Two months ago, I switched to a MacBook Pro. Am I feeling the Mac love yet?
The transition from PC to Mac is not easy. Everything seems backward, nothing is automatic, you must think about everything. So, let me walk you through some of the changes.
I switched to a Mac because, my old PC was eight years old. Ancient. Prehistoric. The processor—which was once young and strong—was antiquated. I was running WindowsXP, like half the computers in the world today, but Microsoft recently announced that with the new Windows 8 operating system coming out this fall, they will no longer support XP.
Worse, I am doing more and more video and my PC kept hanging up. The old processor wasn’t designed to handle 1080HD video. See my YouTube page (youtube.com/DarcyPattison) for some of my recent videos. I’m planning more for this fall.
Once I decided to get a new computer, it was up in the air: Mac or PC.
PCs were cheaper. But I was definitely in the iPhone halo; I love my iPhone and wondered what Macs would be like. I went to our local Apple store and blatantly told the salesman, “I am a PC person; convince me.”
Wow, that salesman was great.
Basically, what I expected is that Macs would handle video and photos in a cleaner way than PC. That’s the main reason I changed.
Making the Switch
One immediate purchase was Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Lion version. It is, indeed, the missing manual and should be required reading when making this switch. It explained the difference in keyboards: I still stumble over Mac’s missing “Delete” key (reverse delete), but I’m dealing with it. It explained where files are kept and the structure of the files. It explained and explained until I started to understand and could function again.
I downloaded programs and generally went on a technology binge: I bought a Wacom pen tablet ( to do videoscribing and play with digital art, a Bose headset for computer work and travel, and a Samson Meteor microphone to do webinars, tape audio for video and for podcasting.
How to Videoscribe Video
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PC v. Mac
I’ve always heard that Macs were better for the creative sort of person, that audio, video, photo, graphic design was better on a Mac. Part of this is the type person who uses a Mac. On a PC, it is easier to locate files, to understand the underlying structure of the operating system and file structure. In one tutoring session at the Apple store, I was shown how to look at hidden files and the tutor explained that Apple hides some files from the casual user so that changes aren’t made accidentally. That started to make sense. If you are the type person who wants to pick up a piece of technology and just go, then Mac is for you. But if you are the sort of person who wants to know the underlying processes, PC is more transparent. It’s not that you can’t find these things on a Mac, they are just not as easy to find. Most artistic people just want to create their art and don’t care about the cogs and gears (of course, that’s a generalization, but a useful one), so Macs are fine.
I discovered that I DO like to know those things. I am slowly searching out all the background stuff on my Mac, while at the same time, enjoying the ease of use. In the end, maybe I was more of a PC type person. Too late!
Would I Do it Again?
I don’t know. It’s been two and a half months and I am just now starting to feel the Mac love. Maybe in another two months, I won’t even notice that I’ve changed, and in another two months, I will love that I’ve switched. The cost is definitely a lot more for a Mac, something to consider. But having switched, I don’t know if I’ll go back. The Mac is definitely easier on the eyes, the layout is so clean and nice. Apple knows how to make things easy and easy on the eyes. And personally, I would be scared of the new Windows 8 because I didn’t like Vista or Windows 7.
Yes. I am glad I switched. But it wasn’t easy. Not for the faint-hearted!