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Nov 12, 2007 08:15 |  #1

Well, I did it. I pulled the trigger and ordered a Macbook Pro last night, this is a big deal as I've been a PC guy in the IT field for, well a good long while.

So now that I've made the leap and placed the order, where do I go when there is an issue and I don't know how to do something (beyond google)?

C'mon mac users, where are your favorite places to go to find tweaks/fixes/changes and stuff?


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Nov 12, 2007 09:54 |  #2

Welcome aboard! You can try here. There are also forums at MacFixIt, MacRumors, MacNN and others.


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Nov 12, 2007 09:59 |  #3

Boy, I debated with myself a lot before doing it. I even hesitated at the purchase button! :lol:

When all is said and done though, I think I'm going to like it.


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Nov 12, 2007 10:11 as a reply to  @ MazerRakhm's post |  #4

You can also try Apple's discussion boards. But I do read MacFixit daily. Quite useful.


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Nov 12, 2007 10:14 |  #5

MazerRakhm wrote in post #4301143 (external link)
Boy, I debated with myself a lot before doing it. I even hesitated at the purchase button!

You'll do fine, I think. Besides, if you don't like OS X, you can always install Vista or XP on your MBP. Let's hope it doesn't come to that, though. :)


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Nov 12, 2007 10:26 |  #6

I am a fan of the Mac forums at Ars Technica (external link) and MacOSXHints (external link)


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Nov 12, 2007 10:33 |  #7

Mmm, a good thread. I'm a PC user since day one (back in the day of the 8086). I bought a PC becase I had been convinced that apples/macs were just for gamers and I wanted business applications.
Now, that I'm heavily into graphics and graphics programs, would I gain anything by switching to a MAC? Laptop of desktop? What would be the advantage?


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Nov 12, 2007 10:54 |  #8

I like:

Macintouch (external link)
Versiontracker (external link)
Apple Discussion Boards (external link)

Also: InterfaceLift (external link)

My "necessity" apps:

Adium (external link) - Multi-client chat program
Reunion (external link) - Genealogy program
Cyberduck (external link) or Fetch (external link) - ftp programs
iClock (external link) - A more full-featured menubar clock
WeatherPop (external link) - A weather app for the menubar
Handbrake (external link) - DVD to MPEG-4 converter
Netflix Freak (external link) - An app that lets you change your Netflix queue without using a browser.
OmniGraffle (external link) or ConceptDraw (external link) - MS Visio replacements
VisualHub (external link) - Video converter
Toast (external link) - CD/DVD burning app
Coconut WiFi (external link) - Shows more detailed info about wireless networks than MacOS.
PhotoshopCS3 (external link) - Of course!
Oh, and Firefox (external link), of course! Though you might want to try Safari out for awhile to see if you like it better.

I know you were probably looking more for websites, but I had to list my favorite apps, too!

One tip: Clicking the "X" (upper-left-hand corner of the application window) in MacOS doesn't close the application; it just closes that window. To close the application, hit cmd-q or goto the filename menu at the upper-left-hand corner of your desktop and select "Quit <Filename>" Many new users are confused by this and end up having 50 applications open all the time.

Certainly I would try iLife (external link) and iWork (external link). They're comparatively inexpensive for what you get.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head! iChat is fantastic if you're talking to other Mac users, but for more utility, I prefer Adium.

The best laptop mouse I've ever used: Logitech VX Revolution (external link). They make a smaller version called the Nano, but I haven't tried it. The regular VX is perfect for me, since I hate trackpads.

For external drives, FW800 is great, though the cables are annoyingly thick. But the speed is about as fast as a drive will go. I have an external 2.5" FW800/eSATA drive that works great.

Magazines (USA) - Mac|Life (external link) and Macworld (external link). MacTech (external link) gets more into IT.

Congrats on your purchase! Have fun!


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Nov 12, 2007 10:57 |  #9

Hinson wrote in post #4301314 (external link)
Mmm, a good thread. I'm a PC user since day one (back in the day of the 8086). I bought a PC becase I had been convinced that apples/macs were just for gamers and I wanted business applications.
Now, that I'm heavily into graphics and graphics programs, would I gain anything by switching to a MAC? Laptop of desktop? What would be the advantage?


Oooh! I can give one answer for that: Photoshop is incredibly annoying on Windows (for me). It has to have a separate window open for the menu. I use CS2 at work on a PC and it drives me crazy, as I often have Photoshop and ImageReady open at the same time and am constantly clicking on the wrong toolbar. I'll post a picture of what i mean if I can.


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Nov 12, 2007 10:58 |  #10

since switching to a mac about 10 years ago I spend less time tweaking the computer and more time using it. let go of the PC ways.


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Nov 12, 2007 11:39 |  #11

OK. This probably doesn't show as well as I'd like to, but the pictures below illustrate one difference between mac and windows. At work, I have multiple 19" monitors, so not a lot of desktop space. I try to put the image on one monitor and the tools on another. I end up with this annoying extra window that has all the menus on it.

First pic is Windows. Second is MacOS.

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IMAGE IS A REDIRECT OR MISSING!
HTTP response: 404 | MIME changed to 'text/html' | Byte size: ZERO


IMAGE NOT FOUND
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HTTP response: 404 | MIME changed to 'text/html' | Byte size: ZERO

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Nov 12, 2007 12:06 |  #12

Hinson wrote in post #4301314 (external link)
Now, that I'm heavily into graphics and graphics programs, would I gain anything by switching to a MAC?

I don't think that reason alone is sufficient reason to switch. The hardware's all the same nowadays.

Laptop of desktop? What would be the advantage?

Laptop or desktop? Tough call - only you can answer that one. Advantages? I'm not sure I want to get into that one. Apple's starting to become too big, if you ask me.


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Nov 12, 2007 12:28 |  #13

jbkalla wrote in post #4301438 (external link)
I like:
My "necessity" apps:

Congrats on your purchase! Have fun!

You're my hero!

I TOTALLY forgot about asking this question! It would have been the first thing I asked about when I got it too!


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Nov 12, 2007 13:40 |  #14

Stick with Safari over firefox as it is a colour aware and obeys ICC profiles.


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Nov 12, 2007 13:45 |  #15

Unless you're doing stuff that doesn't require accurate colors. Sometimes Firefox is better than Safari.

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