OSX #1: Getting Started with a Mac for a Windows User
By arungupta on Dec 19, 2007
|I got a new Apple MacBook Pro (Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 160 GB HDD and other good stuff) and excited about that! However I've been a Windows user all along and this is my first interaction with a Mac.|
So here are some basic tips/tools to get you started if you are in the same situation:
- Start with Mac101 - This will get you familiar with Mac, basic terminology, some keyboard hints and other misc stuff.
mappings between a Windows and Mac keyboard are very
different. It would help to print out the mappings and keep them handy.
It can take more than a day to get used to the new mappings. Some
specific ones are:
- "Right-click"ing is not intuitive - Enable Two-Finger Click on the Trackpad
Forward Deletekey, Mac equivalent is
Fn + Delete
- No dedicated
Page Downkeys, Instead use
Fn + Cursorkeys
- Install the following tools
- Thunderbird & Message Filter Import/Export AddOn. For personal address book, export/import using LDIF format.
- Firefox & Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer. I wish there is an extension synchronizer that will span across Firefox instances on different machines.
- Adium - Pidgin (nee Gaim) for Mac is your IM solution
- Neo Office (Open-source full-featured office suite based on OpenOffice) - Allows to create blogs like this :)
Some other striking difference in the terms of UI are:
- The menus, instead of stacked to each window, are always available at the top.
- "Windows Control Panel" is available as "System Preferences" on Dock (the toolbar which is, by default, at the bottom of the screen).
- Minimize/Maximize/Close buttons are to the left instead of to the right.
- Maximize button only maximizes to the required extent instead of occupying the entire desktop.
- Important keyboard shortcuts
- F9 - Shows all open windows
- F10 - Shows all open windows for the current application (every thing else is greyed out)
- F11 - Hides all windows and shows the Desktop
- F12 - Show Dashboard
Here are some other tasks that I tried:
- iMovie is really cool, I could easily create a movie (with in-built camera) and upload a video directly to youtube. Really good intuitive interface.
- Create clean HTML pages (like this blog): TextEdit (the default editor) adds redundant markers and viewing HTML source code is not intuitive/easy. So does NeoOffice. Microsoft Front Page is really good at that and I've thoroughly enjoyed editing my blogs using it. So I'm looking for something comparable on Mac. I found this HTML editor shootout but most of the editors seem to require some manual addition of HTML tags. Googling further, I found KompoZer (based on Nvu) and liking it so far. Part of the reason is that the look-and-feel is quite like FrontPage ;-)
These tips will at least get you started where you can check Email, IM and Web, view your documents, import key settings from Firefox/Thunderbird and unleash the potential of GlassFish and NetBeans. Lots of other tips are available here, here and here. I'll post more as I learn them. Feel free to post your favorite tool/tip/guidance here.
A complete archive will be available here.