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Apple MacBook Pro and OU course!

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Jax2218 Sun 02-Sep-12 16:42:03


I was just wondering if anyone uses an Apple MacBook for their open university studies?

I was given one as a surprise birthday present and I'm hoping if I buy Microsoft office for it there shouldn't be any problems!

Any advice?

Thank you

tribpot Sun 02-Sep-12 16:43:59

I would have a look at this site.

Jax2218 Sun 02-Sep-12 17:38:48

Oh fantastic thanks very much

gingergran Sun 02-Sep-12 18:27:34

It depends which course you are doing.

Older versions of software such as Focus or Neural Networks for example do not work on MACS without a parallel operating system. Most materials, DVDs etc. are fine but it is worth checking with the OU computing help desk or faculty office

Jax2218 Sun 02-Sep-12 20:17:35

Well I still have my windows laptop. But my toddler got a hold of it and many of the keys are missing! So I can still view any of the software for my psychology stuff. It's just for typing things up, I was going to get mac office but wasn't sure if i submitted word docs from a mac to a windows pc it would open properly! Never had any experiance of apple computers!

tribpot Sun 02-Sep-12 21:25:59

MS Word on a Mac should be fine - although for the life of me I don't understand why assignments aren't submitted in PDF these days so you can guarantee how it will be viewed on the other screen. But ho hum.

If your docs are going to be mostly text (not diagrams and stuff) with footnotes I'd actually give something like Google docs a try. It doesn't do brilliantly with footnotes in documents imported from Word but it's free - and I think it works better the other way (or indeed you can save as PDF).

Redbindy Sun 02-Sep-12 21:28:51

You could also try Open for mac if you don't want to buy MS office.

Victoria3012 Sun 02-Sep-12 21:36:00

I studied with the OU and used OpenOffice for Mac, it's free and better that MS Office for Mac ( I have both and preferred OpenOffice). If you are studying psychology you will use SPSS software and im not sure that's Mac compatable.

Jax2218 Sun 02-Sep-12 22:02:46

I forgot about spss that's a bugger! I shall look into open office before I get my credit card out for ms office.

gingergran Mon 03-Sep-12 07:55:26

The OU sent me a disk with a MAC version of SPSS

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