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1/8/2013 6:42:53 AM
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Just switched from a PC to a Macbook.

Hey flood, just bought a macbook pro replacing my old dell laptop. Are there any mac users who have switched from pc to mac and would like to give me a few tips which maybe you wish you had of known when you first switched? Cheers.
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    My advice is to switch back immediately and never look back.
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  • Always be aware of its limitations. If you come around asking for good games to play on your Mac, prepare to get laughed at.
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  • VLC Player >>> Chrome >>> MS Office >>>
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Duardo A few tips, hmm... * Download Growl. It supports Notification Center but also supports third party apps, so you'll get a notification for non-Mac App Store apps. * If you use Windows Live Messenger, you can either use Skype or Adium. Both are great. * Use the hot corners. They're rather handy. * If you get a mouse, make sure to turn on the right-click in settings. * The touchpad is cool because you can do a lot of stuff just using your fingers (view all your apps, show all windows, for example). Find out how to do it in Settings. * Learn about Bootcamp. You can install Windows and switch back and forth if you want. * To eject things just drag the icon on the Desktop to the trash. * Apps to consider: Unplugged, Battery Status * Download VLC Player. It's free and is way better than Quicktime. * Look through Settings to get a feel of where everything is. Also, Finder is your friend (the Smiley face in the Dock). Above all, just have fun :)[/quote] Growl is now payware. Which sucks since I loved Growl.
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  • Last 2 post really helpful. Thanks heaps.
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  • Macbooks kick ass. I'm a fan of Windows when it comes to desktop computing, but that gap is slowly being bridged. Macbooks are great machines, they're unmatched as far as laptops go. Also - get familiar with multitouch gestures. You can program them in system preferences, I have mine set up so that: 2 finger tap is "right click" 3 finger swipe up or down brings me to the top or bottom of a page 3 finger swipe left or right goes back or forward in a web page 4 finger swipe down shows all windows 4 finger swipe up hides all windows 4 finger swipe sideways (either direction) shows all programs running [Edited on 01.07.2013 11:49 PM PST]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Duardo [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Nick Saban I use MS office on my Macbook Pro. I don't game on my laptop or computer so this device is perfect for me. I can get all my school work done on it just fine, never have any problems, nice battery life. You made a good decision OP. EDIT: Also use Safari, Safari is amazing and I cannot recommend it enough.[/quote]MS Office is great on Mac. No complaints here. Safari is super great if you've enabled iCloud and can look at your tabs on your iPhone, or vice versa.[/quote] Also I would invest in an external harddrive if you can - its great for time machine and backing up your files. You can also; - Anti virus; Have a look at Sophos Anti-Virus software for Mac, its free and its effective - although there aren't many Mac directed viruses out there. - Office 2012 for Mac; Its great especially if your a student (It comes with word, excel, powerpoint and the usual) - Try another browser such as Chrome or Firefox (if your used to them) as some of the features with Safari can get annoying - Get VLC as Duardo said - Connect your email addresses to the Mail app; it has a very professional theme and style in my opinion (its also quite simple) and you don't have to boot up your browser to access your mail [Edited on 01.07.2013 11:39 PM PST]
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  • Okay. Uh lets see uh....dunno.
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  • a computer thread without a flame war thats unheard of
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  • Definitely get MS office, it's quite the quality on mac. In my opinion it obliterates apple's offerings of pages and numbers etc.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Nick Saban Also use Safari, Safari is amazing and I cannot recommend it enough.[/quote] Chrome is superior IMO
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Duardo [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Nick Saban I use MS office on my Macbook Pro. I don't game on my laptop or computer so this device is perfect for me. I can get all my school work done on it just fine, never have any problems, nice battery life. You made a good decision OP. EDIT: Also use Safari, Safari is amazing and I cannot recommend it enough.[/quote]MS Office is great on Mac. No complaints here. Safari is super great if you've enabled iCloud and can look at your tabs on your iPhone, or vice versa.[/quote] I made the horrible mistake of getting a Droid, will never do that again. I do use iCloud though.
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  • Use Bootcamp.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Nick Saban I use MS office on my Macbook Pro. I don't game on my laptop or computer so this device is perfect for me. I can get all my school work done on it just fine, never have any problems, nice battery life. You made a good decision OP. EDIT: Also use Safari, Safari is amazing and I cannot recommend it enough.[/quote]MS Office is great on Mac. No complaints here. Safari is super great if you've enabled iCloud and can look at your tabs on your iPhone, or vice versa.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Duardo A few tips, hmm... * Download Growl. It supports Notification Center but also supports third party apps, so you'll get a notification for non-Mac App Store apps. * If you use Windows Live Messenger, you can either use Skype or Adium. Both are great. * Use the hot corners. They're rather handy. * If you get a mouse, make sure to turn on the right-click in settings. * The touchpad is cool because you can do a lot of stuff just using your fingers (view all your apps, show all windows, for example). Find out how to do it in Settings. * Learn about Bootcamp. You can install Windows and switch back and forth if you want. * To eject things just drag the icon on the Desktop to the trash. * Apps to consider: Unplugged, Battery Status * Download VLC Player. It's free and is way better than Quicktime. * Look through Settings to get a feel of where everything is. Also, Finder is your friend (the Smiley face in the Dock). Above all, just have fun :)[/quote] Thanks!
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  • I use MS office on my Macbook Pro. I don't game on my laptop or computer so this device is perfect for me. I can get all my school work done on it just fine, never have any problems, nice battery life. You made a good decision OP. EDIT: Also use Safari, Safari is amazing and I cannot recommend it enough. [Edited on 01.07.2013 11:04 PM PST]
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  • A few tips, hmm... * Download Growl. It supports Notification Center but also supports third party apps, so you'll get a notification for non-Mac App Store apps. * If you use Windows Live Messenger, you can either use Skype or Adium. Both are great. * Use the hot corners. They're rather handy. * If you get a mouse, make sure to turn on the right-click in settings. * The touchpad is cool because you can do a lot of stuff just using your fingers (view all your apps, show all windows, for example). Find out how to do it in Settings. * Learn about Bootcamp. You can install Windows and switch back and forth if you want. * To eject things just drag the icon on the Desktop to the trash. * Apps to consider: Unplugged, Battery Status * Download VLC Player. It's free and is way better than Quicktime. * Look through Settings to get a feel of where everything is. Also, Finder is your friend (the Smiley face in the Dock). Above all, just have fun :)
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Huntsman28 In relation to the mac equivalents to Office, do you guys find these better or worse?[/quote]they have more creative stuff built in. Especially Keynote. The funniest part is, if you wanted to put MS Office on your Mac, it's suddenly cheaper...
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Viron [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] SPLEEEEENS Six replies in... did the Flood die and reincarnate as something entirely different?[/quote] I find them great for university, especially if you do engineering or a media related course (just buy Office 2012 for Mac)[/quote] this
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Hcsoccerfreak Good Man for switching! Basically just memorize the keyboard and touch pad short cuts. They make things so much easier. Also by an iPhone. My mind is blown everyday when I use both my MBP and iPhone together[/quote] Okay thanks. Yeah! the guy at the apple store was showing me how he could connect his iphone and macbook and then swipe on his phone and slides would change on the macbook.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Huntsman28 In relation to the mac equivalents to Office, do you guys find these better or worse?[/quote] If you like the Ribbon, worse. If you don't, better (it's similar to the Ribbon in the Windows Office, but it's still relatively different than the one in Office 2010.) [Edited on 01.07.2013 10:58 PM PST]
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  • In relation to the mac equivalents to Office, do you guys find these better or worse?
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] SPLEEEEENS Six replies in... did the Flood die and reincarnate as something entirely different?[/quote] I find them great for university, especially if you do engineering or a media related course (just buy Office 2012 for Mac)
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  • Download BetterTouchTool! Makes the trackpad so much more useful.
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  • I'm a Linux user. I dislike Windows 7 I feel like 8 is too touch screen friendly and I really have no issue with iOS but I dislike how Apple doesn't use universal cords and peripherals. So I have a partitioned hard drive with Ubuntu which I use a lot and Windows 7 which I rarely use. [Edited on 01.07.2013 10:50 PM PST]
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  • First things first, let Spotlight cache your HDD. Helps a lot. You should also turn off the setting in System Preferences that only lets you get applications from the Mac App Store. [Edited on 01.07.2013 10:49 PM PST]
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