(For those new to the column, Forward Migration is our term for companies moving from Wintel machines to Macs — or at least adding or increasing the number of Macs they use. A Forward Migration Kit is an overview of Mac OS products for a particular occupation, such as photography, optometry, etc.)
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we reported that Apple hardware and software were used on the CBS show, “The District.” Director Jim Charleston and Melanie Bradfield, who works as the consistency expert on the series, are Mac converts and customers of
Zettabyte Solutions in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Zettabyte Solutions provide high-end digital solutions to executive level customers. Chris Thompson of the company worked with Charleston and others on “The District” to purchase and set up in-home Mac systems.
“We networked Jim’s home with a new iMac G4, three iBook G3s (for his children), and a Titanium PowerBook G4 for himself,” he told MacCentral. “He actually saw my PowerBook G4 when I came to give him a consultation, and bought it from me on that visit because he loved it so much.”
Zettabyte Solutions was also responsible for taking footage from “The District” and importing it into Final Cut Pro. They made Charleston a DVD and mastered several copies using DVD Studio Pro.
Zettabyte Solutions is now the provider for the digital software and any new hardware for “The District.”
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Requests for help
Now it’s time for our weekly requests for help from folks who need your advice and/or assistance in forward migrating — or at least being able to keep the Mac platform alive and thriving in their businesses. Contact the requesters directly at their e-mail addresses.
Byron Clithero: “I run a physiotherapy company in Manchester UK and use Apple computers. I use a software system for all clinical information, i.e. appointments, reports, invoicing, accounts, etc. This system is written on Omnis 7 and is called Practice Manager. The system was in place prior to me taking over the business and I need some support and improvements to this system. Does anyone know of any people I can contact who could help me with this?”
David Walser: “I am a tax accountant who is considering opening his own office. Are their any good software packages available for the Mac to help me run my accounting practice? In particular, I’m interested in software for volume preparation of tax returns — returns for individuals, corporations, partnerships and trusts. In addition, bookkeeping software and software that would allow you to scan in a form and activate the form’s fields for data entry would be nice. (OmniForm, Windows only, allows the creation of forms using scanned in images — it would allow me to create my own tax preparation software for rarely used tax forms. This type of software USED to be available ONLY for the Mac, but I cannot find it now.) Any ideas?”