So, after two years of serious research, wishing, hoping, praying, begging, crying, etc…I finally have sitting on my lap a brand new Macbook Pro with retina display. I am in heaven! I’ve seriously been working toward getting one for a little over two years, but I’ve wanted a Mac ever since college when my roommate came home with one. I had a piece of crap Dell with a 30 pound monitor, you know what I’m talking about. Giant tower computer. Then she comes in with this thin, white, streamlined computer with a strange looking keyboard and I was in awe. It was beautiful! Luckily we were good friends and she let me play on it. An offer I took her up on quite often!
Well, now that I find myself with my own Mac, I’m having some minor adjustment issues. I was hoping to reach out to other Mac owners in the blogosphere for some helpful advice! First of all, while I desperately wanted the 15 inch Macbook Pro, I just couldn’t justify spending the money for it. I ended up spending almost as much as one costs, but that’s because I had a couple of add-ons to purchase. If I had bought the 15 inch with those add ons, I’d have been pushing $3,000…and I just can’t spend that on a computer, even if I had the money. Nope. Anyway, I was wondering if any of you former PC users who switched to a 13.3 inch Macbook ever got used to the smaller screen? I’m slowly adjusting to it for web surfing and everything, but when I start working on photo editing and video editing, I’m not sure I’ll ever adjust to this small screen. Please someone else with a 13 inch Mac tell me I will!
Another few how-to things I was wondering about:
- How do you save images from the internet? I could just right click and save on my PC…now I don’t know how to do it…
- How do you save videos? Whenever I find a YouTube video of an episode of something I like, I used to save it with Keepvid…I can’t use it on this computer for some reason and was wondering if anyone with a Mac has a way of saving Youtube videos…
- Also, what is a decent screen recording program? I sometimes record my screen to make how-to videos for things…but I don’t know a good screen recorder. I spent the money on SnagIt, but it wasn’t what I thought it was, and the video it records won’t open in Photoshop, where I edit some of the videos and make gifs. Is there a screen recording program that actually works?
- What’s good video editing software? I am happy with iMovie for now, but I have some bigger plans for the near future and was wondering what some other YouTubers or video editors use on their Macs? I didn’t spring for the Final Cut Pro because I didn’t know enough about it…any suggestions welcome!
Well that’s about all the begging I can come up with…I hope someone finds time to respond!