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YourMac,ofcourse,standsreadytorunafarmoreelegant

equivalent:iPhoto.It'soneoftheworld'smostpleasantphotoorganizingprograms—andit'sfree.

Initsmostrecentincarnation,iPhotohasaprettycompleteset

ofimage-retouchingfeatures.Still,ifyouneedmoreediting

power,considerPhotoshopElements,aprogramthat'savailable

forbothMacandWindowsandhaswonravereviewsonboth

platforms.

Inanycase,ACDSeedoesn'thaveanydocumentsofitsown—it

doesallitsworkonyourexistingdigitalphotos,whereveryou

keepthemonyourharddrive.Allyouhavetodo,then,ismove

thephotosthemselvestotheMac,usinganyofthetechniques

describedinChapter5.Fromthere,dragthemintotheiPhoto

windowtoimportthem.



Chapter7.SpecialSoftware,Special

Problems

BegladyouwaitedsolongtogetaMac.Bynow,allthebignameprogramslookandworkalmostexactlythesameonthe

MacastheydoonthePC.Onceyou'vemasteredthebasic

differencesbetweentheMacandWindows(keyboardshortcuts,

themenubar,andsoon),you'llfindthatprogramsfrom

Microsoft,Adobe,andothermajorsoftwarecompaniesfeel

distinctlyfamiliarintheirMacincarnations.Infact,the

documentsthattheycreateareinthesameformatand

generallyneednoconversion.

Butonefactisunassailable:Therearemoresoftwareprograms

availableforWindowsthanfortheMac.Soonerorlater,you'll

probablyrunintoafamiliarWindowsprogramforwhichthere's

noequivalentontheMac.

OnesolutionissimplytorunthoseWindowsprogramsonthe

Mac,asdescribedinChapter8.Forthousandsofpeople,that's

thescreaminglyobvious,andextremelyconvenient,approach.

Eachtimeyouread,"There'snoMacequivalentofthis

program"inthischapter,add,inyourhead,"butyoucan

alwaysruntheWindowsversion."

Still,inothercases,youmaynotwanttofoolaroundwith

Windowsanymore.YoumayprefertoidentifyMacreplacements

foryourfavoriteWindowsprograms.That'sthepurposeofthis

chapter:toguideyouinfindingMacequivalentsforthemost

popularWindowsprograms(listedherealphabetically),andto

guideyouinbringingoveryourdataandsettingsfromWindows

totheMacwheneverpossible.



7.1.ACDSee

Asdigitalphotographybecomesmorepopular,sodoprograms

likeACDSee,apopularWindowsprogramthatservesasa

digitalshoeboxandbasicretouchingprogramfordigitalphotos.



YourMac,ofcourse,standsreadytorunafarmoreelegant

equivalent:iPhoto.It'soneoftheworld'smostpleasantphotoorganizingprograms—andit'sfree.

Initsmostrecentincarnation,iPhotohasaprettycompleteset

ofimage-retouchingfeatures.Still,ifyouneedmoreediting

power,considerPhotoshopElements,aprogramthat'savailable

forbothMacandWindowsandhaswonravereviewsonboth

platforms.

Inanycase,ACDSeedoesn'thaveanydocumentsofitsown—it

doesallitsworkonyourexistingdigitalphotos,whereveryou

keepthemonyourharddrive.Allyouhavetodo,then,ismove

thephotosthemselvestotheMac,usinganyofthetechniques

describedinChapter5.Fromthere,dragthemintotheiPhoto

windowtoimportthem.



7.2.AcrobatReader

AcrobatReader,whichletsyoureadAcrobat(PDF)files,works

preciselythesameontheMacasitdoesinWindows(except

thatitlooksalittlenicerontheMac).Ifyoulike,youcan

downloadAcrobatReaderfromwww.adobe.com.

TherearefewerandfewerreasonstouseAcrobatReader,

though;youhaveamuchnicerPDF-readingprogramright

thereinyourApplicationsfolder,calledPreview.

PreviewcanreadPDFslikethebestofthem—butit'salsogot

AcrobatReadercoveredonseveralothercounts.Previewcan

annotatePDFswithvirtualyellowsticky-notes—agreattoolfor

markingupbooklayoutsbeforetheygotopress,forexample.

Also,Preview'ssearchfeatureissofastandconvenient,it

blowsAcrobatReaderoutofthewater.Andfinally,Preview

opensinamatterofseconds,whileAcrobatReadercantakea

minuteorsotolaunch.(FormoreonPreview,seepage502.)



7.3.ACT

NoMacversionofthisaddressbook/calendarprogramis

available,butdon'tletthatstopyou.ExportandImport

commandsarethebreadandbutterofaddressandcalendar

programs.YourACTlifecanfindahappyhomeinanyofseveral

Macaddressbooks:

MacOSX'sfree,built-inAddressBook.

PalmDesktopforMacOSX(afreeaddress

book/calendar/to-doprogramfromwww.palm.com,which

workswith—butdoesn'trequire—anactualPalmorganizer).

MicrosoftEntourage(partofMicrosoftOfficeforMac).

NowContact(www.nowsoftware.com),whichis

networkable.Thatis,ifyouhavemorethanonecomputer

inthehouse,youcancheckyourRolodexfromanymachine

onthenetwork(MacorWindows).

Inanycase,herearetheinstructionsfortransferringyour

addressesfromACT(version5orlater)totheMac:

1. InACTforWindows,startbychoosingFile

Exchange Export.



Data



TheExportWizarddialogboxappears.

2. Fromthe"Filetype"drop-downlist,chooseTextDelimited.Specifyafolderlocationandnameforyour

exportedfile(callitExportedContacts,forexample).

ClickNext,andclickNextonthenextscreen,too.

Nowyou'reasked"Whichcontactorgrouprecordsdoyou

wanttoexport?"

3. Click"Allrecords,"andthenclickNext.

Nowyouseealistofthefields(informationtidbitslikeCity,



State,andZip)thatACTispreparedtoexport.Youcan

saveyourselftimelaterifyoutakeamomentnowto

removetheonesyoudon'tneed(clickitsnameandthen

clickRemoveField).

4. ClickFinish.

Ifyouplantoimportyouraddressesintoacommercial

programlikeNowContact,transfertheExportedContacts

filetotheMac(seeChapter5),andthenimporttheminto

NowContact.Thetrickypartismakingsurethattheorder

ofthefieldsappearsintheorderNowContactexpects,

whichmayentailsometrial,error,andreturningtotheACT

ExportWizardscreendescribedinstep3(whereyoucan

rearrangethefieldorder).

IfyouraimistoimporttheaddressesintoMicrosoft

EntourageontheMac,orMacOSX'sownAddressBook

program,though,readon.

5. OpenOutlookExpress.

Yes,OutlookExpressforWindows,thefreeprogramthat

comesoneveryPC.(TheWindowsVistaversioniscalled

WindowsMail.)You'lluseitasaglorifiedconverter

program.

6. FollowtheinstructionsinSection6.4.4forexporting

thecontactsintoaformatsuitableforyourMac.

Thatpageoutlinestwoways(onefree,onefast)togetyour

contactsfromOutlookExpressintoMacOSX'sAddress

Book—yourACTinfo'sfinalrestingplace.



7.4.AdSubtract(Pop-upStopper)

NothingquitespoilsthefunoftheWeblikepop-ups—those

annoyingminiatureadvertisingwindowsthatsproutinfrontof

theWebpageyou'retryingtoread.

Safari,MacOSX'sWebbrowser,hasasimplemenucommand

forblockingpop-ups:Safari BlockPop-UpWindows.

Nowadays,sodoesjustabouteveryotherWebbrowsermade

fortheMac—Firefox,Netscape,Camino,andsoon.Inother

words,youdon'tevenneedAdSubtract.

Ifyou'reinterestedinsomeofAdSubtract'sotherfeatures,like

blockinganimatedadsorzappingalladsonWebpages,

considerPithHelmet(forSafari)orAdblock(forFirefox).Both

areavailablefordownloadfromthisbook's"MissingCD"at

www.missingmanuals.com.



7.5.Adobe[yourfavoriteprogramhere]

MostofAdobe'sbestsellersareavailableinMacOSXversions,

includingPhotoshop,PhotoshopElements,AfterEffects,

Illustrator,InDesign,GoLive,Acrobat,AcrobatReader,andso

on.EventheMacversionofPremiere,thevideo-editing

program,isback(afterbeingabandonedbyAdobefrom2003

to2007).

Youalmostneverhavetodoanydocumentconversion.A

WindowsPhotoshopdocumentisexactlythesamethingasa

MacintoshPhotoshopdocument,forexample.



7.6.AmericaOnline

AmericaOnlineisavailableforbothWindowsandMacOSX.In

fact,theMacOSXversionmayhavecomepreinstalledonyour

Mac(lookintheApplicationsfolder).Ifnot,youcandownloadit

fromhttp://downloads.channel.aol.com/macproducts.

Tip:Youdon'tactuallyneedtheAOLprogramonyourMac.You

canaccessallofyourAOLmail,aswellasallofAOL'sfeatures,

ontheWebatwww.aol.com.

WhenyouusetheMacintoshversionofthesoftwareforthefirst

time,justpluginyourexistingscreennameandpassword.

ThebeautyofAOListhatitstoresyourmail,addressbook,

buddylist,andfavoritesonline.Youcancheckyouremailone

dayattheofficeonaPCandthefollowingnightathomeonthe

Mac,andyou'llalwaysseethesamemessagesthere.Itmakes

nodifferenceifyouconnecttotheserviceusingaWindowsPC,

aMacintosh,orakerosene-poweredabacus.

Tip:YourFavorites(bookmarks)arestoredonlineonlyifyou

useAOLforWindowsversion8andlater.Ifyou'vebeenusing

anearlierversiononyourPC,yourFavoriteswon'tbewaiting

foryouwhenyouswitchtheMac.IfyourPCmeetsthesystem

requirements,you'dbewisetoupgradeitscopyofAmerica

Onlinetoversion8orlaterbeforeswitchingtotheMacintosh.

(Thisisafreeupgrade;youcandownloadthesoftwareat

www.aol.com/downloads.)Ifyoudoso,you'llfindtheFavorites

waitingforyouinAOLforMacOSX.

Thisisallreallygoodnews,ofcourse,butyoumayhaveone

headacheinperformingtheswitch:yourPersonalFiling

Cabinet.Ifyou'vebeensavingemailmessagesintothisvirtual



filingdrawer,thenewsisn'tquiteasgood:thesemessagesare

savedonthePC,notonline.Sowhenyouswitchtothe

Macintosh,yourPersonalFilingCabinetwillbeempty.

Hereareyouroptionsatthispoint:

Becontentwithonlythelast30days'worthofoldmail,and

thelastweek'sworthofnewmail.Thisiswhatlivesonthe

AmericaOnlinecomputers,nomatterwhatcomputeryou

usetoaccessit.WhenyoumovetotheMac,thatmuch

emailwillimmediatelyappearthefirsttimeyouuseAOL.

FireupyouroldPCandopeneachmessageinyour

PersonalFilingCabinet.ClicktheForwardbutton,andtype

inyourownAOLaddress.You'rebasicallyemailingeach

messagetoyourself.

OncethemessageshavearrivedontheMac,youcansave

themintoitsPersonalFilingCabinet.Ofcourse,youwere

thesender,soyoucannolongerclickReplytosenda

responsetowhoeveroriginallywroteyou.(Ifthat'sever

necessary,youcanalwayscopyandpastethesender's

addressintoyourreply.)

OnceallyourinformationisinAOLforMacOSX,youcan,if

youwant,movetheinformationintoApple'sownInternet

programs:iChat,AddressBook,Mail,andSafari.Justdownload

AOLServiceAssistantfrom

http://downloads.channel.aol.com/macproducts,andclick

throughthevarioussteps.

Bythefinalscreen,allyourbookmarks,contacts,screen

names,andemailsettingswillbewaitingforyouinApple's

programs,whicharealotmorepowerful(nottomention

attractive)thantheAOLsoftwareitself.



7.7.AIM(AOLInstantMessenger)

Ifyou'reanonlinechatjunkie,switchingtotheMacinvolves

verylittledisruptiontoyourroutine.AIMisavailableforthe

Mac,too,anditawaitsyourdownloadatwww.aim.com.Better

yet,theminuteyoufireitup,you'lldiscoverthatyourentire

Windows-versionbuddylistisintactandreadytouse.(That's

becauseitactuallylivesontheAmericaOnlinenetwork,noton

yourWindowsPC.)

Tip:Actually,youmighthavealotmorefun—andsavealotof

effort—byjustusingiChat.It'safreeMacOSXchatprogram

that'scompatiblewiththewholeAIMnetwork,asdescribedin

Section12.4.1.



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