HD Crash, Re-Installing Programs

Discussion in 'OS X and OS X Apps' started by katj, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. katj

    katj New Member

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    Hi everyone, Macbook newbie here.

    Unfortunately my Macbook met an accident and my hard drive crashed. Basically I am starting over :( I still have the warranty and can have the OS re-installed but I am completely naive when it comes to software. My Macbook came with a free bundle of Office, AdobeCS, Titanium, Stuffit, iWork, etc. but now I am not going to have them anymore. When I asked for an estimate since I am going to purchase them this time, I am surprised to find out it'll cost me a brand new Macbook just to get them.

    I am still traumatized by this news (my Mac's not even a year old). I have been browsing through the forums in terms of freeware. I am thinking of NeoOffice, maybe purchase the iWork... but I don't know how I am going to replace some essentials, i.e. Titanium and Stuffit. I am not big on doing graphics but I have been comfortable with Photoshop and I use it now and then. Any advice, please? I just found out the news and I need people to run to as I do not know any expert Macbook users. Thanks in advance!
     
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    raypin PhilMUG Addict Member

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    You mean you are not going to use the free bundle that came with your Mac? Why? You mean you're selling them?

    for Titanium alternative that's freeware try liquidcd 1.32 or toast.

    for Adobe CS, there's not a lot of option for freeware or open source. you might want to investigate inkscape or the gimp.

    for stuffit, open source is the unarchiver.

    But if you ask me, stick with the best software you can afford. Affordability is a relative issue. If it helps you become more productive, the high sticker price may well be worth it.
     
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  3. katj

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    Thanks, I'll look them up.

    Adobe Cs costs 60-70K; I might as well buy a new laptop. I got my Macbook originally bundled with this for free, but since the center is going to re-install the OS, the other programs (i.e. Office, Adobe CS) are not included anymore other than those in the OS. THe free programs are supposed to be a part of the promo when I got it.
     
  4. Shinrai

    Shinrai Guest

    If you're a light user or image editing (cropping, some resampling, resizing, etc), the built in Preview on your Mac is a good tool to use. I use it to resize photos for posting online and it's really simple and easy to use.
     

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