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    There is MS Office for Mac...

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    after 10 years on windows... switched to mac for the last 3 and have never looked back since.

    it... just... works...

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    For the original qn, thats exactly what I use my macbook for.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maltese View Post
    Sorry to hi-jack this thread since we are all enquiring the same thing.

    I'm needing a notebook....for work. I need to surf a lot, do quite a fair bit of graphics altering and at the same time, do powerpoint, word and excel spreadsheet stuffs. I'm incline on trying a macbook (13" is big enuff for me, I have weak hands) but I dunno whether will the biz applications as easy to use as microsoft office and firefox.

    Thks!
    As for this, you should note that the MB has no vid card, so high def gfx productions will be abit hard. MS office and firefox are avail for mac too. However, if you work for a big company, plese note that progs that work on windows might not work on mac, so check with your IT team first.

    Further, the macbook for some reason is much heavier then my sis' inspiron 640M. Go to a shop and try it out.

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    my only concerns are my videos, powerpoint slides with animation as well as webpage will they be ok in a shared graphics card? I do a lot of presentations so it will be quite impt to me. Will the output to projectors, wireless transfer be an issue?

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    There is an adaptor cable for you to output to projectors, so no worries for that. (it should come included with the MB/MBP when your purchase)

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    oh...ok. Then the graphics parts should be ok also? The other things that worries me is the HDD and RAM. I understand it cannot be upgraded easily and must be factory installed rite?

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    Hmm i have no idea about the HDD, since I intend to add an external one rather than bother upgrading the internal hdd.

    But RAM upgrade is easy-peasy. You can even do it yourself

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    I heard the sales person say its not as easy as laptop to upgrade notebook HDD and memory. For the external HDD, we can just get the normal HDD for PC 1 rite?

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    Easy/Not easy isn't an issue I think. Heh. For HDD, ultimately they all involve dismantling to get at the HDD.

    The only issue is Mac's RAM isn't cheap in comparison to your windoze laptops. Pick up a price list from SLS and you'd get what I mean.

    For external, you'd need an adaptor if it doesn't already come with a USB/Firewire connection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maltese View Post
    oh...ok. Then the graphics parts should be ok also? The other things that worries me is the HDD and RAM. I understand it cannot be upgraded easily and must be factory installed rite?
    Changing/adding RAM takes only a few minutes and doesn't require a technician. You can do it yourself. You can also change the MacBook (but not the MacBook Pro) HDD on your own.

    You can look at the procedures at the support section of the Apple website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilario View Post
    Mac but don't get the macbook if u can. Get the cheaper Macbook Pro.. much better quality LCD. Macbook pretty cheapie, i've got two black macbooks motherboard got busted and will cost **** to replace them...
    Photoshop is a pleasure to use on the mac than windows (super easy drag and drop from anywhere)
    How can the MacBook Pro be cheaper than the MacBook?

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    I switch to Mac and had never looked back. How I wish my company switch to mac too.


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    so for a business and normal user who dun play demanding graphic games, a macbook will be suffice? I've been a windows user for decades was just afraid of the learning curve as well as the loads of files that runs in windows. I heard we can just use ipod or network sharing to convert their format? Does all sorts of files able to be converted like pdf, wav, mpeg, avi, docx, xls etc?

    Also I have a USB external hard disks storage tower (inside got more than 1 HDD) that I will still be using for my windows files. If I eventually going to have a external storage tower for my mac, can they be used or I need to get mac HDD in order to do that?

    1 last issue...if I want to share files with my windows colleagues, will it still be as simple as copy them into a flashdrive then pass to them or I need to export them for use as windows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maltese View Post
    I heard we can just use ipod or network sharing to convert their format? Does all sorts of files able to be converted like pdf, wav, mpeg, avi, docx, xls etc?

    Also I have a USB external hard disks storage tower (inside got more than 1 HDD) that I will still be using for my windows files. If I eventually going to have a external storage tower for my mac, can they be used or I need to get mac HDD in order to do that?

    1 last issue...if I want to share files with my windows colleagues, will it still be as simple as copy them into a flashdrive then pass to them or I need to export them for use as windows?
    PDF files are natively run in Mac, don't even need to download Adobe Reader. Wav, mpeg, avi are ordinary files that can be opened in iTunes / Quicktime and also in the Finder. If you have Microsoft Office Mac installed, you can open all the Office files without exporting them in other formats.

    In other words, there is no difference.

    As for the external HDD, you can use the same one for Windows if you have it in FAT32 format. If it's in NTFS, then you can read but not write.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Chin View Post
    How can the MacBook Pro be cheaper than the MacBook?
    I think he meant to get a cheap MacBook Pro (rather than a more expensive/higher end MacBook Pro) instead of a MacBook, not that MacBook Pro is cheaper than MacBook...

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    oh...so u mean if my external HDD I format into FAT32, then both my windows PC and macbook can retrieve, save and write on a common platform?

    Wha...so advance liao? I still thought I have to get 2 systems of everything! Then wireless leh? Can my linksys wireless router be use for the mac also?

    Sorry for the long questions...but it definitely helps to clear my doubts into going for a mac.

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    Linksys can be used, nowadays jsut about everything can be configured for both or at least have an equivalent to use on both platforms.

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    You might experience some peculiar behaviour with linksys router/dsl modems though.

    Like for my case... my MBP has to be the 1st one to connect after I switch on my router. If other connections from my ibook g4 or windoze laptops get there first... it will just refuse my connection.

    No problems on the pure routers though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maltese View Post
    oh...so u mean if my external HDD I format into FAT32, then both my windows PC and macbook can retrieve, save and write on a common platform?

    Wha...so advance liao? I still thought I have to get 2 systems of everything! Then wireless leh? Can my linksys wireless router be use for the mac also?

    Sorry for the long questions...but it definitely helps to clear my doubts into going for a mac.
    Yes, you can read and write FAT32 partitions from Mac OS X. You can even read NTFS volumes natively but you cannot write them without an add-on.

    If your router is 802.11n draft 2.0 compliant, it may work in the highest speed mode with a Mac but then, no equipment is guaranteed to work with other equipment until the standard has been completed.

    Not only can you run Windows on its own, but you can run it through Parallels or VMWare software. You can also run some Windows software through DarWINE or Crossover for Mac. There are a few distributions of Linux available also.

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    Great to see that there are actually a lot of Mac lovers in CS
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