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PC to Mac Compatibility

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December 13, 2006 at 17:55:01
Specs: PC, 1 gig

Hello...I have a friend that is currently using a PC and has for her entire life. She's had several issues over the years with her PC and she's now interested in switching to a Mac. She will still have to use Word, Excel and other PC programs. If she switches to using a Mac, what issues will she have using PC programs on her Mac machine? Please indicate any issues you are aware of regarding sending and receiving Word Docs, etc. with the Mac.

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#1
December 13, 2006 at 18:51:28

The programs are the same just with a different operating system to run them. The programs that she has already may not work in the mac system as it is totally different format all together. The programs must be mac compatable to work with a mac.


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#2
December 13, 2006 at 22:32:59

Whilst the M$ Office suite of items may be OK - there is a PC version and a MAC version, and each allows import/export etc. of the other's format via suitable (supplied?) converters..., it may be that some PC programmes other than M$ may not be available for a MAC and visa-versa?

However... my brief exprience with MAC versions of Word docs... wasn't altogether successful... The formatting did not come across as sent - either way...; required a little tweaking at the desination...

With that in mind... it would be very wise to check with the PC version(s) she has at present to see what it offers in terms of converters etc. I have a vague recollection that there was a falling out as it were between M$/MAC a year or two back; the result being no current Office suite for the MAC at that time - although it would appear to be available again at present?

Best way is to check via the www for any (PC) programmes which will be needed on the MAC system...; i.e. see it the manufacturers make a MAC version. The MAC vendor ought to be able to advise too on any required programmes?

Also there are (or there were) utility packages that allowed MAC to PC conversion and visa-versa for files.


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#3
December 14, 2006 at 02:08:02

pc programs are not designed to run on macs. however, emulators are available but they will further decrease the mac's already poor performance.

of course microsoft is selling a mac version of their office suite which is notoriously behind their current windows releases and the 'known issues' are legion.

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