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Contributing to the Economy

So I joined the thronging masses of boxing day shoppers and did my bit for the local economy (well, that's one excuse). I met a couple of friends downtown, and we shopped and had lunch at the Cafe Vieux Montreal and shopped some more. I bought no less than two pairs of shoes, two turtlenecks, one lambswool cardigan and a couple of books (the new Ian Rankin and the Alice Sheldon biography, both 30% off). Oh, and I got a couple of calendars, already 50% off: a beardie one for home and a garden one for my office at the college.

On the way home I considered braving Futureshop but found it too much of a zoo and decided to wait until later to seek out geeky pleasures. My new Mac needs some software to make it happy - I need a Mac version of Photoshop and possibly Office for Mac. I balk at Office, but so much of my work related files are done on Word, not to mention what my students send me. I can also consider doing some online cruising for bargains.

Then I came home and ate cold turkey and left-over salad and watched "The Devil Wears Prada" on dvd, which was silly but entertaining.

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inaniac
Dec. 27th, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)
You could always try OpenOffice. Cross compatability is supposed to be good. I keep meaning to try it, but have not yet gotten around to it and my uni has a "microsoft at home" licence.

As for photoshop, there's The Gimp or The GimpShop, but it looks like both of them for the unix geeks (which I am endeavouring to become, but have not yet done).


BTW, have you found the two finger scroll and the three finger right click? It's just soooo smooth.
intertext
Dec. 27th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip! I'd discovered the two finger scroll, but had been wondering if there was a "right click" function.

I'd been thinking about OpenOffice and may try it out. I have a feeling that there's no real substitute for Photoshop. Rather tiresomely, I had just acquired a copy of the full version from a friend (for Windows, of course), and now am going to have to downgrade again to Elements. Oh well. I love my Mac so far :)
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