New user of an IMAC

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jacquelyn
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New user of an IMAC
Apr 17, 2013

On the 18th  my Imac arrives. I already have a long list of question for tech support; however, any special tips folks may have, especially from those who have made the switch from a PC?

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Re: New user of an IMAC
In reply to jacquelyn, Apr 17, 2013

Hi and B I G congrats.............

Invest in the "iMac for Dummies" book...

After that if you have any ?'s you will need a AppleTech/Geek..

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In reply to jacquelyn, Apr 17, 2013

get a good book like 'The Missing Manual'

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In reply to Howard Moftich, Apr 17, 2013

Thanks for the references, I will check into both.

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In reply to jacquelyn, Apr 17, 2013

If you haven't bought it already, get Apple Care.  Macs are just as prone to problems as any other computer despite all the hype.  AC will pay for itself if your experience is anything like mine (our family has had three Macs, all failed in the first year and then again within the three year AC coverage).

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In reply to CameraCarl, Apr 17, 2013

that is my plan as well.

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In reply to jacquelyn, Apr 17, 2013

Congrats.

How far are you from an Apple Store(s)?

One to One offers unlimited hands on personal/group training with an Apple Genius specialist  on many topics including iPhoto , Aperture , Final Cut.

You do not have to bring your iMac computer to the training.

Enjoy and good luck.

Note:   I just noticed you are a professional photographer, so One to One may be too basic  for you.

I'm just a casual family and vacation snapper so probably benefit more from the service.

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In reply to CameraCarl, Apr 17, 2013

CameraCarl wrote:

If you haven't bought it already, get Apple Care.  Macs are just as prone to problems as any other computer despite all the hype.  AC will pay for itself if your experience is anything like mine (our family has had three Macs, all failed in the first year and then again within the three year AC coverage).

Good advice, but it's usually better to NOT buy AppleCare from Apple. You can usually get a much lower price at B&H Photo or LA Computer Company.

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In reply to Len_Gee, Apr 18, 2013

The book "Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual" by David Pogue will help you adapt to OS X faster than anything I can think of.  It explains how to do certain things that you did in Windows and shows you how to do the same thing in OS X.

Welcome to the fold.  If you just invest a little time in getting used to the interface of OS X, and some of the built in tools, you will learn the system very quickly.  Expect a learning curve though.

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In reply to Alpha Doug, Apr 18, 2013

The Missing Manual series each cover a specific Mac Operating System. Since they run to over 800 pages, you might think of this strategy. Read just the opening chapter which is a sort of rah-rah cheer for Macs. It will tell you a few sort of 'magic' features in Mac, such as Searchlight. From that point on, just look up specifics as you encounter a problem or question.

And also look at the very end of the book for a table called Keyboard Shortcuts. These will give speed, but to your eyes they will appear similar to the Windows keyboard commands you already know. That will be comforting to you because of your experience.

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In reply to Howard Moftich, Apr 18, 2013

Howard Moftich wrote:

get a good book like 'The Missing Manual'

I second the recommendation for "The Missing Manual". A clever computer user should know his/her tools well. Give yourself time to learn the OS. Many people work their Macs like 5-tear-olds because they never looked at learning what features OS X has.

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In reply to EricWN, Apr 18, 2013

Youtube.com is your friend! You will find many examples of how to use Apple software there.

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Re: New user of an IMAC
In reply to jacquelyn, Apr 26, 2013

Just enjoy. I changed late 2010. From PC to Mac. Windows to OS X. I never looked back.

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Re: New user of an IMAC
In reply to jacquelyn, May 1, 2013

Keep in mind, Macs are not infallible, they are made of the same basic parts.  They can fail.

1.  Backup important files regularly (use time machine).

2.  Spend an hour after you first set it up simply playing around, try to do things by guessing.  You will learn by trying to do something in that first hour (this is an open book exercise, use the internet if you get stuck).

3.  If you use crtl commands on the PC, those are replaced by Apple key/Command Key commands.  ctrl-c to copy is command C on a Mac.

4.  Macs are not very different, so when you have a weird problem, odds are someone else out there has the exact same problem, making solutions easier to find.  It's not like PC's where you have thousands of configurations and device conflicts that are possible.

5.  When presented with a blank screen that you can't seem to escape, unplug all the USB cords you can.  Bad cables or malfunctioning external hard drive connections can sometimes lock up an iMac (has happened a few times to me) for no other apparent reason.  The computer was technically find, the bad cable simply caused this blank screen reaction until I unplugged it.

Best of luck with your new iMac!

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