What PC software you miss on Macs?

cyberone

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am about to switch, but dunno about softwares I'd miss.

mainly PS (CS2):

can I load actions AND plugins into a mac as I can load them into windows?

any essential softwares you still need a PC for?
 

Chundles

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cyberone said:
am about to switch, but dunno about softwares I'd miss.

mainly PS (CS2):

can I load actions AND plugins into a mac as I can load them into windows?

any essential softwares you still need a PC for?
Can Adobe transfer the license for you so you don't need to get a Mac version of CS2?

I don't miss anything.
 

sjpetry

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You gotta love all those things that steal your identity and and put ads everywhere. Don't forget about those ones that crash your computer. But I forgot what they were call because it's been so long

That more than makes up for anything missing. My iMac should be dead after all the things it's seen.:p
 

cyberone

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guys - I'm talking about actions and plugins, essential tools to work with photoshop, and not adware and other senseless stuff.

any knowledge out there?
 

dubbz

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Other than games;

foobar2000, for gapless playback goodness.

And I think that's it.


Can't help you with the Photoshop question. Haven't tried doing it myself.
 

Bear

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cyberone said:
am about to switch, but dunno about softwares I'd miss.

mainly PS (CS2):

can I load actions AND plugins into a mac as I can load them into windows?

any essential softwares you still need a PC for?
Yes, Photoshop on the Mac can have actins and plugins. You just need to get the Mac versions of them.
 

Texas04

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Switched a few months ago... only thing i have not been able to find is a DVD Shrink Utility... i have MactheRipper for my DVD's that I backup, but nothing to shrink them.
 

killmoms

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Texas04 said:
Switched a few months ago... only thing i have not been able to find is a DVD Shrink Utility... i have MactheRipper for my DVD's that I backup, but nothing to shrink them.
HandBrake is a DVD ripper/compressor that does it all in one step, without having to use lots of HD space to rip first. For stuff you already have ripped (or just other movie files), use ffmpegX.

As for me, I miss having VirtualDub and some of its associated plugins (re: TextSub, part of VobSub). Also, HuffYUV codec support.
 

mduser63

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I miss Sound Forge or Adobe Audition. That's the one app for which I haven't been able to find a good Mac equivalent. I find that strange, as Macs are perhaps more common than PCs among music producers/audio people. BIAS Peak is the same kind of app, but it's really terrible IMO.
 

~Shard~

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Texas04 said:
Switched a few months ago... only thing i have not been able to find is a DVD Shrink Utility... i have MactheRipper for my DVD's that I backup, but nothing to shrink them.
DVD2OneX, Popcorn, Toast 7, ffmpegx, Handbrake. Pick any one you like. Problem solved. :cool:
 

~Shard~

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fayans said:
Using Control Panel to Add/Remove to delete those PC softwares. :D :p
Yeah, just dragging the .app file into the trash really sucks, I prefer having to run an uninstall program, delete keys in the registry and all that junk too... :p ;) :D
 

~Shard~

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fayans said:
I reckon you must have missed doing defragmentation too. :D
Obviously I still defragment my Mac's hard drive as part of my standard maintenance, as everyone should, but it is a lot easier and less time consuming on my Mac than it was on my PC. :)
 

fayans

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~Shard~ said:
Obviously I still defragment my Mac's hard drive as part of my standard maintenance, as everyone should, but it is a lot easier and less time consuming on my Mac than it was on my PC. :)
Then I must have missed doing it as I don't bother to do so in OSX as I don't keep too many large files on my system. :rolleyes:
 

~Shard~

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fayans said:
Then I must have missed doing it as I don't bother to do so in OSX as I don't keep too many large files on my system. :rolleyes:
It's a good idea to do maintenance on your Mac, whether it be defragging, cleaning the cache, repairing permissions, etc., to keep it running in top form. It actually has little to do with the size of your files.

I'm often surprised how many people in general aren't aware of what things should be done to ensure a healthy, well-running Mac. The UNIX subsystems on OS X were originally written for machines that were typically never shut off. OS X inherits this assumption, and has many system maintenance tasks that are scheduled to run between 3 AM and 5 AM. In addition, there are scripts designed to run weekly on weekends, and once a month in the middle of the night.

So, if these maintenance tasks are never run (such as on a Mac that is always shut off at night), many log files and system database will grow extremely large or fail to get backed up.

So I make sure to take good care of my Mac - it's just common sense, really. :cool:
 

fayans

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~Shard~ said:
It's a good idea to do maintenance on your Mac, whether it be defragging, cleaning the cache, repairing permissions, etc., to keep it running in top form. It actually has little to do with the size of your files.
I do all those minus defragging. What application do you use to defrag? idefrag?
 

dubbz

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~Shard~ said:
Yeah, just dragging the .app file into the trash really sucks, I prefer having to run an uninstall program, delete keys in the registry and all that junk too... :p ;) :D
What do you mean? I know plenty of Windows users that just drag the Application directory into the trash (or Recycle Bin). ;)


...I hate it when they do that, as I'm usually the one who has to clean up after them :rolleyes: