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I just bought my first iMac...now what?

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I just purchased my first iMac. Before I go and screw everything up, I thought I would get some pointers first.

Besides the iMac, I also purchased Time Capsule, Microsoft Office for Mac, and an e-printer. I am planning on refurbishing my current PC because I do have some programs on it that I need to use and my daughter can use it for some games she has already. I have most of my photos on an external hard drive and my music is on my current PC.

My hubby purchased an iPad -it was an Apple kind of day. He will use that for his business and I would like to link the two devices.

Please excuse my lack of terminology. I know from speaking with Mac specialist at the store, that Apple devices go hand in hand with one another and it should be easy to have these devices co-mingle. I do plan on taking the classes offered to become more familiar with what the machine can and cannot do.

I guess my question is:

In what order should I do this set up? I know nothing, so any advice you have is appreciated.

Thanks for your time.

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(NT) I guess you got it all sorted out?

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Step 1, don't worry

First, connect the Mac to your network or directly to your modem.
Start it up and follow the instructions.
It only takes a few minutes and you are good to go.

Read the setup instructions for the Time Capsule, plug it in and your are just about done.

I'm not so sure about the choice of an e-printer though. I think I would have gone with one of the HP AirPrint capable printers. (the guy in the shop may have told you that they were the same, they are not)(if you can change it without a problem, I would.)
An AirPrint capable printer will allow you to print directly to the printer from either the Mac, the PC or the iPad. An e-Printer will work for the Mac and the PC but relies on you sending your documents by email to an e-print server which then sends it to your printer.

When you feel comfortable with the iMac, consider moving your photo's into iPhoto. From there you can do a lot with them, including emailing, with not problems at all.
You can make slideshows and export them to DVD.

Enough to begin with. Enjoy your iMac and do not hesitate to come back here if you find something that you cannot do.

P

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Thanks

The main reason I decided on the Mac was because of the photo/video editing capabilities. My goal is to categorize, scan, and preserve years of photos and slides from my dad's boxes of photographs to my boxes of photographs. I will definitely be taking your advice on that.

as far as the printer goes, I had never heard of an AirPrinter. I searched it at the best buy website and my printer was listed along with many others. What do I look for to determine whether or not it has the capabilities you mentioned?

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take a look at this HP site
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HP not the only AirPrint capable brand
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(NT) Thanks,
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Here is another, totally different solution

You're welcome.

Another option for people not ready to chuck their current non-AirPrint printers is a program called AirPrintActivator that bypasses the need for an AirPrint compatible printer. (Not to be confused with AirPrintHacktivator, which had to be taken down because of copyright issues.)

I have downloaded but not yet tested it.

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