View Full Version : New Mac user questions

17th February 2009, 01:47 PM
Got my first mac a few days ago and loving the experience so far.
But like all new users I have a few questions.

Do you guys enable the 'right click' feature? Im trying not to use it but i feel like I'm missing out on important options.

I cant get safari to auto log me into sites such as Twitter and Mactalk. How can i do this?

Also with Safari, even though i have ticked the box to open links in new tabs it still opens in a new window. How can I fix this also?

Is there a way to change the meta data in photos? More specifically the date they were taken.

Also can anyone recommend me other must have apps to install. So far I have only got Twitterific and Ration(which is awesome).


Also is there a way to be able to sync my iphone/ipod to 2 computers without having it wipe everything and then re-syncing?

17th February 2009, 02:05 PM
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I don't enable the right click option. I always use control & click.

After you have changed Safari settings, make sure you quit and re-start the application.

MactheRipper (http://www.mactheripper.org/)
Transmission (http://www.transmissionbt.com/)

17th February 2009, 02:44 PM
Cut off two fingers to experience the true Mac. Or buy a hockey puck mouse.

No... don't do it!! Enable right click - it's why Apple provide the mighty mouse.

I actually have the ball click on my mighty mouse mapped to open the link in a new tab... I have squeeze set to do expose....

Changing metadata in a photo - I *think* aperture can do this... not sure about iPhoto (08 or 09).

Things you should get...

Perian - enables Quickslime to view all (apart from WMV) video codecs

The rest depends a lot on what you do.

18th February 2009, 09:46 AM
Welcome from almost-new-beginner!

As tcimac and Lutze mentioned, you can enable the right-click function, by going into System Preferences> Trackpad, and under the bold "Two Fingers" heading, ticking the "Secondary Tap" option.

These are the apps recommended to me when I switched, plus a few I found out about:

Glimms - great Safari plugin
iStatPro - dashboard widget providing basic info on your mac's temp, full/free HD, running processes, etc.
Little Snitch
Mac Janitor
ClamXav - antivirus
Mac the Ripper
VLC - media player
EasyWMA (for those of us with Windows mobiles)
Speed Download 5

I think all of these apps can found on one or all of the mac app update sites:

MacUpdate: Download Apple Mac Software & iPhone Software (http://www.macupdate.com/)
Mac OS X Software Updates and Mac OS X Downloads - VersionTracker (http://www.versiontracker.com/macosx/)
i use this osx software: New Releases (http://osx.iusethis.com/)

And there's always:

Free Mac Software Downloads - Download.com (http://www.download.com/mac/)