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Apple Mac OS X talk

Discussion in 'Gadgets and Technology' started by wdwmagic, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. wdwmagic

    wdwmagic Original Poster Administrator Moderator

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    Good on my 09 iMac and 2012 macbook. Faster than previous versions in both cases.
     
  2. lazyboy97o

    lazyboy97o Well-Known Member

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    My fan had been a bit loud recently but I did a clean install which has made everything so much better. I know that is not an easy option for many, but after six years a lot of junk built up.
     
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    FutureCEO Well-Known Member

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    I don't think I can do that...lol

    Though I do have an external hard drive partitioned already. Not really relevant but I like to put music on the CD's and I hate how the new macs don't come with a CD drive anymore.
     
  4. artvandelay

    artvandelay Well-Known Member

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    After using PC's for 20 years I finally switched to Mac last week. Bought a 21.5" iMac. Still trying to figure some stuff out but liking it so far. I do have some questions:

    1) how is Pages and Numbers compared to Word and Excel? I've used Numbers on my ipad and was ok. Hoping to save the $100 to buy Office.

    2) does anyone use family sharing? Looks good, but wasn't sure.

    3) is there any way to make Pages work like iOS when typing? Specifically, auto capitalization for first word and auto period with double tap of the space bar?

    Thanks in advance for any answers the group has.
     
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  5. Voxel

    Voxel President of Progress City Premium Member

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    1) It depends on how religiously you use Word. Pages can do everything that word can do but formatting can be lost when opening a word document and saving as a word document. That being said me and my GF use Pages for all of your college papers. I also like the ease of use for pages for many features.
    Excel vs numbers our a different beast. Numbers is great for basics but if you are looking to have excel files interact with other excel files and using great macro then Excel is your best bet. Most Apple "experts" will tell you that.

    2) Don't know

    3) Just opened up the updated Pages. Checking now. I will give you an update in a few minutes.
     
  6. lazyboy97o

    lazyboy97o Well-Known Member

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    Word still has a lot more features, but those are features I think anybody who uses them would notice are missing. The formatting issues mentioned by @Voxel are true for Pages and LibreOffice, another free office suite. Personally, I have long taken to distributing almost all final documents as PDFs.

    I use it and it works pretty much as advertised. Under purchases in iTunes and the App Store there is a little toggle that lets you see your purchases or those of other family members. Content creators (app developers) have to allow sharing, so it will not necessarily be available on everything.

    This used to be possible utilizing the built in text expansion, but the current version no longer allows spaces in the terms to be expanded. Oddly, this is probably blocked because the text expansion in OS X syncs with those set on your iOS devices.
     
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  7. Voxel

    Voxel President of Progress City Premium Member

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    I just remembered this. They removed this functionality when they were focusing on unifying the platform and save format of pages. In iOS this is an OS feature not a pages feature.
     
  8. wdwmagic

    wdwmagic Original Poster Administrator Moderator

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    99% of Word and Excel users use 1% of their features. Pages and Numbers are perfect for most users in my experience.
     
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  9. lazyboy97o

    lazyboy97o Well-Known Member

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    Text expansion is an OS X feature, not a Pages features.
     
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    artvandelay Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the answers everyone. I bought my wife the one to one service because she was not dealing with the change very well.
     
  11. Voxel

    Voxel President of Progress City Premium Member

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    Correct, but automatic Capitalization was an aspect of Pages that Disappeared in Pages 5, it could be enabled under keyboard settings to Capitalize the first letter in a sentence, but this option has since disappeared from services in 10.10, Features such as page numbers, mail merging, etc disappeared from Pages 5 also. This is all attributed to a full rewrite of Pages from the ground up.
     
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  12. Voxel

    Voxel President of Progress City Premium Member

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    Has anyone experienced artifact/random dancing Pixels on a 2011 iMac.
     
  13. lazyboy97o

    lazyboy97o Well-Known Member

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    Nope.
     
  14. Voxel

    Voxel President of Progress City Premium Member

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    I'm stumped on this problem. It's worst at cold boot and cold temps, but no issues when warm.. I am thinking bad soldering.
     
  15. Voxel

    Voxel President of Progress City Premium Member

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    All I am gonna say, the 10.10.2 Beta is making me want to slam my head against the wall. About to migrate back but I am on travel and don't have my time machine with me.
     
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    Hard to say for sure but that could be either a bad display or bad graphics card. I had a 2011 27" iMac and over the 2-1/2 years I had it the display panel had to be replaced twice but in both cases, it was a backlight issue. If you are seeing corrupted images on the screen it is more likely it's the graphics card.
     
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    Interesting, I'm running that on my 2013 13" Retina MBP and not seeing any issues at all. What's happening that is triggering the frustration?
     
  18. Voxel

    Voxel President of Progress City Premium Member

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    It's killed Google chrome (big issue amongs thee community). But the big thing is that it has killed sleep in my MacBook. Their is a temp fix but it's annoying having to force a shut down
     
  19. lazyboy97o

    lazyboy97o Well-Known Member

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    I too have been running 10.10.2 on my MacBook Pro and iMac without issue, but I also do not use Chrome anymore.
     
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    Ahh. I was never a fan of Chrome on the Mac, way too much of a resource hog. I actually really like the simplicity of Safari and it keeps getting faster with each generation. Hadn't seen any sleep issues at all on my MBP.
     

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