Must Have Apps While Switching From Mac To Windows
The latest version of Microsoft Window 10 is out now. The world’s most popular desktop operating system (OS) features some great refinements and improvements. But, if you have been a regular Mac user, the matured Windows 10 is likely to intrigue you.
While OS X (soon to be called MacOS) are identical in concept, using them could be quite a different experience. Both Mac and Microsoft have helpful features. But, if you want to change to Windows from Mac, here are some useful apps that’ll make you feel more at home.
The ability to quickly preview files with the spacebar in Finder, is one of the best features of OSX. Seer does exactly that and more. Not only can you preview videos and photos by just tapping on the sidebar, you can also dive into .rar and .zip files, as well as Adobe project files from illustrator and Photoshop.
Taking screenshots on Windows 10 could be a hassle. Most of the time, you have to try out various keyboard shortcuts or copy and paste into Paint. But the Lightshot app provides a largely similar experience to the in-built screenshot tool of the OS X. Once you have installed the app, all you need to do for taking a screenshot is to press the “Prt Scrn” key (or any other key or combination of keys if the keyboard doesn’t have that button) and you can select the part of the screen that you want to capture. You can then copy the image to your clipboard or share it with other apps. You can also annotate the captured screenshot later if you want to highlight the exact part you want others to see.
This is Apple’s universal search tool. The Spotlight is a key feature of OS X. It’s one of the most used apps to find certain files or launch a particular app. Wox is an open source app on GitHub which is much like the Allfred or Spotlight alternative for Windows. You can use it to search files, apps, scan the web, and even add plugins to convert Wox to an even more powerful feature, which is something not quite possible with the out of the box Spotlight.
Hot Corners, the app that lets you activate some of the shortcuts by moving the mouse pointer to the corner of the screen, is a staple of OSX. WinXCorners is an identical feature that was included in Windows 8 but was later removed from Windows 10. The app restores the basic Hot Corner function to Windows. It helps the user to allot actions like show desktop, task view, start screensaver, or turn off the monitor, to the four corners of the desktop. WinXCorners may not have that many options or customisation features you would have liked, but for all the basic Hot Corner needs, it can get the job done.
Let us know if you come across more such useful apps. We are keen to hear from you.
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by techtalks @TechTalks September 1, 2016 5:10 AM UTC