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More and more diehard Macintosh lovers are finding themselves in a position to work with the Windows platform. Although the two are similar, they're just different enough to frustrate a Mac user looking for a recognizable interface. Reading any of the numerous instruction books aimed at beginning PC users may well leave them wishing for a way to translate their Mac experience into Windows proficiency. Windows for Mac Users explains Windows features in a way that Mac users can relate to. The authors explain the ...
More and more diehard Macintosh lovers are finding themselves in a position to work with the Windows platform. Although the two are similar, they're just different enough to frustrate a Mac user looking for a recognizable interface. Reading any of the numerous instruction books aimed at beginning PC users may well leave them wishing for a way to translate their Mac experience into Windows proficiency. Windows for Mac Users explains Windows features in a way that Mac users can relate to. The authors explain the unfamiliar details of PC hardware, keyboards, and the two-button mouse, and point out what's missing from the picture as well as what's new for Mac users. Readers will get Mac-to-Windows keyboard shortcuts and directions on how to rename and transfer their Mac files to a PC. Written in a clear, sympathetic, and humorous style, Windows for Mac Users may not take the place of a dear departed Mac, but it will make the transition to Windows much less painful. Robin Williams (author of the award-winning Little Mac Book with over 500,000 copies in print) brings to Windows her trademark brand of fun, concise, easy-to-understand explanations her large and loyal Mac audience has come to rely on when they need to learn something new.
Only book available that specifically targets this growing audience. Takes a Mac-sympathetic approach to explaining Windows features.
Encoding eps files properly
eps Þles can be encoded in either Binary or ascii. Macs, Mac printers, and Apple networks prefer binary Þles. Binary Þles are very efÞcient on the Mac because they're much smaller than ascii ones; unfortunately, they're worse than useless in Windows. pcs require ascii encoding and when force-fed a binary-encoded Þle will usually spew dozens of pages of junk characters. This is also true for network operating systems like Novell and the servers that often regulate mixed-platform trafÞc to printers.If you aren't sure where your Þle will be printed, it's best to save your Þles with ascii encoding. Macs and AppleTalk handle ascii Þles without problem as long as they have enough memory to deal with these larger ascii Þles.Be very thorough when you change a Þle to ascii. If an ascii-encoded document has a binary-encoded Þle contained within it, you'll probably see ugly PostScript errors. It isn't enough to change the encoding of the page layout or the word processing Þle-you must make sure every eps Þle you use in the document is also ascii encoded. If they aren't, open them in their original applications, choose Save As from the File menu, and change their Binary defaults to ascii (as described above). After you save this new ascii version, replace the binary versions that were in your page layout, illustration, or word processing program.
Printing from a Mac to a Windows printer
Under normal circumstances, you can't output from a Macintosh directly to a Windows-only printer. The cables are incompatible, and in many cases a Macintosh version of the software driver doesn't even exist. You can get around this by purchasing Infowave Wireless Messaging's PowerPrint (www.infowave.com). They provide a cable with a parallel port connection on one end and a Macintosh adb connection on the other, plus an extensive group of printer drivers. Once you've loaded these drivers and connected your Mac to the Windows printer, you'll be able to print normally.
Sharing a Windows printer
If you need to share a Windows printer between Macintosh and Windows machines, you can combine the PowerPrint solution (mentioned above) with a data switch box. This may sound scary and very technical, but the hardware part is surprisingly easy if you're a person who's comfortable with Macintosh upgrades and installations. Just use the guidelines in the hybrid solution section of Chapter 1, Preparing to do Windows, for sharing a monitor between a Mac and a PC, but substitute printers where it mentions monitors, and printer cables for monitor cables.
Printing Mac Þles to a Windows printer over a non-Macintosh networkMac Þles will output on a Windows network printer as long as these two circumstances apply:
1. The Macintosh has software on it that allows the Þle server to recognize that the Mac is there. Speak to your network administrator about making sure you have this software on your Mac and for instructions on how to log on and print using the network.
2. The network printer has drivers (printer software) that can be loaded onto the Macintosh. If it doesn't, you'll need PowerPrint Pro, which is the multi-user version of the PowerPrint software mentioned in the Þrst paragraph.
Printing Windows Þles on a Mac printer
Sometimes the Windows computer you're working on doesn't have access to a printer or isn't connected to the type of printer you need, so you might want to transfer a Þle to the Mac for printing instead. If a Windows Þle was not created with a PostScript application like Illustrator or FreeHand, and does not use PostScript fonts, you shouldn't have any problem printing it from a Mac. If a Windows Þle was created with a PostScript application and you have that same application on both platforms, the easiest way to print it is to save the Windows Þle in the application's native Þle format before transferring it to a Macintosh. Then you can open the Windows Þle on your Mac and print it just as if it had been a Mac Þle originally (that's how many service bureaus handle Windows Þle output). Well-designed cross-platform software will prompt you to choose equivalent typefaces and warn you about missing graphics to help make sure your Þle prints properly.If you create Windows Þles in their native formats, remember to include native Þle versions of your placed art as well. For more about native Þle formats, read Chapter 22, Transferring Files.
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|Pt. 1||Choosing and Using||19|
|1||Preparing to do Windows||21|
|2||What is Windows (really)?||35|
|3||Setting Up Your PC||45|
|4||Starting Up and Using Disks||57|
|Pt. 2||Controlling the Desktop||93|
|7||Anatomy of a Window||95|
|8||The Taskbar and Start Menu||121|
|10||Trashing: the Recycle Bin||147|
|11||Moving and Copying||153|
|Pt. 3||Accessories and Control Panels||165|
|14||Mac Desk Accessories a la Windows||195|
|15||Customizing the Start Menu||215|
|Pt. 4||Applications, Folders, and Files||223|
|16||Installing and Using Applications||225|
|17||Creating Folders, Files, and Aliases||239|
|18||File Formats and their Icons||249|
|19||Paths and Long File Names||261|
|20||Finding File Information||273|
|Pt. 5||Going Back and Forth||283|
|21||Mounting PC Media and Reading PC files||285|
|23||Sending Email Attachments||319|
|27||Multiple Users on One PC||381|
|Pt. 7||The Stuff At the End||407|
|About the authors||422|