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Thinking of making the switch from your PC to a Mac? Congratulations! You’re in for a great, virus-free ride. And Switching to Mac For Dummies
makes it smoother than you ever imagined. From buying the Mac that’s right for you to transferring your files to breaking your old Windows habits and learning to do things the (much easier) Mac way, it makes the whole process practically effortless.
Whether you’ve been using Windows XP, Vista, or even Linux, you’ll find simple, straightforward ways to make your transition go smoothly. That will leave you plenty of time to get familiar with Mac’s prodigious and dynamic OS X capabilities. You’ll also connect with iLife, Mac’s amazing integrated software suite that lets you turn your computer into a powerful media center—not just for listening and watching, but for creating music, video, and much more. Discover how to:
- Decide whether the switch to Mac is right for you
- Choose the Mac that will change your life
- Keep and reuse elements of your old setup
- Go online with your Mac
- Connect to your home network—even that old PC
- Go media crazy with iTunes, iPhoto and more
- Take advantage of Mac’s business capabilities
Complete with handy cheat sheet of common Mac short cuts and commands as well as a glossary of Mac world lingo, Switching to Mac For Dummies ensures that your switch will be the smartest thing you ever do.
What the book covers: making the switch, picking a Mac, inventorying your existing computer, moving files from a PC to a Mac, Mac OS X for Windows users, getting your Mac online, networking, switching applications, working with the iLife suite, running Windows via Bootcamp, securing your Mac, converting your business to a Mac, troubleshooting, and more. Series features: Information presented in the straightforward but fun language that has defined the Dummies series for fifteen years.
Here's how to pick a Mac and get going with Mac OS X
Find the right Mac, set it up in a jiffy, and start enjoying the iLife
Whether prompted by those very amusing TV commercials or just your good sense, you're ready to turn down Mac lane. Here's your guidebook! Find out what to expect, how to move your stuff, what Windows apps you can run on a Mac, how to get online and stay safe (it's easy!) and translate Mac speak versus Windows speak.
- Decide what hardware you need
Set up a wireless network
Keep your Mac updated and secure
Create cool projects with Apple software
Run Windows on your Mac
- What the book covers:Making the switch, picking a Mac, setting up your Mac, Mac OS X for Windows users, moving files from your PC to the Mac, switching applications, getting your Mac online, networking your Mac, working with the iLife suite, running Windows on your Mac via Boot Camp, securing your Mac, switching your business to Macs, troubleshooting, and more.
- Updated coverage: the second edition will have approximately 30-40% new content. This includes coverage of the latest Macintosh computers, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the iLife suite, and the latest trends and tools in the market.
- Series features:Information presented in the straightforward but fun language that has defined the Dummiesseries for more than 17 years.
About the Author
Arnold Reinhold has over three decades experience in the software industry. His first Apple product was a Mac 512. He has coauthored numerous books, including The Internet For Dummies Quick Reference, 8th Edition.
Table of Contents
Part I: Informed Switching Starts Here.
Chapter 1: Why Switch? Demystifying the Mac Mantra.
Chapter 2: Meet the Mac Family.
Chapter 3: Deciding What to Buy.
Part II: Making the Switch.
Chapter 4: The Big Day: Setting Up Your Mac.
Chapter 5: Mac OS X for Windows Users.
Chapter 6: Moving Files from Your PC to the Mac.
Chapter 7: Switching Applications.
Part III: Connecting Hither and Yon.
Chapter 8: Getting Your Mac Online.
Chapter 9: Networking the Mac Way.
Chapter 10: Staying Secure in a Connected World.
Part IV: More Software, More Choices.
Chapter 11: The Sweet iLife Suite.
Chapter 12: Enjoying Other OS X Goodies.
Chapter 13: Oops, It’s a PC: Running Windows on Your Mac.
Part V: Specialty Switching Scenarios.
Chapter 14: Switching with the Whole Family in Mind.
Chapter 15: Switching Your Business to Macs.
Chapter 16: Converting from OS 9 and Other Operating Systems.
Chapter 17: Desktop to Dashcode: OS X Advanced.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 18: Ten Terrific Troubleshooting Tips.
Chapter 19: Ten Cool Mac Tricks.
Chapter 20: Ten Creative Uses for Your Old PC.
Appendix: Mac Speak versus Windows Speak: A Translation Glossary.