WINDOWS OR MAC?

A preview of the new Windows 9 operating system will be shown all over the known universe this Fall. The scuttlebutt is it will correct the mess known as Windows 8; computer users will no longer be forced to look at a screen meant for tablet users. (Yep, that’s what it was designed for.)

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BEYOND PHOTOSHOP

“ColorStrokes,” a $5 app for Mac users, has been the most popular “color splash” app for two years in a row. If like us, you’ve never heard of a color splash app, stay tuned, because they’re interesting.

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THE MAC AT WORK

A reader told us he’s getting a Mac but wishes he could keep the Windows version
of “Quicken” because the Mac version is, as he put it, “a real dog.” (He’s a man of few
words.)

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CHANGING OUR MINDS ABOUT MACS

The dirty little secret of tech journalists is we’re hard pressed for time. When we got our first Macbook Air last fall, we were full of praise. Now we have second, third and fourth thoughts.

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RECOVERING FILES ON THE MAC

Joy’s sister considered buying a new Mac just because she lost all her photos on the old one. “Disk Drill Pro” from CleverFiles.com is an $89 program for recovering stuff.

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SKETCHBOOK FOR THE IPAD OR MAC

Sketchbook Express for the Mac or the iPad gives you a sketchpad and a lot of tools for transforming your drawings. We especially liked the mirroring tool. Draw a heart on the right and you’ll get a duplicate on the left. It’s not as intuitive as the Facebook game “Draw Something,” but it comes closer than other drawing apps we’ve tried.

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MY MACBOOK

“My MacBook, Mountain Lion Edition, 3rd Edition,” by John Ray, $25 from QuePublishing.com. This book has everything you need to make the switch from Windows to Mac,

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FREE ANTIVIRUS FOR THE MAC

The Flashback Trojan attacked Mac users recently. We read that it was the first serious attack on Mac users in 28 years, but actually Flashback Trojan was the son of last year’s DevilRobber and its 18 brothers. A free program from Avast.com is a good fix.

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TOO MUCH MAIL

Here’s how we get hung-up: You have an important email message to send. So you go to your email program and are just about to send it, when … you see all these enticing messages waiting for your attention. Twenty minutes later, you think to yourself: “Just what was that message I had to send?”

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NETWORK YOUR MAC AND WINDOWS COMPUTERS

Network Your Computers and Devices,“ $18 at Amazon.com, is the latest in Microsoft’s excellent “Step by Step” series. The book covers networking computers with different operating systems, including linking Windows and Macs, and has good instruction for both business and home users.

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