Hi everybody, Currently I use a Windows desktop PC and an Asus laptop, and I am planning to add a Macbook to the mix. But first I would like to ask some advice and tips. Let's start with the software side: Writing texts, reports etc. Currently using on PC: MS Office, Open Office Options for the Mac: iLife, MS Office, Open Office, Scrivener What is my best option here? is iLife good? Or should I stick with Open Office? Is MS Office for Mac the best option? I also plan to buy Scrivener, anyone any experience with that for novel writing? Is it good? Genealogy Currently using on PC: Aldfaer, a Dutch genealogy-program. Option for the Mac: I haven't found a good replacement for the Mac. Are there any genealogists out there who might have a recommendation? Webdesign Currently using on PC: Filezilla, Macromedia Homesite, Stone's Webwriter, Topstyle Pro lite Options for the Mac: Filezilla is no problem, but I am looking for a decent HTML and a CSS editor. Which are the best one for Mac? Listening to music Currently using on PC: Mediamonkey and iTunes Options for the Mac: obviously iTunes, but is there something like Mediamonkey out here for the Mac? I like that Mediamonkey uses folders and auto-updates the folders with music if you add new files to them. Watching movies Easy one, VLC player and Quicktime will do I guess. Photo-editing Currently using on PC: Paint Shop Pro 7 and Picasa. Options for the Mac: Picasa is no problem, but is there Paint Shop Pro for Mac? Can GIMP run a Mac? Collections management Currently using on PC: MP3 Collector and Book Collector from Collectorz.com and DVD Profiler from Invelos. Options for the Mac: I inquired Collectorz.com if I could use the PC and the Mac together, their answer was the programs do no have the exact same feature set and the database file isn't compatible both ways, so I am stuck on Windows with this one. Is there anything like DVD Profiler for the Mac? Other questions I have: since I am a student (not for long anymore though, I am in my graduation internship) I am planning to get the white basic Macbook. Is this a good choice? No known problems with hardware? Or should I get the 13 inch Macbook Pro version? (or is that to heavy for me and I am better using the price difference to buy Applecare and software?) Is is best to wait after January (though I think it is unlikely, Apple might surprise with updates)? Which is the best MSN Messenger client? And is there someone who uses Windows Live Sync on both his PC and Mac to synchronize his files? My Asus laptop (Vista) is almost three years old and still good, therefore I wasn't planning to put Windows on a separate partition on my Mac. Or do you advise still do to that? Any other tips for getting the best out of my Mac? Thanks in advance!