Using a Mac at home and a PC at work

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Digm, May 29, 2007.

  1. Digm macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2007
    My last question...

    So in my eagerness to buy myself a MacBook, I think I'm buying one for my parents too (the base version). My mother is concerned of using a MacBook at home and a PC at work; I've told her that everything is interconnected, from flash drives to files. Obviously the Office suite (including MS Publisher) is compatible, but I have run into trouble when creating PowerPoint slides on a Mac and running them on a PC -- I get uncompressed TIFF file errors or something.

    Are there any other things I should tell her about? I figure if she's going to have to learn a new OS, it might as well be OS X rather than Vista, but what are any potential pitfalls for someone who is pretty un-tech savvy.
  2. mbrellisford macrumors member

    May 29, 2007
    I don't know what her job is, but the problem that I encounter most (being a student [MAC at school, PC at home]) is FONTS. Windows and MAC use different fonts and unless both computer have the same OT font file, it totally screws everything up and project have to be done almost from scratch.
  3. hopejr macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2005
    New South Wales, Australia
    I've never come across that problem. All the fonts I have on my Windows machine at work are on my Macs at home because of Office. It's simple enough just to copy the fonts across though.

    To the OP: Publisher files won't work on Office for Mac. The problem with PowerPoint is that you shouldn't drag images into slides on the Mac version. You need to Insert using the menus. Otherwise the Windows version won't be able to interpret the images.
  4. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Yeah, I ran into this problem too. The solution is to slightly edit the image in Powerpoint for mac before you save it. The Red-eye tool seems to serve the purpose best. This will force Powerpoint to save the image into a Win32 format that Powerpoint for windows will have no trouble with.
  5. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    Publisher is a problem as someone pointed out.

    Fonts - gee, i have all of mine (4000?) on an external drive and share that between the sides.

    If there is a doubt - just DL the "pc" version on the Mac side. It works fine!
  6. drumforfun19 macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2007
    can't you just not save the pictures as a tiff to begine with?
  7. Digm thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2007
    These are all things that seem simple to you and me but my mom might not be able to handle it. It might be best that she sticks with a PC.
  8. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Well I use Mac at home and Windows at work and really don't have issues. One thing that I run into is seeing all those hidden files (ex. .DHStore) that Mac creates on my Windows machine, but that's only because I have Windows set to see hidden files, which is not the default setup so your mom would not likely have that problem. Very rarely I'll have something in PowerPoint that needs to be changed, but is rare. Your mom shouldn't have any real issues.

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