Consider the new MBP with Retina ! Need expert advice.

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  1. KevinJS

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    I see you do have HDMI out. I'll have to have a look at thunderbolt. I wonder if the Samsung is capable of displaying the required resolution? Just a thought. Is there such a beast as a thunderbolt to HDMI adaptor?
     
  2. mydave

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    Hi Kevin,

    When you running a second display from your MBP, do they display the same screen? This is what I found when the Mini was on iOS 10.9.2. Or can you set them as extended (or continuous) display ? In another word, can you have an app running on one, and another app running on the second display ? This is what I am after and it was working beautifully on my Windows computers.

    There are all kinds of thunderbolt cables, including HDMI, DVI, VGA, etc. . . The trick is to find which one that would work. I did a lot of google search, but still, my first attempt at thunderbolt to DVI ends up badly.

    I’d love to love my first Mac. The hurdle for now is the display situation as I normally run multiple apps at the same time. For years, I’m used to jump from one display to another. I just found another hurdle to overcome: The wifi connection interrupted twice since last night.

    New toy, new problem :rolleyes:
     
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    You can mirror or extend displays. I'll go through the setups for you at the weekend and post here. Shouldn't be any real difference between the Mini and the MBP.

    Just a word of caution. HDMI carries audio; DVI does not. Mixing the 2 can cause issues. AFAIK Thunderbolt is for very high resolution displays, but I need to do some reading.
     
  4. mydave

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    Hi again,

    The Mac => A machine that people either love it or hate it. Why ? :rolleyes:
    For me, I am pleased to have one and having good times getting used to it. :)

    The issues with Dual displays, Server connection, write to NTFS drives & random Wifi disconnection have been taken care of :). So far I stay within the built-in apps, but it is time to start looking for additional apps. The problem was, any of them would have good and bad feedback. Hence, I'd like to hear more of personal experiences from here::)

    . Flash Player? This is needed by some websites and there is no alternative app or Safari extension.
    . Total Finder and/or Path Finder? The built-in Finder does not offer the cut & move file. Most people prefers Total Finder (cheaper). But it replaces the built-in Finder, which may cause instability and/or trouble uninstalling.
    . Folx GO+ ? I'm looking for something that would work as Internet Download Manager (IDM) in Windows.

    Before purchasing the Mac, I was prepared to upgrade it to Fusion Drive with an SSD and additional Ram. So far, it appears to be unnecessary. The machine is, beside of being a great performer, quiet and looks pretty sitting right in front of the displays.:)

    If you all have something to add, advise, comment, please do so. I trust the folks at this forum and don't really want to sign up to any other forum.

    Cheers,
     
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    Additional apps: Here goes

    Vox, for starters. It's a music player that will handle all sorts of stuff, including FLAC.

    VLC, naturally. Great for video and comes with every codec known to man.

    iBooks. Apple app, but not native.

    Pages, Numbers and Keynote, if they didn't come preloaded, you probably qualify for free versions.

    Skype, for those timers when FaceTime won't cut it.

    Twitter, because...well, why not.

    ShortWave, great Internet radio app.

    Caffeine, stops your Mac going to sleep.

    That's about all I have for now. I know some of our other members use Macs, some exclusively, so maybe they have some suggestions.
     
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    BTW, Flash works with Safari. Just go to the Flash site and download it.

    NOTE: This advice is for Mac, NOT iPad.
     
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    Flash Player: There is a Safari plugin from Adobe. Don't confuse iOS with iOS X. You can also get Silverlight and Java in Safari on OS X. Though the use case for Java is declining and Apple turns it off by default.

    The most recent version Safari is smart about the use of Flash. It does not load the plugin until you click on the Flash content.

    Finder Replacements: I've no experience with replacements. I've never had problems with Finder for basic use. If you want a duplicate of a file, right click on it and choose Duplicate them move it. Or you can choose copy, navigate to folder you want, right click in some white space, and choose Paste Item.

    What I'm even more likely to do is open a second finder view at the destination, make my duplicate, then drag that to the second view. If I have a folder that I'm moving content to a lot, then I add that folder the Finder's sidebar; so that I can drag and drop with only one window.

    I don't move files around often enough that I need to streamline this.

    Also, when you are viewing a set of options in a menu, main or contextual, try holding down the Option key. This will often get you some choices. For instance, when using iWorks you can reveal the missing Save As option.
     
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  8. mydave

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    Gentlemen,

    Thanks for your kind comments & tips.

    @KevinJS ,
    iBooks, Pages, Numbers and Keynote are preloaded. Caffeine looks great, and free, so why not. I assumed that the rest of the apps haven't caused any issue to your mac.:)

    @KevinJS & @twerppoet,
    As for Flash, I am aware of Safari plug-in, thanks to this soure http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/enabling-flash-player-safari.html . However, I experienced Flash problem on Windows before, so same may apply to Mac. I checked the web, Apple Support Forum, MacUpdate etc . . . some praises some hates, some in between. Hence, I raised the inquiry.;)

    @twerppoet,
    The built-in Finder is fine. Multiple Finder windows are possible, so moving files by copying & pasting then deleting the original(s) are doable. Just not as convenience as just cut & paste. Many Mac users adapted either Total Finder or Path Finder. Beside of Cut & Paste ability (as I understand it), they offer additional options that the built-in lacks. Praises mostly. Some complaints about freezing and/or other effect. It would be nice to hear the feedback from trustworthy people than general postings on the web.;)

    Best,
     
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    You don't have to copy/paste/delete. If all you want do do is move the files, just drag them to the new location.

    More of a Spotlight than Finder replacement, but I know several power users that love Alfred. You can create workflows for your common tasks.

    http://www.alfredapp.com

    They've mentioned a couple of Finder enhancements besides Alfred, but I can't remember the names.

    Of course, for real power you could master the Terminal. There's very little you can't do there, if you're willing to tackle the learning curve.
     

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