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I've noticed that most software applications for marketing are in PC format and not Mac compatible.
What are some good Mac tools out there?
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  • Profile picture of the author darktemplar
    I'm very much not a Mac user. But I do know that they now come with Bootcamp, the ability to dual boot your Mac with Windows. If you weren't opposed to using Windows just for certain programs, that could be a great option!

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  • Profile picture of the author paradox_qu
    I run Linux on all my computers. I have noticed that a lot of the new software written for IM is written in JAVA which is cross compatible with all systems.

    I use RankTracker and Market Samurai witch are both written in JAVA and will work on a Mac too.
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  • Profile picture of the author katiec
    I am not a Mac user, however I have been doing the debate internally on whether or not to go Mac. I used a colleagues Mac for the day recently, and it was definitely a bit of a culture shock for me. I've heard many good things about Mac's, I just know if I can give up my inside-out knowledge to the PC.
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    • Profile picture of the author TelegramSam
      "Do you use a Mac?"


      When I am in England it rains a lot, so a mac is a must!
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  • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
    Originally Posted by bringinrevenue View Post

    I've noticed that most software applications for marketing are in PC format and not Mac compatible.
    What are some good Mac tools out there?
    I have noticed the same thing, that is why I have a MAC and a PC.
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      • Profile picture of the author garyk1968
        Originally Posted by paradox_qu View Post

        I run Linux on all my computers. I have noticed that a lot of the new software written for IM is written in JAVA which is cross compatible with all systems.

        I use RankTracker and Market Samurai witch are both written in JAVA and will work on a Mac too.
        Actually MS is written using Adobe Flex and then packaged using Adobe AIR which offers cross platform capability. SEO Powersuite is written in Java but not that many apps are written using it for GUIs anymore, you get an app which doesnt look native on any platform.

        Originally Posted by James Lancaster View Post

        No, I hate macs. You can't really run lots of software that you can run on PC on a MAC. I don't understand what people find in them.
        That used to be the case but the gap has narrowed somewhat. For most PC apps there is a Mac equivalent and for when there isnt you can either dual-boot using bootcamp or go virtual machine via Parallels or VMWare Fusion.

        Me I use screenflow for video capture
        Audio Hijack for sound recording
        Fission for sound editing
        CyberDuck for FTP
        Box Shot 3D for ebook covers
        Adwords Editor for PPC (yep there is a Mac version)
        iSkysoft video converter for various format conversions
        Komodo Edit for html/js editing
        Mozy for online backup
        Seashore for basic image editing

        And when I have to drop to windows (XP) I use VMWare fusion and run
        VS 2005
        SQL Server 2005
        Delphi 7

        All of which run fine!
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      • Profile picture of the author Ryan700
        Originally Posted by James Lancaster View Post

        I don't understand what people find in them.
        I don't sit up till 3 in the morning anymore trying to figure out what my son and his friends downloaded that made my PC bog down. I also don't have to wait for that pesky little operating system that has to update almost every day because of some new hack or worm that windows has to be protected against.
        Mac computer to me means low maintenance computer.
        I bet if I googled that keyword phrase the first result would be Mac. I'm gonna try it right now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gavin Stephenson
    I only use mac for video production browsing and gaming. Most my work is done on a pc. But a good mac tool for video is called screen flow
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  • Profile picture of the author Melodican
    I dare anyone to try a mac and go back to PC.... Once you've had caviar, why got back to spam ???
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    • Profile picture of the author UtopianDreams
      Originally Posted by Melodican View Post

      I dare anyone to try a mac and go back to PC.... Once you've had caviar, why got back to spam ???
      Melodican I wholeheartedly agree ! ! ! the last windows pc I had was way back in windows 98 went mac and never looked back
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  • Profile picture of the author David Hooper
    Have both, but use Mac 99% of the time. Never had any issues with not being able to do something IM related. Sure, a few of the "gimmick" programs won't work, but that's not a real business anyway...
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  • Profile picture of the author essmeier
    The best tool for Mac is Windows.

    Charlie
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  • Profile picture of the author alamest
    I think Mac is best for marketing purpose and heard that it does not effect much virus as much windows do, so probably for this kind of reason Mac is good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trieu
    I would prefer a mac over a PC, but there are some useful marketing software just aren't compatible with the mac.
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  • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
    Here's a simple solution: Just emulate a PC on your mac.

    Problem solved.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pete Grantaire
    I'm a pretty big Mac fan. And as others have mentioned, if you need something that is Windows only, there are multiple ways to run Windows on your Mac. From what I've seen, most of the legitimate IM stuff is Mac OSX compatible or has a close alternative that is. I haven't had to dirty up my precious macbook pro with Vista yet! (I kid, I kid! Different tools for different tasks and mindsets. Both are great.)
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    • Profile picture of the author fromkrypton
      Another mac user here. I have not had the need to install Windows yet, but if I do I will probably go with VMware Fusion. I have heard nothing but great praise for it.

      I'm going to hold out for as long as I can, but the option is there for us mac (intel-based) users.

      I've been using a mac for about ten years now, and fortunately with the rise of the iPod and iPhone, I have had to do less and less mac/apple defense.

      Using a mac is just a great experience IMHO. I put it up there with high-speed internet, Netflix, and DVRs as far as life-improving things
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark Coverdale
      I have been researching mac's for a bit now and keep getting great feedback from mac users and understand that you can run windows on a mac now so there goes the issue of some software not being compatable.

      I was also told that macs can't get viruses, trojons or worms. If you run windows, does this open up the ability to get any of these?
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      • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
        Originally Posted by Mark Coverdale View Post

        I have been researching mac's for a bit now and keep getting great feedback from mac users and understand that you can run windows on a mac now so there goes the issue of some software not being compatable.

        I was also told that macs can't get viruses, trojons or worms. If you run windows, does this open up the ability to get any of these?
        It would only affect the Windows part of your computer, it wouldn't be able to jump across to the Mac side.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
        Originally Posted by Mark Coverdale View Post

        I was also told that macs can't get viruses, trojons or worms.
        They can, but they often don't. You still have to exercise caution. Most malware writers target Windows because of the larger market share. That doesn't mean, though, that Macs are invulnerable.
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  • Profile picture of the author arepb
    I prefer Mac for startup time alone. I can start the computer and browse the web in less than a minute. Simply not possible on a PC.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Turner
    I'm a mac man here... I use it for everything, design, browsing, writing, etc. The only drawback like you said is that you may come across programs that are only windows compatible... Solution? Parallels.

    LOL, I've even got the little apple stickers you get when you purchase an Apple product and put it on my car... but my car's a sh*tter anyway so it doesn't matter if a hardcore PC ninja decided to key it one day lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanLeisure
    For someone who spends a whole lot of time on the computer, using a Mac is truly a treat. I switched to a mac almost a year ago, and from day one I knew I could never go back. Everything runs exactly like it should, every time. No lockups, no lagging, no problems. Plus I have a 24" imac and the screen is a beauty. I'm a designer, so a mac is a better option for that too. I do keep my dell laptop around though, because there's some software that's only available for pc. But as far as my work goes, I could never go back to working on a pc. Using my 1 year old dell just feels like a huge piece of crap compared to my macs. People who say mac's are crap, or they don't live up to the hype, have probably not used one for an extended period of time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ehanson
      I use both, the Mac as my backup and Windows as my main computer.

      Though, after the second virus attack on Windows XP recently I decided to regularly back up everything on the Mac. Haven't had any problems or viruses attacking with my Mac in all my years using it. I'm tempted to use the Mac as my main business computer as it's so stable.
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  • Profile picture of the author rbecgolf
    Been a Mac user for over 12 years. They just don't crash. I run parallels for all PC stuff. But don't need it much.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark Coverdale
      Ok,

      Now which one do I get?

      I already have a PC which is only 1 year old. (i think that equals 43 in human years)

      I am looking at the Mac Book Air. Anyone have any experience with this machine?
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      • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
        Originally Posted by Mark Coverdale View Post

        Ok,

        Now which one do I get?

        I already have a PC which is only 1 year old. (i think that equals 43 in human years)

        I am looking at the Mac Book Air. Anyone have any experience with this machine?
        I helped a girl set one up a few weeks ago. The lack of the optical drive was a real headache so be sure to get an external one. Installing software over the network was an incredibly painful process which turned into a day long adventure. Once all of her software (including Fusion and Windows) was loaded, it was a pleasure to use.
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        • Profile picture of the author Mark Coverdale
          Originally Posted by Rich Struck View Post

          I helped a girl set one up a few weeks ago. The lack of the optical drive was a real headache so be sure to get an external one. Installing software over the network was an incredibly painful process which turned into a day long adventure. Once all of her software (including Fusion and Windows) was loaded, it was a pleasure to use.
          Thanks Rich,

          That gives me something more to research. I just want to know what extras I need and what I'm gonna be up for.

          Definitely looking forward to joining the mac world.
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          • Profile picture of the author The Copy Nazi
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            Originally Posted by Mark Coverdale View Post

            Thanks Rich,

            That gives me something more to research. I just want to know what extras I need and what I'm gonna be up for.

            Definitely looking forward to joining the mac world.
            Mate, I'm on the new 24" Intel Dual Core iMac. Expensive but Brilliant. I don't know what the guy up top is on about - you don't need to set anything up - it does it all for you and you're up and running in minutes. Super fast too.
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      • Profile picture of the author Julia Andersson
        Originally Posted by Mark Coverdale View Post

        Ok,

        I already have a PC which is only 1 year old. (i think that equals 43 in human years)
        Yipes... that makes my PC 172 years old LOL... positively Jurassic <rolling eyes>... I'm still on SD RAM. I have 384mb RAM. Why such a strange amount you ask??? Mine came with 128mb and my partners had 256. We replaced my partners machine after SD ram was no longer available and transferred the RAM to my Machine. I seriously need to upgrade though, whenever I run graphics programs like Web Graphics Creator or Artisteer (Worpress theme generator) they eat up my RAM like you wouldn't believe. My computer lags and freezes, windows just disappear of the status bar, I run out of virtual memory.... sheesh, what a headache!

        And yeah, I'm another one that wants to upgrade to a MAC. I've heard great things about them. But I'd probably still keep my PC to run some programs I've purchased online.
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  • Profile picture of the author krharper
    Have both, use Mac 99% of time and will never buy a Windows machine again. Just waiting until its old enough that I can justify throwing it out.
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    just got a mac this week!

    Loving it, can't wait to learn more about it

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  • Profile picture of the author JMartin
    Been a Mac only guy for many years. Have many of em, even the 1st version of the Mac Mini.

    I do keep an old Window laptop that I got for a couple hundred just in case. But I rarely turn it on.

    Market Samurai works on a Mac via Adobe Air. Cool stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrozlat
    i find the software i use is either web based or mac compatible... so mac all the way for me... am considering setting up a PC for IM purpose... but not really necessary
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  • Profile picture of the author UtopianDreams
    Here's a site full of open source software for the MAC opensourcemac.org
    I also run on a MAC. I love them so I am always looking for tools and programs related to IM for them anyone with more tools by all means please post them here
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    sorry for the abbreviated link post I have not enough posts as of yet for the forum to allow me to post full links
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  • Profile picture of the author UtopianDreams
    Bootcamp or any of the other programs such as Parallels or Vitrtual Box that allow you to run windows in tandem on your mac are good PROVIDED you actually have a copy of windows to install
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    I am all Mac now. No turning back.

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    • Profile picture of the author XFactor
      Originally Posted by James Schramko View Post

      I am all Mac now. No turning back.

      I use iskysoft, call recorder, camtasia, imindmaps textedit, keynote and Kompozer
      Same here, just made the switch.

      Someone asked me how it was, and my reply:

      "My Macbook Pro just melts in my hands, like butter"

      I get it now.

      - John
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      • Profile picture of the author WareTime
        Originally Posted by XFactor View Post

        Same here, just made the switch.

        Someone asked me how it was, and my reply:

        "My Macbook Pro just melts in my hands, like butter"

        I get it now.

        - John
        John, do you have a new preferred site builder on the mac yet?
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        • Profile picture of the author XFactor
          Originally Posted by WareTime View Post

          John, do you have a new preferred site builder on the mac yet?
          I am probably going to buy dreamweaver and take a couple of
          months to learn it, maybe a class or two.

          It's been a goal of mine forever so now it is my opportunity to
          actually "learn" how to build sites

          - John
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          • Profile picture of the author WareTime
            Originally Posted by XFactor View Post

            I am probably going to buy dreamweaver and take a couple of
            months to learn it, maybe a class or two.

            It's been a goal of mine forever so now it is my opportunity to
            actually "learn" how to build sites

            - John
            Not a bad idea. Of the sites I've done with your method the hand built are currently doing better then the XSP ones. I also enjoy using php includes in them then I can rotate ads, header content, menu content quickly site wide without having to touch each page. XSP can do some of that, but the adsense ads themselves have to be changed per page if you just used the XSP method.

            Of course DW will not be as fast as XSP, initially or maybe ever, there is more power there. That and I keep thinking XSP is a strike against me in the eyes of the SE's simply because it is used in so many low quality sites. (not the fault of the tool at all) I just don't want to be the baby thrown out with the bath water.

            Oh, and I do use XP on Fusion and have the Windows7 demo. I just end up liking Windows less and less and at work I have had a Mac for 6 + months as my primary computer, it's becoming home more and more and Windows seems like Bizzaro world from the Superman series.
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            • Profile picture of the author XFactor
              Originally Posted by WareTime View Post


              Oh, and I do use XP on Fusion and have the Windows7 demo. I just end up liking Windows less and less and at work I have had a Mac for 6 + months as my primary computer, it's becoming home more and more and Windows seems like Bizzaro world from the Superman series.
              So... so true!

              I actually hate opening up windows now that I have bonded with my Mac.

              I'm going to move everything over and soon quit any programs that need
              windows.

              Unfortunately some business will be lost for tools I've used for a while
              now (keyword tools, Xsitepro) but it's evolution and I want to use my
              Mac exclusively instead of booting up windows in it.

              Hard to explain this to non-Mac users, but you know what I mean.

              - John
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    We develop iphone apps and run an iphone development course online (EDUmobile.ORG - iphone course) ... and we had to buy macs in order to develop iphone apps and offer the course. Its been a long while now since we purchased macs, and i can see why apple requires macs for all developers! They are way ahead of the game ... desktops, laptops, cellphones and also tablets pcs that will be coming out pretty soon!
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Gosse
    Once you go mac you never go back

    I use these apps.

    Keynote for video presentations
    Imovie and final cut for video edits
    Snapz Pro for video screen capture
    Filemaker pro for everything I automate
    Automator for the rest of my automation
    Opera for my browser
    Transmit for FTP
    Omni Graffle for my flow charts and mind maps.
    Comic life for cool graphics and photo payouts
    Art Text for cool web 2.0 style buttons and graphics
    Things for my todo list.

    I am working on reviewing mac speech for dictation. I need to decide if I should make that leap.
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  • Profile picture of the author marklyford
    I agree, once you have mac you never go back. I 'converted' 5 years ago and try and convert as many people as I can !

    One other great piece of software I use is Devon Think Pro, great database that works great with my Fujitsu ScanSnap
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  • Profile picture of the author TheMagicShow
    I love my 15" MacBookPro! This baby was expensive as hell, it is just a toy and a pleasure to use all day. I still use my gateway lappy as well, but it will never compare with my mac!
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  • Profile picture of the author Clint
    I'd recommend going out and buying a PC, because you're not a frustrating time. If you're trying to only work off of the Mac

    My opinion in Outlook

    I hope that helps

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  • Profile picture of the author IM Starter
    With more and more apps being developed in Adobe Air I think the distinctions between Macs and PCs will disappear for IMers.

    I have both and use my PC mostly for playing online poker LoL. The only PC tool that I would really miss if I chucked the windows machine through the window would be speed ppc. However the single most important app for me (well most profitable) has to be Market Samurai which is fantastic Air App.

    Any IM developers reading this thread please please please use Adobe Air - it's a dream from a user's point of view.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paulz0r
    If you own a Mac and need to use PC-only applications, bootcamping Windows is definitely a viable solution.

    I'm actually typing this post on a Mac Mini, running the RTM build of Windows 7 fresh from TechNet. To answer the question in the topic title, I do use the Mac in the house, though my personal machine is a PC. I review hardware products, game, and am a PC enthusiast, so a Mac isn't just for me, though I have nothing against them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan700
    The first thing that crashed on my Mac computer was Microsoft Office for Mac. Unlike a PC all I had to do was force quit the program, not reboot my computer.
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    • Profile picture of the author XFactor
      Originally Posted by Ryan700 View Post

      The first thing that crashed on my Mac computer was Microsoft Office for Mac. Unlike a PC all I had to do was force quit the program, not reboot my computer.
      I prefer openoffice.org - have been using it for PC for years instead of Office, and now that I have a Mac, I'm still using it.

      I could easily fork over the money to buy Office, but I've just gotten so comfortable that I highly recommend it to anyone instead of Office.

      - John
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