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Take Control of Switching to the Mac
Switching to the Mac is easier than ever with our real-world advice!
Switching to the Mac is a big step, and if you're helping someone make the leap, Scott Knaster is here to help with concise, real-world guidance. Scott has worked at Apple and Microsoft, so he has the chops necessary to explain the Mac to someone who has known only Windows. He starts by helping the potential Mac user feel good about switching while acknowledging that it's a big move. Then he gets into the nitty-gritty: how to set up a Mac, how the Mac interface compares with Windows, which Mac applications replace common Windows programs, and how to move data to the Mac, including documents, music, an iTunes library, email messages, address books, and Web bookmarks. Scott next helps a switcher translate Windows know-how to Mac proficiency, covering how to set up users, work in Finder windows, search with Spotlight, manage applications and windows, use the network, print, download software updates, and more, all anchored by ten essential Mac tips. Finally, Scott has some quick advice for sharing documents with Windows users and running the occasional Windows application.
Compatibility: Covers XP and Vista; Tiger and Leopard.
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About the Author
Scott Knaster has been writing about Macs for as long as there have been Macs. Scott's Mac programming books were required reading for Mac developers for more than a decade. A regular speaker at Mac industry conferences, Scott writes books for non-programmers too, including Hacking Mac OS X Tiger and Mac Toys (with John Rizzo). Scott has every issue of MAD magazine, which explains a lot about him.
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Read Me First
This book covers the steps needed to switch your computing life from Windows to the Macintosh. It covers a lot of ground and by the end, you'll be running on your Mac with your files moved over from your Windows PC, and you'll know how to get around on your new Mac. This book was written by Scott Knaster, edited by Caroline Rose, and published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.
There has never been a better time to be a Macintosh user. And there's never been a better time to become one if you're not one already. Thanks to the success of the iPod, iPhone, and recent Macintosh models, Apple is enjoying a renaissance.
Macintosh users tend to be dedicated to their computer of choice. There are reasons for this devotion. Apple's fanatical attention to detail and ease of use, and its high-tech-with-a-smile personality, have been rewarded with loyal customers. And Mac users welcome new members to their ranks.
In this book, I take you through the steps you need to switch your computing life from Windows to Macintosh. By the end of the book, you'll be running on your Mac with your files moved over from your Windows PC, and you'll have a pretty good idea of how to get around on your new Mac.
Note: Because I wrote this book with Macintosh beginners in mind, I refer to many other Take Control titles that you might find useful. I don't mean to be pushy by doing this, just thorough. This book is designed to be useful all by itself, but if you want to find out more about particular topics, I highly recommend other Take Control titles.
I also suggest that you visit Apple's Web site, especially http://www.apple.com/macosx/, to learn more about topics that interest you.
Switching from Windows to Macintosh doesn't have to be hard. Here's an overview of how this book can help:
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OK! You've decided to take the plunge: you're switching to the Mac. Although you might think you're a Mac island in a vast sea of Windows, you're far from alone. Apple is on a roll, and millions of people are buying Macs, many of them for the first time.
When PCs seem to be everywhere, why should you be using a Mac? Let's take a look.
People have various reasons for buying and using Macintosh computers. Here are some common ones:
After reading the previous section, you might wonder why everyone on the planet doesn't immediately pitch their Windows computers out the, er, window and trade them in for Macs. As wonderful as the Macintosh world sounds, there is some pain attached to making the Mac switch. And, although you'll find Mac fans who disagree, Macintosh computers are not perfect, or even clearly superior to Windows in every last detail. Here are a few of the problems you're likely to encounter:
March 13, 2008 --
Take Control of Switching to the Mac version 1.5 covers Vista, Leopard, and more, while retaining information about Windows XP and Tiger. Look in the Read Me First section for a more detailed list of what's new, complete with clickable links and page references for some of the new content.
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