Not PC anymore

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Lamonster, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. Lamonster macrumors regular

    Lamonster

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    Well sort of. I still have a PC laptop and three PC's at home but I bought my first mac two weeks ago and I'm loving it. I run a bunch of motorcycle websites/forums and the mac with FF has really opened up some new doors for me. I'm starting to do screen capture videos now to show folks how to load avatars and pictures and such. Guess I could have figured that out on the pc but it was just so easy on the mac.

    I bought the 20" imac with the 2gig's of ram. Plenty fast for what I do. I added another monitor too so I could use one screen for admin stuff and the other for surfing. I went with the 19" Flatron w1952tq by LG. I'm really happy with it too and for $170 bucks it's a bargin.

    One thing I did do the other day was I cut a slot in my desk so I could drop the screen on the imac all the way down on the desktop. Now my imac and my LG are both at the same level and I don't have to look up at the screen on the imac.

    Been searching for good software for the stuff I do everyday and found some pretty cool stuff for the mac.

    FTP- I used ftp_pro on my pc and it worked fine for me but when I went looking for a good ftp program for the mac I found that not all ftp software is the same. As a matter of fact there were some huge speed differances in the ftp programs. Some were painfully slow and other were just okay.

    Then I stumbled on a program called Fetch. This thing is mac fast. It's so fast that when I do a upload I have to watch the progress bar to make sure it loaded. I love this program and my pc never loaded anything this fast.

    I kind of sux at html and I cut my teeth on MS Frontpage. I tried a bunch of wysiwyg html editors and so far I really like KompoZer. To me it's not as easy to use as FP but it will do what I need to do and that's mostly create html code so I can paste it into my forum apps.

    The screen video capture I'm using is called iShowU. Once again a great program and has already paid for itself time wise. Now when someone ask me how to post a picture or a sig pic I just point them to the video. If a picture is worth a 1000 words then a video is worth 10,000.

    Safari was okay but I'm lovin Firefox on the mac. It's pretty much doing everything I need and then some.

    Got any apps you want to recommend? I'm totaly new to this mac world but I think this is the world I'm going to stay in. Thanks for a great forum.

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  2. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

    MacBoobsPro

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    You could saved yourself the money on a monitor and just utilised 'spaces'. :D

    I have four set up. 1.work 2. email 3.web 4.misc
     
  3. Lamonster thread starter macrumors regular

    Lamonster

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    I had three monitors on my PC and I'm really use to working like that. I looked at the "Spaces" thing but I guess I didn't understand the concept. I need to look at two screens full size without clicking back and forth. I don't think that program would work for me and it's not like the monitor I got was a ton of money anyway.
     
  4. Lamonster thread starter macrumors regular

    Lamonster

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    I must be old, I have no idea what that stands for.:rolleyes:
     
  5. Lamonster thread starter macrumors regular

    Lamonster

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    Forgot another little program I love for resizing pictures. It's called DropFix.

    You put the icon on your desktop and just drop your pictures on it and it resizes it to whatever you tell it to and renames it and keeps a copy of the original photo. Great program.

    Here's my work area. The screen on the left is my poor neglected pc.

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  6. czachorski macrumors 6502a

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    I recognize your screen name from the VRCC boards - are you the same Lamonster with the yellow Valkyrie with the hard bags with flames on them? Do you still have that bike? I remember that bike well, because I have a yellow one too...........

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    If you're doing video stuff, then I assume you have checked out iMovie? It is a nice way to stitch together all those video clips you might be capturing from the screen. Also, you should be aware that Apple offers a free download of iMovie 6 for those who have iMovie 8. You might want to check 6 out - it give you a time line with more intuitive controls for detailed editing. I love 8, but find it to be more appropriate for home video woven with music and photos type stuff.

    Welcome to the board, and the world of Mac!
     
  7. czachorski macrumors 6502a

    czachorski

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    PS - if were posting pics of Mac setups too - here is mine......

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  8. Lamonster thread starter macrumors regular

    Lamonster

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    Yep, VRCC #0001 :cool:

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    The Valk got sold about a year after I got the Boss Hoss to this guy.
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    Thanks for the tips and the welcome.
     
  9. Lamonster thread starter macrumors regular

    Lamonster

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    Nice setup. Tell me about those speakers. :cool:
     
  10. CarlsonCustoms macrumors 6502

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    How the heck do you work on that right hand computer setup with no room for your knees?

    Zack
     
  11. czachorski macrumors 6502a

    czachorski

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    That was a temporary set-up right after I got my iMac while I was transitioning files and such from the G4 PowerMac to the iMac. I was wondering if anyone was going to notice. :eek:

    LA - the speakers are Altec Lansings. I went to the Apple store about 2-3 years ago to look at the then new Apple hifi speakers, and walked out with these. I'm pretty happy with them, as I listen to a lot of music in front on the computer, and they sound great.
     

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