My sister is buying her first Mac...a Macbook she has some questions..thanks!

Eric Lewis

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CANADA? eh?
Ok here they are
(i already have an iMac and my parents just switched too..now its her turn!)

1) How can she delete some apps she doesnt need(as in iMovie/iDVD/Garage Band?)

2) How can she save up as much disk space as possible? what can she do?

3) does ms office work on Leopard if she gets that?

4) is there a way she can audio/video chat with msn buddies?

Thats All

Thanks
 

Addni

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1)
It's probably best to start up by formattin the computer right away, and installin only what you want.

2)
Read no. 1,
Deleting originals after importing in iTunes (since iTunes copies the files and sorts them out (this can be turned off tough)
Watch out for iPhoto, since it makes copies of every file you edit (so if you have edited any file in any way, boom, there's 2 copies of the files on your hard drive), i reccomend Adobe Lightroom instead of iPhoto, since it doesn't make copy of the file, it only makes a small file that remembers the adjustments, but doesn't make a copy)

3)
Well, of course she will get leopard ;)
And yes i think MS office works, and I think there is a newer version of MS office coming out soon anyway.

4)
Yes, trough a msn client called aMSN (well, actually i prefered to use Skype or iChat to use video chat, but aMSN works)
 

ellyr

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1) Yes, but why would you want to? You can take them off the dock if you don't want to see them there and access the programs in Finder/Applications instead. Although I'm not sure if Leopard would handle it the same way with Time Machine etc.

2) Empty trash regularly, use an external hard drive to store things, batch process photos to reduce their file size. Projects made in iMovie are HUGE. Delete unwanted songs from Finder/Music/iTunes (not just from the iTunes program).

3) It should (obviously the Mac version) but you should check out Google docs
which is currently in beta but it's really functional or download the trial version of MS Office for Mac and try before you buy.

4) MSN for Mac? iChat is good although I don't know if it supports audio/video for MSN.
 

yetanotherdave

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1) In general you can just move the application from /Applications to the trash, but with programs such as garageband and iDVD there are several gigs worth of supporting files (themes/loops etc) You can use something like AppZapper to remove a program and all associated files.
2) Run monolingual (removes language files you don't need, saves a few gig). Delete printer drivers you don't need (another gig) if you don't use garageband and iDVD that's a few more gig, although I'd recommend keeping the programs until you need the disk space to see if you use the programs or not!
3) I see why not! There's a new version of office due soon though.
4) pass, I don't use video chat.
 

CalBoy

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Why isn't your sister asking these questions?


Anyways, here goes:

1. Yes she can easily delete apps if she doesn't need/want them, but honestly, she should give them some time to grow on her before she just dumps them outright. One never knows what interests may bloom later on;)

2. If she really has a storage problem, a good external drive would probably be the best solution. Even cutting out most of iLife will only give her marginal gains in storage. If she's a music and movie fan (who isn't?), then it would be a much better idea to buy an external, because it will provide the best long-term solution.

3. Office should work. I'm assuming she'd buy the new version that's coming out in January (or so Microsoft claims:rolleyes:). It should be quite zippy. In the meantime, make sure she tries out iWork and NeoOffice (iWork has a 30 day trial, while NeoOffice is free;)).

4. Tell her MSN buddies to buy a new Leopard Mac so they can use the cool new features:p (seriously, check out the Leopard Preview).
 

Eric Lewis

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CANADA? eh?
Why isn't your sister asking these questions?


Anyways, here goes:

1. Yes she can easily delete apps if she doesn't need/want them, but honestly, she should give them some time to grow on her before she just dumps them outright. One never knows what interests may bloom later on;)
Well for the Apps (such as iMovie/iDvd/Garage Band) she doesnt need cause my family has an iMac at home..and she just needs the laptop for unveristy such as essays etc...no need for that..so im trying to save space

shes getting it on monday
 

yetanotherdave

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Well for the Apps (such as iMovie/iDvd/Garage Band) she doesnt need cause my family has an iMac at home..and she just needs the laptop for unveristy such as essays etc...no need for that..so im trying to save space

shes getting it on monday
If she's not using it for movies and stuff, space shouldn't be an issue! Whatever model she gets there'll be at least 60gigs of free disk space when its new.
 

CalBoy

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Well for the Apps (such as iMovie/iDvd/Garage Band) she doesnt need cause my family has an iMac at home..and she just needs the laptop for unveristy such as essays etc...no need for that..so im trying to save space

shes getting it on monday
Ok, so if it's just essays, she shouldn't have a storage problem at all. 1GB translates into quite a lot of essays. However, I advise you to wait on the purchase a little longer because the macbooks are likely to see an update quite soon (within two weeks of Leopard's launch is my guess, by Thanksgiving week at the latest). Since most schools started quite some time ago, I'm guessing that her computer broke down or something right? Tell her to be strong and just wait a bit longer. Also, the external would be a good idea because Time Machine will take care of all her backups for her;)

You never answered my first question, why isn't she posting these questions?:confused::confused::confused:
 

sananda

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well her ****** F**KIN Hp crap piece of poo pc

is not working

vista takes 3 minutes to boot
webcam hardly works on it
batter is less then 1 hour

and its only like 2 months old..and its just pure crap poo pc!

so she needs a mac ASAP!
surely there is a warranty ?
 

joeshell383

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Office 2008 for $10 in January

3. Office should work. I'm assuming she'd buy the new version that's coming out in January (or so Microsoft claims:rolleyes:). It should be quite zippy. In the meantime, make sure she tries out iWork and NeoOffice (iWork has a 30 day trial, while NeoOffice is free;)).
Visit the Apple Store-MS Office Website. She can buy Office 2004 for Mac now and get Office 2008 for only $10 when it is released.
 

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