Middlebury

Mac vs PC

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Functions are graded A to F, A being highest. It's expected that details for each grade will be added.

Function
PC
Mac
Comments
Docking station available
A
D
No real docking stations are available for Macs.
Adapters required to connect to projector
A C No adapters required for Dells. 1 or 2 adapters required for Mac.
Outlook
A
C- Entourage is OK at best. Microsoft expects to release Outlook for Mac, but it's very preliminary. 
INB
A
C  Some of INB works available for Macs, but limited.
Hyperion
A
D
 
Native file server support
A
C+  
Can embed flash/shockwave media in PowerPoint
A C  
Support for specialized applications (e.g. common chemistry/physics software)
A C-
 See list at bottom of page
Built-in, free, secure remote support:
A
B-
 
R25
A
D
 
Internet Explorer
A
C+
 A lot of functionality requiring a web browser can be done with Safari or Firefox on a Mac.
Built-in, free video editing app
B-
A
 
Built-in, free, easy video DVD creation A  
Easy burning of music, or data CDs and DVDs A A  
Free photo/graphics software
A B-  
Free screen video capture A C  
Viruses F A  
Can spread viruses to other Macs and PCs

F

B-  
Susceptible to SPAM, phishing F  
Proofing tools A B- PC: 40+, Mac: 18
Can run legacy software A C  Apple regularly removes support for old applications. Microsoft regularly supports even extremely old applications.
OCR software A B-  
Computer Games A B  
Accidental Damage Protection  A

 F

Full Accidental Damage Protection from Dell for fac/staff laptop computers.  None from Apple.
Support outside Middlebury A B-  
Ease of switching to this platform B B  


  • Not available for Macs: MS Access, MS Publisher, MS OneNote, Outlook, Minitab, LabVIEW, Sonar, ChemOffice, applications needed for running scientific instruments, Allele A1, ATLAS.ti, CMAP Tools, Cn-3D (NCBI), DL Recorder, EViews, Express (USA Express), FatePC, FTS (Financial Trading System), GenMAPP, GeoSim, IGOR Pro, MDL Chime, MestReC, Mike's Bikes, OpenBabel, OpenPerl IDE, OR Tutor, PCGets, PC-ORD, PopCycle, Protein Explorer, RasMol, Swiss PDF Viewer, TeXnic Center, Viewer Lite (Accelersys),VMD, WinEdt, WinHaze, Brainstorm, DataStudio, E-Prime, Kaleida Graph, Logic Works, Multisim, Shazam, Spartan 08, StatTransfer, etc.

    Not available for PCs: Final Cut Suite (Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio, Motion, Color, etc), iWork (Pages, Keynote, Calc), iLife (iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand).