Switching From Windows to Mac – Cut the Learning Curve

October 14, 2010 by  

This video is the basically part 3 of my series on switching from Windows to Mac. Yes I know I said it was a 2 part series but I thought this video would make a good 3rd part. In it I share 2 great resources I found that were invaluable to help me cut the learning curve.  These resources let me get up to speed quickly and be productive in no time!

Here are links to the resources in case you want to check them out yourself:

Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Snow Leopard Edition By David Pogue

MacProVideo.com – Great video tutorials on Mac programs.  They are running a special sale until October 20th – use these special links to take advantage of these discounts:

I purchased 5 of the downloadable tutorials and I highly recommend them.

Have you found any great books, tutorials, or other resources that help cut your learning curve ?  Please share them in the comments below!

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  • Anonymous

    Nice video Phil. I think you won’t regret your switch to the Mac. I’m now on my 2nd Mac Book and have also owned an iMac. I love the design and the ease of use.

    Good luck with yours.

    Matthew

    • Hey Matthew,

      Thanks glad you liked the video. I am certainly not regretting my move to Mac – loving it and learning new things every day. Just saw a review of some of the new features in the upgraded iLife suite (version 11). Looks like iMovie, Garageband, and iPhoto just got even better. Look forward to trying them out soon!

  • Hey Matthew,

    Thanks glad you liked the video. I am certainly not regretting my move to Mac – loving it and learning new things every day. Just saw a review of some of the new features in the upgraded iLife suite (version 11). Looks like iMovie, Garageband, and iPhoto just got even better. Look forward to trying them out soon!

  • Hey Phil, thanks for sharing your experience with migrating to Mac. The new Macbook Air has had me really thinking about switching. Hearing that it worked out for a long-time Windows guy gives me more confidence that I’ll be making a good move if I do. Thanks for sharing your resources. I’ll definitely buy that book.

    And you’re definitely right that the iPod touch, or in my case the iPhone is a gateway drug 🙂

    • Mike, I’m so glad you enjoyed the videos. Yes that Macbook Air does look sweet but I’m very happy with my Macbook Pro too. I don’t think you will regret the move – in fact I just last week installed VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbox.org) which is a free virtualization tool from Sun. It allowed me to install Windows XP on a virtual machine so I can access a few Windows apps for some files I haven’t ported over yet or to record screencasts demoing some Windows software. Truly the best of both worlds – still weird hearing the XP startup sound coming out of my Mac speakers though – LOL!

      Thanks for your comment and joining the tribe here!

      • Great point, VirtualBox is good stuff for desktop virtualization. I played with it a fair amount a year or so ago. I was more interested in server type virtualization at that time so I moved away from it. But it’s a nice tool. Definitely worth considering if that will meet your needs rather than spending money on Parallels or Fusion. But you do get more features with the paid products.

  • Anonymous

    Wow…we have way too much in common, other than name. I started a similar series on my own site. The O’Reilly book “Switching to the Mac” is also helpful.

    • Yes after checking out your site we do have quite a bit in common! Looking forward to reading your book “The New Small”. For those interested check out Phil Simon’s posts about switching to the Mac here : http://www.philsimonsystems.com/category/blog/macs/. Looking forward to following your blog Phil!