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Mac newbie - Advice on switching from XP to iMac

My sony vaio running on xp has come down with a virus that none of the anti-spyware/virus apps can find or eradicate, so when I reformat that pc and give it to my kids to use, I'm thinking of going the iMac dual processor route. I've been using pc-based apps for everything - and all files, devices, and programs (turbo tax, for instance) are formatted for the pc. What happens to those files if I go mac? (stupid question??) Will I have to purchase new drivers for my camera, treo, printer, network, router, external drive, etc? Ditto for programs, so that I can open and use current files (especially work-related files using MS-office)? And since I'll still have pcs in the house, will I be purchasing 2 versions of every the software app so that I can work on a file on the mac, but through network, work on the same file on a pc?

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In reply to: Mac newbie - Advice on switching from XP to iMac

Open Office should be ready by the time you get your dual core Mac. Look at http://www.openoffice.org for details.

Microsoft has an Office for the Mac if you can't do with Open Office.

"will I be purchasing 2 versions of every the software app so that I can work on a file on the mac, but through network, work on the same file on a pc?"

Possibly.

Bob

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In reply to: Mac newbie - Advice on switching from XP to iMac

You will not need new drivers for your camera, router, network but you will need new programs that will run on the Mac OS. Turbo Tax is available for the Mac.
ANy external drive "should" work but although the connection of choice for the Mac is FIrewire (IEEE1394), any USB 2.0 HD's you have will probably need to be formatted to FAT32 instead of NTFS.
As Bob pointed out, Open Office should solve your MS Office problems for a good price. MS Office 2004 for Mac is also a route, but more expensive.
Really you only need to purchase two copies of every piece of software if you plan on working on everything on both machines.

P

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