||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.
are some basic tips/tools to get you started if you are in the same
- 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 Delete key, Mac
Fn + Delete
- No dedicated
Page Down keys, Instead
Fn + Cursor keys
- Install the following tools
Also read 10
tips for Mac users switching from Windows
and a more
comprehensive list at Switch
to The Mac
The box came installed with Tiger (Mac
OSX 10.4) as opposed to Leopard (Mac
OS X 10.5). Leopard
Updates are available for $9.95 until Jan 4th, 2007.
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.
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
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
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,
I'll post more as I learn them. Feel free to post your favorite
A complete archive will be available here.