G Scale Model Train Forum banner

1 - 20 of 24 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,062 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Ok I know lots of you folks use MAC and I have a few questions, As I am considering making the switch. I am cuuently using Windows XP, which I like. My wifes son just got himself a new laptop with Vista... which I think SUCKS/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/sick.gif
I have software on my puter to read "raw" image files from a Canon DSLR, also have a older (2004) version of Quicken, I use a cable ISP. I am guessing I can down load drivers for my Canon i9100 printer, the Maxter external HD, old epson scaner, oh what about my Adobe Photo Shop, that came with the camera mentioned above?
I have an old version of Microsoft Office (97) for windows so I guess I'll loose that?
Can anyone tell me about this stuff, please don't guess, Live Steam engines I can fix, computers..../DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/blink.gif Where's the steam oil go in this thing..
Thanks
Jeff
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,167 Posts
The new Macs have Intel chips. You can get a version of XP to run on the Mac and have both operating systems on one computer.

-Brian
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,976 Posts
Jeff,

I won't guess about your specific camera, scanner, etc..

My experience with my iBook has been fantastic. However, you need to understand that a Mac and a PC operate differently. You do a lot more by clicking and dragging with the mac than a PC. There were several times when I got very frustrated while on the steep side of the learning curve. I don't recall ever having to download a driver for cameras or printers.

However, now that I have the hang of it, making dvds, editing photos, is pretty straight forward and relatively simple.

Mark
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,062 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
Looks like they come with "boot camp" software that lets you run windows at start up, but I think you need a cd copy (pre-loaded soft ware not going to work). of windows.
Brian, they have software that lets you run both OS's at the same time but that is "extra" (not cheap) software.
The other thing they don't mention is any "card readers" for cf cards etc. ?? I'll have to stop at the local Best Buy to have a look see.
Mark, The learning curve thing is not a problem as the old PC is still working, I would just turn this PC over to the wife ( she doesn't like learning "new" tricks on the computer) and she wants her own puter anyhow ( I spend too much time on MLS) hehe.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
733 Posts
I use a Mac -both at home and at work. I do not use the Boot Camp aspect of it -but rather the X-11 aspect. I use the x-servers as the main data store and the computer we design on them -as hot back up!!!

At home I use the Classic 9.1 environment -mostly because I am still deeply in love with my 8500 with its 19 inch Radius monitor....

regards

ralph
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
49 Posts
Jeff, get a copy of parallels, it allows both to run both OS's at same time, the windows XP runs in a Virtual machine window. I like some windows programs better, but this allows me to get far away from vista. www.parallels.com
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,910 Posts
Boot camp comes for free with the Mac OS, and lets you switch between windows and mac. Parralels lets you switch live--press a key and you're in windows

I've used a mac since 1985--The only issue that bothers me is I can't run the sftware for Phoenix or QSI--I need to get a windows install disk and install windows and then it'll work

There are a bunch of free open source software programs that IMHO are better than MS office and which can run Word fiels and save in Word format

OpenOffice is one
NeoOffice is another
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,062 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
Thanks all, I will take a drive to the Apple store in Charlotte tomorrow . I found all the discs for my photo shop and canon camera software, so I'm good there. Watched a 30 minute video on the MAC OS X Leopard, looks easy to learn..... maybe.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
436 Posts
I know it's not popular to say but I have the much maligned Vista on most of the computers I work on and after a short learning curve and a couple of tweaks I find Vista to be more stable and easier to use then XP.....that being said the Mac, although somewhat pricier is also a very good computer..
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
28 Posts
Jeff, I hope you come join the revolution against headache, MAC ownership. I have had my intel Mac for two years know and enjoy everyday. My laptop still runs windows and I am waiting until the Mac book touch, larger version of ipod touch, is released before my laptop meets a horrific 'suicide'. I have yet to convince my Dad to convert, but most others in my family has seen the light. Good luck

Johnny
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
255 Posts
Hey Jeff,

The Photoshop answer is, it depends. If your new Mac is running OS X Leopard (the current MAC OS I believe), then Photoshop CS3 (current version) is designed to be compatible. Older versions of Photoshop will not be compatible. Currently, Photoshop version 7, or the earlier CS versions are upgradeable ($$). CS3 will handle Canon RAW files if you want to go direct to CS3.

The manufacturer web site will be able to tell you what drivers are available for what systems. Also check Apple to see if they embed drivers in the OS like Vista.

I am under the impression that Quicken 2004 is no longer supported by Quicken, but a lot of times the SW can be downloaded from your bank’s e-bill paying site for free.

Let us know what you decide to do.
Mike
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
183 Posts
Both Parallels and VMWare Fusion let you run XP at the same time you run MacOS. Both work; I have used both and prefer the control possible with VMWare Fusion to that of Parallels.

Mark
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
Jeff,

You should check your software license for Photoshop and other Adobe products. The Photoshop license allows you to run on only Windows or Mac OS. You can switch your license from Windows to Mac for a small fee but then you won't be able to run it under Windows anymore. I have both a Windows PC and a Mac with Intel chipset. The Mac also has Windows XP installed so I'm able to run my Photoshop-Windows software on the Mac under Bootcamp and VMware, and still use Photoshop on my Vista PC.

Steve
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,062 Posts
Discussion Starter #16
Thanks Steve, and everyone else who has responded. It looks like when I make the jump I may go to an upgrade, I'm using photo shop elements 2 which is about 5 years old now! I'm still looking at everything thats this jump will effect, including the bank balance..hehe
Jeff
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,062 Posts
Discussion Starter #17
What's the first thing you do when you set up your new i MAC ? Go to MLS and say THANKS everyone/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/hehe.gif
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
4,466 Posts
Our school always used Apples, so that's what I learned on. When I retired, I bought an Apple eMac with some upgrades. Has been fine for me, even had a buddy switch over to one, after fighting with his PC over and over. He's had no problems since. Now IF I could just convince my wife! :) Jerry
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
322 Posts
To counter all the bad press from Vista, I have been told that Microsoft is coming out next year with yet another OS. Many that have older XP units are seriously looking at a Mac and are not put off by a learning curve. Such is life.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,062 Posts
Discussion Starter #20
Well the web is pretty simple, I like the Safari, The Quicken was a start from scratch.. I could not import the files from the Maxter external HD, But I was able to load all my photos and iphoto can read the Canon RAW images.. COOL !! Many things are faster/easier with the MAC OS then with the windows XP . Oh did I mention I now have spell checker here on MLS.. I tried to down load a video over on the Live Steam Forum (K-27 performance) but could not view it. I will look on the old PC and see what program it was run with. Guess I will have to down load some programs .
 
1 - 20 of 24 Posts
Top