I do like Entourage 2008. It has a “Mac Feel” to it which fits in nice with other programs. It’s very easy to use. I also like that you don’t have to VPN into work in order to use mail, as it can use your OWA (Outlook Web Access) connection and credentials. Just use “mail.yourcompany.com” as the server you connect to (or whatever your OWA site is).
What I don’t like about it, is viewing calendars! At work, we have shared calendars (through Exchange) for our group. If I need to view another persons calendar or a group calendar, unfortunately Entourage lacks in that area. It does work, just looks horrible. Especially when compared to Outlook 2007. Outlook 2007 allows you to even “overlay” other calendars onto your own so you can easily see available times between both or even several calendars.
So unfortunately I’ve started using Outlook 2007 inside a Windows XP Virtual Machine (powered by VMware Fusion) on my Mac (which I must say is just awesome). Windows XP runs great inside the Virtual Machine and is quite “snappy”. Definitely the best of both worlds!
I’m still learning Microsoft Entourage for the Mac and I’m still liking it. The main thing is that it is a little different than Outlook and to keep that in mind while I find things that just aren’t “Outlookish”. But usually a quick Google search will find the answer to whatever question arises.
One of those questions which would seem like a “duh”, but I wasn’t figuring it out is in Outlook, you can make your signature appear above the message you’re replying to. By default, Entourage puts the signature below the message you’re replying to.
Here’s a blog I found that tells you how to change this setting:
I also saw on the same site so Dual Screen wallpapers, which are pretty nice too:
And here’s another dual screen wallpaper site:
I found this post over at Market Circle’s Blog, who are the creators of my current favorite Mac program called Billings 3. It is an awesome time billing and invoicing program for the Mac, and at a great price. I use it for sending invoices for any consulting that I do.
Here’s a snippet from their blog, which I though had some great links/points.
We’ve all seen the hilarious commercials from Apple, putting the PC up against the ever-so-cool Mac. Obviously we know which platform is superior, but not everybody does.
When we were asked to do an interview with Softpedia on “Switching to Mac”, we didn’t hesitate. Were always available to help users switch over to the Mac community.
The interview highlights the reasons we began on the Mac platform – and why we’ve stayed with it. Alykhan Jetha, our CEO, points out why the Mac is so powerful and stable – and how it will save your company time.
If you’re exploring the possibilities of switching, take a look at the interview, as well as Apple’s page on Why you’ll love a Mac.
The more and more I use my new Mac, the more software I seem to find that replaces the software that I was using on WinXP that I thought I could never live without.
Here’s a few of them:
= I was an avid user of Roboform
to help autofill my web passwords and web forms. They hint on their forum that they are making Roboform for the Mac, however currently they do not. So that’s how I found out about 1Password. So far, it works almost identical to Roboform, autofills very well and get this- it even imports from Roboform! That’s been a smooth transition I must say.
– Office 2008 for Mac
= I must say that I do like Outlook. When I moved to Outlook 2007 for windows awhile ago, it was different than the older versions but I loved it. Since my work has Exchange, Outlook is a necessary tool (especially for email and calendars). So at first glance after I installed Office 2008 on my mac, which includes Entourage 2008 (Mac’s version of Outlook), I must say I had a love/hate feeling with it. It’s quite a bit different when you first look at it however most if not all features are there (at least the ones that I commonly use). Even more surprising is that you don’t need to VPN into work since Entourage 2008 uses OWA for most of the communication. Now to browse the Global Address Book at work, you’ll need to have VPN or be inside their network, but everything else, Email, Calendars, Shared Calendars, etc seem to work fine, all without VPN hassles.
= On my Windows PC, I’ve been using Trillian
for a long time. Adium has totally stepped in and replaced Trillian for me and it works just as great, if not better.
– VMware Fusion
= For the occasional program that I don’t have a mac version “replacement” yet, Fusion allows you to run Windows inside a Virtual Machine. The most impressive feature that I’ve been using a lot is called “unity”. This allows you to start Windows programs (that have been installed in the Windows virtual machine) right on your Mac desktop (including minimizing that application/window to the Mac icon bar at the bottom of the screen, just like a Mac program).
= I love iTunes ability to manage my music efficiently with a nice clean interface. I’ve even recommended iTunes to family and non-tech friends, and they have no problems organizing their music.
Well, who would have thought. Especially after years of being a “PC user”, I’m now a Mac user. I received my MacBook Pro today that I bought off of ebay. So far its awesome. It is amazing how well things work on the mac, especially peripherals that on a PC would normally require drivers, installation, etc. For example, I have a Microsoft Wireless Presenter mouse. It’s a great mouse. I plugged in the mouse receiver into my new MacBook Pro and just like that it started working. All features of the mouse work without having to install any software. Same goes for my external USB drive. Plugged it in, and there it is. It even asks if I want to use the external drive for my Time Machine backup (Mac’s built in backup feature).
There will most likely be a learning curve, however I’m also installing VMware Fusion which will let me run Windows XP on the Mac in case I need it (for programs or whatever). I’ll let you know how it goes!