On Saturday I got a MacBook Pro. Since then I’ve been getting used to the way it works and setting up various apps that I use. Primarily Adium for IM and VMWare Fusion for running Windows (writing code). I’ve already switched all of my email to gMail and I don’t use a built-in calendar much; though I am trying out iCal. I’m also digging the Spaces feature in Leopard, I used the heck out of the same feature when I was in college and ran unix. I also had a similar app for Windows but over time I stopped using it.
The way the dock integrates with Spaces is amazing though; I have IM in one screen, iTunes in another, VMWare in yet another, and everything else on one. When an app is running I can just click its icon in the dock and go to the appropriate space immediately. I can also set it up so that certain apps always occupy a particular space.
The thing I’ve been impressed with the most so far has actually been VMWare. Its Unity feature lets apps from Windows look as if they are part of the OS X environment. So I can have Windows Explorer sitting on top of a Finder window just as if it were another dialog. Once I figure out how, I’ll get a screenshot posted to show what I mean. Eventually I’ll also get this laptop set up for compiling Mono and see how some of the other IDEs compare for writing code.
I’m still missing a few things though. I’m used to having at the very minimum MSPaint that I could paste a screenshot into and then crop and do minor edits to add call outs. I’ve been using Paint .NET to fulfill this need for a while. I’m also at a complete loss when it comes to shortcut keys. I’m starting to retrain myself to use Command-C, V, X but when it comes to text cursor movement I still struggle much more than I should. Now I know how new computer users feel when presented with the Ctrl, Alt, Windows, and Context Menu keys on a windows keyboard!