Been working with the iMac now for about two weeks, and I’m quite pleased. Sure the interface looks different – and yes, I could have received a $9 upgrade (or whatever) to Windows 7 when it’s released but … enough already. I’ve been on Windows for a long, long time. Windows 3.1(1? was it?); Windows under OS/2; Windows 95; Windows Me (Gack!); Windows 2000; Windows NT and Windows XP.
I have no major complaints about Windows XP. I’ve done OK with it. I’ve run Cakewalk’s Sonar 2.0 through 8.0 (mostly) just fine; I used Macromedia’s (now Adobe’s) Fireworks for graphics for years.
But when I really wanted to build up a development environment that could really handle serious web development – specifically Open Source style web development -well, we already had 2 Macs here in the house and I decided, enough.
Mac OS X looks great and so does the hardware. I ended up with the tiny little keyboard with no number pad, and I don’t care – word of warning, though, you might. I’ve always been a good typist and know where the numbers are. There is a real command line: real tools like php, bash, ruby, python.
So here’s the main stuff I needed, and what I’ve done under Mac OS X to make the transition:
Mac OS X
|Development IDE||Aptana Studio 1.5||Aptana Studio 1.5|
|Virtualization||Sun VirtualBox||Sun VirtualBox|
|SSH Client||putty.exe||Terminal’s ssh|
|Graphics||Fireworks 8||Fireworks CS4|
|Photos||Picasa||iPhoto (I guess; haven’t done much here yet)|
|Music Production||Cakewalk Sonar 8 Producer||GarageBand
Soundtrack Pro 3
— and hopefully Cakewalk Sonar 8 Producer using Boot Camp!
Just Don’t Work:
The following just don’t work:
- My ancient (circa 1996!) Artec 1236 USB Scanner. Oh so sad! That thing has served me well! It’ll just have to run off the XP box for the time being.
- Tascam USB-122 MIDI/ Audio Interface. Judging by the Google results, this thing has been problematic at least since OS X 10.5. I’d like to get a small firewire Interface. I would like an interface with audio and MIDI. Not so sure I care about a pre-amp. Hooking up my M-Audio Oxygen 8 keyboard worked just fine. I have yet to try my 88-weighted key StudioLogic controller, though :).
Just Does Work!
Much to my pleasant surprise, some of my old PowerPC based packages came over just fine. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as “Rosetta,” the Apple answer for helping you transition from PowerPC-based boxes to the Intel-based boxes.
- SoundTrack Pro 3
- LiveType 2
Final Cut Express HD did not work – it complained that it wanted an AGP graphics card. But Apple is decent enough to provide a $99 upgrade to Final Cut Express 4 if iMovie should fail me, which it might. It’s a nice application, but I’m so used to working with track-based tools like FCE and Cakewalk that I might spring for the upgrade. Or, maybe I’m just a dope and don’t understand iMovie well enough.
Hope this helps you sort out if you want to get a Mac. I bought mine refurbished (as was Lisa’s) and it comes with a 1 year warranty. Lisa’s has been running strong for about 6 months now and she loves it. Trent has inherited the old eMac, and he loves that.
And surely I’ll always have my share of Fedora Core and Ubuntu boxes about 🙂