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May 20th, 2009


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01:10 pm - Questions re: moving from Dell PC to Macbook (iBook G4)
Hey, all. I'm in the process of going from my old Dell PC laptop to a new-to-me iBook G4. It's running the Mac OS X. In case someone has more knowledge than me, or has done a transition like this before, I have a few questions.

1. I want a word processor that is readable by PC users as well as Mac. What about OpenOffice? Is that worth looking into?

2. On a similar note, most of my documents are in Wordperfect format. Any idea what the best program would be to read these on my Mac? Or do I need to go through and save them all as .rtf or something? Basically I just want to have easy access to all my documents.

3. I tried to update the version of Safari this computer came with, but the download won't install because "the Billing Materials" aren't there, or something. Should I just download Firefox and ditch Safari? Or does anyone have an idea why this might not be working?

Any thoughts about such a move, in general, is welcome. You might know something I won't clue into for a while. :)
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From:tree_and_leaf
Date:May 20th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
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Mac user (have been since childhood)

I use Firefox most of the time, FWIW. I did pony up for Word (I got a student license, so it wasn't quite so abominably expensive), but I've heard good things about Open Office.
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 21st, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
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I've got Firefox, now, which was my default browser in Windows anyway (IE is such crap).

Thank you for the info!
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From:tree_and_leaf
Date:May 21st, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
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Sorry not to be more specific, but have fun with your new system!
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From:sarcasticval
Date:May 20th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
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Safari is made of fail. Delete that sucker and go with Firefox.

I like OpenOffice. Haven't used it all that much, but it's free, so that's a big ole mark in the plus column. (I myself have Word.) Not too sure about the rtf files; if you can't open them in either of those programs I'd do a google search and see if you can't find yourself a free converter.
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 21st, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
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OMG, how do you delete things without a right-click menu?!?

Yes, I am channeling stress into this. Heh.

Cool, I may go for OpenOffice at least for now.
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From:sarcasticval
Date:May 21st, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
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Depends on the system you have as far as mouse options go. But control key + click works as a right click menu.
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From:juleself
Date:May 20th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
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Never used a Mac, but I have been using OpenOffice for a couple of years now. Back when I made the switch, I could convert Word Perfect docs, so I think it should still be possible. It's a pretty nifty program.

And yeah, I would switch to Firefox, but that's me. *g*
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 21st, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
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The news about OpenOffice convering WordPefect docs just about made my day. :)

And I'm using Firefox right now--so much less stressful, since it's been my default browser for going on 4 years now.
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From:lon_dubh
Date:May 20th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
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Mac geek since 1984 (How scary is that?).

Ditch Safari and use Firefox. Add-on AdBlocker and NoScript (through the Firefox site) and you will never, ever see an ad that you don't want to. I didn't even know LJ had ads until I signed on using my kids' Windows machine. Download Them All is awesome if you are looking for a high speed download interface.

For an all-purpose text converter try Tex Edit -- http://www.tex-edit.com/ It will convert almost any text format into almost any other text format. I use Word for pretty much everything these days, as it's become the universal standard. Newer versions of Appleworks (which typically comes with Macs) will read .doc files without a problem. Open Office is okay and will read Word files (.doc), but the reverse is not true. The .docx files are not readable by Word at all.

If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me.
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 21st, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
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Firefox is made of win. I first heard about it from my IT guy at work, and haven't used anything else till now. AND WON'T, since I just downloaded it for mah new Mac. :)

Tex Edit? Hmmm. Okay, I'll look into that.

Really, OpenOffice files are .docx? I thought that was the extension on the new-version-of-Word files....

Thank you so much!
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From:krysalys
Date:May 21st, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
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*points at Alex*
Srsly, she knows ALL. I still pester her from time to time about momentary confusion over my iMac.

I will never willingly buy a PC... Mac's are just too awesome. Not to mention in all the years I've owned one did I ever get a virus. *hugs my iMac (I named him Marvin)*
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From:feliciakw
Date:May 20th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
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I use Safari as my primary browser, with Firefox as my back-up. (I find that FF takes longer to open, for whatever reason.)

The rest of it Geo can talk to you on the phone about, if you like. Some of this, he says, depends on what version of OSX you're using.

I have what I call "Word for Mac," which is pretty much what it sounds like--Word, for Mac. I've got access to the whole Office thing, but I don't use it.


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From:izhilzha
Date:May 21st, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm back to Firefox, since Safari was just being nasty to me.

I'm making a list of word processing possibilities, here. :)
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From:jd3000
Date:May 21st, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
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Okay, I haven't even read the book this is referring to, but glancing over that I initially thought His Billing Materials was some kind of clever parody. XD

-JD

Edited at 2009-05-21 02:23 am (UTC)
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 21st, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
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ROTFOLOL!!!!

Yikes, that would be...kind of awesome. Heeeeee.

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