Top five things to know or do for a switcher

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  1. smwatson macrumors 6502a

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    My iMac 20" has just been shipped and should be arriving anytme in the next week, so i was wondering what are the top 5 things that i should do, or the top five things i should know, about MACOSX as im a switcher. Can't wait to join the amazing mac community :D
    Thanks
     
  2. croshtique macrumors 6502

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    Firstly, congrats on joining the 'club' :)

    There's probably quite a lot of things that you'll need to pick up, and it's hard to limit it to just a 'top 5'! For starters I'd recommend you have a look through Apple's "Mac 101" support page which should give you a good overview of the basics and important things.
     
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  4. JDOG_ macrumors 6502a

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  5. amac4me macrumors 65816

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    Congrats

    Congrats on making the switch. There are many resources on the web that you can leverage to make the switch experience smoother.

    You may find that the Dock and Menu bar a bit confusing at first but you'll later appreciate that Aqua makes using and learning OS X a breeze.

    I would recommend that you learn how to repair permissions before and after downloading/installing software and OS X updates. In addition, it wouldn't hurt to start learning UNIX as it's the operating system that underlies OS X.

    Good Luck :)
     
  6. smwatson thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks everyone :)
    Just a brief question, im using my iPod to transfer my files from my ageng windows beast (see sig) to my brand spanking new iMac, and was wondering how i would take the files from my iPod, and onto my iMac in a way that assures that all image files open with iPhoto, and all my music goes into my itunes library. My photos are already in 'albums' which i would like to retain for the switch, is there any way to do this? I use Olympus Camedia Master with an Olympus E-500 if that helps anyone. Thanks again
     
  7. Applespider macrumors G4

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    By albums, do you mean you have folders with groups of pictures in them? The easiest way to keep them in iPhoto is to import each folder individually so it shows up as a separate 'roll' in iPhoto. You then have the option to expand/close rolls in the main Library to see the images. This also speeds iPhoto up in terms of loading, if you keep rolls 'closed'.

    Otherwise, you could import all your images as a single roll and, if your images have distinctive names use those to create smart albums for 'all images with the word Birthday' for example.

    Another useful place to go for info is Apple's help page for switchers.
     
  8. JDOG_ macrumors 6502a

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    Format your iPod on your windows machine and enable disk use via iTunes. Don't put any music on there, just let the iPod act as a drive. Put all your files on the iPod via your windows machine and then eject it. Plug it into your mac, drag the files off and then deal with them. To import the files into both iPhoto and iTunes, you can either use the import feature in both programs (under file I believe) or use the Migration assistant in the utilities folder. That should let you gank the files you need off of the iPod, although I've never tried it myself.

    Good luck, I tried not to be too technical.
     
  9. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    1. Learn to use Help when you get stuck
    2. Learn to use apple.com/support when you have problems
    3. Learn to search google effectively
    4. Learn to search this forum, remembering to perform your own reality check when people throw out shady advice like "reinstall!!!"
    5. Learn to use the Guides!
     
  10. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    The transfer process described before is pretty good, but I'd do the import end a little different.

    Assuming you want to use iPhoto, I'd get your images saved on your Windows machine into folders, one folder per album.

    Then, when you get the files to the Mac, create the albums and drag the images from each folder directly from the finder onto the album; it should add the photos to the library and put them in that album. There might be a way to combine the steps (maybe dragging a folder makes a new album? Never tried it), but I know that'll work at least. Probably no way to directly convert from Camedia, though.

    Music, just drag it into the iTunes window and make sure iTunes is set to "copy to library" (unless you want to keep your music on another drive or something).

    Otherwise, as long as your files have .something extensions, the Mac should correctly associate each with the app it should be connected to. If it doesn't, or you don't like the choice, do a "Get Info" on a file of that type, select a new default application, and click "Change All...", and you're done. And that's my Tip #5.

    #4 is to try Camino as an alternative to Firefox--a few less features, but the same engine, prettier and cleaner.

    #3: If you don't know what the file does, and it's not in your home folder, DON'T TOUCH IT. Those are OS files for a reason.

    #2: When a new OS update comes out, keep an eye on MacFixIt for a couple days before installing it, to make sure there are no issues that might affect you.

    #1: Just Drag It. When the question is "how do I open/move/add/transfer/reorder/delete whatever", the answer is usually "just drag it where you want it to go".

    Bonus: As said, the Help menu or 30 seconds with Google will teach you how to do almost anything.
     
  11. SummerBreeze macrumors 6502a

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    Congrats on the switch! Here are my ever-so-humble tips.

    5. Mess around with the programs you have pre-loaded on the Mac before you download the ones you used to have on your Windows machine. Sometimes, the programs you thought you needed have a great Mac alternative already installed.

    4. Go to your nearest bookstore and grab a book on OS X. The Missing Manual is a good one.

    3. Spend a lot of time playing with preferences. There are some pretty awesome things you can do with preferences (random screensaver, pretty colored iChat conversations, etc.)

    2. Learn how to do all the basic troubleshooting (repairing permissions using Disk Utility, fixing corrupted fonts, deleting bad preference files, etc.)

    1. Make friends with Mac people! And definitely bookmark this forum.
     
  12. PCMacUser macrumors 68000

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    I don't know which email client you were using on Windows, but I used Outlook 2003. To transfer my .pst file, I installed Mozilla Thunderbird on my PC, imported my Outlook data to it, then put the Thunderbird profile onto my iPod, copied it onto my Mac, renamed the TB data files with the .mbox extension, then installed Entourage and dragged the mbox files into the Inbox... sound complicated? Not really. The address book was another story...

    Firefox is the way to go on OS X. Get the brushed theme to make it look nice. To set FF as default browser, you have to change the preferences in Safari. It's whack, but that's how these things are on a Mac.

    Get used to finding that things are 'missing' on OSX. My wife has been using OSX (and loving it), but she said to me last night - "there's things missing on the Mac"... she meant, there's no 'move to' option in Finder... and when saving attachments in Entourage, you only get a few choices - you can't specify an actual folder...
     
  13. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000

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    one of the 1st thing u should do is check if ur iSight is working and play around with PhotoBooth oh and not forgetting try Front Row to see if your remote is working...:rolleyes:
     
  14. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000

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    oh no...make MacRumors ur homepage in whatsoever web browser u use...and yeah dun get angry....:D
     
  15. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    • Reboot once a week
    • Repair permissions using Disk Utility once a month
    • Forget about viruses and spyware
    • Get used to sleeping your Mac instead of shutting it down
    • Pat yourself on the back!
     
  16. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816

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    The only real recomendation I have...download the Camino browser and set all the preferances to your liking. And keep in touch with this forum. It is a wealth of info and has helped me immensely. I cannot say what it has done for me once I switched.
     
  17. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    A recent switcher here, and my advice: play around with your new machine and the OS, see how Macs do things differently than Windows but also how they may do some things similarly. Nine times out of ten the Mac will do a process FAR easier and with less hassle than Windows! Try to put out of your mind how Windows does "x" and just go intuitively into your Mac to see if you can find how the Mac does the same thing....

    I had expected a big learning curve when I switched, and I bought a couple of books in preparation. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that for the most part I haven't needed to look up anything in those books at all!

    This forum is fantastic, too, for learning tips -- ask questions or make comments here about something and chances are that someone else will have the answers. I had started reading MacRumors prior to my purchase of my first Mac and it is most definitely a valuable resource where I now hang out every day.

    Enjoy your new Mac!

    OTB
     
  18. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816

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    Honestly, no matter what preperation I could have had, I couldn't have said it better myself. Kudos to you for formulating the thoughts I had!!!
     
  19. opusthe2nd macrumors 6502

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    And dont plan on watching very many news videos. Seems everyone is going to .wmv's that we cant get to play.
     

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