possibly a switcher

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by idunno, Jun 10, 2004.

  1. idunno macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2004
    I'm considering switching to a mac, but one of my concerns is that I'll have to purchase mac versions of all my software. I know there is VPC, but from what I've heard, it's not very fast. Is there any program or service for consumers that will physically convert PC programs to run on Macs? Or, will PC emulation be built in to OSX sometime in the future?
  2. yoda13 macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2003
    more than likely, the answer to both of your questions is no. Sorry.
  3. brap macrumors 68000

    May 10, 2004
    You could look here, and see how much of that software you get for nothing with the O/S. Then there are freeware native and X11 apps...

    Virtual PC is good for reasonably intensive tasks, and runs all the proprietary stuff I've ever asked it to (VS.net Visio, mainly). Have a dig around.
  4. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    Don't forget some built-in OSX stuff might replace some of your apps.

    Just list your apps here and we can help (with determining VPC performance or whether there are free alternatives)
  5. titaniumducky macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2003
    You probably will have to buy Mac versions of some of your software. However, Macs come with a lot built-in.

    iLife, Safari, Mail, iCal, Address Book, iChat, Quicken (in some), AppleWorks (in some), the Finder can burn media, OmniGraffle (like Visio, in some), OmniOutliner (unique outline format notetaker, in some).... The list goes on and on. BTW, the reason I say "in some" is that depending on whether you get a Pro or Consumer machine, the software package is slightly different.

    You may want Office 2004, but that's about all I can think of (unless you're using some pro apps).
  6. titaniumducky macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2003
    If you're using Virtual PC for Visio, check out OmniGraffle Pro from omnigroup.com. It's similar but better and can read one of the two Visio formats.
  7. JOD8FY macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2004
    United States
    VPC 7 is coming out this summer. Wait and see what it brings. It's supposed to be much faster and will probably be able to run most of your programs.

    Best wishes,
  8. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    Like others said list your programs here and you will probably find that most or all can be had for very little money or free...with some exceptions of course.

    If you are a student or educator you can get things much cheaper as well.

    We might be able to help you pick out a cheaper mac that will do everything you want it to do and save you enough money you can affort to buy the software you need if you need to purchase any.

    Like another said, some macs come with word processors(appleworks) and financial programs(quick books and quicken on certain computers) for free along with a few games(tony Hawk 4), etc. so let us know what you need to do on the computer and what programs you like and we will set you up with costs, software and hardware options,e tc.
  9. Xenious macrumors 6502a

    Mar 22, 2004
    Texas, USA
    I'm waiting on VPC 7 myself so I can run MSMoney (sorry I'm just not a Quicken person) and Streets and Trips (Route 66 or whatever it is is kinda weak).

    I bought Office 2004 (essential),
    Photoshop CS and
    I did a cross platform upgrade from my existing Acrobat Pro 6 license on the PC.
    Logic Express (I'm checking it out b4 I buy Logic Pro)

    Tip: If you use Adobe apps, call and ask about cross-platform upgrades. All it took for me was 6$ shipping and a signed "letter of distruction" saying I have destroyed the pc version and am no longer using it. Even swap. More than fair I think.

    I need to pickup Dreamweaver sometime, but sadly I can't upgrade from my old v3 pc copy.

    The rest of the apps I plan on buying are some little shareware stuff and a few games.

    As people have said a lot of goodies come with the Mac out of the box. iLife is a handy biggie. If you really wanna break it down all you need is Office 2004 and perhaps VPC. Sad that you can't escape Microsoft (haha), but they do make a solid office suite.
  10. KingSleaze macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2004
    So. Cal
    VPC and Office are both Microsoft. You can escape but sooooo many businesses want things done in Word format, it's hard to get something else that will save as Word. I don't think it's impossible though. Earlier versions of AppleWorks would save as Word.

    Good luck.
  11. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    Often there are "side - grades" that are like upgrades. The difference is an upgrade gives you a newer version of a peice of software you own for a fraction of the full retail price where a sidegrade gives you a different version of a peice of software you own for a fraction of the retail price.
  12. idunno thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2004
    Hmmm....well thanks for all your input. I probably won't be switching for a while though (I think I'll just wait til my current machine and software is out of date....well in that case, maybe a few months :rolleyes: ). IMHO, if Apple really wanted to attract switchers, they'd come up with their own VPC-type program and integrate it into the OS (and make it better then VPC while they're at it).
  13. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    yeah, osx comes with so many great apps built in. apps you would have to buy on classic os or windows.

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