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    New Switcher
    Hi,

    i'm Andy and i'm an alch.......oops wrong forum!

    Seriously though,

    I am about (within the week) to make that switch from pc to muh..muh...muh...mac!

    As an old timer coder (BSc comp science, MSc advanced AI design and implementation) i had the misfortune to being contracted to write a system for an apple system.... it turned out to be such a ball ache that i swore blind i'd never have one myself or ever code one again.

    roll forward 20 years and here i am, a semi pro wildlife photographer that is about to get his first imac.

    ordered my imac 4.5 months ago and should be taking delivery of it on wednesday.

    27" 3.2ghz
    1tb fusion drive
    32gb ram

    i really hope im not wasting my money
    I'm the idiot behind the camera that just presses the button.
    self confessed animalhugger
    http://www.awsphotography.co.uk/

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    Quote Originally Posted by AWSPhotography View Post
    i really hope im not wasting my money
    Do lots of research and homework (including getting experience using a Mac)...in terms of the hardware, applications, and OS.

    If you do this...no surprises...thus no disappointments!

    Quote Originally Posted by AWSPhotography View Post
    ...ordered my imac 4.5 months ago and should be taking delivery of it on wednesday.
    Hopefully you used the past 4.5 months wisely!

    I think that Apple has something like a 7 or 14 day no questions asked return policy...so take advantage of it if things don't workout.

    Good luck with the new computer...and welcome to Mac-Forums!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    cheers nick,

    spent the last 4.5 months doing nowt but lookups on imacs

    i dont think i'll be disapointed (well i wouldn't have spent what i have if i thought i was going to be would i? )

    i'll be using it for 99% photo editing and achiving etc.

    (oh and 1% world of warcraft )

    and from what i have seen and learnt for photo and video editing you cant beat a mac
    (so i have been led to belive)

    so will have a tall learning curve to overcome hence why i am here
    I'm the idiot behind the camera that just presses the button.
    self confessed animalhugger
    http://www.awsphotography.co.uk/

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    Quote Originally Posted by AWSPhotography View Post
    ...(well i wouldn't have spent what i have if i thought i was going to be would i? )
    Well...you did post back in post #1..."i really hope im not wasting my money". This statement doesn't exactly "exude" confidence!

    I wouldn't have responded in post #2 if that hadn't been mentioned. Thus I was trying to post some suggestions to help minimize the risk.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    appreciate the advice nick and the responses,

    i freely admit i am nowhere near confident, however all that i have read and the videos i have watched and people i know that have them say for what i need it for would knock spots off a pc, so lets say its an educated leap of faith on my part
    I'm the idiot behind the camera that just presses the button.
    self confessed animalhugger
    http://www.awsphotography.co.uk/

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    The Mac is different than WIndows. That's the hardest thing for switchers to get their heads around. So try to learn how the OSX/Mac environment accomplishes things, rather than try to force it to work like Windows.

    And when you get stuck, come here. Most of us were switchers at one point...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AWSPhotography View Post
    i freely admit i am nowhere near confident, however all that i have read and the videos i have watched and people i know that have them say for what i need it for would knock spots off a pc, so lets say its an educated leap of faith on my part
    I totally understand your concerns. It's a lot of money...and it is a change...and when you combine the concepts of "money & change"...it's a "brew" not easily swallowed!

    For what it's worth. If a person (switcher) has done their homework regarding the hardware, software, and OS...and recognises how the Apple/Mac platform/OS is different than what they used previously (Windows computers and Windows OS)...the smoother the transition.

    The "bumps in the road" regarding switching (many times)...isn't that Apple/Mac's "suck" (which is how many switchers that didn't do their homework will categorize things after having problems). It's more about a lack of understanding or confusion on the user/switcher's part.

    Those of us that have been "Mac-Users" for a long time wouldn't keep doing it if Apple/Mac's REALLY sucked...why would we want to continuously punish ourselves! You can only poke yourself in the eye with a sharp stick so many times...before you say...enough of this!!!

    Also realize that many of us do have years & years of Windows experience (what many of us use at work 8+ hours/day)...so we can "see" things from both sides.

    One statement that I've seen many switchers make after they made the transition (I'm talking folks that maybe have used Windows computers for 5, 10, 20+ years) is..."WOW...I LOVE my Mac...I don't know why I didn't do this sooner!!!"

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    The Mac is different than WIndows. That's the hardest thing for switchers to get their heads around. So try to learn how the OSX/Mac environment accomplishes things, rather than try to force it to work like Windows.

    And when you get stuck, come here. Most of us were switchers at one point...
    Thankyou, yes i am trying (as much as i can without a mac) to learn the differences and how the osx works, and i agree entirly ...no point in trying to push a square peg through a round hole so ty for the advice, and the offer of help when i need it (which i will do... and often at first no doubt )

    Nick thankyou for your encouraging words also, i do take heart from the comments of "why didn;t i do this sooner" and " most of us work on windows systems so we can see it from both sides" a point of view i hadn't thought about... and 1 i find settles my qualms a little.
    I'm finding it all a bit weird, i feel i have bought a decent system that should last me 5-10 years and i am genuinly excited about it, then i remember its a mac and worry that its going to take me 5-10 years to learn use lol

    but whatever problems i have you can be sure i'll be here asking for help if i cant figure it out myself
    I'm the idiot behind the camera that just presses the button.
    self confessed animalhugger
    http://www.awsphotography.co.uk/

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    Welcome and congrats on the new baby . . .

    As far as switching goes, most of us on this forum are actually switch hitters, we continue to use Windows when required/appropriate and dabble (or more) with the various flavors of Linux.
    Also, our active membership is rather tech heavy, running over 50% engineers, programmer/software developers and assorted IT types, so you should fit in (despite your Canon addiction).


    EDIT: A recommendation . . . In addition to the Stickies and other posts on this Forum, the Missing Manual Series on OS X, by David Pogue are a good resource.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by RavingMac View Post
    .........(despite your Canon addiction).
    i am not touching that subject with a 14 foot barge pole, and ty for the kind welcome
    I'm the idiot behind the camera that just presses the button.
    self confessed animalhugger
    http://www.awsphotography.co.uk/

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    Quote Originally Posted by AWSPhotography View Post
    i am not touching that subject with a 14 foot barge pole, and ty for the kind welcome
    Thanks . . . not trying to ignite the wars, just never been able to resist a good tease.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by RavingMac View Post
    EDIT: A recommendation . . . In addition to the Stickies and other posts on this Forum, the Missing Manual Series on OS X, by David Pogue are a good resource.

    OOOoo thanks for that i'll look that up this weekend
    I'm the idiot behind the camera that just presses the button.
    self confessed animalhugger
    http://www.awsphotography.co.uk/

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    Two things:

    1. Read the essay in my signature link.

    2. You'll probably want to invest in either Lightroom or Aperture. Despite the "Ford v Chevy" talk in some forums over these two programs, I find them nearly identical -- it's more a matter of whether you're adept at Adobe's other programs that makes people lean one way or the other I find.

    3. For WoW, you will want to know about Pocket Gnome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    Two things:

    1. Read the essay in my signature link.

    2. You'll probably want to invest in either Lightroom or Aperture. Despite the "Ford v Chevy" talk in some forums over these two programs, I find them nearly identical -- it's more a matter of whether you're adept at Adobe's other programs that makes people lean one way or the other I find.

    3. For WoW, you will want to know about Pocket Gnome.
    1 thanks for the link will do
    2 already have lr4 and ps cs5 was just looking at what aperture had to offer
    3 you trying to get me banned???? lol never did like gnomes
    I'm the idiot behind the camera that just presses the button.
    self confessed animalhugger
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    Sadly, Apple does not make a trial of Aperture available any more.

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