Ed's daughter loves to draw, and he got her a Wacom Bamboo tablet to do it digitally. She's even animated her drawings with Movie Maker. There are several options that would be much better suited for this, however:
Taryn has a Canon camera and it's software requires OS 10.6, and she has OS 10.4. Leo says that there's no need to use the Canon software. It's terrible and unnecessary. In fact, since Taryn is on the Mac, iPhoto will work just fine. Should she upgrade OS X? Leo says that the nice thing about OS X is that it's cheap to upgrade. The downside is that older hardware may not support the latest (Mountain Lion). Taryn's MacBook can go up to OS 10.6, though, but there's no real need to rush to upgrade since she'll get the latest OS when she upgrades to a new Mac.
Andrew would like a more efficient way to search his desktop and his NAS. Leo says that X1 is his current favorite. It indexes everything, populates after only a few letters, and will search more than just NAS. It's $50, and has a free trial. Another, free, option is Google Desktop Search.
Josh is a photographer and does Instagram Tips on Twitter (@InstaTips). He'd like to start caching websites so that he can browse through them more efficiently. He'd also like to be able to scape images from them when people submit them.
Eric has a small business and he needs a time keeping program that will run on Mac. He had a program on OS9 called Time Slips, but it won't work on Mountain Lion. Eric was thinking about just buying a used G5 and runningTimeSlips. Leo says he could do that.
George has an old program called PrintMaster Gold and since he upgraded to Windows 7, it won't work because of driver issues. Leo says that George could try right-clicking on the icon and selecting "compatibility mode," which will run the program under a virtual XP configuration.
There is a version called PrintMaster 2012 Platinum. Buying the recent version will probably be the simplest solution.
Alex has written an app that helps with eye strain while using a computer, and is wondering if he should port it to other platforms. Leo says it depends on what the app was written in. Alex wrote it in C++. so Leo advises transitioning it to RT. For Apple, he could write in any language he wants, but he'd need to do it on a Mac. Objective C is good, native choice.
There is a site called AlternativeTo.net, which would allow him to enter in a program name and then will tell him alternatives to it. This doesn't work for getting an alternative to a program on another operating system, though.