It’s screens. Specifically, the television screen, the screen on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad. The new Mac trend is inexpensive downloadable video programs that teach us about the Mac, iPad, Mac OS X, and Mac apps. This is a welcome trend that’s long overdue. Why?
Because formal training is more comprehensive than the old way of learning about Macs and apps. Trial and error.
Put A Video Tutor In Your Mac
My Mac life experience (and, by extension, my life with various Mac apps) came about the old fashioned way. Learn how to do this or that by trial and error, by exploring, by reading.
But not by being taught. Sure, Apple has classes and instructors for Macs, iPhones, iPads, and apps, but they touche a small minority of Apple’s customers.
The rest of us learn by messing around. What I found last week was half a dozen inexpensive, downloadable Mac apps that act as onscreen tutors on your Mac.
These are video instructions on how to use the Mac (free), how to use Mac OS X Lion, or iPhoto, or the iPad, and more. The ones I like best are from ScreenCastsOnline, but simply open the Mac App Store and enter the keyword tutor in search.
For example, SCOtutor for Mac is free and gives you over two and a half hours of video instruction on how to use a Mac and basic Mac apps. Free.
Others, such as SCOtutor for Lion cost a few dollars but comes with over two hours of more detailed video instructions for Apple’s latest OS X version.
What you see in the video window will surprise you, and enlighten you; even if you’re an experienced Mac user. I’ve lugged Macs around since the last century and every video so far taught me new tips and tricks.
Noteboom’s Tutor Series is even more comprehensive and covers iMovie, iPhoto, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iDVD, and other Mac apps.
There are more besides these two popular video producers. The videos are easy to setup and use, right on your Mac; in a window or full screen.
There’s just not much to not like. The videos download in minutes with a single click. A few are free, but most cost less than a visit to the nearest Starbucks.