Just how embedded is Windows in my cognitive process? This is an interesting question–and one that I will answer firsthand when my new Macbook Pro arrives in a week or two. I know that the right-click is a big part of the way that I operate online and offline. I may end up getting a two-button mouse for this reason. But just how else the Windows interface has permeated my thinking?

I do know that this is going to be a big transition. I need to clean up my old laptop, turn it back in, and then start plugging new apps into the Mac. Here are a few Windows programs I am hoping to retain via Parallels:

  • Adobe Pagemaker for editing web graphics and images
  • Adobe Premier CS4 for video editing, if the processor can handle it
  • Adobe Acrobat for creating PDFs, unless Mac makes something comparable or better
  • Macromedia Fireworks, for vector-based graphics
  • Snagit for grabbing screenshots. I think this is available for Mac, but why pay for it twice?

There are also a bunch of little applications that I’ve grown quite fond of over the years.

  • Filezilla for easy FTP access to my blog is available for Mac, though I may have to pay for the newest version
  • Handbrake, a convenient tool for video conversion, is also available for Mac
  • Dropbox for file syncing and backup is also available for Mac (yes!)

I’m pleased to think that I won’t be using Internet Explorer much anymore, though I’ve heard mixed things about Safari. I’ll likely stick with Firefox for web browsing, though I may also try Google Chrome for Mac. For word processing, the Mac will have Office for Mac. I don’t think Mac even tries to compete with Word. Might be nice to get a license for Final Cut Pro sooner or later.

Lastly, I’m looking forward to the design. I’ve been spending time with the strictly functional for far too long. Time to bring in some beauty.