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Myth of MAC 'intuitive' ease of use

by DGinGA4 / March 1, 2013 6:15 AM PST

I've had a Mac for 2 years now. Recently, I wanted to scan some trading cards being sold. This task was very laborious - there's no built in software to do so. One can scan images, but not crop or edit them (without buying Photoshop).
With Mac, one can't select text to print or save without a multistep clipboard process.
Searching directories with Finder is kludgy at best. I can open two Explorer screen in XP, and instantly move files from one to another.
My 5 year old Windows XP does all these tasks in seconds, with just a few clicks. None of the Mac-to-Windows pages were helpful at all.
I like the Mac's boot up speed and relative security from hacking, so my financials go on it - but for ease of use, it is worse than DOS 3.1.

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Would you like to discuss the free apps for this?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2013 6:24 AM PST

You lead with a claim that you must buy PhotoShop. I don't want to upset you but are you open to free apps for that?

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Take your Mac back to the store, it's obviously defective!
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 1, 2013 10:34 PM PST

I can use Preview to View, Crop and Edit pictures,
I can use Image Capture to get stuff of my Scanner.
I can use my scanners software to do the same thing,
I can have as many windows open as I want and am free to drag from one window to the other

In view of the above, I dispute your claim that one has to buy Photoshop.

I'll agree that searching in Finder is not as good as it could be but Spotlight will find just about anything really quickly.
I also us a free app called Easy Finder. As a search tool it is very good.

I agree with the printing thing but, to be fair here, the "print only the selection" is a Driver function and not the function of the OS, Windows or XP. Perhaps, in this case, the ire should be directed at the printer driver writer as both MS and Apple get their printer drivers from the same place, the printer manufacturer.


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