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stevebluck says

Hello,

I have been researching the iMac for a few days now and am now considering to go and get one!

I have never ever used a Mac before so I have a few questions and would be very greatful if some of you Mac users could lend me your thoughts, so here goes:

Are they easy to get used to?
I’m very good on a PC but does that matter when it comes to a Mac..

What one should I get?
I will use it mainly for photoshop, dreamweaver, browsing, writing DVD ’s. I will also be using it for 3D work (to learn). Also I do a bit of gaming from time to time but I can always use my PC for this.

Are they stable?
My PC likes to turn itself off all the time…

Do Windows progs work on them?
Such as Windows Office.

I’m in the UK and my budget doesn’t really matter as I’ll probably finance it anyway…

Thanks in advance!

P.S this is the one I’m looking at http://www.ebuyer.com/product/177597/show_product_overview

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chack says

1. I had never problems with my switch. 2. Your iMac should be fine – i just dont like this big 27” :) 3. My safari often crashes but the whole system is very stable (but my windows7 too). 4. You can buy MS Office for Mac or iWork (Apple Office). You can download a Trial from both and to unloclk the last one very easy ;)+

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ATLChris says

I made the switch about 2 years ago, and have never looked back. It is a easy transition. If you are worried about the switch call your local Apple store and get the One to One training. As for which one to get, which what you listed, any iMac will work. Are they stable? More so then Windows haha as “chack said, Safari sucks, but I use Firefox and Chrome as my main browsers and they are very stable.

Windows programs? Well, if you get Parallels or VMWare Fusion, all of your Windows programs will work. As for word processing, I would recommend iWork, over Office for Mac.

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stevebluck says

Does iWork open up word doc’s ok as well as excel etc?

Whats wrong with the 27” screen, bad resolution?

Can’t wait to purchase :D

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prismonde says

I switched about a year ago. I started programming in DOS and was the ultimate “PC” guy, but was given an iMac for free and was skeptical. At first I thought I would just give it to my wife, but then the tansistion was so easy I would never go back. I was just waiting for my laptop to crap out on me to be a total Mac-head, which it just did, and my new macbook pro is on the way = )

I have never had any problems with my imac like i have had with every pc i have ever known. I never thouhgt i would be converted, but i stand corrected. It was the best move i have made and i think you will enjoy it too.

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chack says

They had some strange issues that the screen turned off but i heard thats fixed now.

For me 27” are just too big. Can’t work with that big screen. I would say you should go into any market and try if you can work with ;)

I think yes, they can open docs. But look at the apple page, there should be an info :)

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mlando says

I work on an imac 24” with a 23” secondary monitor at home and at work. Great setup. Get as much extra ram you can afford min 4gb so you can run multiple virtuals with vmware or similar… without slowdowns. I have used creative suite and similar on both PC and mac for years and often had both running before intel macs. Now with the versitility to run Windows on my mac for testing it is an easy choice for me. As far as stability… there is just no comparison. Mac rules this category by a long shot in my opinion/experience. Once you switch and give it a chance you will love it and will likely never go back.

You can open word and excel documents as well as PowerPoint in iworks which is cheap and comes with a 5 user pack standard. For the things that you mentioned, I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how integrated everything works together, faster and without the dreaded blue screens.

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Hy-Studio says

You can use NeoOffice for opening Windows Docs etc … its open source and is in some cases easier to use ;)

For the OS, well I’m a Mac user since about 4 years now, I work on PC on my daytime job + had 5 PC’s back in time at home …, well I still prefer Mac, just because it’s compact, doesn’t make any noise, extremely stable OS, a very good and easy UI, good innovations and good hardware support. Never had to install a driver for something :)

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Roeven says

Yes you should definitely get an iMac. Also consider purchasing iWork, the ‘office’ suite from Apple. It’s far superior to the Windows office suits for mac, or NeoOffice/OpenOffice. iWork can open, edit and export all the Windows office filetypes. Pages is the Word for Mac, Numbers is Excel, and Keynote is Powerpoint. All of these programs are far easier to use. As for stability, you’ll be stunned. I’ve had my Mac for almost three years and I’ve had it crash twice. I use Safari, and I like it very much. I’ve never had Safari crash on me, and it’s without doubt the fastest browser around (well, maybe Chrome is faster, but I like Safari better). Also, you can always install Windows via BootCamp.

iMac is the way to go. :)

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Hy-Studio says

Once you go Mac you never go back :D

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