I know how it feels to become a Switcher (been using Windows all of your life and suddenly jump into the mac). You found yourself out of place, confused, and trying to use the mac like your previous machine... Stop it! Squeeze the potential of your mac and realize this is not just a pretty and kind of expensive computer, this is a machine built to REALLY make your life easier and save you a ton of time!
Hey! You have in your hands the most advanced operative system available on the market, but you got to feel comfortable using it and let go those Windows demons... let me make that happen.
Get a clean image of the mac philosophy
Forget about start button, menus per window and odd system behaviors.
Learn and put the multi touch gestures into context
Learn how to properly use the super powerful multi touch gestures, take the most of them with real life case scenarios!
Keyboard shortcuts + Multi touch gestures = Save a ton of time!
You can memorize some keyboard shortcuts and put them to work or you can go beyond and learn to combine them taking the shortcuts concept to another level!
Minimize, maximize and resize windows... seriously? meh!
Set your workspace with sense and move across your programs with ease using Mission Control, spaces and Dashboard!
Yeah, Finder is like the windows explorer of the mac... but it is much more than that!
Get a basic knowledge of what Finder really is, dig deeper and learn the difference between using your mac in a graphic way or through commands with the Terminal app.
What to expect from this course
A quick, funny and rewarding journey (about 40' of lectures) to completely forget about those bad days you went through using Windows and the feeling of having been using your mac a long time ago.
This is just a warm welcome telling you about the main purpose of this course: Squeeze your mac capabilities and avoid using it the way you used Windows.
Here, I'm telling you the version of the Operative System I'm going to use, the ones who are supported by this course, and the way you can prepare yourself to start this quick journey.
The fundamentals of the Mac Operative System (OS X). You will understand the main differences regarding Windows and some core behaviors.
I bet you already noticed the main differences beween Windows and OS X... isn't?
This is a key lecture to start getting comfortable using the mac. You will learn about setting up your trackpad to suit your needs.
Now that you have set your trackpad gestures, let's put them into real life scenarios. Here, you will start to get a glimpse of productivity driven by gestures.
Having a bunch of opened windows can be a pain in the... you know... Here, you will get a whole new perspective to set up your workspace taking the most of the Mission Control feature.
Seems to be this course is all about gestures... but not! This course is about keyboard shortcuts too! Here you will learn to 'translate' your widely used Windows shortcuts to the mac... and much more!
At this time, you already know how to use some basic gestures in your every day tasks... Imagine the combination of keyboard shortcuts + gestures... Time to boost your productivity with a little more advanced techniques!
Did you get what "comfortable" means on OS X?
After this lecture, you will understand why you can't close the Finder app, what it really is and what can you do with it.
Understand what is the Spotlight, how can you use it and why it is much more than a search feature.
After this lecture, I really hope Preview becomes one of your regular apps... why? Well it can edit images, pdfs, convert files and a loooot more! That's why!
Imagine a place where you can quickly access useful information... On the mac, that place has a name. Learn how to use the Dashboard feature to take your productivity one step further!
Tell me you learned something new please! :-D
Understand why some apps and settings sometimes drains your mac battery and learn how to extend its life!
Did you used DOS on Windows? Even if the answer is no, get a glimpse of the Terminal app (its command prompt or command line equivalent), understand what is to use a mac by commands, what the heck is a shell, what is an argument and more!
Because that's it... This quiz is Terminal...
I've been involved in computers since I was about 8 years old. Like most of us, I gave my first steps with Windows, (3.1 If I remember correctly) and after a long way I became a Computer Engineer. On 2010 I said good bye to Windows and turned my attention into the mac... THE BEST CHOICE OF MY LIFE 8-)
While I was working as an iOS Developer creating apps for the iPhone and the iPad, I noticed people using the mac like their previous Windows machine and that got me into thinking... "This is not good, this is not right, I have to do something about that!"
So here I am! :-D