My friend and fellow blogger, Michael Sherman, made the switch from a PC to a Mac about a month ago. As I predicted, he is well pleased with his decision, with his only regret being that he didn’t do it sooner. Michael recently published the following list of 10 reasons that he’s glad he switched to a Mac:
- Parallels – The Mac lovers will not like me starting with this one. But, Parallels Desktop allows me to run Windows while also running the Mac platform, side by side. This has been very helpful as I’ve made the transition to the Mac. Additionally, there are a couple of programs that I just don’t see abandoning with the move (CaseMap being the primary one that comes to mind). With Parallels, I don’t have to.
- Speed – This baby REALLY moves. The Mac OS loads so much faster than Windows that it is hard to believe. Applications run much faster as well. What is really strange is that when I run Windows on Parallels it loads faster on my Mac then it did when I was running it natively on a PC. Go figure. And, to top that, I can run a windows program on Windows running on Parallels, running on Mac OS, faster than the program ran on my Dell Latitude PC. That is crazy.
- Spotlight – This is Macs built in search utility. It too is lightning quick. It displays results as fast as you can type. Literally. And, it not only searches or files and folders, it searches the contents of files. Very cool. And, did I mention it is really fast?
- PDF Printing and Viewing without Acrobat or Reader – I can read pdf files with the built in Preview application. And, every application that I’ve worked in so far, has a print to pdf option built into it on the Print dialog box.
- Sweet Design – Yes, this is form and not function, but Apple just gets design like no other computer hardware or software manufacturer. If you work on your computer a lot like I do, it’s nice to enjoy the design – and it does turn heads (not that I’m into that kind of thing).
- .Mac synchronization – This is a cool feature that I didn’t know about when I purchased the Mac. But, it is nifty. When you set up a .mac account, you can synchronize your bookmarks, calendar, address book, mail accounts and more. Then you can access them from any computer (including those running windows) over any browser. You also receive free disk space to upload files there that you or others you allow can access over the web.
- Photo booth – Ok, I haven’t used this in my law office yet, but my kids and I have hada lot of fun with the digital effects you can use on your photographs.
- Keynote – iWork includes the Keynote presentation software which produces stunning slide shows that make Power Point presentations look like a grade school child’s show and tell presentation.
- Expose’ – This is a handy feature. I often have a half dozen or more applications running at the same time. Even with my dual monitor setup, this can make it difficult to easily find the window I want at a particular time. Expose’ allows me to access any open window with a single keystroke. So, I can hit one key and it will shrink all of the open windows to allow me to find the one I’m looking for. I can hit another key and it will hide all of the open windows and give me access to a clear desktop.
- Stability – No blue screen of death. Enough said.
Michael concludes his post by saying, "if you are going to be getting a new computer anytime soon, there has never been a better time to switch to a Mac. I, for one, am very glad I did." I’m glad to have Michael as a fellow Mac lawyer.