The MacMost.com Guide to Switching to the Mac by Gary Rosenzweig is the book I wish I could have read a couple years back when I bought a MacBook.
I heard all of the Mac fanboy chatter about “once you go Mac, you never go back.” But I got it, played with it, preferred the PC and went back.
The MacBook was nicely designed, but I was underwhelmed by it after all the hype. In the afterglow of experimenting with it, the MacBook has largely been a coaster for my drinks.
But after reading MacMost.com Guide to Switching to the Mac, I have to reconsider the Mac.
Back when I bought my MacBook, I was excited to edit video with it and got a “Quickstart Guide for iMovie.” But those hundreds of pages didn’t give me much of a quick start.
Then I looked at this MacMost.com Guide and found the simple basics for iMovie in just a couple pages. And that’s typical of this book… it covers all of the questions and issues I had back then about moving over from a PC.
Here are some areas that are covered in the book:
- Discover what’s different about your Mac’s hardware and software and what’s similar, too
- Navigate the Finder and learn how Mac files are organized
- Make the most of the Mac’s built-in applications
- Move your stuff from your PC to your new Mac
- Use Safari, Mac’s great built-in Web browser
- Set up Mac email, instant messaging, and audio and video chatting
- Share, back up, and archive your files
- Choose and use Mac business and productivity applications
- Organize your music and buy new songs with iTunes
- Import, manage, edit, and share your photos
- Create awesome videos with iMovie, QuickTime, and iDVD
- Run Windows on your Mac, if you must
- Keep your Mac up to date and running smoothly
One thing I liked a lot about the MacBook was the built-in camera. I’ve had a couple Dell laptops with the built-in camera and they didn’t measure up for recording video.
Anyhow, I am thinking of giving this Mac thing another try. Either way, don’t ask me for this Mac. I’ve got four kids and they get all of my hand me down hardware.
And I’d definitely encourage Mac users to check out the site of the book author, Gary Rosenzweig: http://macmost.com