Advice for new Mac starters?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bradFace, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. bradFace macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2013

    I've ordered my Macbook Air 2013 13inch i7/8GB/256GB Flash Storage, but still waiting for the item to be delivered.

    In meantime I want to get some ideas from you guys who are advanced using macs. Wondering what should I mainly install as a mac beginner?

    Like what cool / useful applications? and any other important tips :)

    Thank you!
  2. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    It depends what you want to do with it. Here is some useful reading in the meantime Care of GGJStudios

    And don't forget your Mac will come with Safari, iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto and GarageBand pre installed for starters. All solid performers.
  3. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
  4. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Hey those links helped me when I was getting started. Just passing on the knowledge from one of the Macrumors resident guru's!
  5. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
  6. bradFace thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2013
    Hahaha doing that straight away ! gamesss ! lol.


    Thanks for the link lol, Will have a read of it sometime soon :p
  7. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    I made the switch a couple of years ago, and mostly learned from browsing and posting on this forum, and googling stuff. There are some useful 'what are your favourite apps' threads on here, and there you'll quickly find out which apps 'everyone' mentions.

    Here's one of my early thread where I got a lot of useful tips:
  8. mpsruo macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2008
  9. PraisiX-windows macrumors regular

    May 19, 2011
    If you come from Windows I'd install BetterTouchTool - it is free and gives you the window snapping you know from Windows 7.

    - also I'd put bottom right as a hot corner and have it show the desktop - that you would know from Windows 7 too.
    - and remember it is cmd + c and cmd + v in mac, not ctrl + c and ctrl + v x) - I was freaking out the first time I had to copy paste on my mac, lol.
  10. bradFace thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2013
    Cheers, yeah im coming from windows. Dreading to learn new shortcuts lol so use to the windows ones.

    One thing that is bugging me, NTFS works with windows but not with mac's right?

    How do you transfer files onto a fat32 usb stick over 4GB?

    Thanks !
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    OS X can read NTFS natively, but not write. Here's what you need to know about drive formats:

    Format A Hard Drive Using Disk Utility (which is in your /Applications/Utilities folder) Choose the appropriate format: HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Don't use case-sensitive) NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion)
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36).
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.
    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
    • You can use this format if it is supported by all computers with which you intend to share the drive. See "disadvantages" for details.
    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X. [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    • You can use this format if you share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows computers and have no files larger than 4GB.
  12. DGPMaluco macrumors regular

    Nov 16, 2012
    Paragon NTFS so you can read and write in NTFS

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