What should I know before X-mas morning!!!

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  1. i1alian085 macrumors member

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    I know there is a 2gb 250gb 15" mbp under the tree.

    i am switching from pc to mac, and so excited.

    i need to now what i should be buying as far as software....apps....settings...what to do?

    help guys!!
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    First, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for being so very organized and detailed in telling the member base here at MacRumors what your interests are so that the members here can recommend software.

    Now, on that note. I suggest buying Photoshop CS3 or CS4, either or. You should buy Delicious Library and Aperture. I think you should buy Office 2008 and iWork, because redundancy is key.

    Games ... buy Spore, WOW, and Call of Duty.

    Merry Christmas.
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Ha! Ha!

    Translating what jessica. said... we need some more information to adequately make sound recommendations based on your needs ;)

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  4. i1alian085 thread starter macrumors member

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    which version of office for mac should i buy. i see like 40 different types.

    and is firefox on macs better or worse than safari?
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Firefox v. Safari is a running issue and is personal preference
    Lots of threads here about it... search with MRoogle
    Try them both and come to your own conclusion
    Firefox has the advantage of plugins, but Safari has it's pluses too

    Office 2008 is the latest version, but 2004 might be a more stable product
    Of course you can use Open Office and Neo Office for free
    If you don't need complete compatibility and cross utilization with Windows try iWork

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  6. ZiggyPastorius macrumors 68040

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    Or you could download the web browser "Opera" for free and enjoy a more pleasant browsing experience from a browser that created most of the features you enjoy on Firefox and Safari.

    As for games, I would stay away from Spore. It's a lot of fun at first, then it gets boring, REALLY fast. I bought it, and I wish I hadn't. $50 wasted.

    If you need office applications, I recommend iWork. For your needs, it will be more than adequate, I'm sure, and it's much cheaper (and only one version).
     
  7. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I said Office 2008.
    Firefox is better on a MacBook Pro than it is on any other mac actually.
     
  8. Vivid.Inferno macrumors 6502

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    I prefer safari, but I have to use Firefox because Safari will not support my online labs for college.

    I use iWork, I think it's better (after installing both 30 day trials of iWork and Office 2008).

    Spore is fun for about three days....I wasted the money on the Special Edition....waste of $100.
     
  9. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    Dont buy officemac 2008. Its junk, VBA macros are non existent. So if you use excel much, its useless. If you dont know what im talking about, its where u open the menu and go to add-ins, and there are no add-ins so. So its a waste, wait for the next version. Just read the reviews on it, youll see the major displeasure with everyone. If you go to college office 08 is a waste, i promise you it will fall short on something you want to do. And i concur on not getting spore. Its cool for a day then boring.
     
  10. Next Tuesday macrumors 6502a

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    You should know that you are luckier than most. Most families cant afford to purchase their kids a MBP. Most are getting 500 dollar windows laptops.
     
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  12. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    And your point will be what exactly?
    Let his parent's worry about their wallets.
     
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    Oh now come on, that wasn't called for...
     
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    Ummm, im pretty sure the point is that he got a 2k+ Mac for xmas but i could be wrong, Smh.
     
  15. OttawaGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Go to bed early Christmas eve or Santa will not come. ;)
     
  16. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    And I'm pretty sure this isn't the point of thread.
     
  17. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    and even more cant even afford that....
     
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    Why does a demi goddess always have to ruin a thread with their nonsense.
     
  19. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Pot meet kettle. :)
     

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  20. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    Again, what's wrong with the OP getting a $2k laptop? I don't see your point, they've obviously got the money to spend, so they did, they earnt it, they spent it, you can't pull a guilt trip on hard-earnt money...
     
  21. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    Nonsense? This thread has nothing to do with the ethics of buying an expensive gift...

    As for the OP... use Open office for a while and see how you like it. It's sufficient for most. Unless you're making a lot of presentations, iWork is pretty useless as word and excel will eat pages and numbers, respectively, alive. Aside from that, I'm not gonna spoon feed you every single good app out there. There are literally thousands of threads entitled similarly to "I'M SWITCHING WHAT APPS DO I NEED?" Best of luck.

    Excellent illustration. Care to identify who's who in that picture?
     
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    Haha, that picture is amazing, good job :D
     
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    If you have the new unibody use firefox and multiclutch. Also get quicksilver.

    ChrisN
     
  24. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816

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    I am afraid I have to agree with jessica. on this one. When I initially read your post, I thought, what does the price of the computer or the ability to buy it have to do with this thread?

    Some people have money, some people don't. Are people who are getting MBPs or new cars or new boats or diamonds supposed to feel bad about it? Are they supposed to feel grateful? Anyway, who cares? The OP seems to know what is under his tree so, how much it costs and wether he is grateful for it or not is irrelevant.

    Now that this thread has gotten way off topic, I recommend a timbuk2 laptop bag for your new MBP.
     
  25. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    Adium for instant messaging
    Firefox for browsing (though safari is very good too, and camino is worth a look)
    Handbrake, obviously
    Burn is a really nice, free media burner

    As far an an office suite goes, I am still using office 04. It opens slowly the first time after a reboot, but other than that, it's quite stable and fast at this point, even though it uses rosetta.

    If you don't own any of the paid office suites at this point then try open office. It's not bad at all, and if you decide not to use it, nothing lost.
     
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