Go to Mac School Part 2

Posted April 6, 2007 by Mac RPh
Categories: Mac, Periodicals

To help make life easier for Switchers and all Mac users, Apple has developed some websites to teach everybody how to better use their Macs. Switch 101 was developed to help PC to Mac switchers discover all that a Mac can do. Mac 101 was developed to help anybody learn more about their Mac.

Switch 101 Website
Switch 101 Website

Mac 101 Website
Mac 101 Website

You Can, I Can, We All Can Switch Our Icon

Posted April 6, 2007 by Mac RPh
Categories: Cosmetics, OS X

OS X has a beautiful interface. Every volume, application, file, and folder on your Mac is represented by an icon. The default icons look great at any size. While uniformity can be good, it is nice to sometimes have the ability to customize; make your computer your own. One way to do this is to change the icons.

There is a manual way to change an icon. See this helpful Apple website for directions: Lesson 6: Change My Icons. There is also a program that simplifies the process, its called Micon.

Micon is a FREE program that gives you Drag & Drop simplicity for changing icons. It doesn’t supply you with the icons, but the icons can be gotton from other places for free also.
Micon Website
Micon Website

A Guide for switching to a Mac

Posted March 29, 2007 by Mac RPh
Categories: Mac, Periodicals

Just switching to a Mac? Just follow the below link to a great article from Lifehacker. Items that are covered include Keyboard symbols, Keyboard shortcuts, Login items, Installing apps, and Hard Drive structure.

Lifehacker Website
Lifehacker Website

Make Everything “UNO”form.

Posted March 26, 2007 by Mac RPh
Categories: Cosmetics, OS X

One thing that is missing from OS X is an easy way to change the general looks of applications. Windows offers a built-in theme switcher; you can change the looks of your programs with the clicks of a mouse. In OS X there is a Appearance System Preference, but when you make a change there the results are not universeral. There is a Free program that can help change the way programs look, it is called UNO.

UNO is a theme that brings the sunken unified toolbar/titlebar look & feel to every single window on your system (cocoa or carbon, metal or aqua and already unified windows as well). On an higher level, UNO’s main goal is to enhance aqua interface consistence, by making all elements look&feel “as one”. UNO is aimed to those who want a clean and un-osbstructive interface while keeping the best of Aqua.

UNO Website
UNO Website

Top Ten Switcher Tips from iLifeZone

Posted March 25, 2007 by Mac RPh
Categories: Mac, Periodicals

iLifeZone producer Vince Ferrari passed on his top 10 tips for switchers to go along with their last iLifeZone episode…

1. Copying a folder over a folder with the same name does not add to the copied over folder like it does in Windows. It replaces it. BE CAREFUL. You’re better off copying the contents of the folder instead.

2. Cmd-Tab switches windows just like Alt Tab in Windows. On the Mac, you can also move the mouse over the application’s icon to switch to it. Finally, you can also press Cmd+` to move to different windows within the same app. Of course, if you press F9, that’s when the fun really starts!

3. You can reposition your “desktops” with the display system preference including which screen the Menu bar appears on. This is particularly handy for when you have a bigger monitor next to a smaller monitor (think no more bumping into the “wall” when you reach the edge of the bigger screen).

4. On a Mac laptop, there is no DELETE key like there is on the PC (to delete the characters to the right of the cursor). Just press FN+Delete and it’ll do the same thing. If you hold down the option key, it’ll remove a word at a time.

5. File types are not determined by their extensions. On the Mac, you can change extensions forever, but the file will still be a JPG and will most likely open in Preview or Photoshop, depending on which you use.

6. Function keys don’t work the same as they do in Windows. On a Mac laptop, for example, the function keys control brightness, etc. To make them act like Function keys, go into the Keyboard and Mouse preference pane in System Preferences and make the change there.

7. By default, Apple disables tabbing through controls on web pages or in dialogs. In the Keyboard preferences pane, enable ALL CONTROLS. Now you can tab over to checkboxes, and hit the space bar to enable them. There are plenty of more useful things this does.

8. There is no more CTRL+ALT+DELETE. You can still Force Quit an application by pressing Option+CMD+Esc and ending it in the dialog that appears.

9. Along the same lines as above, if you’d like to see running processes, go to Utilities -> Activity Monitor. You’ll be able to see every process running and terminate each one there.

10. Right clicking… On the Mac, the Mighty Mouse out of the box is not enabled for right clicking. In the System Preferences, under Keyboard and Mouse, click Secondary Click for the right button. Now you can right click. On a Mac laptop, you can also enable two finger clicking so that when you put two fingers on the pad and click, it’ll be a right click. On laptops or desktops, you can always hold down the CTRL key and click to simulate a right click even if you’re one of those old guys that still have a one button “Pro” mouse!

Get in the Zone with iLifeZone

Posted March 25, 2007 by Mac RPh
Categories: Mac, Periodicals

iLifeZone is both a blog and a podcast. It is a special place where you can learn how to get the most out of your investment in your Mac hardware and software. Their blog is updated several times each week, and their podcast on the 1st, 10th and 20th of each month.

You don’t need a iPod to listen their podcast, just a copy of iTunes. Just click on the subscribe link on their webpage and subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Everytime you start iTunes, their newest podcast will downloaded automatically. You can then listen to their podcast whenever you get a chance.

iLifeZone Website
iLifeZone Website

Go to Mac School

Posted March 21, 2007 by Mac RPh
Categories: Mac, Periodicals

The best way to get the most from your Mac is to learn all you can about your Mac. Besides free software, which is always a nice thing, well done free Mac advice also helps makes using a Mac more enjoyable. One site that offers well done free advice is Macinstruct.

Macinstruct is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching people how to use their Macs. Since 1999, they’ve provided free tutorials to people around the world. Run completely by volunteers, they’ve expanded their offerings to include columns, online courses, and a video podcast.

Macinstruct website
Macinstruct Website