Thinking of switching to OS X

Discussion in 'iMac' started by trans-olsx, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. trans-olsx macrumors member

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    Any recommendations?

    21.5 screen is fine.
    No games, video, etc.
    Prefer adding and installing 20GB external flash drive so I can remove my work in case of an emergency, fire, tornado, hurricane.
    Prefer no fans or noise of any kind.
    Use quickbooks.
    MS office.
    format many spreadsheets into schedules for workers.
    what software above will I need to buy for Mavericks and will work with Mavericks.
    coming from PC with XP.

    User ID.? HOw to change it. Dont like it. Just a play on words-switching.
     
  2. aaronvan Suspended

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    Still using 9.2, huh?
     
  3. fhopper macrumors member

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    I don't think there is a Quickbooks for OS X, Last I knew even Quicken is a crippled version.
     
  4. mapleleafer macrumors regular

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    Microsoft makes a Mac version of Office, or you could get a virtualisation programme (Parallels, VMWare or the freebie VirtualBox) to run the Windows software you already own. OpenOffice and NeoOffice are free packages that do pretty much what Office does. Apple’s versions are Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. I don't know if the freebies mentioned are yet compatible with Mavericks.
     
  5. dwarnecke11 macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't worry about noise... my 2010 iMac is quieter than my fanless LaCie D2 Quadra external HD. That's saying something.
     
  6. Daysight macrumors regular

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    When I switched from Windows I had a similar need. I bought MS Office for Mac, which handles all my MS Office Word and Excel files just fine. I have to exchange between Apple and Windows computers all the time. I would avoid the free "office" programs owing to the risk of munging document formatting.

    I did not want to switch away from Quicken for Windows, (I found no Mac equivalent) so I bought Parallels and Windows and run Quicken in convergence mode. It's almost like Quicken is a Mac OS program. Not sure if there is a Quickbooks equivalent that did not require a messy transfer.

    I plug external hard and thumb drives into my iMac using the USB ports for backups all the time.

    Hope that helps.
     
  7. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    Yes there is.
     

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