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Lawyers - PC or Mac?

Poll Results: Lawyers - PC or Mac?

 
  • 69% (9)
    PC
  • 30% (4)
    Mac
13 Total Votes  
post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
Our company is offering new laptops (mainly new Macbook Airs). I'm an in-house lawyer here and I've worked only on PCs during my career.

99% of the stuff I work on is MS Word docs. I know there is MS Word for Mac but even the boss here is saying MS Word on Mac sucks.

Just wondering how many attorneys/lawyers etc. here are on Macs only?

It would seem the law industry has always been a bit PC-centric but in 2011 I'm guessing many have made the switch.

I guess I'm really tossing up between a Macbook Air or a Thinkpad X220. We will have monitors at work to plug into to....
post #2 of 34
i wouldnt say office mac 2011 sucks at all compare to windows office 2010, i use both (mac at home, pc at work) and i find the transition between the two pretty easy after a couple days getting used to both. if you used excel i would say its definitely weaker than the Microsoft in terms of modelling and simulations, but pure word processing you will be more than fine
post #3 of 34
I'd say go with PC. What about timekeeping software? Docketing software? The myriad of specialized PDF editors and tools you'll be finding online to prepare document production are not going to be very Mac friendly.
post #4 of 34
Macs are for people who don't do proper work. All this music and arts shit - you don't need a solid Grade A workhorse like Windows for that. PC that ho.
post #5 of 34
get a mac and run parrallels. Problem solved... macside for free time and windows for work.
post #6 of 34
On second thought, he's a lawyer, all he needs is a word processor and email client. All the bitchwork like billing, docketing, etc will be done by paralegals.
post #7 of 34
We run an office server and have a public calendar everyone can access through MS Outlook and Exchange server. I don't think Macs can hook into that without a lot of work. Our tech guy had to jump through a lot of crap to come up with a solution to allow me to synch my iPhone to it.
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Originally Posted by javyn View Post

On second thought, he's a lawyer, all he needs is a word processor and email client. All the bitchwork like billing, docketing, etc will be done by paralegals.

He needs something that can handle online videos so he can surf youtube while simultaneously billing clients for "research".
post #8 of 34
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post

We run an office server and have a public calendar everyone can access through MS Outlook and Exchange server. I don't think Macs can hook into that without a lot of work. Our tech guy had to jump through a lot of crap to come up with a solution to allow me to synch my iPhone to it..

Really?
Macs/iPhone have been working with Exchange for a while now, my company supports it without any issue.

As for the OP, the only thing that worries me is i think switching between mac and pc will sometime/often fuck-up the formatting / tracked changes. I would do some additional research into that, otherwise, i would think you'd be good with a Mac
post #9 of 34
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post

We run an office server and have a public calendar everyone can access through MS Outlook and Exchange server. I don't think Macs can hook into that without a lot of work. Our tech guy had to jump through a lot of crap to come up with a solution to allow me to synch my iPhone to it.



He needs something that can handle online videos so he can surf youtube while simultaneously billing clients for "research".

I actually do quite a bit of research on youtube. Aside from the managing partners, I'm the only one in the office who got a hole punched through the firewall for streaming video and social networking sites.
post #10 of 34
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Originally Posted by kasper007 View Post


Really?
Macs/iPhone have been working with Exchange for a while now, my company supports it without any issue.

With public folders? I believe it is only possible with a third party application such as Add2Exchange (which we use), and even then all that really does is synch the public and personal folder on the computer, and the personal folder is then synched to the iPhone. I have not heard it is possible to synch a public folder (such as a public calendar) directly to the iPhone. If I am in error, please enlighten me.
post #11 of 34
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As for the OP, the only thing that worries me is i think switching between mac and pc will sometime/often fuck-up the formatting / tracked changes. I would do some additional research into that, otherwise, i would think you'd be good with a Mac

edit: quoted my own post, oops

One of our guys has a Mac, I have no idea how easy/hard it was to get it set up in exchange.

But, he's a patent prosecutor so he doesn't matter.

If there is ANY issue with redlining going back and forth between operating systems, I'd definitely get a PC!
post #12 of 34
Thread Starter 
thanks for the responses - plenty of food for thought!

i will be mainly doing mark-ups/redlining in word and emails/calendar etc via the work gmail server (moved from exchange start of the year!).

not much legal software to worry about (we're only a SME and I'm the sole counsel)

i really do like the macbook air hardware for travelling... but if its going to cause problems with sharing word docs with windows users that's a big prob!

surprised not many lawyers on the mac! smile.gif
post #13 of 34
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post


With public folders? I believe it is only possible with a third party application such as Add2Exchange (which we use), and even then all that really does is synch the public and personal folder on the computer, and the personal folder is then synched to the iPhone. I have not heard it is possible to synch a public folder (such as a public calendar) directly to the iPhone. If I am in error, please enlighten me.

You're right about public folders, didn't think about it because we stopped using them since we couldn't sync with BB anyway. But syncing personal folders (emails, calendar, contact, etc) is very simple
post #14 of 34
You could always use Bootcamp for software that absolutely requires a Windows environment. As for redlining docs, I did not realize that switching a MS Word doc between Mac and PC would make a difference. You should confirm this. I have never had a problem and it doesn't make sense to me that there would be an issue, but I don't know for sure. I have not used the new 2011 MS Office for Mac, only 2008 Office.

The only major hurdles I would anticipate are due to specialized software such as Amicus case management software, etc, but that doesnt seem to be a problem for you. Of course, if your firm uses VPN, etc, there could be other challenges.
Edited by Mark it 8 - 7/23/11 at 2:41pm
post #15 of 34
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Originally Posted by VelvetGreen View Post

Macs are for people who don't do proper work. All this music and arts shit - you don't need a solid Grade A workhorse like Windows for that. PC that ho.

I disagree. I use both, and I can do practically everything on MS Office on one that I can do on the other. If OP had work that involves specialty programs and etc.. he wouldn't be given a Mac in the first place.

Get the Air, get parallels or Bootcamp. The Flash storage is fucking fast, you won't even notice parallels or bootcamp taking any time out of your schedule booting up.

Thank me later.
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