March 30, 2007
Dear CNET members,
Happy Friday folks! I'm really glad that Chaz brought up this question about considering the move to Macs, because in the CNET forums this topic gets brought up quite a bit. While Chaz's question is more specifically for photography use, I know from the amount of great information passed on from our members that it will help all the folks who are considering the move from PCs to Macs. I'll hand it to you members, everyone posted their experiences and opinions with grace and no flame wars broke out over it. We even had a lot of professionals ranging from system admins to photographers come in to give their recommendations! While many of our members strongly suggested Chaz move to a Mac or to stick with PC, many gave the suggestion to dabble a little in both and use the application you think you will be using and see if it fits the need for you to move to a different OS. After all, you can take advice, but how you will be using the computer will best determine what's best for you. So read up on all the answers submitted. So while there are no right or wrong views here, I have chosen a few potential winning answers for you folks to vote on. And if you have any experience or helpful suggestions for Chaz and others who are also thinking about the switch to Macs, please join us in the discussion--not to persuade us of one OS over the other, but to educate us on making a sound decision on what is best in the interest of our computing needs. Thank you all for your participation. Take care and have a great weekend!
Member Question of the Week
I've gotten very interested in photography to the extent that
I want to use it as a source of income on the side when I
retire. I have all PCs but recently got a demonstration of an
iMac. I was swayed, but need to really research the
differences before I spend that kind of money. I looked at a
24-inch iMac, basically set up for photography, therefore
any Microsoft Office needs would not be an issue for a
computer with such 'big guns'. Should I continue down this
road, or focus back to a PC. I don't want to be crashing
often, and the Mac guys say it won't happen (wrong people to
ask). Need feed back from users to be more confident. Any
guidance would be appreciated.
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Previous week's Q&AThe votes are in! Below is the answer voted most helpful by our community to last week's question.
My wife and I took our "trip of a lifetime" to Australia, New
Zealand, and Fiji--and brought home hundreds of digital
photos. We want to make a top-quality slide show of these,
featuring music, captions, dissolves, and fades. Can this be
done by PowerPoint or should we buy special software? I have
an OEM of Nero but haven't learned how to use it. Would this
be useable for our purposes? Please guide us into what is
needed for making DVDs of these treasured photos.
Chuck C. of Tallahassee, Florida
Hello Chuck C--First, to make DVDs of your photos, you will need photo slide show software. This software may have come packaged with your camera. You will also need video editing software; if your OEM Nero has Nero Vision with it, it will work for the video editing software requirement. There is an excellent set of instructions and a tutorial on Microsoft's site that will walk you through the process. The link to that site is...
Linda (CNET member: Spinach)
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