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Stop Using Your Mac Like a Windows PC!

Leave behind those Windows demons and feel like you have been using a mac since you were born!
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Last updated 9/2015
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What Will I Learn?
Feel ultra comfortable using OS X (the mac operative system)
Use your mac LIKE A MAC!
Increase productivity a LOT using gestures, keyboard shortcuts and learn to combine them!
Take the most of built in programs and features like Preview or Dashboard
Understand some basic concepts about advanced features like Terminal
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Requirements
  • A Mac with any of the following Operative Systems: Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite or later.
  • If you are using an iMac or Mac Pro, it's strongly recommended to use the trackpad accessory to take the most of the gestures section of this course.
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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.

Who is the target audience?
  • You own a mac but you are not loving it.
  • You decided to take a step forward by getting a mac and saying goodbye to Windows.
  • If you are reading this from a Windows PC and that's something that will never change, do NOT take this course.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Change your Mind, Understand the Mac Philosophy
3 Lectures 04:04

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.

Preview 00:47

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.

Preview 00:45

The fundamentals of the Mac Operative System (OS X). You will understand the main differences regarding Windows and some core behaviors.

Preview 02:32

I bet you already noticed the main differences beween Windows and OS X... isn't?

Did you get the basics?
3 questions
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Feeling Comfortable Using your Mac... LIKE A MAC!
5 Lectures 15:40

This is a key lecture to start getting comfortable using the mac. You will learn about setting up your trackpad to suit your needs.

Preview 02:58

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.

Preview 02:38

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.

Preview 01:30

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!

Getting Productive: Keyboard Shortcuts
05:30

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!

Getting Even More Productive: Advanced Gestures in Real Life Scenarios
03:04

Did you get what "comfortable" means on OS X?

Are you starting to feel comfortable?
6 questions
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Take the Most of your Built-in Programs & OS X features!
4 Lectures 11:47

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.

Finder, Much More Than a "Windows Explorer"
03:36

Understand what is the Spotlight, how can you use it and why it is much more than a search feature.

The Almighty Spotlight
02:15

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!

Preview, the Underestimated One
02:39

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!

Dashboard, the Handy Feature
03:17

Tell me you learned something new please! :-D

Let's talk about the mac built-in software
6 questions
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Battery Tips & Sneak Peek of an Advanced Feature: Terminal
2 Lectures 08:16

Understand why some apps and settings sometimes drains your mac battery and learn how to extend its life!

Be Kind to your Battery
02:54

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!

Terminal: Yes Sir!
05:22

Because that's it... This quiz is Terminal...

A Terminal Quiz
6 questions
About the Instructor
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Hi everyone!

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

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