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Old 18.01.2007, 10:14
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Downloading Apple stuff on a PC for a Macintosh.

My son uses Apple computers at school and we use PC's at home.

I've just been given an Apple Mac for him to use for his homework etc. It's an Imac G3 with OS 9 (Blue to be precise ) but there is no additional software on it.

I have a question which may be simple and for which I apologise.

Can I download Apple Mac stuff onto my PC's memory stick and then transfer it to the Mac? Will the file structure be OK?

His bedroom (containing the Mac) is too far away from my router and I have no wireless card for it. Hence the download route onto PC first.

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Old 18.01.2007, 10:21
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Re: Downloading Apple stuff on a PC for a Macintosh.

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Yes you can download Apple mac software on your PC, my husband does it for me sometimes, the trouble you may have though is finding software for OS9.

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Re: Downloading Apple stuff on a PC for a Macintosh.

You can't share software, because the operating systems are different. You can share files as long as the formats are common. For example .jpg files are common. Appleworks documents need to saved in a format that your PC knows about, like RTF. There are some converter tools built into Appleworks, however they aren't the most reliable.

What kind of files will you be sharing?

As Nickx says, it will be tricky to find OS9 apps, but you can probably upgrade to OSX. My mum also has one.

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Old 18.01.2007, 11:08
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Re: Downloading Apple stuff on a PC for a Macintosh.

Sorry I thought Flashman was asking if he could download a programme for Mac to his PC and then copy it to the mac from a flash drive, which he can, Diem is right about opening certain files from PC to Mac although you can open PC cerated Word, excel files etc... on a mac

As for upgarding to OSX, what type of mac is it? If its one of the older orginal iMacs then don't bother installing OSx on it, it will be far too slow, the newer CRT G3 iMacs ones you may get away with but it will still be painfully slow especially if you run OS10.4 on it (the latest perating system) I would advise getting hold of OS10.1 or OS10.2
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Re: Downloading Apple stuff on a PC for a Macintosh.

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What kind of files will you be sharing?

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Thanks for the answers so far Peeps. I don't so much want to share files. What I want to do is get hold of a word processing programme, picture editing / viewing programme and any other thing that he may need for his school course work. Preferably free. Trouble is I don't know anything about the MAc OS
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Old 18.01.2007, 14:57
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Re: Downloading Apple stuff on a PC for a Macintosh.

to get the programmes free then you'll have to get your mate involved and go to some P2P sites
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Re: Downloading Apple stuff on a PC for a Macintosh.

Is there not something like open Office for Macs?

By the way I once installed 10.3 on a blueberry Imac 233mhz I think,or maybe 300 and it was no slower than OS 9. It worked great as an upgrade.
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Old 18.01.2007, 15:23
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Re: Downloading Apple stuff on a PC for a Macintosh.

yeah you can get the full Microsoft Office suite for Mac.

I think generally its advised to install OSX on the later slot loading CRT iMacs, you probably can unstall it on older iMacs but I have read that its very slow and sluggish and you can only use upto 10.2 (I may be wrong) but...

I think your problems Flashman aer going to be finding software available to download via file sharing for OS9.

Does the iMac have a CD tray that pops out or is it slot loading? If you go to about this Mac from the apple menu or system profiler (I think its either of these - its a long time since using OS9) see what size HD it has, what processor and how much ram - to get OSX to run decently you'll need as much ram as possible and enough spare HD space (it takes up about 10GB) and my old iMac only had a 20GB HD I think.

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Re: Downloading Apple stuff on a PC for a Macintosh.

Flashman,

The product suite called AppleWorks (mentioned earlier) comes free with OSX and I'm pretty sure it came with OS9.

I'll have a look to see if I still have OS9 CD's from my now dead iBook G3. Ask me on Saturday ;-)

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Re: Downloading Apple stuff on a PC for a Macintosh.

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Is there not something like open Office for Macs?
Yep, there's a version called Neo Office which is for OSX. It's slightly sluggish on my G4 iMac, so I'm sure it wouldn't be useable on an G3.
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Re: Downloading Apple stuff on a PC for a Macintosh.

This may not help the original poster of this thread, but is in response to the other recent comments that have been added. I've used NeoOffice on an Intel-based iMac running OSX 10.4 quite a bit. The speed is just fine. The only hassle is that before installing the program, you need to install the "X11" compenent into the OS. This add-on is on the OSX install discs, and the Mac website explains how to do it well enough. I don't really understand it all, but the NeoOffice program then runs thru this X11 component, which may explain why it is a little slow on older machines.

As for the original question, I've had no problems downloading a Mac install file from the internet thru my PC (Windows XP SP2) to a memory stick, then plugging the memory stick into the Mac (OSX 10.4) and doing the install.
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