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kudos
18th May 2004, 11:26 AM
Finally got my first Mac, a new Powerbook !

So many questions!

Anyone feeling generous enough to answer some??

I needed to copy my legal MP3 files from my Ipod back
to my Mac. The originals are on an old PC in Finland.

I checked Ipodlounge.com and tried their suggestion.
D/l a copy of Cocktail and turned on hidden files.

Do you really need a third party app just so you can see
hidden files?

When I transferred them to my hard drive Itunes4.5 couldn't
'see' them because they were still hidden.

How do you change the 'properties' of a folder from hidden to unhidden?

This is simple in windows, but when I 'Get Info' on the folder the
options are greyed out so I can't change them?

I ended up d/l several 3rd party apps that allow you to transfer files
back from the Ipod to get around this problem. Most of the apps
either didn't work or only allowed you to copy 1 file at a time. It's
done now though, I shouldn't have to do that again.

An alias is the MacOS eqivalent of a windows shortcut right?

How do you simply move a folder or file from a disk which isn't your
main disk. I know you simply drag and drop when you are working
on the Mac drive, but when it's another drive it, when you drag and drop
it will only let you create an alias??

How do you structure your hard drive? I mean lets say you d/l a program
that has an app file, some reference files etc. Would you put it in your
Applications folder, or utilities folder and then maybe make an alias of the
app in your apps folder?

Finder seems to be so awkward!

How do you sort file types within a pane? Let's say you have 50 files in
a folder and you make an alias of all of them. They will show as folder, alias,
folder, alias etc. Now let's say you want to delete just the alias'. How do you
select just them ?

Normally I would sort the file types, then it's easy to select them all in one go
and then trash them. I have no idea how to do this!!

What are DS_Store files ?

Any help much appreciated for this control freak who hasn't mastered MacOS
in six hours yet!

Kudos

Disko
18th May 2004, 11:43 AM
--> Just moving this to the Help forum.


Finally got my first Mac, a new Powerbook !Congrats!
An alias is the MacOS eqivalent of a windows shortcut right?yes - an alias. ctrl + click on (or right click) on any file, and you'll see an option for 'Make Alias'. Alternatively, you can drag a file while holding :cmd: + option, and you'll see an arrow over the file/folder you are dragging. Just drop that where you'd like the alias to go.
How do you simply move a folder or file from a disk which isn't your main disk. I know you simply drag and drop when you are working
on the Mac drive, but when it's another drive it, when you drag and drop
it will only let you create an alias??No, it'll copy by default when dragging and dropping between drives - maybe it is different with the ipod. Can someone else clarify this, as i don't have an ipod? To move a file/folder between drives, hold :cmd: while you drag it.
How do you structure your hard drive? I mean lets say you d/l a program that has an app file, some reference files etc. Would you put it in your Applications folder, or utilities folder and then maybe make an alias of the app in your apps folder? That is completley up to you. That is what is different about mac from windows. Personally, i'll just throw everything in to my Applications folder.
Finder seems to be so awkward! Do a search on versiontracker.com for an app called Path Finder. It may be what you're looking for.
Normally I would sort the file types, then it's easy to select them all in one go and then trash them. I have no idea how to do this!!There are 3 buttons on your toolbar in finder which show the display method. Click the middle one (or hit :cmd: + 2), which displays files as a list. Click on the word 'kind' to arange files by their type, or kind. Delete at will. (hint: :cmd: + delete sends files to trash)

Hopefully that helps a little. :)

kudos
18th May 2004, 07:28 PM
Thanks so much Disko, well done for the review too.

I had my first moment of Mac OS bliss today:

While controlling iTunes with Salling Clicker and my Sony Ericsson T610
via bluetooth, I also isynched my Ipod, Sony Palm PDA, the T610 and
iCal with each other, all the while software update was quietly updating
something in the background and I was chatting via MSN!!

Now I know for a fact windoze can't do this, and neither can it match
the beauty of my desktop i have now !!

Chuffed!

Kudos

stickman67
18th May 2004, 08:02 PM
If only more Windows/PC folk would actually use OS X for a while ... :rolleyes:

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Mac, Kudos! :P

Kirby
24th May 2004, 09:17 PM
i agree. I think OS X is the best.
i'm sick of Windows users putting Macs down when they have no experience with them whatsoever. :angry:

Disko
24th May 2004, 09:59 PM
Welcome to AppleTalk Australia, Kirby. :)