New to MacBook Pro

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  1. KDuniverse macrumors member

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    My gf needed a new laptop, and decided to switch over to mbp from an xp machine. Needless to say, she's just as new as I am to this, so me trying to help....is pretty much useless. She's scheduled to go back to the apple store and sit in on a class. What can I do to familiarize myself with this laptop? Does anyone recommend reading material? Turorials? Any helps is appreciated.

    Also, what are must have programs, utilities, etc?

    Thanks in advance,
     
  2. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    The Missing Manual, best book out there for switchers ( can be bought in the states )
     
  5. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    heres the american version
     
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    Here's a list of popular Mac apps & prog's that'll keep you busy for awhile, a guide to installing them can be found at the top of the Mac basics & help forum
     
  8. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Welcome to the world of Mac; I'm a fairly recent switcher, too, and I copied a handy little document called "MacSwitcherTips" onto my desktop. Other than that, play with it, and don't be afraid to ask questions.

    Re programs, etc. I'm not sure what you want and/or need. For me, Word was vital, as everyone in my various work worlds use it, thus Office for Mac was a must have; others swear by iWork.

    Cheers and good luck
     
  9. KDuniverse thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks guys!

    Office was a must have, already got it.

    I was reading about calibrating the battery once a month. What's the reason for that? Anything else that need to be done such as this monthly, or frequently?

    I also ready about the coconut battery program.
     
  10. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    apple recomends it, but i never have, and my battery is still at 75% health

    thats a great page btw im finding neat stuff on there myself
     
  11. blurfonz macrumors regular

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    Play around with it! And in time you will be use to the new interface! Its lovely aint it?
     
  12. KDuniverse thread starter macrumors member

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    Since I don't really know much about MBP or its programs, I'm confused at what programs to use for what services.

    Email, how is the mail program that came with it? Should I use Entourage that came with Office?

    My gf uses MSN...and it came with Office. Is there a way to use the iChat with that? Or is AIM the only program that works with it?

    The dashboard. What exactly is that used for? How do most people have it set up? I'm used to having that kind of info right there on the desktop.

    Questions like these are what's confusing me. I have lots more, and i'm sure will have many more to come. Where would I find answers to things like that?

    thanks again, this is a great site.
     
  13. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    for MSN chats you can use adiumx

    its a good allround chat client for pretty much every service
     
  14. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Just a heads up: Adium does not support video chat.
     
  15. KDuniverse thread starter macrumors member

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    my gf will still probably use MSN chat because she can use the video to talk to her brother in Venezuela. Will iChat work with that? Or do you open video chat in MSN?

    Again, is the Mail program that comes with the mbp the best for normal everyday use, and managing multiple email address? Or should she try out Entourage?

    Any help or pointing in the right direction would be great.

    Thanks again,
     
  16. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    mail should be fine..

    and thank alphaod i forgot about that;)
     

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