5 Free Courses For Learning Complex Mac Tools

Alvaro Bernedo

For most of us Mac owners, our Macs are a tool we use to both have fun and keep organized all aspects of our digital lives. And while that might be more than enough for most users, the Mac is such a broad and complete platform that it provides the opportunity to do much more if you take the time to learn about it.

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Get the most out of your Mac with free courses. (via Shutterstock)

From media creation to learning new programming languages, there are courses available for every aspect of the Mac. And even while most of these are paid courses, there are also quite a few great ones that you can get your hands on for free.

So read on to find out about five great courses that will let you make the most out of your Mac at no cost whatsoever for you.

1. Dealing with Windows Servers

If you usually manage a network of Macs at home or work, then the video course Citizens of the World: Macs in Windows Server Environments is for you. It teaches Mac users how to manage a multi-system network, letting you work smoothly with both Macs and Windows computers.

Mac Windows Servers

Even more, it teaches you how to manage your mixed-OS network from a Windows computer, which should prove especially useful in enterprise environments.

2. Learn to Program for iOS

If you want to get into the latest programing trend and design your own applications for iOS, then iTunes U might have what you are looking for.

Developing with Swift

Just head to iTunes and in the iTunes U section, look for the course Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift. It is from none other than Stanford University and teaches users not only how to program for the latest version of iOS, but also uses Swift, the latest programming language introduced by Apple not too long ago.

3. Master Terminal

Speaking of programming, if you happen to already have some knowledge about code and like tinkering with your Mac’s appearance or functions, then you might be interested in learning more about the Terminal in the The Command Line Crash Course.

Command Line Terminal Course

This course starts off simple, teaching you the basics of Terminal, but it quickly starts dealing with more advanced topics that even seasoned Mac users will find interesting. Yet at the same time it won’t get overly complex, making for a great tutorial on Terminal for beginners to medium users.

4. Get the Hang of iMovie

Among several Mac users, iMovie is one of the most popular applications. If you learn how to use most of its features, iMovie allows you to create very advanced movies (for either sharing or professional use) regardless of which device you shoot them with.

IMovie Course Snippet

That’s where this iMovie Tutorial comes in handy, teaching you a different array of subjects, ranging from the basics to iMovie all the way to creating themes, trailers and even adding voiceovers to movies.

5. Music Creation

Another great course from Stanford University, except this time it is available via their website.

Garageband Course

Here they show Mac users with a passion for music how to Compose Music Using Garageband, teaching you how to do simple tasks such as creating loops, but then digging further into the app by showing users how to tackle more advanced tasks, such as editing tracks, mixing and more.

There you go. So if you are reading this on a Mac, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and start learning!

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Alvaro Bernedo

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Alvaro Bernedo

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