After years of saving and begging this girl, yes ME, finally got a Mac. Why would I make such an expensive purchase when we already have an awesome HP Touchsmart that the whole family loves?
First, I was frustrated with video editing on my PC and really wanted to dive into iMovie and perhaps Final Cut Pro in the future. Sophia wants to have her own little talk show and I want to dive into video reviews as well as begin to vlog more.
Second, we happen to have other Apple gear. A lot of it. And in spite of the million things I tried, my PC just didn’t play nice. Now, I should say that it is Apple’s fault. Now that I have one I know this. This baby just doesn’t like anything of the Google or Android or PC species. We were okay with our iPods. It got tougher with the iPad. Then, when I ditched my blackberry for an iPhone my calendar because impossible to sync. I love Outlook and my husband hates Google calendar. Everything that popped up on my iPhone from him disappeared somewhere. When the cloud came out it just got worse. I tried to sync with my PC but nothing went right. Then my iTunes started going wrong. The straw that broke the camel’s back was Apple TV. We want to cancel cable and have all of our media go through the Apple TV. We simply got to the point where we knew a Mac would do this easily without a bunch of workarounds while our beloved PC was thwarted at every corner by the Apple.
That’s it. Nothing fancy. I just wanted the stuff we have to work. And I want to make little movies.
First Impressions of the MacBook Pro
Clicking is a Mystery
After a few minutes trying to go through the setup screens and being unable to click on anything I wanted to throw this thing out the window. I had lots of people on twitter offer to catch it. Clearly, there is something great in this little computer. When I got in to the computer I didn’t know where anything was (and I still struggle after a week) and it took me awhile to figure out how to copy and paste.
My keyboard shortcuts end up screwing everything up so I need to figure out how to get them back. I don’t want to command C for copy I want to control C. My hands will not re-learn this. They may be stubborn. So be it. This is a work in progress.
Downloading is Strange
Downloading things is strange, and programs I LOVE for the PC gave me little MAC errors because they aren’t in the App Store. Seriously? Bite me. My brand new Samsung Galaxy III has been rejected by the OSX Mountain Lion as has all of the software Android developed to play nice with Macs. Boo to that. (This phone rocks and I will tell you more about my Verizon Wireless Ambassadorship soon!)
I can’t even figure out how to save anything to a location I can find without using the finder. How the heck do I even access my desktop? Does that same concept even exist?
Apple Loves Its Own
As far as Apple devices, this is smooth sailing. The cloud and photo stream finally work and while I accidentally deleted all of the pictures from my iPhone when I hooked it up to a new iTunes they are safe in the Mac so I’m okay. Seriously, it’s like a whole little happy Apple family and it may sound silly, but that will help our household work. I don’t have time for bickering between my devices. I have three kids. That is enough!
Size and Looks
Overall, it is small but heavy. I got the 13 inch MacBook Pro with 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor with 8GB of memory. I was very appreciate of the Apple staff who assured me that in no way did I need the retina display or the advanced video cards. I am not a gamer, and I would bet that most of my readers are not either. I like the look of the Mac and that I have something small enough to travel with. My last laptop was 17″ and was sort of a bear.
I did purchase the One-on-One for $99 for a year. I can get free training on anything I need in person at the store. Hello iMovie people, here I come!
First Impressions of iPhoto
Um, get me some Picasa stat! I love that this brings my photos in automatically from my devices but it does nothing with my Samsung photos and the way it organizes things baffles me. While I may take the time to figure it out I may just let it do it’s thing and use it when I need to. As soon as I downloaded Picasa all my photos were nicely organized and easy to manage. I could rename folders and files and I was happy. I could Google+ to my heart’s delight. If anyone knows anything super special about iPhoto, please let me know! What tricks does it have?
First Impressions of iMovie
So beautifully confusing. It just doesn’t work like standard video editing programs. The words are different. The effects are there but they are not called the same things. Instead of working in files and films you are working on projects and events. There are so many features but so few buttons it takes time to learn. I read so much on this before my purchase and I was still shocked. See? There are only a few buttons on the actual video. You need to know how to click and drag (which I still suck at) so it is a steep learning curve.
Still, I finally found this AMAZING tutorial and will share it with you in my next post on this major transition – must haves for the MacBook Pro!
What the Mac Doesn’t Have
Clearly, the Mac does not have windows nor does it come with the standard basic versions of Microsoft products. I am just used to having those and for more than decade we have functioned as Microsoft and Windows family. I know you can spend money to make your Mac look like Windows and can even run virtual desktops. I am not going to do this. I want to get to know this baby on her own terms. Of course, I still have a PC to run to when I need a good friend. So, it is Mountain Lion for me but what about my programs? I have no idea where all of the accessories and stuff are hidden on here. I am mainly using this as my online hub, but at some point I will figure it out.
Clearly, I am not in love, yet.
Does this have a basic text editing program like Word? I don’t even know where I would find it! I missed Microsoft Office so much it will be on my must haves list. Oh to have my spreadsheets and my Outlook and my PowerPoint!
Lucky for us…
Right Now You Can Get Microsoft Office at 15% Off
Buy Office Home and Student 2010, Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 (3 pack), Office University 2010 or Office for Mac University 2011 between August 8th and Sept 14th and get 15% off.
I Might Fall in Love with the Mac
It isn’t love at first site, but everyone tells me it will happen and it will be forever. This s clearly a relationship that takes work. I am up for it but I will need a little help from my friends!
Tell me what you love and hate about your Mac and if you are a PC tell me if you want to switch or why you are staying with your trusted old friend. I know I will not be without a PC for a very long time, so you are not alone!
Stay tuned because I have some great must haves for Mac users coming up! I’ve some simple things that made me feel so much better!