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Re: New Mac user, any tips gratefully received

Postby redlester » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:26 pm

Forum Admin wrote:Cmd-W closes your current Finder window (don't induce RSI using the mouse for mundane stuff like this)... it's what your left-hand is for. ;-)

Cheers. I wish I had it within me to memorise more keyboard shortcuts, but there are so many, especially ones specific to each software package, I find it too much to memorise unless it's something I use all the time.
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Re: New Mac user, any tips gratefully received

Postby Forum Admin » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:49 pm

redlester wrote:...I find it too much to memorise unless it's something I use all the time.

You'll find a commonality amongst most software for the core tasks, but I strongly advise you learn the essential Finder shortcuts (shown on the File menu), as they tend to be used all the time.

I use the TEXT options in System Preferences > Keyboard > Text to keep long HTML code strings I use over and over. I start typing the first few characters and it auto-inserts the full string. A great time-saver for me. See screenshot (FYI, you can't see the full string in the narrow window).

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Re: New Mac user, any tips gratefully received

Postby redlester » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:54 pm

Forum Admin wrote:You'll find a commonality amongst most software for the core tasks, but I strongly advise you learn the essential Finder shortcuts (shown on the File menu), as they tend to be used all the time.

Very true, I know. I think the best way to learn such things is by repeated use. I am aware I should get into it more.

I just the other day found out that Ableton 10 can zoom in the Arrangement window using the mouse wheel with Command (horizontal zoom), Option (vertical zoom) or Shift (scroll L or R). Useful is an understatement!
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Re: New Mac user, any tips gratefully received

Postby Forum Admin » Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:33 pm

Yes, PreSonus Studio One (my DAW of choice) does the same.
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Re: New Mac user, any tips gratefully received

Postby job » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:43 am

redlester wrote:Cheers. I wish I had it within me to memorise more keyboard shortcuts, but there are so many, especially ones specific to each software package, I find it too much to memorise unless it's something I use all the time.

But you do have it in you :thumbup: The way to remember the shortcuts is just to make it a point of using them. Start with the ones where you're doing something a lot, like that ctrl/cmd W for closing a window. My guess is that you don't go to the file menu to save a program but rather ctrl/cmd S, and ctrl/cmd shift S for save as, and this is second nature to you because you've done it so much. Every other hotkey is that same principle :thumbup:
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Re: New Mac user, any tips gratefully received

Postby redlester » Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:56 pm

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redlester wrote:My guess is that you don't go to the file menu to save a program but rather ctrl/cmd S, and ctrl/cmd shift S for save as

Agree that's probably what I should be doing but you underestimate my Luddite-ness in this respect! I always use the mouse to go File>Save As, with any piece of software, to save something. Always have done. :ugeek:
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Re: New Mac user, any tips gratefully received

Postby desmond » Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:00 pm

redlester wrote:Agree that's probably what I should be doing but you underestimate my Luddite-ness in this respect! I always use the mouse to go File>Save As, with any piece of software, to save something. Always have done. :ugeek:

Just imagine how much time and effort you are throwing away by slowly aiming the mouse at the menu hundreds of times a day..! :headbang:
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Re: New Mac user, any tips gratefully received

Postby Forum Admin » Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:12 pm

desmond wrote:Just imagine how much time and effort you are throwing away by slowly aiming the mouse at the menu hundreds of times a day..! :headbang:

... and that's not considering the RSI problems mousing can cause. After 35+ years of using one for considerable hours every day, my RSI can flare up badly.

Shortcuts will save you - mark my words. :-)
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Re: New Mac user, any tips gratefully received

Postby job » Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:58 pm

I also find it increases one's enjoyment of a program, although maybe that's a personal thing. It's like i'm 'controlling the software' and 'in control', rather than just selecting functions on the interface of an app.

redlester wrote:Agree that's probably what I should be doing but you underestimate my Luddite-ness in this respect! I always use the mouse to go File>Save As, with any piece of software, to save something. Always have done. :ugeek:

Let's take one step back then... do you use the space bar to start and stop playback? That's a hotkey :thumbup: The play button on the transport is the cursor switch. You've just stopped at some random point with your hotkey assimilation because, at a guess, it feels like hotkeys slow you down due to not having them in memory. And they do. But that's only temporary until you remember them :thumbup:

Hunting and pecking is easy. Learning to touch type is awkward and painful... grr, and it's so slow too! ;)
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Re: New Mac user, any tips gratefully received

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:19 pm

I use a mouse sometimes even when I know the hot keys and use them. I consider it thinking time. Sometimes doing things slowly helps the workflow overall. Your mileage (as our American cousins say) may vary.

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Re: New Mac user, any tips gratefully received

Postby desmond » Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:21 pm

ConcertinaChap wrote:I consider it thinking time.

That's what they used to say about rewinding the tape! :headbang:
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Re: New Mac user, any tips gratefully received

Postby ManFromGlass » Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:00 pm

people must think faster now than in the age of tape . . . . . . . . .
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Re: New Mac user, any tips gratefully received

Postby redlester » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:08 am

job wrote:Let's take one step back then... do you use the space bar to start and stop playback? That's a hotkey :thumbup: The play button on the transport is the cursor switch. You've just stopped at some random point with your hotkey assimilation because, at a guess, it feels like hotkeys slow you down due to not having them in memory. And they do. But that's only temporary until you remember them :thumbup:

Hunting and pecking is easy. Learning to touch type is awkward and painful... grr, and it's so slow too! ;)

I know, was just being a bit tongue in cheek. I do use hot keys, but only selected ones, and with Save As you picked one of the ones I have never used!

It gets stranger when I think about it more... because I tend to right click with the mouse to copy a file or files, but then to paste it somewhere else I normally use Ctrl/Cmd+V! There's nowt so queer as folk.
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Re: New Mac user, any tips gratefully received

Postby ConcertinaChap » Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:31 pm

I've just found a rather nifty freeby called Hosting AU. It's a sort of micro DAW whose primary purpose is hosting audio units though it does a few other things such as set up the environment (which sound output, which MIDI source, that sort of stuff). So for instance I've just bought Softube's Modular which doesn't come with a standalone app but has to be used from within a DAW. Bit of a pain starting up Logic in all its glory when all you want to do is play with Modular, but instantiating it from Hosting AU is nigh on perfect.

I love simple software that does a small number of things but does them well - my UNIX background, I suppose - and this is a classic of the kind. It's here if you want to try it, and this is a short demo.

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Re: New Mac user, any tips gratefully received

Postby desmond » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:39 pm

Yep. I use Hosting AU all the time when I don't want to load a full DAW, it's a really nice bit of software...
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