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When I go to configure it online, I see some software offers and wonder if any of them are worth of being included.
I use Creative Studio and will use it on my new iMac. I'll have VMware installed, too - for Windows based apps.
So, besides hardware and protection plan, should I bother about anything else that runs on Mac OS?
You'll need a windows license for use in VMware Fusion (one that you can activate if you reinstall from scratch).
For the rest it all depends on what you want to do ?
Some of the apple software:
iLife 09: comes with your mac, no need to buy separately (those of us with older versions might want it)
iWorks 09: bundles pages, numbers and keynote. It's an alternative to word, excel and powerpoint respectively from office. It's cheaper if you buy it with you mac and unless you really like office, it'll blow you away with the possibilities, but it's different, so you have a learning curve.
Aperture: is more or less an alternative to PhotoShop, I don't own a copy but I know serious semi-pro photographers who just love it.
Microsoft has office for the mac: Office 2008, more expensive than iWork, more compatible with the rest of Office on the PC too. I've been cursing at it just like I did on a PC :) . Last stunt it pulled on me made me redo from scratch all templates I made for a business customer. Guess I just won't get to like Microsoft products.
You can check some of the other online reviews of it, but I was impressed with what I saw, especially the templates for their powerpoint type products (Keynote) and their Word, called Pages.
Again, I don't have it, but check it out.
A friend of mine uses iWork at home and office 2007 (PC) at work and he told me "why am I being punished to have to use Office ?"
I think Swa pretty much covered it. However, if you need financial software, I have found AccountEdge to be great. Also, don't forget to upgrade QuickTime to QuickTime Pro.
To get QuickTime Pro:
Open QuickTime Player.
Choose QuickTime Player > Buy QuickTime Pro.
Follow the onscreen instructions.
It's only $29.99 and you get:
Capture audio and video
Share easily via email
Create movies for iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV
Create H.264, MPEG-4, 3GPP & 3GPP2 content
Save movies from the web