so ive hidden my imac in the spare room and I am embarking on upgrading my 'games pc' to make it my main computer.... so have just bought an SSD and gonna upgrade to i5/i7 and bump up the Ram...in preparation for windows 8. (I also need to run some Virtual Machines for work etc).
So question is - any suggestions for best tools to replicate some of the stuff i did exclusively on the mac?
- all my photos are in iphoto (20+ gig). what are the best alternatives? assuming picasa is the tool of choice for organizing photos? and can it upload it flickr pro account too?
- all my home movies i shoot with my Hx9v are in 1080p avchd-60fps or mp4 30fps and are in imovie... any suggestions for windows tools to keep them organized and be able to edit and share them with family?
- music - currently using itunes but would prefer storing my music on my NAS (where i have all my MKVs etc) and just stream to the computers so i dont have multiple copies... any better tools for doing this?
- videos - is VLC still the player of choice for mkvs etc?
Also - having not used windows much the past few years - any 'must have' tools/apps? ive got microsoft security essentials, rainmeter, chrome and a few games and not much else.
Thanks in advance!