Can anyone suggest Mac Software

  Sparkly 11:06 AM 08 Oct 11

Hi all my neighbour has orderd a Mac and has never had one before he has allways used a PC windows based, he was asking about software to burn CD's/DVD's and Office software he has Office 2007 but i told him i was pretty sure that it would not install on a Mac, would appreciate any suggestions on good software for the Mac as i have never had any dealings with them. Many thanks.

Free or Paid for software doesent mind either way.

  rawprawn 13:13 PM 08 Oct 11

Wait until he gets it and then look at the apps available in the Apple Store. I have "Pages" and "Numbers" on my iPad (About £7 each) to replace my Office 2007 Word and Xcel. It may come with IWorks pre loaded. Sorry I don't know about software for burning, but I suspect there will be one pre loaded. If not Apps Store again?

  Woolwell 13:34 PM 08 Oct 11

You'll have to wait for the mac experts to reply. But there are 2 versions of MS Office software - PC and Mac and I doubt that your friend's software will run without windows virtualisation.

  Sparkly 14:31 PM 08 Oct 11

Thanks rawprawn,Woolwell he should take delivery this week so will do as you suggest rawprawn and maybe wait for the mac experts to reply. Thanks to you both.

  retep888™ 15:03 PM 08 Oct 11

iWork is not preloaded,he has to pay for it.

Office for Mac 2011, Home and Student Edition (1 User, 1Mac) click here Office for Mac 2011, Home and Student (Family Pack--3 Users, 3 Macs) click here

For basic burning needs, he can use Finder's integrated burning (for making data CDs), Disk Utility (for burning or making images), and iTunes (for audio CDs), he should be ok however if he needs to do more advanced stuff, he can always get Toast Titanium (paid for), which is a great piece of software. click here, there are some freeware out there but I have never used.

Virii infection on a Mac is rare (but possible), he can download ClamXav (antiVirus for Mac) click here

  Crosstrainer2 15:12 PM 08 Oct 11

IVD, is a good starting point for movie projects, I can also highly recommend Aperture 3 for photo work.

A word of caution about Office for Mac. I wouldn't buy the full version with's full of bugs. There are better email clients for Mac. Apple mail is included, but I prefer Thunderbird ( it's free) as posted above, have your friend browse the Mac app store. He will be amazed at what is available and just how cheaply.

Its where you start to claw back your investment in the kit. There are hundreds of apps many free. Aperture 3 which i mentioned above is £54.00 and is a fully featured photo editing package.

IPhoto should be pre-installed and it's pretty good too. Hope this helps!

  Crosstrainer2 15:12 PM 08 Oct 11

Oops should read IDVD!


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