Linked by alcibiades on Wed 10th May 2006 19:40 UTC
Apple I started out as a Mac user in about 1985 in a world which will be totally unfamiliar to almost all readers of OSNews. You wrote out your stuff by longhand, and a secretary typed it on a word processor. If you were lucky and able to manage it, you could dictate it. But you did not dictate into a dictating machine, because these were big heavy and expensive. You dictated it directly to someone who could 'take shorthand'. If you had a PC, it ran DOS. You looked for your files, and moved them around, started applications, one at a time, from the command line, and the command line was not pretty, it was green on black.
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RE: So in summary...
by Morgan on Fri 12th May 2006 07:15 UTC in reply to "So in summary..."
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Also, you may want to check out iLife (iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand, iWeb, iPhoto, etc.) which ships free with every Mac. It's really a lot of fun, very useful, comes free with a Mac. There's nothing comparable on Linux or Windows.

Pricewise, no, there certainly is nothing comparable in Windows. In Linux, it's all free so pricewise they are the same.

As for the software itself, on Windows I've used Cool Edit Pro and find it more powerful but much more difficult to use than GarageBand. It's actually more comparable to Logic on the Mac. Fruity Loops Studio is closer to the loop-based simplicity of GarageBand while still being much more versatile, and more affordable than Cool Edit Pro. In Linux there is Audacity, which is simply a wave editor, albeit a very powerful one. To my knowledge there is no loop-based audio software comparable to GarageBand available for Linux. If there is, I would be extremely interested in trying it out.

There's better software for web publishing on the Mac than iWeb. It's called RapidWeaver, but alas it also is not free. iWeb is a close second to RapidWeaver in useability and functionality, and being free it is of course the only option for many people. In Windows, you have Nvu (free), Serif WebPlus (older versions are freeware), and I'm sure a whole host of other free-to-cheap web publishing suites. However, none of them seem to have the simplicity and ease-of-use that RapidWeaver and iWeb have. Linux has Nvu as well, and other similar apps like Bluefish, Screem, Quanta Plus which are all very powerful html editors.

iMovie has a free alternative built into Windows XP called Windows Movie Maker, but WMM is nowhere near as powerful as iMovie. There are several other programs available to Windows that are low-cost or even "free" if you receive them with video-capturing hardware. In Linux, I've heard of Kino but never used it, as I have no need for such software. It is, of course, free.

iDVD seems to be a very complete and easy to use DVD mastering program. Its only drawback that I could imagine is that it is tied to an Apple-branded SuperDrive. To my knowledge, you cannot use it with non-Apple burners. I found this out the hard way on my Mac Mini when I tried to use it with a USB DVD burner. I now no longer own the Mini but I would like to fully explore iDVD one day. There are several DVD mastering packages available for Windows, all are commercial software with moderate to high cost. Linux, once again, has Kino.

iPhoto I will take issue with. It was outdone by a large margin by Google's Picasa 2 software. Not only is Picasa much easier to use, it is a lot faster and more stable than iPhoto. It is very intuitive and makes organizing and sharing photos a no-headache-process. I can't say that for iPhoto; I spent more time trying in vain to get iPhoto to do what I wanted than should have been necessary. On Linux, you have digiKam and Lphoto, both almost as easy and powerful as Picasa and still better (in my opinion) than iPhoto by far.

I don't miss my Mac (anymore), I don't miss iLife as I only really used Garageband, and my friend who got the Mac from me is very, very happy with it. I am just as happy with Windows for World of Warcraft and Doom 3, and Linux for everything else. I won't be buying another Mac; it was a fun ride but in the end I needed the versatility of Linux and, though I hate to say it, the need for gaming keeps Windows on my other hard drive. Software isn't my only reason though; to my knowledge I cannot get a Mac with the graphics power of my system (GeForce 6600GT), or for that matter the upgradeability. Literally every piece of hardware on my desk is upgradeable in some way. Even with an Intel Mac, that is not possible. Besides, I'm poor, and I cannot afford another Mac even if I wanted to. I applaud Apple for creating the best OS I've ever used, and I wish them well in the future, but I will not be a part of that future.

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