New to Mac :))

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AnthrMacUser, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. AnthrMacUser macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Location:
    UNITED STATES
    #1
    hi everyone im new to mac. i just got my first mac it's a 15" early 2010. anyone know anything i should know about?
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

    spinnerlys

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2008
    Location:
    forlod bygningen
    #2
    Have a look at the following links, as the information presented there might be helpful in your future endeavours into Mac OS X and could clear up initial confusion and may even prevent harm to your system or your files.

    Mac OS X Basics
    Switch 101 - guide with articles made by Apple on how to accustom yourself, after you switched to Mac OS X from Windows​

    Mac 101 - How to get started with Mac OS X​

    Find out how - tutorial videos made by Apple on how to do certain thing in Mac OS X​

    Pro tips - tips made available by Apple for easier ways of doing certain tasks​

    Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts - Learn about common Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts.​

    Mac OS X Beginner's Guide by MacRumors - learn about software, media players, shortcuts and some useful tips, tricks and hints​

    Mac Guides - tutorials, product guides and more​

    MRoogle - a very effective tool to search these fora using Google and made available by edesignuk, introductory threads: 1, 2 and 3




     
  3. AnthrMacUser thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Location:
    UNITED STATES
    #3
    Thank you so much! I'll be studying Digital Art with this 15" it's the low end one, hope it's great later on!
     
  4. robotmonkey macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2010
    #5
    Swipe all 4 fingers down when you have a few windows open and see what happens
     
  5. Helljumper macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2010
    #6
    I also recently just got my first Mac. Aside from the obvious greater simplicity of OSX when compared to Windows, my favorite features are using the multi-touch features of the touch pad (There is an app out there to customize this and I highly recommend for you to get it).

    Scrolling down with 2 fingers, using 3 fingers to quickly get to the top and bottom of pages, using 4 to go to Expose and quickly switch to another program. All this is so intuitive and quickly becomes second nature. It's so helpful for a person like me who primarily uses a computer for Itunes and the web to browse forums.
     
  6. JonBorichef macrumors regular

    JonBorichef

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    Location:
    Roseville, CA
    #7
    Congratulations on switching to Mac, you are going to love it! :D

    Cheers,
    Jonathan Borichef
     
  7. AnthrMacUser thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Location:
    UNITED STATES
    #8
    thank you everyone! i read about the battery calibration. i'm down to 7%! :D I am loving my macbook pro very much. I've been editing some things on photoshop and it's flawless. What apps are out there that are useful? Someone above mentioned it? I saw a list of applications from the links but I'm not sure which one is the most useful or most mac users uses. Any tips?
     
  8. toffa813 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    May 10, 2007
    Location:
    ATX
    #9
    Some software I suggest:

    BetterTouchTool- Custom trackpad gestures, I use this all the time and its absolutely fantastic

    SMC Fan Control- Lets you set the speed of your fans so that it stays cooler instead of the fans running at a speed that just keeps it within operating limits. (I keep mine at about 3000rpm if I'm doing light stuff)

    Dropbox- 2GB free cloud storage- keeps files synced between computers, your phone, and their website. (use my referral link please: https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTc3NzYwMTc5)

    And Steam if you game. I've only played some portal and half life 2 so far and they're very good

    I also use istat 2 to monitor cpu and mem(google it and its free, or you can get v3 for $16) and gmail notifier.
     
  9. AnthrMacUser thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Location:
    UNITED STATES
    #10
    Thank you everyone and thank you toffa813 for your suggestions. I looked at steam for gaming and I have not tried it yet but I will. I'm trying to get everything in order for school but the drop box is definitely going to help. I downloaded the v3 for istat and also bought it. They come with a fan set as well under sensor so I don't think I will be needing smcfancontrol, will I? School's starting next week, I'm excited to use my macbook pro to see how this machine works. I've heard a lot of great things from my other friends who uses macbook pro but they have the 13" mbp.

    How do you guys use your a/c adapter charger? I ran my calibration last night and now I'm still on the charger. I'm at home, so do i leave the charger in or take it off to exercise the battery or what? I'm not sure what to do. haha
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008

Share This Page