Published on June 15, 2020
I used Windows years ago in my tech blogging days. But Windows Vista scared me and I switched to the Mac around 2006.
My first Mac was a Mac Pro Tower when they built it. Nice machine and a real powerhouse at the time. After about 5 years, I switched to a 27 ″ iMac. Then to a Macbook Pro that I still use today.
I recently bought my first PC in these 14 years. I bought it mainly for live streaming (since it has more power than my laptop) and for virtual reality on my Oculus Quest.
Now my MacBook Pro needs to be sent in for repair. It works wonderfully and has never given me any problems, but it wobbles a bit when I sit on a flat service. Which means … the battery swells and presses on the ground. This is a known issue with this laptop and can actually be recalled. You will do it for free, but the problem is that I have to send in my main work computer. They say it will take 3-5 working days, but I have heard that some people have cases where 1-3 WEEKS can develop from it.
I postponed it because of the anger, but then …
I just bought this PC. Can I just use it and run my business from there?
Of course I can. The big thing is that I have to move all my data. I also have to look for software alternatives and find alternatives to some of the things I do business with.
The good news about an online business like mine is that much of my day-to-day work is done directly in a web browser. So that’s easy. 🙂 Install the browser. Move my bookmarks. I use 1Password for sign-in and it works cross-platform so I can access everything I need.
I save all my work files on Dropbox so I can keep things in sync.
I have backed up my entire Mac to an external drive. If I need to access this drive on the PC, I can use it MacDrive to make it accessible like any other drive.
I can’t run Keynote or Pages on a PC, but MS Office is installed. I can also log in to iCloud directly in my browser and use the online versions of their apps. I tried it by uploading a keynote file from PC to iCloud. I could do what was necessary. I can also export the file from iCloud to PowerPoint format so that I can edit it locally on the PC.
One thing that I’ve had the most attention for is ScreenFlow. I use this to record training videos, edit videos, etc. I love screenflow and they just don’t make it for Windows.
I asked for alternatives.
- Camtasia is the most obvious. However, it is quite expensive and I do not want to buy it because as soon as I get the Mac back from Apple, I fully expect to use Screenflow again.
- You can use OBS to capture your screen and webcam. However, it does not include a video editor. In order to…
- Some friends recommended Davinci Resolve. Wow, this thing is a beast. It is a full-fledged editor that is comparable to something like Adobe Premiere. It looks cool. I obviously installed it because … it’s free (amazingly). But there also seems to be a big learning curve and I don’t have the time to learn it. In order to…
- Filmora Scrn looks like a potentially solid alternative. It seems to be most similar to Screenflow without having to buy Camtasia. Filmora Scrn is not free, but for only $ 29.99 for a lifetime license (with updates) it is cheaper than Dirt.
I cannot open old screenflow documents on the PC. This will probably never be possible unless a Windows version of the software is released. But I can do everything I need to export with MP4 and then just use the MP4 files on PC.
So, everything said and done …
Yes, I can now see that I can use the PC for everyday work. It only requires learning some new habits and new software titles, but in the end it is completely doable. I think the danger could be …
Will I like it in the end and will I be in no hurry to use the Mac all the time? 😉
I can’t rule it out.
In the online business area, I noticed that many people I know use a Mac. It is indeed a great creator machine, and that’s mostly due to the operating system. MacOS just feels different from Windows 10. In a good way, I could add.
I’ve also heard some grumbling about the latest Mac hardware in recent years. There were some strange problems, such as annoying keyboards. Some have started asking if their next computer will be a Mac or not.
We will see. Both have advantages and disadvantages. I think Mac hardware is generally of a higher quality, only from my own experience. After 14 years of full-time use of the Mac, I think this battery problem is literally just the second thing I’ve ever had to tackle in terms of hardware. Not only that, I sold previous Macs for a respectable amount, while I could barely give away previous PCs.
Maybe it’s the right way to have two working computers: a PC and a Mac.
Best of both worlds. 🙂
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