Just bought my first ever mac laptop rMbp

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bradley2012, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. Bradley2012 macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,

    I've been a long time lurker looking everyday about macs and osx

    As a Windows user for 10 years I'm excited to use something new. I upgraded to win8 dev and it just didn't excite me. I own a iPhone 4s and iPad 2 and want everything to sync.

    So a few questions really for a mac noobie:

    iCloud - never used it on my devices, is it just a case of saving certain pics, docs in the cloud

    Osx ML - any good guides on using osx coming from windows

    Gestures - Do you use all the keyboard shortcuts and magic mouse all the time and is it easy to get to grips

    Magic mouse - will it work on the rmbp

    Just had a baby and have a cannon d90 camera. Going to start doing a lot of picture editing for instance a slide show with music in the background. what would you say is the software for me.

    Will the pics transfer quicker with USB 3 or is the camera limited?

    Is the full retina resolution an option in ml? Or do I have to use some tweak?

    Is the hackstore Legal?

    I think that's it for the moment :p

    Thanks for your replays in advance.
     
  2. jcpb macrumors 6502a

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    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=713578

    iCloud = putting your files on Apple's servers instead of having different versions of the same files on your computers/iDevices.

    Osx ML - dunno, I never read user manuals except for really important things

    "Gestures - Do you use all the keyboard shortcuts and magic mouse all the time and is it easy to get to grips" some. I'm more used to keyboard/mouse than gestures however.

    "Magic mouse - will it work on the rmbp" yes, but will it be comfortable for you to use? That's not something we can answer.

    "Will the pics transfer quicker with USB 3 or is the camera limited?" Camera limited.

    "Is the full retina resolution an option in ml? Or do I have to use some tweak?" link, not default option in ML

    "Is the hackstore Legal?" what is legal?
     
  3. stevelam macrumors 65816

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    just take out the sd card and use the card reader on the rmbp. should be much faster than direct usb from camera.

    as for 'full retina resolution'...what do you mean? if you mean native 2880 res, then thats not retina resolution anymore at all. you're basically turning the retina display feature completely off.

    keyboard shortcuts/magic mouse etc etc? thats your own preference.

    also, icloud sucks. minus the few built-in things that are obligatory from stock iOS apps, dropbox is way better.
     
  4. Bradley2012 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for you replays guys. Added the link to my bookmark.

    As I've always used a cable for transferring pics and not had a sd slot, thanks for pointing that out :)

    suppose I just need to get hold of it to see the resolution for myself. Not seen one yet, just had one of those shopping moments and bought it without seeing it lol

    1-2 weeks delivery though. Would stores in the uk have stock?
     
  5. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    iCloud is great and syncs your docs, pics, calendar, reminders, notes, location of your device. It is a fantastic service and free!

    I use a magic mouse, the trackpad and a Logitech g700 for gaming.

    If the camera is USB3 (not likely) use the cable, otherwise plug the sd card in directly.

    I don't understand the retina question. The rMBP is always at full res. there is no option natively to change it.

    I don't know what the hack store is, but it doesn't sound legit.
     
  6. Bradley2012 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'll do some more research on the screen resolution. I just thought it doesn't run at 2800 x 1800 natively.

    The hacks tore apparently is apps not approved by apple. Are you still allowed to install these apps?
     
  7. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    if they aren't bootlegs of applications then yes, no problem. If they are, you still can, but its not recommended...as those developers need to eat too!

    Check out anandtechs article on how the retina screen works.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6023/the-nextgen-macbook-pro-with-retina-display-review/6

    the short of it is that the display is always 2800x1800 resolution. Sometimes the UI elements are scaled up to fit it using high res graphics to not lose clarity. Sometimes, in the case of "looks like 1920x1200" mode it actually raise the desktop resolution to nearly 4k and then scales down to 2880x1800 to accomadate the shift.
     
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  9. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    What is the "hack store"? If you're talking about downloading cracked versions of App store apps then yes, that could be construed as being "illegal." If you're just talking about downloading apps from outside the store, then no, you're fine.
     
  10. Bradley2012 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just read that it's applications created by devs that don't get approved by apple for whatever reason. Says on the homepage no privacy ever so I'm assuming it's not illegal and I can use these apps?
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    There's nothing illegal about using apps that you acquire without piracy. Just because an app isn't approved by Apple or isn't available on the MAS doesn't make it illegal... or even unethical.
     
  12. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    You do not have to buy or download apps from the App store, I may jump ship if that ever happens.
     
  13. jcpb macrumors 6502a

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    I don't use cloud storage for important things simply because it's in somewhere I have no control over. What happened to MegaUpload can very well happen to the iCloud.

    The hack store is more legal than the real thing.

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    If you know what you're doing, why let Apple restrict what you can/not do?
     
  14. wethackrey, Jul 30, 2012
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    First, you should probably take a look at Apple's video tutorials. They're generally short and to the point. There's an iCloud tutorial there as well as Windows on the Mac.

    Yes it will work but the trackpad on the MBPr is VERY nice. It will probably be the thing that makes you forget about using a mouse. I would venture to say that at least 90% of the people on this forum use gestures on the trackpad and do not use a mouse. I own a Magic Mouse that hasn't been out of my briefcase for about a year. I should probably make sure the battery hasn't leaked and killed it.

    The D90 is USB2 only I believe. It also uses CF cards, so the MBPr card reader isn't any help to you. Use USB, either directly to the camera, or to a CF card reader. It would not surprise me to see a Thunderbolt CF card reader available soon.

    iPhoto will come with the Mac. That's a very good place to start. I use Aperture and Photoshop CS6 but they're fairly pricey. I've been using Photoshop since beta .9 back sometime in the last century so I don't have much incentive to try other image editors, but there are plenty out there.

    Keynote, part of Apple's iWork suite and available individually from the App store, integrates tightly with iPhoto and iTunes and would allow you to take the music-backed presentations of Baby Bradley to the next level.

    No tweaks necessary. Full 2880 X 1800 retina resolution is supported out of the box in the 10.7.4 version of Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion.

    There's no restriction on the Mac that requires you to purchase applications through Apple's App Store. In this respect, MacOS is different from iOS on the iPhone and iPad where there is such a restriction. In fact, the App Store is a relatively recent arrival to the MacOS landscape. I would say the vast majority of applications available for the Mac are not yet in the App Store.
     
  15. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    ummm, are you serious? You think the FBI is going to shut down iCloud? You're crazy!
     
  16. stevelam macrumors 65816

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    megaupload and other file uploading services are absolutely nothing like cloud services.
     
  17. Bradley2012 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your input wethackrey.

    Can't wait for it to come now :)
     
  18. jcpb macrumors 6502a

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    They're the same things, just done in different ways.
    If you don't think this will ever happen to the iCloud, you are the crazy one here.
     
  19. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    Umm, you are so far from right its ridiculous!!! Megaupload was sharing illegal copies of copyrighted material. iCloud is a way of saving your personal files. It is also stored locally on your desktop. Apple and Kim Dot Com are SO not even remotely similar!!!!
     
  20. jcpb macrumors 6502a

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    There is so much fail in your post, it's unfunny.

    It will happen, the only question you can ask - is when.

    Pre-crime? The government will never do that! EVER!
    Nice try, but no cigar.

    Kindly tell me how MU is anymore different than the iCloud?
     
  21. stevelam macrumors 65816

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    i guess a calculator is the same thing as a laptop cause both can do math calculations but in different ways. get real.
     
  22. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    Already did!!!! Megaupload was a site dedicated to illegally downloading copywrited content!!!! iCloud is a personal storage medium for documents, calendars, notes, reminders, etc!!!! iDisk (the old mobile me cloud disk) doesn't even exist anymore!!!! Maybe do a LITTLE research before claiming things that are SO FAR FROM TRUE!!!
     
  23. jcpb macrumors 6502a

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    What?

    A pirated movie rip - which strips out everything except the main movie - happens to be more enjoyable than the legal version, which forces you to sit through half an hour of FBI warnings and unskippable movie trailers.

    Since when does buying legal do you any good? Rootkits - you've heard of them, right? Rootkits on a Mac - hah, good luck getting rid of it, short of reformatting your Mac! Some CDs of yesteryear require installing an app to access hidden songs, how's that for customer treatment?

    If shutting down MU is such a good thing, why haven't we also shut down the internet itself? The little things we use and take for granted every day can be used for piracy, why aren't we banning these things? Do you even realize the terrible contradiction in your post?

    MU actually turned out to be the best place to grab porn. Very fast, very little BS, does not require dedicated apps, can be used for things other than pirated content, etc.

    Can the iCloud do any of that? I think not.

    Tell me, just what sort of controls do you have with your data in the iCloud? Apple can shut it down tomorrow without the courtesy of a reach around. Trying to get the data off? Sorry, it's Apple, you gotta pay first to get your stuff back.

    If you think none of these will ever happen to the iCloud, you are delusional.
     
  24. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

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    iCloud is a syncing service first and foremost, and a data storage service second. The important thing about iCloud is that it's not a filesharing site like MU. Have you ever heard of anyone using iCloud to distribute pirated software or movies to the mass public? No. iCloud is personal, and offers a completely different service. If you can't see this, then I'm afraid you're just making a nuisance of yourself.

    I do agree however in that I will never trust cloud storage anywhere near as much as local storage, because I don't trust cloud storage vendors, because my Internet connection isn't guaranteed, and because it's slow. This is exactly why I love iCloud much, because it's not a file storing or sharing service, but because it keeps all my local files in sync with no effort.
     

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