Suggest me softwares to perform these common tasks

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  1. asifnaz macrumors member

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    I just bought a MBP 15" so I am new to Mac

    So kindly suggest me:

    Word processor
    spread sheet
    Drawing
    Photo editing
    Photo viewing
    Disc writing/burning
    English dictionary
    Video editing
    2d games and light weight 3d games
    typing tuter
    C compiler
    any other educational/learning/fun etc

    I will really appreciate your help
     
  2. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

    andiwm2003

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    welcome to the Mac world:

    Word processor
    spread sheet

    since you are new to mac I would suggest iWorks (Pages, Numbers from the App store $30) or Microsoft Office Home/Student edition from Amazon for $99.

    Drawing
    Photo editing

    Pixelmator for $30 from Appstore. Not so good at drawing though. Or Adobe Photoshop elements for $79.

    Photo viewing

    You have iPhoto with your mac for free anyway. Great Photodatabase and viewer. Xee is a viewer most similar to Windows Picture viewer.

    Disc writing/burning

    I only burn disks directly through the OS X. Maybe others have suggestions. ? Toast Titanium ? or so.


    English dictionary

    no idea.....just use the web.

    Video editing

    iMovie for easy stuff, Adobe Premiere Elements for easy stuff. Final Cut Express for medium to pro. Final Cut Studio or Adobe Premiere for pros.

    2d games and light weight 3d games

    I do not game but browse the app store for that.

    typing tuter
    C compiler
    any other educational/learning/fun etc
     
  3. walterwhite macrumors 6502

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  4. simsaladimbamba

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    MRoogle

    Pages, part of iWork or Text Edit, part of Mac OS X, or MS Word, part of MS Office, or ..http://www.pure-mac.com/textword.html
    Numbers, part of iWork, or MS Excel, part of MS Office, or http://www.pure-mac.com/spreadsheet.html
    http://www.pure-mac.com/graphics.html
    iPhoto, part of iLife, coming with every Mac or http://www.pure-mac.com/graphics.html
    iPhoto, part of iLife, coming with every Mac or http://www.pure-mac.com/graphics.html
    Toast Titanium, Burn, Finder and Disk Utility, or http://www.pure-mac.com/diskfile.html
    Dictionary, part of Mac OS X, or http://www.pure-mac.com/language.html
    iMovie, part of iLife, coming with every Mac
    http://www.pure-mac.com/games.html
    http://www.pure-mac.com/typing.html
    XCode, located on the Restore DVD or http://www.pure-mac.com/prog.html
    http://www.pure-mac.com/education.html



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  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Just to add that there is 30-day trial of both app suites so try them out before buying. Also, OpenOffice is a free alternative, give it a try.
     
  6. asifnaz thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you andiwm2003 for such a detailed answer .

    Any other user with suggestions

    for Disc writing/burning and

    typing tuter

    C compiler
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    Post #4.
    And MRoogle
    And Links to Software Recommendation Threads
    And PureMac
     
  8. blesscheese macrumors 6502a

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    Some softwares I use

    * Yes, the English dictionary is included in your Applications folder (maybe other languages have other dictionaries). The included dictionary is the Oxford English Dictionary, and is all I need (great because the website dictionaries are littered with ads.

    * For basic word processing, all I need is OpenOffice, which is free on-line. Pages is somewhat more of a page-layout program than a word processor. If you like small but powerful apps, Bean is a great word-processor, and is also free.

    * For basic text editing, Text Wrangler is free, although I use TextMate.

    * As he said, for photo viewing, the included iPhoto is all you need.

    That is what I use regularly, I can't help you with the rest.

    Good luck!
     
  9. walterwhite macrumors 6502

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    The cheapest and easiest word processor is included... Text Edit. You can do quite a bit with it... its just stripped down with regard to the UI. It's my "goto" for a simple note or copy past to an email.
     
  10. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Word processor. spread sheet:
    MS Office if you _absolutely_ need compatibility with Office "on the Windows side of things".
    iWork - as others have mentioned, I believe you can try this for 30 days free before you buy
    NeoOffice - absolutely free, as is OpenOffice.

    Photo editing:
    Graphic Converter
    Preview (already in your applications folder) can do basic -- but useful -- editing tasks

    Photo viewing:
    Graphic Converter
    Preview
    FFView - very handy freeware app for viewing folders of pics
    And, of course, iPhoto

    Disc writing/burning:
    Toast is the definitive disc burning app for the Mac, but it's commercial software.
    You might also try "Burn", which is freeware. It may do all you need to do.

    English dictionary:
    Look in your applications folder for "Dictionary"

    typing tutor:
    There are some web pages designed to teach typing. You'll have to google for them.
     

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