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dennismurphy
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Re: [Beginner] New iMac 27"

Please don't take offense - I'm genuinely curious.

I haven't had a need for most of that, and fail to see what's wrong with FMPro, at least if you're talking about Access. I'd take FM over Access any day, any week. Of course, what I'd REALLY prefer is my old standard Nutshell Plus for DOS, but I'm a dinosaur.

But all that aside ... This is the beauty of virtualization - you really CAN have your cake and eat it too.

I haven't had the iTunes problem so many others have but again, I've been Mac-native with it all that time. iTunes on Mac is a very different beast.

To each their own, but I can't say desktop databases are somewhere I've found lacking.


J E F F
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Depends on what exactly you're looking for. But once you go Mac, you never go back.

I do run CrossOver for Mac for a couple Windows programs, it allows you run certain Windows programs without installing Windows (Parallels, VMWare, Virtual Box or Boot Camp). It's a paid version of WINE, which is the best way I can describe it. (WINE: Wine Is Not (an) Emulator) I also have Parallels. I've owned both VMWare Fusion and Parallels, and each will be better than each other depending on the release date. IMHO.

Other than that, head to the App Store and see what you can find that you like. Boom Audio is one app that I like if you have a low volume video/song and need to hear it better. Remember to set up Mission Control so you can use your hot corners. SMC Fan Control is another great app for controlling fan (though more ideal for MacBooks), and Meteorologist is awesome for looking at weather, as it stays in the menu bar.

If you like playing with Photo's, the App Store has a crapload of photo apps.

Handbrake for converting movies from DVD...(the ones you own..duh)

Transmission for downloading torrent files from legal sources.

Not sure what else to add..
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MichelR

join:2011-07-03
Ottawa, ON
reply to dennismurphy
said by dennismurphy:

Please don't take offense - I'm genuinely curious.

I haven't had a need for most of that, and fail to see what's wrong with FMPro, at least if you're talking about Access. I'd take FM over Access any day, any week. Of course, what I'd REALLY prefer is my old standard Nutshell Plus for DOS, but I'm a dinosaur.

But all that aside ... This is the beauty of virtualization - you really CAN have your cake and eat it too.

I haven't had the iTunes problem so many others have but again, I've been Mac-native with it all that time. iTunes on Mac is a very different beast.

To each their own, but I can't say desktop databases are somewhere I've found lacking.

No offense taken - I'm just tired, so my replies can sound a bit direct, I guess.

I'm actually not looking for a replacement for Access (which I hate, by the way). 10 years ago I was working on a project at work and it had been written in Access and needed a quick and dirty app here, so I used that. That was a temporary thing, "just for a few months until I write a real application to do this". D'OH! Really hoping to sit down and write a decent replacement this year. I tried FileMaker a few years back and wasn't impressed, but then again when it comes to databases I usually deal with the big guys running on servers (Oracle, SQL Server). Here Access is just a very cheap and dysfunctional interface to a MySQL database.

I gave iTunes a chance but it did some really nasty things, so I only tolerate its presence on my machine. I don't actually use it.
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dennismurphy
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I draw a hard line between work & home. My DB tool of choice at work lately has been Vertica - wickedly cool column-oriented database.

But for the desktop, something with a pretty face is fine for my minimal needs - FM or even Bento for most of what I need. Or, even better, SQLite from the command line


buckingham
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The bottom line is that with a Mac, you can have your cake and your pie on the same plate. Where "native" makes sense...it can be da best. Where there is a good or personal reason to retain a particular Windows application...you can do that, too. And with Parallels, VM Ware Fusion or other virtualization software, everything can run side-by-side for convenience. I like that about my Macs. And I was the proverbial Windows guy for many, many years...


dirtyjeffer
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was just playing some SC2, and found the text and graphics to be a little "off"...after the game was done, i went into settings and fixed it...the graphics were at a default setting of medium and the screen res was at 1280x1024...i bumped everything up to high and set the screen to 2580x1440 and it was crystal clear afterwards.

one thing i do really notice is i find the text (forums, news articles, etc) to be much easier on the eyes...the whites don't seem to be so overly in your face white...the screen seems to have a more natural look to it...whatever they use for screens, they must be pretty decent.
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DarkSithPro

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said by dirtyjeffer:

was just playing some SC2, and found the text and graphics to be a little "off"...after the game was done, i went into settings and fixed it...the graphics were at a default setting of medium and the screen res was at 1280x1024...i bumped everything up to high and set the screen to 2580x1440 and it was crystal clear afterwards.

one thing i do really notice is i find the text (forums, news articles, etc) to be much easier on the eyes...the whites don't seem to be so overly in your face white...the screen seems to have a more natural look to it...whatever they use for screens, they must be pretty decent.

What video card did you pick with your iMac?


Metatron2008
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said by dirtyjeffer:

was just playing some SC2, and found the text and graphics to be a little "off"...after the game was done, i went into settings and fixed it...the graphics were at a default setting of medium and the screen res was at 1280x1024...i bumped everything up to high and set the screen to 2580x1440 and it was crystal clear afterwards.

one thing i do really notice is i find the text (forums, news articles, etc) to be much easier on the eyes...the whites don't seem to be so overly in your face white...the screen seems to have a more natural look to it...whatever they use for screens, they must be pretty decent.

is that in bootcamp or prallels/vm fusion?


Metatron2008
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said by Black_Mage:

said by Metatron2008:

Get parallels for gaming

Why not VMware?

Coherance, and parallels supports dx10, and is better at gaming then vmware.


dirtyjeffer
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said by DarkSithPro:

What video card did you pick with your iMac?

the GTX 680MX (top one available).


dirtyjeffer
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said by Metatron2008:

is that in bootcamp or prallels/vm fusion?

just regular mode (OSx)...this game works with either windows or Mac...my other games are only for PC, but i still have my other PC anyway, so i can still play them on that when i want to.


Metatron2008
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A 680 can easily play them. Unless your pc has a 27" ips or a 120hz monitor already, I'd try them on the mac.

Oh and btw, get a real mouse and get rid of the magic mouse


dirtyjeffer
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said by Metatron2008:

A 680 can easily play them. Unless your pc has a 27" ips or a 120hz monitor already, I'd try them on the mac.

Oh and btw, get a real mouse and get rid of the magic mouse

but i don't think my copy of BF3 and Diablo3 are made for Mac (i thought they were PC versions only)?

about the mouse, yea...not sure if i like it...i still have my Logitech G5, so i might use it instead.
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DarkSithPro

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said by dirtyjeffer:

said by Metatron2008:

A 680 can easily play them. Unless your pc has a 27" ips or a 120hz monitor already, I'd try them on the mac.

Oh and btw, get a real mouse and get rid of the magic mouse

but i don't think my copy of BF3 and Diablo3 are made for Mac (i thought they were PC versions only)?

about the mouse, yea...not sure if i like it...i still have my Logitech G5, so i might use it instead.

Your Diablo 3 cd key should work fine on the Mac client. After all it's all cloud based DRM now anyways. However most people on the mac rumor forums claim the OpenGL versions of Blizzard games and pretty much every thing else are a lot slower than the Direct3d versions of those cross platform games.


dirtyjeffer
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i will double check the specs, but i thought they were PC only...again, i'm new to the mac stuff, so i wasn't sure...as i said, they still play ok on my older PC, so if i really want to play them, i can still use that.


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reply to dirtyjeffer
Diablo 3 is essentially a client program connected to the cloud. Your cd key should work for both clients.


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reply to dirtyjeffer
said by dirtyjeffer:

said by Metatron2008:

A 680 can easily play them. Unless your pc has a 27" ips or a 120hz monitor already, I'd try them on the mac.

Oh and btw, get a real mouse and get rid of the magic mouse

but i don't think my copy of BF3 and Diablo3 are made for Mac (i thought they were PC versions only)?

about the mouse, yea...not sure if i like it...i still have my Logitech G5, so i might use it instead.

You should try the magic trackpad - it really makes OSX shine..

I came from the windows world - this is my first MAC - it took no time at all to get used to and I find myself 'stroking' my desk at work like it was a trackpad

I cant imagine a better working pointing device.

Also - as per your info on software licenses - ALL of the vendors I contacted had no issue giving me a MAC specific key (if needed).

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dirtyjeffer
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it isn't the product key i was talking about, it was the software itself...i assumed the software itself was for PC only.


DarkSithPro

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said by dirtyjeffer:

it isn't the product key i was talking about, it was the software itself...i assumed the software itself was for PC only.

My bad. You need to download the mac client, which could take a long time. Sorry about that...


dirtyjeffer
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i checked the stats on D3...the software will work on either Mac or PC...the only one i can't do this with appears to be BF3...BF3 seems to be PC only.

as i said, not the end of the world, my PC still works.

i played a pretty intense (heavy) game of SC2 last night...at times when my PC would bog down to 0-1 fps (and sometimes even crash), my new iMac never dipped below 45 fps...i did hear the fan kick in and felt some warm heat being vented out the back a few times, but nowhere near the blast furnace levels of my PC...that thing would burn your finger if you touched the back of the video card.
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dirtyjeffer
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so, just because i am used to being careful with my PC days, do i really not need any anti-virus for my new iMac?...is it really fine to use it the way it is?...i am NOT one of those people who open suspicious looking emails, and have never had a virus on my previous PCs, but i just want to be sure i am ok.


kerriskandie

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reply to dirtyjeffer
If you use basic commonsense.......and even i don't, always, you'll be fine

The free and easy ( and good) ClamXAv will put your mind at rest.........I run it once a year for ................................shits n giggles......