I know that I will have to list other idiosyncrasies as time goes by – and I know that I finished last time on keyboard shortcuts (or, [sorry Gail] long-cuts in this case) but this time I want to start with the things that have helped me to be productive on the Mac.
The first thing was Flip4Mac WMV http://www.telestream.net/flip4mac-wmv/overview.htm. Flip4Mac WMV allows you to play, import and export Windows Media® files from most QuickTime applications including QuickTime Player, iMovie and Final Cut Pro. Well I don’t have Final Cut – but I do have the rest. As most of my work up until now has been on Microsoft products, it had been annoying not to be able to play .wmv files. The download also includes an Internet plug-in that plays Windows Media streams within Safari and other web browsers.
I also needed a Cam Studio like tool that worked on the Mac – but couldn’t find one. I’m sure that there’s one out there but I haven’t found it yet. So I used Screencast-o-Matic. This worked perfectly and in many ways (although I don’t know why) better than on the PC based machines. So capturing mouse movements on screen along with audio voice over, is no problem. I could do with a Mac based version of Microsoft’s Photo Story 3 though – any ideas?
Another thing that helped productivity was Firefox for the Mac. The Safari browser is ok and seemed to do ‘stuff’ without complaint, but I couldn’t get it to work on Moodle! It would show me pages and let me interact but wouldn’t let me ‘author’ – which was a nuisance (b.t.w. – is Nuisance THE hardest word to spell?)
My next MacBook Pro post will discuss my trials with iTunes – a journey I’m just beginning. Also my feelings now that I know I was sold an end-of-line product and missed out on a seven hour battery (image above explained next time)