Chapter 5. Applications That You've (Probably) Gotta Have

In This Chapter

  • Using Microsoft Office 2004

  • Using disk repair applications

  • Editing images

  • Editing digital video

  • Using Internet applications

  • Burning discs with Toast

  • Running Windows with Parallels Desktop

  • Adding third‐party utilities

  • Playing games with Mac OS X

In Chapter 1 of this mini‐book, I present you with an overview of the most popular hardware that you can add to your Mac — and where there's hardware, software can't be far behind. (Somebody famous said that — I think it was either Bill Gates or Dennis Miller. I consider both of them famous comedians.)

Anyway, Mac OS X comes with a full suite of software tools right out the box. You get Internet connectivity, disk repair, a digital audio and video player, basic image editing and cataloging, digital video editing, and — depending on the price that you paid or the Mac model that you bought — even games, and a complete set of productivity applications. However, if you're willing to pay for additional features and a manual (at least what passes for a manual in the manufacturer's opinion), you can make all these tasks easier and accomplish them in even shorter time.

Read on for an overview to the most popular third‐party software applications for Mac OS X: what everyone's using, how much they cost, and why they're (usually) better. But before you drop a wad of cash on a fancy new application, though, remember yet another of Mark's Maxims:

  • If a program you already have does everything ...

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