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Just got my first Mac


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Meg123

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I'm excited about trying my new Mac, but don't know have the basics I'm used to on my PCs, don't know what to install. What do you recommend for the Office type functions - should I get Word for Mac, Power Point, etc? All my previous computers have been refurbished and came with most of the programs I needed, so I've never had to look into buying them before.

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First I'm going to move this to the right forum where it will get better exposure.
Do you know what Mac you have?
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Info about my computer:

Mac OS X 10.4.10 on a MacBook 2,1

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Welcome to the mac community, I know I couldn't have made my switch to the mac without the help of forums. So, fire away any questions you have as they come up.

Just some tips... try stuff you can't hurt a mac and if you do your doomed

second, their is so much freeware and shareware for the mac it's not funny. You can get freeware for anything from editing photos to word docs and it all works great and looks good.

third, macccast.com is an awesome mac podcast for all things mac and they have a great forum there where you'll be sure to get a quick response.

looking for software try these site:
http://www.freemacware.com/
http://www.opensourcemac.org/
http://web.mac.com/s...m/Software.html
http://bestmacsoftware.org/
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Thanks, Josiah, this is helpful. Have you tried the free version of Office? I haven't been able to get anywhere with macccast.com for some reason, will try again tomorrow. Meg
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Maccast.com is a podcast (you can subscribe to one in itune or listen to it on their site) and maccast.com/forum is a forum.

Also if your looking for an office app with lots of options I would say that apples iwork is the best one, now if you have to have office I would wait because the new version of mac office is due out any day now. Also, if you are looking for a free office sweet Neo office is by far the most full featured but Bean is fairly full featured and I recremend you start with Bean. Links:

http://www.bean-osx.com/Bean.html
http://www.neooffice...va/en/index.php
http://www.macoffice2008.com/
http://www.apple.com/iwork/

Also this is an old office app for the mac that is still out their and still pretty good:
http://www.marinerso...age.php?page=88
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Just found this, it's another great list of mac shareware and freeware check them out as you get time:

http://chris.pirillo...p-100-mac-apps/
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