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Switching from Windows to Mac (2008)

with David Rivers

Video: Welcome

Focuses on the similarities and differences between the two operating systems.
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  1. 20m 38s
    1. Welcome
      2m 42s
    2. Demystifying the Mac
      7m 35s
    3. Adjusting to new terminology
      10m 21s
  2. 17m 9s
    1. Gains and losses
      6m 40s
    2. Keyboard basics
      6m 57s
    3. Mouse basics
      3m 32s
  3. 56m 0s
    1. The desktop
      8m 15s
    2. The omnipresent Apple menu
      7m 31s
    3. The Dock
      14m 15s
    4. The Dashboard
      7m 1s
    5. The Extras menu
      4m 13s
    6. Windows and window controls
      8m 9s
    7. Working with disks
      6m 36s
  4. 54m 18s
    1. Window views
      11m 29s
    2. Using Quick Look
      9m 1s
    3. The Finder toolbar
      6m 9s
    4. Working with icons
      4m 41s
    5. Using color labels
      6m 32s
    6. Using the Trash
      5m 20s
    7. Using Get Info
      11m 6s
  5. 16m 43s
    1. Working with the Spotlight menu
      5m 30s
    2. Using the Spotlight window
      6m 1s
    3. Customizing Spotlight
      5m 12s
  6. 34m 24s
    1. Opening and manipulating applications
      7m 24s
    2. Using Exposé
      4m 46s
    3. Using Spaces
      11m 8s
    4. The Save and Open dialogs
      6m 41s
    5. Creating web clip widgets
      4m 25s
  7. 59m 7s
    1. Installing applications
      9m 5s
    2. .sit vs. .zip files
      5m 53s
    3. Third-party options for transferring files from a PC
      6m 30s
    4. Using drives to transfer files from a PC
      7m 44s
    5. Online methods for transferring files from a PC
      11m 27s
    6. Transferring mail and address books
      8m 49s
    7. Setting up individual accounts
      9m 39s
  8. 51m 11s
    1. Printers and printouts
      7m 29s
    2. Faxing on the Mac
      8m 33s
    3. Digital cameras and video cameras
      10m 35s
    4. Burning CDs and DVDs
      9m 21s
    5. Other peripherals
      7m 38s
    6. Using Time Machine
      7m 35s
  9. 32m 49s
    1. Using Mail
      6m 6s
    2. RSS feeds
      4m 25s
    3. Safari basics
      6m 48s
    4. iChat basics
      6m 46s
    5. iDisk basics
      8m 44s
  10. 32m 37s
    1. Customizing appearance settings
      11m 14s
    2. Adjusting the date and time
      5m 37s
    3. Sound options
      4m 46s
    4. Energy-saving preferences
      6m 49s
    5. Spotlight preferences
      4m 11s
  11. 12m 7s
    1. Configuring Boot Camp
      5m 48s
    2. Using Boot Camp
      4m 12s
    3. Other options
      2m 7s
  12. 1h 35m
    1. iCal
      11m 6s
    2. Photo Booth
      8m 31s
    3. TextEdit
      8m 58s
    4. Preview
      8m 29s
    5. Dictionary
      6m 17s
    6. Stickies
      7m 26s
    7. iTunes
      12m 3s
    8. iPhoto
      13m 19s
    9. iMovie
      12m 49s
    10. iDVD
      6m 46s
  13. 28s
    1. Goodbye

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Switching from Windows to Mac (2008)
Video duration: 0s 8h 3m Intermediate


Windows users who are contemplating a change to the Mac might have a number of questions. What exactly will be gained and lost in the transition? What is involved in the actual transfer of an entire digital life? How can familiar workflows be recreated in the new environment? Instructor David Rivers answers all these questions, and many more, in Switching from Windows to the Mac. Unlike other basic Mac instruction, this course focuses on the similarities and differences between the two operating systems. David takes care to highlight the terminology and interface differences that can initially be mystifying for Windows users. He explores not only the software--Mac OS X Leopard and its bundled applications--but also important hardware subjects, like keyboard and mouse differences, and how to work with cameras and other peripherals. David also discusses how to run Windows on a Mac using Boot Camp or virtualization. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Using the desktop, Apple menu, Dock, and Dashboard
  • Navigating with the Finder
  • Searching with Spotlight
  • Backing up with Time Machine
  • Staying organized with Exposé and Spaces
  • Getting online with Mail, Safari, iChat, and more
  • Customizing system preferences
  • Moving Day: installing applications and transferring files, email, and contacts
  • Exploring ten fun programs included with the Mac
Mac OS X


Hi and welcome to Switching from Windows to a Mac. I'm David Rivers. I have got to tell you. I'm really excited about doing this title, because I will actually be sharing my own experience with you, and a joyful experience it has been. Maybe Windows aggravation has gotten the better of you, or maybe the Mac versus PC commercials finally got you, or maybe your job requires you to switch to the Mac. Whatever the reason, this may actually be the best time ever to be switching to a Mac from a Windows PC.

Firstly, Windows Vista is the new standard operating system for non-Mac PCs and laptops. In fact, as I record this title, Microsoft just recently announced it will no longer be selling Windows XP. So what does this mean to Windows users who need to stay current? Well, it likely means upgrading to a new PC or laptop, just to accommodate Vista, as most older machines are neither configured nor compatible with running Vista. Then you would need to learn this new operating system and all of its intricacies.

If you are going to be upgrading your computer and your operating system anyway, why not consider the Mac? Secondly, the Mac has never been more compatible with the PC. For example, if you are accustomed to using the Microsoft Office Suite of products, like Word and Excel for example, you can run the latest version, Microsoft Office Suite 2008, right on your Mac. Now, if you are concerned about making the big switch and how much time and effort it's going to take to get up and running, fear not. This title simplifies the entire process and will begin by demystifying the Mac, exploring all the advantages to making that switch, and get you acquainted with some of the new terminology that is involved with the Mac.

After that, we cover the basics of what you get and what you lose when switching to the Mac, and by the way, you get a lot more than you lose. Then we will look at some minor differences with the Mac mouse and keyboard. We explore the Mac interface in detail in this title, working with files, windows, folders, and icons, before we dive deeply into what I like to call 'moving day.' If you are moving from a PC to a Mac, of course you are going to need to get all your stuff from the PC over to the Mac, and it's really not that hard, but we will explore several different ways to get you moved in.

We also explore connecting hardware, connecting to the Internet, customizing your work environment with system preferences and a whole lot more, including my top-ten list of free fun programs that come with the Mac. So if you are ready, let's get to it.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Switching from Windows to Mac (2008) .

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Q: This course was updated on 5/02/2012. Can you tell me what changed?
A: This course has been updated for Mac OS X Lion. We've also added new movies on getting your Mac online, working with the system preferences, connecting to devices such as printers and cameras, and David's favorite free "apps" or applications for the Mac.





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