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Are you bringing the first Mac into your life? Maybe you just love the way the new Macs look, and you’ve decided you’ve got to have one? Or you’re tired of Windows? Did you just get a job in a shop that uses Macs? Do you switch between Windows and Macs depending on where you are and what you’re doing? Whatever the reason, if you’re a Windows user who’s planning to spend a lot more time with Macs and OS X, you’ll welcome Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual.
Whether you’re a “switcher” or “co-exister,” you’ll typically have three major tasks ahead of you. David Pogue -- the long-time Mac author and New York Times technology columnist -- can help with all three.
First, you’ll want to get comfortable with your new environment. Mac OS X does pretty much the same stuff as any other contemporary operating system, but it does them differently. Differently enough from Windows that you’ll want some help. Using your Windows knowledge as a starting point, Pogue helps you get comfortable with OS X’s dock, icons, windows, menus, scrollbars, aliases, Apple menu, trash basket, and the rest of the Mac interface. (You say Ctrl-Click isn’t enough? You must have a two-button mouse? Well, no sweat: go ahead and add one, via USB. It’ll work right out of the box.)
Once you know your way around, you’ll need to copy some or all your Windows content over to your Mac. Some of that’s straightforward. An MP3’s an MP3, wherever you’re running it.
Some of it’s trickier. It’s not immediately self-evident to the casual user how to extract and copy your email messages, address books, instant messaging buddy lists, and so forth. Of course, you’ll also have to transfer your Internet and email account settings. Pogue will walk you through all that.
Next, you’ll need to assemble Mac programs to handle the tasks you’re used to performing in Windows.
Well, there’s Microsoft Word and Excel, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and so forth -- no problem there, except the expense of buying new versions. But when it comes to more specialized stuff, it can take some sleuthing to find equivalents or workarounds. Pogue offers a full chapter of listings and solutions. You’ll find everything from alternatives to Microsoft Visio diagramming software (he finds OmniGiraffe a “delightful” alternative) to freeware versions of Solitaire.
While you’re at it, Pogue tells you all you need to know about hardware -- including where to find printer drivers for hundreds of older Mac and Windows printers...which $40 software package extends OS X support to dozens of otherwise unsupported scanners...and why your DVD-ROM’s Eject button doesn’t eject anything.
Whether you’ve considered yourself a Windows power user or not, it’s surprisingly easy to become a Mac power user -- and that’s this book’s fourth task. Pogue walks you through setting up accounts for each of your Mac’s users; tweaking your Mac’s System Preferences to get them just right, and more. You’ll also tour your Mac’s collection of applications and applets, from Stickies to Stuffit Expander, iCal (calendar) to QuickTime Player.
Thanks to David Pogue, there’s a single location where Windows users can resolve all their Mac confusions -- and it’s about time. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.