[macvoiceover] Re: Mac question

Yes.  It was a Windows person.  Several ones.  I've only a few friends using 
Macs now.  How easy is it to partition a hard drive to run both the Mac and 
Windows operating systems?
I'm not a techy.
Lena and Alden
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: ashley 
  To: macvoiceover@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, July 12, 2010 1:20 AM
  Subject: [macvoiceover] Re: Mac question


  Sorry; don't mean to be afensive here, but most of that's a load of rubbish.

  People tell me that Macs can't read documents created in Windows.  
Specifically Excel and Word. Text edit can read word, it's built in to every 
mac. If you want to read ms office formats, you can get iWork or open office, 
or a number of other apps.

   Also that PDF files aren't readable by Voice Over.
  Yes they are, preview reads them fine.

    They also say that there isn't an equivalent program to OpenBook or 
Kurzweil. Not tried any of these, however there are several scanning and 
reading apps.

    Updating the operating system is expensive and the programs made for Apple 
are expensive because they are proprietary.
  That's far from the truth. When those of us who upgraded to the latest OS 
(10.6 snow leopard) it cost around $29 or £25. The software... bought from 
apple can sometimes be expensive, though not as much as microsoft. There is 
litterally tones of software for the mac that is free.

    Macs are hard to get fixed because the lack of Apple stores. If you have a 
little technical no-how, they're easy to fix. If you call tech support, they 
are generally very helpful and can sort something out. And, they don't break 
offen...

    I think those are all the questions/myths I have heard of. Not being rude 
here... but was that  from a windows fan?


  I'm looking for pros and cons to switching to a Mac.  I generally use my 
computer for email, internet, and Microsoft Office programs like Word and 
Excel. You'll be able to do all that; if you can't do it on the mac, you can in 
a virtual machine using windows.


  Oh, what about connecting the peripherals I have already:  printer, scanner, 
card reader.  Probably need new drivers for those. Just plug them in. 99% Of 
the time it finds drivers automatically.
  Be sure to check out:
  www.icanworkthisthing.com
  and my own mac pages:
  www.ashleycox.co.uk/mac
  Hope this helps!
  Ash
  Website:
  http://www.ashleycox.co.uk
  Podcast:
  http://www.bavis.co.uk/theactechpodcast
  Blog:
  http://daysofthegeek.blogspot.com
  Twitter:
  http://www.twitter.com/ashleycox2


    Hi
    I just joined this list.  I'm thinking seriously about purchasing a Mac 
Book soon.  I have a few questions to ask, or myths to clear up.  People tell 
me that Macs can't read documents created in Windows.  Specifically Excel and 
Word.  Also that PDF files aren't readable by Voice Over.  They also say that 
there isn't an equivalent program to OpenBook or Kurzweil.  Updating the 
operating system is expensive and the programs made for Apple are expensive 
because they are proprietary.  Macs are hard to get fixed because the lack of 
Apple stores.  I think those are all the questions/myths I have heard of.
    I'm looking for pros and cons to switching to a Mac.  I generally use my 
computer for email, internet, and Microsoft Office programs like Word and Excel.
    Any advice you have is great.
    Oh, what about connecting the peripherals I have already:  printer, 
scanner, card reader.  Probably need new drivers for those.
    Thanks.
    Lena


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