That doesn't sound right. I frequently use Word documents I've created in both versions interchangeably between the two without a problem. I've also had success with PowerPoint, but I've seen some professors run into problems with that. I don't use PowerPoint much, however, so I'm not sure why that is.Originally Posted by Calypso_Rayne
I'd more readily suggest LibreOffice.Originally Posted by Etnik
That out of the way, some basic suggestions:
For a general image viewer, don't use Preview. Use Xee instead.
For unarchiving, get The Unarchiver.
For media, don't use QuickTime or VLC (VLC is terrible on any platform). Get MPlayerX instead (or build mplayer2 yourself if you feel comfortable doing that).
For torrenting, get Transmission.
Cmd+Space will bring up Spotlight. This will let you quickly find a file on your Mac if you know the filename. It can also search for text in documents, as well as doing some basic calculations.
Cmd+delete will send a file to the Trash, Cmd+shift+delete will empty the Trash. "Secure empty trash" will write over what you delete with zeroes, and will take longer.
Clicking the X will probably not close the program, but only the window. (Sometimes it does actually close the program because that's how it works on Windows. It's an annoying inconsistency.)
Most installs are as simple as dragging a file out of a .dmg and into whatever folder you want it in. A .pkg will function more like a typical Windows installer.
If you type something into the "Help" area of a program's menu, hovering over what you wanted to find will highlight exactly where it is in the menu (with a big blue floating arrow, too).
Don't forget to change your dock to your preference. You can change where it's located, set it to autohide, and so on. I have mine set to its smallest size with magnification disabled and autohide on, and moved to the left, for example.
Well, those are just some basic things. I've only been using a Mac for just shy of three years so I won't feign any sort of expertise or veteran status, but I'll try to answer any questions you have if you want.
The programs I recommended are all free, by the way. You can also get Growl for notices if you want, although you'd have to pay $2 unless you're fine with sticking with an older version forever (which has given me no issues so far).