Freelancing sounds easy for the traditional job seekers, but trust me, it has its pros and cons too. The first and most common things at which users find themselves confused is the use of a personal computer. Even in 2015, not everyone is good at using computers, at their best.
Unless you’re offering some technical support at freelancing, or offering the code related services, you may not be that good at computers, as you should. Especially, if you shift from Windows to Mac OS X.
During my initial days of freelancing (tech writing), I used the very common Windows 7 operating system. Later I moved to Windows 8, then 8.1, and even tested the latest 10. But, due to dozens of reasons, I bought the MacBook Air.
It surely offered a much-improved experience, but there were still some confusions and issues. I’m going to attend each of them, which I personally found, and a fix for each of them.
#1 Creating a document using Pages
Since 2013, every MacBook is eligible to get free iWork applications, including the document creator, named Pages. On a Windows system, you just have to click on the Word shortcut and the file opens. You can save it anytime, anywhere you want.
But, this isn’t the case with Pages. The moment you fire up its shortcut or use the Spotlight to trigger, it opens the Finder (file manager app of OS X).
During initial days of usage, it can confuse anyone. So, here’s a solution!
You need to locate the folder where that Pages file will be stored, using the Finder screen. Once the location is decided, you need to click on the New Document button at the left bottom size, and you’ll have the document ready to work.
At this time, the file isn’t saved on the location you selected, because you didn’t name it, yet.
Now, to name it, you need to click on the Untitled, and then write its name. Again, you’ll see that file isn’t at the location you decided earlier. Rather, it’s located in the iCloud.
Now, again you’ve to pick the location. Silly, right?
So, the tip here to save you from this situation is that, after selecting the location from Finder, and opening the document, you just press Command + S buttons from keyboard and then name the file. This way, the file will be stored on the location, you decided first.
This issue is every iWork application, but this trick I shared is going to save you from confusion.
#2 MS Paint Replacement
During the usage of Windows, Paint was the application I used to do my little photo editing requirements, which most of the freelancers does have.
But, starting with the OS X, I didn’t find any such tool, pre-installed into the system. After a little bit of digging, researching and using few apps, I found PIXLR as the best one.
The app is developed by AUTODESK and doesn’t charge anything to use any number of features offered inside. It can help in simply cropping, or pointing certain things, of even applying some cool (or warm) effects.
So, PIXLR is the best MS Paint replacement, according to my usage so far. If you’re aware of any better app, then please share, and I’ll definitely try it out.
#3 Installing Chrome or Firefox
Every Mac comes with Safari as the default browser installed, but it isn’t the fastest one for the platform. Also, Safari isn’t the browser normal users are addicted to.
So, we’re definitely looking to install either Firefox or Chrome, which are the only two browsers most of the Internet users are found using. Unfortunately, neither of them are available at the official App Store.
Once it’s downloaded, locate it in Finder, and double click on the same. After going through certain on-screen instructions, of which you’re already familiar, you’ll have to drag and icon of browser, and drop it in the Application folder.
This is how, installing a third party app can be finalized and you’ll have your favourite and fastest web browser for the Mac, which will definitely speed up the freelancing work, right?
Many authority blogs have found that Chrome is the best browser for Mac platform, but it does consume a lot of power. I’ve personally experienced this. If I use Chrome, then the battery life falls down to around six hours, but if I use Safari, then it will stick to at least 9 hours. Firefox tends to sit between these two.
Over to you
That’s it from my side guys! Till the time of publishing this, I couldn’t find any other issue with the OS X for which I can find and share the tip to speed up the work. But, if you do have any, which I missed, kindly share it in the discussion section.
Now, let’s hear your side. Don’t forget to share!