Wednesday, January 30, 2013

iMac for Genealogists: Ellen's view

Thank-you to Ellen who writes to explain some of what Mr. Myrt can expect when his HP laptop dies and he gets the iMac he is dreaming about.

"That was a fantastic Mondays with Myrt webinar this week.  I like the problem solving part.  I also enjoyed exploring the different websites. 

Regarding iMac.  For Mac genealogy software, I like the Reunion.  It has more features than some.  I’m using Parallels to run Legacy and have the Legacy database in Dropbox.  I can use either my Win 7 laptop or the IMAC to access my data.  

I like taking advantage of the stability of the Mac OS.  When you download the Parallels software, you can also download Windows operating system, too. With Parallels, you can use the Filefinder features to manage the files, and only need to install the Dropbox in the Mac OS.  I would suggest maxing the memory on the Mac to speed things up.  

I love my iMac.  I’ve had fewer problems with it than my Windows laptop.  I know Russ uses the Boot Camp to run Windows programs. 

Visit the website to learn more:
Oh, a good gift for Mr. Myrt would be AA batteries. The mouse uses 2 and the keyboard uses 3.  The batteries last longer than with my PC mouse.

I’m not a whiz with the IMAC but it is easy to learn.  If Mr. Myrt gets the intellimouse instead of the pad, he can modify the settings to allow for a right click.  Otherwise he would need to hold the control key down and click.

Keyboard shortcuts use the command key instead of ctrl.  For example, command plus the “P” brings up the print function.,

Mr Myrt may want to get a sample data base and try Mac Family Tree.  It is supposed to work with"

Thank-you DearELLEN for taking the time to share your experiences migrating from a Windows computer to a Mac. We all get by with a little help from our GeneaFriends.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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