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How the Mac Pro Works


Mac Pro Software
The Mac Pro has two USB ports on the front panel and three on the back, allowing you to connect several  accessories at the same time; the accompanying keyboard has two more ports.
The Mac Pro has two USB ports on the front panel and three on the back, allowing you to connect several accessories at the same time; the accompanying keyboard has two more ports.
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In addition to the OS X Lion operating system, the Mac Pro comes loaded with iLife, a software bundle that includes iDVD, iMovie, iPhoto, iWeb and Garage Band. But there are plenty more heavy-duty software options available for Mac Pro owners. Final Cut Pro has made a name for itself in the film business; other Apple software includes Aperture, a photo management program, and Logic Studio, which allows musicians to write, record, edit and mix music [source: Apple].

There are lots of non-Apple, professional-grade software products on the market, and some companies are capitalizing on Apple's apparent move away from its professional customer base. The popular blog site Cult of Mac reports that Adobe is aiming to make the most of the Final Cut Pro X controversy with a switcher program, which offers Final Cut Pro users 50 percent off Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 or CS5.5 Production Premium editing programs [source: Bell]. Adobe already has a foothold where other creative software is concerned; its Creative Suite encompasses a wide array of design-related products, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver, all of which make excellent use of the Mac Pro's extra storage, memory and processing power.

On the more technical side of things, there's Mathematica, a computation program that's used by professionals in industries ranging from aviation to pharmaceuticals. It not only crunches the numbers, it allows users to develop workflows and produce models. For database development and management, there's FileMaker Pro, which you can supplement with FileMaker Server; the latter helps keep data on networked computers secure and up to date [source: Apple].

Keep reading to learn about the myriad accessories you can buy for your Mac Pro.