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05 January 2008 @ 06:56 pm
Converted to Mac  
Sooooo....those of you who know us IRL, we're not exactly advertising it, but Mark and I have new laptops - make that MacBooks. We've been circling around the idea for some time; our IBMs are starting to do odd, old-laptop stuff, and mine is so fraught with spyware and crap that I'm tired of dealing with (not to mention the 'z' key that doesn't work)...well, the upshot is, we've splurged and bought new laptops.

I am both excited and apprehensive. I have never used a Mac before, ever, but I'm not sorry to say good-bye to viruses, spyware and other associated Windows foibles.

So far, my MacBook is very pretty, but I'm starting to get nervous about not being able to use certain, beloved programs.

Semagic, for posting to LJ. In fact, I use Semagic to post simultaneously to my LJ, GJ, and IJ. Is there a similar Mac client that will do the same? I've d/led iJournal, but so far I can't see how it would llow me to post to multiple journals at once.

Photoshop...how will I make icons?! I've had PS 7 since I joined fandom. It took me months to figure out how to do cool stuff with it. I am biting my nails wondering what I'm going to do now.

Word - I'm not too worried about this one yet. Supposedly, Open Office allows you to save things as Word docs, which is my primary objective. My work computer is a PC, and I HAVE to be able to easily swap files back and forth between the laptop and work.

Those are my biggie concerns. I've already d/led and installed Firefox for Macs. Nothing against Safari, but I love Firefox. *clings to familiar*

Um, any advice, Mac users?

ETA: Well, I've installed Office Mac and Photoshop for Mac.  I've copied over all of my files and bookmarks, and I gotta say, this baby runs very. very smoothly.  With all my old programs (in new incarnations) it even almost feels like home. 

But I still haven't found a client for it like Semagic that allows me to post to multiple journals at once.  :((  And there are some things I'm definitely 'learning' how to get use to.  The keyboard feels very different from my thinkpad, and that's really my largest concern.  Above all, my computer must be a tool for writing.  I'm sure I'll get used to it.  I hope. 
Current Mood: excitedexcited
-peartreealley on January 6th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
I have a MacBook and it's lovely, and I switch between two PC laptops and it on a daily basis with no problems.

The whole MS Office Suite is available for Mac. And your teacher husband can even get a discount. You may also like Scrivener, which is only available for the Mac.

Photoshop is also available on the Mac (and it fact, the Mac is renowned for being the computer of choice for people who do graphic design).

Now, all of this does mean you have to purchase new software, but it is available for your computer.

And use FireFox. Safari isn't compatible with a lot of things on the Web, sadly.

I can't help with the LJ questions, as I just use the regular update thing on the website in HTML mode.

Enjoy your new computers!
rhienellethrhienelleth on January 7th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Hmm, well, we've now installed the Word office suite, and even though it's 'word' there is still going to be a 'getting used to the differences curve' here. But I gott say, I love how smoothly and easily the Macbook runs/installs things.
mallory_blogmallory_blog on January 6th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
Photoshop and Word work fine in MAC

rhienellethrhienelleth on January 7th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
Aha! Indeed. :D I have them on it and running now, and both appear to be working perfectly (aside from my own Mac conversion issues.)
Lexcrankylex on January 6th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
LJ Clients

I've used Phoenix in the past, but I currently use Deepest Sender, which is a Firefox add-on. I'm not 100% certain that Phoenix will work on an Intel Mac, though.

Phoenix -- http://homepage.mac.com/thorshammer/phoenix.html

Deepest Sender -- http://deepestsender.mozdev.org/

Word Processing

I second Scrivener's recommendation as a writing organizer.

If your goal is just to be able to create and edit Word docs, I recommend Bean. It's a lot lighter than NeoOffice (which is the OpenOffice port for Mac).

Scrivener -- http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.html

Bean -- http://www.bean-osx.com/Bean.html

You can get Photoshop for Mac, as well as a port of GIMP, if you're so inclined.

Any other questions, let me know. I could talk about this stuff all day.
rhienelleth: zoe/wash - shayrenarhienelleth on January 7th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
Ah! A Mac-phile I can pester with questions. :D Thanks for all the great info and links. So far, I'm pretty pleased w/both Word and Photoshop, though Mac's propensity for tiny windows takes some adjustment. It also might be me getting used to the 13" screen vs. my old 15".

I also wanted to say, RE: your recent post of extremely sad news, my heart goes out to you. {{Lex}} I can't say I've been precisely where you are, but I've certainly experienced the sense of utter loss and sadness of a miscarriage. I'm so, so sorry.
Agent Provocateurdaera23 on January 6th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
I just got a new macbook after Thanksgiving. Still learning my way around . . .

I got the iWork, but wish I hadn't. I'm just too ingrained in office.

For lj, I have been using ijournal, but I don't post too often, and I don't have multiple accounts.

overall though, I do love it.

rhienellethrhienelleth on January 7th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
We, too, purchased iWork, and quickly decided it was a mistake. Not that it isn't a perfectly good program, but we're both writers who have been entrenched in Word for YEARS. We like Word and Excel.