Tech writer tries to propagate ‘no software for Mac’ myth

“A standard is supposed to be what everyone agrees on, but getting people to agree on anything isn

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  1. “best in class” applications”…including Microsoft Office 2004 (Mac, baybee)!

    Question: what do MOST human beings do with their computers?

    Answer: surf the web, word processing and spreadsheets.

    Fact.

    And any Mac can do these tasks. Therefore…non-issue. Let it die already.

  2. That’s AutoCAD.

    I used Vectorworks for awhile. I switched to ArchiCAD.
    Vectorworks does “BIM” light. It freaked me out when
    modeling a building and when switching from 2d to 3d
    and then back, Vectorworks moved walls on me. Now,
    if you are in the trade and this happens and you don’t
    catch it or if you have to constantly spend your time
    making sure that walls and such are staying put…

    I called Vectorworks and they in no way could help. So,
    they are copying ArchiCAD, or it sure looks like it, so it
    is probably getting better.

    But, it is for sure, ArchiCAD is the Mac of the CAD world
    and AutoCAD is the MS Office, other than they don’t
    have a Mac version.

    Do yourself a huge favor, purchase and learn ArchiCAD.
    You have no idea until you do. And you will be using a
    “BIM” based application in the future. AutoDesk is fervently
    trying to incorporate it in to AutoCAD.

  3. I love this quote..”…that generally makes crossing the road an anxious moment because you don�t know which way to look first,” Ed Sperling writes..”

    You know, when I was growing up, you looked BOTH WAYS before crossing…and it didn’t matter which direction you chose first.

    Moron.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    Uhh.. you look left first. Unless you’re English, in which case.. right. Note the word FIRST in the quote.

  4. It’s really only relevant if you could get a dollar for every application on a particular platform.

    Other than the main applications most people need for their daily surfing, resumes and entertainment, why else do you need so many software applications? Choice?

    Choice is fine, but if the choice itself is crap, what’s the point? “Hmmm… I’ll have that fine looking black piece of poo there.”

    Companies talk of “Best of Breed” applications, but still choose to conduct most business using a 2ghz celeron PC running M$ software.

  5. I suggested some days ago that we need to organize a whip-round to buy Joe a Mac!

    I still suggest this.

    A ‘Buy Joe McConnell a Mac’ PayPal account at ‘buy-joe-mcconnell-a-mac.com’.

    My contribution to this endevour, is the creation of this idea. It has a retail value of $10US ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. God not this old chesnut again!

    I though the ‘there are no applications for the mac’ died with OS 8.

    Bloody hell – this would be funny if it wasn’t so bloody old history!

    MESSAGE FOR WINDOWS USERS – GET A MAC AND USE THE BEST SOFTWARE IN THE WORLD!!

  7. I think the problem that most people have with software apps is that most developers will just develop them for the PC environment by default since that is what 95% of businesses use. Microsoft “created” the .net “standard” for developers to write apps for buinesses using PCs.

  8. Re: spell checking

    Enable Edit->Spelling->Check Spelling as You Type and possibly misspelled words will be underlined when you type them. Ctrl-<click> on any of ’em to pop up a menu with suggested corrections (or No Guesses Found), as someone already mentioned.

    Also, tapping the Esc key while typing brings up a menu of choices matching the current word up to that point.

  9. It’s great that there are features like spell check for Safari, but why are so many Mac features undocumented?

    I am a 98% Mac user, but I do have to say that the Windows help menu is much better. No question that you need it more, but…….

    Don’t get me wrong, I am happy that the features are there,
    just would like to know about them. And I am a 16 year Mac user.

  10. Kenh:

    Any help menu that you have to use regularly will seem better than one you look at once in a blue moon, simply because you’ve grown familiar with it through practice. I spend about 98% of my time on Macs and the rest on PCs; I actually have to look at the online help about equally for each platform, and find both help systems about equally disorganized and maddening.

    By the way, I suspect one big reason AutoCAD isn’t available for the Mac is that AutoCAD’s user-interface standards are totally incompatible with either the Classic or Aqua UI guidelines. I’ve had projects where I had to switch back and forth frequently between Mac-style UIs (Illustrator, Photoshop) and AutoCAD-style UIs. The ‘syntax’, if you will, of the drawing tools is almost exactly reversed from one set to the other, so that if you’re used to one, the other will be hopelessly counterintuitive. Jumping back and forth, I had to remind myself constantly which way I was supposed to work, and wasted a lot of time in a sort of cognitive jet-lag. (It was as if I lived in a town where you drove on the right on half the streets, and on the left on the other half . . . and each street was right-handed or left-handed at random. Imagine the accident rate!) It is certainly possible to design a top-quality CAD package for the Mac, following Apple’s UI guidelines, and make it file-compatible with AutoCAD, but it would not look much like AutoCAD when it was ready for release.

  11. >MDN mentioned: iMovie, iPhoto, iChat AV, Final Cut Pro, iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, Safari, Mac OS X, Sherlock, etc

    I like FCP, DVD studio Pro, and Mac OS X. The rest are pretty much useless to me.

    On the PC, there are many just as good (if not better) apps – Premiere Pro, ACDSee, etc. Many people are used to working with this apps (many of which are Windows-only). So unless apple finds a way to make these apps run just as fast on a Mac, or the developers create Mac versions, or somehow the Mac starts running faster than PC equivilents, then there is little reason for consumers to consider switching to Apple.

    I love using Apple products. But the Apple experience isn’t compelling enough to spend the thousands of dollars to switch.

    Of all the possible scenarios, the one that would work best for me is:

    VPC7 runs Windows apps (including games) just as fast as on a PC. I’d run out and buy the fastest PowerMac I could afford (dual 2 Ghz or higher with 1-2Gigs of RAM) and use that to run FCP, DVD Studio Pro, etc… as well as run all my Windows apps and plugins that go with them. And if there were money left over, I’d probably get a PowerBook and run it the same.

  12. >MDN mentioned: iMovie, iPhoto, iChat AV, Final Cut Pro, iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, Safari, Mac OS X, Sherlock, etc

    I like FCP, DVD studio Pro, and Mac OS X. The rest are pretty much useless to me.

    On the PC, there are many just as good (if not better) apps – Premiere Pro, ACDSee, etc. Many people are used to working with this apps (many of which are Windows-only). So unless apple finds a way to make these apps run just as fast on a Mac, or the developers create Mac versions, or somehow the Mac starts running faster than PC equivilents, then there is little reason for consumers to consider switching to Apple.

    I love using Apple products. But the Apple experience isn’t compelling enough to spend the thousands of dollars to switch.

    Of all the possible scenarios, the one that would work best for me is:

    VPC7 runs Windows apps (including games) just as fast as on a PC. I’d run out and buy the fastest PowerMac I could afford (dual 2 Ghz or higher with 1-2Gigs of RAM) and use that to run FCP, DVD Studio Pro, etc… as well as run all my Windows apps and plugins that go with them. And if there were money left over, I’d probably get a PowerBook and run it the same.

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