Re: [BCAB] Mac migration David Taylor 23 Sep 2011 09:47 BST

Hi,

There are a few things to bear in mind. Firstly, there are lots of ways of doing things, just like on a computer. I can't say strongly enough that taking the long time it will take to listen to Mike Orrigo's Mac Demo podcasts on Blindcooltech and David Woodbridge's ones at Vision Australia will be worth it.

The VO getting started guide is also your friend. It tells you about all the different commanders there are and how to enable and use them. They are all your friend apart from numpad commander if you don't have a numpad.

Quick Nav is your friend in many situations, take the time to really learn how and when to use it. I use it all the time for apps where I mainly navigate but you can set it up very many ways. It now includes first letter navigation on the internet.

The operating system provides many shortcut keys that are not documented in the VO getting started. Like in Windows, learn them by using the menu bar in each app as if there's a key for a function it tells you, and the arrow keys often work when you're told to use VO-arrow keys, so try them.

You can set tab to work in a number of ways in a number of situations, depending what you want. It can take you to every element or only to certain ones, and given that you have next-previous element keys in quick nav and VO I tend to leave it on the default setting, but you can set the tab key to automatically interact with anything you tab to, thus removing many keystrokes.

I must admit though that I've been forced to revitalise my Windows machine. I now use it only for very specific activities which it can handle, like dealing with certain websites, chatting on things like TAFN etc, where you simply have to have Windows. The dear old BBC insisting on using Flash for everything makes Windows much easier for inlayer etc, but you can play an awful lot in Safari. Install Google Chrome too though, go into Safari's preferences and enable the Develop Menu, and you'll find you can open a page directly into Chrome which will play things that Safari won't, and you can try all sorts of different rendering engines which sometimes makes pages display better. For instance, to use FB mobile I would switch the User Agent as it is called to IE7, 8 or 9.

I know that's a lot, but if you want to migrate fully, you need to put the time in like you did when you first moved to Windows. That took a lot of learning too, as will Windows 8 next year!

Cheers
Dave

On 23 Sep 2011, at 09:30, Richard Godfrey-McKay wrote:

> Hi, Is the Mac Book Pro the laptop version?  I've been very tempted by that,
> but was a bit put off by suggestions that it was hard to use without a
> number pad.  any clarification would be v much appreciated.
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> Hi
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> 1: interacting with objects can take some time to get used to.
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> 2: Don't expect it to be easy at first, it's not a pc and in some situations
> won't behave like a windows pc, persist.
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> 3: the trackpad is your friend at first, turn it on and use it.
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> Good luck!
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> I'm about to take delivery of a MacBook pro running lion with a view to
> migrating full time. I'll be checking out online resources but would like to
> know what people who've made the move would say are the three most
> important things I should know up front which are different between mac and
> pcs from a blind point of view?
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