Switching to Mac or not?
Many of my friends have been ranting about the poor availability of software for the Mac, the high price and the stupid user interface. Are you still with me? Then you might be as misinformed as many others. It’s common. Nobody can comprehend the vast amount of information available, so it’s only natural to defend one’s choices. Nothing wrong with that. We all do it.
A computer is not only a computer as it needs a lot of different software to allow you to do some real work. All of that drops a hefty cost on you, and the investment of both money and time can’t be recouped. Switching to a new platform often means that one have to start a new run down on investments. It’s tedious and frustrating.
Since the beginning, I’ve always pursued the smartest way to do things. When it came to computers and how they worked, I usually solved the problem or task in a way that released me from the burden of having to do all the same things over and over again. I created a task resolving, specific system than ran by itself. Then I forgot about it but eventually it needed a change. I couldn’t remember anything about how I managed to get those pieces of lego together. So I had to start over from scratch. What I lacked was the ability to document the procedure and what every part of it did. Which files were referenced and why.
Although this was cumbersome to say the least, it also provided me with knowledge about and routine on the systems I worked on. This made me someone to go to when there was an issue with computers for many of my friends. Whether it was a PC with Windows or Linux or a Mac, I fixed it.
Recently, a couple of my friends have been wowing one too many times over my Macs, yes I have a bunch of them–both Macs and friends–and they decided to get a Mac. They’ve been occupying a lot of my time and even though I don’t mind, I have other things to attend that now have been stacked up in a stinkin’ pile.
For that reason, I wanted them to stick their noses into some reference work in order to learn how to get the most out of their investment. The book I wanted to point out to them would need to have much more about Mac and Mac OS X than I can provide despite the long term of Mac addiction, and at the same time allow for a newbie to assimilate the knowledge in their own pace.
After only an hour of research on what possibilities there are to learn how to best utilize the almighty Macintosh computer, I’ve decided on a couple of books for them to read.
The most valuable one for someone that slides over from Windows on a PC to the creative world of Mac OS X on a Mac would be Switching to the Mac, by David Pogue.
It covers everything you would need to know to move files, to export documents to be able to import them on your Mac in the few instances that there are compatibility issues. Microsoft, Adobe and all other big-league software developers have versions for both Windows and Mac that functions pretty much the same. But there are Windows-only applications as well as Mac-only and the best way to solve that is to convert the documents and learn a new application.
David Pogue has the skill to take your hand at your level and lead you through the daunting work of switching platform.
Learning away with old habits and implement new ones is never an easy task and I commend everyone that takes the step. Not only is it frustrating, it also create sparks in your brain while learning, you also begin to see things from a different perspective. This fuels your creation and imagination and that’s where you will excel with a Mac. It’s designed and built to promote your creativity.
When my friends asked what I could do on my Mac, I asked them what they could do on their PC. They laughed and vented their ignorance to my amusement. They didn’t believe that I could do more in less time with most of my applications. I had to show them. Then they wanted to see more. They asked more and more questions and later crawled home to their own machines. The only condescend comment I could agree on was the price-tag. But hey, a Ford has headlights, wheels, doors, seating, and all the other stuff. So does a Ferrari. They both use the road for driving, a steering wheel, needs an engine, burns fuel, takes you from here to over there. So why don’t they cost the same?