Post # 1
I do not have good luck with technology. I’ve been through two laptops in two years, and my most recent one has stopped charging for no apparent reason. I’ve shelled out a pretty good chunk of change to have several people look at it for them to tell me that there I no reason why it shouldn’t charge, but it won’t. Sadly, I’m way outside of the warranty for it.
Recently, a friend of mine offered to let me have her Mac desk top for $100 since she’s getting a laptop, and I’m really tempted to take her up in the offer. But I know that Mac computers don’t have adobe and I also know that my iPad doesn’t allow me to do some of the online homework I have to do. Most of that uses the MyMathLab or MyChemistrylLab platform as well as the respondus lock down browser.
The deal is good, but I don’t really know a whole lot about Mac computers and don’t want to buy one if I’m not going to be able to do any of my online work on it.
Any advice? Is there anything on Mac that I can download to do my necessary work?
Post # 3
@SouthernGirl: What adobe program were thinking about? I’m sorry to say I’m not familiar with the mathlab applications.
Post # 4
I’m not really sure either :/ I’m not as technology savvy as I’d like to think. I know that I can access blackboard, I’m not sure what it’s calledmelsewhere, but here it is a website that allows you to take part in discussions, get notes and chat with your professor.
The best way to explain my mylab interface is the website has the lecture notes/PowerPoint notes, you can take practice tests before you actually complete a real exam and it gives you a grade instantly. It doesn’t seem to work on my iPad because the homework itself comes up in a pop up, and nothing with a pop up pulls up on my iPad.
I’m sorry if Im not making any sense, I just don’t know how to describe it.
Post # 5
I use respondus, mymanagementlab, and adobe products on my mac just fine.
Here are the requirements for the labs: http://www.myitlab.com/System_Requirements
Post # 6
I’m using a MacBook, and I’m able to access BlackBoard fine, like you mentioned. I’m not sure what MyChemistryLab is, but the undergrads at my school are required to use a similar web-based platform, and it works on my computer. Maybe it will work on a computer, but not on an iPad?
I don’t know what kind of Adobe you’re thinking about, but I do run an Acrobat Pro on mine.
For programs that truly do not run on Mac, have you considered using BootCamp? On most recent Macs you can partition your hard drive to have two operating systems. I currently have both Windows 7 and Mac OS installed on mine. BootCamp already comes with Macs, but you do have to purchase Windows OS. If you’re part of a major post-secondary institution, you can get student discount and purchase the OS for about $100.
Hope this helps!
PS I switched to a Mac two years ago from PC, and I’m loving it so far. It hasn’t given me any trouble whatsoever.
Post # 7
I have a mac, and I use all the programs mentioned above. Are you talking about Adobe Flash not working on Macs? Because i know it doesn’t work on iPad’s but it works fine on my Mac I believe.
Also, I have alot of the other the adobe programs on my mac, such as photoshop, illlustrator, in design, dreamweaver, and they’re fine. Lock down browser, blackboard, and myitlab (which I think is the same type of program you were refering to) work good too.
Hopefully this helps and you are able to take advantage of that great deal!
Post # 8
I’d never really thought that it could just be the iPad seeing as I’ve never actually used a Mac computer. But thank you for telling me about the bootcamp program. I will have to look into that as well.
I may be confused about the adobe issue, or maybe it’s just flash?
Post # 9
You shouldn’t need the bootcamp program for anything, really.. unless you’re using something really specialized that’s windows only… but there’s barely anything like that now. Most programs are on mac now that nearly everyone has one.
you can get anything adobe on mac. flash, reader(don’t really need reader), photoshop, etc
Post # 10
Do you mean adobe flash? In that case yeah it’s fine on the mac, along with adobe acrobat. I’m not sure if there is another adobe program you’re referring to, but they should all work fine on mac so long as the mac version is downloaded. For the most part issues with online programs have more to do with the browser than the OS anymore, I would just make sure it has firefox or chrome in addition to Safari. I’ve only ever had a mac and never had a problem unless it was on my iphone or an ipad.
Bootcamp is neat but a little cumbersome, I imagine you could do most of your work without it.
I would go for it, if the computer isn’t too old it’s a steal and I’ve found that desktops seem to last longer anyway.
Post # 11
You can “divide” the harddrive and add a Windows operating system. My sister did that for MathLab and other engineering software with her Mac. I’d say a $100 macbook is a pretty sweet deal!
Post # 12
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I assume you are talking about Adobe flash not working on your iPad? You can run flash on a mac — just not on any of Apple’s iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iTouch). Anyway, Adobe products are compatible with Apple computers.
Anyway, I would never go back to a pc after having my mac.
Post # 13
I can’t reply directly, but thanks for all your answers and help. I was thinking flash, but I was unaware that it didn’t work on devices like the iPad, but did work on the MacBook.
The $100 worried me a bit, but my friend knows how badly I need a computer and how tired I am of tracking down people or going to the library. So I guess it works that she wants an upgrade to a larger screen.
Post # 14
i have a Macbook Pro. I love it. I access MyMathLab on it before. It’s more of what browser you use to open it rather than the computer itself. You have Safari preloaded, but you can easily download Firefox- which is compatible with more things than Safari is.
Flash works on my laptop as well 🙂
You can’t beat the $100!
Post # 15
Macs are…. incredible. I have never owned a laptop that lasted more than 2 years – my Macbook is on its 4th year and still going as strong as the day I bought it.
I have never had any problems with it not using the same programmes as Windows. Everything is so much more user friendly and if you’re not good with computers you’ll probably find it loads easier.
It’s a bit odd at first getting used to the keyboard, the no right click on the mouse, and the exit button but you get the hang of it really quickly.
I use a Mac at home and a PC at work and I prefer the Mac sooooo much more!!
I wish I could get a desktop for $100! I would never pass up on that opportunity!!!
Post # 16
@SouthernGirl: any thing that you can do on a PC, you can do on a MAC.
I grew up on PC’s and I have had nothing but trouble with any of them. I recently broke down and purchase a macbook pro, since my fiance had his for two years with no problems (I’d never known that could happen!) I love it, an it’s compatible with everything that my University uses.
NOTE** I use Firefox as my browser, not Safari. that may make a difference, I’m not sure.