I don’t know you very well, but at the risk of having this sound like a 12 step group, I need to ask for a bit of advice.
I am one of the may who has recently migrated to the Mac after over 25 years on a PC. So far, I love the Mac! My only wish is that I would have made this move a long time ago.
When I lived in PC “land” I developed a strange kind of obsession with software. I loved getting new software! And I soon learned the work “UPGRADE”…and, well, the rest is history!
I shudder to think how much money I spent on software and upgrades over the years…not a pleasant thought! However my life has changed now. I am now a “Mac guy”…well, actually, a “Mac guy” NEWBIE!
There are certainly a lot of similarities between macOS and Windows…which makes adapting to the Mac far easier than it would have been without any previous experience. However there are still a lot of differences on the Mac too.
Notably, I am finding far more keyboard shortcuts than what I ever used on the PC. They were probably there on the PC too, but I never used them. I was more of a mouse guy and that worked fine for me.
In addition to the keyboard shortcuts, I am also finding a lot more software designed for automating various tasks on the Mac.
When I bought my Mac I made a promise to myself that I was NOT going to do the same thing with buying loads of programs I had no need for on my Mac as I had previously done on my PC. However the more I hear about these various automation programs, the more tempted I am to begin buying them…in spite of the fact that I don’t even know how to use this computer manually yet! It seems like I should probably figure out how this thing works before I start trying to automate workflows. Heck, I haven’t even established my workflows yet!
Okay, all of you more experienced Mac Power Users…tell me why I should or should not start out using programs like Alfred and Keyboard Maestro. I know they potentially have the power to streamline many manual tasks…but the question I don’t know the answer to yet is how many of those tasks are even tasks that I will need to perform.
I feel like I really need to slow down and focus on the “basics” for a while before getting this deep!