I’ve been a self-professed fan of Apple for years. I love the silly little commercials where one guy pretended to be a slow bogged down PC. The other young peppy guy is the personification of a Mac. The PC guy always has something wrong with him. The Mac guy, well he just stands there and feels bad for the PC. Funny commercials, but it never made my buy a Mac. Ok, so I used the secret, literally and like the little boy with the bike was blessed one day with my first MacBook. I now have a passion to tell the world of the great Mac virtues.
Now that I have a Mac what is different from a PC
Well first and foremost, I’m using apple software. I have the option to used windows software. Excel, PowerPoint, word, and others are all on my Mac. I do use windows software when networking with those whom have windows programs. However, the MacBook’s Iwork 08 software is far superior to good old windows.
In fact, the software can read windows document also. If others give you a window document, you can open any of them in you on your Mac in Iwork 08 software comparable software.
One drawback is that you cannot save the “.doc” documents as “.doc” documents again. Once you open the “doc” in Apples “Pages”, it is now a “.Pages” document. As and MBA student that had to upload a “.doc” or “.rtf” file, this issue presented a bit of a challenge. I’m still looking for a solution to that issue. Again, if you do not need to produce a document that is “.doc”, you will be fine with reading and saving your “.Pages” file.
How do Mac differ with Graphics & Website Publishing?
When it comes to website publishing, I’m very old school (circa early 2000’s). I like to get behind the scenes and edit my html code before publishing. I use notepad or textpad to edit my code. I would view it then publish it on a live server. For months looked for a version of WSFTP to upload and edit my pages. I could not find a version of the program that worked with my Mac.
All that said, I learned that the MacBook software is far more simplified in its process. There are programs such as “Fetch” which do what WSFTP did for windows based programs. However, there are many far superior programs that allow you do everything in one simply process. Coda is software that allows you to have everything done at once. You log into the site quicker and easier than any application I’ve ever used. I was able to log in so quickly, that I doubted that I was connected. Again, I’ve come to love the simplicity of apple along with the breath of capability.
It took me a few months but finally I broke down and went to the Mac Genius to ask “How to I publish to my existing site if I don’t have a .Mac account?” I felt kind of foolish asking the question. But I got and even more amazing answer than I imagined. Mac comes with the software on it to let me publish to my own site. The software is IWeb and it is just free with your Mac. I was willing to spend whatever was needed, but Mac just gives you the software. I spent months trying to do what I did on a PC at cost but could do on a Mac easily for free.
How do Mac differ with the functionality?
I cannot begin to give you every detail of how functionality is different with a Mac. Even with the difference, my son and 3 other 7 year olds figured out how to work the MacBook inside of 7 minutes. Here are a few of the key differences.
Everyone notices, that there is no right click. For the first few weeks, I was double clicking in place of the right click. I would send e-mails several times, thinking that I didn’t send it without the right clicks. You get use to it after a little bit of time. Honestly, its just another step you do not need to do with a Mac that you waste with windows applications.
The fact that you have the camera functional from day one is great. But beyond the camera, you have the opportunity to do videoconferences with other Mac users. IChat, which is a free Mac services, can work across the country or across the room. You can Bluetooth connect to other Mac’s in close proximity. We are able to seamlessly network even without a network. There is a strange symbiotic feeling when many Macs are in a room together. You find all sorts of cool new things to do that you had no idea could be done with a computer. We learn something new every day.
As I grow in my understanding of MacBooks, I can now stand confident that I am now a self-proven fan of Mac. Now I don’t just watch the commercials and laugh, I genuinely feel sad for the PC and PC users.