up? thanks.


    So, after almost a year of debate, waiting for refreshes, deciding between laptop and desktop, and trolling these boards, I just pulled the trigger on my first Mac. 20 inch 2.66 from Amazon. Got it in my Goldbox - $1345 AR shipped. Can't wait!
     
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  3. surferfromuk macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like a great first mac - your gonna love it!.

    Welcome to joy of Mac!
     
  4. VoodooDaddy macrumors 65816

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    I registered at the site in May 2003, with interest in buying my first Mac. I didnt get one (intel mini) until May 2006 :D
     
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    Congrats...and welcome to the Mac community :cool:
     
  6. joshua_msu macrumors regular

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    I never get items like that in my gold box. how did you do it?
     
  7. vramd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You need to set up a new account with no order history. . .then navigate to the AppleCare for imac and check "I own it." Then wait . . . . !! It took a few days, but before I got it, I also had the 24 inch in my goldbox, and the entry level 20 inch., and a macbook pro. You may need to set up a few new accounts, but with patience, you should be able to get it. Good luck.
     
  8. vramd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    still waiting . . .

    Im still waiting for delivery of my new imac. Anyone have suggestions on must have software or accessories that I should pick up? thanks.
     
  9. surferfromuk macrumors 65816

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    Apple iWork (1000% better than Office for SOHO cos it works and it's easy to use and it's cheap!) , Airport Express (wireless music streaming from iTunes - awesome!)

    Downloadable essentials ;

    Handbrake (DVD ripper - free), Tube TV (rip youtube vids - free), Pixelmator (if you need an Open GL based Photoshop 'lite' that is $60), VLC (vid player - free), Google Earth ( free),

    Any Pro Apps - check the Apple stuff first - it's arguably all best in class and the most stable and inexpensive way to great creative results..
     
  10. emptyCup macrumors 65816

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    Start by exploring the software that comes with the computer. While you're ordering at Amazon get a copy of David Pogue's Switching to the Mac. Once you know how things are supposed to work, you can start changing it.
     
  11. mzd macrumors 6502a

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    Congrats!!!
    as for accessories, the first i'd recommend is some external hdd for time machine.
     
  12. vramd thread starter macrumors newbie

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  13. mzd macrumors 6502a

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    it is more or less compatible (iWork).
    you can export to doc or ppt or xls, but can't directly save them. that means you have two versions of the file - one iWork and one exported Office compatible. that may or may not be annoying depending on your personal workflow. also, not all formatting & functions are 100% compatible. most are, but not all. so you will occasionally get warnings when you export/import office files.
     
  14. bassanoclapper macrumors 6502

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    Mac OS X leopard Pocket Guide, published by O'Reilly

    Helped me as a new switcher
     
  15. MacHappytjg macrumors 65816

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    lol has anyone sceen the new time machine commerical for mac with the pc lol
     
  16. kblesmis macrumors newbie

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    Good Application

    There is this free application called Quicksilver. You give a key combination to it, ex. alt space, and then you can launch any application by typing the first few letters.

    For example, I would type alt space, and syp. This would open System Preferences.

    It is a very useful way to get to programs that you don't usually use. Hope you enjoy. :D
     
  17. surferfromuk macrumors 65816

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  18. MacHappytjg macrumors 65816

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    i use creative suite cs3 which is 1800 so i dont recomend to buy it maybe photoshop a older version or somthing if u need it neo office or open office for a lik ms office i use 08 of ms office but its a fare mount of money so try neo office or open office
     
  19. vramd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Question about Parallels

    Also, im thinking of installing Parallels w xp. If i do that, and Parallels is open, and hook up a usb devices, say a digital camera, will the camera be recognized by the mac OS, or by windows?
     
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  21. MacHappytjg macrumors 65816

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    use boot camp if u have xp its much better and i tried both i prefer bootcamp more individual i can hook anything up and its to windows of course :D
     
  22. vramd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    do i need antivirus b/c i am using windows? can a virus affect the mac part of the computer?
     
  23. MacHappytjg macrumors 65816

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    u should it only virses the partition but u should still otherwise its still gunna be screwed and u wont wanna use ur wasted bit of disc space
     
  24. GotPro macrumors 6502

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    Just to let you know... you can do that already natively within OS X.

    It's called Spotlight...

    Just type shift-spacebar, and the spotlight window pops up.

    Then type "syp" and hit enter...

    And you didn't have to pay for it ;-)
     

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