8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 1, 2008 10:04 PM by barkingmad
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Originally I was replying to J.C. in another thread about software. The question was answered with a star so not sure if J.C. or other question answering types will look at it so I am requizing here.

Sorry this is a bit stream of couciosness but my basic question is: what app has drawing capability freehand and CAD, desk top publishing enough to take notes and add pictures and can calc with a spreadsheet.

The following is how I arrived at the above question.

Is there a basic spread sheet that came with my 2007 17' iMac? I just use the one on my old computer. Looking through the apps I just see a demo of Office. Back in the day I purchased Wings for my Mac SE to have a spread sheet (didn't come with an s sheet).

Any recommendations on a desktop publishing app with drawing capability that integrates with above spreadsheet? I use it for taking notes and designing things for hobby. Metal working, furniture, etc.

I have Publishit Easy on Mac SE. I was writing employee manuals back then. Then my life took other turns and now I am back as if dropped from the past into the future. Help!

Back then 1989 when I was shopping for a computer, at the Mac store I said I wanted one I could upgrade to be able to use a basic cad program. Rather than educate me they just laughed. I bought else where. They called the store microage I fondly remember them as stoneage. They are out of business. No wonder.

Within a few years my friend was using a cad program on his laptop. Stoneage had no vision.

Perhaps I want a Cad program now. Still need to integrate/do the above with it. Should I enter this as a question in another forum here?

I assume any cad I would get now would be a bit over the top for what little I want to do (no cam use).


iMac 2007 17" 2GHz core 2 Duo 1GB memory   Mac OS X (10.4.11)   external HD, Will be getting a new large monitor/TV for High Definition TV mandatory upgrade
Reply by George Peters on Jan 21, 2008 2:50 PM Helpful
There is Office for Mac but you will have to purchase it and dump the trial that came on your Mac as it will expire after 30 days. Office comes with Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Entourage(email client). Excel does spread sheets, PowerPoint does presentations and Word creates documents. You could also get iWork for your Mac which are Apple's version of Word, PP, and Excel.

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?nnmm=br owse&mco=8006AFCD&node=home/mac/campaigns/msoffice_2008landing

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=A8E E25ED&fnode=home/shop_mac/software/apple&nplm=MA790Z/A

I'm not too familiar with CAD applications for Mac so you'll have to do a little research unless someone else can chime in. I just typed in Google "CAD for Mac". When you find one that looks good then go back to Google, type in it's name and look for some reviews.


http://www.turbocad.com/TurboCAD/TurboCADforMac/TurboCADMacProv3/tabid/586/Defau lt.aspx?gclid=CPLH5aGxiJECFSBeagod6laaFQ

Reply by gk5198 on Feb 1, 2008 6:45 AM Helpful
If you want something free you can try Open Office for Mac (it also comes in Windows). Download here:


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