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buttyboy
buttyboy e2 Member 4buttyboy vcard Wales
20 Jan 2013 - 6:36 PM

Any advise would be appreciated on the software that is best for MacBooks, a system I have no knowledge on at all as I've only ever used Windows. Which software is recommended ? I/E or Firefox, I have already been advised on downloading the "Aperture" editing programme for RAW images.

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davewaine
davewaine  7115 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 6:42 PM

Safari is Apple's browser, and it is good. It should already be on your Macbook. Other than that, I would recommend Chrome or Firefox. IE isn't available for the Mac as far as I know. For an office suite you can pick between Microsoft Office, Apple's equivalent, iWork, or one of the numerous versions of Open Office. Aperture is a RAW converter. You may still need photo editing software to go with it. Photoshop is available if you can afford it and Pixelmator is a worthwhile substitute if you can't. iPhoto is a fairly basic photo editor, and should be already there. iTunes should also be built in.

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seahawk
seahawk e2 Member 7576 forum postsseahawk vcard United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 - 7:52 PM

Even though I'm a Mac fan and never use anything else I would suggest that Adobe Lightroom is a better program than Aperture - they are both good at processing RAW files but LR wins in the organising/cataloguing function IMO. I would agree with the other suggestions above though.

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buttyboy
buttyboy e2 Member 4buttyboy vcard Wales
20 Jan 2013 - 8:15 PM

Thanks very much. Very interesting and helpful advise indeed. I will be using the Mac for uploading RAW images only, and will no doubt use P/S for editing. And Firefox looks a probability. Would welcome any further advise from other Mac users.

Wyn
Wyn  6 Wales
20 Jan 2013 - 8:28 PM

Dear Butt,
I run FireFox on my i-Man & MacPro - quicker & more intuative, allowing multiple web pages open at same time
Aperture v Lightroom, is a matter of personal preference - just down load a free trial on both & do your own comparison.
At the end of the day - its hat works for you is the important bit.

Wyn

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buttyboy
buttyboy e2 Member 4buttyboy vcard Wales
20 Jan 2013 - 9:01 PM

Cheers Bach. Good advice.

goexplorephotography

The current version of lightroom is better than Aperture but i like using Aperture more. I have microsoft office but prefer to use Apples own Pages. It great for publishing flyers, letters, invoices etc.
i have found the more Apple software i use the more smoothly my work flow is. They all work together and documents can be transfered easily between them. Either way you will love usingan apple computer.
The only thing i would say is get a spyder express to calibrate your screen. All Apple screens are set for video and gaming. As are most other computer screens.

Good luck

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User_Removed
21 Jan 2013 - 12:21 AM

Just reading through the above posts makes me wonder if the Mac has a spellchecker? Wink

davewaine
davewaine  7115 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2013 - 4:35 AM

Well, I think you will find my spelling is correct. There again, I used my eyes and my brain. I learned to read a long time ago.

goexplorephotography

And i dont really give a S..t

buttyboy
buttyboy e2 Member 4buttyboy vcard Wales
21 Jan 2013 - 6:48 AM

Thanks everyone. Very helpful and I've learned quite a lot of useful information. I couldn'nt give a monkeys about any spelling mistakes, I can work out what is meant. All I care about is the very good advise I'm recieving.

Little Jo
Little Jo e2 Member 132272 forum postsLittle Jo vcard United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 - 8:59 PM

My MacBook does seem to pick up spelling mistakes. I've been a Mac convert since July 2012 and I love it. If you don't want to splash out on a full version of Photoshop, it can now be bought on a subscription basis, either a monthly subscription or a yearly subscription (which is still paid in monthly instalments). I love it and you get Photoshop Extended, automatic upgrades at no additional cost and it works a treat. I use Office 2011 for Mac, but Microsoft are now pushing the cloud-based Office product that's coming soon.

Safari is good - and a lot of the security that Windows make a big song and dance about is built in. I use a free Sophos for Mac Antivirus to safeguard from malware. The battery life on the MacBook is incredible and it just does what it says on the tin, no mess, no fuss. I always thought Apple computers were for geeks, but they're definitely very competent machines that are well designed and that run beautifully.

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2013 - 9:04 PM

Good god, Little Jo!!!!!! Welcome back!

buttyboy
buttyboy e2 Member 4buttyboy vcard Wales
21 Jan 2013 - 9:25 PM

Thank you very much Little Jo. I'm a devoted Norton anti-virus user so I will probably stay faithful to them. The monthly installments for Adobe Photoshop was really very interesting, something I'd never heard of before.

User_Removed
22 Jan 2013 - 1:38 PM


Quote: very competent machines that are well designed and that run beautifully

With that kind of recommendation I can imagine those Macs sell well just by word-of-mouth and that Apple doesn't need to spend a fortune on product placement and expensive commercials or build fancy stores (where there's only one brand to compare) in order to lull people into happily spending a fortune on one of the overpriced boxes?

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