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got a macbook pro... help

Discussion in 'Technology' started by THXEY, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. Jul 9, 2009 at 8:50 PM
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    THXEY

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    i just got a macbook pro and i was wondering what are some of the handy useful key codes?

    like the one to take pictures of the screen

    or like negative colors

    thanks!
     
  2. Jul 9, 2009 at 8:51 PM
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    Just got a mac book pro too yesterday. Im wonderin the same thing.
     
  3. Jul 9, 2009 at 8:53 PM
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    Welcome to the Mac Community!

    Here is what you are looking for Keyboard Shortcuts.
     
  4. Jul 9, 2009 at 8:54 PM
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    Shift+command+3 - screen shot
    Shift+command+4 - selectable screen shot
     
  5. Jul 9, 2009 at 8:58 PM
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    sweet thats really helpful thanks!!!
     
  6. Jul 9, 2009 at 9:05 PM
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    Shift+command+4+spacebar - window selectable screen shot

    Cmd+z - Undo (I use this alot!)

    Cmd+q - Quit program

    Cmd+esc - Frontrow

    The typical Cmd+x (cut) or +c (copy) or +v (paste)
     
  7. Jul 9, 2009 at 9:35 PM
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    A little off topic, but i didn't want to start a new thread.....well because i am lazy tahts why.

    My compustar just broke down and I was looking into getting a mac laptop since I will be going back to school this fall. Is there a huge difference between a regular macbook and the pro if I am not a heavy user?
     
  8. Jul 9, 2009 at 9:43 PM
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    Dilsky,

    There is not hug difference at all, see this chart for details.

    The main differences between the MacBook and the low end 13 inch
    MacBook Pro are the cosmetic differences, white vs. aluminum and black,
    a backlit keyboard and a different chipset allowing more expandability
    for RAM and a bump to the processor speed.

    If you don't need those options, the MacBook is a solid performer.
    Go to a local store and check them out for yourself, best advice to give.:)

    However, the backlit keyboard is a wonderful feature. Good luck and post
    back if you have questions.

    Jace
     
  9. Jul 9, 2009 at 10:01 PM
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    Also very helpful

    Cmd+Option+esc Force quit
     
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    Welcome to the Mac Family! :D
     
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    A couple of good app suggestions (a list co-workers have compiled for mac newbies here at work)...


    Parallels - I installed Vista in a Bootcamp partition and Parallels allows me to run the same instance inside of OSX. The feature that made me convert from VMWare Fusion was the fact that it does cross-platform file association - I can double click on a .mpp file on my OSX desktop and it'll bring it up in Microsoft Project for Windows in Confluence mode (Windows is running in the background completely hidden - the application runs seamlessly next to all other OSX apps).

    Toast - CD/DVD burning software.

    Adium - Multi-protocol chat client. Adium just rocks.

    BBEdit - HTML editor. I do a lot of PHP coding and this fit the bill perfectly.

    Carbon Copy Cloner - SuperDuper (a competing product) is not yet available for Leopard, so I just downloaded this to clone my drive over to a 7200rpm drive I got my hands on. I admit I have not tried it yet, but it should copy my OSX install and my Bootcamp partition just fine (it does a bit-level copy).

    Cisco VPN Client - I need to VPN into work, don't I? I can connect even faster than I can in Windows with a small helper application called Shimo.

    Handbrake - 'Rip' a DVD into DivX.

    VLC - Media player that plays all popular formats & codecs.

    Firefox - Many suggested Camino, but information I found online suggested that Firefox's preferences were not 100% compatible with those of Camino. I was running Firefox on Windows - I copied the contents of my profile folder over and everything just worked - all of my bookmarks, extensions, saved passwords, etc.

    Thunderbird - Another app I was running in Windows. I tried out Mail.app, which is built into OSX, but it is incompatible with my mail server's IMAP capabilities. I read suggestions that OSX 10.5.2 may fix this when it's released in the next few days. Just like Firefox, I copied the contents of my profile folder over and everything worked great.

    iCal - Built in calendar app. My only complaint is that the notifications are a bit weak. I'd prefer a sticky Growl notification. (There is a script that does just that, but it is not currently available for Leopard)

    Spanning Sync - This application syncs iCal with Google Calendars beautifully.

    Expose - It's pretty; however, I don't think it's as efficient as the Windows Taskbar at switching apps. Regardless, it's an essential app if to do nothing else but show off.

    Miro - Video downloading and viewing application. I use this to download Diggnation.

    Little Snitch - Great app to control the firewall. Lets you know when an app is trying to contact the outside world and allows you to deny it access.

    NetNewsWire - RSS reader so I can read blogs such as Lifehacker, Engadget, and Jalopnik.

    Remote Desktop Connection - Microsoft app to remotely control Windows machines.

    Pathfinder - I just found this one today and I'm very glad I did! It's a replacement for OSX's 'Finder' app (similar to Windows' Explorer). Finally, I can have folders listed at the top of folder trees, use the return key to open an app/folder instead of rename it, and have a keyboard shortcut to copy the curent path!

    The Unarchiver - Unarchives RAR and all the other popular formats. Why can't this also be the Archiver?

    USB Overdrive - When I first attached a USB mouse, I had a hard time clicking on any small text. This app lets you manually set the mouse speed and acceleration curve (I prefer 180dpi & 125% acceleration).

    Fan Control - My machine was running very hot. This app kicked up the fan speed to keep my pants from melting.

    Slingplayer - The slingbox is the best $100 you can spend if you travel on business and have a lot of season passes on your Tivo! Luckily, Sling Media makes this client for OSX, too.

    Transmit - Incredible FTP client.

    Last, but not least, Quicksilver. The most powerful 'launcher' for any operating system. I can perform most tasks (connecting to an ftp site, launching my browser and going to one of my bookmarks, etc) in only a few keystrokes.
     
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    i just recently got a new macbook. i'm still getting use to it but so far i love it! i assume you have the huge track pad with no visible buttons? thats what i have and i love all the different stuff you can do on it. my only complaint is the media player. itunes/quicktime is the worst media player in computer history
     
  13. Jul 22, 2009 at 6:11 PM
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    Well I sucked it up and went out and bought one. A nice little 13" for educational purposes ony of course :)
     
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    mess around, one finger on the pad is click, 2 finger click is a right click for window or scroll up and down. 3 left and right is back or foward on safari, 4 is like alt+tab. i recommend setting up spaces also because its like working on different windows. thats command + keypad. when you are in mulitple windows, press the button that looks like a rectangle with 3 smaller retarded rectangles inside of it. other than that, just mess with it for a couple of days and you will get the hang of it, i think its easier to use than a pc.. even though i use both.
     
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    I love my new Macbook!!
     
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