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Lawyers - PC or Mac?

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by ruzzi, Jul 20, 2011.

Lawyers - PC or Mac?

  1. PC

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  2. Mac

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  1. ruzzi

    ruzzi Well-Known Member

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    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....
     
  2. linds_15

    linds_15 Well-Known Member

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    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
     
  3. javyn

    javyn Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  4. VelvetGreen

    VelvetGreen Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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  5. worldrunner

    worldrunner Well-Known Member

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    get a mac and run parrallels. Problem solved... macside for free time and windows for work.
     
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  6. javyn

    javyn Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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  7. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Well-Known Member

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    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".
     
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  8. kasper007

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    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
     
  9. javyn

    javyn Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  10. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  11. javyn

    javyn Well-Known Member

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    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!
     
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  12. ruzzi

    ruzzi Well-Known Member

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    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! :)
     
  13. kasper007

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    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
     
  14. Mark it 8

    Mark it 8 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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  15. Saturdays

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    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.
     
  16. deburn

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    I agree. Get a mac, it's amazingly intuitive, fast and just works - not to mention cool :) I changed from being a lifelong windows user 4 years ago and love it. The few times I have to use a windows m/c these days is like pulling teeth. Not a lawyer, but it doesn't sound like you're using specialized software.
     
  17. javyn

    javyn Well-Known Member

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    Why not just get a PC for work, and with the money you saved, spend it on an iPad for play?
     
  18. stevent

    stevent Well-Known Member

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    Get the air, and load bootcamp on it. Office for mac is ok (word) but fails hard in excel.
     
  19. Saturdays

    Saturdays Well-Known Member

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    Yeah it does fail in excel if you're doing finance and stat stuff. Can't load most plugins and extensions.
     
  20. javyn

    javyn Well-Known Member

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    Don't do stat stuff in Excel. The package is limited.
     

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