Questions from Newbie-How to mount network drive, Must have programs

Discussion in 'macOS' started by markw10, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. markw10 macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    I have my new C2D MBP on order and am a switcher from Windows XP and
    am wondering if there's any must have software out there, software
    that many mac users have. I know with Windows there are a few like
    this. Of course I know the mac has more built in programs and is
    easier to use so I likely won't need as many programs to buy.
    I am undecided if I'll go with Safari for web browsing or Firefox. As
    well, for PIM use I'm not sure if I'll use Entourage or ical/address
    What I will get though are Office 2004 since I do a lot of heavy
    office work as well as Macromedia/Adobe Suites since I do graphic
    design as well as web design.
    Beyond that, I want a program that does good desktop video editing, a
    good newsgroup reader, probably will get toast platinum.
    I will use my mac at home where I also have a home office and it's
    kind of going to be for all kinds of uses, maybe even a occasoinal
    game. I just want anything that will make my life even better wtih a
    mac. it's coming on Tuesday and I can't wait!

    One last kind of unrelated thing. With Windows you can map a drive to
    a server computer. I do have a Windows based computer in my house I
    use as a server. I hope to switch that to a mac pro someday but with
    Xp I simply map it as a drive such as drive Z. Can I do the same with
    a Mac? I do have a friend who has one but his only complaint is you
    can select and log onto a server drive but as soon as you reboot the
    computer this drive is gone and you have to redo it each time.
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Finder > Go > Connect to Server...

    Should work as a log in item.
  3. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    Aaaah, ⌘ + K, one of my most commonly used key combinations at uni. :rolleyes:

    I find Transmit, AdiumX, and MenuMeters all incredibly useful.

    I can't think of everything right now though... :rolleyes:

    edit: oh, and search for the software question, it's asked sooo much! ;)
  4. frankblundt macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2005
    South of the border
    Once you have connected to an external volume, you can drag the icon into the dock (next to the trash icon) - that way you can just click to mount it whenever you need it (check the "remember password" box when you log into it).

    You can also right/ctr-click the icon in the Dock for the contextual menu and choose "Open at Login" if you want the volume to mount automatically at startup
  5. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    Was that Possible in Jaguar and Panther? Because that's when I needed it. :eek:
  6. mattniles007 macrumors 6502


    Dec 4, 2005
  7. lord patton macrumors 65816

    lord patton

    Jun 6, 2005
    Give Camino a try.

    also, search MR (forum as well as guides) for keyboard shortcuts.

    enjoy! :)

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