files that work with both Mac and PC

@suspenseful (40316)
Canada
February 17, 2009 9:28am CST
I plan to get a Mac as soon as I get enough money, and I have been looking for programs that work with both, or rather, file formats that are compatible with both as being a bit on the lazy side, I do not want to download a different software program and maybe have to copy my passwords by hand and then retype them into the Mac program. Now I know that pdf works with both, and so does the rtf or rich text format, so could anyone tell me what other file formats work with both. Thanks.
5 responses
@emilie2300 (1891)
• United States
19 Feb 09
Honestly there are not many out there if I were u I personaly stick with PC what dose make you want to switch to MAC
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
22 Feb 09
I love the Mac. Is there a law that saws I should not? Will I be arrested? Besides I am more of a creative person into writing fiction, doing art, and music. It seems that Macs were better at those then the PCS and it does not get as many viruses. Plus it is made by one company so less likely to have conflict of files from third party file makers.
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• United States
26 Feb 09
I didnt say there was a law. I didnt say you was going to be arrested. I was just voicing my opinion. I had alot of trouble with MAC and had alot of software conflicts with MAC. alot of freeze ups. I was running OS 8 and the 7.5 versions so I dont really know what they offer now. but I personally stay away from them and since I dealt alot with helping people on computers and know alot of computer geeks they also avoid them. But every one dose have there own personal prefferance. If thats what you choose to get I do wish you the best of luck with your new computer. It's just not what I would recommend any one.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
26 Feb 09
They have the Mac with intel inside now and it can also emulate Windows programs. It is just with all the viruses, and me just wanting it for writing and creative stuff and not starting a business, the Mac would be much better.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Have no idea I just know Mac;s are different than other pc adn I wouldnt get one but its your money!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
18 Feb 09
Okay I will find out from someone else. I do a lot of writing and music, so the Mac would be better for me that way.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
18 Feb 09
ok
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• United States
26 Dec 09
Word docs, Excel docs, jpgs, png, gif, pdfs, and more, I have been a Mac user for years and when I converted to Mac i had no problem.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
26 Dec 09
Thanks I do a lot of writing and I would rather stick to Word rather then putting everything in rich text format. So it would be easy to me to convert them.
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
19 Feb 09
You might want to ask this question in a mac forum. To the best of my knowledge most file formats will have programs that will handle them in both mac and pc. Programs are different though. Sometimes there are only mac programs and sometimes only pc programs. A lot of them have a version for each operating system. Although I have not done this, I understand you can have both mac and pc on the same system with a dual boot. I stand to be corrected on this because I have never tried it. I understand there is also something called an emulator which runs pc programs on a mac if you are stuck. The list of file types would be a long one and require a lot of research so I will let you do that on your own.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
27 Feb 09
I will look at a Mac Forum. What I want to know is how to transfer my data from the Windows version of my file to the Mac version. For instance, I know that I can use Rtf for my writing, but my financial records is in a file and there is both a windows and a mAC VERSION. I want to know if I have to print out the data and then re-enter it by hand or whether there is an easier way.
@000012 (1)
• United States
18 Feb 09
Unfortunately even though I've worked on a Mac for a long time, I don't have much for you. All I can say is run Boot Camp (switching from a mac to windows) when you get it and running those programs through there. Fortunately Boot Camp is a program that comes with your mac so you won't have to go searching around for it. The downside is that you have to watch because you're running windows (viruses - not necessarily 'appearing' but more of a carrier) and they suggest you backup your hard drive just in case. so getting a small external hard drive isn't a bad idea. but you don't have to.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
22 Feb 09
Okay I will do that when I get my Mac.