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Just ordered my first MacbookPro ever!
Im really excited, as I just delved into the iPhone world as well. Guess I am going all Apple...

Anyways, any tips for making the switch? Transferring music, pictures? Setting up my Gmail account with the calendar? Apps to install? (I do graphic design) Etc.

Let me know what you think!
Thanks
 

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Did you miss this Sticky Post at top of this forum?
 
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Congratulations on the new purchase.

On top of that sage advice . . . . .

Have a look at these for starters .....
Mac Switching 101
Mac 101
MacTricksAndTips ~ 100 Essential Mac Apps
Mac OS Menu Bar Items
Mac OS Keyboard Shortcuts
Mac downloads ~ Apple

Here is a list of Apps that people around here use a lot, but b e sure to check out what came with the Mac as they are really sufficient in doing most things

Adium ~ Chat Client
Growl Notifications
SuperDuper or CarbonCopyCloner ~ Both make bootable copies of your HD
HandBrake ~ Video Converting
Burn ~ As it says A Burning App
Transmission ~ p2p client
Skitch ~ Screen capture and more
VLC ~ Video player that plays most codecs and does a lot more
Perian and Flip4Mac Makes watching certain codecs easier ... This is Essential IMHO
Audacity ~ Play with Music App
CandyBar ~ Mods all your icons, and dock
MainMenu or Oynx ~ Does the same as Disk utility only more thorough
Quicksilver ~ Works like Spotlight but way way better and does so much more
StuffitExpander ~ Opens Zip and rar files and more
Lil Snitch ~ Firewall type App that looks at your incoming and outgoing traffic
and last but certainly not least .....
AppTrap ~ Once installed it sits in System Preferences and deletes all associated files of anything that you put in the trash ...
Alfred App ~ More than a App launcher
Should keep you busy for a while lol
HTH

Cheers
 
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Sorry, I didnt see the sticky, I was just a little excited...
Thanks for the tips, Ill get reading on them!
 
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Congrats! My wife and I took the leap earlier this year. My PC stays off most of the time. Good luck! Hope your mac experience is as smooth as ours has been!
 

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