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Matthew C Jones | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 25 2011 9:44 PM

I'm presently considering moving to Mac. My HP Pavilion DV2000 had a motherboard meltdown. It ran Logos fast enough for me. I am finding the Apple hardware considerably more expensive as I shop for a replacement 

Mac Mini+ iPad idea sounds cool. 

My present netbook is extremely slow. Gotta find something faster very soon.  Crying

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lostlogik | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 26 2011 12:40 AM

Super Tramp:

I'm presently considering moving to Mac. My HP Pavilion DV2000 had a motherboard meltdown. It ran Logos fast enough for me. I am finding the Apple hardware considerably more expensive as I shop for a replacement 

Mac Mini+ iPad idea sounds cool. 

My present netbook is extremely slow. Gotta find something faster very soon.  Crying

I have a mini & iPad (& MB) and, even though the mini has a keyboard and mouse attached, frequently use the iPad as a portable keyboard and mouse, usually when I'm sat on the sofa. (I've also usd my iPhone the same way) I just love the way Apple stuff works together. Actually, I could condense that and just say I like the way Apple stuff just works. I switch from a Dell to Mac a couple of years ago and never regretted it. I once heard "Once Mac, never back". I would concur :).

 

That said, Logos on a Mac isn't as good an experience as on a PC but I will endure it (in the hope it gets better) as being on a Windows PC is worse. If I could get a Windows OS disc I'd possibly run Logos under Parallels, as that works quite well and was what I did while the L4Mac was early beta.

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Dennis Miller | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 26 2011 4:46 AM

Don't let the price difference scare you away, consider the what you are getting for your money, the value gained is so much more than the price difference paid and it is so easy to purchase painlessly with 12 to 18 months same as cash depending on who you purchase it from. Take the plunge you won't regret it. BTW, it you need to you can install and run Windows on any Mac but you can't run OSx on a Windows PC. I have XP installed in a boot camp partition on both my Mac's but I rarely (as in almost never) use it anymore.

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Steve Clevenger | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 26 2011 8:46 AM

Brothers,

I picked up a 15 inch MacBook Pro yesterday and loaded Logos4 on it last night.  So far, so good!

Indexing has been at a crawl, but the Mac, and Logos4 are running VERY snappy and fast and that is with indexing in the background.

 

This is my first MacBeer

 

 

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Dennis Miller | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 26 2011 9:13 AM

Steve Clevenger:

This is my first MacBeer

and you'll never go back!!

Welcome to the computing experience you been looking for. There will be some differences to get used to but once you get to using it you'll wonder what took you so long to make the switch.

Congrats!!

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Steve Clevenger | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 26 2011 9:18 AM

How can I monitor my cpu and ram usage on the mac? Is there a meter that I can download for the bar?

Thanks

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 26 2011 9:32 AM

Dan ... you must be Logos' favorite kind of customer!!!

'... my passage guide always crashes logos at the moment but i am happy over all '

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 26 2011 10:18 AM

In the past year and a half my mother in law has killed 3 computers, 2 from Walmart and one generic computer store... Fans failing usb ports failing 2 motherboard failures, While Mac hardware is more expensive generally it is a high quality, in 20 years of mac ownership i have only had one machine die, a mac classic motherboard went and I did have issues with a powerbook display on the first G4 model. Apple generally uses very high quality parts.

-Dan

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Steve Clevenger | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 26 2011 10:54 AM

Two questions:

1. iWork or Mac Office? Which is the best to use with Mac and sermon work?

2. How can I monitor my cpu and ram usage with a Mac?

 

thanks

 

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Dennis Miller | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 26 2011 11:36 AM

I use pages in iWork on my Mac and iPad, works great for me but there is another application I also use for Sermon prep and study called Scrivner which is a Writers tool but works great for Sermon prep also. Google it and check it out.

Don't know about the other question you have never looked into it.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 26 2011 1:12 PM

Steve Clevenger:
How can I monitor my cpu and ram usage on the mac?

Wiki Mac Troubleshooting => Slow Performance section has a screen shot from Activity Monitor (inside Utilities folder within Applications).

Wiki Logos 4 Mac => Mini FAQ section includes:

New to Mac OS X?

 Apple has Mac OS X Applications and Utilities plus hundreds of How-To Tutorials. Apple Support includes Mac 101Switch 101 and Keyboard shortcuts.

Keep Smiling Smile

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 26 2011 4:21 PM

Steve Clevenger:

Two questions:

1. iWork or Mac Office? Which is the best to use with Mac and sermon work?

2. How can I monitor my cpu and ram usage with a Mac? 

Steve - 

First, Welcome to the family! Big Smile

If I had to choose between Pages (iWork) or MSFT Word, I would choose Pages (iWork). The best thing is that it is only $20. I do have Word, but I purchased it with an academic discount ($50) and I ONLY used it to do final verification for term papers in Seminary. FYI - Pages does export to Word, and in my experience, it is as good as exporting Word Mac to Word Pc (or Word 2009 PC to Word 2011 PC, etc). In the near future (if not already enabled), Pages will have "auto save" and "versions" when coupled with Lion (which you have). As an added bonus, you could always try experimenting with the templates to see if you can get past your need for (groan) MS Publisher. Ick!

To monitor cpu and ram usage, go to your applications folder, open "utilities" and click on "activity monitor." If this is something you will want to regularly monitor, you can right click on the app icon, click on "options" and select "keep in doc." NOTE: these instructions are for "Snow Leopard," but I think they would be similar in "Lion."

 

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 26 2011 7:38 PM

Steve Clevenger:

Two questions:

1. iWork or Mac Office? Which is the best to use with Mac and sermon work?

2. How can I monitor my cpu and ram usage with a Mac?

 

thanks

 

1. I prefer pages, but it's personal choice.

2. Activity Monitor is how you can do it. The Widget iStat Pro is free and gives you a dashboard option with more info.

 

-Dan

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Kevin A. Purcell | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 26 2011 8:12 PM

Steve Clevenger:

Two questions:

1. iWork or Mac Office? Which is the best to use with Mac and sermon work?

2. How can I monitor my cpu and ram usage with a Mac?

 

thanks

 

As a recent switcher (last Nov when new MBAir came out) you can go both ways with Pages v. Word. Pages is cheap and simple to use but not as powerful if you are a power user. 95 percent are not so will be satisfied. Also, you mentioned the bulletin. Pages has excellent Publisher like layout features and you may find that you can dump Publisher. Don't think that word for Mac is just like Word for Windows. It is enough different that you will still find yourself having to overcome a learning curve.

Welcome to the club. The mac platform, in my humble view is nice, but not that much better than Windows 7. The Mac Addicts will make you believe that it is ten times better, but I'd say maybe 10 percent better. Does it justify the expense? Not sure. But heat, I didn't buy either of my Macs, so I didn't have to go through the pain. My problem now is that it is hard to be a dual OS person. Gets confusing and muscle memory for keyboard shortcuts and such mess me up. So I may get a Mac Mini for my office computer to overcome this.

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Mike Binks | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jul 27 2011 1:41 AM

Steve Clevenger:
1. iWork or Mac Office? Which is the best to use with Mac and sermon work?

The iWork suite is well integrated and more than adequate for sermon preparation unless you preach in Hebrew  :-).

For original language work I am told that there are better alternatives - Word for Mac not being one of them.

If you find that you need some functionality peculiar to Word then you should try one of the Open Source clones which allow you to install them for free and only ask for a donation should you choose to continue using them.

Deleting unused programs from the Mac is a pretty painless operation.

Steve Clevenger:
2. How can I monitor my cpu and ram usage with a Mac?

I see that others have answered this question - just to say that I have never felt the urge nor the need to.

One thing about the Mac environment is that you can generally just get on with the job.

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mab | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jul 27 2011 9:45 PM

It's fairly straightforward to run Windows apps on a Mac if you should ever need to do it. I think once Logos 4.3 gets released, I think the discrepancy between PC and Mac for Logos will be smaller. 

I've been a Mac user for a long time, but I live with a PC at my elbow too. Both have their place. I think the PC is now pretty much on par with the Mac, but it really requires you to be a geek to do a lot of things and most people don't have the discipline or patience that it requires. 

This past weekend I switched mail calendar and address use from MS Entourage to the Mac equivalents in my eventual move to Lion. The whole process was practically automatic. Apple's programs imported the data with very little effort.

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