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Old 04-24-2021, 04:48 PM
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I'm planning to make the switch this summer sometime. I did use a Mac when I was getting my degree in photography, so I get how they work, but I finished school in 2014, so I'm a little foggy on some things.

Should I just buy through the Apple Store? Do I need their mouse or can I use a regular USB? What else would I need to start with?

Anything else you can think of that would be helpful? I know there will be a learning curve for sure.

I'll need to organize all my scrap stuff again, which will suck.

My current laptop isn't bad, I've only had it about a year, but I've been doing this long enough that I'm ready to get a MacBook.
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Old 04-24-2021, 06:34 PM
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I won't be any help because I probably haven't used a Mac for 20+ years, but I can't figure out whether to envy your new computer or cringe in horror at the idea that you have to redo your scrap supply organization! I'm sure you'll love it, so enjoy!
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Old 04-24-2021, 07:08 PM
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wahoo Mac is the best, IMHO .
it won't take long to get used to, and you will love every minute of it. I used to design across both mac and pc and mac far outweighs pc, for me.

I'm pretty sure you can use a USB mouse as the mac mice are now blue toothed and have no attached wire so need to be recharged once in a while (through the computer, not battery operated) but just make sure your mac has a usb port. the new laptops don't... you would have to buy an attachment that gives you usb ports.

other than that, enjoy enjoy enjoy xx
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Old 04-24-2021, 07:16 PM
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Thank you! I figured its time. Im so tired of replacing my computers every couple years.

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wahoo Mac is the best, IMHO .
it won't take long to get used to, and you will love every minute of it. I used to design across both mac and pc and mac far outweighs pc, for me.

I'm pretty sure you can use a USB mouse as the mac mice are now blue toothed and have no attached wire so need to be recharged once in a while (through the computer, not battery operated) but just make sure your mac has a usb port. the new laptops don't... you would have to buy an attachment that gives you usb ports.

other than that, enjoy enjoy enjoy xx
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I know! I have a couple smaller projects Id like to finish since theyre organized and then Ill make the jump before the summer vacation & busy holiday scraping season!

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I won't be any help because I probably haven't used a Mac for 20+ years, but I can't figure out whether to envy your new computer or cringe in horror at the idea that you have to redo your scrap supply organization! I'm sure you'll love it, so enjoy!
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If you are getting a new mac, get a Bluetooth mouse. I have a MacBook for work and the new ones don't have USB ports, you will need an adaptor. I use a Logitec mouse that I love for both my work mac and my personal PC. If its been a while, buy your mac from an apple store, they are super helpful with set-up and might even give you good advice about redoing your library x
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Old 04-25-2021, 08:38 AM
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If you are getting a new mac, get a Bluetooth mouse. I have a MacBook for work and the new ones don't have USB ports, you will need an adaptor. I use a Logitec mouse that I love for both my work mac and my personal PC. If its been a while, buy your mac from an apple store, they are super helpful with set-up and might even give you good advice about redoing your library x
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I have a MacBook and tried to find a USB mouse that would work but could not. I bought the blue tooth and LOVE it.
As for where to purchase one, I have no advice. We bought mine at BestBuy because there is no Apple Store locally.
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Mac are pretty much plug and play. Some things will feel really different, different places.

The big thing is - check to see if you qualify for the Education Discount for Apple, will save you some $$.
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I thought about switching from PC to Mac back in 2016 when I needed anew desktop.... the guy at BestBuy told me that I also needed all new EHDs. I don't know if it's true or not.... I am even considering it now since this computer in now 5 years old... but my laptop is brand new and I love the 17 inch screen on that.... my girls have MacBooks but they seem small.
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I thought about switching from PC to Mac back in 2016 when I needed anew desktop.... the guy at BestBuy told me that I also needed all new EHDs. I don't know if it's true or not.... I am even considering it now since this computer in now 5 years old... but my laptop is brand new and I love the 17 inch screen on that.... my girls have MacBooks but they seem small.

It's kinda true. When I switched to a Mac I had to format all my old EHDs to a Mac. It's easy to do but when you do so you'll lose everything on it so you have to have a backup first. I did a lot of shuffling around between EHDs at first. Now I just buy G-Drives b/c they're formatted for Macs right out of the box.

Ps. I hear you on the screens! I had a 13 inch Macbook and a 21 inch iMac. I upgraded to the 27 inch iMac and now I never touch the other two b/c I'm too spoiled with the big screen! Lol!
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I was SO close to purchasing a Mac and then the issues with the M1 chip and the SSD drive came to light and I decided not to bite the bullet quite yet. I am still considering it as I am tired of the Windows laptop I have (it has been a constant headache since I got it). I'm still considering but I do have some questions. I think I'll start a thread to see if anyone has answers instead of hijacking yours.
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