Mac OS "substitutes" for Windows software?

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  1. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

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    Hi guys,

    A couple of questions, please...

    I'm trying to find Mac OS substitutes for some of the software I use. Naturally I'm hoping to find software that works at least as good as the Windows version -- not something that's just kinda similar. :)

    Any suggestions for the following?:

    1. Watch My Domains Professional
    2. AnyDVD, CloneDVD and CloneDVD Mobile
    3. Cute FTP
    4. MS Excel and MS Word (no link needed ;))
    5. VLC Media Player
    6. Notepad (don't laugh, I use it all the time!)
    7. LimeWire
    8. PowerDirector 7 Ultra (AVCHD video editing)
    7. TVersity


    Also, are there any websites that have a cross-reference list of suggested software for Mac OS vs Windows?

    Thanks very much!
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    http://alternativeto.net/
     
  3. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

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    For Microsoft Office programs I recommend iWork. Limewire and VLC media player are on the Mac. Text Edit comes with Mac's, press command+space and search for it.
     
  4. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    Can't help you with 1 or 9, but these are my takes on comparable apps for the rest.

    2. RipIt and Toast.

    3. Transmit

    4. MS Office is available for the Mac.

    5. VLC is also available for the Mac.

    6. TextEdit, which comes with your Mac (it's in the Applications folder), should replace Notepad nicely.

    7. Limewire is also available for the Mac.

    8. iMovie, which is also pre-installed, can edit AVCHD. If you are looking for a more robust editor, there is also Final Cut Express.



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  6. tersono macrumors 68000

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    Textedit is a little closer to Wordpad. If you want something that's plain text only, try TextWrangler (freeware). It's way better than notepad, that's for sure.

    CuteFTP is also available for the Mac btw, but there's plenty of alternatives. Transmit, Fetch, Interarchy, Forklift. Take yer pick =]
     
  7. jzuena macrumors 6502a

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    In addition to the other apps listed, you can use Mac The Ripper for #2 and FileZilla for #3. FileZilla is open source so it is available for Windows, Linux and OS X. It supports ftp and sftp like CuteFTP. I use all three versions of it now. Alternative Media Servers are discussed in this thread. I personally use a NAS box with a DLNA plugin [Promise SmartStor] along with a MythTV box (which also can act as a DLNA server). Of course, neither is serving the media from my Mac :D
     
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  9. fcamilleri macrumors member

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    If you are using TVersity to stream movies to your xbox 360, use connect360, the quality is actually much better on that then on TVersity (which lowers the quality in order to transcode the media)
     
  10. Sounds Good thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks, but it's a PS3... not an Xbox.
     
  11. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    Ah, is that what it does? To stream your video/audio library to the PS3, there is an excellent app by Nullriver called MediaLink. It does cost $20, but it works seamlessly with the Mac and reads the iTunes libraries, etc.


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  12. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    To turn TextEdit from Wordpad into Notepad, press command+shift+T or Format -> Make Plain Text.
     

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