The move to Mac was easy – a few tips

 A dear friend of mine just repaid an old debt by buying me a Macbook. I unwrapped the sleek packaging, took out the Macbook and switched it on. Within 2 minutes (slow on the first boot as I had to run through the basic configuration wizard) I was connected via my Wifi and could see all my PCs on the home network. I set-up my email (1 minute) and retrieved my emails. I then connected my iPhone and synchronised my contacts and calender. Installing Office for Mac took about 20 minutes. I was then up and running.

There are no gotchas if you have an iPhone – if not then it is indeed quite tricky I believe to import all those contacts and calender items from your PC. 

What surprised me most was the ease with which I was able to connect to the home network and pull files as I needed them from my PCs. I had anticipated many hours of laborius transfer by memory stick!

My other great surprise was that I can share calender events with Outlook users although not via a Blackberry. 

I am using all the standard Mac applications for the moment – there is an advantage in that Apple have put together a nice suite of applications that do in some instances integrate quite nicely. This is something that one loses going for best breed i.e. separate vendors for each application. For instance, in iMovie I can use photos from iPhoto in my movies and vice versa. 

iPhoto is a pleasure to use and the face recognition takes a lot of the pain out of finding photos of a particular person. One issue I have though is that I can’t use Photobox – Apple has tied iPhoto into their own service – my feeling is that this is short-sighted.

Has anyone had experience of moving to mac – I would love to hear what your experiences have been!

One thought on “The move to Mac was easy – a few tips

  1. James,
    I moved to Mac some years ago now and everybody told me it was much more simple to use. At first it did not seem much different but now going back to use my PC I see why.
    I have become a mac junkie, which is what they want, Apple TV was a godsend while we were in Paris. The first version was not great but with the new interface I have installed it in Nassau and renters have access to any movie or tv show they want.
    I have a 1T time capsule and am able to back up everything on all my macs without thinking. I also use for WIFI also and have added Airport Express in a few rooms to boost signal but also with powered speakers I can play and control music from any I tunes playlists on any mac from my Iphone remote app.
    PS Photo Booth is great fun
    Have fun

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