What is Mac? Mac is a simple abbreviation for Macintosh, the line ofpersonal computers designed, manufactured, marketed, andsold by Apple Inc. The current Macintosh models are targeted towards home,education, and professional users. Macs are known for their elegant design, ease of use, anduser experience. Macs combine elegance, power and style. Mac OS X is a Completely Redesigned implementation of theMacintosh operating system based on the BSD UNIXoperating system. UNIX is an advanced multi-platformoperating system that offers advanced features such asenhanced networking, high performance, and security
Models Apple current Mac product line consists of the followingmodels: Mac mini iMac Mac Pro MacBook MacBook Pro MacBook Air Xserve
OS Versions Version 10.0: "Cheetah” Version 10.1: "Puma“ Version 10.2: "Jaguar“ Version 10.3: "Panther” Version 10.4: "Tiger" Version 10.5: "Leopard“ Version 10.6: "Snow Leopard” Version 10.7: ”Lion” Version 10.8: ”Mountain Lion"
Why Mac OSXSeveral reasons: Apple is not supporting Mac OS 9 anymore. OS X is thefuture of Apple. Protective Memory When an OS 9 application crashes, the operating system maybecome unstable, and you may need to reboot the computer. In OS X, when an application crashes, just that applicationcrashes. All your other applications that were running are still ok. Multi-user
The current Macintosh models are powered by processors(CPUs) from Intel. In the past, Apple relied on other firms to provide the chipsfor Macs as Apple historically used competing processorssuch as the PowerPC. In June 2005, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that Applewould transition the Macintosh line from PowerPCprocessors to Intel processors. The transition was completed on August 7, 2006.
Mac and Windows Differences Mouse buttons The Mac mouse has a single button whereas a Windows mouse has twobuttons. To display a contextual menu in a Mac environment, control +clickon an object, unless your system has an “Apple Mouse”, in which case youhave a right - click option. Keyboard shortcuts Most keyboard shortcuts are the same on the Mac as in Windows.However, substitute the Command key [clover leaf] for the Ctrl key, and theoption key for the Alt key.
Menu bars There is only one Menu bar across the top of the screen on theMac. In Windows, a separate bar appears at the top of everywindow. Force quit If the computer freezes up, usually you will see the turningrainbow pinwheel. First, try to quit the application that you arecurrently working in. To do this, click anywhere on the desktopand choose Apple > Force Quit
The Finder The Finder shows you your files and folder in windows, andcan be used to find anything on your Mac. Each Finderwindow has a sidebar to help you navigate. You can chooseto view windows as icons, lists, or columns.
Spotlight Open Spotlight from the menu bar. Use Spotlight to searchfor files such as documents, emails, dates in Calendar, andwebpages that youve visited. Spotlight also does mathequations!
Notification Center(OS X Mountain Lion) Open Notification Center from the menu bar. Use NotificationCenter to view notifications from Messages, Calendar, Mail,Reminders, Twitter, Facebook, and other third-party apps.
File / Folder / Application Layout Files should be stored in yourUser folder. Folders included in your Userfolder include Desktop,Documents, Library.
Applications that come with OS X iTunes Convert your audio CD tracks into MP3 files to store on your computer Listen to Internet Radio Stations iTunes Music Store - Purchase albums (about $9.99) or singles ($0.99)[requires iTunes 4] iMovie Capture digital video from a camcorder Video-editing Transfer to VHS videotape or QuickTime iPhoto Create slideshows, picture albums iDVD Create DVDs (requires a Mac with a DVD-R/CD-RW SuperDrive) Safari Photo booth
Mac App Store You can find much more software for your Mac online withthe Mac App Store. Simply click its icon in the Dock to visitthe App Store. After purchasing and downloading,applications are automatically installed in your Applicationsfolder, and added to the Launchpad.
Apple Menu About This Mac > More Info This will display the System Profile, asoftware and hardware overview as well asdevices and volumes chart that might behelpful to you. Apple System Profiler is autility that monitors the computer as well asits external devices. Recent Items The Recent Items option listsapplications, documents, and servers thatyou have used in the last day or two. Recent Items is a quick way to navigate tocurrent files without having to search forthem
Sleep, restart and Shut down When you select one of these options under the Apple Menu, adialog box will appear. If you do nothing [and depending upon theoption you have selected], the computer will automatically carryout the function in approximately 60 seconds
Controlling Volume To control volume, go to the top right of the monitor and clickon the speaker icon. Use the slide bar mechanism to controlthe volume.
Other Essentials File Menu Create New folder Get Info Find Go Menu Connect to server Expose Spaces Activity Monitor Dashboard Time Machine