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Living the Free Lifestyle Presented by David Greenbaum ( www.clickheretech.com ) to the Lawrence Apple Users Group 2.0 ( www.laugks.org ) In the Beginning... The Mac needed Microsoft!!! Microsoft Word was one of the first applications for the Mac in 1984 2 Microsoft Office

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living the free lifestyle
Living the Free Lifestyle
  • Presented by David Greenbaum (www.clickheretech.com)
  • to the Lawrence Apple Users Group 2.0
  • (www.laugks.org)
in the beginning
In the Beginning...
  • The Mac needed Microsoft!!!
  • Microsoft Word was one of the first applications for the Mac in 1984

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microsoft office
Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Office first came out on the Mac in 1989 with Word, Excel and Powerpoint
    • Word: Word Processing
    • Excel: Spreadsheet Calculations
    • PowerPoint: Presentations
  • In 2001, Entourage was added for email, scheduling and contact management

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windows versions of office
Windows versions of Office
  • Many different versions
    • Some include Publisher for desktop publishing
    • Access for databases

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problems with office
Problems with Office
  • Does not run native on an Intel Mac
    • Slows the computer
    • Interferes with the RAM available to other Rosetta Apps
  • A resource and memory hog
    • Even with no applications running, it takes a significant amount of memory and processor cycles

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Cost
  • Student Teacher edition: can only be used by students or teachers for Academic work.
  • $129 for 3 computers
    • Though many people buy this version, if you don’t follow the End User License Agreement you are in violation of the agreement and are doing the equivalent of software piracy

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other version costs
Other Version Costs
  • Without Virtual PC
    • Full version: $330
    • Upgrade: $200
  • With Virtual PC
    • Full version: $400
    • Upgrade: $250
  • WOW!

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alternatives
Alternatives
  • First we'll look at the Suites
  • Then individual programs
  • It *is* possible to live the Microsoft free lifestyle in the closet
    • Because with all these options you can read and send documents and your friends and family won't know about your choice

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appleworks
Appleworks
  • Not Intel based...no plans to do so
  • Has Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Database and Drawing
  • We loved you from the Apple II days.
  • If you have docs in that format, suggest converting them now to Microsoft compatible format
  • Appleworks is dead! Long live Appleworks!

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neooffice open office
NeoOffice/Open Office
  • Both Free
  • Includes word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation
    • Require a relatively beefy computer and a bit slow
  • Neither is without major bugs..but the price can't be beat

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openoffice org
OpenOffice.org
  • Alpha for "Aqua", other versions require install of X11
  • X11 version requires:
    • Mac G3 400Mhz or higher
    • Mac OS X 10.3.x (10.3.5 recommended), Mac OS X 10.4.x
    • 256Mbytes RAM
    • 400Mbytes available disk space
    • X11 required.

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neooffice
NeoOffice
  • Based on Openoffice.org specs
  • Better interface, like other Mac Programs
  • Does not require X11
  • Donation requested

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other free alternatives
Other Free Alternatives
  • Google Apps: my personal favorite
    • Can't do much more than TextEdit. Opens and saves as Word Documents
    • Must be logged into a free google account to use.
      • No Internet connection means no google docs

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google apps features
Google Apps Features
  • Google checks track of your revisions, so you can go back to a previous version
  • Your documents are available anywhere you have access to a web browser:
    • No need to carry a flash drive, use floppies etc.

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collaboration
Collaboration
  • Allow others to review and/or edit your documents
  • Publish directly to a blog
risks of google apps
Risks of Google Apps
  • Privacy: someone (or the government) could get into your account without you knowing
  • No backups:
    • While Google has never officially lost a document, there is always that risk
      • However, you can save google doc files to your computer.
google competitors
Google competitors
  • ThinkFree online--always crashed my computer
  • Zoho:
    • Includes more than Google Apps: presentations, planner, database, contact management, mail
    • Worked, but enjoyed google!
word processing
Word Processing
  • Textedit--with every Mac
    • The latest version of textedit can read and write Microsoft Word documents.
    • Sweet. Free is in most people's budget!!
why would you need anything else
Why would you need anything else???
  • Textedit is very basic. It can't do much more than act like a glorified typewriter
  • Most people will be fine with this. Less features means less confusion

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typical features used in word
Typical Features used in Word
  • These are not in TextEdit
    • Headers/Footers; put a page number at the bottom
    • Mail Merge: create mailing labels or take a list of people and send them the same letter with Dear and their name inserted at the top

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alternative word processors
"Alternative" Word Processors
  • Fond Memories
    • WordPerfect for Mac
    • Macwrite
      • Ran on a floppy. Wow.

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mariner write 60
Mariner Write $60:
  • An old standby that works on Intel based as well as PowerPC
  • Fast and reliable
  • Easy to understand without too many features. Reminds me of Macwrite

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supports key features
Supports key features
  • Mail merge, tables, and headers/footers
  • Target audience
    • Someone who needs these advanced functions but wants to avoid office
  • Mariner offers a full time-limited trial
nisus
Nisus
  • Another program that's been around a long time
  • Key feature: accurate representation of foreign graphics
  • One of the first programs to accurately use right to left languages such as Hebrew, and non-Roman languages such as Chinese

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nisus25
Nisus
  • Based on experience: this is the academic standard on the Mac for anyone using foreign language characters
  • Features academics like such as table of contents and advanced footnote support
  • Two flavors:
    • Express: $45
    • Pro: $79

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mellel
Mellel
  • Hebrew for "Typewriter" ’מלל’
  • Yet another group of programmers that were frustrated there was not a quality Hebrew word processor for the Mac
  • Key competitor of Nisus: See when you search for Mellel!

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let s compare load times and features in real time
Let's compare load times and features in real time
  • We’ll take a complex document and open them in various programs:
  • ....
spreadsheet
Spreadsheet
  • 2+2=4
    • Spreadsheets are used to do numerical computations--a calculator on steroids
    • If you don't use a spreadsheet, you'll be fine. Some people go their whole life without one
      • However they can come in handy sometime

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google docs and spreadsheets
Google Docs and Spreadsheets
  • Similar to "docs"--reads and writes excel spreadsheets
    • Can't do complex "macro" functions.
  • Mariner Calc
    • Provides the basic Excel spreadsheet functions
    • Can read Excel Spreadsheets
    • Cost: $50, or with Write: $70 for the pack

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let s compare again
Let’s compare again
  • This time using a complex spreadsheet
presentations
Presentations
  • Keynote, part of iWork Suite
    • “You’re soaking in it now”
    • Can read and write into Powerpoint format
    • Advanced features such as easy export and integration with other iApps
  • You can also create the individual slides and put them into iPhoto as a presentation
  • Note: iWork, unlike iLife, does not come free with your Mac.

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other office components
Other Office components
  • Database
    • For many members, spreadsheets or address book can acts as a database
    • Filemaker Pro clearly the leader
      • $299 New
      • $179 Upgrade
    • Unfortunately, many databases made in Access require Access on the computer due to special programming.

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desktop publishing
Desktop Publishing
  • Microsoft Publisher Alternatives
    • iWork’s Pages again meets most of Publisher’s functions but cannot read or write it’s format
    • Quark/Indesign isn’t an alternative because they are full fledged design programs
    • Another great alternative: Swift Publisher by BeLight Software
      • $44.95 direct download
      • Powerful program!

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entourage email
Entourage (Email)
  • Apple Mail of course
  • Online email
    • Gmail, yahoo (yahoo now has unlimited email)
  • Thunderbird
    • Cross Platform, from the Firefox crew
  • Mailsmith
    • Advanced scripting functions
  • Eudora (discontinued)

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entourage calendaring
Entourage calendaring
  • Of course, iCal
    • Use MissingSync to sync with your Palm
  • Google again
    • Can read/write iCal Info
  • Yahoo
  • Lots of other websites as well depending on what features you need

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entourage contact management
Entourage Contact Management
  • Address Book
    • Recommend "Address Book Exporter" for mail merges
  • Google and Yahoo again
  • Note: no reason you can’t use more than one and synchronize them
  • Personally I use Address book and google for contacts and calendars
    • Web based info can be viewed from your phone!

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review
Review
  • You can create word processing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations without having to pay anyone though, there are tradeoffs
  • Ditto for the less popular functions such as publishing, calendaring, email and contact management
  • All these alternatives have generous trial period
  • Embrace your choice!!

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thanks for your time
Thanks for your time!
  • Created by Dave Greenbaum, aka DoctorDave™: http://www.calldrdave.com, with a Macbook using Keynote and PowerSlides templates
  • Don’t forget to tip your server!
  • Permission is granted for other User Groups to use this presentation so long as credit is given to Dave Greenbaum, DoctorDave™, and the http://www.calldrdave.com is included