Guide to Switching to the Mac

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Switching to the Mac? Awesome! You’ve got company—lots of it! And with this book, you’ve got help, too... all the help you’ll ever need! founder Gary Rosenzweig quickly gets you comfy with your new Mac, demonstrates the ”Mac way” to perform every common Windows task, and shows how to do more with Macs than you ever could in Windows... way more!

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Overview Guide to Switching to the Mac

Switching to the Mac? Awesome! You’ve got company—lots of it! And with this book, you’ve got help, too... all the help you’ll ever need! founder Gary Rosenzweig quickly gets you comfy with your new Mac, demonstrates the ”Mac way” to perform every common Windows task, and shows how to do more with Macs than you ever could in Windows... way more!

It’s all here—everything from choosing the right Mac to creating your own videos and DVDs. Rosenzweig covers the latest Macs and the new Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system. Best of all, he focuses on what today’s computer users need to know, including loads of coverage of using your Mac on the Web.

Every Mac switcher needs a friendly Mac expert to show them the ropes. With this book, you’ve got yours!

• 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

Gary Rosenzweig is the producer of and the host of the MacMost Now video podcast. MacMost focuses on teaching people how to get the most from their Macs with tutorials, reviews, and tips. His previous 12 books include ActionScript 3.0 Game Programming University and The MacAddict Guide to GarageBand. He also runs several Web-based game websites, including

CATEGORY: Mac Operating Systems

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789739629
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 10/8/2009
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

In 1987, the year Gary Rosenzweig started college,Drexel University in Philadelphia had the foresight to require every student to purchase a computer. Better still, they required that computer be a Macintosh.

From the 1987 Macintosh SE with two floppy disk drives and a little monochrome screen, to his current 2009 Mac Pro with two four-core Xeon processors, Gary has always owned a Mac.

His Mac was his primary tool used in creating games and websites from 1994 to the present day. But it wasn’t until 2007 that he took his love of Macs to the professional level with the launch of the MacMost site and video podcast.

At first,MacMost covered Apple news each week. But soon it evolved into a more frequent show with tutorials, tips, news, and reviews.The website grew as well, featuring iPhone games, ringtones, a weekly newsletter, and other features.

Gary has also written many books, most on programming using Macromedia/Adobe software like Director and Flash. He lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife,Debby, and daughter, Luna. Also a dog and too many cats.

The home page for this book is, but if you are interested in more information about the author, you can also visit Gary’s website at and follow Gary on Twitter at

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Table of Contents



Part I Getting to Know Your Mac

Chapter 1 Buying a Mac

Chapter 2 Examining Mac Hardware

Chapter 3 Starting Up and Shutting Down

Chapter 4 Getting Around

Chapter 5 Working with Files and Folders

Chapter 6 Controlling Windows and Applications

Chapter 7 Applications That Come with Your Mac

Chapter 8 Moving from Windows to Mac

Part II Web, Email and Internet

Chapter 9 Setting Up Your Internet Connection

Chapter 10 Using Safari, the Mac Web Browser

Chapter 11 Getting and Sending Email

Chapter 12 Instant Messaging and VOIP

Chapter 13 Networking and File Sharing

Part III Getting Things Done

Chapter 14 Word Processing and Printing

Chapter 15 Business Applications

Chapter 16 Importing and Managing Photos

Chapter 17 Managing Your Music and Video

Chapter 18 Running Windows on Your Mac

Part IV Creative Computing

Chapter 19 Creating with Images

Chapter 20 Creating with GarageBand

Chapter 21 Creating with Video

Part V Caring for Your Mac

Chapter 22 Customizing Your Mac

Chapter 23 Keeping Your Mac Up to Date

Chapter 24 Backing Up and Archiving Your Files

Chapter 25 Getting Help

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