[macvoiceover] Re: Mac question

  • From: "Lena Contreras" <lenac@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <macvoiceover@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Aug 2010 07:01:40 -0700

Cool.  Thanks.
Lena and Alden
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: ashley 
  To: macvoiceover@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, August 02, 2010 11:15 AM
  Subject: [macvoiceover] Re: Mac question

  probably vmware fusion...

  Here are your options:

  bootcamp - basicly, bootcamp is a way to install windows, on a saparate 
partition of your harddrive, along-side the MAC OS. When you boot your 
computer, you hold down the "option" key when the startup sound plays, and you 
have the option to boot into mac or windows. Note: you may need some sighted 
help if you choose this method.

  VMWare fusion - vmware is a virtualisation product. It allows you to run 
several operating systems inside virtual machines, which act like virtual 
computers and run inside the Mac OS. This means that you can have mac and 
windows running at the same time, and switch between them. You do not need to 
have your harddrive in separate partitions; all the virtual machines data is 
stored in files. The install of windows in vmware fusion is completely 
unattended. I have done a podcast on vmware fusion; see

  Either method will work well; however I recommend vmware fusion.

  Hope this helps.

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Lena Contreras 
    To: macvoiceover@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Monday, August 02, 2010 6:56 PM
    Subject: [macvoiceover] Re: Mac question

    Another question I have before I get a Macbook.  What is the best way to 
run Windows on the mac?  I heard there are two ways I could go about it.
    I would only run Windows to access Openbook and may be Duxbury.

      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Olivia Norman 
      To: macvoiceover@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
      Sent: Sunday, July 11, 2010 8:05 PM
      Subject: [macvoiceover] Re: Mac question

      I will try my best to debunk these myths one at time:
      1. You can absolutely read documents created on a PC on a mac.  The 
program to do this is called iWork, and it costs $79.
      2. Both excel and word files can easily be read and edited using iWork or 
open office.
      3. How expensive is Jaws? Last I checked, Jaws cost the price of a 
macbook and then some.  This is just for a screen reader, which makes a 
computer somewhat accessible. It doesn't even cover the cost of a computer.  
With a mac, the screen reader is part of the computer, and can bepurchased for 
a fraction of the cost of the PC with screen reading software.  Consider that a 
screen reader will run you in the neighborhood of $1000 to $1200, on top of the 
cost of the computer, while a mac will cost you $1200 at the most, with 
accessibility included.
      5. Apple products are extremely easily fixed, just take them to an Apple 
store, or call Apple care, and they will insure that everything is fixed and in 
working order.  I'd like to see another computer company that offers 
comprihensive coverage in the same way that Apple does.
      6. For scanning needs, try Abby fine reader for the mac.  I'll let others 
weigh in here who haveb more experience, but as far as I understand it, there 
are plenty of scanning programs which ewill meet your needs.
      7. Macs have drivers for many common printers, scanners, etc, and what 
drivers Apple doesn't have installed are easy to get.
      I hope that this helps you, and that you seriously consider the mac and 
all the amazing things Apple offers.  If you have anymore questions, please 
don't hesitate to contact me.  I have used a mac for three years now, and would 
never go back to windows, and it's intherior accessibility!
      Apple is the best company around, and they truly offer solutions that 
work for everyone!
      "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower", Steve Jobs

      On Jul 11, 2010, at 2:30 PM, Lena Contreras wrote:

        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 
        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.


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