Working with Apples, Part 2
Before we begin, here is a link to Part 1, if you missed it: Working with Apples, Part 1
Okay, so I got the iMac, and swapped out the keyboard and mouse for a set I was much more comfortable with, and it was time to start using it as my “main computer”. Which means, installing programs to actually get stuff done.
The iMac comes with iTunes, for managing music and videos; and iPhoto which gives me basic image editing. It has Safari for surfing the Web. Also Apple Mail, for managing my email; iChat for IM-ing/video conferencing (limited to other iChat users); a quite basic text editor; DVDMaker; and Garage Band.
Which is not a bad set of utilities for an operating system to come with.. but IMHO, the best is Time Machine (I’d sure like to see a Windows version of that!)(Well, Genie Timeline is very close..)
When I was in the gizmo and gadget Superstore looking at keyboards, I also went over to the software aisles — there were three.
One was dedicated to PC games (making it one of my preferred aisles.. ahem).
And a four foot long section, of four shelves, constituted the “Mac Software” section.
A pitifully small selection.. especially when you’re standing in the aisles.
There were two antivirus titles; about three dozen game titles (of those, 12 were “real games”, and not Solitaire); Microsoft Office for Mac; a couple of PDF-related titles, Quicken, iLife and iWork, and the rest were too uninteresting for me to mentally note.
I guess you could call it a “bright spot” — they did have one Call of Duty title…
So, I didn’t buy any (software) programs for the iMac.
- For Internet Safety, I downloaded Avast! for Mac (free)
- For Productivity, I downloaded Open Office for Mac, which allows me to handle my Microsoft Office documents and spreadsheets. (free)
[Some people prefer Libre Office, also free]
- For notes/reminders/to do’s, I downloaded Evernote (free)
- For real chat/video I downloaded Skype (free)
- For HTML and blogging, I downloaded Komposer (free)
- For Remote Desktop, I downloaded TeamViewer (free)
With those titles, and a few more, I have an actually productive machine.
But I’m kind of out of luck in the gaming department,, though, there’s plenty of Time-waster type games,
Please feel free to suggest other titles you’d like to recommend to me, as a Comment (below)
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