How do you become a Mac power user? Maybe you have to apply Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule.
Or, maybe you have to search out and find all those obscure but useful Mac tools and utilities that help you become a more productive Mac user. Or, maybe you have to ditch the mouse and just use the keyboard. If it’s the latter then you’ll need to use an app that (mostly) ditches the keyboard.
10,000 Hours On The Mac
Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule implies that if we want to be good at something the only way is to devote the time necessary to be good at our chosen endeavor. Maybe that applies to Mac users, too.
Let’s say you use your Mac four hours a day, five days per week.
That’s 20 hours a week, 50 weeks a year, or 1,000 hours per year. If that rule applies to Mac users, too, then it takes about 10 years to become a Mac power user.
Of course, there’s more to it than that. There needs to be some definition as to what constitutes a power user, right? Assume that a Mac power user can get more done in less time, whatever the task. Does that mean using the keyboard and not using the mouse? Maybe.
Mac Power Users And The Keyboard
Let’s face it. Using a Mac keyboard is faster for most functions than using a mouse—even Apple’s delightful Magic Mouse. If your hands don’t leave the keyboard then maybe you can do more and do it faster and achieve some kind of power user status (or, carpal tunnel syndrome).
What about typical Mac functions? Moving and merging files and folders? Can those mouse-centric functions be handled without the mouse and use only the keyboard? Yes.
moveAddict is the Mac app that aims to speed up a few basic Finder mobility functions without using a mouse. The Mac’s Finder is good for using the mouse to perform many functions. The keyboard? Not so much.
What you need to achieve the 10,000 hour Zen Nirvana Heavenly Power User™ status is moveAddict. This elegant utility isn’t a Snow Leopard hack that messes with your Mac’s system. It’s a single minded utility that does basic functions using only the keyboard (some of which the Finder can do, some the Finder cannot do).
Cut and Paste. Even merge folders and files. Do all those things (mostly) in the Finder without using the mouse. For example, select specific files or folders using only the keyboard, then use the standard keyboard shortcuts of Command-X for Cut and then use Command-V to paste.
Keystroke combinations are easy to change in moveAddict’s Preferences. Move? Merge?
Yes, files and folders can be moved and merged. Replace the folder or drop one folder’s contents into another folder’s contents, effectively merging the two.
moveAddict is a modestly effective way to speed up some of your basic Mac Finder file and folder moving functions. Of course, it’s ironic that the moveAddict training video shows the mouse pointer moving across the screen to get to a file in the first place, and then using the same mouse pointer to navigate around the Finder to actually find files to move. It’s more problematic without the mouse.
But you get the idea. moveAddict is another simple, straightforward utility that probably should be embedded into the Finder by Apple but isn’t.
Is this worth $5.00 and the extra effort to learn something new that does what your Mac already does (mostly)? Caveat emptor applies. Using moveAddict for 10,000 hours over the next 10 years may not make you a full fledged card carrying Mac power user, but it could be a lesson in how much is too much to spend to do something your Mac already (mostly) does.