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Switching to a Mac - Part 202/07/2009 - 10:57 PM
In my last post I outlined my decision to switch to an iMac 24 inch after many years of using a PC.
Well, the iMac arrived a week ago today (in fact it would have been delivered the previous day had I been in). Unfortunately, because of other commitments I didn't have sufficient time to do anything with it until Sunday morning, so of course I had a large white box unopened in the study for several days - very frustrating!
Anyway, come Sunday morning, I spent a couple of hours dismantling the old system having already backed up all files etc during the previous week. Then I got it out of the box, wired up the keyboard, mouse and electrics and switched on.
The first reaction was the display - all i can say is Wow!!! Being able to view images on a 24 inch screen is stunning.
Linking up to my wireless network was simplicity itself and setting up the "workhorse printer" (an HP Deskjet 5150) was a piece of cake. Just plug it in via a USB port and there was the driver!
The Epson R2400 was a little more of a challenge - I decided to download the driver from the Epson website and install it - still fairly straightforward though. And then I went through a similar process with the Epson 3200 scanner. Both work fine although I still have to get used to the dialogue boxes and other features that are different from my old PC.
The Mac OS X operating system is fairly easy to use as long as you are fairly IT literate. It is very different from Windows in many ways and I still find I'm getting mental blocks, but perhaps not as much as in the first couple of days.
The "Mighty Mouse" is presenting a bit of a challenge - almost certainly it's me being a bit cack-handed but I do miss the left and right mouse buttons. No doubt in another week or so I'll get the feel of it.
As part of the deal I've installed Photoshop CS4 - this has a different interface from CS2 which I've been using to date, so I will need to learn the various changes over the coming days/weeks.
The last few evenings have been spent installing software and setting up the system to suit my way of working, including a better organised process for backing up the hard drive and my image RAW image files which are housed on an external hard drive (more about this in a later blog).
All that remains now is to calibrate the monitor (although it's pretty good out of the box) which is tomorrow's task and then I'll be in a position to start using the computer properly