I took this photo with my iPhone, attempting to capture some excitement leading up to the festivities related to the Inauguration that day, while at the same time trying to make my way to work. (Note: I took this photo when I was at a complete stop, sitting in traffic.)
You can see chartered buses to the left headed toward DC. The only traffic I experienced were lines of cars trying to make their way to the Metro parking lot.
Getting back on the Apple-front, there were some good questions raised about Macs and iPhones from yesterday's post.
It depends on what type of software is of interest to you. For example, Photoshop. If you are a Photoshop Elements user, you will need to purchase the Mac version for your machine.
If you would like software that features word processing, such as Microsoft Word, I would recommend Microsoft Office for Mac as it includes Word, Excel and Powerpoint. This would make the transition easier by having software that is familiar to a PC user on their new Mac.
Apple offers iWork and features software for documents, spreadsheets and presentations. I have this software on my Mac but really haven't played with it very much to speak intelligently about it.
For those who have owned a Mac for some time now and is in need of updating it's operating software as well as iLife and iWork, this boxed set is a great deal.
Bottom line is cost for additional software for a new Mac is dependent upon the user. I went for months without purchasing extra software until I became more familiar with my Mac. As my confidence began to build, I plunged into Photoshop CS3 and Aperture because of my interest in photography (at a hobby level, I emphasize).
If you purchase a Mac from an Apple Store, they will transfer files from your PC to your new Mac. Remember though, you must make your purchase at the Apple Store.
Returning to iPhones, the applications you can download are ones that never cease to amaze me. Like Shazam, as recommended by my friend Kitty, where you can hold your iPhone up to a speaker where a song is being played and it will identify the song and artist and you have the option of purchasing it from iTunes.
iHandy Level is an application where you can utilize your iPhone as a level. I couldn't believe it. And it really does work.
For shoppers, Target & Amazon each offer an application with Target featuring gift ideas and Amazon providing easy access to their online shop.
TipStar is a great application for tallying up a tip, offering percentages based on the service you received. It will also help split the bill among a group of guests quite easily.
Wine Enthusiast's Wine Guide is handy while grocery shopping and you decide you want to purchase a bottle of red and would like a recommendation.
For a quick news fix, I downloaded USA Today. It's nice if you like to skim headlines and read what's of interest to you.
Price is Right fulfills your entertainment needs when you have some downtime.
AllRecipes is handy if you are grocery shopping and are attempting to come up with meal ideas in a flash.
I've downloaded two grocery shopping applications. One is Shopper and the other is Grocery iQ. I haven't played with it much as of yet but hope to put it to good use very soon.
And to locate the closest Metro in DC, I downloaded DCRails.
The possibilities are endless. And that is what I love about technology.
I did say if I were given the opportunity to chat about Apple and Macs, I would welcome it with open arms. Well I hope you welcome it too because I have gone on for too long on this topic.
As a cautionary statement, please know that I am no expert when it comes Macs & technology. I am just sharing my thoughts and suggest that if you are truly interested in moving to a Mac, please visit your local Apple Store. They are always anxious to help.
Signed, your Mac-lovin' friend.