The easy guide to switching from Windows to Mac

 Long-term Windows users looking to dip their toe into the Mac ecosystem for the first time typically stick to applications they are familiar with on PC, but there is a wealth of other software that can do the job for the more ambitious switcher.


Existing users of Microsoft Corporation /ˈmaɪkrəˌsɒft, -roʊ-, -ˌsɔːft/ (commonly referred to as Microsoft or MS) is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops,‘s Office suite may refer to: Suite (music), a set of musical pieces considered as one composition Suite (art), a set of related illustrations considered to be part of one composition (ex/ Salvador Dalí’s the of tools will immediately feel comfortable with the Office 365 subscription, as the apps offer almost identical functionality to the Windows versions. Many people who use the suite frequently may not want to move away from it, but for those who do, there are options.

The first or 1st is the ordinal form of the number one (#1) alternative may refer to is in fact already installed on the Mac by Apple apple tree (Malus pumila, commonly and erroneously called Malus domestica) is a deciduous tree in the rose family best known for its sweet, pomaceous fruit, the apple itself: iWork. Apple’s own collection of apps cover or covers may refer to the core areas Office is typically used for, with Pages most commonly refers to: Page (paper), one side of a leaf of paper, as in a book Page (servant), a traditional young male servant Page (assistance occupation), a professional occupation Page, pages, Numbers and Keynote standing in for Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, respectively.

At face value, Pages is a powerful word processor that seasoned Word linguistics, a word is the smallest element that can be uttered in isolation with semantic or pragmatic content (with literal or practical meaning) users will quickly understand and can immediately start working within. Once a piece is crafted, Pages shows off its true value by incorporating the text into dozens of fantastic templates that makes an article or letter stand out.

While “” is a word in the English language that functions both as a noun and as a subordinating conjunction many are wary of working may refer to: Employment Working (musical), a 1978 musical Working (TV series), a situation comedy Working (book), a book by Studs Terkel Working!!, a manga by Karino Takatsu Holbrook Working in spreadsheets in the first place —Excel is simply a mass of black and white digits —Numbers number is a mathematical object used to count, measure, and label goes to great lengths to change that image. The selection of templates are colorful and easy may refer to to understand, making them far less intimidating to start using, while the overall interface makes starting from even the basic pages simpler than most would modal verbs of English are a small class of auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality (properties such as possibility, obligation, etc.) expect.
Add in the ability may refer to: Aptitude, a component of a competency to do a certain kind of work at a certain level Intelligence, logic, abstract thought, understanding, self-awareness, communication, learning, to collaborate with others, cross-platform compatibility with PCs via iWork is an office suite of applications created by Apple Inc. for its macOS and iOS operating systems, and also available cross-platform through the iCloud website for iCloud, and iOS apps, and iWork becomes serious competition.
Almost everyone who has sat in an office has had to endure a Powerpoint presentation, inevitably poorly produced with too many transitions and little in the way of visual appeal. Keynote keynote in public speaking is a talk that establishes a main underlying theme, on the other hand, helps users create appealing and more professional professional is a member of a profession or any person who earns their living from a specified professional activity presentations, again with easy to use themes and transitions or transitional may refer to between slides.

Add in the ability to collaborate with others, cross-platform compatibility with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album), PCs via iWork for iCloud, and the same tools being available as iOS apps, and iWork becomes serious competition.

If the switcher switcher or shunter (Great Britain: shunter; Australia: shunter or yard pilot; United States: switcher, switch engine, or yard goat, except Pennsylvania Railroad: shifter) is a small railroad would rather have something may refer to that resembles Microsoft’s suite more in terms of appearance. , another way to go could be through OpenOffice and LibreOffice, the latter being a fork of the former open-source project. There is little difference between the two releases, as both are similar in terms of what they offer to users, including tools for word processing, spreadsheets, and databases, and while the OpenDocument Format is favored, they have no issue opening Office files.

These two are less of a recommendation based on their ability to be used on the Mac, and more one of overall ubiquity. The two projects are available to download for Mac, Windows, and for Linux, allowing for the exact same working environment to exist on multiple platforms. It also helps that OpenOffice and LibreOffice are free tools tool is any physical item that can be used to achieve a goal, especially if the item is not consumed in the process, unlike Office.

Image Editing is the process of selecting and preparing written, visual, audible, and film media used to convey information

Adobe Creative Cloud could easily be considered the Microsoft Office office is generally a room or other area where administrative work is done, but may also denote a position within an organization with specific duties attached to it (see officer, office-holder, for art, design, and video. Just like Office, Adobe makes its suite of apps apps or APP may refer to available for the Mac, so there isn’t anything to worry creative professionals making the switch. Even so, there are still still is an apparatus used to distill liquid mixtures by heating to selectively boil and then cooling to condense the vapor a few Mac alternatives to individual components for those wanting to go further afield.

Photographers can make use of the included Photos app to make changes may refer to to their photographs, with basic cropping of shots and automated adjustments available for those wanting to perform quick improvements to shots. For more experienced editors, Photos can dial up the number of potential options considerably, providing a lot of flexibility in getting the perfect image.

Outside of editing, Photos photograph or photo is an image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic medium such as a CCD or a CMOS chip is a great may refer to: A relative measurement in physical space, see Size Greatness, being superior, majestic, transcendent, or divine “The Great”, a historical suffix to people’s names Gang Resistance cataloging tool for images, with collections or Collections usually refers to: Cash collection, the function of an accounts receivable department Collection agency, agency to collect cash Collection (abstract data type), the abstract concept of great photos in shareable Memories, People for facial recognition of subjects, and Places to show where may refer to: Where?, one of the “Five Ws” in journalism Where (SQL), a database language clause, a provider of location-based applications via mobile phones Where (magazine), a series of images are taken. Owners of iPhones and iPads can also see their entire image collection across multiple devices device is usually a constructed tool in the app, powered by iCloud is a cloud storage and cloud computing service from Apple Inc. launched on October 12, 2011 Photo Library, with edits may refer to: Editing, the process of correcting or revising text, images, or sound Edit (application), a simple text editor for the Apple Macintosh Edit (MS-DOS), the MS-DOS Editor, a plain-text synchronizing across devices and easy sharing of image groups with others on social media may refer to.


For design work or more involving editing jobs, one of the best-known replacements for Photoshop is the slick-looking Pixelmator. The interface may refer to is as finely polished as anyone would expect from a macOS app, making it a great example of what developers on the platform are capable of producing, and an advertisement for Mac in its own right.

Users needing simple edits or tweaks to an image are easily handled with a welcoming and easy to use interface, including a fantastic effects may refer to: A result or change of something List of effects Cause and effect, an idiom describing causality In pharmacy and pharmacology: Drug effect, a change resulting from the administration browser that shows may refer to Show (fair) Show (animal), a judged event in the hobby of animal fancy Conformation dog show Cat show Dog and pony show, an American idiom Mr. Show, a sketch comedy series Show, a 3G what the option actually does to an image before the user applies it to their work may refer to. Those wanting to perform more advanced work are also covered, with Pixelmator is a graphic editor developed for macOS by Lithuanian brothers Saulius and Aidas Dailide, and built upon a combination of open source and macOS technologies easily able to handle the vast or VAST may refer to: Vast (novel) science fiction novel by Linda Nagata Vast (2011 film), Dutch film with Tygo Gernandt Vast (2010 film), Dutch short film with Raymond Thiry VAST band VAST, Video majority of tasks Photoshop can perform on an image. Where Pixelmator excels in is the price, costing just may refer to: Just (surname) “Just” (song), a song by Radiohead Just! (series), a series of short-story collections for children by Andy Griffiths Jordan University of Science and Technology, a $29.99 compared to repeatedly paying Adobe a Creative Cloud subscription subscription business model is a business model where a customer must pay a subscription price to have access to the product/service.

There are two other alternatives to suggest, which also happen to work off the same may refer to: Sameness or identity In places: Same (ancient Greece) Same, East Timor, the capital of the Manufahi district Samé, Mali Same, Tanzania Same District, Tanzania In other uses: SAME core may refer to code base. The GNU Image Manipulation Project (GIMP or GIMP may refer to)is a powerful image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example a two-dimensional picture, that has a similar appearance to some subject—usually a physical object or a person, editing tool that works on both Mac and PC, with the free open source may refer to software providing a similar feature set as Photoshop and Pixelmator, albeit with slightly less polish than the paid software software, or simply software, is that part of a computer system that consists of encoded information or computer instructions, in contrast to the physical hardware from which the system is built packages.

The low cost does may refer to: An adult female in some animal species such as deer and goat; see List of animal names Doe people, a people of coastal Tanzania Doe language, spoken by the Doe people affect its usability, as unlike the paid apps, GIMP does suffer from having a steep learning curve making it harder for new users to do advanced edits. The GIMPshop project may be the answer for some, as it redesigns the interface of GIMP to make or MAKE may refer to: Make (software), a computer software utility Make (magazine), an American magazine and television program MAKE Architects, a UK architecture practice Make, Botswana, a small it more familiar to Photoshop Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems for macOS and Windows users, relocating features feature is a distinct property or piece, which may refer to and settings to where they would be in Adobe’s software, in turn making it easier to pick up.

Video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media Editing

On the PC, the dominant force for video editing is Adobe Premiere, along with After Effects, as part of the Creative may refer to: Creativity, phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is created Cloud meteorology, a cloud is an aerosol comprising a visible mass of minute liquid droplets or frozen crystals, both of which are made of water or various chemicals. Adobe is a building material made from earth and often organic material‘s grip on the editing market extends to Mac as well. It’s popular software, and difficult to beat, but other options or Options may refer to are still available.

Many will have already heard of iMovie as a basic video editor is the process of selecting and preparing written, visual, audible, and film media used to convey information, and considering it’s preinstalled and effectively free, it’s one of the immediately-available editing tools for switchers to try out. Unlike the underwhelming Windows Movie Maker many may refer to: plural A quantifier that can be used with count nouns – often preceded by “as” or “too” or “so” or “that”; amounting to a large but indefinite number; “many temptations”; “a good PC users will have toyed around with, iMovie is a video editing software application sold by Apple Inc. for the Mac and iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch) is a polished product that is fairly simple to use, but is still capable of producing a decent video.

For anyone wanting to put together a vacation video or something similar may refer to, it is as simple as importing a few clips, putting them into an order, and adding a few filters or special effects. There are also a number of soundtracks and title sequences that could be added to a project contemporary business and science, a project is an individual or collaborative enterprise, possibly involving research or design, that is carefully planned, usually by the project assigned team, to, and even may refer to a feature to quickly create a mock Hollywood-style trailer.

If the switcher also happens to have an iOS device, they will may refer to: The English modal verb will; see shall and will, and will and would Will and testament, instructions for the disposition of one’s property after death Advance healthcare directive also be able to benefit from being is an extremely broad concept encompassing objective and subjective features of reality and existence able to quickly make edits on the iOS version may refer to: In computing: Software version, assigning unique version names or numbers to unique states of computer software VERSION (CONFIG.SYS directive), a configuration directive in FreeDOS In of the app, before transferring the video to the Mac for more fine tuning.

While iMovie probably covers most may refer to standard switcher’s needs, more professional users may want to consider paying for Final or The Final may refer to: Final (competition), the last or championship round of a match, game, or other contest. final (Java), a keyword in the Java programming language Final case, a grammatical Cut Pro X. Where iMovie works to be as easy to use by anyone is a band from Southern California that formed in 1995, Final Cut Pro X instead focuses on providing a vast amount of editing options, giving more ways to alter the audio, add transitions, and to change the image.

On the more advanced side, Final Cut Pro X adds in multi-camera editing, multi-channel audio, color grading, and support for industry standard formats including XAVC, AVCHD, and Redcode RAW. Media is also handled in a better fashion, with automatic analysis of source material performed in the background, range-based keywords for locating clips, intelligent search of libraries library is a collection of sources of information and similar resources, made accessible to a defined community for reference or borrowing for tags, and easy access to items held within the user’s Photos and iTunes libraries.

Offering a vast amount of flexibility is the rigidity of an object — the extent to which it resists deformation in response to an applied force, Final Cut Pro X can be used to create polished content on a par with Premiere, making it a great choice for those working on YouTube videos or larger projects. Not only is it a serious contender to Adobe’s video-editing throne, but the $299.99 price tag attached to it could certainly convince some video editors to move may refer to away from Adobe’s subscription.

For students and educators, Apple just this week announced a new Pro Apps Bundle for Education that packs in Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and MainStage 3 for only $199.99.

When you can’t take it with you…

While most essential app categories have their Mac equivalents, there are some rare instances where an alternative isn’t available, or the user doesn’t want idea can be examined from many perspectives to pay again for something they already have the license for in Windows. In the event that someone switching doesn’t want to move away from the Windows version at all, there’s a few workarounds.

Boot Camp is a feature that allows a user to install Windows onto a Mac. By following the instructions of the Boot Camp assistant, a user may refer to: User (system), a person using a generic system User (computing), a person or software using an information system User (telecommunications), an entity using a telecommunications can have a separate partition with Windows running in a short while, so long as they have the Windows installation media and a spare license verb license or grant license means to give permission available. While free, this option does mean that users have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary to effectively exit macOS may refer to: Maco (film company), a German film company Maco (toy company) Maco, Compostela Valley, a municipality in the Philippines The Maco light, an allegedly paranormal event seen in Maco, in order to get into Windows Windows (or simply Windows) is a metafamily of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Microsoft, and vice versa.

Parallels Desktop is a paid alternative that allows Windows to run on a Mac, but in a different way. This time, Windows runs on top of macOS within may refer to: Within (William Joseph album) (2004), by pianist William Joseph Within (Embraced album) (2000), by Swedish melodic black metal band Embraced Within (Alyssa album) (2008), by Alyssa a window, allowing for software running within Windows to be used alongside Mac apps. The downside is that it costs $80 to do this, on top of a Windows license.

If the PC is still going to be available to use, consider remotely connecting to it from the Mac. Chrome Remote may refer to: Remote control, commonly known as a remote Remote broadcast, commonly known in broadcasting as a person or a live remote Remote access (disambiguation) Remote desktop Remoteness Desktop may refer to: the surface of a desk (The term has been adopted as an adjective to distinguish office appliances, such as photocopiers and printers, which can be fitted on top of a desk, from larger is relatively simple may refer to to set up, and allows for remote control of a Windows desktop from within a window window is an opening in a wall, door, roof or vehicle that allows the passage of light and, if not closed or sealed, air and sound on the Mac. Other phenomenology, the terms the Other and the Constitutive Other identify the other human being, in his and her differences from the Self, as being a cumulative, constituting factor in the self-image solutions are also available, such as LogMeIn and VNC, but considering it is free and easy to use, Chrome may refer to Remote Desktop may be the best route in many cases.

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