Switching from Windows to Mac (2008)

with David Rivers
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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 And I've got to tell you I'm really excited about doing this title because I'll actually be sharing my own experience with you. And a joyful experience it has been. Maybe Windows aggravation has got 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 either configured nor compatible with running Vista. Then you'd need to learn this new operating system.

And all of it's intricacies. I've your going to be upgrading your computer and your operating system anyway, why not consider the Mac? Secondly, the Mac as never been more compatible with the PC. For example, if you're 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're 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 of 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. And then we'll 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're moving from a PC to a Mac, of course, you're going to need to get all your stuff from the PC over to the Mac, and it's really not that hard. But, we'll 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're ready, let's get to it. (zapping sound)

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